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  • Lethal Drug Combinations

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

    ... Vicodin, etc.). Alcohol + benzodiazepines (e.g., Ativan, Valium, Xanax, etc.). Cocaine + heroin. Alcohol + cocaine. ... wear off, which they do at a faster rate than heroin. Signs of overdose from speedballs include: Bluish ... continue reading
  • 5 Alarming Facts About Benzo Addiction

    People tend to use benzodiazepines because they work, plain and simple. A group of prescription sedatives, benzodiazepines are classified as Schedule IV in the Controlled Substances Act and are most commonly prescribed to treat anxiety, namely under ...

    ... to treat anxiety, namely under the brand names Xanax, Ativan, and Valium. 1 They work on the neurotransmitter ... the feel-good neurotransmitter. 2 This sudden, strong wave of pleasure is understandably rewarding and, to ... continue reading
  • The Scary Facts About Designer Drugs and Legal Highs

    Read Time: 30 minutes Introduction What Are Designer Drugs and Legal Highs? The terms “designer drugs” and “legal highs” are used to refer to substances such as synthetic marijuana and “bath salts” that are engineered in a laboratory to ...

    ... which no sooner have governments prohibited the latest batch of legal highs than illicit chemists produce new compounds not covered by the laws. 7 ... Xanax Valium Clonazepam Percocet Lortab Concerta Morphine Adderall Ativan ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... bargained for - a counterfeit pill made to look like Xanax has been popping up nationwide. And while it claims ... strongest prescription painkiller on the market: 100 times stronger than morphine and 50 times stronger than ... continue reading
  • What is Ativan? Is Ativan Addictive? Dangers of Ativan Abuse

    Ativan is one of the top 10 psychiatric drugs used in America. Many have taken it; many have abused it. What do you know about it? If you're like most people, your knowledge of Ativan is limited. Even those who use it are often unaware of its ...

    ... they're abusing Ativan . Some symptoms of Ativan abuse include: Taking more than prescribed Taking it more frequently than prescribed Taking it longer than prescribed Taking someone else's Ativan All of these actions ... continue reading
  • Shocking Report: Bars and Liquor Stores Impact Suicide Rates

    Suicide is tragic no matter what the circumstances. When compared to the general population, however, reports indicate the heartbreaking act is a staggering 120 times more prevalent among adult alcoholics. As if that weren't enough, alcohol abusers ...

    ... linked alcohol-related suicides to larger numbers of bars and liquor stores in their community. Researchers ... suicide also had a higher blood alcohol content than those who survived suicide attempts. When compared other ... continue reading
  • Xanax Passes Marijuana as Second-Leading Cause of DUI

    When it comes to driving under the influence of substances that aren't alcohol, marijuana is the biggest concern for many Americans. Colorado has spent millions of dollars on a series of “ Drive High, Get a DUI ” commercials, while Washington ...

    ... are no longer the main substances plaguing drivers on the state's highways and byways. Believe it or not, Xanax now far surpasses marijuana as a leading cause of DUI. Benzos and Driving are a Bad Combo Data compiled by ... 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 ...

    ... a different spot. The result of taking them together is more than additive. It's like 1 + 1 = 4.” Look, ... ; it's so easy to fly under the radar. But Xanax is addictive and it's dangerous, especially when mixed with alcohol ... 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, ...

    ... better off learning to manage our anxiety “pill-free.” They recommend feeling our feelings, rather than relying on a crutch. The more Xanax we use, the less we're able to navigate tough situations without them. We start ... 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 ...

    ... on the go, so that's a pretty impressive feat. More than once, my friends told me I was drooling out of the ... typical withdrawal symptoms associated with Xanax . “I was anxious - even more than I was before starting the ... continue reading
  • Pay Attention: 7 Red Flags of a Xanax Overdose

    Shannon was feeling even more anxious than usual, so she picked up her Xanax bottle and popped an extra pill. The doctor said to take it only as prescribed, but she figured an extra one wouldn't hurt. Feeling calmer, she decided to drive over to her ...

    ... can stop your breathing entirely. Stay Alert, Save a Life The threat of overdose is more common than you think. Xanax and other benzodiazepines were involved in 31 percent of all overdose deaths in 2013. If someone you ... continue reading
  • Marijuana Mouth: Worse Than Meth Mouth?

    Kim is 38-years-old; she had been smoking weed since college. Her dentist could tell. Kim had a bad case of gingivitis. Her gums were swollen and red. Her long-term use of marijuana had wrecked her dental hygiene. If nothing changes, Kim's mouth ...

    ... calcium absorption. Guess what your teeth need to stay strong? That's right - calcium. With enough THC over ... , previous studies have shown that heavy marijuana use more than triples the likelihood of gum disease. It's no ... 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 ...

