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  • 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 ...

    ... to recreate that first high. Why Do People Use Heroin? The intense high and its speed of onset are major ... reversing symptoms of overdose and can save a life when given early. Some communities hit hard by heroin use ... 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 ...

    ... drug was snorted, smoked, or injected. Throughout the heroin high, the user may move between periods of being ... bones. Diarrhea. Vomiting. Inability to sleep. The symptoms can climax within one or two days but ... 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 ...

    ... about the dangers of heroin use and the high addictive potential for heroin . Because they are concerned ... suffering from heroin addiction. The specialist you speak with will know all about the symptoms you are ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... ? Or, do heroin addicts pick up painkillers in hopes of transferring to a “safer” high? The Danger of ... withdrawal symptoms experienced. It's the promise of a painless withdrawal process that appeals to heroin addicts. ... 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, ...

    ... may be less aware of heroin's intoxicating depressant effects and consume higher-than-normal amounts, placing themselves at ... naltrexone to alleviate the more several withdrawal symptoms and cravings to reduce relapse risk. ... 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 ...

    ... more of the substance, higher purity, or different methods of delivery to feel the same results. Dependence is when your body requires heroin to feel normal and withdrawal symptoms present without the substance in ... 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 ...

    ... symptoms more severe than those caused by morphine dependence. Regulation and Prohibition Heroin ... time, abusers must take greater doses of heroin to achieve the same “high.” Finally, after a period of chronic ... 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 ...

    ... some heroin. The opioid substance produces a strong and rapid euphoric high. One of the greatest risks of heroin is ... that he touched fentanyl, he began feeling the symptoms of overdose just 10 minutes later. 6 Due to ... 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 ...

    ... producing larger amounts of the product or producing a stronger high 1,2,5 . Prior to being sold on the illicit ... displaces and blocks the heroin from the opioid receptors to reverse symptoms and prevent overdose death ... 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. ...

    ... experience such a fast and intense high after taking the drug. Heroin is an opioid and it belongs ... your last use, you may experience 6 : Flu-like symptoms including fever, chills, cold sweats, runny nose, chills, ... 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 ...

    ... IV heroin use after HIV transmission could actually worsen the symptoms of this illness much more than regular IV heroin use ... their sex partners, high-risk youth and people living in areas with high rates of drug abuse ... 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 ...

    ... get the same effects.) Withdrawal Telltale indicators of a heroin dependency are the withdrawal symptoms that present at some point after the last high fades and the substance leaves the body. This will ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... precipitating the sudden onset of heroin withdrawal symptoms. After heroin detox is successfully completed, ... 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 ...

    ... , the loved ones surrounding them may feel unsure of how to deal with the issue. Addiction to heroin can cause a number of distressing symptoms, and chances are the person wants to stop but doesn't know how deal with 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 ...

    ... , urban communities, poor people and minorities were most at risk, leading to the stereotype of “urban junkie.” As heroin use increases in small cities and rural areas, Monnat and Rigg note that it is important to keep ... 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 ...

    ... 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
  • 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 ... 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 ... 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 ...

    ... 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
  • 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 . It was the first year in which opioid death tolls surpassed the 30,000 mark. The increase in heroin use can be traced back to the late 1990s and early 2000s. The era saw a drastic increase in prescription ... 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 ...

    ... diseases out of the water. The U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime reported in 2016 that heroin use has reached the highest level in 20 years. They say it's the deadliest drug worldwide. Stats from the Centers for Disease ... 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 ...

    ... Did Everything Go Wrong? It was just a few months later when she got the call. Alex had been arrested for heroin possession . She sat up late with her husband, the window was open as the North Carolina air blew in ... 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 ...

    ... price continues to drop. This deadly combination is fueling heroin's growing appeal while increasing the risk of accidental overdose ... : 5 Telltale Signs of a High-Functioning Addict Image Source: en.wikipedia.org 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, ...

    ... care is vital for any expectant mother, and may be even more essential for women using heroin due to the high risk for pregnancy complications , such as 3 4 5 : Antepartum hemorrhage (bleeding). Low birth ... 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 ...

    ... use before treatment, a history of injecting, and not following up with aftercare 3 . Despite the high heroin addiction relapse rate, many people don't realize that relapse is often considered part of the recovery ... 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 ...

    ... enabling” substance abuse. On the other side, there are people who believe it's important to place a higher priority on saving lives rather than focusing solely on abstinence. In the face of an opioid epidemic claiming ... 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 ...

    ... 215 deaths recorded in 2013. Dangerous Trends As in previous years, the rate of heroin overdoses is highest among white residents. However, Hispanic residents have also developed problems with the drug. According ... continue reading
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  • List of Street Names for Drugs

    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 ...

    ... to produce an intense, immediate, and short-lasting high. It will share some street names with the powder ... profound dissociation and can sometimes elicit psychotic symptoms such as delusions and hallucinations. Users ... 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 ...

