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  • 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 ...

    ... 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 heroin into new areas of the city, noting that use hits the hardest ... 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 ...

    ... fatalities are the result of distraction, speeding, weather conditions and animals—as well ... the lowest 2012 death rates include: 8 Utah: 1.2. New York: 1.7. New Jersey: 1.8. Massachusetts: 1.8. California: 2. Washington ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... span of time. Typically, this means four drinks for women and five drinks for men in about two hours. Nearly ... prevalent. Held up next to cities like Las Vegas, New Orleans, and New York City, Providence's problem is a ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... above shows that the area of land that is set aside for the coca cultivation is larger than New York City. As illustrated earlier, crack is a desirable drug throughout the world. Columbia is noted for producing about 90 ... 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 ...

    ... ,000 drug law violations. Two-thirds involved marijuana, crack, heroin, or cocaine. It's not hard to guess which of ... years. In 2011, The New York Times described the area as one of the city's most violent neighborhoods. 5 ... 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 ...

    ... are markedly higher in the Western United States. Heroin was the most common in 10 states, while powder ... has highways that lead to large cities like Montreal, Boston, and New York. For some traffickers, Vermont offers an ... 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 ...

    ... and fell as news coverage of this series of dramatic incidents played out: the woman from Panama City Beach who allegedly ... heroin, and marijuana; authorities have now added flakka to that list. Georgia, Texas, New York, ... continue reading
  • Heroin Abuse

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

    ... New York Times illustrates the heroin addiction epidemic in the US. Credit: The New York Times Effects of Heroin ... to the septum and nose tissues from snorting. Women that use the drug while pregnant place themselves and ... 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, ...

    ... three-day period in 2016, at least 130 people in New York overdosed on K2 . In 2015, 10 deaths were linked ... of males reporting use, compared with 13 percent of women. Further, of those who admitted to using the substance ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... major drug distribution centers, including Baltimore, New York City, and Washington, D.C., 17 ... show the same patterns we saw in our state maps, with heroin busts concentrated in the Northeast, meth in the Midwest, and so ... 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 ...

    ... compared to 444% among women. Prescription drug deaths also ... New York City: implications for intervention,” Drug and Alcohol Dependence 79 (2005): 181-182. http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2016/03/03/heroin-gateway-drugs ... 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 ...

    ... of nightclub/festival-attending young adults in New York City who reported lifetime Molly/MDMA/ecstasy use, ... Xanax actually contained fentanyl. The combination of heroin and fentanyl can cause people to stop breathing ... 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 the poppy plant and include opium, morphine and codeine. Heroin, for example, is made from the sap-like opium of ... of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center in New York. 3 Addiction milestones have continued to mount ... 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 ...

    ... 17 Michigan 14 Minnesota 9 Mississippi 19 Missouri 12 Montana 8 Nebraska 10 Nevada 12 New Hampshire 50 New Jersey 12 New Mexico 25 New York 10 North Carolina 4 North Dakota 13 Ohio 11 Oklahoma 18 Oregon 21 Pennsylvania ... 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 ... most age groups, and all income levels. The rate of heroin use among women doubled from 0.8% to 1.6% during the decade ... 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 ...

    ... was estimated to reduce the state's prison population by 27,000 and save about $1 billion. In New York and Rhode Island, mandatory minimum sentencing for drug offenders was repealed in 2009. This helped keep nonviolent ... 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, ...

    ... . The slight decrease in nonmedical opioid use is a “hopeful” sign, wrote Dr. Lewis Nelson of the New York University School of Medicine and coauthors in a report accompanying the study. At the same time, however, the ... 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 ...

    ... associate professor of biomedical sciences at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT). What's ... lesions. While at a restaurant, Martinez saw a man and woman with what he believed to be hallmark indicators of meth use ... 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 ...

