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  • Snorting Heroin

    Heroin is a highly addictive Schedule I controlled drug. Heroin has a long history—it was first synthesized (as diacetylmorphine) in 1874 from morphine. Paradoxically, heroin was originally marketed as a safer and non-addictive form of morphine. ...

    ... arms and legs. Dilated pupils. Drowsiness. Dry mouth. Nausea. Vomiting. Severe itching. Impaired breathing. Chronic heroin ... Find out how to help a heroin addict Does your loved one take heroin in larger amounts or for ... continue reading
  • Heroin Abuse

    About Heroin Abuse What Is Heroin? Heroin use is increasing across new demographics. Learn more about this disturbing trend. Heroin is a substance that is both illegal and extremely addictive . The substance derives from opium from the poppy plant ...

    ... regarding your substance and treatment options. Am I Addicted? If you're worried about your use of heroin, you likely have a problem. However, you can use our heroin addiction assessment to help determine your level of ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Heroin Use

    Is Heroin Harmful? Continued use of heroin can bring devastation to both physical and mental health, and is likely to culminate in a number of social and legal ramifications for the user. Heroin is the name for a modified version of morphine that is ...

    ... its dramatic results. In short, heroin is very harmful. The speed and intense effects of the substance are ... . Following the detoxification process, the recovering heroin addict can be referred to a number of treatment ... continue reading
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  • Record-Breaking Number of Overdoses Traced Back to Bad Heroin

    A dangerous batch of heroin circulating throughout the city of Chicago has caused a record-breaking 74 overdoses in the span of just three days. When the numbers began to climb at such an astonishing rate, medical professionals began to suspect a ...

    ... not only slow down, but grind to a halt. The heroin/fentanyl combo is also one that sets in quickly. Effects are felt ... affected were found with needles still in their arms. Naloxone to the Rescue Emergency responders in ... continue reading
  • Can You Get Addicted to Heroin After the First Use?

    Trying heroin can set into motion a pattern of use that can be dangerous and deadly. Heroin has the reputation of being one of the most addictive illicit drugs. Many government and academic institutions all report that heroin is either very ...

    ... how soon it can reach the brain. Consider the speeds of the following routes according to the Center for ... your health and wellbeing. How Do You Get Addicted to Heroin? The path to addiction is different for each ... continue reading
  • Heroin Withdrawal

    Heroin is an illicitly manufactured opioid drug and morphine derivative. Both the pain-relieving and pleasurable properties of heroin are initiated through the drug's interaction with opioid receptors in the brain. It is most often distributed on ...

    ... will become addicted, making heroin one of the most dangerous drugs in the world. Signs of Heroin Withdrawal When ... withdrawal period. In theory, this method may speed up the withdrawal process, though recent research has ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Heroin Addict

    More than 590,000 people had a heroin use disorder in the U.S. in 2015, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. If you or someone you love is addicted to heroin, you're not alone, and there is help available. Approaching Someone About ...

    ... their daily routines while receiving treatment. Residential treatment is when the heroin addict lives full time at a treatment center. This allows the addict to focus exclusively on recovery. If you're looking for ... continue reading
  • Heroin's Death Toll Hits an All-Time High in New York

    New York City has a serious heroin problem on their hands and new data released by the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reveals just how deep the issue goes. In fact, more people died from unintentional heroin overdoses in New York ...

    ... 's overdoses involved more than one substance. In an effort to fight back against heroin, 20,000 NYC police officers are being armed with portable pocket-size devices that inject naloxone. Known as the opiate antidote ... continue reading
  • Why Is Heroin So Deadly Today?

    For more than a century, heroin has been a dangerous drug of abuse . For years, people have been attracted to the substance's ability to produce a relatively inexpensive, rapid-onset, and intensely euphoric high 1,2 . While the drug's high holds a ...

    ... changing. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of people addicted to heroin doubled from 2002 to 2013 . Most notably, use has increased significantly throughout many demographics ... 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 ...

