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  • The Effects of Meth Use

    Is Meth Harmful? Meth, the abbreviated colloquialism for methamphetamine, is a wildly addictive and dangerous substance. Users can rapidly develop a dependency on its effects, which themselves exert a number of health risks. The illegal production ...

    ... Central nervous system hyperactivity and muscle tics. Formication, or the feeling of bugs crawling under ... may be treated with both psychological treatments and medications. Dependency can result in overdoses or ... continue reading
  • Spotlight on ADHD Meds and Their Frightening Meth Connection

    The opioid crisis has been making headlines for years, but there's another drug epidemic that has been flying under the radar: Abuse of ADHD drugs. ADHD drugs, such as Adderall and Ritalin, increase levels of the brain chemical dopamine and ...

    ... Making Meth a Substitute? Perhaps the scariest problem of all is that, when people are hooked on ADHD medications and the supply runs out, they're rapidly turning to substitutes - like crystal meth . Though there ... continue reading
  • 7 Shocking Facts About Meth in the Gay Community

    As one of the most popular drugs in the gay community, users mistakenly believe that crystal meth leads to fun and enhances their life experiences. Due to that train of thought, this drug has become somewhat of an epidemic among the gay ...

    ... virulent strain of HIV (dubbed the HIV “SuperVirus”) and/or severely reduce the effects of life-saving HIV medications. After 1 year of evaluation, the results showed that meth users had a lower ratio of CD4/CD8 cells ... continue reading
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  • The Siver Lining for Meth-Exposed Newborns Starts Here

    Thousands of pregnant women in the U.S. are abusing meth during pregnancy. In fact, about 25 percent of all pregnant women seeking treatment at federal facilities are methamphetamine users. The result is hundreds of thousands of babies at risk. ...

    ... S. are abusing meth during pregnancy. In fact, about 25 percent of all pregnant women seeking treatment at federal facilities are methamphetamine users. The result is hundreds of thousands of babies at risk. Previous ... continue reading
  • Methamphetamine History and Statistics

    Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant drug, originally synthesized for therapeutic use but now found predominantly as a recreational drug of abuse. Though it is a drug that is FDA-approved and prescribed for attention-deficit/ ...

    ... even higher overseas in Europe, Asia, and Australia. As many as half of people that seek drug treatment in the Czech Republic, Sweden, Finland, Slovakia, and Latvia seek it for addiction to methamphetamine. As the ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Meth on Your Body

    The Effects of Meth on Your Body During the past two decades, illicit methamphetamine - also known as crystal meth - has presented one of the largest and most dangerous drug epidemics in America. This extremely powerful stimulant, which can be ...

    ... feel hopeless to those actively struggling with it, but help is available . With the proper professional treatment, a healthy recovery is possible. If you or someone you know is struggling with methamphetamine abuse ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Meth Addict

    Methamphetamine (meth) is a substance that has very limited medical use. The substance is only available legally under the name Desoxyn , which is a medication with limited indications for the treatment of obesity and ADHD. As a substance of ...

    ... The substance is only available legally under the name Desoxyn , which is a medication with limited indications for the treatment of obesity and ADHD. As a substance of abuse , illicitly manufactured methamphetamine ... continue reading
  • Methamphetamine Detox and Withdrawal

    Methamphetamine (meth) is a powerful central nervous system stimulant with highly addictive properties. It can be smoked, nasally inhaled, injected and even eaten. No matter how it is used, the effects have a rapid onset followed by a high that can ...

    ... and group therapy. There is no currently accepted medication to treat methamphetamine withdrawal and addiction. Behavioral therapy is the most effective treatment for meth addiction. This can involve: Cognitive ... continue reading
  • Meth Abuse

    Summary Methamphetamine is a psychostimulant often abused for the euphoric “high” it provides. Some signs of abuse include frequent paranoia, agitation, sweating, insomnia, skin changes, weight loss, and more. Abusing this powerfully ...

    ... the short-term effects. Learn more now. Meth Abuse Treatment There are currently no medications available to treat methamphetamine dependence, so treatment consists of behavioral therapies . Some of these ... continue reading
  • Meth Overdose

    Methamphetamine, most commonly known as “meth,” “crystal,” “speed,” and “ice,” is an addictive stimulant that causes users to experience an intense euphoric rush 1 . Meth can be smoked, snorted, injected, or consumed orally by ...

    ... withdrawal symptoms and provide services and sometimes medications to ease discomfort and ensure a safe ... serious condition that can be potentially fatal. Seeking treatment for meth addiction can help to prevent the onset ... continue reading
  • Why Is Methamphetamine So Addictive?

    Methamphetamine is a highly addictive chemically compounded stimulant. Similar in chemical structure to amphetamine, meth is widely and illicitly manufactured using a variety of production methods. Methamphetamine is a white, odorless, ...

    ... , life experiences and choices that may have led the user into a cycle of substance abuse. To find a treatment program and take back your life from the ravages of addiction, call 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? today ... continue reading
  • Meth Hotlines

    Call Now 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? Methamphetamine (in illicit form, better known by many as meth) is a highly addictive drug that is most commonly encountered as a powder or in pill form. 1,2 People use meth by inhaling/smoking, ...

    ... approach that will be a good fit. What steps do I need to take to enter a treatment program? How do I pay for treatment? What happens during rehab? What should I do if I think my friend or loved one needs ... continue reading
  • Meth and Pregnancy

    One study of meth-related emergency room visits found that more than 400,000 reproductive-aged women reported using meth in the prior month. As methamphetamine use continues to rise, so do treatment and hospital admissions. In ...