    ... illness that could be managed. In 1864, the New York State Inebriate Asylum, the first hospital intended to solely ... in heroin use among youth and young adults. Between 1992 and 1993, 5.5 percent of pregnant women per year ... 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 ...

    ... in neighborhoods and compares them to the perceived frequency of drug use and drug sales. Community Influence New York University's Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR) used renowned data from the University of ... 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 ...

    ... by a deadly drug that's secretly added to baggies of heroin (or cocaine) as a cheap way for dealers to add ... in 2016 died from using these substances. In New York City, fentanyl-laced cocaine caused 37 percent of overdose ... 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 ...

    ... Florida for selling a small amount of heroin . Recently kicked out of a rehab for fraternizing with men, she was living ... Foundation published a full-page ad in the New York Times calling for police to have the ability ... 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, ...

    ... after running naked through New York City's Plaza Hotel. Jeff ... heroin and alcohol. The young actor had entered rehab to address his addiction. After rehab, Monteith relapsed and reportedly overdosed by shooting heroin ... 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 ...

    ... . Locations such as Malibu, Palm Springs, upstate New York, and rural New Mexico are all home to these facilities. The ... offer at least partial coverage for a stay in a rehab facility. It's worth your while to talk to your ... continue reading
  • Outpatient Treatment Centers for Drug and Alcohol Addiction

    Substance abuse is a complicated issue, potentially impacting all areas of one's life, including work, health and interpersonal relationships. Hopefully, at some point, an individual battling with drug addiction or alcoholism will reach out for help ...

    ... ? You might be seeking rehab facilities in Texas , Florida, California , New York, Louisiana or Massachusetts . ... treatment programs such as rehab programs for women , non-religious rehab programs or programs for ... 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 is ... 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 ...

    ... drug scene of 1970s New York City. Needle Park takes its name from a popular hangout for heroin users on Manhattan's ... heroin user named Bobby who falls in love with a woman named Helen. She soon gets hooked on heroin ... 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 ...

    ... sober life.” Erik Ainge (New York Jets) Shortly before training camp ... rehab. What came as a surprise to his fans was the extent of his drug use . Ainge was addicted to painkillers by his senior year of college, but heroin ... 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 ... back to prison, the now-broke actor was ordered to rehab . The Turning Point Downey's wife Susan Downey (née Levin ... 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 ...

    ... rehab facilities in the entire country. However, there are many luxury rehab options in the New York City ... 90 day chemical dependency program for $33,000 and a women's mood disorder program for $38,000. Clients can expect ... 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 ...

    ... of doctors from Mount Sinai Medical Centre in New York may have finally overcome these roadblocks. This Discovery ... offers some very long-awaited hope. Additional Reading: Women More Likely to Get Hooked on Cocaine - But ... 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 ... do you feel about this issue? Does the right of a woman to control her own fertility trump the nation's concern about the ... 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 ...

    ... a safety behavior,” says Greg Hajcak, Ph.D., an associate professor of psychology at Stony Brook University in New York. He goes on to say that safety behaviors are essentially forms of avoidance that keep you stuck in ... 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 ...

    ... (AA)? AA began in 1935 when Bill Wilson (Bill W.), a New York stockbroker, and Dr. Robert Smith (Dr. Bob S.), an Akron, ... criteria for the meeting. Some meetings may be women-only or men-only. Others are Spanish-speaking or ... 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 ...

    ... alone or combined with alcohol, results in death for about 1 in 10 people. A recent study in New York City revealed that 2% of overdose suicides in elderly persons were due to barbiturates. Teen Alcohol and Phenobarbital ... 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 ...

    ... about how to help someone with heroin addiction . Credit: New York Times Methamphetamines Methamphetamine, commonly shortened ... phase following release from a residential rehab facility. Aftercare / Relapse Prevention The ... 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 ...

    ... risk for overdose,was most commonly distributed around mid-island New York with over 4,000 grams in 2015 . The ... , which has also resulted in an increase in heroin-related deaths. Other states like Arkansas, West Virginia, ... 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 ...