    ... . They don't know what they are getting. Suddenly, the whole game changes.” So, why would a heroin addict switch to OxyContin? Turns out there are a few different reasons—the main one being an overwhelming misconception ... continue reading
  • Heroin History and Statistics

    History Heroin is a powerful opiate narcotic that has no legal medical use in the US. Outside of the US, pharmaceutical grade heroin is still produced for limited therapeutic use. It is occasionally prescribed for severe pain in countries such as ...

    ... for opiate painkillers written by doctors since the 1990s. Individuals who become addicted to prescription opiates often switch to heroin because it is less expensive than many illicit pharmaceutical narcotics. This ... continue reading
  • DEA Finally Acknowledges the Heroin Epidemic

    According to recent statistics gathered during a detailed research investigation - a project aptly dubbed The National Heroin Threat Assessment - the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administrations (DEA) reports that the availability and abuse of heroin is ...

    ... generation in a new, life-threatening direction. Heroin's purity, or strength, is also increasing while ... to drop. This deadly combination is fueling heroin's growing appeal while increasing the risk of accidental ... continue reading
  • A Sister’s Honest Talk About Her Brother’s Heroin Addiction

    Alex didn't answer the phone. He missed their father's birthday party and still wasn't answering. But Allison kept dialing. It didn't seem right, but then again, things hadn't seemed “right” for a long time. Alex had all but stopped showing up ...

    ... later when she got the call. Alex had been arrested for heroin possession . She sat up late with her husband, the window ... there. Don't give up. Additional Reading: Addict vs. Loved Ones - 6 Effective Ways to Communicate ... continue reading
  • Heroin Overdose

    Heroin is one of the most common, addictive, and lethal drugs in the world. A morphine derivative, heroin is sold illegally in the form of white or brown powder, or a sticky black substance known as “black tar heroin”. In its various forms, ...

    ... to prescription painkillers are 40x more likely to be addicted to heroin and that 45% of people addicted to heroin are also addicted to painkillers 10 . When pills are no longer available through friends or family ... 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 ...

    ... the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health report showed that 329,000 people in the US reported using heroin in the past month 1 . This includes women of childbearing age. The survey found that approximately 79,000 ... 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 ...

    ... main victims of the rise of gray death are those addicted to opioids . These people may intend to purchase heroin but unintentionally consume gray death. 6 Heroin use has gotten increasingly dangerous in the last decade ... continue reading
  • Heroin Addiction Hotline Guide

    Call Now 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? What is a Heroin Hotline? Heroin addiction is a very hard challenge to overcome alone. That is why doctors, mental health professionals, and support group members advocate seeking help if you believe you or ...

    ... advocate seeking help if you believe you or someone you care about is suffering from being addicted to heroin. To connect more people with the help they need to overcome addiction, many organizations and specialized ... continue reading
  • Heroin Use Increasing Across New Demographics, Study Finds

    The face of heroin in the US is changing. As the drug becomes more commonly abused among new racial, geographic and socioeconomic groups, the profile of those users is also evolving. The change is, in part, because heroin is becoming more ...

    ... . At the same time, more people are abusing prescription painkillers, getting addicted and switching to heroin (both drugs are opiates). Heroin Comes to Small Town America The mitigating factors are contributing to a ... continue reading
  • Heroin Facts – Because Knowing is Half the Battle

    “Smack” - “Junk” - “H” Heroin is a drug that goes by many names. But no matter what you call it, it's still the same potent, potentially deadly drug. While its name really isn't that important, knowing some basic facts about heroin can ...

    ... on a brown or off-white color. “Black tar” is another form of heroin and - as the name implies - it is dark brown or black in ... or seek out the company of other addicts. Drastic changes in personality often manifest as ... continue reading
  • Why Is Heroin So Addictive?

    Despite its dangers and reputation for harm, use of heroin continues to climb higher in the US. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Rates of heroin use have increased across gender, socioeconomic status, age group, ...

