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    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 ...

    ... use in treating narcolepsy. It is an amphetamine-like stimulant and is available as an extended release oral tablet. What is Crack ... from drug or alcohol addiction. What is Xanax? Xanax is the name brand of the generic ... 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 ...

    ... expensive bottles of champagne that she took from the bar's kitchen, and he expected her to pay for ... discovered that she regularly took thirty or more prescription amphetamine pills per day. Her prescription drug use was ... 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 ... when a chemical dependency to a drug is combined with an overwhelming urge to use the substance. Drug Withdrawal Treatment ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... found in the khat plant, with effects similar to amphetamine. The name “bath salts” and the ubiquitous, ... precursor to addiction. Addiction is further characterized by an inability to deal with everyday life without the ... 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 ...

    ... smell things or feel things that aren't there, such as an itching sensation…like things are crawling on your skin. It's ... Marijuana Ketamine Cocaine Crack Heroin Amphetamine Ritalin Crystal Methamphetamine Ecstasy LSD DMT ... 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 ...

    ... was John's weak response. As Bill suspected, John was in withdrawal. An active heroin user, John was low on cash and hadn't been ... Ketamine Cocaine Crack Heroin Amphetamine Ritalin Crystal Methamphetamine Stimulants ... continue reading
  • Twelve of the Most Addictive Drugs

    Addiction affects millions of lives in the U.S. It is a chronic disease that frequently includes cycles of relapse and remission, and it is progressive without treatment or participation in recovery work. It is characterized by being unable to ...

    ... Using problematic labels—such as calling someone with a SUD an addict—can perpetuate that stigma. 3 Repeated use of ... 4-MTA 4-MTA is a synthetic derivative of amphetamine that is typically sold as tablets. Its effects are ... 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 ...

    ... in 2012 to 0.9% in 2014. This decline coincided with an increase in the number of high school seniors who perceive using bath ... energy, though not as strong as amphetamines, while pain reduction, and sedation predominate ... 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 ...

    ... an extreme bitter taste. The powder may even be cut with other powder substances such as cocaine , MDMA , or amphetamine ... a drink and you accept, go with them to the bar and grab it yourself rather than trust them to bring ... 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 ...

    ... people use one or perhaps two drugs, King used cocaine, Xanax , Valium , NyQuil, beer, tobacco, and marijuana to ... say that he was an addict might be a misnomer. He did, however, take amphetamines repeatedly to be able to ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... into overdrive. Guess what else it speeds up? The aging process. That's right. Pumping your system full of amphetamine makes you get older faster. It makes sense - you're unnaturally forcing your heart to work extra hard ... 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 ... Tragic End If you're seeking treatment for an alcohol or drug addiction, while concurrently suffering from ... 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 ...

    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 ... 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 ...

    ... also remained one of the most widely-abused prescription drugs. If you or someone you know has developed an addiction to Xanax, a medically supervised detox is in order, as it helps to minimize the effects of withdrawal ... 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 ...

    ... or cut-off cold turkey. However, according to a recent study, this methadone policy may lessen the likelihood an inmate will seek treatment upon his or her release. “What we are doing with methadone in our correctional ... 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 ...

    ... the drug once she didn't have that bottle of “little helpers.” Kelly made an appointment at the clinic and asked her doctor for more Xanax. When he wouldn't refill the pills, she simply went to a different physician ... 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 ...

    ... the trick anymore, you take two. It's a vicious cycle. An Acceptable Coping Mechanism? Benzos like Xanax are “socially acceptable” drugs. You can go to work on Xanax . You could never get away with that on alcohol - or ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... 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 United States. (The fact that we have an association devoted to anxiety says something about us, ... , over 125,000 annual ER visits were directly related to Xanax abuse . A Medication Nation What's really going on here ... 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 ...

    ... amount of overdose deaths a decade ago. The Rise of an Overdose Epidemic Unfortunately, over the last four years, drug ... benzodiazepines ( heroin , Oxycontin, Valium, Xanax ) are all depressants, meaning they significantly ... 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 ...

