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  • 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 ...

    ... for users. As a stimulant, or “upper,” cocaine has shown to reduce ... an uninformed Suboxone user. When someone begins Suboxone, he or she may not consider the risks of drinking alcohol . However, the combination of alcohol ... 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 ...

    ... may include: Stopping or decreasing the use of alcohol - Avoiding alcohol is the most important ... certain harm reduction programs like sterile needle exchanges if you are an injection user. Of course, the best way to lower ... continue reading
  • List of Street Names for Drugs

    People actively abusing legal or illicit substances can get pretty creative when it comes to devising a list of slang terms—ranging from avoiding detection from law enforcement to ensuring privacy in written and verbal communication. If you ...

    ... adults. Slang terms may refer to the brand or variety of alcohol or may be more general. Non brand-specific street ... E Eve Molly Lover's Speed Peace STP X XTC Uppers - Back to List - Mescaline Mescaline —Found in ... continue reading
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  • Addiction in Its Simplest Form (Short Animation)

    This short animation created by Andreas Hykade breaks down what drug addiction looks like in its simplest form. It's remarkably catching and has created a buzz around the web. The bird-like creature is caught up and will not let go of the golden ...

    ... caught up and will not let go of the golden nugget. The golden nugget represents any drug of choice - alcohol, ... walk be aimless? These are some of the questions an addict or even a first-time substance user asks. It's ... continue reading
  • Social Drug Use is Like Kryptonite to Healthy Relationships

    Heather always feels awkward at parties. She's quiet and shy. She never knows what to say and finds it hard to interact with people in these intimidating settings. To help her “loosen up,” she tries smoking pot before going to a party. Once ...

    ... it difficult to approach anyone while at a bar or club. To overcome this inhibition, he snorts cocaine ... Alcohol: Of course there's always plain old booze . Alcohol increases chemicals in the brain that slow things down ... 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 ... prone to like “downers” like alcohol. It seems like ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... tolerance as quickly. Sex Drive: THC's interaction with estrogen is a downer for a woman's libido. For males, on the other hand, it ... sex drive. However, this only lasts about an hour, and in high doses, lasts only ... 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 ...

    ... state health officer. Taking on the Dangers Here are just a few of the reasons why California has taken up arms against E-cigs: They're Toxic : E-liquids contain nicotine, flavoring agents and toxic chemicals that have ... continue reading
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  • Drinking More During the Lockdown [ Survey of 3,000 Americans ]

    Cheap Drinks - Drinking More Percentage of people who have been drinking more during lockdown as it's cheaper than going ...

    Cheap Drinks - Drinking More Percentage of people who have been drinking more during lockdown as it's cheaper than going out continue reading
  • What's Your Generation’s Drug of Choice? Let’s Find Out…

    Every generation has its trends. From hairstyles, to music, and yes, even drugs. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) has been studying the drug habits of Americans for decades. Their survey results reveal patterns of drug use among ...

    ... -depressive disorders). This use peaked around age 20, with about 10 percent of Gen Xers using these drugs. Millennials Alcohol: Alcohol hasn't lost its appeal over the decades. Millennials also saw a peak of 80 percent ... 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 ...

    ... s preliminary studies, meth has been found to cause an overproduction of IL-6, which delays the body's ... that might lead to targeted prevention and wound management down the road. Additional Reading: Meth on the Mind ... 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 ...

    ... ” place to set up their drug lab. They hit pay dirt when they find a down-on-his-luck farmer presumably struggling to ... past several years, EDM festivals have seen an increasingly large number of drug-related fatalities. ... 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
  • Neighborhood Watch: Drug Sales Drive Drug Use

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

    ... related to peer disapproval and neighborhood drug sales. Dr. Dustin T. Duncan, a CDUHR researcher and an assistant professor of population health at NYU Langone Medical Center, said his team found a “strong association ... 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 ...

    ... the “gifts” for drugs. Talk about Bad Santa! Low-Down, Dirty Moves Dog lovers prepare to cringe. Some addicts have ... compensated not with money but with drugs. If you or someone you love is struggling with drug addiction , ... 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 ... and provides access to naloxone in case of an overdose. Medical personnel will even inject heroin ... continue reading
  • The Siver Lining for Meth-Exposed Newborns Starts Here

    Thousands of pregnant women in the U.S. are abusing meth during pregnancy. In fact, about 25 percent of all pregnant women seeking treatment at federal facilities are methamphetamine users. The result is hundreds of thousands of babies at risk. ...

