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  • 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 ...

    ... and/or prescription opiates (via the 2010-2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health). These participants were broken down into three groups: The first group had used strictly heroin (179 total users) The second group ... 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 ...

    ... ” as a way to attract more young, professional and upper-income customers. “You don't know what's in there from ... “One substance will go down, but another will go up. And unfortunately, I think (heroin abuse) is going to ... 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 ...

    ... relaxation or euphoria. It is often used an as anesthetic and depresses, or slows, body systems down. Heroin also ... Enforcement Administration and Chicago police have teamed up to contain the overdoses. Chicago law ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... on heroin. It might feel like everything you built up has now come crumbling down, but relapse after heroin addiction ... a relapse. You may feel like you've somehow failed or that you're beyond hope. Therapy will help you ... 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 ...

    ... that have been building as your loved one has spiraled down into addiction, do your best to keep those at bay ... larger or more frequent doses of heroin to feel the same effect. If you're worried about yourself or someone ... 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. ...

    ... . Heroin's pharmacodynamic properties allow it to essentially one-up the ... heroin addict Does your loved one take heroin in larger amounts or for longer than intended? Do they want to cut down or stop using heroin ... 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, ...

    ... heroin overdose 5 , up from 8,200 the previous year 3 . Signs and Symptoms of Heroin Overdose Overdosing on heroin ... down breathing and heart rate. Taking heroin with other depressants like alcohol , benzodiazepines, or ... continue reading
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  • 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 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
  • Can You Get Addicted to Heroin After the First Use?

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

    ... take more, buy more potent drugs, or change 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 ... continue reading
  • The Price Tag of Heroin in America: $51 Billion

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

    ... your habit. That's nearly $55,000 per year. Heroin abuse comes with a pretty hefty price tag, unfortunately ... but that breaks down to just $11,148 per person. At more than $50K per user, heroin's cost blows those two ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Heroin Use

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

    ... to sleep. The symptoms can climax within one or two days but may persist for up to a week or more . Am I Addicted? If you're worried about your use of heroin, take the following assessment to determine the severity ... 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 ...

    ... abuse and overdose rates, the biggest jump by far was in Queens. Believe it or not, 81 residents of Queens died at the hands of heroin last year - that's 28 more deaths than Queens saw in 2012. Affluent areas of the ... 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 ...

    ... Drug Abuse, 4.2 million Americans 12 or older had used heroin at least once during their lifetime. NIDA estimates ... withdrawal period. In theory, this method may speed up the withdrawal process, though recent research has ... 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 ...

    ... Seventy-seven participants from Russia self-reported their use of heroin and other drugs at the beginning of the study, ... ) than those who either regularly abused the drug or didn't use it all. Symptoms that Accompany HIV ... 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 ...

    ... of people is death. So what do you think? Are safe injection sites an innovative way to save lives? Or are they just another way to advocate for drug use? Sound off in the comments section below! Additional Reading ... 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 ...

    ... 20 micrograms, which is the size of a grain of sand or the weight of about ten snowflakes. And the scary thing ... What's more, thousands of people are unknowingly buying heroin that's laced with the deadly drug. This has ... 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 ...

    ... 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 deadly combination ... 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 ...

    ... involve the body slowing down and being less active and alert . These signs of heroin use include: Feeling ... heroin within the last year. The number of people that met criteria for a diagnosis of heroin abuse or heroin ... 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 ...

    ... to be up to twice as potent as morphine , and Bayer gave the powerful new drug the trade name “Heroin” after ... he or she stops taking the drug suddenly. Who's Abusing Heroin? Currently available statistics on heroin abuse ... 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 ...

    ... can easily cross the placental barrier. This means that when a woman injects, inhales, or smokes heroin, the drug is passed along to the baby, presenting numerous risks and the strong possibility the baby will become ... 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 ...

    ... as the name implies - it is dark brown or black in color. And tends to be sticky like tar or hard like coal. #3 Heroin is More Popular Than Ever Before Over the past decade, heroin use has grown by leaps and bounds. It's ... continue reading
  • A Sister’s Honest Talk About Her Brother’s Heroin Addiction

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

    ... got the call. Alex had been arrested for heroin possession . She sat up late with her husband, the window was open ... years. Every few months, she'd hear he was in or out of jail. He'd been through more than seven rehabs ... continue reading
  • Heroin Addiction Hotline Guide

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

    ... , many organizations and specialized rehabilitation facilities have set up heroin hotline (or helpline) numbers that you can call free of charge. Heroin hotlines provide information and support for people struggling with ... 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 ...

