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  • 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 ...

    ... treatment options. Video: A Deadly Dance The following short documentary from the New York Times illustrates the heroin ... transition from detox treatment to a rehabilitation program for continued treatment. Rehabs are ... 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 ...

    ... Health and Mental Hygiene reveals just how deep the issue goes. In fact, more people died from unintentional heroin overdoses in New York last year than any year since 2003. Researchers were able to track the spread of ... continue reading
  • The Deadly and Costly Consequences of DUIs

    Read time: 17 mins It all starts with the thought, “I'm fine.” Maybe that person goes to a party at a friend's house and has a few beers or glasses of wine at dinner. The guest says goodbye and climbs into the driver's seat to head home. What ...

    ... lowest 2012 death rates include: 8 Utah: 1.2. New York: 1.7. New Jersey: 1.8. Massachusetts: 1.8. California: 2 ... . Call our helpline at to speak to a treatment support specialist about different recovery programs. There is ... continue reading
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  • Party Culture and Substance Use

    Three out of five college students actively drink alcohol, and more than half of them practice binge drinking - or drinking enough to significantly raise blood alcohol content (BAC) levels in a short span of time. Typically, this means four drinks ...

    ... risked mentioning other illicit substances - including heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, MDMA, oxycodone, ... 3 percent binge drinking rate falls below the national average. New York, which has a 25.4 percent binge drinking rate, ... continue reading
  • Drug Arrests Across America

    The Current Drug Landscape An estimated 24.6 million Americans aged 12 or over used an illicit drug in 2013. That's 9.4% of the population. 1 The number was similar in 2012 (9.2%), and in that year the FBI reports that there were 1.5 million drug ...

    ... out the complete list here and you'll see that New York and Los Angeles do have data available to the public, ... drug law violations. Two-thirds involved marijuana, crack, heroin, or cocaine. It's not hard to guess which ... continue reading
  • Crack History and Statistics

    Crack cocaine is a highly addictive drug of abuse that has intense stimulant properties. Typically, the user will feel a rush of excitement and energy that accompanies the euphoric delivered by the substance. Crack is a type of cocaine. This means ...

    ... you don't have to continue suffering. Learn how treatment can help. Who's Abusing It? Having no ... that is set aside for the coca cultivation is larger than New York City. As illustrated earlier, crack is a desirable drug ... continue reading
  • Sentencing by State 2

    have led to overcrowded facilities, skyrocketing prison costs, and major social, economic, and political impacts. Currently, nearly half of all inmates in federal prisons are serving sentences for drug offenses. Many are fathers and mothers who miss ...

    ... rise. The report also revealed that meth-related treatment admissions and meth seizures have all increased in ... most prevalent drug in five states (Florida, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, and D.C.) and tied for most ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... by a team of researchers from Stony Brook University in New York and the U.S. National Institutes of Health, ... and his team noted a dramatic drop in blood flow speed. For the very first time, researchers were also able to ... continue reading
  • Fentanyl: The Newest Lethal Injection Ingredient

    Fifty times stronger than heroin , the synthetic opioid fentanyl is flooding the drug market - and heightening the danger of overdose. In search of cheaper mixes and stronger highs, dealers now lace heroin and cocaine with this potent drug. We've ...

    ... the streets and unleashes deadly results. A recent drug seizure in New York took more than 140 pounds of fentanyl and nearly 50 pounds of fentanyl-laced heroin out of circulation. Seized from an apartment in Queens, this ... continue reading
  • From Bath Salts to Flakka: Searching for Designer Drugs

    Share on Twitter Share on Facebook The new and unfamiliar often elicits fear of the unknown. But when the new and unfamiliar is a drug - and when this drug is attributed to episodes of extreme paranoia, acts of superhuman strength, and reports of ...

    ... , heroin, and marijuana; authorities have now added flakka to that list. Georgia, Texas, New York, and ... com , or call today to speak with a caring treatment support specialist about recovery from bath salts, flakka or ... continue reading
  • States Scramble to Prevent Sale of Powdered Alcohol

    Palcohol, a new form of powdered alcohol , hasn't even made its way to U.S. shelves yet, but some states are already taking immediate steps to ban the product from seeing the light of day. Early Intervention in Colorado Palcohol, marketed by ...

    Palcohol, a new form of powdered alcohol , hasn't even made its way to U.S. shelves yet, but some states ... enough problems with the liquid kind.” New York Joins the Ban New York Senator Charles Schumer has also pushed for ... continue reading
  • K2 Knowledge

    For the last few years, the use of synthetic cannabinoids - also known as K2, Spice, Fake Weed, and over 500 other street names - has been on the rise. In a single three-day period in 2016, at least 130 people in New York overdosed on K2 . In 2015, ...

