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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
  • Police Are Gearing Up to Face Down a Couple of Killers

    Guns won't help. A bullet-proof vest won't cut it. No badge, baton, hat, or handcuffs will stop the threat. The latest danger faced by law enforcement officials is a class of drugs that can kill on contact. Standard-issue equipment is no longer ...

    ... times stronger than morphine and 50 times stronger than heroin . As if that wasn't strong enough, carfentanil ... come in powder form, officers are getting sick or overdosing after accidental exposure. With such high toxicity ... continue reading
  • How to Stay Productive at Work While Still in Recovery

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

    ... , getting back to work can often actually help speed up your recovery; working gives you a sense of purpose ... purposes, try turning it off while you're at work or leaving it out of your sight. The last thing your boss ... continue reading
  • What Does Ecstasy do to Your Mind and Body?

    The night started off exactly like the last few Saturdays…Chloe entered the club with her girlfriends. Soon after, each of them took a bundle of ecstasy. Not long after washing down her dose with water, Chloe felt the familiar effects of the drug. ...

    ... down her dose with water, Chloe felt the familiar effects of the drug. Like other stimulants , ecstasy speeds up ... She got a headache and felt nauseous. Believe it or not, Parker's symptoms are also considered common ... continue reading
  • Does Your Personality Put You at Risk for Addiction?

    Are certain personality types more prone to substance abuse? Although it certainly seems so, this question has been the focus of debate for some time. It used to be believed that addiction could be explained by way of the two contrasting personality ...

    ... leaned towards addiction, thanks to an inability to live up to their own unrealistic expectations. These tests have ... higher likelihood of using “hard” drugs like heroin , amphetamines or crack. But don't worry; you aren ... 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Who Manufacturers All these Crazy Semi-Legal Designer Drugs?

    Designer drugs have been subject of much media attention of late, as the Internet has made obtaining them easier than in the past. In many cases, it's simpler to order designer drugs online than to try to obtain street drugs. Designer drugs can be ...

    ... different, though similar, from drugs like heroin , crack , and others, up until 2012 many could be sold legally ... The business, which was based United States, was shut down by the DEA in 2004. This company tried to ... continue reading
  • Do Safe Injection Sites Violate the Hippocratic Oath? One Nurse Says Yes

    Michael Hesch is a conscious sedation nurse. His job is to intravenously infuse fentanyl and other medicines during surgical procedures. If and when safe injection sites open in the United States, professionals like Hesch may be asked to work with ...

    ... as Registered Nurses goes all the way down the line of safely - pulling up a dose, the right dose, the ... going on inside a heroin injection site.” Hersch, who is also a veteran, added, “I didn't sign up to become a nurse ... continue reading
  • Shocking Threats Swirl Around Tramadol Abuse

    Though Tramadol hasn't yet achieved the publicity other opioids have in the states, it sure is making waves abroad. Earlier this month, it was revealed that tramadol, an addictive synthetic painkiller believed to be as powerful as morphine , is ...

    ... traditional street opioid, tramadol can produce a euphoria comparable to heroin, even at a single dose of 75 mg. It ... we won't put up with that.” “They literally won't leave the room and they face you down,” he said. Too ... continue reading
  • Suboxone Debate: What Is the Big Problem with Buprenorphine?

    When it comes to this nation's chemical dependence, few drugs have achieved the notoriety and reputation of opioid drugs. In fact, things have spiraled so far out of control that opiate addiction is now considered an epidemic. Despite leaving a ...

    ... of your loved ones—is to stay informed and up-to-date on emerging and established recovery options. With so much ... . However, if you spend the whole day injecting heroin and suddenly decide to pop a Suboxone film under your ... continue reading
  • 5 Scary Facts You Didn’t Know About Prescription Opioid Painkillers

    An opioid epidemic has swept the nation. Every day in America, approximately 50 people die from overdosing on prescription painkillers. Over the course of a year, that number grows to 18,250—which is enough to fill every seat at Madison Square ...

    ... often turn to heroin when painkillers become too expensive or too difficult to get from a doctor. Heroin is easier to ... Enforcement Administration (DEA) cracked down on “pill mills” that had sprung up in the area, making ... continue reading
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  • 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
  • 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 ...