    ... found that children who were exposed to secondhand smoke for at least one hour per day were more than three times as likely to have ADHD , compared to peers without secondhand exposure. Although researchers were quick ... continue reading
  • Hooked on Benadryl: It’s Much More Than a Harmless Dependency

    Ad·dict·ed /??dikt?d/ adjective: Physically and mentally dependent on a particular substance, and unable to stop taking it without incurring adverse effects. The concept may sound a little silly, especially when there are millions of people ...

    ... conducted a study of 3,500 people who used these medications daily over the course of more than seven years. Their findings showed that 800 participants ultimately developed dementia and/or Alzheimer's disease. Other ... 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 ...

    ... cocaine and methamphetamines. “Let me say it this way: I'd rather be in a car accident going 30 miles an hour than 60 miles an hour. But I'd prefer not to be in a car accident at all,” he begrudgingly stated . Rosenberg ... continue reading
  • Attorney General Nominee Thinks Booze Is Safer Than Pot?

    President Barack Obama's nominee for attorney general made serious waves during her confirmation hearing on Jan. 28. Despite statistics and data to the contrary, Loretta Lynch stated “alcohol is safer than marijuana.” Butting Heads with the ...

    ... as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life. I don't think it is more dangerous than alcohol.” However, Lynch made it clear that she didn't agree with the President's stance on the legalization of marijuana ... 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 ...

    ... naysayers claiming it is too “pro-pharmaceutical.” They argue Big Pharma is the real winner in this bill, rather than those suffering from opioid addiction . Will new funding be able to turn the tide in the heroin crisis ... continue reading
  • Methadone Maintenance is Finding Success Behind Bars

    According to data from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University, approximately 2.3 million Americans are currently in prison or jail, and 65 percent of this population meets the medical criteria for ...

    According to data from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University, approximately 2.3 million Americans are currently in prison or jail, and 65 percent of this population meets the ... 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 ...

    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 ... continue reading
  • Benzo Epidemic: A Killer Hiding in the Shadow of Opioids

    In recent years, opioid abuse has received a lot of attention - and for good reason. In 2014, 19,000 people died from overdoses involving prescription opioids ; that's up 16 percent from 2013. But notice the wording; it's important: “Overdoses ...

    ... 2013, benzo overdoses increased more than 500 percent. Xanax is the number one prescribed psychiatric ... require long-term pharmaceutical therapy. Drugs like Xanax , Klonipin, Ativan and Valium, for example, are commonly ... continue reading
  • Pop Quiz: Which of These Scenarios Can Land You in Jail?

    Today's drug laws seem to be in constant flux. Depending on which side of a state line you stand, you might be commended or arrested for the same act. This leaves many wondering exactly what is legal and what could put them in handcuffs. Try your ...

    ... , Becky gets caught with a handful of non-prescribed Xanax in her pocket. Click Here for the Answer Potential jail ... chronic back pain. He thinks he needs something stronger than the daily ibuprofen he's been taking. His ... 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 ...

    ... he heard it was 100 times more powerful than morphine and 50 times stronger than heroin. He thought he'd hit the jackpot ... , unfortunately for Gary, he was already abusing Xanax. Fortunately, Gary's roommate was home when ... continue reading
  • Fentanyl: The Newest Lethal Injection Ingredient

    Fifty times stronger than heroin , the synthetic opioid fentanyl is flooding the drug market - and heightening the danger of overdose. In search of cheaper mixes and stronger highs, dealers now lace heroin and cocaine with this potent drug. We've ...

    ... stronger than heroin , the synthetic opioid fentanyl is flooding the drug market - and heightening the danger of overdose. In search of cheaper mixes and stronger ... the lethal effects. Barring legal complications or appeals ... continue reading
  • The Dilaudid Dilemma

    Every day, physicians across the nation prescribe painkillers to help patients cope with pain. The types of painkillers prescribed are as varied as the type and intensity of pain levels; however, more potent painkillers - like opioids - are ...

    ... a synthetic narcotic pain reliever that is considerably stronger than morphine , from which it is derived. While ... system depressants (such as alcohol, Valium, and Xanax) could increase the potential for respiratory and ... 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 ...

    ... . Click Here for the Answer True. Extremely potent, fentanyl is 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. Dangerously strong, it has been responsible for a rising number of deaths. From 2014 to ... continue reading
  • 9 Mind-Blowing Facts About W-18

    Just when we thought things couldn't get any worse than fentanyl … The street-drug market has a new player - and it's even deadlier than previous killers. W-18 won't deliver a great high; it will, however, deliver death. Introducing W-18 Here are ...

    ... on lab mice. Deadly Potency: W-18 is 100 times stronger than fentanyl. Fentanyl is 100 times stronger than morphine . This makes W-18 10,000 times stronger than classic opiates. Contact Kill: “You only need a tiny speck ... continue reading
  • Opana: The New Opiate of Choice Among Addicts?

    In 1995, the Food and Drug Administration approved the opioid OxyContin for treating chronic pain. The drug netted a quick $45 million in sales its first year on the market. Ten years later, sales of OxyContin ballooned to $3.1 billion and the ...