    ... a single three-day period in 2016, at least 130 people in New York overdosed on K2 . In 2015, 10 deaths were linked to its ... about intervention programs, and a directory of treatment centers searchable by state. If you or ... continue reading
  • 5 Things About Kratom You Need to Know

    Recently, a drug called kratom, has come into the center of national controversy.Also referred to as 'ketum' or 'kakuam', taking kratom produces opiate-like effects. Kratom is legal in the U.S. and many people begin taking the drug to help with ...

    ... the drug to help with withdrawal from certain drugs, like heroin. What you may not realize though, is that kratom ... drug as a brewed beverage. States like Colorado, New York, North Carolina, are opening spots where you can ... continue reading
  • Overdosed

    The United States is experiencing an epidemic of drug overdose deaths: every year, nearly 44,000 lives are tragically lost, with more than half of the fatalities caused by prescription drugs. We've analyzed the latest government data to find out why ...

    ... of witnessed drug overdose in New York City: implications for intervention,” Drug and Alcohol Dependence 79 (2005): 181-182. http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2016/03/03/heroin-gateway-drugs/ http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns ... continue reading
  • Seized

    In 2015, Border Patrol prevented more than 1.5 million pounds of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and meth from entering the United States. 1 In the same year, the Coast Guard intercepted 72 vessels and more than 150,000 pounds of drugs. 2 These ...

    ... centers, including Baltimore, New York City, and Washington, D ... treatment. 18 Other Northeastern states have similar heroin afflictions, like New Jersey, which had the third-highest rate of heroin busts in the news ... continue reading
  • Risk of Counterfeit and Laced Drugs

    Results from the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that approximately 27 million people aged 12 or older were current illicit drug users. That figure amounts to 1 in every 10 people having used illegal drugs in the past month. With a ...

    ... hair samples of nightclub/festival-attending young adults in New York City who reported lifetime Molly/MDMA/ecstasy use, ... to get help to stop using. For information on treatment programs , call us at . If you are looking ... continue reading
  • Progressive Ways Some States Are Reducing Nonviolent Drug Offender Incarcerations

    The United States has some of the highest incarceration rates in the world. In 2008 alone, the United States had placed one out of every 48 working men behind bars; that's a lot of people to support with tax money. In fact, about $75 billion was ...

    ... $1 billion. In New York and Rhode Island, mandatory ... treatment programs and out of prisons. At the same time, Michigan was creating laws that would result in an overhaul of mandatory sentencing laws. States such as New ... continue reading
  • Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There’s Good News and Bad News

    It's no secret that the abuse of prescription opioid painkillers, like OxyContin and Percocet , has reached epidemic levels in the United States. But a recently published study highlights a strange trend: Non-medical use of opiates has decreased, ...

    ... hopeful” sign, wrote Dr. Lewis Nelson of the New York University School of Medicine and coauthors in a report ... health system to detect and provide timely access to treatment does not seem to be improving much.” Additional ... continue reading
  • How Concerned Should We Be About Opiates?

    Opiates are a group of drugs that manage pain by depressing the central nervous system (CNS). There are two different kinds of opiates: natural and synthetic. Natural opiates come from the dried “milk” of the poppy plant and include opium, ...

    ... of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center in New York. 3 Addiction milestones have continued to mount ... The Need for Treatment Is Rising Millions of Americans suffer from addiction to opioids like heroin or OxyContin, but ... continue reading
  • Over 1 in 10 Americans admit they have had a drinking problem at one stage of their life

    Based on a survey of 2,560 Americans (aged 21+; Google surveys August 2020). State % Alabama 4 Alaska 29 Arizona 17 Arkansas 12 California 19 Colorado 23 Connecticut 10 Delaware 15 Florida 18 Georgia 10 Hawaii 14 Idaho 25 Illinois 14 Indiana 11 Iowa ...

    ... 8 Nebraska 10 Nevada 12 New Hampshire 50 New Jersey 12 New Mexico 25 New York 10 North Carolina 4 North ... . DrugAbuse.com , a provider of drug and alcohol treatment resources and programs, conducted a survey of 2,560 ... continue reading
  • An Analysis of Drug Sentencing Trends in the US

    The United States justice system tries drug offenses on a daily basis, primarily through state courts. Because the vast majority of drug offenses are state cases rather than federal cases, individuals convicted of these crimes are largely tried and ...

    ... is far less severe. In fact, in 39 states, the median prison sentence for possession was 0 months. Georgia, New York, Oklahoma, and Texas all had 2 months as their median sentence followed by California with 3, and ... continue reading
  • Researcher Gets $431,700 to Study the Effects of Meth on Wounds

    It's widely known that meth use can lead to a multitude of health problems: rotten teeth, memory loss, a weakened immune system. Nobody knows this better than Luis Martinez, microbiologist and associate professor of biomedical sciences at the New ...