    ... a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical benefits. In other words, it's in the same category as heroin and crack cocaine . Even the staunchest anti-drug supporters have hard a time putting pot on equal footing ... continue reading
  • It’s Official: Heroin is Deadlier Than Bullets

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

    ... opioid deaths . It was the first year in which opioid death tolls surpassed the 30,000 mark. The increase in heroin use can be traced back to the late 1990s and early 2000s. The era saw a drastic increase in prescription ... continue reading
  • The Price Tag of Heroin in America: $51 Billion

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

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

    ... chasing the 'high' and may need to continually up your dosage as tolerance develops and more of the drug ... almost 207 million in 2013. 2 In the past decade, heroin use has more than doubled in young adults between the ages ... continue reading
  • Can’t Sleep? Try Putting Down the Marijuana (Seriously)

    For as long as she could remember, people told Sue that marijuana helped you sleep. So once she started having problems catching z's, she decided to give weed a try. Sue smoked pot every night for nearly three months, but for some reason, the ...

    ... Out It's Not a Sleep-Aid As of 2016, half our nation's states have legalized marijuana for medical and/or recreational use. More and more patients are turning to marijuana to ease ailments, but a recent study shows sleep ... continue reading
  • Xanax Turned My Life Upside Down

    “It's the worst mistake I've ever made. I wish I had never gotten that prescription filled.” That's the regret Kelly says sums up her experience with Xanax . At the age of 20, Kelly says she didn't realize what she was getting into when her ...

    ... that prescription filled.” That's the regret Kelly says sums up her experience with Xanax . At the age of 20, ... about the Xanax prescription, he either didn't believe her or didn't care. At this point, Kelly admits she ... continue reading
  • Ibogaine: Miracle Cure or Dangerous Botanical?

    We all know healthcare providers and researchers are desperate to find solutions to the opioid crisis, but are they overlooking a possible cure? The answer, according to a recent article , appears to be yes. The article, which was published by The ...

    ... longer addicted to anything. Even a cup of tea with sugar tastes horrible.” Ten months later, the former heroin user hasn't experienced a relapse and once again feels like a contributing member of society. He is, however ... continue reading
  • Ambien: Sweet Dreams or Total Nightmare?

    Kate bolted out of bed at the sound of her doorbell. It was 3am; she couldn't imagine who would be at the door. She rushed to the foyer to find her best friend, Nicole, standing on her porch, dressed in her PJs. In a crazed, trance-like state, ...

    ... . After fully waking up, Nicole was extremely confused - clueless as to how she woke up on Kate's couch ... She turned off the stove, grateful she hadn't burned down the house. She then called her doctor to inform him she ... 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
  • Shooting Up: How Far Would You Go For a Fix?

    IV drug users can quickly find themselves in desperate situations. They often lack clean needles, pure water and other supplies needed to shoot up, prompting many of them to improvise. And for a large segment of the population, improvising means ...

    ... desperate need of water to cook drugs like heroin or OxyContin , many users have turned to this ... prison, but that certainly hasn't stopped inmates from shooting up . In fact, inmates have gotten pretty creative. Using a ... continue reading
  • Teachers Pause Playground Games to Pick Up Needles

    Most soccer games involve time outs. But, coaches usually call them to trade a player, give a pep talk, or help a player recover from a fall. At Boston's public schools, however, soccer games are paused to remove used syringes from the field. ...

    ... call them to trade a player, give a pep talk, or help a player recover from a fall. At Boston's public ... and other public areas. They've also tried to beef up treatment services with outreach workers. It's hard to tell if ... continue reading
  • True or False: Ready to Put Your Fentanyl Knowledge to the Test?

    Fentanyl. This potent opiate has added a whole new level of danger to the opioid crisis, causing a staggering number of overdoses and deaths. Part of its overall threat is the lack of public knowledge and awareness. So, how much do you know about ...

    ... to cause an overdose . Green was given multiple doses of Narcan and revived by emergency crews. True or False: Most heroin dealers will let you know if they've cut their product with fentanyl. Click Here for the Answer ... continue reading
  • Busting 6 Alcohol Myths: Fact or Fiction?