    ... breathing with lack of oxygen to the brain. Coma. Death. What Does It Mean to be Addicted to Heroin? Addiction to heroin can be an all-consuming condition that wreaks havoc on a user's physical health and livelihood ... continue reading
  • Heroin Relapse

    Heroin Relapse is Common Anyone can develop a heroin addiction—it's not limited to a specific demographic—but once you develop an addiction, it can be difficult to overcome. Heroin addiction is very powerful and, because of its interaction with ...

    ... tools you need to stay sober. A well-thought-out plan can help you identify and manage the signs of heroin relapse before things get worse. You can implement some of the elements of a relapse prevention plan on your own ... continue reading
  • The Price Tag of Heroin in America: $51 Billion

    If you're hooked on heroin, you'll spend an average of $150 a day to support your habit. That's nearly $55,000 per year. Heroin abuse comes with a pretty hefty price tag, unfortunately personal financial burden isn't the only cash-flow issue left in ...

    ... your habit. That's nearly $55,000 per year. Heroin abuse comes with a pretty hefty price tag, unfortunately ... 11,148 per person. At more than $50K per user, heroin's cost blows those two diseases out of the water. The U ... continue reading
  • It’s Official: Heroin is Deadlier Than Bullets

    It looks like our nation has found a “bullet” deadlier than the traditional calibers. As of 2015, heroin is killing more people than guns. This shift in statistics has happened rather quickly. In 2007, gun homicides outnumbered heroin deaths 5 ...

    ... opioid death tolls surpassed the 30,000 mark. The increase in heroin use can be traced back to the late 1990s and early 2000s ... unintended and devastating consequences. As addicted Americans continued in desperation to ... continue reading
  • Occasional IV Heroin Abuse Worsens HIV Symptoms

    It's common knowledge that injecting drugs like heroin poses a huge risk for transmission of the HIV virus. In fact, around 30 percent of all HIV infections worldwide (outside sub-Saharan and African areas) occur through this method. But a new study ...

    ... research paper in the journal AIDS and Behavior . Seventy-seven participants from Russia self-reported their use of heroin and other drugs at the beginning of the study, as well as at six and 12 months. According to ... continue reading
  • Relapsed on Heroin? 5 Ways to Regroup and Refocus on Recovery

    You've worked hard to build a new life. Brick by heavy brick, you laid the foundation for a life of sobriety . You were happily on the path to recovery, but somewhere along the way you got off course. You relapsed on heroin. It might feel like ...

    ... a depression that can rob you of a successful life in sobriety . Do a Body Check As you know by now, heroin abuse wreaks havoc on your body. To get back on track after a relapse, get your body back on board. Revisit the ... continue reading
  • Don't Overestimate Your Heroin Tolerance - It Might Be the Last Thing You Do

    You may have heard about fentanyl, a synthetic opioid similar to morphine. What you may not have heard about, however, is the ultra-potent concentrated version of it: carfentanil . What We Know About Carfentanil Developed in the mid-1970s as a ...

    ... to be fatal for them,” said Dr. Neil Capretto . What's more, thousands of people are unknowingly buying heroin that's laced with the deadly drug. This has become a common practice among dealers, mainly because synthetic ... continue reading
  • Supervised Heroin Shooting Galleries: Coming to a Public Housing Site?

    Vancouver is facing an unprecedented number of opioid overdoses, prompting the government's housing partners to launch a new effort in hopes of curbing this deadly trend. The goal is to get intravenous drug users to use in designated supervised ...

    Vancouver is facing an unprecedented number of opioid overdoses, prompting the government's housing partners to launch a new effort in hopes of curbing this deadly trend. The goal is to get intravenous drug users to use ... continue reading
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    It's called speed for a reason. Amphetamines, like Ritalin or Adderall, accelerate your heart rate. They send your nervous system into overdrive. Guess what else it speeds up? The aging process. That's right. Pumping your system full of amphetamine ...