    ... take a look at what happens to your body during an overdose situation when one of three common drugs are consumed. ... Focusing on the central nervous system, sedatives like Xanax and Valium , slow down brain and body ... continue reading
  • Heroin's Death Toll Hits an All-Time High in New York

    New York City has a serious heroin problem on their hands and new data released by the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reveals just how deep the issue goes. In fact, more people died from unintentional heroin overdoses in New York ...

    ... N.Y. Health Department notes, 94 percent of the city's overdoses involved more than one substance. In an effort to fight back against heroin, 20,000 NYC police officers are being armed with portable pocket-size devices ... continue reading
  • Addiction is an Emotional Disease With Far-Reaching Effects…

    Spouses, family members, friends, and coworkers are often flooded with emotions as they watch someone they care deeply about struggle in the grip of addiction. But here's something you may not realize: many of the emotions a loved one feels are the ...

    ... on them. They may also feel guilty for making their family suffer, whether it's emotionally, physically, or financially. Learn More: What you should understand before talking to an addicted loved one Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • An Uncomfortable Truth: Drug Abuse Raises STD Rates

    A new study claims that swingers play a major role in the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STD), but in addition to the sex, it's their drug abuse that is ultimately contributing to this increase. Linking Drugs and STDs Researchers at the ...

    ... . However, the researchers were only able to find an “independent association” between drug use and STI's ... previous studies have also linked heavy alcohol consumption to an increase in risky sexual behavior and STD's. A ... continue reading
  • Newsflash: Tramadol Really is an Opiate

    For years, tramadol was thought of as a safe alternative to opiates . It was viewed as less habit-forming and easier to tolerate than its “stronger” counterparts like oxycodone. Doctors handed out free samples of Ultram (tramadol's brand name), ...

    ... its drug classification. Then things sort of fell apart. Did the drug change? No; tramadol was and has always been an opiate - so why the sudden turn-about? Digging for the Truth The DEA defines tramadol as a “centrally ... continue reading
  • What Can I Do if My Mother or Father is an Alcoholic or Drug Abuser?

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

    ... reasons for alcoholism and drug abuse vary, but no one sits down and thinks: “Today, I am going to become an addict.” Instead, it tends to be a slippery slope. Be prepared for a fairly long story when your parent is able ... continue reading
  • 3 Things You Should Never Say to an Addict

    If someone you love is addicted to drugs or alcohol, then you're no stranger to heartache and worry. In addition to those feelings, bitterness and disappointment are probably unfortunate staples of your home. Life kind of becomes a pressure cooker; ...

    ... idly by while a loved one slowly destroys his life. You want to help , but you're not sure what to say to an addict. You don't understand why he refuses to listen; you may even believe that - if he really loved you- he'd ... continue reading
  • Does Drinking Every Day Make Me an Alcoholic?

    Every evening when you get home from work, you drink a glass of wine. Throughout the day, you look forward to this evening ritual. Although, tonight, as you swallow that first sip, you suddenly realize something. You've been drinking every day for ...

    ... recent article in Men's Health, George Koob, Ph.D., believes having a drink or two every night isn't an absolute indication you're headed for trouble. In fact, there's very little data about one or two drinks negatively ... continue reading
  • He Drinks Everyday. Is My Husband an Alcoholic?

    Janette isn't sure what to make of her husband's behavior. Does he simply like the taste of barley and hops…or is he addicted to alcohol ? Here's her story. Drinking Patterns Our fridge is always well-stocked with beer. I guess that's not ...

    ... and beer for my husband. I did bring it up to him…once. He blew it off. His response was, “What, you think I'm an alcoholic because I like to have a beer now and then? I'm fine. Don't worry. I'm not going to drink us out ... continue reading
  • Do You See an Enabler in the Mirror? (Look Out for These 6 Warning Signs!)

    If you're experiencing any (or all) of these responses to your teenager's addiction, you may actually be causing more harm than good. Being a good parent means wearing many hats. You are both the compassionate protector and the discerning ...

    ... a teenager is already difficult, but finding out that your teen is addicted to drugs and/or alcohol is an even greater challenge, one that seems nearly almost impossible. And, for many parents, it actually is. Many stop ... 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 ...

    “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 ... 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 ...

    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 ... 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 ...