    ... , in part, because heroin is becoming more accessible, increasing its usage, a new Penn State University study ... the stereotype of “urban junkie.” As heroin use increases in small cities and rural areas, Monnat and Rigg ... 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 ...

    ... used as part of recovery from heroin. Any quality rehab center will ensure that the abuser ... the following articles: Heroin Abuse Heroin History and Statistics Heroin Use Increasing Across New Demographics If you want ... continue reading
  • How to Get into Drug and Alcohol Rehab Without Insurance

    What is Substance Abuse Rehabilitation? Drug and alcohol addiction treatment centers provide professional rehabilitation services to those who struggle with chemical dependence and substance abuse issues. Rehab centers typically offer substance ...

    ... simple Google search. Type in your state, county or city and search for low-cost local mental health and substance abuse ... , couples rehab treatment, adolescent rehab, women's addiction treatment, men's rehab treatment, ... 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 ...

    ... or mental health issues, as these can impact the course of treatment. 2 Before deciding to begin heroin addiction rehab, it may be helpful to consult your doctor or another treatment professional if possible. They can ... continue reading
  • UnitedHealthcare Drug and Alcohol Rehab Treatment Insurance Coverage

    UnitedHealthcare (UHC) serves over 45 million people around the world and contracts directly with more than 1.2 million physicians and 6,500 hospitals and treatment facilities in the U.S. alone. 1 But how do they handle drug and alcohol ...

    ... how do they handle drug and alcohol rehabilitation ? Does UnitedHealthcare cover drug rehab ? The answer is 'yes'. The good news is that the majority of people with a UnitedHealthcare insurance policy will have coverage ... continue reading
  • Country vs. City Addictions: Are They Different?

    Urban and rural addicts don't seem to have a whole lot in common, according to a report published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In gathering data for this particular study, researchers looked at addiction ...

    ... members. Substances of Abuse Around 21.8 percent of city addicts say heroin is their drug of choice (vs. 3.1 ... were also seen in the demographics of urban and rural rehab admissions. More than 77 percent of the patients in ... 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 ...

    ... elicit its dramatic results. In short, heroin is very harmful. The speed and intense effects of the substance are ... infections of the heart valves . Pregnant women that use heroin are at risk of miscarriage, and place ... 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 ...

    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 ... continue reading
  • Drug and Alcohol Rehab for Women

    Finding the right drug rehab center is an important part of treatment and recovery for addiction. Many women have found that pursuing a women's rehab center has helped address their unique needs. Others may find benefit in certain services at rehab ...

    ... the time they are in treatment. While this may be a barrier to care for some, some women's rehab centers offer childcare onsite or help clients to coordinate with outside agencies. 1 There is emerging research that ... 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 ...

    ... through this method. But a new study indicates that occasional IV heroin use after HIV transmission could actually ... Solutions In 2003, the Canadian city of Vancouver opted to take a new - and extremely controversial - ... 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 ...

    ... heroin. Heroin-related deaths increased in groups across the board. Fatalities spiked among men and women ... revealed that 94 percent of people in rehab turned to heroin because prescription pills were “far more expensive ... 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 ...

    ... the method of administration in an attempt to recreate that first high. Why Do People Use Heroin? The intense high and its speed of onset are major attractions for users. Curiosity about the drug is a reason that people ... 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 ...

    ... a drug addiction rehab program today. Effects of Heroin Use on the Mother Heroin use during pregnancy is ... mother, and may be even more essential for women using heroin due to the high risk for pregnancy complications , ... continue reading
  • Religious Rehab Holds Addicts Against Their Will in Guatemala

    Thousands of drug addicts across Guatemala are receiving treatment at church-based rehabs throughout the country, but many of these patients are being held against their will and physically abused on a daily basis. Several people have reported being ...