    Our beliefs guide our actions. We base our decisions on what we know to be true. But, what if the 'facts' we believe aren't true after all? Get Your Facts Straight Some people can enjoy a drink without any problems; others aren't so lucky. Binge ...

    ... make you drunk. Myth #3 You can “sober up” with a pot of coffee or a cold shower. Truth: Time is the only ... you drink, not how much variety you drink. (But throwing down a mix of different drinks could make you a lot more ... 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 ...

    ... of different “friends,” most of whom were on drugs or associated with the drug trade. She was selling drugs and ... to get criminals off the street,” says Julie, a former heroin and crack user who had many run-ins with law ... continue reading
  • Cryptocurrency: A Payment For Treatment or a Reason For Treatment?

    Do residential treatment facilities accept cash, charge, insurance - or cryptocurrency? Despite cryptocurrency's newfound popularity, hopefully that last form of payment is not an option. Why? Because it may be the cause for treatment. ...

    ... psychiatry at UCLA, explains why. “You could replace the words 'digital currency' with 'crack cocaine,' methamphetamine,' 'marijuana,' or ' gambling, ' and you'll see some of those same kind of ways people talk about it ... continue reading
  • What’s Your Vote on Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients: Yay or Nay?

    With Obama out of office, Republicans are looking to nix the limits his administration imposed on drug testing the unemployed. Instead, they want to make it easier for states to enact drug screening requirements for various forms of public ...

    ... results. At least 15 states currently have legislation on the books regarding drug testing or screening for public assistance applicants or recipients, and they've spent hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years to ... continue reading
  • Yay or Nay: Is the Opioid Epidemic a Conspiracy?

    'Epidemic': Affecting a disproportionately large number of individuals within a population. Opioid Epidemic Statistics Each day, 2.1 million people in the U.S. abuse opioids. The CDC reports that 165,000 Americans died from prescription ...

    ... : A secret plan to do something that is harmful or illegal. It's certainly no secret that drug companies, ... opposite side of the argument. Studies have shown that up to 40 percent of non-cancer patients on opiates ... continue reading
  • What Can I Do if My Mother or Father is an Alcoholic or Drug Abuser?

    One of the most common issues we hear about is that a parent has become an addict and the children don't know what to do about it. Sometimes, they're scared of being taken away from the parent if the authorities find out. Sometimes they want the ...

    ... that you need to do is sit down and talk with your parent when he or she is sober. Be gentle but ... it again? Questions like these encourage parents to open up about their abuse. Obviously, this isn't a comprehensive ... continue reading
  • Are You Helping Or Enabling? 7 Ways to Spot the Difference

    There's no doubt that loving an addict is hard. It's natural for you to want your loved ones to succeed rather than suffer. While reaching out to help a loved one in need is certainly not a bad thing, there's a fine line between helping and ...

    ... and diminishes the ramifications of the person's actions. Rather than pay an addict's bills or give cash that ends up being traded for drugs, offer your money for rehab instead. 3. Taking Over Their Responsibilities ... 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 ...

    ... and they may cut in other substances to keep up. Cocaine:Average Purity by Purchase Weight In larger seizures ... the retail or street level. Heroin:Average Purity by Purchase Weight Similar patterns hold true for heroin. On ... 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
  • 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
  • 4 Hangover “Cures” You Need to Ignore

    The lights are too bright. The noises are too loud. Your head's spinning. Your stomach's in turmoil. No, it's not the flu. You have a hangover. You had a few too many yesterday, and now you're paying for it. Beware the Miracle Remedy So, what can ...

    ... hangover? Nope. No matter how cold or hot, the shower doesn't affect the level of alcohol in your system. Just like coffee, the refreshing water may wake you up, but it doesn't speed up the process. But you will smell ... 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
  • 7 Shocking Facts About Meth in the Gay Community

    As one of the most popular drugs in the gay community, users mistakenly believe that crystal meth leads to fun and enhances their life experiences. Due to that train of thought, this drug has become somewhat of an epidemic among the gay ...