    ... feels right to you and invite those who are positive forces in your life to be part of your treatment. Addiction support groups . 12-step programs are available to help you receive peer support. Groups can help you ... continue reading
  • Meth Relapse

    Meth's Extreme Harm Methamphetamine is a highly addictive and extremely dangerous stimulant drug. Commonly known as meth, it is often used in crystalline form (as rocks or crushed up into a powder) by smoking, swallowing, snorting, or injection ...

    ... amount of time that you were able to abstain from using meth is a victory. Your goal for future treatment and recovery should be to beat that time and continue to become stronger in your sobriety. If you believe you ... continue reading
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  • Methylphenidate Abuse

    Methylphenidate is a psycho-stimulant drug that works on the central nervous system. It is frequently prescribed as a treatment for ADHD and ADD under the brand names of Ritalin and Concerta. Methylphenidate Abuse: An Introduction ...

    ... and guidance of a qualified medical professional or addiction treatment specialist. They can give you an idea of ... less likely to abuse them.) Lock up any prescription medications you have. If you (or your teen) have ... continue reading
  • Ice Bugs: Don’t Scratch That Phantom Itch!

    Methamphetamine is an extremely addictive stimulant that causes irreversible harm to the body. Manufactured from a toxic concoction of chemicals, it damages blood vessels in the brain, destroys teeth and causes severe impairment in memory, judgment ...

    ... crawling on or under the skin, known as formication. Many meth users feel this crawling sensation and start ... so important to seek outside help. Only treatment provides a medically supervised detox and supportive care ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Crack Use

    Is Crack Harmful? Since it first appeared on the illicit drug scene during the 1980s, crack cocaine has solidified its reputation as one of the most addictive substances available on the street. According to the National Drug Intelligence ...

    ... This is a type of tactile hallucination - also called formication - that makes the abuser feel like bugs are crawling on ... lives once they leave the safety of inpatient treatment. Addiction is not a disease that should ... continue reading
  • Roxy Drug Abuse

    Roxicodone (often called “roxies”, “roxys” or “blues”) is one of the brand names for oxycodone, a powerful opioid prescription painkiller. Roxicodone is prescribed to alleviate pain that cannot be managed by non-opioid pain relievers. ...

    ... level. Dependence is a normal reaction to extended substance use that can occur even when someone uses their medication as prescribed. One does not have to abuse the substance to be dependent on it. Addiction —the ... continue reading
  • Overdosing on Sleep Medication is a Big Problem

    According to a recent survey , 69 percent of primary care patients complain of insomnia and other sleep issues. To solve the problem, doctors often prescribe sleeping pills or hypnotic medications. However, many people end up using these drugs for ...

    ... dosage of zolpidem for women. Is There a “Safe” Sleeping Pill? When asked if there is a safe sleeping medication on the market, Professor Kripke says, “I've never seen evidence for it yet. Our understanding of the ... continue reading
  • Are We Creating a Generation of Addicts With ADHD Medication?

    Jack During his freshman year, Jack's grades started slipping. He found it hard to keep up. He knew several classmates who used uppers for extra boosts when they needed them. In hopes of finding an endless supply of energy (and improving his ...

    ... prescription for Ritalin. Now Aiden is docile, quiet and compliant. He doesn't eat much on the days he takes his medication, and he has a lot less personality now, but his parents don't have to work as hard to manage him ... continue reading
  • Switching Depression Medications and Doing it Safely

    Hillary felt sleepy all the time. She was also experiencing daily headaches. She noticed these symptoms began when she started taking a prescribed antidepressant . Hillary decided it wasn't worth the side effects. She was tired of feeling tired and ...

    ... only wrong way to go about this. The truth is, there is no one-size-fits-all method to switching medications. That's why it is critical to consult with your doctor. By working closely with them, you can achieve better ... continue reading
  • Actiq (Fentanyl) Lollipop Abuse

    Actiq is a brand name for the opioid drug fentanyl. 3 Actiq comes as a lozenge on a handle (like a lollipop) and the fentanyl is quickly absorbed through the oral mucosa (along with fentanyl that is swallowed being slowly absorbed through the ...

    ... other drugs of abuse, continued use of Actiq can lead to tolerance. 2,11 When tolerance has developed, the medication can no longer produce the same effects in the user at the same dose, which can drive the individual ... continue reading
  • Study: Abuse of ADHD Meds is Beginning Earlier

    The abuse of ADHD medication is commonly associated with black-market Ritalin or Adderall on campus to aid last-minute cramming sessions. However, a recent study indicates the abuse of ADHD drugs begins much earlier than college. The Dark Side of ...

    ... were typically observed around the age of seven. Assumingly, if pre-adolescents are regularly using ADHD medication, then the risk of misuse will be an issue long-before college. As this large (and impressionable ... continue reading
  • What Every Parent Needs to Know about Adderall Addiction

    Adderall is most commonly known for treating attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but its use as a study aid has effectively turned this medication into one of the most widely used - and abused - recreational drugs among teenagers and ...

    ... of 19 and 25 Boys between the ages of 12 and 18 were the top consumers of this ADHD medication Adderall Facts Between 2007 and 2012, the number of adults with ADHD prescriptions tripled . In 2007, there were ... continue reading
  • Can You Stay Calm…and Trash the Benzos?