    ... was forcibly put into a Guatemala City treatment center for six weeks. “I saw terrible things in that rehab - the owner used to ... .” Learn more about treatment options for drug abuse and addiction Photo via BBC News continue reading
  • Nonprofit, Low-Cost and Free Drug and Alcohol Rehab Centers Near Me

    For individuals with no health insurance and unable to pay the costs of drug or alcohol addiction treatment, there is the option to seek the services of a low-cost or free addiction treatment program. Nonprofit rehab centers or free drug and alcohol ...

    ... long-term rehab, free walk-in rehab centers, free holistic rehab centers or free women's rehab centers . ... , marijuana, benzodiazepines, opiates, crystal meth, cocaine, heroin, crack or another drug. If you think you ... continue reading
  • Finding New Life in a Methadone Program

    After falling off a ladder, Suzanne was rushed to the hospital and examined from stem to stern. Her pelvic bone was fractured and she'd sprained her wrist, but the pain in her left shoulder was unbearable. Suzanne dislocated her shoulder and ...

    ... believed methadone was only for people hooked on heroin. She had unknowingly bought into the stigma ... had done for her neighbor. A Whole New World Living in a large city, Suzanne was able to find several methadone ... 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
  • 6 Things to Look for in Addiction Treatment Centers for Women

    Drug addiction impacts men and women in different ways, which is why there are many women-only addiction treatment centers. Women who have issues with men or simply want the support of other women may feel more comfortable attending a treatment ...

    ... have little family support, on-site childcare may be their only option during rehab. Some treatment centers for women offer specialized counseling services for parents to address common parenting problems associated with ... 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 ...

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  • Why Is Heroin So Addictive?

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  • Non-Religious Rehab Programs

    You might notice a theme of religious-based addiction therapy when researching rehab treatment options, and an overlap between mental health treatment and religion-based practices. For many mental health practices, religion is an integral component ...

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  • 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 ...

    ... an all-too-common occurrence. The New Face of Heroin The dangers of heroin use are not new, but over the last few years, ... , including women and those with higher incomes 3 . The increasing prevalence of heroin use has ... continue reading
  • Holistic Rehab Centers for Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment Near Me

    What are Holistic Treatment Centers? Holistic addiction treatment centers are an option for people seeking a drug and alcohol rehab program that incorporates both the health of the mind and the body. The term holistic rehab is used to describe ...

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  • Are Instagram Booze Memes Driving More Women to Binge Drink?

    Instagram, home of selfies and highly-filtered vacation pics, has generated another popular trend: booze memes. The colorful images, which generally cater to women, often depict wine bottles or clinking champagne glasses with pun-ny phrases like ...

    ... a Nation of Drinkers? Rates of alcohol consumption in Australia are rising for both men and women. According to new research published in the Medical Journal of Australia, f or men, the average number of daily alcoholic ... continue reading
  • Drugs in the News

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  • How to Help a Heroin Addict

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  • Women More Likely to Get Hooked on Cocaine - But Why?

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    ... Sinai have found that hormonal fluctuations in a woman's menstrual cycle - specifically during the high-estrogen ... likely to get hooked. Should We Adjust Our Cocaine Rehab Treatment Methods? “Our study will change the way ... continue reading
  • Do Women Pay a Higher Price for Smoking Weed?

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  • What It’s Like to Be an Alcoholic Woman

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    ... drinking habits. It's a gender gap that keeps narrowing all the time. After one drink on an empty stomach, a woman's blood alcohol level is high enough to more than double the risk of a fatal car crash. One drink—that's ... continue reading
  • State-Funded Drug and Alcohol Rehab Centers Near Me

    Many individuals struggling with drug abuse and alcohol addiction do not seek treatment because of the cost. But, even for addicts and alcoholics in need who have no health insurance or who cannot pay for the overall costs of rehab, there are ...

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  • 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, ...