    ... and heroin are often combined, the most popular speedball cocktails in the gay community include meth and GHB or ... who are already HIV positive, using crystal meth speeds up the damage to their bodies and minds. Even ... continue reading
  • What Could Illicit Drug Synthesis Expose You To?

    For the 44 million Americans aged 12 and older who used illicit drugs in 2014, the associated health risks are grave. But there's another risk that accompanies illegally manufactured substances - the exposure to hazardous chemicals. Clandestine drug ...

    ... of “ice.” They speed up the body systems, which can cause a host of health risks from a spike in blood pressure to seizure risk. A fast-acting opiate, heroin can be injected, sniffed/snorted, or smoked. It is extremely ... continue reading
  • Dangers of IV Drug Use: What You Need to Know About Track Marks

    Certain drugs can be injected into the muscle, under the skin, or directly into a vein. The later is the most popular method, as the intense effects of the drug occurs very quickly. Those that use this method will begin to show marks on their body ...

    ... The act of drug injection is often referred to as “jacking up,” “shooting up” or “slamming” and is typically identified with the use of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines and opiates. Usually found on the forearms, fresh ... continue reading
  • 7 Signs You May Be Addicted to Tramadol

    Tramadol is an opiate analgesic prescribed for the treatment of moderate to moderately severe pain. The drug works by changing the way your brain and nervous system respond to pain. Because Tramadol is a milder form of opiate medication, people ...

    ... . Using the drug without a prescription, taking higher doses, or using the drug in a way other than prescribed. You ... the stress of everyday life, with its “ups and downs.” #6. Drug seeking behavior. Drug seeking behavior ... continue reading
  • Imagining Life Without My Daughter Pushed Me to the Edge

    Lisa's mom, Jane, was at the end of her rope. For the third time in eight weeks, she had to go pick up her drunk daughter. Jane was exhausted and she certainly wasn't looking forward to seeing Lisa go through the detox process again. She wanted to ...

    ... , one without 2 a.m. drunk phone calls and rushed trips to the city (an hour away) to pick up a grown woman too drunk to stand up or walk to the car. A life without her would be sad, but it would be quiet. “No, these are ... continue reading
  • 5 Telltale Signs of a High-Functioning Addict

    When you think of drug addiction, many people immediately associate the disease with the kind of tragic, rock-bottom moments we're privy to on shows like Intervention or Celebrity Rehab . The problem is that nine times out of ten, Hollywood gets it ...

    ... notice your loved one has suddenly put down their guitar or stopped playing soccer, it could be because ... This should be done calmly, but firmly. Although it is up to the individual to admit they have a problem and seek ... continue reading
  • 25 Great Writers Who Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

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

    ... from the world or speed or LSD to “inspire” them, the bohemian yet lonely world of the writer or poet is a ... famous for his book titled Junkie, Burroughs was a heroin and opioid addict. He even accidentally shot his wife ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... - the owner used to beat up the girls. He would tie up the guys and roll them up like a taco in a piece of ... facility. He has spoken of using handcuffs or even tying patients down. “When people arrive they can be very ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Athletes Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Michael Phelps Eight-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Michael Phelps has not only plunged into the water, but into drugs. In 2009, he lost his endorsement contract with Kellogg's after a photo emerged of him taking a hit of marijuana . 2. Dock ...

    ... to community service as a way out of drug abuse or addiction. 14. Thurman Thomas Buffalo Bills player Thurman Thomas ... type of rehab treatment, substance related info or additional guides, below are some our popular and ... 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
  • 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
  • Are Safe Rooms a Smart Way to Decrease Fatal Overdoses?

    With fatal overdoses increasing each year, the need for action has never been greater. Despite funneling billions into the anti-drug movement, the addiction problem remains unsolved. Acknowledging that fact, several countries are looking to “safe ...

    ... recorded 285 drug overdose deaths. In 2012, the number was down to 210 - the lowest in 19 years. Canadian Supervised Injection ... overdose. Medical personnel will even inject heroin for patrons who struggle with accessing a ... continue reading
  • Shackled to a Methadone Clinic

    She's been going to the same clinic for five years. Every day, she takes a bus, walks the last two blocks from the bus stop and gets in line for her dose of methadone. Five years ago, Kathy decided she needed help to break her Vicodin addiction. ...

