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  • A Closer Look at the History and Use of Cocaine

    Cocaine is a popular CNS (central nervous system) stimulant that is naturally derived from the cocoa plant, which is most commonly grown in South America's Andean region. Though its proper, chemical name is benzoylmethyl ecgonine (C17H21NO4), users ...

    ... benzoylmethyl ecgonine (C17H21NO4), users refer to cocaine as coke, snow, blow, nose candy, dust, white lady, ... aware of the plant's effects long before the 19 th century. Contemporary cocaine culture in America took off ... continue reading
  • Snorting Cocaine

    Cocaine is a stimulant drug with highly addictive properties that is derived from the coca plant 1 . Also known as “coke,” “snow,” or “blow,” cocaine is a white, crystal-like powder that provides a euphoric high. Cocaine is ingested in a ...

    ... as “coke,” “snow,” or “blow,” cocaine is a white, crystal-like powder that provides a euphoric high. Cocaine is ingested ... to continue feeling its effects. With chronic use, cocaine can impart long-term changes in both the ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Cocaine Addict

    Help for Cocaine Addicts If you're battling an addiction to cocaine, also known as coke, blow, and snow, you're not alone. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in 2013, there were 1.5 million current cocaine users in the US. It's ...

    ... cocaine, also known as coke, blow, and snow, you're not alone. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in 2013, there were 1.5 million current cocaine ... . Effects of Cocaine Addiction Long-term cocaine use ... continue reading
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  • Why Is Cocaine so Addictive?

    Cocaine comes from the coca bush, which grows primarily in South America. This addictive stimulant is also known as “coke,” “snow,” or “blow” and is sold on the streets as a fine, white powder. In a crystallized, free base form, it is ...

    ... will require more and more over time to achieve the same effect—a phenomenon known as tolerance. Effects of Cocaine Short-Term Effects Racing thoughts. Temporary surge of energy. Bizarre or erratic behaviors. Disturbed ... continue reading
  • Meet Cocaine and Her Wicked Step-Child, Crack

    What's the difference in cocaine and crack? If you're like a lot of people, you know there is a difference between the two…you just don't really know what that “difference” is. Let's take a look at what makes these two drugs similar, but ...

    ... they so have slightly different effects when used. Cocaine: Snorting powder cocaine results in a high that ... 5 minutes. The main difference in cocaine and crack is the length of the high. While coke can be felt up to two ... continue reading
  • Can You Get Addicted to Cocaine After the First Use?

    Drugs like cocaine have reputation for being extremely addictive but still many people will want to try them “just once.” It's easy to wonder, “Just how addictive is cocaine (really)?” How Addictive is Cocaine? Cocaine is a very addictive ...

    ... to feel similar effects. This ramping up of cocaine use behavior over ... cocaine? Answer these questions before you do. What do I have to lose? What do I hope to gain? Am I weighing my long-term goals against my short-term ... 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 . ...

    ... by the nicknames, the two neurons have opposite effects. The urge neurons promote feelings of reward and ... this urge. Once cocaine is used over a long period of time, the imbalance becomes sustained. Cocaine use takes over ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Withdrawal

    According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), nearly 5 million people 12 and older abused cocaine within the year prior to the 2012 survey. Cocaine abuse is associated with numerous risks that include, but are not limited to 1 : Increased ...

    ... cardiac issues. Death. The damage caused by cocaine and its associated effects can be seen in the number of emergency ... should the drug no longer be used 4 . Is Cocaine Withdrawal Dangerous? Cocaine withdrawal does not have ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Addiction: Have Scientists Finally Found a Cure?

    The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports an estimated 1.5 million Americans use cocaine. In 2015, our nation saw more than 6,700 cocaine-related deaths. Research indicates around 40 percent of drug-related emergency department visits involve ...

    ... powerful cravings for its euphoric effects. When the body becomes addicted to cocaine, a constant supply of the ... cocaine dependency and in need of effective treatment options, this possibility offers some very long-awaited ... continue reading
  • Dangerous Additives: What's Really in Your Cocaine?

    Cocaine is one of the most lethal illegal substances. This can be explained by the extraordinary psychoactive and biological effects of the drug; cocaine is the single most powerful central nervous system stimulant. At high doses it can stop the ...