    ... Nobody knows this better than Luis Martinez, microbiologist and associate professor of biomedical sciences at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT). What's Going on Under the Skin? Martinez has spent years studying ... 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 ...

    ... The Bellevue Hospital in New York City admitted its first case of heroin dependence in 1910. Only ... -month users has stabilized in the last 2 years and treatment facility admissions have declined, it is difficult to tell if ... continue reading
  • Russian Roulette: The Hidden Dangers of Cutting Agents in Cocaine and Heroin

    In the United States, more than 47,000 people die from drug overdoses every year . To make matters worse, drug deaths have recently surpassed both automobile and firearm accidents as the leading cause of accidental death in the country. There's no ...

    ... -the-rise/#.Vw4ZVjArK73 http://www.wsj.com/articles/potent-synthetic-drug-exacerbates-heroin-epidemic-in-new-york-city-1458772740 http://www.unionleader.com/article/20160131/NEWS12/160139925&template=mobileart http://www ... continue reading
  • History of Drug Abuse

    History of Substance Abuse Rehabilitation As drugs have been abused for hundreds of years all over the world, their effects have been felt for just as long. Since drugs have been used, there were always those who abused them, which led to full-blown ...

    ... that could be managed. In 1864, the New York State Inebriate Asylum, the first hospital intended to ... the Office of Drug Control Policy detected an increase in heroin use among youth and young adults. Between 1992 and ... continue reading
  • Neighborhood Watch: Drug Sales Drive Drug Use

    Community prevention organizations have known for many years that one of the best predictors of drug use is what's known as “perception of risk.” In general, the higher the perceived risk for a particular drug, the fewer teens and young adults ...

    ... Abuse Treatment, Prevention and Policy zeroes in on peer attitudes around drug use in neighborhoods and compares them to the perceived frequency of drug use and drug sales. Community Influence New York University ... continue reading
  • The Dangerous (and Deadly) Effects of Spice

    Natural ingredients, legal use, lower cost…it must be healthy, right? The deadly misconception above has led to a growing number of fatalities brought on by synthetic or “designer” drugs. Use of synthetic marijuana - sold under names like ...

    ... ten times higher than those for the same time period in 2014. And these are just New York State's statistics. The New England Journal of Medicine has reported large-spread usage resulting in severe reactions and deaths ... continue reading
  • Ruthless Drug Dealer Ordered to Pay for His Client’s Funeral

    Opioid abuse is killing thousands of Americans each year. Every day, nearly 100 lives are lost to the opioid epidemic. Many of these fatalities are caused by a deadly drug that's secretly added to baggies of heroin (or cocaine) as a cheap way for ...

    ... people in 2016 died from using these substances. In New York City, fentanyl-laced cocaine caused 37 percent of overdose ... by making them pay for medical bills or rehab treatment , as well? Tell us what you think about ... continue reading
  • Desperate or Dealer: Officers Tasked With the Vetting Process

    Katrina was arrested in 2006 in South Florida for selling a small amount of heroin . Recently kicked out of a rehab for fraternizing with men, she was living between the couches of different “friends,” most of whom were on drugs or associated ...

    ... with, she emerged from behind bars much worse. Nothing but heroin seemed to take the edge off her pain. At the young ... New York Times calling for police to have the ability to force drug addicted individuals into treatment. ... continue reading
  • Famous Drug Abusers

    Drug and Alcohol Addiction: A Disease that Touches Everyone According to data from the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 22.7 million Americans need treatment for a drug or alcohol problem. And though it may sound cliché, ...

    ... possession of the drug in 1998 after running naked through New York City's Plaza Hotel. Jeff Conaway : One of ... drugs and alcohol. She tried multiple attempts at rehab and treatment, but she died at the young age of 27. ... continue reading
  • Private and Luxury Recovery Options

    When considering inpatient treatment, there are generally 3 standard options: public inpatient rehab centers, private inpatient rehab centers, and luxury treatment centers. Both usually offer the same core elements—including counseling, access to ...

    ... work well among people in treatment, particularly among people who abuse heroin and cocaine. The vouchers ... Locations such as Malibu, Palm Springs, upstate New York, and rural New Mexico are all home to these facilities. ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Poisoning Deaths are Occurring at an Alarming Rate

    The perception that it's the college crowd most given to binge drinking and alcohol poisoning has just been proven false, thanks to a study recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Cause of a Deadly Problem Of ...