    ... and multiple failed drug tests during his career. 6. Andre Agassi Tennis star Andre Agassi, who failed an amphetamine drug test in 1997 and claimed his drug usage was the result of drinking a spiked soda, later ... continue reading
  • The 7 Most Addictive Prescription Medications

    Prescription drugs are commonly given to people suffering from with injuries or illnesses. They're legal when you've been prescribed the medication by a legitimate medical provider. However, these drugs still can be addictive when taken as ...

    ... might see someone with narcolepsy taking them. These drugs cause euphoric effects similar to cocaine when taken incorrectly. An amphetamine can cause a rush for a short period, but that often is followed by a period of ... 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 ...

    ... need to start a detoxification program under your doctor's supervision. Once you've determined whether you have an addiction to the drug, consider addiction treatment options . Klonopin is a known addictive substance, so ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Bath Salts Addict

    Are Bath Salts Addictive? Bath salts are addictive. The drugs are notoriously known for producing serious side effects that may be damaging from the first hit. They are a synthetic type of cathinone, which is found in nature in the khat plant. ...

    ... . Cathinones are similar to amphetamines, which is why the amphetamine and bath salts addiction processes ... on the path to recovery. Approaching a Loved One with an Addiction If someone you know is addicted to bath salts ... 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, ...

    ... with a pen and a typewriter. Including chopping up amphetamine. Ken Kesey One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, ... pages of work year after year. His family staged an intervention and showed him how his habits were getting ... 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 ...

    ... triggered the panic and she found herself nailed to 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 ... continue reading
  • What Are Bath Salts and Why Are They So Dangerous

    No, we're not talking about actual bath salts. That would be unfortunate and rather painful. If you've ever accidentally got a fizzy drink up your nose (we would mention one of the leading brands of cola products, but that could be confusing), ...

    ... relatively ignored for nearly a century. You see, the basic compound isn't actually that stimulating compared to amphetamine. It's closer to very strong coffee. It's found naturally in khat , a plant that's often ... 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 ...

    ... to a misdemeanor. Approximately 10,000 inmates across the state can now ask for sentencing and many behind bars in county jail would be able to be released immediately. Although prisons have a responsibility to safely ... 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
  • 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
  • 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 ...

    ... Benzo withdrawal has two phases . The first acute phase lasts seven to 90 days. Short-acting drugs like Xanax have a shorter acute phase, closer to seven days. Long-acting benzos, such as Valium, can cause withdrawal ... 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, ...

    ... Drugs ACTIQ Adderall Alprazolam Ambien Amphetamines Ativan Barbiturates Benzodiazepines Carisoprodol Clonazepam ... Tussionex Ultram Valium Vicodin Vyvanse Wellbutrin Xanax Zolpidem Additional Resources on Health Insurance ... 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 ...

    ... to Quest's research , the rise in positive drug tests is substantially due to marijuana and amphetamine-related results. Marijuana continues to be the most commonly detected illicit drug, with positivity in the combined ... 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 ...

    ... the smoking rate dropped from 20.9 percent in 2005 to an all-time low of 17.8 percent in 2013. Not only ... Most states have outright banned smoking in restaurants and bars, while the practice is increasingly frowned upon by ... 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 ...

    ... and whether or not their children ended up behind bars. This study , published in the Research Society on ... justice system compared to those with mothers without an alcohol-related diagnosis . To arrive at this conclusion ... continue reading
  • 5 Movies That Will Make You Never Want to Do Drugs Again

    Hollywood has a knack for glamorizing controversial subjects and drug use is certainly one of them. Yet for every Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas or Trainspotting , there are also those films that will make you never want to touch drugs again. Here ...

    ... by Darren Aronofsky, the film chronicles four individuals and their struggles with addiction to drugs including amphetamine and heroin. Each character takes their own downward spiral into oblivion—the self-destruction ... 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 ...

    ... combo drastically increases the side effects of fentanyl and, unfortunately for Gary, he was already abusing Xanax. Fortunately, Gary's roommate was home when he overdosed and administered a life-saving dose of naloxone ... continue reading
  • Let’s Play: How Much Do You Really Know About Drug Schedules?

    Have you ever heard someone mention a Schedule I or Schedule II Controlled Substance? Most of us have seen these labels, but what exactly do they mean? Let's break down this drug scheduling system to get a better understanding of controlled ...