    ... of OxyContin…especially when snorted or injected. Other facts of concern include: Opana is actually stronger than OxyContin per milligram. Although Opana is designed for extended-release delivery, abusers experience the ... 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 ...

    ... We've Never Faced Anything Like This Before Fentanyl is 100 times stronger than morphine and 50 times stronger than heroin . As if that wasn't strong enough, carfentanil has also made its way into the illegal drug market ... continue reading
  • An Ultimate Guide to Understanding the Dangers of Spice

    “It's not bad for you, dude. It's all natural. It's just plant materials, so it can't hurt you,” a friend whispered in Dave's ear. Unfortunately for Dave, he believed his friend and they spent the next hour smoking Spice . The seizure Dave ...

    ... sprayed onto the plants. The resulting substance is very potent and has effects that are up to ten times stronger than natural marijuana . Spice, also known as K2 and hundreds of other street names, can cause damage to ... continue reading
  • Facts about Krokodil (the “Zombie Drug”)

    Desomorphine (dihydrodesoxymorphine) is an injectable opioid derivative of codeine . On the street and online, the drug is known as: Krokodil. Crocodile. Croc. Krok. Russian Magic. Poor Man's Heroin. The name “krokodil” is thought to either ...

    ... use. Desomorphine: A Cheap Substitute for Heroin In its pure form, desomorphine is about 10 times stronger than morphine and more potent than heroin. The drug's onset is very fast but its action is short, which leads to ... continue reading
  • The Addiction Recovery Journey in 9 Steps

    The specifics of every person's addiction journey are different, but for most people, the path to recovery follows a similar trajectory: a “bottom” followed by the decision to take action; the initial, often traumatic physical and mental ...

    ... somewhere in there, work on the difficulties that led to addiction in the first place, helping them feel stronger than ever before. Remember, everyone's different—just be honest with yourself about how you're doing, and ... continue reading
  • Watch the Fahrenheit With Your Fentanyl

    Fentanyl is an opiate (narcotic) pain reliever typically prescribed to people for severe, ongoing pain or after surgery. This medication is 50 times stronger than heroin and, needless to say, it can be very addictive. Fentanyl can be delivered in ...

    ... pain or after surgery. This medication is 50 times stronger than heroin and, needless to say, it can be ... to 102, the fentanyl absorption rate can quadruple in less than 30 minutes! If you use a fentanyl patch, avoid the ... continue reading
  • Portrait of the American Overdose: Do You Fit the Profile?

    Overdoses from illicit drugs and prescriptions painkillers claim a total of 45,000 lives in the US each year. Who are the people typically among these tragedies? You might be surprised. Statistics show that the profile many Americans envision when ...

    ... for 18 percent of overdoses. This family of drugs includes the potent compound fentanyl . Exponentially stronger than typical opiates, dealers often mix these synthetics with other drugs, unbeknownst to the user. The ... continue reading
  • Five Reasons Spice is a Dangerous “Last Resort” Drug

    Spice is one of the newer drug is in town and its wreaking havoc among the homeless, military personnel, students, prisoners and those on probation or parole. This designer drug mimics marijuana , but can be 100 times more potent, experts warn, with ...

    ... potent, experts warn, with an addiction level stronger than heroin. Though effects of smoking this drug ... Users report that the highs off Spice last much longer than most other drugs. But this effect comes with a price ... continue reading
  • Ruthless Drug Dealer Ordered to Pay for His Client’s Funeral

    Opioid abuse is killing thousands of Americans each year. Every day, nearly 100 lives are lost to the opioid epidemic. Many of these fatalities are caused by a deadly drug that's secretly added to baggies of heroin (or cocaine) as a cheap way for ...

    ... drug by now: fentanyl. Classified as a synthetic opioid, fentanyl is flooding the illicit drug market. Fifty times stronger than heroin, fentanyl not only offers a cheap way for dealers to make more money, it's also an ... continue reading
  • When Does Medical Marijuana Use Morph into Full-Blown Addiction?

    In more US states, marijuana is becoming legalized and socially accepted as treatment for a range of illnesses. But, like many medicines, it can lead to misuse and dependence. So, how do you know where to draw the line? Relief Turns to Habit Joseph, ...

    ... specialist in substance abuse at NorthShore University HealthSystem. He warned that marijuana strains have become much stronger than they've ever been in the past. And pot-infused “edibles” are causing some problems of ... 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 ...

    ... deliver it to a broker who then takes the opium to a morphine refinery. Heroin is two to three times stronger than morphine, classified as a Schedule I Drug and has no medical use. #2 Identifying the Forms of Heroin In ... continue reading
  • How Concerned Should We Be About Opiates?

    Opiates are a group of drugs that manage pain by depressing the central nervous system (CNS). There are two different kinds of opiates: natural and synthetic. Natural opiates come from the dried “milk” of the poppy plant and include opium, ...