    ... high. This high wears off quickly, but the stimulating effects remain for a much longer period, causing an intense craving in the user. Crack cocaine can cause irregular or aggressive behavior, and has been linked ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Addiction

    Cocaine is a powerfully addictive stimulant drug in the form of a white powder that is commonly snorted, smoked, and injected. 1,5,6 Its popularity as a recreational substance is in part due to its perceived positive effects on mood, motivation, and ...

    ... changes that affect their lives. Long-term use is also associated with deficits ... Cocaine For more information, see the following articles: Effects of Cocaine Use Concurrent Alcohol and Cocaine Abuse Crack Cocaine's Effect ... continue reading
  • Using Cocaine While Breastfeeding

    Cocaine is a powerful and highly addictive stimulant that is easily absorbed into the blood stream. It has a high milk to plasma ratio, meaning it a significant amount of the drug may pass from a mother's blood into breast milk 1 . Cocaine is the ...

    ... the system 1 . This means that long after a mother stops feeling the effects of cocaine, it may still be in her breast ... 7 , 8 . Breastfeeding may also have long-term benefits for the child. Some studies suggest that ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Use During Pregnancy

    Cocaine usage during pregnancy has the potential to harm both mother and baby, and the effects may be long-lasting. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), roughly 1,000 pregnant women reported using cocaine in the past ...

    ... that the use of a stimulant like cocaine was associated with 2.2 times greater risk of stillbirth . 7 The trauma of experiencing a stillbirth can have long-term psychological effects on a mother and the family. Studies ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Effects on the Body: Short-Term & Side Effects

    What is Cocaine? Cocaine is a powerful and highly addictive substance. Cocaine hydrochloride remains a schedule II controlled substance, as it has some legal therapeutic application as a pain reliever and vasoconstrictor, useful in association with ...

    ... which cocaine is administered has an influence on the short-term effects of the drug: Snorting can have relatively delayed effects on the body but leads to a longer high. Smoking or injecting has a more rapid effect-with ... continue reading
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  • From Snort to Synapse: We Map Out Cocaine's Trip in Your Brain

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

    ... result, your body feels effects from head to toe. Some of those effects include: Dilated pupils A ... have intently studied this coke trip under the microscope; they tell us a single dose of cocaine changes your brain's ... continue reading
  • Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About a Resurgence of Cocaine in the U.S.?

    According to the DEA's annual Drug Threat Assessment cocaine use is on the rise. It looks as if, while in the midst of an opioid epidemic, a lethal storm of cocaine has quietly made landfall in the US. Cocaine-related deaths spiked in 2006 at 7,500 ...

    ... over 6,700 in 2015. Coke Smugglers Do the Darnedest Things In 2016, 92 percent of cocaine seized in the U.S ... be fatal. Cocaine also elevates blood pressure, which can lead to stroke or other serious side effects. A single ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Could Mess With Your Brain's Ability to Recognize Sadness and Fear

    Cocaine is a stimulant drug with a reputation for making people more social, but in reality, it tends to make users paranoid and insufferable. And according to a new study , this may be in part because people who use cocaine are less capable of ...

    ... Researchers also found that the subjects who had taken cocaine had an increased heart rate and higher levels of ... even when they are no longer under the influence. “We know that cocaine is a powerful and addictive drug ... continue reading
  • Women More Likely to Get Hooked on Cocaine - But Why?

    Women are generally more vulnerable to cocaine addiction than men, according to a recent study published in the journal Nature Communications. They're also more likely to use cocaine at an earlier age, take drugs in larger quantities, have greater ...

    ... levels in females affected not only the quantity of dopamine released to their brain in response to the cocaine, but also how long the dopamine stayed active in their brain cells. As a result, the pleasurable “high ... continue reading
  • New Study Reveals Cocaine Robs You of Loss

    A new study has found that cocaine abuse affects brain circuits so drastically that some users can't even recognize personal loss in their lives. Researchers were able to conclude that the brain circuits responsible for predicting emotional loss ...

    ... to conclude that the brain circuits responsible for predicting emotional loss become severely impaired through long-term cocaine use. The findings were published in the most recent issue of the Journal of Neuroscience ... continue reading
  • Crack Cocaine’s Effect on the Brain (Simple Animation)

    “Crack is whack” - that much is widely understood and accepted. But, what exactly is crack? How is crack different from cocaine? Is it possible that crack gets a bad rap, or is it as lethal as it seems? AsapSCIENCE breaks down what we need to ...