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  • Christian Drug and Alcohol Rehab Centers

    Deciding to get help for drug or alcohol addiction can be one of the most impactful and important decisions you ever make. There are many factors to consider when choosing a suitable treatment facility. These may include the location of the ...

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  • Alcohol Addiction Treatment and Rehab

    Drinking alcohol is a common and often problematic occurrence throughout the United States, where approximately 17 million people were classified as heavy drinkers in 2020. 1 In that same year, more then 28 million people in the U.S., ages 12 and ...

    ... detoxification centers, inpatient treatment, or outpatient treatment, AAC offers various rehab centers across the United States. California New Jersey Florida Nevada Rhode Island Texas Massachusetts Mississippi If you ... continue reading
  • Heroin Addiction Hotline Guide

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  • Signs That You May Need Rehab

    Participation in a structured drug or alcohol rehab program is a necessary first step for many individuals seeking to find recovery from substance abuse. Some people try to quit on their own without the professional care that rehab provides, ...

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  • Is Tramadol the New OxyContin?

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    ... humans have shown that it can produce a euphoric high similar to oxycodone and heroin. Concern is growing that tramadol may become the new opioid of choice for abusers. This drug has addictive potential, and studies in ... continue reading
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Insurance Coverage for Drug and Alcohol Addiction Rehab

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  • Heroin Relapse

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  • Snorting Heroin

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  • A Sister’s Honest Talk About Her Brother’s Heroin Addiction

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

    ... when she got the call. Alex had been arrested for heroin possession . She sat up late with her husband, the ... a lawyer and were trying to get him released to a rehab. A few years later, Allison dialed the phone to wish ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... policies aimed to combat prescription drug abuse are now leading a younger generation in a new, life-threatening direction. Heroin's purity, or strength, is also increasing while the drug's price continues to drop. This ... continue reading
  • New Bone Loss Study Points the Finger at Marijuana

    “We have known for a while that the components of cannabis can affect bone cell function, but we had no idea up until now of what this might mean to people who use cannabis on a regular basis.” - Prof. Stuart Ralston , Centre for Genomic and ...

    ... . Who is at Risk? Our bones gradually begin losing mineral reserves once we hit our 30th birthday. After menopause, women tend to lose about a fifth of their bone mass over six years. Men are at risk, too. Studies show ... 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 ...

    ... real winner in this bill, rather than those suffering from opioid addiction . Will new funding be able to turn the tide in the heroin crisis? Let us know what you think in the comments section below. Additional Reading ... 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 ...

    ... batch to batch,” says Karen Simone, director of the Northern New England Poison Center, which documented the spike in heroin overdoses in rural states like Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. “It may be strong; it may be ... 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 ...

    ... . However, people that had already been injecting the drugs make the transition to injectable heroin with relative ease. Global News The Surge in Prescription Opioid Use and Abuse Research from SAMHSA revealed that an ... continue reading
  • I’m a Millionaire and I Need to Go to Rehab. Where Do I Go?

    You've realized you have an issue, whether it's a heroin or coke addiction or a sex addiction, so you need to find somewhere nice to attend rehab. Naturally, you want somewhere that's a little more exclusive to avoid running into someone who might ...

    You've realized you have an issue, whether it's a heroin or coke addiction or a sex addiction, so you need to find somewhere nice to attend rehab. Naturally, you want somewhere that's a little more exclusive to avoid ... 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
  • New Jersey Brings Mobile Recovery to the Streets

    Residents of Morris County should watch for a new vehicle roaming its at-risk areas. Hope One, a mobile recovery access center, is officially bringing addiction treatment to the streets. The goal of the program is to remove barriers that prevent ...

    ... of Morris County to bring this new approach to those in need. How New Hope Brings Hope The vehicle is ... need for effective solutions. In Morris County alone, heroin deaths have increased 155 percent since 2011. Hope ... 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 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 ...

    ... Detox Program? 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 ... continue reading
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