    ... health issues. Schedule IV substances include: Tramadol (painkiller) Lunesta (used for treatment of insomnia) Xanax/Alprazolam (used for treatment of anxiety and panic disorders) Valium (used for treatment of anxiety ... 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 ...

    ... It's no wonder why so many struggle to cope with this new, seemingly hopeless, reality - and oftentimes an unfortunate relapse. Temptation From Behind Bars There's also the temptation factor to account for. Being behind ... 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 ...

    ... 'd down a few drinks in the evening. When he got into an argument with his wife, he'd knock back a few drinks. When ... -alcoholic ways to prove herself. # 4 Don't Go to Bars Well, duh! This one might seem a bit obvious, but ... 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 ... offenders for an offense (such as in a conspiracy case), each person sentenced counts as an individual case ... 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 ...

    ... yet are provided with few treatment options while behind bars. As a result, these men and women are ... ask? Blame it on the “War on Drugs” - an initiative created by the Nixon Administration intended to discourage the ... 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 ... in a way that harshly punishes failures, which isn't an effective way to deal with the disease of addiction. ... 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 ... use again. The Work is Worth It While moving wasn't an easy choice, it turned out to be the best for my ... 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 ...

    ... may not even know about the potentially addictive properties within the drink. According to an article published in The New York Times, some bars serve kratom under the name “ketum” to deter you from making a connection ... 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 ...

    ... of Gen X and Millennials). To their credit, this generation lived through a post-World War II trend when amphetamines were frequently prescribed as a treatment for depression . Sedatives: At their peak use, around age 20 ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... been assaulted by an eggplant. Recognizing and addressing your triggers is an important way to maintain ... 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 ...

    ... , it's the combination of benzos and opioids that result in an overdose. So, why don't we hear more about benzo abuse? ... prescriptions written each year. Improper use of Xanax results in over 125,000 ER visits annually ... 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 ... Michigan was creating laws that would result in an overhaul of mandatory sentencing laws. States such as ... 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 ...

    ... things can go from “minor” to “major” in the blink of an eye. The Air Rage Trend New figures obtained by The Sun show that ... approved. Additional Reading: Shocking Report: Bars and Liquor Stores Impact Suicide Rates Image ... 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 ...

    ... too, deserved a treatment-based approach rather than an incarceration-based approach . In fact, 88 percent ... based treatment programs, rather than being placed behind bars. This belief was shared by Republicans, Democrats ... 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 ...

    ... moral crossroads happened to many people I knew behind bars. I frequently saw women enter the system suffering ... pills or heroin - proving forced abstinence to be an ineffective measure of treatment. Experts say it's time ... continue reading
  • What Are the Current Substance Addiction Trends Among Teens Today?

    Although you might think your home is drug-free, your teenager might know otherwise. Many of the current substance abuse and addiction trends among teens today are shocking simply because they involve household products that are readily available. ...

    ... sniff these dangerous products, which contain amphetamine-like chemicals. Although they might not always be ... are basically any aerosol spray cans of whipped cream, are an easy way for teens to get their hands on nitrous ... continue reading
  • A Sober Bridesmaid Reflects on Her Sister’s Bachelorette Weekend

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

    ... to her. Leading a New Life Hanging out in some random bar with her sister and a group of bridesmaids was a far cry ... else got drunk wasn't a lot of fun. An Attitude of Gratitude When two of the bridesmaids started talking ... continue reading
  • Ibogaine: Can it Cure My Addiction?

    What does it take to quit using heroin or other opioids? It's a question that is very much on the minds of millions of Americans. The scientific community continues to look for the best way to quit using drugs and everyone wants to know what will ...

    ... that ibogaine might effectively treat morphine, cocaine, amphetamine, alcohol, and nicotine addictions. However, it is ... —a symptom that is actually considered to be an important part of ibogaine [4]. Testimonials from ... 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 ...

    ... of rampant prescription drug abuse, benzodiazepines (Valium, Xanax and Ativan) are the most common drugs ... and stimulants counteracts each substance's effects to an extent. In other words, stimulants (cocaine, speed ... continue reading
  • Mars vs. Venus: How Does Gender Affect Prescription Drugs?