    ... 's hydrocodone . 9 Found in combination products like Vicodin and Lorcet, hydrocodone is six times stronger than codeine and comparable to morphine in potency. Thanks to rampant abuse and physical dependency, the Drug ... continue reading
  • AmeRxica’s Most Medicated

    According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, over 54 million people have used prescription medication non-medically - effectively more than 20 percent of the population aged 12 and older. When our doctor puts pen to paper and hands us a ...

    ... a lethal dosage, making it 80 to 100 times stronger than morphine. From 2014 to 2015, the death rate from ... of Opioid Distribution Across the U.S. In 2015, more than 73 percent of all drug-related overdoses in the U.S. ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Klonopin? How Can I Quit Safely?

    Klonopin is a brand name for the drug clonazepam . It's a benzodiazepine that affects the way chemicals in the brain work. It helps reduce anxiety, can treat seizure disorders, and may be used to treat panic disorders. Those taking it sometimes ...

    ... as prescribed? 3. Do I feel I need more of this drug than normal to achieve the same effects? 4. Am I missing work, ... manner in which you take the drug, are taking more than normal, or are missing things in your life due to ... 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, ...

    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 ... 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 ...

    ... alcohol . He began to cope in 2008, and postseason victories are now celebrated with ginger ale rather than champagne. 8. Ricky Williams The NFL's Ricky Williams, infamous for his marijuana infatuation, has been busted ... continue reading
  • Asking Yourself: Am I Addicted Benzos?

    If you think you might be addicted to benzodiazepines, you're certainly not alone. In 2011, an estimated 61,000 Americans sought treatment for benzo addiction. And that number has been climbing at an alarming rate ever since. The Benzo Specifics ...

    ... help relieve anxiety disorders. The most commonly prescribed benzo medications are Xanax and Ativan . Despite their popularity and dose frequency, Xanax and Ativan were never meant for long-term use. While standard doses ... continue reading
  • Drugs A-Z

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

    ... syrups and tablets. It is sometimes misused at higher-than-recommended doses for its dissociative effects. What is Di-Gesic ... as GABA. Also available as the brand name Ativan, lorazepam may be used to treat anxiety and ... continue reading
  • 6 Things About Benzo Withdrawal You Might Not Know

    What are Benzos? Benzodiazepines (benzos) are an anxiolytic class of drugs that belong to a larger group of substances that can be categorized as central nervous system (CNS) depressants. 1 Benzodiazepines work by increasing inhibitory ...

    ... to manage acute alcohol withdrawal . 1,2 Some of the more commonly prescribed benzos include Valium, Xanax, Ativan, and Klonopin. 1,2,3 Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Timeline: What You Need to Know Most benzos are intended ... continue reading
  • A Response to Hooked In Wisconsin

    “I don't want to be here. I don't want this to be my life,” Sarah Bear says from the Marathon County Jail. Currently serving two years behind bars, she is one of 10 people interviewed by USA TODAY-Wisconsin as part of Hooked in Wisconsin, a ...

    ... but the hold drugs had on them was just too strong. For them, being locked up was considered a blessing because ... after their debt to society has been paid. More often than not, the women I knew went right back to using ... continue reading
  • Are These Moms Handing Their Kids Over to the Justice System?

    During the four years I spent behind bars, I encountered hundreds of women - all with a unique personal story and background. I remember wondering to myself, “How did all these women end up in prison?” Some of them had traumatic childhoods, some ...

    ... correlation between a parent's substance abuse history and whether or not their children ended up behind bars. This study , published in the Research Society on Alcoholism, investigated if children whose mothers had a ... continue reading
  • 5 Things About Kratom You Need to Know

    Recently, a drug called kratom, has come into the center of national controversy.Also referred to as 'ketum' or 'kakuam', taking kratom produces opiate-like effects. Kratom is legal in the U.S. and many people begin taking the drug to help with ...

    ... smuggled from jungles in Thailand for sale in countries like the U.S. #2. It's Easy to Obtain Kratom “bars” are popping up and serving the drug as a brewed beverage. States like Colorado, New York, North Carolina, are ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Effects

    Learn More About the Effects 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 ...

    ... Drugs Adderall Alprazolam Ambien Amphetamine Ativan Barbiturates Benzodiazepines Carisoprodol Clonazepam Codeine ... Soma Suboxone Subutex Tussionex Ultram Valium Vicodin Vyvanse Xanax Zolpidem Don't let another day pass by ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Bath Salts Use

    Are Bath Salts Harmful? The term “bath salts” refers to a family of designer recreational drugs that contain one or more synthetic chemicals related to cathinone -a stimulant found in the khat plant, with effects similar to amphetamine. The name ...

    ... Tramadol Ambien Codeine Vicodin Demerol Oxycontin Klonopin Alprazolam/Xanax Valium Clonazepam Percocet Lortab Concerta Morphine Adderall Ativan Barbiturates Fentanyl Subutex Hydromorphone Librium Ultram Dilaudid Soma ... continue reading
  • Symptoms and Signs of Substance Abuse

    How to tell if Someone is Using Drugs Drug use affects people from all walks of life and all socioeconomic statuses. Whatever the reason a person starts taking drugs, whether recreationally or as prescribed, tolerance, patterns of increased use, ...