    ... prisoner , but at least she could function enough to hold down a job. Is it All About the Money? With over ... to help people who are addicted to opiates - heroin and OxyContin for example. Patients need just one dose ... 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 ...

    ... of use. Whether the mice received 30 days of chronic cocaine use or two repeated injections of the drug, Pan and his team noted a dramatic drop in blood flow speed. For the very first time, researchers were also able to ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Celebrities Who Have Done Drugs and Battled Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Drew Barrymore Former child star Drew Barrymore's drug abuse in her teenage years found her controversial fame, including two trips to rehab that motivated her to get back on track with her career. 2. Mary-Kate Olsen “Full House” actress ...

    ... in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade , shocked the world when his 1993 death exposed him as a heroin addict . 9. David Hasselhoff “Baywatch” boy David Hasselhoff began struggling with alcohol in the early 1970s. Wearing ... continue reading
  • Here’s What You Need to Know About the Probuphine Implant

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    ... , which are implanted under the skin of your upper arm. This procedure takes about 15 minutes and ... an implant, you don't have to worry about taking a pill or an injection every day. There's no risk of forgetting to take ... continue reading
  • A Sober Bridesmaid Reflects on Her Sister’s Bachelorette Weekend

    “Is it really my job to wash the vomit out of your hair?” Jeana swore under her breath as her sister's drunk bridesmaids took turns puking. She'd already herded these girls out of a bar where they were getting out of control, paid off the cab ...

    ... to spend a Saturday night, but it was a lot better than begging strangers for money to buy heroin. The bridesmaids would wake up sick, and she would wake up ready to meet the day. All in all, she realized, not a bad deal ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Effects

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    ... of Illicit Drugs Alcohol Bath Salts Cocaine Crack Crystal Meth DMT Ecstasy Flakka Kratom Hashish Heroin Inhalants LSD Ketamine Marijuana Meth Methoxetamine (MXE) Mushrooms Peyote PCP Spice Steroids Stimulants Long-term ... continue reading
  • Surviving Mother's Day One Breath at a Time

    Mother's Day - those two words once brought memories of cards and flowers, crabs and beer. It's a time when families come together in the name of celebrating motherhood. For me, this day hosted three generations laughing and loving. Our time was ...

    ... to forget. Along with grief, I am also drowning in guilt. “How do I make people understand that my heart has shut down in an effort to protect my sanity? Mother's Day is now a day I desperately want to forget. Along with ... continue reading
  • Which Side of the Naloxone Debate Are You On?

    With the opioid epidemic claiming nearly 78 lives each and every day, President-elect Trump has his work cut out for him in the drug arena. One of his stated policies involves increasing access to naloxone, a medication used to reverse overdose from ...

    ... and that the nation's death toll from heroin and prescription opioids would be significantly higher without ... . In the end, it's up to you to educate yourself about naloxone and make up your own mind about its true ... 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
  • Drug Trafficking Across Borders

    Data on drug seizures at the U.S. border indicate an alarming volume of trafficking taking place in recent years. Since 2009, heroin seizures at the southwestern border have almost tripled, while meth seizures quintupled through 2014. Worse yet, ...

    ... the U.S. border indicate an alarming volume of trafficking taking place in recent years. Since 2009, heroin seizures at the southwestern border have almost tripled, while meth seizures quintupled through 2014. Worse yet ... 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
  • New Drug Testing Technology Makes Urine Samples a Thing of the Past

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

    ... 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Drugs A-Z

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    ... 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Lethal Drug Combinations

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

    Are you familiar with the concept of a Trojan Horse? It's pretty on the outside but filled with deadly enemies inside. It creates an appearance of innocence, but is designed with trickery in mind. Legal drugs are a lot like a Trojan Horse. These ...