    ... (90 percent) are considered alcohol abusers, not alcoholics with an alcohol dependency. The Finer Details The New York Times' health page lists the difference between alcoholism and alcohol abuse: “Alcoholism is when you ... continue reading
  • A Closer Look at the History and Use of Cocaine

    Cocaine is a popular CNS (central nervous system) stimulant that is naturally derived from the cocoa plant, which is most commonly grown in South America's Andean region. Though its proper, chemical name is benzoylmethyl ecgonine (C17H21NO4), users ...

    ... the 1970s, where the drug fueled all-night parties at such iconic establishments as Studio 54 in New York City. Today, powder cocaine remains popular among the wealthy and within the college crowd. The United States ... continue reading
  • Want Healthy, Clear Skin? Say No to Alcohol!

    Drinking too much alcohol too often has negative effects on the body, something anyone with nasty hangover experience can validate. Most people are aware that prolonged use of alcohol negatively impacts the liver, kidneys and heart. However, a fact ...

    ... ways. Alcohol and Its Effects on Skin First, alcohol is a hepatotoxin, says Dr. David Colbert, founder of New York Dermatology Group, meaning it attacks the cells in the liver that detoxify the body. “One way to look at ... continue reading
  • 5 Movies That Will Make You Never Want to Do Drugs Again

    Hollywood has a knack for glamorizing controversial subjects and drug use is certainly one of them. Yet for every Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas or Trainspotting , there are also those films that will make you never want to touch drugs again. Here ...

    ... . It's also one of the best depictions of the drug scene of 1970s New York City. Needle Park takes its name from a popular hangout for heroin users on Manhattan's Upper West Side, where much of the film's action ... continue reading
  • 5 NFL Players Who Tackled Their Addictions

    Drugs and alcohol have become a major part of NFL culture. From March 2013 to March 2014, NFL players were arrested 27 times on drug charges, and several players have also received lengthy suspensions for positive drug tests, including Cleveland ...

    ... Maualuga spent over a month at an inpatient treatment center in Charleston, South Carolina , and ... it. But I'm enjoying the sober life.” Erik Ainge (New York Jets) Shortly before training camp began for the 2010 season, ... continue reading
  • Robert Downey Jr.'s Incredible Comeback from Addiction

    A great Hollywood comeback story, Robert Downey Jr. is now one of the most bankable and highly paid actors in show business, starring in blockbuster comic book films like Iron Man and The Avengers as Iron Man—a role he continued in 2019's ...

    ... for possession of heroin and cocaine. As reported in a 2003 interview with the New York Times , Downey was ... ended up serving a year in California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, Corcoran. In 2001, ... continue reading
  • The 12 Most Expensive / Luxury Rehabs in the US

    You don't need to be a millionaire to go to rehab, but a person with a little extra money to spend and the desire to get sober can choose from many expensive or luxury rehabs in the United States. Southern California, specifically picturesque ...

    ... New York City metro area, Pennsylvania, Florida, Arizona and Utah, too. “Most centers offer a holistic approach to addiction treatment ... a private room and $200 per day for detox - means patients can enjoy a glassed-in gym ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Addiction: Have Scientists Finally Found a Cure?

    The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports an estimated 1.5 million Americans use cocaine. In 2015, our nation saw more than 6,700 cocaine-related deaths. Research indicates around 40 percent of drug-related emergency department visits involve ...

    ... withdrawal symptoms and lessen cravings. While the treatment options for opiate addiction have increased, the same ... of doctors from Mount Sinai Medical Centre in New York may have finally overcome these roadblocks. This ... continue reading
  • Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About a Resurgence of Cocaine in the U.S.?

    According to the DEA's annual Drug Threat Assessment cocaine use is on the rise. It looks as if, while in the midst of an opioid epidemic, a lethal storm of cocaine has quietly made landfall in the US. Cocaine-related deaths spiked in 2006 at 7,500 ...

    ... , fentanyl , into cocaine. This deadly duo was responsible for 37 percent of overdose deaths last year in New York. What to Expect The DEA believes the recent surge in the production and distribution of cocaine will lead ... continue reading
  • Can a Judge Order Me Not to Get Pregnant?

    A judge in New York recently ordered a woman who's addicted to drugs not to get pregnant. While no one would argue that someone with an extreme drug problem should get pregnant, there are complex issues involved in ordering someone not to conceive ...

    A judge in New York recently ordered a woman who's addicted to drugs not to get pregnant. While no one would argue ... a woman not get pregnant is like mandating drug treatment. The severity of the opioid crisis makes for ... continue reading
  • 9 Things People Get Wrong About Anxiety. #6 Makes it Worse!

    With more than 40 million Americans over the age of 18 currently struggling with some form of anxiety, there's a lot of misinformation floating around out there. From old wives tales to downright dangerous “cures,” if you're struggling with an ...