    After suffering an embarrassing panic attack at the mall, Kara visited a psychiatrist. He prescribed medication to help Kara with her symptoms - within a couple of months, this “solution” turned into an addiction. Now Kara has anxiety issues as ...

    ... These alarming statistics are encouraging many to ask: Is there another way? The answer is yes! Medication is not the only solution to panic attacks and anxiety. For those seeking healthy, natural remedies to ... continue reading
  • Watch the Fahrenheit With Your Fentanyl

    Fentanyl is an opiate (narcotic) pain reliever typically prescribed to people for severe, ongoing pain or after surgery. This medication is 50 times stronger than heroin and, needless to say, it can be very addictive. Fentanyl can be delivered ...

    ... . Patients place one patch an area of the body and it's worn for a period of up to three days; the medication is absorbed by the skin at a slow, steady pace over those 72-hours. Too Hot to Handle Fentanyl's high ... continue reading
  • Warning: This Medication May Cause…Uncontrollable Urges?

    Jim gained ten pounds in two weeks, though he'd been slim and fit his whole life. Gary lost $20K at the casino in Friday night - he'd never bought a lottery ticket up to that point. Linda had sex with three different people in one week, even ...

    ... receptors in the brain. If you or someone you love currently takes Abilify and you're worried the medication might be causing compulsive or out-of-the-ordinary behaviors , speak with your doctor as soon as possible ... continue reading
  • I’m Having Opiate Withdrawals – Am I Addicted?

    Shelly's knee surgery went great. The doctor said she'd be running again in no time. Before she'd be ready for her next 5K, she'd have to endure some fairly intense pain and a lot of physical therapy. While in the hospital, Shelly received regular ...

    ... sorts, indicating you might've reached the point of dependency. Behavioral signs can include: Taking more medication than prescribed Taking opiates even when not needed for pain Going to multiple doctors to get ... continue reading
  • Doctor Shopping…at the Local Vet's Office?

    The United States is in the midst of an opioid epidemic ; each day, 91 people die of an opioid-related overdose . It has gotten so bad that some people are willing to do whatever it takes to get high - even taking medication that's prescribed to ...

    ... gotten so bad that some people are willing to do whatever it takes to get high - even taking medication that's prescribed to their pets. Newest Disturbing Trend This “doggy doctor shopping” is a relatively new trend ... continue reading
  • Pregnant & Court-Ordered to Take Vivitrol: Is My Baby Safe?

    It's a question many women might be asking themselves, as more and more females of childbearing age are ordered by drug courts to take Vivitrol - the injectable form of naltrexone. An opioid-antagonist, Vivitrol blocks the brain receptors that ...

    ... baby.” What is known is that Vivitrol crosses the blood-placenta barrier, so women taking the medication will pass the drug along to the baby. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA ... continue reading
  • Chicken vs. Egg: Which Came First, Heroin or OxyContin Addiction?

    For centuries, people have debated one age old question: which came first, the chicken or the egg? While both sides of this argument have their valid points, the question itself has evolved, making its way into other areas of society, including the ...

    ... ? Turns out there are a few different reasons—the main one being an overwhelming misconception about medication-assisted detox. After drugs like Suboxone and Subutex hit the market and exploded in popularity, more people ... continue reading
  • The 7 Most Addictive Prescription Medications

    Prescription drugs are commonly given to people suffering from with injuries or illnesses. They're legal when you've been prescribed the medication by a legitimate medical provider. However, these drugs still can be addictive when taken as ...

    ... to people suffering from with injuries or illnesses. They're legal when you've been prescribed the medication by a legitimate medical provider. However, these drugs still can be addictive when taken as prescribed. Some ... continue reading
  • Popular Drugs By Demographic

    Drug use is a growing problem in America and a concern that affects various demographics. In fact, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2011, about 8.7 percent of Americans 12 years and older-22.5 million people-participated ...

    ... likely to take diet pills and “fat-burners.” Women are also more likely to use and abuse prescription medication, as seen in recent years with the rise of pregnant women and mothers abusing OxyContin . Drug Use Among ... continue reading
  • Can a Label Really Stop the Abuse of Some Prescription Meds?

    Concerns over the risks of combining benzodiazepine and opioid prescriptions has 41 state health officials petitioning the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to place a new black box warning on both drugs' labels to warn patients and doctors of ...

    ... in the Journal of General Internal Medicine found that the written instructions and illustrated warnings on medications have a tendency to confuse patients. This is troublesome, as most patients rely on their own ... continue reading
  • CVS Digs Deep into the Trend of Stimulant Abuse

    Although drugs like heroin and cocaine tend to grab flashier and more dramatic headlines in the media, arguably the biggest substance issue among young adults and college students is prescription medication. In fact, prescription stimulants are ...

    ... who have a prescription, 52 percent said they had been pressured by friends into sharing or selling their medication Of the students with legitimate prescriptions, 28 percent admit to selling and/or sharing their pills ... continue reading
  • What’s New in the World of Tamper-Proof Bottles? (Does it Matter?)

    One in 20 Americans are popping pills that have been prescribed for someone else. And the CDC reports that most misused prescription opioids are obtained from family members - many of them stolen from medicine cabinets. We Need Solutions ...

    ... a detection and a deterrent because people know that they can get caught by opening up your medication.” But Do Bottles Really Work? Not everyone is equally excited about these ideas. Skeptics claim that someone ... continue reading
  • 5 Scary Side Effects of Ambien Sleeping Pills

    We've all been there—you can't sleep, and you're left tossing and turning in your bed. You know that getting a good night's sleep is one of the best ways to take care of yourself, but you can't seem to shut your eyes. It's debatable what's ...