    ... by mixing powder cocaine with a weak base, such as baking soda (Gahlinger, 2004). During this chemical reaction, the substance changes shape from a powder to a solid. The new solid resembles a rock, hence the term “crack ... continue reading
  • Your Brain on Drugs: Studying Cocaine's Effect on Blood Flow

    Stimulant drugs like cocaine can cause serious blood flow problems within the brain. When there is an insufficient flow of rich, oxygenated blood to the brain, it can result in aneurysm-like bleeding and strokes. Researchers have developed a new ...

    ... capture a much wider range of blood flow speeds. Cocaine on the Brain Doctors and researchers are always searching for better ways to understand drugs and their effects on the brain. With these new imaging methods, Pan ... continue reading
  • Take the Backdoor: Why Your Brain Can't Refrain From Cocaine

    Ted just snorted two lines of cocaine. If we could see inside his brain, we'd see some pretty alarming results. The blood vessels of Ted's brain are shrinking and blood flow is restricted, diminishing his ability to think, remember and function. ...

    ... at risk for stroke, seizure and - if too much constriction occurs - death. As the effects of cocaine spread through Ted's body, his brain's chemical messengers start to misfire. These neurotransmitters (norepinephrine ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Overdose : Signs and Symptoms

    Signs and Symptoms of Cocaine Overdose When a person abuses cocaine, their body experiences a number of sensations and physiologic changes, all relating back to its strong stimulant effects. These effects can spiral out of control when a person uses ...

    ... is also a major risk factor for overdose. When used with sedating or depressant drugs, cocaine's stimulant effects may seem diminished, leading the user to more easily ingest toxic levels of each substance without ... continue reading
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    Both illicit and prescription drugs present many risks to individuals who abuse them. Drug abuse affects the brain in many ways that may lead to erratic, dangerous behaviors, social and emotional problems, and the development of addiction. In ...

    ... effects on the cardiovascular system. The family of psychostimulant drugs includes illicit and prescription drugs such as: Cocaine (coke ... a heart attack ). Additionally, long-term abuse of psychostimulants can cause spasms ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Ketamine Use

    Is Ketamine Harmful? “It's easy to get ketamine abuse wrong because of its potency; it's more powerful than speed or coke weight for weight, so it's easy to accidentally overdose.” Like its sister drug CP, ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic, ...

    ... its potency; it's more powerful than speed or coke weight for weight, so it's easy to accidentally ... Effects Learn about the short-term and long-term effects of substances on the body and mind: Alcohol Marijuana Cocaine ... continue reading
  • Common Neurological Risks of Drug Abuse

    While substance abuse may cause a user to feel a short-lived euphoria or impart a sense of temporary well-being, the adverse effects can be dangerous and, in some instances, may lead to permanent brain damage. Chronic drug and alcohol abuse is ...

    ... a result of a sudden blow to the head or an ... Long-term cocaine abuse appears to cause a process known as “kindling,” in which it takes smaller and smaller doses over time to induce the same or more severe negative effects ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Crack Use

    Is Crack Harmful? Since it first appeared on the illicit drug scene during the 1980s, crack cocaine has solidified its reputation as one of the most addictive substances available on the street. According to the National Drug Intelligence Center, ...

    ... Cocaine's Effect on Brain. Long-Term Effects of Crack In addition to negative short-term effects, long-term crack cocaine ... users experience a problem that abusers refer to as “coke bugs” or “crack bugs.” This is a type ... continue reading
  • Drugs and Cancer Risk

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

    ... to cause cancer . Once ingested, the toxic effects of tobacco smoke can potentially damage every organ system ... be toxic and cancer-causing 16 . Cocaine . It is a common practice of cocaine dealers to add or mix in other ... continue reading
  • History of Drug Abuse

    History of Substance Abuse Rehabilitation As drugs have been abused for hundreds of years all over the world, their effects have been felt for just as long. Since drugs have been used, there were always those who abused them, which led to full-blown ...

    ... long. Since drugs have been used, there were always those who abused them, which led to full-blown addiction and the bevy of side effects ... : Between 1980 and 1984, first-time cocaine users averaged 1.3 million per year. ... continue reading
  • Rapper’s Shocking On-Stage Antics are Cause for Concern

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

    ... lyrics. In it, Stitches brags about his coke-dealing past and says things like “Better have my money when I come to collect” and “I love selling blow!” He also raps about selling cocaine to “pregnant b*tches” in another ... 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 ...