    When the book Men are from Mars; Women are from Venus hit book shelves back in 1992, it was a huge hit. By highlighting the differences in men and women, the book's theory is still solidly ingrained in our culture. Though gender equality has come a ...

    ... are more likely to relapse. Women are at an even higher risk of relapse during periods of hormonal ... Anti-anxiety Medications : Prescription medications like Valium and Xanax are used to treat anxiety disorders, but they do ... continue reading
  • Three Lethal Drug Combinations That Can Kill You

    We all know that certain drugs can cause dangerous interactions when taken together, but some people either don't take the threat seriously or they're simply uninformed when it comes to specific chemicals and substances. Most Dangerous Drug ...

    ... benzos, and vice versa. That means that drugs like Xanax, Valium, or Klonopin can dangerously synergize some of ... recovery. Wondering if you or a loved one has an addiction problem? Find out in less than 5 minutes with ... 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 ...

    ... disease, heart attack, stroke, and mouth cancer. Think an e-cigarette or vaporizer is better for your health? Think ... sleep disorders. Brand names you may have hard include Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan, and Valium. In one year, ... 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 ...

    ... ,744 ER visits were associated with the nonmedical use of Xanax. This eclipsed Klonopin, which was linked to 61,219 ER ... , or could be at risk of developing an addiction. Benzodiazepine addiction is a serious condition: ... 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 ...

    ... the streets but ones prescribed by our doctors. Xanax , and other powerful painkillers like Vicodin and OxyContin ... Africa's rise as a global meth hub and also an incident where actor Michael Douglas's son was arrested for ... 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 ...

    ... , if someone is dependent on a very short-acting benzodiazepine like alprazolam (Xanax), a doctor may administer an equivalent dosage of a long-acting benzodiazepine like diazepam (Valium). Longer-acting benzodiazepines ... 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 ...

    ... to provide the first injection between two and seven days before an inmate's release. He or she is then sent into ... to get high. Additional Reading: Methadone Maintenance is Finding Success Behind Bars Image Source: iStock 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 ... to yield greater productivity. In an analysis recently published in European ... 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 ...

    ... , he finds it difficult to approach anyone while at a bar or club. To overcome this inhibition, he snorts cocaine before ... , cocaine…they're all frequently used in an attempt to “help” people overcome intimidating social ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage I

    Chemical dependency is a multifaceted phenomenon and experts believe there are five stages in the process of addiction. The first stage is a need to numb trauma, which is defined as a deeply disturbing incident or occurrence that happens without ...

    ... weren't for crashing into another car on my way home from a bar one night, who knows where I'd be today or how far ... addiction. Any Port in a Storm? Trauma creates an imbalance to our emotional or mental system that's far ... 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 ...

    ... while the fentanyl delivers the lethal effects. Barring legal complications or appeals, this new ... of fentanyl-laced heroin out of circulation. Seized from an apartment in Queens, this stash had the potential to ... 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 ( ... drink other than water, tea, and coffee. I spoke to an employee of SOMA - who is in recovery - about his view ... 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 , ...

    ... marijuana detection from canine certification standards. An Obsolete Skill? Other police departments aren ... sniff out illegal pot practices. Not everything is above bar; possessing anything over one ounce is still a crime ... continue reading
  • 7 Warning Signs Your Friends Are Making Your Addiction Worse

    Maybe taking that first step toward sobriety/recovery is actually the best thing you can do, for yourself and your friends. If your group of friends is really into yoga or eating sushi, then there's a pretty good chance you know the difference ...

    ... from Getting Help Whether it's checking into an inpatient rehab program or just casually attending 12- ... do they insist on picking you up and bringing you out to the bar for “just a few drinks”? And we know it's never just ... 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 ...

    ... top 10 for drug use, indicating that there might be an inverse relationship between the two variables: as one goes ... difference between the religious and nonreligious rates (purple bars). Right away, we can see that across ... 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, ...

    ... and many students spend their nights at clubs and bars, rather than in the dorm studying. Today, however ... have a patient who has a drinking problem on top of an eating problem, that's a double whammy.” Additional Reading: ... 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 ... Thinking Without a clear head, stay home or call an Uber. Whether you're flying down the highway at ... continue reading
  • If Old Drug Ads Told the Truth

    Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Through the late 19th century and mid-20th century, many of today's illicit drugs of abuse were available legally in the United States. Products containing cocaine, heroin, or amphetamine were readily available for ...