    ... ? All of these things can contribute to insomnia. And like many other Americans, you might turn to medication to help you get through the night. Enter Ambien One popular sleep aid is Ambien (zolpidem)—a sedative ... continue reading
  • Over-the-Counter Drugs of Abuse

    It is a common misconception that only illegal drugs are dangerous. There are many different over-the-counter (OTC) drugs with psychoactive, or mind-altering properties that may lead to a number of serious medical and mental health consequences if ...

    ... OTC drugs as opposed to illegal drugs, due to the assumption that if they're sold at the pharmacy as medication then they must be safe. Contrary to popular belief, OTC drugs can be addictive and life-threatening when ... continue reading
  • Klonopin History and Statistics

    History 6 Alarming Facts About Benzos Benzodiazepines are used to treat certain anxiety disorders and to manage seizure activity. Despite these therapeutic uses, they also have some frightening effects. Klonopin (generic name: ...

    ... the doses are not as carefully monitored and the true risks not fully communicated. As with all prescribed medications, the brand name pills cost more than the generic pills. In the case of legal prescription Klonopin ... continue reading
  • Dilaudid Abuse

    Dilaudid (hydromorphone) is a prescription opioid prescribed for the relief of pain. It may be prescribed as a liquid, tablet, rectal suppository, or injectable solution. In 2014, an estimated 4.3 million people used narcotic pain relievers such ...

    ... individual to realize he or she has become dependent on Dilaudid, as addiction may develop after being prescribed the medication by a doctor. If you are concerned that you or a loved one may be addicted to Dilaudid, look ... continue reading
  • Take My Breath Away: A Deadly Warning About Opiates

    You've just taken an opioid painkiller . The medication travels to your brain, making the pain sensations stop. The same opiates also make you feel much calmer, offering up a bonus anti-depressing effect. And that's the good news. The bad ...

    ... people seek solace in sleeping pills. The problem is that taking sleeping pills on top of opioid medications can kill you. Watching the Brain Channel The high number of deaths resulting from opioid overdose has ... continue reading
  • Mars vs. Venus: How Does Gender Affect Prescription Drugs?

    When the book Men are from Mars; Women are from Venus hit book shelves back in 1992, it was a huge hit. By highlighting the differences in men and women, the book's theory is still solidly ingrained in our culture. Though gender equality has ...

    ... often contain acetaminophen (Tylenol). A large 2002 study found that women who take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAID's) for at least 22 days per month were 86 percent more likely to have hypertension ... continue reading
  • Counting Dangerous Sheep: Why You Should Stop Popping Sleeping Pills

    Here's a question for you: How much sleep do you get every night? As adults, the Centers for Disease Control tells us we require seven to eight hours of sleep per night to maintain good health. Of course, we don't always get these hours. All ...

    ... . You might be familiar with some of the popular brands - Lunesta, Ambien and Sonata. Though these new medications appear to pose less of a threat, they still have risks. Even over-the-counter sleep aids aren't ... continue reading
  • Hooked on Benadryl: It’s Much More Than a Harmless Dependency

    Ad·dict·ed /??dikt?d/ adjective: Physically and mentally dependent on a particular substance, and unable to stop taking it without incurring adverse effects. The concept may sound a little silly, especially when there are millions of people ...

    ... The University of Washington and Group Health conducted a study of 3,500 people who used these medications daily over the course of more than seven years. Their findings showed that 800 participants ultimately ... continue reading
  • Turns Out Abusing ADHD Meds Won’t Get You on the Dean’s List

    Lindsay felt overwhelmed. With three finals and a term-paper deadline looming in her near future, she didn't know how she would survive, much less get good grades. She decided she needed a boost. She asked around until she found someone willing ...

    ... from a friend, students must realize they are only putting their friends at risk by sharing or selling their medication. There are legal and physical consequences. It's not going to help them with their grades. It will ... continue reading
  • Is There Ever a Good Time to Use Benzos?

    Carol had a severe panic disorder. It started when she was assaulted at age 34. She'd tried many medications, but only Xanax helped. She worked closely with her doctor and never abused them, but over time she felt the negative cognitive effects of ...

    ... hard not to reach for a pill when life seemed too difficult to manage. But as she came off the medication, she gradually felt her brain coming back. She was sharper at work, more present with her family, and the world ... continue reading
  • Heroin’s Effects on Pregnancy

    Heroin is an illegal and highly addictive substance that may be injected, smoked, or snorted. This powerful opiate drug can easily harm any user, and it can cause numerous problems for a pregnant mother and her developing baby. Unfortunately, ...

    Heroin is an illegal and highly addictive substance that may be injected, smoked, or snorted. This powerful opiate drug can easily harm any user, and it can cause numerous problems for a pregnant mother and her ... continue reading
  • Warning: 3 Dangerous Suboxone Interactions to Avoid

    Suboxone is a popular, prescription-only drug that effectively suppresses opioid cravings and reduces the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. Although Suboxone has assisted thousands of individuals struggling with opioid addiction , the drug is not ...

    ... the pleasurable effects of the buprenorphine. Since Suboxone does include an opioid, taking other drugs while on the medication can be life-threatening. If you are on a Suboxone regimen, it's vital to avoid the ... continue reading
  • A Look at the Physical Anatomy of an Overdose

    A drug overdose occurs when the body has been overloaded with either prescription medication or an illicit substance. Under normal circumstances, our body's metabolism would be able to detoxify the substance in order to avoid its potentially harmful ...