    ... career in the late 80s, but soon tested positive for cocaine use. He entered rehab in 1987 but later relapsed and ... having struggled with drugs early on in his rookie season—”coke was the only bright spot in my future,” he ... continue reading
  • Before You Crank the Engine, Take a Deep Breath and Blow

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

    If you've ever been convicted of a drunk driving offense , you're probably more than familiar with a car breathalyzer (also known as an interlock device). And though they can be a nuisance at times, it turns out they ... continue reading
  • Let’s Talk Truth: Exactly How Long Do Drugs Stay in Your System?

    If you throw back a beer on Friday night, it's out of your system by Monday morning. But, what about other drugs? Most drugs linger a bit longer than alcohol. In fact, some of them stick around for a long time. This slower processing can surprise ...

    ... . Coke-Laiden Pink Slip After six months of searching, Kevin finally landed a great job. He uses cocaine frequently ... he's in the clear, as long as he doesn't use cocaine at work. Cocaine stays in your system for 48 hours ... 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 ...

    ... her life. She was 23 now, and it felt like she was waking up from a long sleep. She sipped on her sixth Diet Coke while the bridesmaids got progressively drunker. They were ordering shots and she couldn't help but be ... continue reading
  • The 10 Most Insane Drug Addict Movie Characters

    Insanity is a hard thing to define, but there are a number of characters in films who are definitely nuts in some way. Here's a quick rundown: 1. Francis Begbie Francis Begbie from Trainspotting was played by Robert Carlyle. A violent, intimidating ...

    ... Eddie Nash Eddie Nash was a cocaine trader in the film Wonderland. ... up Tony Montana who gets the insane label. Played by Al Pacino, he rises to the top of the Florida drug trade by treating human life as valueless as long ... 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 ...

    ... by his senior year of college, but heroin, cocaine and alcohol were his primary drugs of choice. ... lot of work to do, but…I've never been clean and sober this long since I was 11,” he said. “The best part is being able to ... continue reading
  • I’m a Millionaire and I Need to Go to Rehab. Where Do I Go?

    You've realized you have an issue, whether it's a heroin or coke addiction or a sex addiction, so you need to find somewhere nice to attend rehab. Naturally, you want somewhere that's a little more exclusive to avoid running into someone who might ...

    ... you have an issue, whether it's a heroin or coke addiction or a sex addiction, so you need to find ... centers, the Betty Ford Center recognizes the value of long-term treatment, and having been around since 1982, it ... continue reading
  • 8 Tips for Coming Out of the Addiction Closet

    To many, the term “alcoholic” carries a very negative connotation - one that implies being a loser or a failure. It's no mystery, then, why admitting such a thing is feared by so many. But “coming out” doesn't have to be a burdensome ...

    ... and prison experience to strangers. Tip 6: Cushion the Blow Chances are, your friends and family already know that you ... your loved ones have had a chance to come to terms with the reality of the situation, and are less ... 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 ...

    ... trouble concentrating. It can also last a long time—as long as a couple of years in severe ... do more every day than struggle to the corner store for a can of Coke, you'll start to reap the rewards in all areas of life. 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 ...

    ... $2 to score a “hit” of Spice. When users blow all their savings on “expensive” drugs like OxyContin or even ... that the highs off Spice last much longer than most other drugs. But this effect comes with a price. The danger ... continue reading
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    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 ...

    ... did no testing on humans. This means its potential negative effects on humans are mostly unknown - W-18 was only ever ... times more potent. It can also be cut with cocaine or other drugs in unknown amounts. Pills and powders ... continue reading
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    Steve saw the flashing lights in the mirror; his heart skipped a beat. He was on his way home from his friend's house, where he and three others spent the afternoon shooting cocaine . “Just play it cool,” he told himself. “You've faked your ...

    ... false results. In roughly five percent of cases, the test showed positive - even though the person hadn't used any cocaine. That's a pretty small percentage, but I wouldn't want to be one of those five percent, would you ... continue reading
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    Ritalin is a stimulant drug used to treat attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and narcolepsy. It's classified by the Drug Enforcement Administration as a Schedule II narcotic — meaning it's in the ...

    ... II narcotic — meaning it's in the same class as cocaine, morphine and amphetamines. By some accounts, the number of ... problems when his body experienced withdrawal . Effects can include increased heart rate and elevated ... continue reading
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    For hundreds and thousands of years, human beings have experimented with drugs. Some people used illicit substances to celebrate the gods; some used drugs to “communicate” with the other side. As time went on, people began using drugs for a ...