    ... your nervous system into overdrive. Guess what else it speeds up? The aging process. That's right. Pumping ... in areas of the body like the lungs, liver, arms, and legs. Downward Spiral These serious heart conditions greatly ... continue reading
  • Signs and Symptoms of Commonly Abused Drugs

    When you suspect that you or a loved one is struggling with a substance abuse problem, it's important to know some of the signs and symptoms of addiction to that drug. You can find a brief overview of the major drugs of abuse below. For a full list ...

    ... located, but the arms are the most common location. Physical and mental effects of heroin abuse include: ... a variety of treatment options available in helping someone addicted to crystal meth . Speak with someone now at 1 ... continue reading
  • Addiction Recovery

    Recovery Is Possible Addiction recovery is possible, attainable, and available if you know where to find it and have expectations that are realistic and practical. For those struggling with an alcohol or drug addiction, recovery could mean the ...

    ... by addiction in different ways, either as addicts or as someone who loves someone who struggled ... not necessarily dangerous) withdrawal syndromes, such as heroin and prescription opiates. Detox can cost anywhere between ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Dilaudid Use

    Is Dilaudid Harmful? Dilaudid (hydromorphone) is an opioid analgesic prescribed to relieve pain. It is available in hospital settings as an injectable solution, or may be prescribed in either an oral solution or tablet form. Its use is frequently ...

    ... drugs like heroin. NOTE: Prescription opioid abusers are much more likely to use heroin at some ... of abstinence maintenance. Learn more about how to help a Dilaudid addict here . If you're ready to find a program and begin ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Fentanyl Use

    Is Fentanyl Dangerous? Fentanyl may be administered through: Patches. Oral or nasal spray. Lollipops (a 'troche' or lozenge with a stick handle). Injection. Fentanyl is a potent, synthetic opioid analgesic - excellent for controlling serious pain, ...

    ... fact, in October of 2015, 74 Chicagoans overdosed on heroin that many believe was cut with fentanyl or fentanyl derivatives ... recovery. In an aftercare program, the person addicted to Fentanyl can continue to build on ... continue reading
  • Medication-Assisted Treatment for Drug Abuse

    Many people believe that using medication in the treatment of substance use disorders is trading one addiction for another. However, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), use of FDA-approved medications ...

    ... of four rods that are inserted into the upper arm . The rods administer a continuous dose of buprenorphine ... alleviate withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings in those addicted to heroin or painkillers. In fact, one dose can ... continue reading
  • Snorting Morphine

    Morphine is a prescription opioid medication used to treat relatively severe pain 1 . Morphine is prescribed in a variety of forms, including liquid solution, tablets, and capsules, and is only intended to be used under the supervision of a medical ...

    ... cases, people may switch from a drug like morphine to heroin. This is common because painkillers tend to be much more ... and even death. Signs That Someone Is Addicted to Morphine Morphine is a highly addictive drug ... continue reading
  • Warning Signs of Drug Abuse

    Drug abuse continues to be a major concern in the United States. According to the report by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in 2013: Half of all Americans regularly drink alcohol with about 25% binge-drinking in ...

    ... abuse include: Using an illicit drug like cocaine, heroin, and crystal meth. Taking a prescription medication ... substances like cocaine and crystal methamphetamine. They generally speed up the body, making one feel awake, ... continue reading
  • Drugs A-Z

    What is Acamprosate? Acamprosate is thought to help recovering alcoholics stay sober balancing inhibitory and excitatory neurotransmission. Acamprosate may be combined with behavioral therapy to decrease the chance of relapse and continued drinking. ...

    ... of Crystal Meth use and how to help a Crystal Meth addict here. What is Darvocet? Darvocet is a combination of ... potent psychoactive effects when smoked. What is Heroin? Heroin is an illicit drug known to induce ... continue reading
  • 25 Great Writers Who Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    Drug and alcohol addiction can batter anyone Of course, some are more susceptible than others, and writers are notorious for having some sort of addiction. Whether it's alcohol to numb the noise from the world or speed or LSD to “inspire” them, ...