    ... and depressed - even as preschoolers. But the question is, are they beyond hope? Recent research offers an emphatic no . A New Hope A previously conducted study followed meth-exposed newborns for several years and found ... 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 ... of every cocaine user . The cocaine is consumed. There is an urge to take more of the drug. There is less and ... 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 ...

    ... re not perfect. Eye of the Beholder I had a mental image of an alcoholic , and I didn't want anyone to think that person was ... image. Looking back, I should've sucked it up and not cared so much about what other people ... 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 ...

    ... be: touch this. Just a simple touch…really? No more giving up some small sample of yourself for a drug test? Yep, all you ... results and determining what substances have caused an overdose Routine drug monitoring in doctor's ... 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 ...

    ... the 12 steps. Once the patient goes through alcohol detox , they have two therapy sessions, then ... MDMA, then undergo a combination of therapy and time lying down with an eye mask in a state of quiet meditation. Digging ... 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 ...

    ... She was 23 now, and it felt like she was waking up from a long sleep. She sipped on her sixth Diet Coke ... everyone else got drunk wasn't a lot of fun. An Attitude of Gratitude When two of the bridesmaids started talking to ... continue reading
  • Wait…Marijuana Can Increase My Risk of Alzheimer's??

    Meet Bill. Bill smokes marijuana every day - a lot of it. From blunts and bowls to bongs and wax, there's barely a waking moment Bill isn't high. Meet Bill's Brain As we travel through Bill's cranium, we see the blood flow (in nearly all areas of ...

    ... their team. They didn't suspect “just how much marijuana use affected brain blood flow.” Raji stated in an interview, “Prior papers have suggested that marijuana can damage the brain. What surprised [us] was how low ... 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 ...

    ... the unrelenting urge to close my eyes and disappear? 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 grief ... 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 ...

    ... , not prescription meds like doctors give you for an infection. Your body actually produces natural antibiotics that kill ... up there, too, and increase the damage the liver is already suffering as it breaks down the alcohol ... 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 ...

    ... were recently published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence . In both males and females, effects ... Craft's team administered to female lab rats ended up being the lowest dosage anyone in the scientific community ... continue reading
  • Intoxicated Pilots Gamble with the Lives of Holiday Travelers

    Now that the holiday season is upon us, the roadways and skies are crowded with travelers. This massive surge of activity serves as a catalyst for travel-related accidents. And while the public is well aware of drug- and alcohol-related driving ...

    ... public is well aware of drug- and alcohol-related driving dangers, the same cannot be said ... flu medications and in sleep aids. Toxicology reports also showed an increase in use of all kinds of drugs that could inhibit ... continue reading
  • Smoking Around Kids is More Dangerous Than You Think

    Most of us know that exposure to secondhand smoke can produce serious consequences for unborn children, including low birth weight, heart defects and learning disorders. But the potential ramifications of secondhand smoke certainly don't stop at ...

    ... that secondhand smoke kills 42,000 non-smokers in the U.S. each year, including 900 babies. Those who died lost an average of 14.2 years off their life, and the lost productivity cost the U.S. economy $6.6 billion. Even ... continue reading
  • The Science Behind Addiction

    Throughout human evolution, activities that brought a release of dopamine were the ones that also kept us alive or contributed to reproduction, but now addictive drugs have the power to hijack the brain's natural dopamine balance. Take a look at how ...

    ... human evolution, activities that brought a release of dopamine were the ones that also kept us alive or contributed to reproduction, but now addictive drugs have the power to hijack the brain's natural dopamine ... continue reading
  • Shocking Report: Smoking Weed Can Damage Your DNA

    Scientists are finding “convincing evidence” that marijuana can damage DNA and even cause certain forms of cancer. These revelations are more than alarming, considering that Alaska, Oregon, Colorado, Washington and the city of Washington, D.C. ...

    ... 3-4 cannabis cigarettes a day is associated with the same degree of damage to bronchial mucus membranes as 20 or more tobacco cigarettes a day,” the Swedish research team adds. A Look at Use Among Teens In the meantime ... continue reading
  • Study Indicates Pot Really Can Lower Your IQ

    This is your brain on pot: A new study has found that regular marijuana use is linked to both lower IQ scores and impaired decision making skills. It's All in Your Mind The findings from the University of California Davis Centre for Neuroscience ...