    ... of “Vin Mariani”, a Bordeaux wine treated with coca leaves. The active ingredient of this beverage was cocaine, which undoubtedly played a huge role in Edison's chronic insomnia. Learn more about the signs and symptoms ... continue reading
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    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; ...

    ... probably unfortunate staples of your home. Life kind of becomes a pressure cooker; things are always on the verge of blowing up. It's hard to understand substance abuse if you've never been in its clutches and it can be ... continue reading
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    Urban and rural addicts don't seem to have a whole lot in common, according to a report published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In gathering data for this particular study, researchers looked at addiction ...

    ... city addicts say heroin is their drug of choice (vs. 3.1 percent in the country), while 11.9 percent claim cocaine as a drug of choice (vs. 5.6 percent rural). Rural addicts began using drugs at a younger age (between 15 ... continue reading
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    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 ...

    ... and David Copperfield would retire at the end of a long day writing to puff on a hookah filled with poppy latex ... the creator of Sherlock Holmes, gave him a major cocaine addiction —so much so Conan Doyle wrote that Holmes ... continue reading
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    We've become a country consumed with what goes into our food products. While many want organic foods, others want gluten-free meals and non-GMO practices. It looks like this trend has expanded to include drug use. The latest trend in marijuana is ...

    ... much really, except they increase their prices to cover the cost of the fancy new containers and colorful labels. Additional Reading: When Does Medical Marijuana Use Morph into Full-Blown Addiction? Image Source: iStock continue reading
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    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” to “sober Laura” when trying to socialize. She thinks she's a lot more fun and likeable. Tom blew up at his friend Chris when they were out drinking together last weekend. He called Chris to apologize, saying it ... continue reading
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    ... way to escape this reality. 8. Enhanced Experiences Drugs and alcohol are often used to enhance certain experiences. Cocaine and Adderall are commonly used to enhance energy and focus when they feel like they can't do ... continue reading
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    ... when normal teenage experimentation turns into a full blown addiction? Parenting a teenager is already difficult, ... . Lying to Others Arguably, addiction's most destructive effect to a family is its ability to create shame ... continue reading
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    ... addiction. They work with people suffering from problems with many different types of drugs, ranging from cocaine to marijuana . Drug abuse counselors may work in places such as: Educational centers. Hospitals. Mental ... continue reading
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    ... ' drug sales will hopefully reduce peer approval, and subsequently illicit drug use,” Duncan said. Additional Reading : Your Brain on Drugs: Studying Cocaine's Effect on Blood Flow Image Credits: Instagram/themathhattan continue reading
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    ... . Health Risks : Nicotine, the main ingredient in e-liquids, is as addictive as heroin and cocaine . People who smoke traditional cigarettes already have a hard enough time breaking their nicotine habits; adding E ... continue reading
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    ... The Netherlands Forensic Institute Intelligent Fingerprinting, a private company The primary focus of their research was cocaine , but they say this technique will work for detecting a variety of drugs, including heroin ... continue reading
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    ... says “can not only substitute to addictive drugs, like cocaine, but can even be more rewarding and attractive.” 1 ... the flip-flop between ecstasy and desperation or the longing and damaging actions taken in the name of love ... 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, ...

    ... He died at the age of 39 thanks to his excessive drinking . Stephen King The master of horror and cocaine, King churned out thousands of pages of work year after year. His family staged an intervention and showed him how ... continue reading
  • Robert Downey Jr.'s Incredible Comeback from Addiction

    A great Hollywood comeback story, Robert Downey Jr. is now one of the most bankable and highly paid actors in show business, starring in blockbuster comic book films like Iron Man and The Avengers as Iron Man—a role he continued in 2019's ...

    ... box-office juggernaut Avengers: Endgame . But not so long ago, he was practically unhireable due to his drinking ... when he was arrested for possession of heroin and cocaine. As reported in a 2003 interview with the New ... 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 ...

    ... drug scene. She is known to abuse heroin , cocaine , and prescription drugs , likely accounting for her ... kind of substance that he's abusing. He has a long history of violent, erratic behavior and a very well-documented ... continue reading
  • The Five Most Famous Drug Cartels

    It should come as little surprise that the five most famous drug cartels are centered in Mexico. After all, Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo, known as “The Godfather” for controlling all drug trafficking in Mexico as well as that along the country's ...