    ... hot flashes, dysmenorrhea, opioid withdrawal symptoms, and as a smoking cessation ... higher than those of unprocessed marijuana buds, resulting in more potent psychoactive effects when smoked. What is Heroin? Heroin ... 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 ...

    ... that heroin is a more affordable alternative that produces a similar high. In many areas, heroin is cheaper ... so the patient can be continuously monitored and the symptoms can be managed on the spot to increase comfort ... 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 ... mental health symptoms if they abuse methadone. Psychotic symptoms related to high amounts of ... continue reading
  • Snorting Tramadol

    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 regards to the speed, intensity, or duration of the effects. The speed of the high depends on how quickly the ... snorting it also leads to a specific set of symptoms related to this method of administration 8 : An ... continue reading
  • Drugs and Liver Disease

    The Function of the Liver The liver plays an extremely important role in the body. It ensures the removal of toxins and has numerous other functions, including: Fat metabolism: The liver cells — or hepatocytes — are able to process ...

    ... as enzyme inhibitors, which reduce the speed in which a drug is broken down ... Heroin 13 . Inhalants 14 . Cocaine 15 . MDMA or Ecstasy 16 . Methamphetamine 17 . Symptoms ... continue reading
  • Common Neurological Risks of Drug Abuse

    While substance abuse may cause a user to feel a short-lived euphoria or impart a sense of temporary well-being, the adverse effects can be dangerous and, in some instances, may lead to permanent brain damage. Chronic drug and alcohol abuse is ...

    ... the latter is enduring and disabling 9 . The symptoms of Wernicke's encephalopathy are 9, 10 : ... as well as illicit drugs, such as heroin . Research suggests that long-term heroin use can cause the white matter in ... continue reading
  • Snorting Vicodin

    Vicodin is the brand name for a prescription medication that is frequently used for the treatment of moderate to moderately severe pain. Vicodin is comprised of two active pain relievers 1 : Hydrocodone - an opioid pain reliever. Hydrocodone ...

    ... get weaker, users may transition to heroin for a more potent high 6 . Second, opioid medications tend to ... lack of oxygen 1 . Other signs and symptoms of a hydrocodone overdose include 1 : Extreme sleepiness ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... feel something is wrong, it probably is. Signs and Symptoms by Drug Let's take a look at the steps you ... and the National Institute on Drug Abuse reports heroin-related deaths have increased five-fold over the last ... continue reading
  • The 5 Most Dangerous Painkiller Myths

    While painkiller use is widespread, there is a vast amount of false information surrounding them. Unfortunately, many people begin using opioid painkillers knowing little about them. Given few details about these drugs - how they work, when to take ...

    ... medication as a schedule II substance, which indicates a high potential for abuse and addiction. Merely being in ... can result in opioid withdrawal symptoms similar to those of heroin. Opioid use can create dependency ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Ketamine Use

    Is Ketamine Harmful? “It's easy to get ketamine abuse wrong because of its potency; it's more powerful than speed or coke weight for weight, so it's easy to accidentally overdose.” Like its sister drug CP, ketamine is a dissociative ...

    ... and colorless. Short-Term Effects Ketamine produces an abrupt high that lasts for about an hour. It starts ... help. Detox doesn't have to result in withdrawal symptoms. If you find that you're in trouble with ... 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 ...

    ... include: Using an illicit drug like cocaine, heroin, and crystal meth. Taking a prescription medication ... hallucinations. These are referred to as psychotic symptoms . They are often present in mental health ... 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 ...

    ... because of engaging in unsafe sex while high. The National Institute on Drug Abuse also reports that methamphetamine may speed up the progression of HIV/AIDS and worsen symptoms of the disease. In some cases, dangerous ... continue reading
  • Detox FAQs

    What is detox? Detoxification, or detox, generally refers to the process of removing toxins from the body . In the case of substance use, detox specifically refers to the period of time that the body is allowed to process or metabolize any ...

    ... come with drugs like heroin. Clonidine - This medication, which is routinely prescribed to lower blood pressure, is used to relieve some unpleasant withdrawal symptoms without producing a high or any intoxicating ... 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 ...

    ... the usual rewards that come with getting high, discouraging abuse. Naloxone - An opioid antagonizing compound that may result in immediate heroin withdrawal symptoms, naloxone is used to discourage opioid abuse ... continue reading
  • This Is Your Brain on Drugs

    Read Time: 20 minutes Readers of a certain age might remember the public service announcements from the late 1980s showing a frying egg with the tagline: “This is your brain on drugs.” Although these commercials were effective at delivering ...

    ... though someone who is high on cocaine acts very differently than someone who is abusing heroin, both individuals may find ... and buprenorphine soothe intense withdrawal symptoms and block the high that comes from abusing ... 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 ...