    ... , a faculty member at The University of Texas at Dallas. “Eventually, however, the structural connectivity or 'wiring' of the brain starts degrading with prolonged marijuana use .” Supporting Data Other recent studies ... continue reading
  • Weed: The Vocabulary Killer

    Have you ever struggled to recall a word or phrase? You know the perfect term exists for what you are trying to describe, but you can't extract that word from your brain. You might even have a perfect visual, but the verbal communication center in ...

    ... also nearly doubled. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), which provides this ... to see a massive number of people facing negative consequences down the road in the form of verbal memory problems. ... continue reading
  • Location, Location: “Dry” Counties Have Higher Meth Abuse Rates

    You'd be hard pressed to find anyone who would suggest that alcohol is a gateway drug to meth, but it looks like bans on alcohol sales have unintentionally had that effect. Research out of the University of Kentucky in Louisville has produced some ...

    ... in Louisville has produced some serious and shocking findings - including data that illustrates counties with an alcohol ban in place (“dry” counties) tend to experience significantly higher rates of meth use than ... 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 ...

    ... Use Researchers at Yale and Boston University teamed up with Russian collaborators for this ground-breaking project ... system) than those who either regularly abused the drug or didn't use it all. Symptoms that Accompany HIV ... continue reading
  • New Programs Aimed at Appalachian Opioid Crisis

    A crushing avalanche is crippling Appalachian communities, but it's not the mountainous disaster you might think. This avalanche is a deadly onslaught of opioids . In 2014, the seven Appalachian states accounted for more than a fifth of nationwide ...

    ... of fighting the opioid epidemic. All of this adds up to increased drug use and staggering rates of overdose. ... and stop the escalating avalanche. Additional Reading: Yay or Nay: Is the Opioid Epidemic a Conspiracy? Image ... continue reading
  • This is NOT a Drill: Alcohol Causes 7 Kinds of Cancer

    Everyone knows a can of beer isn't as good for you as a glass of orange juice. And, it's common knowledge that excessive amounts of alcohol aren't good for your liver. That's the old news. So, what's the new scoop? Turns out the latest research ...

    ... drinkers are at the highest risk, but even those of us who have an extra glass of wine can be in danger. This study shows a direct link in alcohol consumption and these seven types of cancer: Oropharynx (the back of the ... 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 ...

    ... 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're in dire need of ... 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 ...

    ... health issues to look out for the truck. The folks requiring services will be brought to a treatment facility or program, and not jail. We're here for you.” The Morris County Sheriff's Office Community Services Unit has ... continue reading
  • Don’t Open Wide: Pulling Dentists Off the Doctor Shopping List

    Imagine you're getting your wisdom teeth removed and at the end of the procedure, your dentist hands you a prescription for a pain reliever - maybe Vicodin or Percocet . For many people, this wouldn't pose a problem. For thousands of others, ...

    ... and at the end of the procedure, your dentist hands you a prescription for a pain reliever - maybe Vicodin or Percocet . For many people, this wouldn't pose a problem. For thousands of others, however, getting hooked on ... continue reading
  • Smoke Signals: Why Are Cigarettes Such a Hot Commodity in Treatment?

    Years ago, while I was in a nine-month substance abuse treatment program, I realized that everyone around me had one thing in common - they smoked. In fact, their lives seemed to revolve around the next cigarette, so much so that they weren't ...

    ... (7.8 percent) were non-smokers before rehab. However, a whopping 867 (77.9 percent) of them reported smoking an average of 10 cigarettes a day upon completion of their stay in rehab . Study #2 Researchers at Vanderbilt ... continue reading
  • Tooth and Consequences: Alcohol Can Wreck Your Smile

    People who consume alcohol excessively and regularly are at great risk to develop tooth decay and periodontal disease. Even having a few drinks regularly can begin to break down the enamel on teeth. Alcohol and Tooth Decay The process goes like ...

    ... The process goes like this: the sugar in alcohol combines with the bacteria in your mouth to form plaque. Plaque that builds up eventually softens the enamel and a cavity, or a hole, will develop. Once that hole appears ... continue reading
  • Heroin Use Increasing Across New Demographics, Study Finds

    The face of heroin in the US is changing. As the drug becomes more commonly abused among new racial, geographic and socioeconomic groups, the profile of those users is also evolving. The change is, in part, because heroin is becoming more ...

