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  • What Does Acid do to You? The Effects of LSD (Acid)

    What is LSD (Acid)? D-lysergic acid diethylamide, better known as LSD or “acid,” is a hallucinogenic drug made from lysergic acid, a natural chemical found in a fungus that grows on rye called Claviceps purpurea . LSD was first created in 1938 ...

    ... Claviceps purpurea . LSD was first created in 1938 by a Swiss chemist named Albert Hoffmann who was searching for new drugs to stimulate patients' circulation and breathing. Dr. Hoffmann discovered LSD's striking mental ... continue reading
  • Ketamine Abuse

    What Is Ketamine? Ketamine's dissociative effects are so powerful, it is commonly referred to as a “date rape drug.” Ketamine (often called “K,” “Special K” or “Vitamin K”) is a potent dissociative anesthetic , meaning it provides ...

    ... is right for you, therapy will be part of the treatment. Cognitive behavioral therapy is particularly useful, as it helps you see the reasons behind your ketamine use and allows you to discover ... are covered extensively by ... continue reading
  • LSD Overdose

    LSD is a hallucinogen drug capable of altering thoughts and perceptions in those who use it, including pseudo-hallucinations and synesthesias—a condition where they see and hear things that are not real, while others report being able to hear ...

    ... to have a “good” trip 2 . This issue is further complicated by the fact that it is so difficult to control the dose of any illicit drug, particularly one like LSD, which has effective doses in the microgram range. The ... continue reading
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  • What Are Hallucinogens?

    Hallucinogens are drugs that alter the user's thinking processes and perception in a manner that leads to significant distortions of reality 1 . These drugs affect one's perception far differently than many other types of drugs do. To many, the ...

    ... small amounts can produce very powerful visual hallucinations and mood alterations 6 . LSD was developed in 1938 by chemist Albert Hofmann, who was conducting research with ergot, a fungus, to develop its potential as a ... continue reading
  • Treatment for LSD Abuse

    Psychoactive substances, by definition, change the way people think and feel. Hallucinogens do this in a unique way, by altering the way that humans sense and perceive the world—making false visual, auditory, and tactile sensations seem real. One ...

    ... maximize the chances of achieving the desired outcome: getting them to accept help. While LSD is not considered by most to have physically addictive properties, psychological addiction to this hallucinogen may occur, and ... continue reading
  • Acid Drug Abuse

    D-lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD, acid, blotter) belongs to a group of drugs known as hallucinogens. Like other hallucinogens such as peyote (mescaline) and psilocybin (magic mushrooms) , LSD produces images, sounds, and other sensations that may ...

    ... (NSDUH) show that approximately 287,000 people over the age of 12 (or 0.1% of the population) were current LSD users 8 . Several factors - including the difficulty of chemically manufacturing this drug - have limited the ... continue reading
  • Effects of Peyote Abuse

    Peyote (or mescaline) belongs to a class of drugs known as hallucinogens. Mescaline is the active hallucinogenic ingredient in peyote , which is a small, spineless cactus 1 . The top, or crown, of the peyote cactus has circular-shaped buttons that ...

    ... , similar to the effects of other hallucinogenic drugs, such as LSD or psilocybin (“magic mushrooms”) 1 . Peyote is thought to elicit its effects by disrupting neurotransmitter transmission in the parts of the brain that ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of DMT Use

    Is DMT Harmful? DMT (dimethyltryptamine) is a hallucinogenic compound found naturally in a variety of plant species and produced endogenously in the human brain. Although the brain produces it naturally, the compound itself is still a Schedule 1 ...

    ... and abuse of DMT 1,2 . DMT's Short-Term Effects DMT is commonly taken by users seeking a psychedelic “trip” similar to those produced by the ingestion of LSD or psilocybin. Many drug users choose DMT as an alternative to ... continue reading
  • PCP Abuse

    What Is PCP? Street Names It has a variety of street names, including “Angel Dust”. In some cases, either nicotine or marijuana cigarettes are dipped in a liquid containing PCP and smoked. This concoction is referred to by a number of names ...

    ... which makes dose management very hard. Low doses are characterized by numbness in the hands and toes as well ... on Drug Abuse has a list of facts about PCP, LSD and other hallucinogens. You can also check out the following ... continue reading
  • DMT Drug Abuse

    DMT (dimethyltryptamine) is a hallucinogen capable of inducing a psychedelic “trip,” which typically ranges from 30 to 45 minutes in duration 1 . DMT is a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substance Act and has no recognized medical use in ...