    A drug overdose occurs when the body has been overloaded with either prescription medication or an illicit substance. Under normal circumstances, our body's metabolism would be able to detoxify the substance in order to ... continue reading
  • Opana: The New Opiate of Choice Among Addicts?

    In 1995, the Food and Drug Administration approved the opioid OxyContin for treating chronic pain. The drug netted a quick $45 million in sales its first year on the market. Ten years later, sales of OxyContin ballooned to $3.1 billion and the ...

    ... receptors, much like morphine or heroin , Opana, otherwise known as oxymorphone, is a prescription pain medication that provides a “rush” similar to that of OxyContin…especially when snorted or injected. Other facts ... continue reading
  • Drugs at School: Are Zero-Tolerance Policies Really Working?

    Adopted over 20 years ago, zero-tolerance drug policies still dominate the conduct codes of most American public schools. In fact, the U.S. Department of Education reports an estimated 88 percent of schools enforce these policies. Zero-Tolerance ...

    ... be suspended, expelled, forced to attend drug counseling and 12-Step meetings for possessing over-the-counter medication. Although an extreme example, it's an extreme consequence for a child who brings a Tylenol pill ... continue reading
  • 7 Shocking Ways Drugs are Smuggled into Prisons

    A Cincinnati woman and her incarcerated boyfriend are now facing criminal charges after she reportedly tried to smuggle a Bible laced with heroin into the prison. Tehani Teepe, 39, and Timothy King, 28, were charged with illegal conveyance of ...

    ... her vagina and smuggling them into a correctional facility. An inmate reportedly overdosed on that very medication just two months later. Youngs accomplice, Kayci Jo Coombs, smuggled another 45 Xanax pills into the ... continue reading
  • Shocking Threats Swirl Around Tramadol Abuse

    Though Tramadol hasn't yet achieved the publicity other opioids have in the states, it sure is making waves abroad. Earlier this month, it was revealed that tramadol, an addictive synthetic painkiller believed to be as powerful as morphine , is ...

    ... developing and developed countries alike. The Spread of Tramadol and Violence Tramadol is a prescription opiate medication, but it's regularly sold as an alternative narcotic on the black market. Simply put; tramadol ... continue reading
  • 5 Psychological Side Effects of Percocet

    Percocet is a combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone, landing this medication in a family of drugs known as opioids . They're commonly prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain and work by blocking the pain signals sent to your brain. ...

    Percocet is a combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone, landing this medication in a family of drugs known as opioids . They're commonly prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain and work by blocking the pain ... continue reading
  • The F-Word: 3 Fast Fentanyl Facts to Remember

    With his heart pounding, Officer Harrison approached the warehouse. His dreams of fighting crime never included this scene. He wasn't chasing a fugitive; he wasn't even trying to arrest anyone. The other officers had already taken the dealers down ...

    ... Tom wasn't sure what this “black box” thing meant, he asked the pharmacist, who politely provided a medication guide explaining the risks of the drug. Tom went home and looked up the manufacturer's website, curious ... continue reading
  • Xanax Turned My Life Upside Down

    “It's the worst mistake I've ever made. I wish I had never gotten that prescription filled.” That's the regret Kelly says sums up her experience with Xanax . At the age of 20, Kelly says she didn't realize what she was getting into when her ...

    ... she didn't know what to do. She didn't want to experience the anxiety she had been feeling before the medication, but was definitely not happy about where her life was going while on the pills, either. Life on the ... continue reading
  • True or False: Ready to Put Your Fentanyl Knowledge to the Test?

    Fentanyl. This potent opiate has added a whole new level of danger to the opioid crisis, causing a staggering number of overdoses and deaths. Part of its overall threat is the lack of public knowledge and awareness. So, how much do you know about ...

    ... for patients suffering severe, ongoing pain (such as cancer patients). In need of continuous pain medication, these patients receive a transdermal patch . Patients using fentanyl patches must be cautious while taking ... continue reading
  • Study: Drug Forums Aren’t Very Helpful if You Want to Get Clean

    Libraries. Encyclopedias. Professors. Doctors. Pre-Internet, these were our top sources of information. If we wanted answers, this is where we looked. Fast-forward to modern times. With access to pretty much everything now at our fingertips, ...

    ... substance use , as they encourage experimentation. They shift the relationship with potent drugs from necessary medication to using the mind and body as a personal lab for medical experiments. (User1978 tried this ... continue reading
  • Would You Give Medical Marijuana to a Chronically Ill Pet?

    Medical marijuana isn't just for humans anymore. All around the country, pet owners are turning to pot as a way to alleviate their furry friends' pain and suffering. Whether their cats are dealing with arthritis or their dogs are suffering from pain ...

    ... suffering from pain and inflammation, more and more people are looking to marijuana as an alternative medication. Cannabis and Sick Pets The cannabis plant is a complex botanical with more than 400 known natural ... continue reading
  • Druggie: The New Makeup Shade Making Ugly Waves

    Approximately 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, with drug overdose deaths continuing to rise. In fact, since 1999, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids has quadrupled. As most of us know, drug addiction destroys ...

    ... last year, Moschino introduced its controversial Capsule clothing line , a collection inspired by the packaging of medication. The line ranged from a $950 prescription bottle purse and a $175 pill-decorated umbrella, to ... continue reading
  • 10 Tips for Staying Sober This Holiday Season

    With the holidays just around the corner you may be wondering how you can stay sober with parties, dinners, and social gatherings. Whether you are newly sober or 5 years into your recovery, it can be difficult to gear up for sobriety during the ...