    ... it's alcohol to numb the noise from the world or speed or LSD to “inspire” them, the bohemian yet lonely world ... his book titled Junkie, Burroughs was a heroin and opioid addict. He even accidentally shot his wife in ... continue reading
  • How to Stay Productive at Work While Still in Recovery

    We live in a very competitive society when it comes to finding a job and keeping it. Even for a person that's never tasted a drop of alcohol, it's still a challenge to find a good job and get accepted into a workplace. It becomes even worse when ...

    ... your addiction, getting back to work can often actually help speed up your recovery; working gives you a sense of purpose ... at bay . Taking a moment to stretch out your arms and legs can do wonders to re-energize you and ... continue reading
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    People actively abusing legal or illicit substances can get pretty creative when it comes to devising a list of slang terms—ranging from avoiding detection from law enforcement to ensuring privacy in written and verbal communication. If you ...

    ... Liquid X Soap Scoop - Back to List - Heroin Heroin —This substance, which is essentially a modified form ... as: Adam Beans Clarity Disco Biscuit E Eve Molly Lover's Speed Peace STP X XTC Uppers - Back to List - Mescaline ... continue reading
  • Snorting Fentanyl

    Fentanyl is a pain-relieving substance with two main uses 1 : Treating significant acute, post-operative pain following surgery. Treating chronic or breakthrough pain in people that no longer respond to other narcotic medications. Like morphine, ...

    ... consuming heroin ( or other drugs) 1,6 . The speed of onset. Intensity. Duration of effects. Speed of ... to improve symptoms 1 . Signs That Someone is Addicted to Fentanyl Addiction is marked by the continued, compulsive ... continue reading
  • Dangers of Shooting Up

    Drugs can be abused in a variety of ways; while some people may take them orally, others may smoke, snort, or inject them. The practice of “shooting up,” or injecting drugs directly into the bloodstream by means of a needle is particularly ...

    ... enter the bloodstream immediately, which increases the speed of delivery to the brain. The effects can ... Brain. Because chronic, repeated injection of drugs such as heroin may lead to venous sclerosis, or a loss of veins ... continue reading
  • Amphetamine Addiction

    Amphetamines are prescription medications or illegal substances that are also known as stimulants, as they speed up your metabolism and increase your alertness. When legally prescribed, they are typically used to treat attention-deficit ...

    ... referred to as base, crystal, d-meth, fast, glass, ice, meth, speed, whiz, pure, or wax. Methamphetamine , which, when in liquid form, ... that are experienced by a person addicted to amphetamines) when you stop using ... continue reading
  • Snorting Methadone

    Individuals caught in a downward spiral of substance abuse and addiction constantly look for ways to enhance or maintain the high produced by their substance of choice. They may take more of their drug, take it more often, or find some other way to ...

    ... because it can: Alleviate the discomfort associated with heroin and prescription opioid withdrawal 2 . Block the euphoric ... opioid receptors 3 . Signs That Someone Is Addicted To reduce rates of methadone abuse, use ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol And Heroin Abuse

    Dangers of Abusing Alcohol and Heroin The dangerous combination of alcohol and heroin gets widespread publicity every year from tragedies that remind the public how alcohol amplifies the already powerful effects of heroin on the central nervous ...

    ... . Lack of motivation. Difficulty concentrating. Sudden itching of the arms. Combined Effects Of Heroin And Alcohol Despite the feeling of euphoria that heroin can give, the number of negative concurrent alcohol and ... continue reading
  • Lethal Drug Combinations

    What are the Deadliest Drug Combos? Combining drugs (“polysubstance abuse”) is both common and potentially dangerous. There are various reasons why individuals use substances in combination. For some, the activity is done haphazardly, without ...

    ... this combination of drugs is that people feel less vulnerable to heroin overdose because of their cocaine intake. In fact, users are ... the risk of addiction and the speed at which addiction develops. Secondly, particular ... continue reading
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    Tramadol is a medication prescribed to treat moderate to moderately severe pain in adults and, in its extended release forms, to manage certain chronic pain conditions. Similar to other pain medications like oxycodone, morphine, and hydrocodone, ...