    ... new street drug that began showing up in certain regions at the end of 2016 and early 2017. It contains a blend of opioid substances (such as heroin, fentanyl, and U-47700, or “Pink” ). Combinations vary between samples ... 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, ...

    ... they want to stop. The New Face of Heroin Heroin epidemics are popping up in the most unlikely of places. Learn more. Methods of Use and Effects Pure heroin can be smoked or snorted , but it is usually injected: Into ... 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 ...

    ... 6 . Fentanyl is up to 100 times more potent than morphine and up to 50 times stronger than heroin 5,6 . ... powder, it may be easily disguised in a batch of heroin or cocaine 5,8 . Pink A particularly deadly combination of ... continue reading
  • Heroin Relapse

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

    ... a heroin addiction relapse 7 : Stay calm. Don't beat yourself up. Remember that relapse is a part of recovery and that you're not the first person ever to relapse. Take action right away. Don't let days or weeks ... continue reading
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    People actively abusing legal or illicit substances can get pretty creative when it comes to devising a list of slang terms—ranging from avoiding detection from law enforcement to ensuring privacy in written and verbal communication. If you ...

    ... Ecstasy Liquid X Soap Scoop - Back to List - Heroin Heroin —This substance, which is essentially a modified form of ... Adderall or Benzedrine: Bennies Black Beauties Crosses Hearts LA Turnaround Speed Truck Drivers Uppers ... 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 dietary and ...

    ... classified as enzyme inhibitors, which reduce the speed in which a drug is broken down. In many cases, the liver is ... and illicit drugs: Heroin 13 . Inhalants 14 . Cocaine 15 . MDMA or Ecstasy 16 . Methamphetamine ... continue reading
  • Warning Signs of Drug Abuse

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

    ... means they are derived from or sharing properties with opium. Heroin , morphine, oxycodone , ... illicit substances like cocaine and crystal methamphetamine. They generally speed up the body, making one feel awake, full of ... continue reading
  • Amphetamine Addiction

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

    ... can be referred to as dexies, kiddie-speed, pep pills, uppers, or black beauty when it is combined with ... the pills. Dabbing powder or paste onto their gums. Snorting the powder or ground up pills. Injecting into their ... 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 the ...

    ... than someone who is abusing heroin, both individuals may find it close to impossible to give up their drug habit, even if ... are also sometimes referred to as “speed,” “uppers,” or “study drugs”. Well-known prescription ... continue reading
  • Here’s What Happened While Everyone Else Was Focused on Opiate Abuse

    With the opioid epidemic sweeping the nation, heroin and painkiller abuse have been in the spotlight for treatment providers and law enforcement. While all eyes have been focused on this front, we may have ignored another battle that needs greater ...

    ... people assume if the number of meth labs are down, meth use must also also down. Unfortunately, that's not the case. Meth use ... - also known as meth , crystal meth, crank, speed, ice, and crystal - is a potent stimulant. ... 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 ...

    ... brain slows down and doesn ... or Suboxone (buprenophrine + naloxone) may alternatively be used as part of recovery from heroin. Any quality rehab center will ensure that the abuser receives intensive counseling and follow-up ... continue reading
  • Snorting Fentanyl

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

    ... consuming heroin ( or other drugs) 1,6 . The speed of onset. Intensity. Duration of effects. Speed of ... user: 1) Feeling immediately euphoric. 2) Quickly coming down from the high and craving to use again. This pattern ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse: The Oral Health Kryptonite

    It's February and we've all celebrated Groundhog Day, Valentine's Day and even President's day. So, that's basically it for February, right? Well…actually it isn't. February is also National Dental Health Month, making this a great time to promote ...