    ... prepared so that you can calmly reply and avoid temptation. For example, responses could include: “I am on a medication and I can't drink alcohol,” “I have early plans tomorrow morning (could be an early hike or meeting ... continue reading
  • Can You Get Addicted to Cocaine After the First Use?

    Drugs like cocaine have reputation for being extremely addictive but still many people will want to try them “just once.” It's easy to wonder, “Just how addictive is cocaine (really)?” How Addictive is Cocaine? Cocaine is a very ...

    ... forms, is known to produce a quick high that is appealing to many, especially in party situations. Self-medication . People that are experiencing unwanted symptoms related to physical or mental health issues like pain ... continue reading
  • Find a Substance Abuse Rehab Center or Resource in Redlands, CA

    which_city: california/redlands; h1: Find a Substance Abuse Rehab Center or Resource in Redlands, CA; intro: Southern California has been touted as one of the few places in the United States yet to experience the full brunt of the opioid abuse and ...

    ... painkillers. 3 Detox from opioids is commonly unpleasant, but can be more comfortably managed with medications, such as buprenorphine. Medical detox, combined with therapy to change behaviors, has helped thousands of ... continue reading
  • Wellbutrin Abuse

    Bupropion (Wellbutrin, Aplenzin, Zyban) is a drug that is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat depression, seasonal affective disorder, and to help people stop smoking 1 . Doctors also frequently prescribe bupropion to ...

    ... these drugs can be just as deadly as street drugs. This is especially important today because many medications are easily obtainable from online “no-prescription websites” 2 or friends who have a valid prescription ... continue reading
  • Demerol Abuse

    Demerol, also known by the street name “demmies” and the generic name meperidine , is a prescription opioid painkiller. Demerol is used to treat relatively severe pain and is available in liquid or tablet form. As a schedule II prescription ...

    ... non-medical purposes at some point in their lives. However, Demerol abuse, like that of other prescription medications, may be underreported because of stigma and fear of repercussions . In 2010, more than 200 million ... continue reading
  • Smoking Can be a Serious Pain…in the Back

    If you have chronic back pain and are a long-time smoker, the latter may be causing the former, according to a study released by the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. A New Worry for Smokers The study, which was published ...

    ... chronic condition. What Smokers Need to Know If you are a smoker who's been relieving chronic back pain with opiate medications, it's not a good idea to simply quit the meds cold turkey. If you've already developed a ... continue reading
  • Intoxicated Pilots Gamble with the Lives of Holiday Travelers

    Now that the holiday season is upon us, the roadways and skies are crowded with travelers. This massive surge of activity serves as a catalyst for travel-related accidents. And while the public is well aware of drug- and alcohol-related driving ...

    ... NTSB study was two-fold: to take a look at the prevalence of over-the-counter and prescription medications as well as illicit drugs found in toxicology panels and to evaluate the need for improving safety regulations ... continue reading
  • Counterfeit Prescription Drug Operations Thrive in the US

    Prescription drugs continue to remain big business in the United States. Last year alone, the total retail sales for prescription drugs filled at American pharmacies topped $259 billion. But as legal sales continue to rise, it's perhaps not too ...

    ... s just a really big risk to take with your health.” He also noted that many of the counterfeit medications being sold don't meet FDA standards. The Dangers are Real The 20/20 investigation found that several of ... continue reading
  • Workplace Adderall Abuse: 9 Signs It’s Time to Get Help

    Colleges and universities across the country are struggling to tackle the huge rise in students using ADHD drugs like Adderall as study aid , but the problem doesn't magically disappear after graduation. Businesses across the country are finding ...

    ... to stay awake for days on end is not. Weight Loss : One of the major side effects of stimulant medications is that it suppresses appetite . If you regularly realize you haven't eaten anything at the end of the work ... continue reading
  • Yay or Nay: Is the Opioid Epidemic a Conspiracy?

    'Epidemic': Affecting a disproportionately large number of individuals within a population. Opioid Epidemic Statistics Each day, 2.1 million people in the U.S. abuse opioids. The CDC reports that 165,000 Americans died from prescription ...

    ... going on,” she claims . “There are millions who are living a better life who are on the medications long-term.” Of course, there are conflicting research results on the opposite side of the argument. Studies have ... continue reading
  • Don’t Do Me Any Favors: When Sharing Means Anything But Caring

    Tom fell off a ladder and hurt his back. His doctor gave him a prescription for Percocet , a powerful opioid painkiller. He only took a couple and now he's got ten pills left over in a bottle sitting in his medicine cabinet. If this scenario (or ...

    ... them. Your Pills Aren't Candy A recent study revealed that twenty percent of people with leftover pills share their medications. And it's pretty easy to see how this happens. Let's say your friend's in pain from ... continue reading
  • Making Sense Out of the Confusing World of Ritalin

    Sharon is at another meeting with her son's teacher. Aiden's teacher says he's unfocused and disruptive in class. Sharon knows her son behaves the same way at home. Last night's battle over homework fresh in her mind - and she doesn't know what to ...

    ... you might be asking the same questions. Here's a look at what you need to know about stimulant medications. Cut to the Chase: What is Ritalin? Ritalin, or methylphenidate , is a nervous-system stimulant. Yes, a drug ... continue reading
  • CDC Wants Medicaid to Restrict Access to Methadone for Pain

    Methadone is in the hot seat again. Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged Medicaid to restrict access to the drug, citing that methadone - when prescribed for pain, not for opiate addiction - accounted for ...