    ... first to work with and significantly prosper from the cocaine trade started in Colombia. Though his colleagues were ... , and Gulf Cartel remain and will be known for a long time as five of the most famous drug cartels in the ... continue reading
  • You Might Want to Cut Back on the Energy Drinks. Here’s Why…

    Years ago, I spent an entire summer behind a small desk in an upstairs room at my dad's house, studying for the Bar Exam. Cramming 18 different legal subjects into my head over the span of two months was no easy feat, and I quickly realized I needed ...

    ... becoming dependent on that little “buzz” the drink gave me. The effect was similar to a glass of wine, and it almost made me ... students exhibited: Higher rates of cocaine use Prescription stimulant misuse Higher rates ... continue reading
  • Addiction in Its Simplest Form (Short Animation)

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

    ... The golden nugget represents any drug of choice - alcohol, cocaine, opiates, benzos, heroin and much more. Not only does ... the first place, it would have been on a longer journey to find its satisfaction. Are we bound to ... continue reading
  • Teen Drug Abuse: The Warning Signs

    It is never easy to find out your teen is using drugs. Communication is a powerful tool for reducing and preventing teen drug abuse. Talking to your teens about drug use can help them make the decision not to use in the first place or to stop using ...

    ... occur due to the snorting of drugs such as cocaine). Constipation. Seizures (without a history of epilepsy ... marks on arms or legs from intravenous drug use. Wearing long sleeves even in the summer (to cover up track marks ... 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 ...

    ... . Tatum O'Neal As a result of dealing with her mentally unstable mother, Oscar winner Tatum O'Neal turned to cocaine by age twenty. 20. Johnny Depp Johnny Depp became a heavy drinker simply because of his claim to fame . ... continue reading
  • Mirror Mirror: Landmark Study Paints a Portrait of Synthetic Drug Users

    Use of synthetic psychoactive drugs like “ bath salts ” and “Flakka” has been growing in the U.S. and across the world in recent years. The unregulated substances, many of which are sold in bodegas or head shops as “legal highs,” are ...

    ... ,” are created in labs and meant to mimic the effects of drugs like marijuana or LSD. Though their potential ... prescription painkillers or heroin ) 74 percent had used cocaine 74 percent had used LSD One of the reason ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse: The Oral Health Kryptonite

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

    ... for sugar. Aside from that, methamphetamine drugs are extremely acidic, creating a detrimental environment for teeth. Cocaine: Cocaine has lethal effects on the body, especially the teeth. Tooth decay is prominent among ... continue reading
  • First Responders Worry About Accidental Fentanyl Exposure

    Fentanyl. It's known to be 50 times more potent than heroin, and a speck the size of a few grains of salt can kill. By now, you've probably heard of this beast and the toll it's taken on so many lives around the country. A whopping 5554 people ...

    ... into 2017 as street drugs like heroin and cocaine are unknowingly laced with fentanyl. Proceed With ... it accidentally comes in contact with his skin or the wind blows it in his face, he could have a serious problem,” ... continue reading
  • What It’s Like to Be an Alcoholic Woman

    Before the turn of the century, alcoholism was generally thought of as a “man's” problem. My, how things have changed… For years, researchers have warned that more and more women are drinking. And it's not just a spike in the number of women ...

    ... health issues. In fact, data has proven that long-term drinking is much more dangerous to the health of ... women aren't doomed to live out their lives as full-blown alcoholics. In fact, older women (and men) respond to ... continue reading
  • The Forefathers of Modern Illicit Drugs

    While illicit drugs are a major concern in today's society, many of them didn't start off as recreational. On the contrary, many started off with medicinal and anesthetic purposes. Here's a look at some of the forefathers of modern illicit drugs, ...

    ... -Cola company ran into controversy after it was discovered cocaine was an addictive and dangerous substance. A glass used ... to re-examine it and discovered LSD's effects upon absorbing a tiny bit through his fingertips. ... continue reading
  • Cryptocurrency: A Payment For Treatment or a Reason For Treatment?

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

    ... an option. Why? Because it may be the cause for treatment. Cryptocurrency may be joining the ranks of cocaine, methamphetamines, gambling and alcohol. For some, it is just as addictive. Is This Really an Issue? Well, it ... continue reading
  • The Price Tag of Heroin in America: $51 Billion

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

    ... $248 billion, but that breaks down to just $11,148 per person. At more than $50K per user, heroin's cost blows those two diseases out of the water. The U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime reported in 2016 that heroin use has ... 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 ...