    ... 1,2 . Mixing alcohol or opioids, such as heroin or prescription painkillers, with Librium can increase the ... dangerous levels in order to achieve the “high” and avoid withdrawal symptoms 5 . Long-term Librium abuse can ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... euphoric high is similar to that of heroin, which helps to explain why it can be so addictive. The high, ... Percocet, it can overstimulate and overwhelm the brain. Symptoms of a Percocet overdose may include 1 : Muscle ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... is prescribed in pill form to treat anxiety and panic symptoms 1,2 . When taken as prescribed, it can be ... result in a faster and better high, since in some cases snorting drugs can speed up and intensify their effects. ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Vyvanse

    Vyvanse is a brand name for the medication lisdexamfetamine that is prescribed to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and binge-eating disorders 1,2 . Vyvanse belongs to a class of medicines known as central nervous system (CNS) ...

    ... requiring increased doses to achieve the same high. Withdrawal symptoms appear with cessation of use. If you ... to help people taper off of drugs such as heroin, there are no medications approved by the Food and ... 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 ...

    ... While many people experience a few of these symptoms with normal aging, amphetamine use causes a ... should have at that stage in life. You're also at high risk for the common consequences of these conditions - heart attacks ... 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 ...

    ... off opioids for good. Signs of Withdrawal Suboxone's speed of onset and total duration of action are comparatively ... to ease withdrawal symptoms. Clonidine - a medication used to reduce high blood pressure - ... 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 ...

    ... the mind and reduction of anxiety. People with sped-up or racing thoughts will report slowed thinking and ... the body. With the mind being slowed, the physical symptoms of anxiety will be reduced as well. People with ... continue reading
  • Why Is Crack So Addictive?

    Crack is a very addictive substance due to its potency and the rapid high that results from its particular method of use. For thousands of years, the well-known stimulating effects of the coca plant have been sought for a variety ...

    ... heated . As a stimulant, crack has the potential to speed up various actions throughout the body and brain . While ... purpose of modifying the high. For example, drinking alcohol or using heroin with crack can ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... known as “pumping and dumping”. This practice does not speed the removal of alcohol from the breast milk. Rather, ... especially important for those experiencing the serious symptoms of alcohol withdrawal . If you have ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... histories. Xanax is considered by many to have a high misuse liability. 5 According to the U.S. National ... or for a longer time period than prescribed. 1 Symptoms of having an alprazolam use disorder can include: 9 ... continue reading
  • Get The Facts on Alcohol Abuse

    As a substance that most adults can easily obtain from their neighborhood store, or order off the menu at a favorite restaurant, the hard facts about alcohol use and abuse are frequently overlooked. Statistics about alcohol abuse can be quite ...

    ... a wide range of alcohol use effects based on dosage, speed of ingestion and the resultant concentration in the blood over ... and heart rate regulation begin to fail. Symptoms of such an acute alcohol overdose may include ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Desoxyn Addict

    You may be surprised to learn that Desoxyn is actually methamphetamine. It is the only remaining marketed pharmaceutical containing methamphetamine 1 . Stimulant abuse is a major problem in the U.S. More than 1.6 million people in the U.S. ...

    ... in street terms like 1 : Meth. Crank. Speed. You will fare better in attempting to positively ... and thus give rise to additional symptoms. For more information on symptoms you might come across, see our ... continue reading
  • Get the Facts on Alcohol Abuse

    As a substance that most adults can easily obtain from their neighborhood store, or order off the menu at a favorite restaurant, the hard facts about alcohol use and abuse are frequently overlooked. Statistics about alcohol abuse can be quite ...

    ... range of alcohol use effects based on dosage, speed of ingestion and the resultant concentration in the ... intended. Increasing tolerance/requiring higher amounts over time. Withdrawal symptoms when not using. A ... continue reading
  • The Effects of PCP Use

    What Is PCP? PCP abbreviation for the powerful, dissociative sedative drug phencyclidine. PCP is found sold on the street in many forms including: White powder. Crystal. Capsules. Tablets. Liquid. The tablets can be found in ...

    ... PCP between 1 and 5 mg will lead to symptoms including: Numbness and relaxation. A sense of well- ... for long periods without responding to stimulation. A higher dose of PCP can lead to other effects ... continue reading
  • Clonazepam Abuse

    Introduction to Clonazepam Abuse A person can form a physical dependence on the drug in a short amount of time, even when using the drug as instructed. What Is Clonazepam? Clonazepam is a prescription drug that ...

    ... very similar properties, but vary in their speed of onset and duration of their effects. It ... using the drug as instructed. Signs and Symptoms of Addiction Tolerance One sign of clonazepam abuse ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Adderall Addict

    Help for Adderall Addicts Adderall is the brand name for a drug that contains two active ingredients: amphetamine and dextroamphetamine . These ingredients work to stimulate and speed up the body. Doctors use this drug in the treatment of ...