    ... segments of the population, particularly among whites, middle/upper-class people and in rural areas, said Dr. Shannon ... risk of having a co-occurring mental disorder, an overdose, and/or HIV,” the authors wrote. Group #3 ... continue reading
  • Drugs at School: Are Zero-Tolerance Policies Really Working?

    Adopted over 20 years ago, zero-tolerance drug policies still dominate the conduct codes of most American public schools. In fact, the U.S. Department of Education reports an estimated 88 percent of schools enforce these policies. Zero-Tolerance as ...

    ... the conduct codes of most American public schools. In fact, the U.S. Department of Education reports an estimated 88 percent of schools enforce these policies. Zero-Tolerance as a Deterrent For years, zero-tolerance ... 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 ...

    ... be used to assist inmates who have been diagnosed with an opioid use disorder and scheduled for release within 60 days ... when appropriate Treatment and recovery support for up to one year after release The hope is ... continue reading
  • Relapsed on Heroin? 5 Ways to Regroup and Refocus on Recovery

    You've worked hard to build a new life. Brick by heavy brick, you laid the foundation for a life of sobriety . You were happily on the path to recovery, but somewhere along the way you got off course. You relapsed on heroin. It might feel like ...

    ... . It might feel like everything you built up has now come crumbling down, but relapse after heroin addiction is actually ... relapse. You may feel like you've somehow failed or that you're beyond hope. Therapy will help you ... continue reading
  • Detour: Teens in Rural Areas More Likely to Abuse Painkillers

    When you think about the drug trade in America's big cities, it seems like it might be easier for teenagers to abuse drugs like prescription painkillers. With the massive amount of drugs flowing in and out of large cities, there's certainly no ...

    ... shortage in the supply. Thousands of drug dealers set up shop, doling out pills on street corners, in abandoned ... than those associated with other drugs abuse. Alcohol, methamphetamine and marijuana make for great examples ... continue reading
  • Eyes to Mouth: Just How Big is Your Wine Glass?

    Pam and Stephanie met for dinner after work on Friday. Each drank wine with their meal. They had been to this restaurant many times before and ordered the same wine, so Pam was surprised to see Stephanie drinking much more than she normally drank. ...

    ... common scenario was the focus of a new and pretty interesting study. If you drink wine - especially in restaurants or clubs - you'll want to read on. Wine Sales Increase with Glass Size Research conducted over a four ... 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
  • Teens Who Drink Solo Are in More Trouble Than We Thought

    Have you found yourself knocking a few back when no one else is around? A recent study calls solitary drinking into question, finding that young people who drink alone are more likely to struggle with alcoholism as they enter adulthood. Researchers ...

    ... to self-medicate. They were using it as an escape mechanism to cope with difficult emotions and situations ... were much more likely to develop serious alcohol problems, including alcohol dependence, by age 25. If these ... continue reading
  • History of Drug Abuse

    History of Substance Abuse Rehabilitation As drugs have been abused for hundreds of years all over the world, their effects have been felt for just as long. As drugs have been abused for hundreds of years all over the world, their effects have been ...

    ... based prayer, or in mental institutions, but this signified a shift to viewing addiction as an illness that ... the water wasn't particularly healthy, and the weak alcohol content in beer killed off a lot of harmful organisms ... 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. ...

    ... love, trust and sexual arousal. Coming Up, Plateau and Coming Down At this point, Chloe had gone ... teeth. She got a headache and felt nauseous. Believe it or not, Parker's symptoms are also considered common effects of ... 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 ...

    ... how unhappy my life was as I sat, alone, in an empty apartment. Before I knew it, all of my nights ... alcohol - first through detox, and then through treatment and a program of recovery . Additional Reading: Shooting Up ... 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
  • Does Methadone Treatment Suppress Testosterone in Opioid Addicts?

    A new study out of McMaster University in Canada has found that common treatments for opioid addiction reduce the level of testosterone in men, but not in women. The research project, published in the journal Scientific Reports , collected data from ...

    ... more likely to have low testosterone levels than those who used short-acting opioids, such as hydrocodone or immediate-release oxycodone . Testosterone supplementation is a safe option for those who are receiving opioid ... continue reading
  • The 25 Best Sources for Drug Addiction Research

    1. Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) : Aims to bring effective substance abuse prevention to every community; works to improve accessibility to and quality of substance abuse prevention services. 2. Center for Substance Abuse Treatment ...