    ... similar to that of LSD or psilocybin without a long intoxication period. DMT does not usually produce psychoactive effects on its own when taken orally, as it is quickly rendered inactive by a metabolic enzyme known ... continue reading
  • PCP History and Statistics

    “Angel Dust”, “Animal Trank”, “Rocket Fuel” - these are only some of the street names used to reference the drug PCP (Phencyclidine) , an infamous hallucinogenic (more specifically a dissociative drug ), often sought for it's ability to ...

    ... . PCP is predominately used by high school students and young adults (DEA, 2013). There has been a significant ... been reported being sold disguised as entirely different substances altogether —including the drugs LSD ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Peyote Addict

    The psychoactive drug peyote is a variety of cactus that grows in the southwestern region of the United States and in Mexico. The top of this cactus features small discs, often called “buttons,” which contain a psychoactive chemical called ...

    ... . Mescaline is classified as a hallucinogen —the same class of drugs that includes LSD, DMT, ... magical powers or abilities granted by their gods. Today, it is a drug of abuse that people will consume by 1 : Chewing the ... continue reading
  • Psychedelic Mushrooms Abuse

    Psilocybin is a psychoactive substance contained in over 100 species of mushrooms. A number of these mushroom species produce other psychoactive substances that act as hallucinogens in a similar manner to psilocybin. “Magic mushrooms” that ...

    ... abuse can result in an addiction, also known as other hallucinogen use disorder 4 . This disorder is characterized by a problematic pattern of use causing significant impairment in the user's life 4 . The user continues ... continue reading
  • The Effects of PCP Use

    What Is PCP? PCP abbreviation for the powerful, dissociative sedative drug phencyclidine. PCP is found sold on the street in many forms including: White powder. Crystal. Capsules. Tablets. Liquid. The tablets can be found in multiple colors and, ...

    ... dependency develops, the user's body has grown accustomed to the effects of the drug, and will function or will be perceived by the dependent individual to function sub-optimally without it. PCP Addiction Treatment There ... continue reading
  • Peyote Drug Addiction

    Peyote (“buttons,” “mesc,” “cactus”) is a cactus plant consumed for its hallucinogenic properties and ability to alter a user's thoughts, feelings, and perceptions 1 . The top of the cactus plant that protrudes from the ground (the ...

    ... as methods such as psychotherapy . Statistics on Peyote Use Peyote, like other hallucinogenic drugs, may be abused by both adolescents and adults for its mind-altering effects. A 2014 national survey examined rates of ... 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, ...

    ... can produce more intense effects, with users reporting complete and utter detachment from their bodies. The effects are similar to those described by people who have had near-death experiences, and it's described as ... continue reading
  • How to Help a DMT Addict

    N, N-Dimethyltryptamine is the chemical name for the drug commonly known as DMT . This potent hallucinogen , sometimes called “Dmitri,” can be synthesized in labs, but also occurs naturally in several types of South American plants. The ...

    ... for hundreds of years during religious ceremonies before making its way into recreational use. The substance may be consumed by 1,2 : Chewing it like snuff. Smoking. Swallowing pills, tablets, or liquids. Brewing it into ... continue reading
  • MXE Drug Abuse

    Methoxetamine, also known as MXE, is a drug similar to ketamine and known for its hallucinogenic and dissociative properties 1 . MXE (sometimes called “Mexxy,” “M-ket,” “Special M,” or “legal ketamine”) is commonly sold on the ...

    ... The lack of federal restrictions on the sale of MXE in the United States means that it is easily accessible by teens and may even be purchased over the internet 3 . Abuse of drugs like MXE in adolescents and teens can ... continue reading
  • Treating Psilocybin Mushroom Addiction

    How to Approach a Psilocybin Addict It can be difficult to watch someone you care about struggle with a psilocybin or “magic mushrooms” addiction. Your loved one may engage in self-destructive behaviors and isolate themselves from others. ...

    ... to develop physical dependence in order to have an addiction to the hallucinogen. Addiction is characterized by problematic use despite negative consequences, and using mushrooms can lead to significant impairment and ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Psilocybin Use

    Is Psilocybin Harmful? Psilocybin is a compound that is naturally occurring fungal alkaloid—a chemical compound that is found in more than 100 species of mushrooms (also known as magic mushrooms or shrooms). 1 When ingested, psilocybin is ...

    ... to drugs such as mescaline and LSD. 1-4 Psilocybin is classified as a hallucinogenic or psychedelic ... How Long Do Shrooms Last? A shroom high or “trip” may be felt within 20 minutes to a few hours after ingestion and last ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Methoxetamine Use

    Is MXE Harmful? MXE, also known as methoxetamine, is a substance with similar chemical properties to ketamine and phencyclidine (PCP) , two illicit drugs known for their hallucinogenic and dissociative properties 1 . MXE is an odorless, white powder ...