    ... my husband. I did bring it up to him…once. He blew it off. His response was, “What, you think I'm an ... evaluate his behavior: Does he experience temporary blackouts or short-term memory loss? (Not that I know of.) Does he ... continue reading
  • Dual Diagnosis: The Link Between Addiction and Mental Health Disorders

    If you're suffering from a mental health issue, you may find yourself turning to drugs or alcohol to help you cope with the symptoms. Similarly, if you regularly abuse drugs or alcohol, you may find yourself with symptoms of a mental health disorder ...

    ... to as a co-occurring disorder or comorbidity. These terms all mean the same thing: that you're suffering from ... uneasy. An important thing to remember is that the longer you use alcohol or other drugs to relieve these ... continue reading
  • Dying to Get High: Half of 2014 U.S. Drug Deaths Caused By Opiates

    It's well-documented that heroin and prescription painkiller abuse are two of the biggest drug problems in the U.S., but a new report from the Drug Enforcement Administration highlights just how serious the problem is. Shocking Death Rate Chuck ...

    ... originally designed to alleviate or at least lessen the effects of chronic pain, are now officially responsible for ... perspective, more people use prescription drugs than cocaine, heroin, MDMA and methamphetamine combined. ... continue reading
  • Curing Alcoholism: We’re Finally Putting MDMA to the Test

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

    ... therapy - to cure alcoholism. I was a little mind-blown when I read that…because I used MDMA to party. ... and get to the heart of the problems that drive long-term mental illness.” I'm in support of building connection ... 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 ...

    ... “safe” combination because the two drugs “cancel each other out” (think mixing alcohol with cocaine ). But the truth is the combined effects of this dangerous combo just make it feel like they cancel one another out. It ... continue reading
  • Why Don’t We Have Addiction Vaccines?

    After three decades of research, people with addiction still have few medication options. While there are a handful of modestly effective FDA-approved drugs to treat alcohol, nicotine and opioid-use disorders, there are none at all for cocaine, ...

    ... the intoxicating effects of ... long half-life—it lingers in the nervous system—antibodies have to be especially robust to flush out the molecules. 20 As for cocaine, simply taking more of the drug overcomes the effect ... 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 ...

    ... smallest gap - smaller even than alcohol - was crack cocaine. 42% of crack users attended a religious service, ... a protective mechanism against drug use, but this effect may diminish in light of exposure to users.” ... continue reading
  • Drugs on Mars and Venus

    Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus is one of the most iconic books of the '90s, having sold more than 50 million copies. Its core theory is that men and women often think and act in dramatically different ways because of fundamental differences ...

    ... When it comes to gender differences, 1.7 times more men than women said they had used cocaine at least once before, and for crack cocaine, twice as many men said they'd tried it. Heroin, although it has one of the lowest ... continue reading
  • Eating Disorder Treatment

    Drug Abuse and Eating Disorder Treatment Combined Research shows that people admitted for eating disorder treatment often abuse amphetamine, crystal meth , cocaine or diet pills in an attempt to manage or lose weight (Gadalla and Piran, 2007). When ...

    ... Treatment Combined Research shows that people admitted for eating disorder treatment often abuse amphetamine, crystal meth , cocaine or diet pills in an attempt to manage or lose weight (Gadalla and Piran, 2007). When an ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Signs

    Some drug abuse signs are obvious and others are subtle. Drug abuse takes a toll on the body both physically and psychologically. Physical drug abuse signs may be exhibited in an array of physical symptoms including an increase in blood pressure and ...

    ... with the repeated use of cannabis. The drug abuse signs associated with the use of cocaine are agitation, insomnia, depressions, fatigue, nausea, muscle pain, anger, exaggerated cravings and increased irritability. Drug ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Help

    Drug abuse help is available for everyone. Whether it is for yourself or someone close to you, there is a drug abuse help center with a program to suit you. Our website provides confidential help, free of charge and provides you with a team of ...

    ... on the psychological addiction pattern; whereas, drug abuse help to stop injecting heroin or using crack cocaine places a much greater importance on the physical addiction, initially. Providing us with more details will ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Statistics

    Statisticians analyze numerical information on subjects as varied as medicine, politics and even commercial retail sales - allowing researchers to investigate trends and test new ideas. As the phenomenon of substance abuse stubbornly continues to ...