    ... . In the case of tramadol, snorting will increase the speed at which the substance's effects are felt compared to ... occurs regardless of the negative outcomes. People addicted to tramadol will 12 : Have increased problems ... continue reading
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  • Taking Action: How to Intervene During an Overdose

    Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accident death in the United States. According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), 43,982 drug overdose deaths occurred in 2013 across the nation. That's two times the amount of overdose deaths a ...

    ... Overdose While overdosing on stimulants (cocaine, speed, methamphetamine) is not as deadly, statistically ... the National Institute on Drug Abuse reports heroin-related deaths have increased five-fold over the last ... continue reading
  • Why Is Cocaine so Addictive?

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    ... cognitive performance. What does it mean to Be Addicted to Cocaine? Addiction to cocaine is signaled by an ... noses. Track marks, or signs of injection on the arms, legs, or neck. Disordered sleep, insomnia, nightmares, ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Librium Use

    Librium , which is a brand name formulation of chlordiazepoxide, belongs to a class of sedative medications known as benzodiazepines . Librium has been widely used as a treatment for anxiety and for managing the symptoms of alcohol and other ...

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  • Ill Inventory: Drug Theft and Loss in the United States

    Every year, countless people become reliant on pharmaceuticals. And every year, drugs go missing. Despite extensive efforts to curb addiction and abuse, America's war on drugs is far from over. Guidelines for improving opioid prescribing practices ...

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  • Ambien Overdose

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  • Snorting Percocet

    Percocet is a prescription opioid containing both oxycodone and acetaminophen. While it is an effective pain reliever, as a Schedule II controlled drug it has a high potential for abuse due to the oxycodone in it. Oxycodone is a semisynthetic opioid ...

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  • Snorting Valium

    Valium is a prescription sedative medication that falls into the class of drugs known as benzodiazepines 1 . Also available as generic diazepam, Valium is prescribed in pill form to treat anxiety and panic symptoms 1,2 . When taken as prescribed, it ...

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  • Side Effects of Vyvanse

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  • The Side Effects of Xanax Use

    What Is Xanax? Xanax (generic name: alprazolam) is a powerful benzodiazepine drug that is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders by decreasing abnormal excitement in the brain. 1,2 The medication comes in the form of a tablet that quickly ...

    ... . How do you know if you or a loved one is addicted? Find out here . Short-Term Effects Alprazolam is among the most ... and concentrating, general intelligence, and psychomotor speed. 7 Substance Dependence People who take ... continue reading
  • Counting Dangerous Sheep: Why You Should Stop Popping Sleeping Pills

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    ... aware of their actions. The more “common” side effects of sleeping pills include: Tingling in the arms and legs Appetite changes Diarrhea Balance issues/dizziness Drowsiness Dry mouth Gas Headache Heartburn Mental/memory ... continue reading
  • Xanax Turned My Life Upside Down

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  • Researcher Gets $431,700 to Study the Effects of Meth on Wounds

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    ... to be hallmark indicators of meth use - decayed teeth, needle marks, and open lesions covering their arms. The lesions specifically caught his eye, and his observation of the couple triggered questions about the body ... continue reading
  • Teen Drug Abuse: The Warning Signs

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    ... , bumping into things, or scratching oneself). Constant scratching (a common sign of opiate use). Track marks on arms or legs from intravenous drug use. Wearing long sleeves even in the summer (to cover up track marks ... continue reading
  • Suboxone Withdrawal

    Suboxone is a medication approved for the treatment of opioid addiction and dependence . As part of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) regimen, Suboxone can help return the recovering individual to a life free of the intense highs and lows ...

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  • Why Is Crack So Addictive?

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  • 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/ ...