    ... recently passed laws banning the sale of MXE. As is the case with other synthetic drugs like Spice and bath ... In addition to the intoxicating short-term effects sought by users, MXE can also produce undesirable side effects ... continue reading
  • How to Help a PCP Addict

    What is PCP? PCP, or phencyclidine - commonly called “angel dust” - was developed in the 1950s as an intravenously administered anesthetic. PCP is no longer approved for medical use, and is now only found on the illicit market. Most commonly, ...

    ... help, you can encourage them to regain control of their lives by entering treatment. Resources like the Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) are available to help you prepare for a conversation with a PCP ... continue reading
  • How to Treat MXE Drug Addiction

    Methoxetamine, also known as MXE, M-ket, or Mexxy, is a synthetic drug with effects similar to that of the dissociative anesthetic ketamine . It can be inhaled through the nose, injected, or taken orally 1 . It is, in fact, so similar to ketamine, ...

    ... to enter treatment. If you do choose to employ a more confrontational approach such as by staging a properly arranged intervention , there are ways to make the experience a positive and motivating one. You may wish to ... continue reading
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    Drug addiction, also known as a substance use disorder (SUD), is a national crisis in the United States. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): 1,2,3 Approximately 53 million people aged 12 and older (nearly 1 in 5 Americans) used ...

    ... Americans) used an illicit substance (marijuana, cocaine, heroine, LSD, PCP, ecstasy, inhalants, and methamphetamine) in 2018. ( ... psychosis that may have led to or been triggered by addiction. A way to prevent relapse, ... 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 ...

    ... consciousness was expanded to include drugs in the 1960s, and he quickly started experimenting with LSD and ... of modern mental health. 14. Stephen King By “Pinguino” Stephen King is one of the foremost writers in the world, ... continue reading
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    Thousands of drug addicts across Guatemala are receiving treatment at church-based rehabs throughout the country, but many of these patients are being held against their will and physically abused on a daily basis. Several people have reported being ...

    ... are being held against their will and physically abused on a daily basis. Several people have reported being kidnapped by ... discovered his whereabouts and demanded his release. Surprisingly, this forcible detainment is ... continue reading
  • Smoke Signals: Why Are Cigarettes Such a Hot Commodity in Treatment?

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

    ... University, discovered smoking rates among those in treatment facilities continue to be high, ... use. Knowing that, researchers believe the reliance on cigarettes by people in recovery has a biological basis and may ... 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. ...

    ... flower mixture that is often found in the bathroom at Grandma's house is actually being smoked by teens. In ... is another dangerous household substance your teen might have discovered. This popular keyboard cleaner can be ... continue reading
  • Is Tramadol the New OxyContin?

    The epidemic of painkiller addiction is well known, and OxyContin (oxycodone) has arguably been the most notorious prescription opioid at the center of this public health emergency. Drugs like OxyContin have filled the news in recent years due to ...

    ... OxyContin contains a high dose of the drug that is intended for slow, controlled release over several hours. However, abusers quickly discovered that by snorting or injecting crushed OxyContin tablets, they could release ... 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 ...

    ... much less surprising to discover that 1 in 20 adults received a prescription for benzodiazepines in 2008. What are Benzos? Benzodiazepines are depressants. They slow the central nervous system by altering brain receptors ... continue reading
  • Are Safe Rooms a Smart Way to Decrease Fatal Overdoses?

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

    ... , Switzerland, Spain, and Australia, similar operations in the US will likely be denied. Interventions targeting addicts and drug abuse are shaped by law. Though individual states could authorize safe rooms, the federal ... continue reading
  • Pregnant & Court-Ordered to Take Vivitrol: Is My Baby Safe?

    It's a question many women might be asking themselves, as more and more females of childbearing age are ordered by drug courts to take Vivitrol - the injectable form of naltrexone. An opioid-antagonist, Vivitrol blocks the brain receptors that bind ...

    ... of Vivitrol. Jamie, 26, was instructed by to take Vivitrol by local authorities while attending an inpatient ... be dangerous if I get pregnant,” she says. “I wouldn't want to be faced with a decision if I did discover I was ... continue reading
  • Drug Addiction is Killing a Huge Number of Inmates

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

    ... that less than 10 percent of people who are incarcerated with a drug problem ever receives residential treatment ... male prisoners and half of former female prisoners were caused by alcohol and drug misuse. The Numbers Don' ... continue reading
  • Help, I’ve Been Arrested for DUI – What Can I Do to Stay Out of Jail?

    If you've been arrested for a DUI, you might be in a lot of trouble. One factor that will affect whether or not you stay out of jail will be how much you had to drink at the time of your arrest. Complying with instructions and requests from the ...