    ... ” like speed or ecstasy . They cause severe tooth decay, jaw-clenching and dry mouth. Heroin: Heroin belongs to ... causes users to clench and grind their teeth, wearing down the surface enamel. So what's the bottom line? ... continue reading
  • Snorting Morphine

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

    ... , some users may crush up and snort morphine tablets or capsules in an effort to enhance its effects). Morphine is extremely similar to heroin —a notoriously addictive opiate. In fact, heroin is synthesized from morphine ... 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 ...

    ... of street names including “black beauties,” “uppers” and “speed” 1 . Adderall is classified as a ... both dangerous and more likely to quickly lead the user down the path of addiction. Why Is Snorting Adderall Dangerous ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Hydrocodone Use

    About Hydrocodone Hydrocodone is a prescription medication sold under multiple brand names, such as: Vicodin. Norco. Lortab. The aforementioned trade names are combinations of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Other trade formulations also exist that ...

    ... viewed as a problem among the middle and upper classes due to access to health insurance and ... hydrocodone use. Hydrocodone is an opiate, or narcotic, similar to codeine, heroin , and morphine. These kinds of substances ... continue reading
  • Emergency Room Injuries

    Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Accidental injuries are an unavoidable and unfortunate part of life. Try as we may to avoid it, there comes a time in everyone's life where a simple mistake or unforeseeable event turns into a bump, bruise, or ...

    ... mushroom tea, thought she was in hell, and jumped down stairs to get away.” It's unfortunate that those individuals ... toe, and pubic region, followed by the ankle and upper arm. Observing the trends in injuries over time, ... continue reading
  • Hitting the Grass Ceiling: 6 Surprising Ways Weed is Sexist

    Estrogen, testosterone and THC: What do these three things have in common? Apparently, not much. Studies reveal that THC (the active chemical in marijuana) interacts differently with these three hormones. What's the result? Men and women experience ...

    ... as quickly. Sex Drive: THC's interaction with estrogen is a downer for a woman's libido. For males, on the other hand, ... your experience with marijuana - for better or worse. Additional Reading: Weed: The Vocabulary ... 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 it is a ...

    ... of Vicodin, addicts may look to heroin to get their high and/or relieve withdrawal 6 . Side Effects ... it by oral routes because of the intensely rewarding speed of onset and strength of effects. Generally, addiction ... 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 ...

    ... Yet for every Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas or Trainspotting , there are also those films that will ... Park takes its name from a popular hangout for heroin users on Manhattan's Upper West Side, where much of the film's ... continue reading
  • Find a Drug and Alcohol Abuse Rehab Center in North Dakota

    If you or a loved one is suffering from a drug or alcohol addiction, know that there is help available. North Dakota has almost 60 different substance abuse treatment centers1 located all over the state. You can browse our listings below and read ...

    ... Office has reported that, from 2010-2015, heroin-related drug violations increased from 4 to 177, while ... to pay back once you've completed your program. Set up an account on a crowdfunding site—more people than you expect ... continue reading
  • Warning: 3 Dangerous Suboxone Interactions to Avoid

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

    ... insomnia. Categorized as depressant drugs, or “downers,” benzodiazepines sedate the central nervous system ... two dangerous effects for users. As a stimulant, or “upper,” cocaine has shown to reduce the amount of ... 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 ...

    ... to bring about a euphoric high is similar to that of heroin, which helps to explain why it can be so addictive. ... Severe pain inright upper abdomen. Yellowing of the skin or eyes. If you believe that you or a loved one ... continue reading
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    ... touch this. Just a simple touch…really? No more giving up some small sample of yourself for a drug test? Yep, ... will work for detecting a variety of drugs, including heroin. What Are the Advantages? “This is a real ... continue reading
  • Curing Alcoholism: We’re Finally Putting MDMA to the Test

    It seems ironic that one of the first drugs I used on my way to full-blown addiction is now being used in a study to cure alcoholism. Last week, UK researchers from Imperial College of London broke the news they were about to begin the world's first ...

    ... , “It's using drugs to enhance the relationship between the therapist and the patient, and it allows us to dig down and get to the heart of the problems that drive long-term mental illness.” I'm in support of building ... continue reading
  • History Channel Explores “America's War on Drugs”

    No one gets a closer view of America's war on drugs than the officers and drug traffickers who stand on opposite sides of the battle line. What really goes on behind the scenes in each camp? What kind of power struggles wage? Who's really behind the ...