    ... about the social and economic costs of drug and alcohol abuse and these substances' impact on people's lives ... 20. Partnership for a Drug-Free America : An information source of professionals working to reduce substance ... continue reading
  • Psychedelic Drugs and Prayer Have Similar Effects on Brain

    When it comes to “out-of-body” experiences, plenty of people have reported having them during both religious awakenings and while tripping on psychedelic drugs. Although these two experiences may seem completely opposite to each other, one ...

    ... analogy about me wearing glasses,” Newberg explained. “When I wake up in the morning, it's a very fuzzy world. I put ... kind of experiences [with drugs] are not artificial or false, but really enable a person and a person ... 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 ...

    ... '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 ... 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 ...

    ... drinker into an alcoholic, new research has found that a large part of the change could come down a tiny ... with an inhibitor of miR-30a-5p eventually had their BDNF levels restored to normal and their alcohol consumption ... 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 ...

    ... half our nation's states have legalized marijuana for medical and/or recreational use. More and more patients are turning to marijuana ... on the subject is needed, it's definitely an issue we're already losing sleep over. ... 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 ...

    ... lives lost resulting from drunk driving.” Backing Up the Data Other studies have found similar ... alcohol-related crash injuries. This translates into car breathalyzers preventing an estimated 85 percent of alcohol-related ... continue reading
  • From Snort to Synapse: We Map Out Cocaine's Trip in Your Brain

    The powder is perfectly lined on the table. With no straw handy, you roll up a Washington and seconds later, the snow is gone. Inhaled into your nostril, this stimulant drug has started a trip that will change your brain…forever. What does this ...

    ... Dilated pupils A boost of energy Body temperature goes up Blood pressure increases Heart beats faster A wave of ... restlessness A loss of appetite Hallucinations and/or paranoia Changing You Forever in a Moment ... continue reading
  • The F-Word: 3 Fast Fentanyl Facts to Remember

    With his heart pounding, Officer Harrison approached the warehouse. His dreams of fighting crime never included this scene. He wasn't chasing a fugitive; he wasn't even trying to arrest anyone. The other officers had already taken the dealers down ...

    ... . The other officers had already taken the dealers down to the station for booking. Harrison simply had ... 're pulled out of the garbage days later. If little Aiden or curious Spot get their paws on the patch, it could be ... continue reading
  • Rapper’s Shocking On-Stage Antics are Cause for Concern

    A Florida rapper by the name of “Stitches” has earned a name for himself as of late, but for all the wrong reasons. The joker-like face tattoos are enough to take most people aback, but it's the lyrics to Stitches' music and his on-stage ...

    ... his head. An Unhealthy Atmosphere For most parents, scenes like the one that went down at Stitches' ... Local cops aren't planning to press charges against Stitches or the girl on stage, as the baggies weren't confiscated ... continue reading
  • The Truth About This Vegetable’s Alcohol Antidote Reputation

    Ahhh, the good ol' tomato. They make a mean spaghetti sauce. They're full of antioxidants, which makes them great for homemade facials. They're even good for throwing at bad performers. What else can you use tomatoes for? Allegedly, to counteract ...

    ... intake. And, as we all know, alcohol is broken down by enzymes in the liver, and these toxic ... 't prevent alcohol dependency or other negative consequences. Of course, the best way to avoid the damage alcohol does to your ... 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-level ... a pill or film placed under the tongue or the inside of a person's cheek until dissolved. As an implant, ... continue reading
  • Drug Addiction | Health

    Drug addiction not only adversely affects the addicted individual, it can have a detrimental effect on the family and community. If you or a loved one is fighting a drug addiction, help is available. Call our confidential toll-free Helpline at ...

    ... adversely affects the addicted individual, it can have a detrimental effect on the family and community. If you or a loved one is fighting a drug addiction, help is available. Call our confidential toll-free Helpline at ... continue reading
  • Let’s Clear the Air About Secondhand Marijuana Smoke

    Picture this : You're at a friend's house and someone lights up a cigarette. Sitting next to her, you inhale the secondhand smoke for one minute. Over the next half-hour, your blood vessels are affected by the smoke, impaired as they recover from ...