    ... Adderall Alprazolam Ambien Amphetamines Ativan Barbiturates Benzodiazepines Carisoprodol Clonazepam ... Tramadol Tussionex Ultram Valium Vicodin Vyvanse Wellbutrin Xanax Zolpidem Additional Resources on Health Insurance ... continue reading
  • What Does it Mean to be Dope Sick?

    Bill found John curled up on the couch; he looked miserable. Bill asked, “What's wrong with you?” “I'm sick, man. You got any?” was John's weak response. As Bill suspected, John was in withdrawal. An active heroin user, John was low on cash ...

    ... Ambien Codeine Lorazepam Vicodin Demerol Oxycontin Klonopin Alprazolam/Xanax Valium Clonazepam Percocet Lortab Concerta Morphine Adderall Ativan Barbiturates Fentanyl Subutex Flexeril Hydromorphone Librium Naltrexone ... 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 ...

    ... of benzodiazepine overdose in 2015. This figure has more than quadrupled since 2002. What drugs are deadly to mix ... The three most commonly abused benzos are: Xanax (Alprazolam) Ativan (Lorazepam) Valium (Diazepam) Can you ... continue reading
  • 5 Tips Guaranteed to Help You Handle Your Triggers

    I can hear the sirens blasting through my neighborhood, and it reminds me of when they were taking me away to the hospital after I passed out drunk on a city street. I put my head under the covers and pull my cat closer. The sound of sirens is one ...

    ... , like when we feel a wave of panic as we walk past a dive bar. I also used my triggers to figure out that, if I had the urge to take a Xanax before hanging out with someone, that probably wasn't the best person for me ... continue reading
  • Exploring The Dangers of Benzodiazepines

    A recent study found that one in six adults in the United States take psychiatric drugs for the treatment of mental health conditions. Among the most commonly used medications are benzodiazepines. These sedative drugs, used for the treatment of ...

    ... the nonmedical use of Xanax. This eclipsed Klonopin, which was linked to 61,219 ER visits in 2011. Ativan was linked to 42 ... those aged 65 and older are much more likely than 18- to 35-year-olds to continue taking ... continue reading
  • Is Your Neighborhood Making You Sick?

    I used to live in a neighborhood blanketed in liquor stores, dive bars, and convenience stores that sold beer until two in the morning - even on Christmas. My old apartment building smelled so much like pot you'd have thought a herd of skunks lived ...

    ... and the social atmosphere where every event took place at a bar and everyone drank, was too much of a temptation for me ... I realized achieving lasting recovery was more important than any of those small sacrifices. Will I ... continue reading
  • Drunken Air Rage Incidents Take a Troubling Turn

    From delayed flights to lost luggage, most of us have experienced a minor form of rage courtesy of an airport. But when alcohol is added into the mix, things can go from “minor” to “major” in the blink of an eye. The Air Rage Trend New ...

    ... dealt with 150 unruly passengers last year and more than 4,000 in total over the last 20 years. ... rage. Most of these new measures include implementing stronger restrictions on alcohol sales in lounge areas. However ... 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 ...

    ... that comes in liquid, powder and pill forms. It is currently abused by teens and young adults at bars, parties, clubs and raves. Date rape victims become incapacitated due to the sedative effects of GHB, plus they ... continue reading
  • 6 Common Sense Tips to Avoid Alcoholism

    Our society is soaked in alcohol. So many activities are drenched with it. This can make it tough to cut back, and easy to overdo it. The good news is, you can take several steps to keep your alcohol consumption in check. Try out the following six ...

    ... few days. The overall result: Jeff drank a great deal more than was healthy for him. Jeff discovered a simple truth: If ... ways to prove herself. # 4 Don't Go to Bars Well, duh! This one might seem a bit obvious, but ... 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 ...

    ... , Katrina was sent to prison for a year. Deeply anxious and depressed to begin with, she emerged from behind bars much worse. Nothing but heroin seemed to take the edge off her pain. At the young age of 29,Katrina ... continue reading
  • Should We Offer Suboxone in Jails and Prisons?

    Of the hundreds of thousands of people entering our country's jails and prisons each year, an estimated 15 percent are addicted to opiates, according to a 2009 study . Yet, a majority of these facilities don't provide a single medication or a moment ...

    ... buy drugs on the inside. Nowhere to Turn This moral crossroads happened to many people I knew behind bars. I frequently saw women enter the system suffering from withdrawal symptoms, while some used whatever drugs they ... 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 ...

    ... prescription drug abuse, benzodiazepines (Valium, Xanax and Ativan) are the most common drugs mixed ... stimulants. This significantly increases the risk of taking more than your body can handle. Also, when you mix cocaine ... continue reading
  • 5 Psychological Side Effects of Percocet

    Percocet is a combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone, landing this medication in a family of drugs known as opioids . They're commonly prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain and work by blocking the pain signals sent to your brain. Percocet ...