    ... have become richer and more powerful than any nation's drug cartel, and continuing to rise is the demand for heroin and other illegal drugs.” The four-part series is sure to raise as many questions as it answers. (Is the ... continue reading
  • State Sentencing: How Drug Sentencing Varies Across the U.S.

    We took a look at drug sentencing statistics from a 2013 report by the United States Sentencing Commission on sentences handed down in federal ...

    We took a look at drug sentencing statistics from a 2013 report by the United States Sentencing Commission on sentences handed down in federal courts. continue reading
  • When Does a Moderate Drinker Turn into an Alcoholic?

    Although there are many factors which bring a person from being a moderate social drinker into an alcoholic, new research has found that a large part of the change could come down a tiny segment of genetic material. Going Over the Edge The study ...

    ... social drinker into an alcoholic, new research has found that a large part of the change could come down a tiny segment of genetic material. Going Over the Edge The study published in Molecular Psychiatry involves the ... continue reading
  • California: 5 E-Cigarette Dangers We Can't Ignore

    Many people see e-cigarettes as a harmless alternative to nicotine cigarettes. E-cigarette companies like NJOY have even hired on celebrity endorsers including Bruno Mars, while several other stars were seen puffing away on e-cigs during the 2014 ...

    ... are just a few of the reasons why California has taken up arms against E-cigs: They're Toxic : E-liquids ... ingredient in e-liquids, is as addictive as heroin and cocaine . People who smoke traditional cigarettes already ... continue reading
  • Listen To Your Gut: It Could Save Your Liver

    Do you know what's swimming around in your gut? Bacteria. What else is in there? Antibiotics. And no , not prescription meds like doctors give you for an infection. Your body actually produces natural antibiotics that kill the bacteria roaming ...

    ... . Since all blood passes through the liver, the bacteria eventually end up there, too, and increase the damage the liver is already suffering as it breaks down the alcohol. The Results Researchers examined this effect by ... continue reading
  • Dark Web Oxy Dealer Could Get 20 Years in Prison

    Frenchman Guy Vallerius - aka the “OxyMonster”- is accused of selling the illicit drugs oxycodone , cocaine, and methamphetamine over the dark web. In May, Vallerius plead guilty to charges of conspiracy and money laundering; he's facing at ...

    ... U.S. Postal Inspection Service, they managed to track him down when he traveled from his home in France to Austin, ... world beard-growing championship. (Can't make this stuff up!) He was arrested by U.S. authorities when he ... 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 ...

    ... hopes his findings can form the foundation for new studies that might lead to targeted prevention and wound management down the road. Additional Reading: Meth on the Mind - It's a Mental Downhill Slide for Users Image ... continue reading
  • Will Diplo’s New Anti-Drug Video Impact EDM Culture?

    Mad Decent label head Diplo just put the EDM drug culture on blast, releasing a dark music video for the track “Techno.” Teaming up with fellow Mad Decent producers Yellow Claw, Waka Flocka Flame, and LNY TNZ, the 3-minute video shines a ...

    ... follow a couple of shady dealers looking for a “safe” place to set up their drug lab. They hit pay dirt when they find a down-on-his-luck farmer presumably struggling to send his young daughter to college. A deal is ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage II

    A craving is an intense desire to use a particular drug and experts consider this the second stage of addiction. This overwhelming urge to use is so powerful, it hijacks normal thinking and behavior and leads to irrational acts - regardless of the ...

    ... coming into work hungover and unfocused. I counted down each day until the clock hit 5pm, because ... conviction . Causing a near-fatal car accident was the wake-up call I desperately needed and I finally saw the writing on ... continue reading
  • Drug Use and the Pancreas

    The pancreas plays a major role in the body's digestive system. From blood sugar regulation to digestion, the pancreas is constantly hard at work. However, the pancreas can become inflamed and, over time, accumulate scarring and damage as a result ...