    ... professor of psychology at Stony Brook University in New York. He goes on to say that safety behaviors ... make her less receptive to any kind of help or treatment in the future. If your child has been diagnosed with ... continue reading
  • Alcoholics Anonymous

    Are you struggling to quit drinking? You are not alone. Millions of people each year try to quit drinking, and most of them find it very difficult. But don't give up-there are plenty of resources available to help you succeed. Here, we will discuss ...

    ... alcohol addiction, AA may be an effective part of your treatment plan. What is Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)? AA began in 1935 when Bill Wilson (Bill W.), a New York stockbroker, and Dr. Robert Smith (Dr. Bob S.), an Akron ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Phenobarbital Abuse

    The Problem of Alcohol and Phenobarbital Abuse Phenobarbital (trade name: Luminal) is a prescription barbiturate that is used primarily as an anticonvulsant to treat patients with seizures. Phenobarbital has been used to treat many different types ...

    ... recovery services include: Inpatient and residential treatment facilities that can provide full-time care ... for about 1 in 10 people. A recent study in New York City revealed that 2% of overdose suicides in elderly persons ... 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 ...

    ... how to help someone with heroin addiction . Credit: New York Times Methamphetamines Methamphetamine, commonly shortened ... Detox A pre-requisite part of any drug abuse treatment program is initial detoxification . Detox ... continue reading
  • AmeRxica’s Most Medicated

    According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, over 54 million people have used prescription medication non-medically - effectively more than 20 percent of the population aged 12 and older. When our doctor puts pen to paper and hands us a ...

    ... of our symptoms and recommendation of the best treatment plan. Still, some of the most commonly used ... risk for overdose,was most commonly distributed around mid-island New York with over 4,000 grams in 2015 . The ... 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 ...

    ... , the profile of those users is also evolving. The change is, in part, because heroin is becoming more accessible, increasing its usage, a new Penn State University study finds . At the same time, more people are abusing ... 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, ...

    ... in case of emergency. Most importantly, seek treatment for heroin addiction before overdose occurs. The first process in treatment is finding safe and effective detox . Heroin withdrawal is not likely to be physically ... continue reading
  • Can You Get Addicted to Heroin After the First Use?

    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 addictive or highly addictive . Adding to the risk associated with the substance is the ...

    ... how soon it can reach the brain. Consider the speeds of the following routes according to the Center for ... Call to learn how treatment can restore your health and wellbeing. How Do You Get Addicted to Heroin? The path to ... 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 ...

    ... The risks of continuing heroin use are significant and every hit puts you in danger. Treatment can help you clear your body of these drugs and begin a new healthy life. While it is possible to detox alone, the withdrawal ... 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 ...

    ... History and Statistics Heroin Use Increasing Across New Demographics If you want to break loose from alcohol and heroin addictions before they take over your life, call to get help determining your treatment options and ... continue reading
  • Detoxing from OxyContin: What to Expect

    What makes OxyContin so addictive? Why does the body develop dependence on OxyContin? And if you're addicted to Oxy, how do you break the vicious cycle? Here, we will explore what the drug is, what detoxification looks like and how to identify and ...

    ... addictions. Suboxone , a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone, is another option for medically-assisted opioid detox treatment. If you or someone you know is struggling with an OxyContin addiction, call our helpline ... continue reading
  • Inpatient Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment Programs Near Me

    What is Addiction? Addiction is a complex brain disease that affects millions of people every year and can happen to anyone, regardless of age, gender, race, occupation or financial status. 1 Though the condition can be debilitating, addiction is ...

    ... to help yourself have a new, drug- or alcohol-free life. Inpatient addiction treatment programs offer a high level ... will be on detox and withdrawal management, with preparation for additional post-detox treatment. It may ... continue reading
  • Addiction Treatment

    Substance addiction is a chronic condition involving compulsive drug and/or alcohol use. People who are addicted to a substance may continue to drink or use drugs despite the potentially serious problems such substance use may cause in their lives. ...

    ... is sometimes not even aware. The good news is that addiction treatment uses evidence-based methods to target and ... dependence associated with such use. Some detox treatments may involve medication management to help a ... 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 ...

    ... diagnoses in a safe and healthy manner. How to Find a Meth Detox and Treatment Facility Meth detox will typically be monitored in a facility, but once detox is complete a patient has the choice to enroll in either an ... continue reading
  • Does Anthem Insurance Cover Addiction Treatment?

    Finding treatment for a drug or alcohol addiction is necessary to begin recovery. Some people may delay treatment because they are unsure about insurance options. However, it's always best to move forward with an addiction treatment program sooner ...

    ... always best to move forward with an addiction treatment program sooner rather than later. Whether you need medical detox, intensive outpatient treatment, inpatient treatment, or something else, you can access your Anthem ... continue reading
  • New Study: Amphetamine Abuse and This Old Heart

    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 ...