    ... ” These synthetics replicate stimulants (amphetamines) like speed and meth. They can cause nausea, vomiting ... and claiming their products are “safe and legal.” If you or a loved one is fighting this Trojan Horse, help is ... continue reading
  • A Straight Story on the Real Dangers of Xanax

    “Yeah, I was feeling uptight before he was about to pick me up for our date, so I popped a Xanax,” said my friend. I cringed. It seemed like everyone I knew was using benzos to calm down, chill out, get through a first date, or ace a ...

    ... up for our date, so I popped a Xanax,” said my friend. I cringed. It seemed like everyone I knew was using benzos to calm down, chill out, get through a first date, or ... are prone to like “downers” like alcohol. It seems ... continue reading
  • 7 Crazy Ways Addicts Fund Their Drug Habits

    It's no secret that drug addiction can drive people to do things that are completely out of character. When addiction takes hold, scoring drugs to avoid withdrawals is a 24/7 job. And there's no glamour in that kind of career path. Little girls ...

    ... to pursue a life of crime as a way to fund his heroin habit . While it's common to hear of addicts turning to ... “gifts” for drugs. Talk about Bad Santa! Low-Down, Dirty Moves Dog lovers prepare to cringe. Some addicts ... continue reading
  • Taking Action: How to Intervene During an Overdose

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

    ... or rigid spasms Irregular or slow breathing Clammy, pale, or bluish skin Stimulant Overdose While overdosing on stimulants (cocaine, speed ... Institute on Drug Abuse reports heroin-related deaths have increased five-fold ... 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 ...

    ... New Jersey with 4 months median prison sentence. On the upper end of the scale, are West Virginia with 5 months, ... next highest states. Regardless of where you live or what kind of sentencing standards your state adheres ... continue reading
  • San Francisco Mayor Proposes Drug Distribution to Homeless

    For San Francisco, the statistics related to opioid abuse are staggering: The Department of Public Health estimates there are 11,000 people addicted to heroin in San Francisco. It is estimated that thousands of these individuals are homeless. The ...

    ... means people can't feel the effects of opioid drugs or overdose if they do happen to relapse. The mayor' ... clean today . Considering more than three-fourths of heroin users typically relapse after starting treatment, that's ... 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 ...

    ... folks requiring services will be brought to a treatment facility or program, and not jail. We're here for you.” ... for effective solutions. In Morris County alone, heroin deaths have increased 155 percent since 2011. Hope ... continue reading
  • 7 Shocking Ways Drugs are Smuggled into Prisons

    A Cincinnati woman and her incarcerated boyfriend are now facing criminal charges after she reportedly tried to smuggle a Bible laced with heroin into the prison. Tehani Teepe, 39, and Timothy King, 28, were charged with illegal conveyance of ...

    ... became suspicious after noticing a stain on a square of the Bible, which later proved to be heroin - enough to be broken up into 30 or 40 hits and distributed among the inmate population. The would-be smugglers now face ... continue reading
  • 15-Minutes of Narcan Internet Fame Leaves Permanent Scars

    Imagine overdosing in public, prompting police officers to administer Narcan - the powerful opiate antidote - to save your life. Now imagine this entire experience being captured on video and streamed across the Internet. Strangers witnessing your ...

    ... a young man in Philadelphia. He was videotaped shooting up and falling off his seat while riding a crowded ... bus scene, which soon went viral. “Guy Shoots Heroin on Bus, Keels Over (DISTURBING VIDEO),” broadcasted ... continue reading
  • Joints vs. Edibles: How Marijuana Affects the Body

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

    ... a joint and eating an edible are reflected in the speed of onset of effects, the duration until peak effects ... less than five minutes, see if your loved one—or you—may be addicted to marijuana. Take our online confidential ... continue reading
  • Six Colossal Drug Abuse Meltdowns and How to Spot the Warning Signs

    It's no mystery that celebrities, as well as the everyday Joe, can have problems with drugs. Because celebrities are in the limelight, though, we often see the drug abuse meltdown of famous people more prominently. The following six meltdowns were ...

    ... around the drug scene. She is known to abuse heroin , cocaine , and prescription drugs , likely accounting ... a jury discovered that she regularly took thirty or more prescription amphetamine pills per day. Her prescription ... continue reading
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