    ... functions: Produce digestive enzymes that break down foods — referred to as the “ ... upper back. Other symptoms of pancreatitis may include: Intense epigastric abdominal pain. Nausea. Vomiting. Diarrhea. Loose, greasy, or ... continue reading
  • Drugs A-Z

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

    ... poppy. Heroin can be injected, smoked, snorted, or taken orally. Find out more about help for heroin dependence and ... with cases of abuse and dependence. What is Speed? Speed is a slang term applied to illicit amphetamine ... continue reading
  • 3 Devastatingly Dangerous Alcohol-Drug Combos

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

    ... and benzodiazepines slow down the central nervous ... or alcohol/opiate combinations, the combination of alcohol and stimulants counteracts each substance's effects to an extent. In other words, stimulants (cocaine, speed ... continue reading
  • Do Women Pay a Higher Price for Smoking Weed?

    Tetrahydrocannibinol, better known as THC, is the most potent component of marijuana. It's the chemical that causes feelings of euphoria and makes users feel “high.” When someone uses marijuana, THC quickly travels into the bloodstream, through ...

    ... THC-sensitive. After making adjustments, the dose of THC Craft's team administered to female lab rats ended up being the lowest dosage anyone in the scientific community has ever used to induce tolerance. And, when it ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Musicians Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

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

    ... together. His 1994 heroin and alcohol overdose was reportedly the first attempt leading up to his suicide. ... 22. Aaron Carter Aaron Carter was pulled over for speeding and possession of two ounces of marijuana in 2008. ... continue reading
  • Cocaine and the Ultimate Battle of Neurons

    Sean was ready to give up. His brother, Tony, seemed to be a lost cause. After years of cocaine use, Tony had been through three rehab programs and countless relapses. Each time, Sean hoped for the best, only to have his hopes crushed by cocaine . ...

    Sean was ready to give up. His brother, Tony, seemed to be a lost cause. After years of cocaine use, Tony had been through three rehab programs and countless relapses. Each time, Sean hoped for the best, only to have his ... continue reading
  • Before You Crank the Engine, Take a Deep Breath and Blow

    If you've ever been convicted of a drunk driving offense , you're probably more than familiar with a car breathalyzer (also known as an interlock device). And though they can be a nuisance at times, it turns out they might be the key to lowering ...

    ... more lives lost resulting from drunk driving.” Backing Up the Data Other studies have found similar results. ... to reduce binge drinking. Additional Reading: Lock 'Em Up: Is Jail Really the Best Deterrent to Drunk Driving? ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage IV

    One of the hardest parts after hitting rock bottom is asking for help. This is the ultimate lesson in humility; it forces you to toss your ego aside and admit that you're not perfect. Eye of the Beholder I had a mental image of an alcoholic , and I ...

    ... family, I mistakenly thought that asking for help would tarnish that image. Looking back, I should've sucked it up and not cared so much about what other people thought. It probably would've changed the course of my life ... continue reading
  • Lock ‘Em Up: Is Jail Really the Best Deterrent to Drunk Driving?

    When I was sentenced to four years in prison for drunk driving , something my prosecutor said stuck with me. He told the courtroom that my punishment would serve as a deterrent; he said stiff sentences for first-time offenders were the best way to ...

    When I was sentenced to four years in prison for drunk driving , something my prosecutor said stuck with me. He told the courtroom that my punishment would serve as a deterrent; he said stiff sentences for first-time ... continue reading
  • Waiting for Treatment in Tennessee: The Doctor Will See You Soon

    It's tragic. People are reaching out for help…and there's no one there. As a nation, we're experiencing a severe shortage of treatment options for those struggling with substance abuse. The National Council for Behavioral Health reported shortages ...

    ... on the drastic wait times faced by those wanting to receive residential treatment (which can stretch up to a year and a half). Doctors Step Up to the Plate In the midst of an opioid epidemic and mental health crisis, we ... continue reading
  • Inmates Receive Federal Funding to Re-enter Society Sober

    After years in prison, freedom is just around the corner. Tom served his time and will rejoin society soon. But what are his options? With no job and no money, Tom's likely to return to his previous lifestyle. He'll be surrounded by triggers and ...

    ... clinical assessment A treatment and recovery plan - including medications when appropriate Treatment and recovery support for up to one year after release The hope is to improve the odds for inmates, by providing better ... continue reading
  • What Do Taxes and Drunk Driving Have in Common? (You’d Be Surprised!)

    Organizations in every state have implemented countless initiatives to reduce drunk driving. Maryland seems to have found one that works. They simply raised the sales tax on alcohol. In 2011, Maryland raised the state sales tax on alcohol from 6 ...