    ... 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 makes you get older ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Heroin Use

    Is Heroin Harmful? Heroin is the name for a modified version of morphine that is a very addictive and illegal opioid drug . The drug is available on the illicit market in a number of different varieties, with purer product tending to occur in white ...

    ... Typically, detox is completed on an inpatient basis so that a medical team can be present at all times. Following the detoxification process, the recovering heroin addict can be referred to a number of treatment options ... 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 ...

    ... Northern New England Poison Center, which documented the spike in heroin overdoses in rural states like Maine, New Hampshire and ... OxyContin to heroin is clear to Mark Publicker, who oversees a 24-bed detox ward at Mercy ... continue reading
  • Welcome to a New Tramadol Nightmare

    People seeking safe opiate detox in Alaska were recently left out in the cold - in more ways than one. Only two state facilities currently offer detox services to Alaskans - and both of them were recently shut down, thanks to one of the DEAs newer ...

    ... newer classification regulations. Red Tape to the Rescue? Neither of the detox facilities were administering new ... to wean people off other opiates such as Oxycontin or heroin . Once thought of as a “safe alternative” to ... 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 ...

    ... in the first half of 2017 show tremendous variation. 5 People testing and studying the samples of this new heroin drug are often mystified by its contents and appearance and struggle to explain the substance's signature ... continue reading
  • DEA: Heroin ‘Probably’ More Dangerous Than Marijuana

    With 23 states and Washington D.C. legalizing medical marijuana and four states legalizing it for recreational use, it's quite possible we'll see a day when marijuana is considered “legal” throughout the U.S. However, the Drug Enforcement ...

    ... other words, it's in the same category as heroin and crack cocaine . Even the staunchest anti-drug ... New Views on Old Laws Administrator Rosenberg recently acknowledged that pot is “probably not” as dangerous as heroin ... continue reading
  • Drugs in the News

    In a world grappling with issues of substance use and abuse, drugs are bound to see their days in the spotlight of our 24-hour news cycle. Maybe it's because of another tragic celebrity overdose, forcing us to confront the fact that even our heroes ...

    ... known as krokodil, as well as those documenting an alarming uptick in to heroin use in New England. MDMA & Ecstasy With the rise of rave culture in the United States around the turn of the decade, it's been no surprise ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

    ... Capretto. What's more, thousands of people are unknowingly buying heroin that's laced with the deadly drug. This has become ... Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention act, a new law that would require the U.S. Postal ... 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 ...

    ... more money to be made. Once cut, the powder takes 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 color. And tends to be sticky like tar or ... 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
  • Is Fentanyl Abuse More Deadly Than Heroin?

    Fentanyl, a drug previously unheard of by many, has become notorious in recent years due to the spike in overdose deaths from heroin laced with the potent prescription narcotic. It gained even more notoriety when the April 2016 death of iconic ...

    ... (IMF), is made in clandestine labs. NPF is sold illegally, and it is highly sought after because it produces heroin-like effects 1 and can be cheap for manufacturers to make. On the street, it is sold under various names ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... . Combined, these two drugs prompt body systems to not only slow down, but grind to a halt. The heroin/fentanyl combo is also one that sets in quickly. Effects are felt almost instantly and collapse occurs in a matter of ... continue reading
  • Why Painkillers Are So Hard to Detox From

    Pain is a curious product of the human body. Why do we suffer from it? How does it help us? And why do some enjoy it? First, pain helps us avoid the things that could hurt us. We don't put our hands on a hot stove because that hurts. This means we ...

    ... at once, the stronger the feeling of euphoria. Therefore heroin is very effective at this because it breaks down ... painkillers is vital to your health, So, while the detox and withdrawal is hard, the reality of living with ... 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 ...

    ... the brain's opiate receptors, much like morphine or heroin , Opana, otherwise known as oxymorphone, is a ... abusers simply adapted to the market by searching for a new, easier drug to inject or snort. Not surprisingly, ... 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, ...

    ... clear itself of heroin's influence. During a medically managed detox, medications like ... treatment that permit someone in recovery to access new ideas and information from people with extended abstinence from heroin ... 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 ...

    ... leading a younger generation in a new, life-threatening direction. Heroin's purity, or strength, is also ... someone you love is abusing heroin, it's crucial to seek professional treatment immediately, before becoming a ... 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 ...

    ... this method. But a new study indicates that occasional IV heroin use after HIV transmission could ... of heroin and other opioids on other aspects of immune function” for future research projects and potential treatment ... 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 ...

    ... one man struggling from heroin addiction into treatment and recovery. Credit: CBS News What Are the Signs ... to avoid detoxing. Questions to Ask Yourself Am I unable to stop heroin use? Do I spend money on heroin I need for ... 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 ...