    ... , which claimed to relieve head congestion and asthma. But soon after, they saw potential in amphetamine as an euphoria-producing stimulant, even without a legitimate medical purpose. In 1937, they debuted Benzedrine ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Musicians Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

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

    ... shaved her head to hide the evidence of her amphetamine addiction. 4. Snoop Dogg Rapper Snoop Dogg has ... Amy Winehouse Honorable British musician Amy Winehouse died of an alcohol addiction in 2011. Known for her eclectic ... 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 ...

    ... there is one recent study that compared d-amphetamine (Adderall) with methamphetamine. Using 13 participants who ... Adderall is public perception. Helping or Harming? With an allure of gaining energy, a sharpened focus and a ... 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 ...

    ... top question addressed by the ABC is whether or not an establishment that holds licenses both to sell liquor and to ... who want to mix marijuana and margaritas at their local bar are out of luck. Talk to Us: Have something ... continue reading
  • So-Called “Legal” Drugs and the Trojan Horse Game

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

    ... the outside but filled with deadly enemies inside. It creates an appearance of innocence, but is designed with trickery in ... “Bath Salts” These synthetics replicate stimulants (amphetamines) like speed and meth. They can ... 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 ...

    ... syndrome. Commonly used/abused benzos include: Xanax (alprazolam) Ativan (lorazepam) Valium (diazepam ... of weeks as tolerance levels are reached. Thanks to an ever-increasing tolerance, results often manifest in the form ... 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 ...

    ... benzo medications are Xanax and Ativan . Despite their popularity and dose frequency, Xanax and Ativan ... transferring you from a slow acting benzo to an extended release formulation. Getting Past the Withdrawal Phase ... continue reading
  • Life After Prison: 6 Things I Love About My Sobriety

    6 years ago, my life hit rock bottom: my parents unexpectedly got divorced, I hated my job (especially my “Boss from Hell”), and my live-in boyfriend walked out on me for another woman. Just when I thought my life couldn't get any worse, I ...

    ... quintessential binge-drinker. Whether it was sorority date functions in college or paid-for bar tabs in law school, there was always an excuse to party and let a little loose. But the consequences of my irresponsible ... 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 ...

    ... Xanax or Valium . Looking to Technology Researchers from the University of Toronto created an app ... studies reported that 17 percent of those who faked an alcohol-related tremor could replicate the same frequency. However ... 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 ...

    ... 2004, Home Alone star Macaulay Culkin was arrested for Xanax and marijuana possession during a rough patch in his ... in 1991, Michael J. Fox turned to alcohol as an escape. 23. Jamie Lee Curtis Popular actress Jamie Lee ... 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 ...

    ... . Benzodiazepines (“Benzos”) Benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium, Klonopin) are typically prescribed ... broad acceptance, alcohol may present the most danger to an uninformed Suboxone user. When someone begins Suboxone, he or ... 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 ...

    ... Get Creative…and Busted But while a Bible may seem like an extreme way to smuggle drugs into a jail, prisoners desperate to ... , Kayci Jo Coombs, smuggled another 45 Xanax pills into the jail through alternate methods. ... 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 ...

    ... prescribed to treat anxiety, namely under the brand names Xanax, Ativan, and Valium. 1 They work on ... was clear: long-term benzo use is positively associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer's . And the more a person ... continue reading
  • Can You Stay Calm…and Trash the Benzos?

    After suffering an embarrassing panic attack at the mall, Kara visited a psychiatrist. He prescribed medication to help Kara with her symptoms - within a couple of months, this “solution” turned into an addiction. Now Kara has anxiety issues as ...

    ... a couple of months, this “solution” turned into an addiction. Now Kara has anxiety issues as well as a ... (and medication) well worth the effort? Additional Reading: Xanax Turned My Life Upside Down Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... , prodding them to seek out some kind of escape …an escape that often comes in the form of prescription drugs ... turn to prescription medications like Oxycontin , Percocet , Xanax and Klonopin for a quick boost of energy or ... continue reading
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