    ... cynicism. …Our main interest was knowing that something very controversial was actually a public health success.” Additional Reading: Lock 'Em Up - Is Jail Really the Best Deterrent to Drunk Driving? Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Off the Booze

    1 in 10 Americans have given up alcohol since the start of the ...

    1 in 10 Americans have given up alcohol since the start of the pandemic. continue reading
  • Off the Booze

    Th1 IN 10 AMERICANS HAVE GIVEN UP ALCOHOL SINCE THE START OF THE ...

    Th1 IN 10 AMERICANS HAVE GIVEN UP ALCOHOL SINCE THE START OF THE PANDEMIC. continue reading
  • Dangers of Shooting Up

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

    ... up,” or injecting drugs directly into the bloodstream by means of a needle is particularly dangerous, as it can instantaneously produce intense and intoxicating effects that can speed ... shooting up a drug such as heroin can ... continue reading
  • Lethal Drug Combinations

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

    ... heroin. Signs of overdose from speedballs include: Bluish skin or fingernails. Extreme stomach pain. Coma or ... increase the risk of addiction and the speed at which addiction develops. Secondly, particular combinations ... 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 ...

    ... or Adderall, accelerate your heart rate. They send your nervous system into overdrive. Guess what else it speeds up ... permanent loss of physical and mental abilities, coma, or death. Heart valve disease: As the heart ages, ... 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 ...

    ... or opioid dependencies to maintenance therapy to help minimize the morbidity and mortality associated with ongoing heroin ... as prescribed, the speed and intensity of effects are changed . In terms of speed of onset 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, ...

    ... is delivered into the body can significantly change its impact in regards to the speed, intensity, or duration of the effects. The speed of the high depends on how quickly the substance enters the bloodstream. In the ... continue reading
  • IV Drug Abuse: 3 Potentially Deadly IV Injection Sites

    The dangers of intravenous drug use are well documented. Although most available information focuses on the very high risk of overdose and the diseases associated with sharing needles (both very real dangers), injecting drugs can also be incredibly ...

    ... Whether it's an effort to locate undamaged veins or to conceal drug use , intravenous drug users commonly ... (Groin): The femoral vein runs up both legs and through the creases of your upper thigh and groin. In the crease ... continue reading
  • Will These New Tools Help to Fight Opioid Addiction?

    With 78 Americans dying every day from opioid overdose, there's no question that our country is in the midst of an epidemic. But the good news is that there's hope on the horizon. Help is on the Way In May of this year, the U.S. Food and Drug ...

    ... inch long rods that are implanted under the skin in the upper arm. For six months, it provides a constant, low ... , preventing that person from feeling the “reward” or euphoric high of consuming the drug. In further tests ... 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 ...

    ... mechanism of action is similar to that of heroin . Examples of opioid pain medications include: Hydrocodone ... begin to release less dopamine on its own or scale down the number of receptors that would otherwise receive ... 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 ...

    ... made of four rods that are inserted into the upper arm . The rods administer a continuous dose of ... those addicted to heroin or painkillers. In fact, one dose can prevent cravings and withdrawal for up to a day ... continue reading
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

    When you find out you are pregnant, one of the first things your doctor will discuss with you is how you can best take care of yourself during those 9 months, as there are many factors that can affect your health and the health of your baby. A ...

    ... it be worse if I used drugs like cocaine or heroin? While certain drugs have scarier reputations—especially illegal ones ... can better the prognosis. As your child grows up, help them learn techniques that will help them ... 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 used to ...

    ... black beauties,” “dexies,” “pep pills,” “speed,” and “uppers” 1 . This drug is abused recreationally ... a list of distracting activities like going for a walk or engaging in relaxation exercises that you can turn to until ... continue reading
  • Percocet Abuse

    Since the mid-1990s, rates of prescription drug abuse have skyrocketed. Today, the widespread abuse of prescription medication—whether it involves opioid painkillers, sedatives or stimulants—is being recognized as a serious national health ...

    ... , Percocet is known by numerous names including: Hillbilly heroin. Perks. Percs. Signs and Symptoms of Percocet Abuse ... be associated with people from the middle or upper class, painkiller and other prescription abuse is ... continue reading
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