    ... a solid statistical description of drug use across a spectrum of substances, including alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, and heroin. Credit: TEDx Talks Costs of Substance Abuse The abuse of tobacco, alcohol, prescription ... 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 ...

    ... abuse and no accepted medical benefits. In other words, it's in the same category as heroin and crack cocaine . Even the staunchest anti-drug supporters have hard a time putting pot on equal footing with heroin. In fact ... continue reading
  • The Vicious Attack Against Suboxone Continues

    Buprenorphine, the generic name for Suboxone, is a medication used to treat opiate dependence - it helps minimize withdrawal symptoms. It's often an essential part of a person's recovery plan, mainly due to its accessibility. Users can attain it ...

    ... happening - especially in light of a full-blown opioid epidemic sweeping the country? Round and Round ... I asked him if it was true that Wal-Mart no longer fills buprenorphine prescriptions, and he said yes, that's true. ... continue reading
  • Making Sense Out of the Confusing World of Ritalin

    Sharon is at another meeting with her son's teacher. Aiden's teacher says he's unfocused and disruptive in class. Sharon knows her son behaves the same way at home. Last night's battle over homework fresh in her mind - and she doesn't know what to ...

    ... until an optimal level is reached. Does Ritalin Have Side Effects? The short answer is yes, though the severity and ... stroke. Can My Teen Abuse It? Ritalin is similar to cocaine in its chemical make-up. In fact, it's ... continue reading
  • A Sister’s Honest Talk About Her Brother’s Heroin Addiction

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

    ... but then again, things hadn't seemed “right” for a long time. Alex had all but stopped showing up for family events, ... husband, the window was open as the North Carolina air blew in. How could her baby brother be in jail? ... continue reading
  • Can a Judge Order Me Not to Get Pregnant?

    A judge in New York recently ordered a woman who's addicted to drugs not to get pregnant. While no one would argue that someone with an extreme drug problem should get pregnant, there are complex issues involved in ordering someone not to conceive ...

    ... . The woman at the core of this issue is the mother of four and has struggled with alcohol , cocaine, and meth problems for years. Family Court Judge Patricia Gallagher ordered that she not get pregnant until she has ... continue reading
  • What Causes Addiction?

    “Whether or not we look at addiction as a “disease,” we can clearly see that changes in the brain do occur that promote continued use.” In the past, addiction was viewed as stemming from an individual's moral failing and weakness of will ...

    ... : Claim A: All or most people who use heroin or cocaine beyond a certain minimum amount become addicted. Claim B: No ... substance use which provides short-term benefit in the face of long-term risks. Is Addiction Hereditary ... continue reading
  • The Matrix Model

    About the Matrix Model The Matrix Model is a style of treatment designed to aid in recovery from stimulant substances like methamphetamine and cocaine . The method was created in the 1980s and has seen widespread success. The Matrix Model is: An ...

    ... Matrix Model is a style of treatment designed to aid in recovery from stimulant substances like methamphetamine and cocaine . The method was created in the 1980s and has seen widespread success. The Matrix Model is: An ... continue reading
  • America’s Drug Awareness

    For the first time in a decade , the CDC reported that death rates in the United States have increased. While news outlets trumpet the increased violence rampant in many areas of the country, the public is largely unaware of a silent contributor - ...

    ... to the 2015 Drug Threat Assessment released by the DEA, prescription drug use rates are higher than those of cocaine, meth, heroin, MDMA, and PCP combined. The report notes that the U.S. markets for MDMA and PCP are ... continue reading
  • Drug Prevention | Abuse

    Drug prevention programs are designed to provide the education and support necessary to diminish drug dependency in communities, schools and the workplace. Drug abuse prevention has become an important first step in informing specific individuals ...

    ... . This often requires continued leadership and financial support. Important Facts Drug abuse has a pervasive effect on an entire community. Understanding drug use risk factors and spreading the word through prevention ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Crack Addict

    Crack is a form of the stimulant cocaine and is sold as white or off-white crystals called rocks. Crack first gained popularity in the 1980s as a cheaper alternative to powdered cocaine and is smoked to produce a quick, intense, and short-lived ...

    ... widely available and can play a crucial role in maintaining sobriety over the long term. Is Crack Addictive? Crack, like all forms of cocaine, is an addictive drug. Smoking crack causes an immediate, intense high that ... continue reading
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