    ... days has a 25 percent increased risk; those taking them more than 180 days were 53 percent more likely to develop depression. They ... Alprazolam/Xanax Valium Clonazepam Lortab Concerta Morphine Adderall Ativan Barbiturates ... continue reading
  • Drugs in the News

    In a world grappling with issues of substance use and abuse, drugs are bound to see their days in the spotlight of our 24-hour news cycle. Maybe it's because of another tragic celebrity overdose, forcing us to confront the fact that even our heroes ...

    ... trends in the US today are not drugs we buy off the streets but ones prescribed by our doctors. Xanax , and other powerful painkillers like Vicodin and OxyContin , have become tools for drug abuse — with scary results ... continue reading
  • Two Groundbreaking Tobacco Laws in the Works

    We've come a long way, baby. Fewer Americans than ever before are smoking cigarettes, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting last November that the smoking rate dropped from 20.9 percent in 2005 to an all-time low of 17.8 ...

    ... 17.8 percent in 2013. Not only that, more Americans than ever say they're simply grossed out by the habit. NOLA ... states have outright banned smoking in restaurants and bars, while the practice is increasingly frowned upon ... continue reading
  • The 9 Most Expensive Drugs in America

    Each year, Americans spend nearly $100 billion on illegal drugs such as cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine. These figures do not even account for the billions of dollars that are spent on prescription drugs each year—about $374 billion according ...

    ... number 2 on this list. Binge drinking, or having more than 4 or 5 drinks at one time, significantly increases the risk ... . Brand names you may have hard include Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan, and Valium. In one year, Medicare ... continue reading
  • State Sentencing: How Drug Sentencing Varies Across the U.S.

    Share on Twitter Share on Facebook The United States has 5% of the world's population - and 25% of its prisoners. The average cost to house a minimum-security prisoner for one year is $21,006. By comparison, the average cost of putting a K-12 ...

    ... [Hover over the bars below to expose the % of sentences for each substance] [Hover over the bars above to expose ... 's average trafficking sentences tend to be years shorter than those in the southern states. In this map, ... continue reading
  • Are Benzos Overprescribed?

    We are an anxious nation. A whopping 40 million American adults are affected by anxiety disorders; that's 18 percent of the adult population! With such astronomical numbers, it shouldn't be surprising to learn anxiety disorders are the most commonly ...

    ... Commonly used/abused benzos include: Xanax (alprazolam) Ativan (lorazepam) Valium (diazepam) Klonopin ... . The end result is a patient who is worse off than they were before they started taking benzos. Now they are dealing ... continue reading
  • Is There Ever a Good Time to Use Benzos?

    Carol had a severe panic disorder. It started when she was assaulted at age 34. She'd tried many medications, but only Xanax helped. She worked closely with her doctor and never abused them, but over time she felt the negative cognitive effects of ...

    ... the bed unable to stop shaking, she instinctively reached for a Xanax . And at the time, her doctor felt that was the best option - certainly better than reaching for a drink. Carol eventually worked with her doctor to ... continue reading
  • The Surgeon General Finally Gives Addiction Its Own Label

    A new Surgeon General's report finds drug and alcohol addiction to be one of America's most pressing public health concerns. “It's time to change how we view addiction,” U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy wrote in his landmark report last month. ...

    ... those who were struggling with substance abuse behind bars? Substance-use disorder costs our country $442 ... federal prisons for convictions related to drugs, and more than 2 million inmates - or approximately 65 percent - ... continue reading
  • Vivitrol's New and Controversial Role in Prisons

    When I was in prison, the majority of inmates struggled with substance abuse. And because the prison system did very little (if anything at all) to rehabilitate us, it wasn't unusual for those who were released to almost immediately overdose or ...

    ... , the drug does give people a fighting chance - providing them with the ability to think about something other than the overwhelming desire to get high. Additional Reading: Methadone Maintenance is Finding Success Behind ... continue reading
  • Drug Overdose Signs and Symptoms

    Drug abuse always carries the risk of serious side effects, including overdose. Whether you abuse alcohol, an illegal drug such as cocaine, or medications prescribed by a doctor—such as opioid painkillers—addiction development will always be a ...

    ... the total number of deaths due to drug overdose rose more than twofold from 2002 to 2015. 1 Furthermore, according to a ... Overdose Information Adderall Alcohol Ambien Ativan Bath Salts Benzodiazepines Cocaine Codeine ... continue reading
  • Golden State Gives No-Go for Booze-Cannabis Combo

    Alcohol is legal in California. Now, recreational use of marijuana is, too. Does that mean Californians will be allowed to sit at their favorite bar stool and consume a cocktail and cannabis? Nope. Why Not? The question has definitely come up among ...