    ... prompting the government's housing partners to launch a new effort in hopes of curbing this deadly trend. ... to keep people alive long enough to get them into treatment. We've always been told to avoid enabling someone who ... continue reading
  • Are Prescription Painkillers as Addictive as Heroin?

    The Link Between Painkillers and Heroin According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), in 2011, 4.2 million Americans aged 12 or over had used heroin at least once in their lives. Of these users, an estimated 23% will go on to become ...

    ... have before returning to the doctor for a new prescription. With these limitations in place, many ... abuse and/or heroin addiction, you are not alone. There are a number of individualized treatment solutions available. Call ... continue reading
  • Heroin Addiction: Treatment and Rehab

    Heroin addiction can negatively impact certain aspects of your life and have dangerous health repercussions. Here, we will help you understand heroin addiction, how addiction is treated, and what you should know about heroin rehab centers, including ...

    ... intensity levels or receive additional services if necessary. People commonly begin the heroin treatment process with a supervised medical detox, which helps ensure safety and comfort as the drug is cleared from ... continue reading
  • Is This New Drug the Holy Grail of All Pain Relievers?

    Millions of Americans suffer daily from chronic pain. Factor in all the people managing temporary pain after accidents or surgeries and you have a massive number of people on prescription painkillers. Abuse of morphine, an extremely powerful and ...

    ... Researchers discovered that the significant respiratory depression seen with morphine use was not present with use of the new drug. However, it did deliver the same level of pain relief. In fact, it produced longer pain ... continue reading
  • Weed Gets a “Fancy” New Name: Craft Cannabis

    We've become a country consumed with what goes into our food products. While many want organic foods, others want gluten-free meals and non-GMO practices. It looks like this trend has expanded to include drug use. The latest trend in marijuana is ...

    ... 's just re-branded. It's like those labels added by manufacturers when they change their packaging: “Same product. New look.” But what changed? Not much really, except they increase their prices to cover the cost of the ... 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 This abuse ...

    ... much of a deterrent, they're trying again with some new designs for pill bottles. The latest ideas include: Med-O ... put more time, money, and resources into developing new versions of these bottles? Sound off in the ... continue reading
  • New Experimental Opioid Makes Some Awfully Big Promises

    For many, getting hooked on opioids starts innocently enough. Typically, it's a way to find relief from chronic pain. But the feeling of euphoria - or “high” - that accompanies each dose is ultimately what keeps users coming back for more, ...

    ... them or becoming addicted to opiates altogether? Nektar Therapeutics is delving into this possibility, with its new experimental opioid designed to achieve pain relief without the euphoria - a feat reportedly achieved in ... continue reading
  • Prescription Opiates: As Addictive as Heroin?

    According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 21.5 million Americans aged 12 and older met the criteria for substance use disorder in 2014. Of these, 1.9 million were addicted to prescription opiate pain medications and 586,000 ...

    ... a result of the opiate-addiction epidemic. In a 2014 survey, 94% of people in treatment for opioid addiction reported choosing to use heroin because prescription opioids were “far more expensive and harder to obtain”. 1 ... continue reading
  • Painkiller Detox and Withdrawal

    Prescription painkillers are opioid medications that manage pain and, furthermore, exhibit activity throughout the brain's pleasure centers. Their interaction with opioid receptors in the brain results in a down-modification of the sensations of ...

    ... antagonizing compound that may result in immediate heroin withdrawal symptoms, naloxone is used to ... Treatment can help you clear your body of these drugs and begin a new healthy life. While it is possible to detox ... continue reading
  • New Years Resolutions & Substance Abuse

    The arrival of a new year represents a turning point for many people, and an opportunity to make long-awaited changes in their lives. While perhaps only 8% of people will stick to these resolutions, lots of folks still express a great interest in ...

    The arrival of a new year represents a turning point for many people, and an opportunity to make long-awaited changes in their lives. While perhaps only 8% of people will stick to these resolutions, lots of folks still ... continue reading
  • New Drug Testing Technology Makes Urine Samples a Thing of the Past

    Breathe on this. Spit on that. Provide a urine sample. You know the drill. The methods of drug testing are relatively common and well-known. From breathalyzers to blood tests, most people are familiar with the process…but all that's about it ...

    ... will work for detecting a variety of drugs, including heroin. What Are the Advantages? “This is a real breakthrough ... in locations like workplaces, hospitals, and treatment centers In emergency situations, due to the ... 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 ... February for $1 billion in new funding to expand access to treatment.” The bill has not been without ... continue reading
  • Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms and Treatment

    Many substances of abuse can lead to the development of physiological dependence—especially if they are taken in large amounts and for a long period of time. When a person becomes dependent on a substance and then decides to stop using it, they ...