    ... will, undoubtedly, be a controversial move. Proponents of its restriction may claim that other pain medications are available - medications that aren't as addictive. Others may claim it's unfair to punish an entire group ... continue reading
  • Oxycodone History and Statistics

    Oxycodone is an opioid analgesic, or 'painkiller' drug that is most often prescribed to control moderate to severe pain that cannot be treated with other medications. It is a semi-synthetic opiate that was first created in 1916 from thebaine, a ...

    ... ' drug that is most often prescribed to control moderate to severe pain that cannot be treated with other medications. It is a semi-synthetic opiate that was first created in 1916 from thebaine, a chemical found in ... continue reading
  • Facts about Krokodil (the “Zombie Drug”)

    Desomorphine (dihydrodesoxymorphine) is an injectable opioid derivative of codeine . On the street and online, the drug is known as: Krokodil. Crocodile. Croc. Krok. Russian Magic. Poor Man's Heroin. The name “krokodil” is ...

    ... also reported cases of krokodil use, as well. Krokodil is made from codeine and codeine-containing medications. In some drug markets where heroin is relatively difficult to obtain, people have turned to alternatives ... continue reading
  • Drug and Alcohol Use with Diabetes

    Maintaining good health takes effort from all of us, but can require even more attention from those with diabetes. This guide details some of the potentially disastrous results to arise when continued substance abuse supersedes careful maintenance ...

    ... some of the potentially disastrous results to arise when continued substance abuse supersedes careful maintenance of blood sugar levels, compliance with medications, and vigilance over one's general state of health. continue reading
  • Gray Death: The New Killer on the Street

    While heroin adulterated with fentanyl has been in the news in recent years and the risks are well-known, there is a new danger on the streets, and it's even deadlier. It is a frighteningly powerful combination of heroin and synthetic opioids known ...

    ... brought even more alarm to those familiar with the opioid crisis in America. Prescription painkillers (opioid medications) have come to the forefront of this epidemic, with record numbers of people abusing, overdosing ... continue reading
  • Xanax Passes Marijuana as Second-Leading Cause of DUI

    When it comes to driving under the influence of substances that aren't alcohol, marijuana is the biggest concern for many Americans. Colorado has spent millions of dollars on a series of “ Drive High, Get a DUI ” commercials, while Washington ...

    ... be easily measured with a breathalyzer, it's harder to determine with Xanax or other prescription medications. Prosecutors have to rely on field sobriety tests and identifying physiological symptoms, including pupil ... continue reading
  • Smoking Around Kids is More Dangerous Than You Think

    Most of us know that exposure to secondhand smoke can produce serious consequences for unborn children, including low birth weight, heart defects and learning disorders. But the potential ramifications of secondhand smoke certainly don't stop at ...

    ... products from your home and car. It's also a good idea to talk to your doctor about medications designed to ease the withdrawal symptoms associated with tobacco . If you experience a slip while trying to quit ... continue reading
  • Fake Xanax is Here…And It’s Deadly

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    ... victims even died. These cases should serve as a warning to anyone who's tempted to buy prescription medications from street dealers or shady websites. The only way to protect yourself - and your loved ones - against ... continue reading
  • Want to Make Your Asthma Worse? Here’s How…

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    ... a preservative often found in wine and beer. Histamines are chemicals that cause allergy symptoms. (Allergy medications are called antihistamines.) They are produced naturally in your body; they're also found in some ... continue reading
  • Drugs vs. Supplements: What's the Difference?

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    ... Drugs are tested by the FDA. They're defined as substances intended to diagnose, treat or prevent disease. Medications must pass clinical trials before being released to the public and the tests need to prove each drug ... continue reading
  • 4 Physical Signs You're Addicted to Ritalin

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    ... . On top of that, the CDC estimates that as many as 10,000 toddlers are now taking stimulant ADHD medications. The question is, with thousands of Americans taking Ritalin, how do you know if you're addicted? Here's ... continue reading
  • Teen Drug Abuse: The Warning Signs

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    ... or perfumes within your teenager's personal space (commonly used to hide the smell of drugs). Missing medications, alcohol, cigarettes, etc. Missing cash or other resources (i.e., valuable items which may be pawned ... continue reading
  • Is My Loved One an Alcoholic?

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    ... advice on this complicated issue. An alcohol rehab facility will be able to help your loved one with their addiction. There are various programs that are available and also a number of medications that can help. continue reading
  • Let's Talk Dirty: Opiates, Addiction and Constipation

    Although opioids are effective pain relievers, they can do a number on your health and overall body systems. One of the most negatively affected body systems is your gastric system. What's more, long-term use or addiction to opiates can paralyze ...

    ... You Do? Fortunately, there are several treatments to combat opioid-induced constipation, ranging from ... new drug for opioid-induced constipation last September. The medication is called Movantik and is the first of its ... continue reading
  • What Are the Effects of Ambien?

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    ... recover from your Ambien addiction. Additionally, these treatment centers can provide medically supervised detox to monitor a precarious period of withdrawal from the medication for those whose bodies have come to depend ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Pain Killers? How Can I Quit Safely?

    If you've been taking pain killers for an extended time, particularly after the pain that originally prompted their use has subsided, you might well wonder whether you're addicted to pain killers. Though many people take pain killers following a ...