    ... and dextroamphetamine . These ingredients work to stimulate and speed up the body. Doctors use this drug in the ... use and abuse can cause a range of signs and symptoms that range from short-term side effects to long- ... 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 ...

    ... , most commonly known as “meth,” “crystal,” “speed,” and “ice,” is an addictive stimulant that causes ... overdose receives help, the higher the chances of survival. Signs and Symptoms A meth overdose may be ... continue reading
  • Adderall Withdrawal

    Adderall, a branded formulation of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine , is a stimulant that doctors prescribe for the management of: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Narcolepsy. As a prescription stimulant, Adderall can be ...

    ... speed,” and “uppers” 1 . This drug is abused recreationally because high doses can produce a euphoric high ... PAWS are generally not well understood; however, symptoms of PAWS are thought to reflect long-lasting changes ... continue reading
  • Long-Term Effects of Molly

    Overview of Ecstasy Effects Ecstasy is the more common street name for 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine—a highly addictive, illicit drug also known as MDMA , or “Molly.” This drug shares chemical structural similarities with both ...

    ... , including: 1,2 X. XTC. Lover's Speed. Adam. Eve. Peace. Clarity. The drug was ... list of Schedule I drugs, meaning that it has a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical uses. 2 The ... continue reading
  • Joints vs. Edibles: How Marijuana Affects the Body

    The primary psychoactive component of marijuana (cannabis)—what deliver the “high” in other words—is the substance tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). 1 THC's powerful, mind-altering effects derive from its interaction with and activation of the ...

    ... of effect onset, and longevity of these symptoms depending on the specific cannabis product used and ... smoke or vapor are capable of producing a near-instantaneous “high” that then may last 1 to 3 hours; edibles take ... continue reading
  • History and Statistics of “Study Drugs”

    What are “Study Drugs?” The colloquial term “study drugs” typically refers to prescription stimulant medications (such as Ritalin and Concerta) that are used to enhance aspects of a user's mental functioning, such as: Memory. ...

    ... ” reasons like academic success, and not for getting high, lead many young people with prescriptions for these drugs ... dependent, a user may experience withdrawal symptoms when stopping use, such as: Lethargy ... 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 ...

    ... orally 3 . In reality, snorting Vyvanse does not speed up or intensify effects . This is likely due to ... higher amounts of Vyvanse—with or without medical need—is at a much higher risk of overdose. Symptoms of ... continue reading
  • Snorting Hydrocodone

    Hydrocodone is an opioid substance used in many prescription medications to treat cough and pain. Hydrocodone is available in formulations of pure hydrocodone (Hysingla, Zohydro) or in combination with other pain relievers like ibuprofen ...

    ... high in many situations. Any time a person changes a drug's route of administration, the effects of the substance are modified. With many substances, there is a direct relationship between the speed ... Symptoms created ... 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 ...

    ... and “speed” 1 . Adderall is classified as a schedule II controlled substance because of its high potential ... will often experience a set of withdrawal symptoms that may make quitting extremely difficult. Tolerance ... continue reading
  • The Effect of Drugs on the Kidneys

    Chronic drug and alcohol abuse can lead to severe kidney damage or failure. The damage is not always direct; some substances may indirectly cause harm to the kidneys via biologic events triggered outside of the renal system itself. These secondary ...

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  • Suboxone Debate: What Is the Big Problem with Buprenorphine?

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  • Concurrent Alcohol And Crack Abuse

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  • Dangers of Shooting Up

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  • Lethal Drug Combinations

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  • Drug Abuse: The Oral Health Kryptonite

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  • What Could Illicit Drug Synthesis Expose You To?

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

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

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  • How to Stay Productive at Work While Still in Recovery

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  • 30 Famous Musicians Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

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  • So-Called “Legal” Drugs and the Trojan Horse Game

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  • Unchain My Heart: The Real Impact of Booze

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  • Methamphetamine History and Statistics

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  • 7 Shocking Facts About Meth in the Gay Community

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  • Find a Drug and Alcohol Abuse Rehab Center in Maine

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  • Find a Substance Abuse Rehab Center or Resource in Plainfield, NJ

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  • Kentucky (KY) Drug and Alcohol Abuse Rehab Center

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  • Find a Drug and Alcohol Abuse Rehab Center in Connecticut

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  • Find a Drug and Alcohol Abuse Rehab Center in North Dakota

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  • Find a Substance Abuse Rehab Center or Resource in Long Branch, NJ

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  • Find a Substance Abuse Rehab Center or Resource in Jersey City, NJ

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  • Find a Substance Abuse Rehab Center or Resource in Redlands, CA

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  • How to Help an Ecstasy Addict

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  • Tooth and Consequences: Alcohol Can Wreck Your Smile

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