    ... : You're at a friend's house and someone lights up a cigarette. Sitting next to her, you inhale the secondhand smoke ... not the THC (the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana) or the rolling paper. Bottom line: You can't ... continue reading
  • Turns Out Abusing ADHD Meds Won’t Get You on the Dean’s List

    Lindsay felt overwhelmed. With three finals and a term-paper deadline looming in her near future, she didn't know how she would survive, much less get good grades. She decided she needed a boost. She asked around until she found someone willing to ...

    ... NPS get the drugs from a friend, students must realize they are only putting their friends at risk by sharing or selling their medication. There are legal and physical consequences. It's not going to help them with their ... continue reading
  • The Use and Abuse of Date Rape Drugs

    Although Bill Cosby has been making headlines for his alleged use of date rape drugs, sexual assault cases involving these substances have been a problem in the U.S. for decades and continue to be a growing trend. What's more, many young adults and ...

    ... used as a date rape drug, to help “come down” after a sleepless drug binge and to increase the ... and never accept a beverage from anyone besides a bartender or server. If possible, try to attend parties with a group ... continue reading
  • Fake Xanax is Here…And It’s Deadly

    We're feeling the anxiety these days and an increasing number of people are turning to drugs like Xanax - a mild sedative used to treat anxiety - as a way to better function in their daily lives. But with more users, the likelihood of abuse also ...

    ... a counterfeit pill made to look like Xanax has been popping up nationwide. And while it claims to be the real deal, ... tempted to buy prescription medications from street dealers or shady websites. The only way to protect ... continue reading
  • Flawed Research: Proof That Social Drinking Was Never Healthy

    Most of us have heard stories about the potential health benefits of drinking alcohol: light-to-moderate drinkers had fewer heart attacks than abstainers, as well as a lower statistical risk of dying from heart disease. But does alcohol really live ...

    ... risk of dying from heart disease. But does alcohol really live up to the hype? A new study is calling these ... the claims - like it lowers the chance of birth defects or alleviates the common cold - just didn't seem to make ... continue reading
  • Drunk You, Sober You: More Alike Than You'd Think

    Laura feels uncomfortable in social situations. She likes to have a few beers to loosen up. She prefers “drunk Laura” to “sober Laura” when trying to socialize. She thinks she's a lot more fun and likeable. Tom blew up at his friend Chris ...

    ... others can't perceive. You may be using alcohol in unhealthy ways to soothe nerves or to take the blame for bad behaviors. Whether alcohol reduces inhibitions or ramps up emotions already present, it's important to keep ... continue reading
  • Would You Give Medical Marijuana to a Chronically Ill Pet?

    Medical marijuana isn't just for humans anymore. All around the country, pet owners are turning to pot as a way to alleviate their furry friends' pain and suffering. Whether their cats are dealing with arthritis or their dogs are suffering from pain ...

    ... and suffering. Whether their cats are dealing with arthritis or their dogs are suffering from pain and inflammation, ... is illegal, vets are cautious of even bringing it up to their patients - not only because of the legal ... continue reading
  • I Did What??? The Anatomy of a Blackout

    What happened last night? If you've ever had to utter those words after a night on the town or had to rely on your friends to fill in the missing puzzle pieces of your limited memory reel, chances are you've experienced a blackout. And trust ...

    ... had to utter those words after a night on the town or had to rely on your friends to fill in the missing ... . Females have fewer enzymes in the gut to break down alcohol before it's absorbed and they also have less water ... continue reading
  • More Working Class Americans Hooked on Cognitive-Boosting Drugs

    I had just started studying for the Bar Exam when I realized the extent of legal information I'd have to retain wasn't humanly possible. Terrified of failing, I sought outside help in the form of a small white pill: Adderall . Within minutes of ...

    ... world selling counterfeit and unlicensed medicines had to be closed down . As a result, experts warn would-be buyers ... sugar-coated placebos, made from expired ingredients or, even worse, toxic concoctions . Additional ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... per year is $50,799. There are currently an estimated 1 million active heroin users in the United ... cost for diabetes treatment is over $248 billion, but that breaks down to just $11,148 per person. At more than $50K per ... continue reading
  • Let’s Talk Genetics and the “Morning After”

    It's true - hangovers are just plain awful. But new research has found that those who are genetically predisposed to alcoholism may actually hold onto the painful memory of them more than the average joe. Let's dig in… Family History Impacts How ...