    ... should speak with a medical provider. The increase in medication means you're developing a tolerance . This can ... stopping the drug without medical help, an outpatient treatment center will allow you to see a medical ... continue reading
  • Which Side of the Naloxone Debate Are You On?

    With the opioid epidemic claiming nearly 78 lives each and every day, President-elect Trump has his work cut out for him in the drug arena. One of his stated policies involves increasing access to naloxone, a medication used to reverse overdose from ...

    ... the cycle of addiction. Spotlight on the Advocates Advocates of the medication beg to differ. They feel that naloxone gives people a chance to get into treatment, as well as an opportunity to make changes. They ... continue reading
  • Addiction Self-Assessment Quizzes for Drugs and Alcohol

    Drug and Alcohol Self-Assessment Quizzes Use the following self-assessment quizzes to better understand common signs, symptoms, and behavioral changes related to substance misuse and addiction. The questions used in the following self-assessments ...

    ... given by doctors, therapists, or other treatment professionals, the following quizzes may be helpful ... of the painkiller hydrocodone, a prescription opioid found in medications such as Vicodin, Norco, Zohydro, and Lortab. ... continue reading
  • Prescription Drug Abuse Problem

    For some time now, the abuse of illicit substances such as marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin has been a persistent national problem. In more recent years, however, our country has seen an alarming rise of prescription drug abuse - now ...

    ... those with a history of substance abuse disorders. Whenever possible, medications which do not have an addiction potential should be considered as the first treatment option for those with a history of drug abuse. The ... continue reading
  • Are Benzos Overprescribed?

    We are an anxious nation. A whopping 40 million American adults are affected by anxiety disorders; that's 18 percent of the adult population! With such astronomical numbers, it shouldn't be surprising to learn anxiety disorders are the most ...

    ... reduction is typically recommended when working to break a benzo dependency. Keep in mind: No medically-assisted treatments currently exist. The recovery process can take months - or even years - to “click” - ... continue reading
  • Anxious About Anxiety: Why We Reach for Xanax

    We're an anxious nation. According to data from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the United States. (The fact that we have an association devoted to anxiety says something about us, ...

    ... anxiety says something about us, doesn't it?) Treatment for anxiety disorders makes up nearly one-third of ... when, in actuality, we'd be okay without the medication and be much better off learning healthy ways to cope ... continue reading
  • Could This Inexpensive Medication Reduce Your Withdrawal Symptoms?

    Withdrawal. It's a huge hurdle on the path to recovery. Those struggling to leave opioids behind know they'll eventually have to face the intimidating mental and physical effects of withdrawal. It's a powerful and frightening thought. Some of ...

    ... -1 called, Probenecid. It's an anti-gout medication that's fairly cheap and has few side effects. ... insight will lead to the creation of a more effective treatment method for the symptoms of withdrawal. Dr. Trang says ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Athletes Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Michael Phelps Eight-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Michael Phelps has not only plunged into the water, but into drugs. In 2009, he lost his endorsement contract with Kellogg's after a photo emerged of him taking a hit of marijuana . ...

    ... NHL enforcer Derek Boogaard became addicted to prescription pain medication. A mix of oxycodone and alcohol led to ... 're looking for a specific type of rehab treatment, substance related info or additional guides, below ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Oxycodone? How Can I Quit Safely?

    Opiates are one of the best inventions of mankind for so many reasons. They formed the basis of modern medicine and inspired a huge range for pharmaceuticals. Plenty of drug companies started off by manufacturing painkillers that were based on ...

    ... into sobriety. These places are drug abuse treatment centers , and they can help you get through withdrawal. They have qualified medical staff who can prescribe medication to make your journey through the badlands ... continue reading
  • Study: Medical Marijuana Cuts Use of Prescription Drugs

    A recent study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, revealed medical marijuana users take fewer other medicines - such as opiates. Researchers monitored the use of prescription medication by participants enrolled ...

    ... to prescription painkillers. An Effective Treatment Option? The study was conducted ... in this study reported a deep dissatisfaction with prescription medications. Bruce said, “One of the most compelling things ... continue reading
  • What Every Parent Needs to Know About Adderall Addiction

    Adderall is most commonly prescribed as part of a treatment plan for adolescents and teenagers with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). But more teens-turned-young adults have discovered a new use for the “smart drug” - a term used ...

    ... most commonly prescribed as part of a treatment plan for adolescents and teenagers with attention- ... of 12 and 18 were the top consumers of this ADHD medication. 6 Adderall Trends: It's Not Just for Teens Between ... continue reading
  • Zolpidem Abuse

    Zolpidem tartrate is a sedative-hypnotic agent found in many prescription sleep aid drugs used to treat insomnia 1 . The most widely known brand name formulation of zolpidem in the U.S. is Ambien. Its pharmacological effects often lead the user ...

    ... , they may become tolerant to and dependent on the medication 6, 7 . Tolerance means the initial dose fails ... learn about how to get into an addiction treatment program . Resources, Articles, and More Information ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Psilocybin Use

    Is Psilocybin Harmful? Psilocybin is a compound that is naturally occurring fungal alkaloid—a chemical compound that is found in more than 100 species of mushrooms (also known as magic mushrooms or shrooms). 1 When ingested, psilocybin is ...

    ... of the drug to feel intoxicated. Addiction Treatment The DSM-5 and NIDA do not ... severe issues with stress may require a combination of medication and psychotherapy to assist them to manage their stress ... continue reading
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