    ... Californians will be allowed to sit at their favorite bar stool and consume a cocktail and cannabis? Nope. ... who want to mix marijuana and margaritas at their local bar are out of luck. Talk to Us: Have something ... continue reading
  • The Fight Against Doctor Shopping Rages On

    Doctor shopping has become all too commonplace for addicts desperate to obtain drugs, but a new app could help determine whether emergency room patients are faking symptoms of alcohol withdrawal in order to obtain benzodiazepine drugs like Xanax or ...

    ... emergency room patients are faking symptoms of alcohol withdrawal in order to obtain benzodiazepine drugs like Xanax or Valium . Looking to Technology Researchers from the University of Toronto created an app that ... 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 ...

    ... to avoid the following substances due to their dangerous interactions. Benzodiazepines (“Benzos”) Benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium, Klonopin) are typically prescribed to alleviate anxiety and treat insomnia. Categorized as ... 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 ...

    ... take when someone has overdosed. Depressant Overdose Opiates and benzodiazepines ( heroin , Oxycontin, Valium, Xanax ) are all depressants, meaning they significantly slow your breathing and heart rate. When an overdose ... continue reading
  • Date Rape Drugs: It’s Not Just Roofies Anymore

    Rape is a serious criminal act, with the potential for severe and lasting repercussions on the victim's life. Rape involves sexually taking advantage of another person without their consent, and this includes having sex with a person who is ...

    ... drink and you accept, go with them to the bar and grab it yourself rather than trust them to bring it back to you. If ... ? Does it seem like I was feeling stronger effects than would be expected? Was there anyone that ... continue reading
  • Progressive Ways Some States Are Reducing Nonviolent Drug Offender Incarcerations

    The United States has some of the highest incarceration rates in the world. In 2008 alone, the United States had placed one out of every 48 working men behind bars; that's a lot of people to support with tax money. In fact, about $75 billion was ...

    ... States had placed one out of every 48 working men behind bars; that's a lot of people to support with tax money ... Enforcement (HOPE) has shown that participants were less than half as likely to be taking drugs when tested, ... continue reading
  • A Dangerous Trio: Skipping Dinner, Binge Drinking and Overeating

    In today's culture, binge drinking is becoming more and more prevalent. This is especially true on college campuses, where a lot of partying takes place and many students spend their nights at clubs and bars, rather than in the dorm studying. Today, ...

    ... campuses, where a lot of partying takes place and many students spend their nights at clubs and bars, rather than in the dorm studying. Today, however, the phenomenon of foregoing dinner for alcohol is an increasingly ... 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 ...

    ... Sarah Wakeman from Harvard Medical School notes that less than 10 percent of people who are incarcerated with a ... the state can now ask for sentencing and many behind bars in county jail would be able to be released ... continue reading
  • Spotlight on ADHD Meds and Their Frightening Meth Connection

    The opioid crisis has been making headlines for years, but there's another drug epidemic that has been flying under the radar: Abuse of ADHD drugs. ADHD drugs, such as Adderall and Ritalin, increase levels of the brain chemical dopamine and provide ...

    ... becomes cost prohibitive and users turn to street versions, such as meth, because they are cheaper, stronger and more accessible. Additional Reading: Are We Creating a Generation of Addicts With ADHD Medication? Image ... 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 ...

    ... do something like that.” The thing is, we never think it will happen to us, which is why stronger punishments for DUI offenders don't necessarily equate to less drunk drivers. As it turns out, tougher punishments aren ... continue reading
  • Has Kombucha Gotten a Bad Rap?

    Often touted as a miracle elixir, Kombucha offers a plethora of health benefits. For those who don't know, Kombucha is a fermented beverage made from tea, sugar, bacteria, and yeast. It's available in most health food stores in a variety of flavored ...

    ... Vanilla extract Vinegar Mouthwash Sugarless gum Protein bars Vitamins Ripe fruit Chewing tobacco/dip ( ... . I also enjoyed discovering a new and interesting drink other than water, tea, and coffee. I spoke to an employee ... continue reading
  • Injecting Drugs: 9 Hidden Dangers

    Did you know that injecting drugs into your body can increase your risk for a number of health problems? Additionally, did you know that injection-related injuries not only include bruising, scarring, and venous injury, but also infectious diseases ...

    ... odds of causing infection in the user when compared to standard intravenous (IV) injection by 5 times. Stronger drugs such as morphine and fentanyl are commonly injected using the skin popping method. Puffy Hand Syndrome ... continue reading
  • Virginia Wants Treatment - Not Jail - For Its Addicted Citizens

    During the four years I was in prison, I met hundreds and hundreds of women. Many were first-time, nonviolent offenders - and almost all were battling some type of chemical dependency. For those with substance abuse problems , incarceration did ...

    ... time. According to a new statewide poll , more than six out of 10 respondents believed heroin users should ... community-based treatment programs, rather than being placed behind bars. This belief was shared by Republicans ... 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 ...

    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: ... 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 ...