    ... , sedatives , opioids , cocaine and heroin (also known as dope sickness ). 3 ... of Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment Continuing addiction treatment after withdrawal management, or detox, is an important step toward ... continue reading
  • New Study Reveals Cocaine Robs You of Loss

    A new study has found that cocaine abuse affects brain circuits so drastically that some users can't even recognize personal loss in their lives. Researchers were able to conclude that the brain circuits responsible for predicting emotional loss ...

    ... cocaine antidote would likely be used a supplement to drug treatment , not an overall cure. Many experts say the ... same way that methadone is used to treat heroin addiction. Findings from the Danish study were published ... 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 ...

    ... variables included: Number of imprisoned heroin users and their crimes Treatment costs of heroin abuse Chronic infectious diseases contracted through heroin use and cost of their treatments Cost of treating newborns with ... 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 ...

    ... to use even after successful completion of detox and treatment. These cravings, a normal occurrence for ... an opioid - whether the substance being abused is heroin or a prescription painkiller, such as OxyContin or Vicodin ... continue reading
  • Opioid Addiction: Treatment and Rehab

    If you or a loved one abuses opioids, you should know that opioid addiction treatment can be a beneficial and potentially lifesaving intervention. 1 It can be challenging and uncomfortable to stop using opioids on your own. 2 Opioid rehab can help ...

    ... works on the same opioid receptors in your brain as heroin, morphine, and other opioid pain medications. It does ... may be used during detox for up to 14 days. How to Pay for Opioid Rehab Treatment Treatment can vary in ... continue reading
  • The Dangers of At Home Detox

    How Does Detoxing from Drugs and Alcohol Work? Detoxing from drugs and alcohol can take place in a number of settings, and while it may be tempting to try it at home, a medically-supervised detoxification can help minimize unpleasant withdrawal ...

    ... treatment session. Inpatient programs can benefit those with a history of substance use involving alcohol, heroin ... next step of treatment. Social Detox Social detox is a type of non-medical detox conducted in a structured ... continue reading
  • Detox Types and Options

    Formal detox is often the first and one of the most important steps in the drug addiction recovery process, as a person may better benefit from the efforts of counseling and therapy after first being physically stabilized. According to the National ...

    ... for 3-4 weeks. For opioid drugs, such as heroin and painkillers, symptoms typically emerge within 6-12 hours ... types of detox services available. It's important to determine your priorities when it comes to treatment so ... continue reading
  • Gabapentin Abuse: Symptoms, Effects, Overdose & Treatment

    What is Gabapentin Neurontin? Gabapentin Neurontin is an anticonvulsant that comes in a capsule, tablet, and oral solution. It is used to manage certain seizure disorders, as well as the neuropathic pain phenomenon known as post-herpetic neuralgia ...

    ... is used as a cutting agent in street heroin, increasing the potential for abuse and the development ... of hemodialysis (kidney dialysis). 2 Detox and Treatment Abruptly stopping gabapentin can increase the likelihood ... 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 ...

    ... a serious problem that destroys the lives of those addicted to it. There is good news, though. Professional heroin addiction treatment is helpful in reducing cravings, improving well-being, and setting the stage for long ... continue reading
  • Heroin Relapse

    Heroin Relapse is Common Heroin addiction is very powerful and, because of its interaction with opioid receptors and reinforcing influence on your brain's reward centers, results in such profound feelings of euphoria and pleasure that it sometimes ...

    ... heroin relapse rates among participants who were discharged after successfully completing an opiate detox ... common emotional and mental blocks to reentering treatment after a heroin relapse can include 7 : Feeling like ... continue reading
  • 3-Day, 5-Day, 7-Day and 10-Day Detox Programs Near Me

    Often, addiction drug and alcohol rehab programs combine detox with therapy and other services to support people through addiction recovery. This is important because it gives people time to understand more about their substance use and set a solid ...

    ... detox, heroin detox, meth detox, cocaine detox, fentanyl detox or opiate detox centers. There is a range of detox services available. Detox ... away from their homes through detox and treatment to focus on recovery. Others ... continue reading
  • Drug Rehab and Addiction Treatment

    Drug Rehab For many, finding a drug rehab center is one of the most difficult parts of entering into recovery. You might be wondering, what is drug rehab? Or is there even a drug rehab near me? When you are in the early stages of recovery, it is ...

    ... the specific drug used. For example, opioids like heroin are more addictive because of the way their ... the primary settings. Detox Detox , short for “detoxification,” is often the first stage of treatment for people who ... continue reading
  • 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. ...

    ... due to new understanding of its addictive potential 1 . Depending on how it is made, heroin can be ... heroin addiction. Options for heroin addiction treatment may include 10 : Inpatient residential treatment : This treatment ... continue reading
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