    ... as unpleasant effects felt the morning after drinking alcohol - had an impact on people who already had a genetic ... providing a natural curb on excessive drinking, or negatively should some drinkers feel compelled to drink ... continue reading
  • Pop Quiz: Let’s Test Your Benzo Knowledge

    In 2013, 13.5 million adults filled a benzodiazepine prescription in the US. These drugs are used to treat anxiety, depression, insomnia and seizures. They are also highly addictive and frequently abused. How much do you know about this class of ...

    ... which controls breathing. Alcohol is a depressant which relaxes muscles and slows down your system. Benzos ... advise those who have a history of alcoholism or drug addiction to avoid taking benzodiazepines. The elderly ... 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 ...

    ... upper-income ... or kicked out of their pain management programs. When getting OxyContin legally is no longer an option, people are forced to start buying pills off the street . And with black market pills going for up ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Articles

    Drug abuse articles can provide you with an incredible amount of valuable information. The drug abuse articles provided on this website offer you insight into drug abuse denial, warning signs of teenage drug abuse, drug abuse prevention techniques ...

    ... ahead of time. “What to Do If Your Teen or Young Adult Has a Problem with Drugs” . This ... great resource and provides information on every type of drug, alcohol and substance abuse problem. In addition, if you suspect ... continue reading
  • Positive Workforce Drug Tests Increase for the First Time in a Decade

    A shocking new report released by Quest Diagnostics reveals that the percentage of positive drug tests among American workers has increased for the first time in over a decade. Increased stress in the workplace, a lack of job security, and the trend ...

    ... in safety-sensitive roles (i.e. driving or production lines), impaired workers pose a risk, ... of workers polled admitted a co-worker's use of drugs or alcohol had a negative impact on their job performance. Drugs and Work ... continue reading
  • Released from Prison…and Still Addicted

    There are over 2.3 million people in American prisons and jails, making the U.S. the most heavily incarcerated country in the world. More than 65 percent of this segment meet medical criteria for substance abuse addiction, but yet are provided with ...

    ... without the tools to avoid returning to drugs and alcohol. Often times, relapse occurs, violations result - ... ? Blame it on the “War on Drugs” - an initiative created by the Nixon Administration intended to discourage the ... continue reading
  • Drug Addiction is Killing a Huge Number of Inmates

    It's common knowledge that a vast majority of the U.S. prison population is suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. Despite having months, years or even decades to work on themselves and overcome the chains of chemical dependency, almost none of ...

    ... that a vast majority of the U.S. prison population is suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. Despite having months, years or even decades to work on themselves and overcome the chains of chemical dependency, almost ... continue reading
  • Here’s What You Need to Know About Pink

    After a simple search online, Ryan Ainsworth and Grant Seaver ordered a bag of U-47700, a.ka. “ pink .” The powder arrived from Shanghai at their friend's house, as planned. What happened next was not planned. The two 13-year-old best friends ...

    ... the nose). Users grow out their pinky fingernails to scoop up the powder, then snort the drug through a nostril. ... small doses. Exposure to U-47700 by either inhalation or skin contact can be fatal. If you believe you have ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage III

    Days before my rock bottom moment, I remember thinking: “Could things get any worse?” My parents had just divorced, I loathed every second at my law firm and I'd just lost the most important person in my life who'd had an unexpected and sudden ...

    ... the most important person in my life who'd had an unexpected and sudden “change of heart.” I was knee- ... it gave me clarity and much-needed perspective - both with alcohol and with life. It helped me to break free from ... 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 ...

    ... assume if the number of meth labs are down, meth use must also also down. Unfortunately, that's not the case. ... It flows into Arizona, New Mexico, and Oklahoma, up to Montana, Wisconsin, Minnesota and all across the south ... continue reading
  • How I Juggled Probation and Active Addiction

    In 2010, I was arrested for a “DUI with Enhancements” and reckless driving. I was barely twenty-one and hadn't faced any real consequences of my substance abuse . I didn't put up a fight. After the police finally got me to pull over, I ...

    ... real consequences of my substance abuse . I didn't put up a fight. After the police finally got me to pull ... print. The first “condition” of my probation was to not drink or use drugs . The second was to not drive a car. I ... continue reading
  • Drugs and Cancer Risk

    Despite the declines in the death rate over the last 20 years, cancer continues to be one of the most prevalent public health issues in the US. According to the National Cancer Institute 1 : More than 68 million people will receive a cancer ...