    ... his friends always seem to get a lot of dates, he finds it difficult to approach anyone while at a bar or club. To overcome this inhibition, he snorts cocaine before going out with his friends. Suddenly, he meets lots of ... continue reading
  • 5 Reasons Driving on Benzos is Just a Bad Idea

    Quick reflexes and sharp thinking - these are two of the most important qualities of a safe driver. If someone is sharing the road with you or if you're a passenger in their car, you want them to possess these traits, right? Well, if they're taking ...

    ... lack both. Recent research shows that benzodiazepines - like Xanax and Vailum - increase the risk of traffic accidents by ... in tip-top shape. At any given moment, more than a dozen things are going on around you, so you ... continue reading
  • You’re Fired: Police Departments Weaning K9’s Off Marijuana

    Jobs change with technology, and work tasks evolve with those advancements. New policies and developments often put people out of work. It turns out, people aren't the only ones affected by those changes. Due to new marijuana guidelines , ...

    ... that the K9 force still needs marijuana training to sniff out illegal pot practices. Not everything is above bar; possessing anything over one ounce is still a crime in Washington. The dogs can prove helpful in marijuana ... continue reading
  • 5 NFL Players Who Tackled Their Addictions

    Drugs and alcohol have become a major part of NFL culture. From March 2013 to March 2014, NFL players were arrested 27 times on drug charges, and several players have also received lengthy suspensions for positive drug tests, including Cleveland ...

    ... on my body and how much stronger I can get, how much stronger I can be and being a ... ) has been a growing process, and I'm in a better spot than I have been.” Terry Tautolo (San Francisco 49ers) The former 49ers star ... 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 ...

    ... the most heavily incarcerated country in the world. More than 65 percent of this segment meet medical criteria for substance ... are provided with few treatment options while behind bars. As a result, these men and women are ... 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 . ...

    ... drawn back to the cocaine ; his urges have grown stronger and stronger over time, until it feels impossible to do anything ... ones should keep in mind it's more than “just saying no.” Those struggling with cocaine addiction ... 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 ...

    ... Love Courtney Love has had more drug-fueled public outbursts than most. She dated singer Kurt Cobain and has always ... expensive bottles of champagne that she took from the bar's kitchen, and he expected her to pay for it ... continue reading
  • Drugs and Devotion

    Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Why do some people seem compelled to experiment and others live their entire lives without ever taking a single puff, snort, sniff, or dose of an illicit substance? Thanks to decades of social studies, we now know ...

    ... difference between the religious and nonreligious rates (purple bars). Right away, we can see that across all ... for instance, marijuana users go to church less often than heroin users. People who took an illicit drug in ... 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 ...

    ... star Mischa Barton has gotten more press for drug use than for acting. Her DUI and marijuana possession have kept her ... Home Alone star Macaulay Culkin was arrested for Xanax and marijuana possession during a rough patch ... continue reading
  • Why Painkillers Are So Hard to Detox From

    Pain is a curious product of the human body. Why do we suffer from it? How does it help us? And why do some enjoy it? First, pain helps us avoid the things that could hurt us. We don't put our hands on a hot stove because that hurts. This means we ...

    ... more sites that are bound at once, the stronger the feeling of euphoria. Therefore heroin is very ... pain from cessation of the drug. However, it's better than the alternative—permanent addiction . You won't have to lie ... continue reading
  • 20 Genius Minds and the Drugs they Were Addicted To

    Intelligence doesn't preclude people from taking drugs any more than fame does. When those who are under stress need to relax, some turn to drugs or drink as an escape from reality. Others do it because they believe it enhances their creativity or ...

    ... doesn't preclude people from taking drugs any more than fame does. When those who are under stress need ... people use one or perhaps two drugs, King used cocaine, Xanax , Valium , NyQuil, beer, tobacco, and marijuana to ... continue reading
  • A Look at the Physical Anatomy of an Overdose

    A drug overdose occurs when the body has been overloaded with either prescription medication or an illicit substance. Under normal circumstances, our body's metabolism would be able to detoxify the substance in order to avoid its potentially harmful ...

    ... of Overdose Side effects of an overdose can be more than harmful…they can be potentially fatal. And what's ... . Focusing on the central nervous system, sedatives like Xanax and Valium , slow down brain and body functions. ... continue reading
  • Addiction in the Medical Field: Balancing Healing and Hiding

    Medical professionals work hard to heal the sick, but underneath those white lab coats and cartoon scrubs, many are secretly struggling with the disease of addiction. Working in the healthcare field can feel like a pressure cooker at times. The ...

    ... turn to prescription medications like Oxycontin , Percocet , Xanax and Klonopin for a quick boost of energy or ... Addiction The public holds medical providers to a higher standard than most - and rightly so. Let's face it; ... 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 ...

    ... accomplice, Kayci Jo Coombs, smuggled another 45 Xanax pills into the jail through alternate methods. ... Suboxone-laced stamps - which were worth far more than the normal postage fees. The boyfriend reportedly instructed ... continue reading
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