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  • The Deadly and Costly Consequences of DUIs

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    ... **): Concentration issues, memory loss, difficulty controlling speed, impaired ability to detect signals and scan ... 50% will relapse. 29 Moreover, once recovering addicts achieve 5 years of abstinence, the relapse rate ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Clonazepam Use

    What is Clonazepam? Clonazepam, commonly known by its brand name Klonopin, is a prescription medication commonly used for its anti-anxiety and anti-convulsant benefits. How Worried Should We Be About Benzos? This medication is part of a larger group ...

    ... mind and reduction of anxiety. People with sped-up or racing thoughts will report slowed thinking and ... prove they are clean. If you or someone you love is addicted to clonazepam, seek out the needed help. It is possible to ... continue reading
  • 3 Devastatingly Dangerous Alcohol-Drug Combos

    According to statistics compiled by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), roughly 25 percent of substance-related emergency room admissions involve a combination of both drugs and alcohol. Poly-Drug Abuse Although ...

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  • Here’s What Happened While Everyone Else Was Focused on Opiate Abuse

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  • Your Brain on Drugs: Studying Cocaine's Effect on Blood Flow

    Stimulant drugs like cocaine can cause serious blood flow problems within the brain. When there is an insufficient flow of rich, oxygenated blood to the brain, it can result in aneurysm-like bleeding and strokes. Researchers have developed a new ...

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  • 30 Famous Musicians Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Ozzy Osbourne Rockstar Ozzy Osbourne has long struggled with addiction. In fact, his heavy alcohol and drug abuse led to him being fired from Black Sabbath in 1978. 2. Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain got to know his wife Courtney Love while they used ...

    ... 11. Yoko Ono Musician Yoko Ono has openly admitted to heroin addiction. She has even claimed that she and John ... , Elton John was, in his own words, “a drug addict and self-absorbed.” Although he came out HIV-negative, he ... continue reading
  • Injecting Drugs: 9 Hidden Dangers

    Did you know that injecting drugs into your body can increase your risk for a number of health problems? Additionally, did you know that injection-related injuries not only include bruising, scarring, and venous injury, but also infectious diseases ...

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  • Cocaine Effects on the Body: Short-Term & Side Effects

    What is Cocaine? Cocaine is a powerful and highly addictive substance. Cocaine hydrochloride remains a schedule II controlled substance, as it has some legal therapeutic application as a pain reliever and vasoconstrictor, useful in association with ...

    ... or other drugs. The combination of cocaine and heroin is particularly deadly. Known as a speedball—this mixture ... or outpatient basis. Inpatient care means that the addict is in a supervised, residential setting. Often, ... continue reading
  • Snorting Vyvanse

    Vyvanse is the brand name of a medication prescribed to treat attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and binge eating disorder (BED) 1 . This substance is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant that interacts with several ...

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  • Snorting Hydrocodone

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    ... many substances, there is a direct relationship between the speed of onset and the strength of the drug effects. ... with drug use can be so rewarding that the addicted individual will seek to repeat use without regard to ... continue reading
  • Snorting Adderall

    What is Adderall? Adderall is a prescription stimulant used and abused for its ability to increase energy and mental focus, as well as for its potential to elicit pleasurable feelings at high enough doses 1 . It is prescribed for the treatment of ...

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  • Long-Term Effects of Molly

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  • 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 ...

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  • Concurrent Alcohol And Crack Abuse

    Concurrent Alcohol And Crack Abuse In the mid-1980s, crack cocaine use exploded across the United States. In 1974, 5 million people had tried cocaine. By 1985, more than 22 million people had tried cocaine, with more than half of them reporting ...

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  • 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 users. ...

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  • Alcohol and Breastfeeding

    Many women are curious about whether they can drink alcohol while they are breastfeeding. While women are strongly advised to avoid drinking any alcohol during pregnancy , the recommendations on whether a woman can drink while breastfeeding are less ...

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  • Drug Abuse Problems

    The Devastating Effects of Drug Abuse and Addiction The effects are pervasive and carry huge costs to society as a whole. Drug abuse problems - the myriad repercussions to substance addiction - are typically not high on the list of considerations ...

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