    ... smoke to more easily enter the cells in the upper digestive tract. This has been discussed as a possible ... the risk increases when khat use is combined with alcohol and/or tobacco 13 . Other Cancer Risks The above shows ... continue reading
  • Want Healthy, Clear Skin? Say No to Alcohol!

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

    ... react to problems - like skin conditions - after a flare-up or a diagnosis. We also do our best to mask potential problems ... key. So, for example, reducing or eliminating alcohol consumption are relatively easy ways to ... continue reading
  • Misery Loves Company…Especially Among Addicts

    In a healthy relationship, each individual wants what is good for the other. You want good things to happen to your friend. You hope for the best for your spouse. You do things for your friends and help them take actions that will be beneficial. ...

    ... prospect of dealing with these things tends to bring up a multitude of irrational fears. Here's a look ... . With a different perspective on life, our old pals may look down on us and even try to tell us that we have a ... continue reading
  • We’re One Step Closer to a Marijuana Breathalyzer

    What does Mary Jane's breath smell like? Inquiring scientific minds are about to find out. A recent breakthrough has pushed potential manufacturers one step closer to the creation of a marijuana breathalyzer. And, surprisingly, it works by measuring ...

    ... difficult to capture. Unlike the ethyl alcohol measured with an alcohol breathalyzer , THC has a complex ... marijuana intoxication. (It's legal to use recreationally or medicinally, but it's still illegal to drive under ... 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 ...

    ... Be a Team Effort The Rutgers Center for Alcohol Studies in New Jersey offers training for police ... with law enforcement before she quit using. “They aren't doctors or therapists. It's great if they can offer people a chance ... continue reading
  • What You Need to Know About Secondhand Drinking

    Lisa Frederiksen likens the public's understanding of secondhand drinking to 30 years ago when doctors proved that lung cancer in nonsmokers was a direct link to secondhand cigarette smoke. Frederiksen, author, speaker, consultant and founder of ...

    ... comes down to taking a stand against drinking behaviors, separating the behaviors from the drinker,” Frederiksen says. “This is your life, your sanity and your health.” If you or someone you know struggles with alcohol ... continue reading
  • Is This New Drug the Holy Grail of All Pain Relievers?

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

    ... It can even be lethal in high dosages. In an effort to offer safer alternatives, researchers at Louisiana Veterans ... much. This is often the result of tolerance build-up, which prompts people to take more than prescribed. ... continue reading
  • Anxious About Anxiety: Why We Reach for Xanax

    We're an anxious nation. According to data from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the United States. (The fact that we have an association devoted to anxiety says something about us, ...

    ... the adrenaline rush we need to either flee dangerous situations or stay and fight. Here's where the issue gets sticky ... go into an unhealthy spiral that creates a whirlwind of anxiety. It all boils down to our ... continue reading
  • Underage Drinking Across the United States

    Using alcohol in ways that are illegal and irresponsible is both risky and dangerous to those who partake in such behavior, but especially so when those individuals are underage. Dependency, particularly when it involves alcohol, can take years off ...

    ... the differences between the two metrics. Moving down the list, North Dakota had 325.17 violations ... an epidemic and it's important for all of us to take this problem seriously. If you or a loved one has an alcohol ... continue reading
  • German Electrical Plant Burns Pot for Energy

    What happens to confiscated pot? Does it go to Mary Jane jail somewhere? Is it donated to hospitals for medical research? Does it get tossed into the high seas? In the U.S., officials turn to several different sources for disposal of confiscated ...

    ... bags of marijuana to a power plant in Olching, an area northwest of Munich. There, they burned the ... rid of what amounted to a pile of trash cluttering up the customs office and provided a source of electricity and heat ... continue reading
  • Buzzkill: Mary Jane’s Not as Relaxing as You Think

    Mellow. This is the word many people associate with marijuana. Take a few tokes and you'll feel relaxed. As it takes effect, your stress just melts away. Mary Jane is smooth and easygoing. Right? Not so fast… It's a common claim, but a recent ...

    ... as more challenging or threatening. They struggled more with their tasks and had an overall more stressful ... , you might end up being more stressed out than you were before you fired up. Additional Reading: Hitting the ... continue reading
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