    ... to the smaller city jail instead. Private jail costs extra, but you will be surrounded by different people, like police instead of a warden. You will need to get a court order for this, but some people, usually those ... continue reading
  • .08: Why is this the “Magic” Number?

    Bill weighs 170 pounds. After drinking five beers in two hours, his blood alcohol content (BAC) will be over .08 percent. His wife, Tammy, weighs 120. Her BAC will reach .08 during that same time period after just three beers. According to laws ...

    ... BAC History… Back in the late 1990s, this BAC law was not uniform. Laws in some states stipulated a legal driving ... that this limit can be reached by some adults with just one drink. The change, it is argued, would only ... 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 ...

    ... off Spice last much longer than most other drugs. But this effect comes with a price. The danger is that this drug has yet to be tested by the USDA or the FDA, so as a result, the purchaser really doesn't know what he or ... continue reading
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    President Barack Obama's nominee for attorney general made serious waves during her confirmation hearing on Jan. 28. Despite statistics and data to the contrary, Loretta Lynch stated “alcohol is safer than marijuana.” Butting Heads with the ...

    ... year from excessive alcohol use, while deaths from marijuana use appear to be isolated incidents. In many cases, fatalities are caused by pot that has been “laced” with other substances. That doesn't mean marijuana use ... continue reading
  • My Teen Son is an Alcoholic. How Can I Help Him?

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    ... have the knowledge to discuss your child's options. Your teen might be worried about missing school, not seeing friends, or being judged by others at a clinic. Talking with a doctor may alleviate some or all of these ... continue reading
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    Kids are a source of worry for every parent. You look after them for years, and you hope that they end up turning our alright. While there are hundreds of books and articles on how to raise your kids, few really work that well, and it's all down to ...

    ... if your kid starts looking stoned all the time and are accompanied by any of the other factors listed, it's entirely possible he or she is stoned. Abandoning friends is quite common throughout the teenage years, but it ... continue reading
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    ... But that's about to change. Last month, a supplier of generic drugs - Dr. Reddy's Laboratories - was allowed by a Delaware Court to produce a generic version of the costly drug. It's a ruling which could potentially save ... continue reading
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    A quick choice to consume alcohol doesn't just affect you - it may also affect those around you, particularly in social situations. New research suggests that, whether or not they are aware of it, people in groups are influenced by each other's ...

    ... , particularly in social situations. New research suggests that, whether or not they are aware of it, people in groups are influenced by each other's alcohol consumption patterns. These findings , published in Alcoholism ... continue reading
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    ... and a veterinarian can vouch that the pet has an illness which might be helped by pot. The only problem? There's no proof that marijuana is a viable option for treating illnesses in pets. This could also explain why ... continue reading
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    'Epidemic': Affecting a disproportionately large number of individuals within a population. Opioid Epidemic Statistics Each day, 2.1 million people in the U.S. abuse opioids. The CDC reports that 165,000 Americans died from prescription ...

    ... addiction less likely and producing fewer leftover pills. Both of these were squashed by efforts from Big Pharma. What did pass, however, was a bill that drug makers pushed through Maine legislation requiring insurers ... continue reading
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    ... supervision. In carefully managed steps, a supervised detox is achieved by slowly reducing the dosage and frequency of administration. Often times, the treatment will include transferring you from a slow acting benzo to ... continue reading
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    ... in addictive behavior and motivated learning,” they said. Turns out back pain is only one of 14 million serious medical conditions that are caused by smoking, according to another body of research published in October in ... continue reading
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    National, state, and large urban school district surveys are conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) every two years among high school students across the nation. Known as the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), the survey ...

    ... high-risk behaviors and increasing healthy behaviors. Data gathered by the CDC indicates teenagers are smoking and drinking less, but seem to be making up for it in other areas. The newly released 2013 YRBSS report ... continue reading
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    ... given and physicians cannot delegate signature authority. In addition, tramadol prescriptions can only be given by a practitioner who has evaluated the patient in person. This means no more phone-in prescriptions without ... continue reading
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    ... behavior and compulsive drug use often begin. More time, effort, and energy will be necessary to maintain this level of use. Largely, this is fueled by both: The desire to receive the high from heroin. The desire to ... continue reading
  • Why Is Cocaine so Addictive?

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    ... potential: Cocaine causes a quick, euphoric high that lasts a very short time . The high from cocaine is usually followed by a sharp decline into depression or feeling on edge, which can lead the user to seek out more ... continue reading
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    ... in the first year and 100 patients in the following years Strict monitoring requirements by the DEA A Call for Change Suboxone is now one of the most frequently prescribed drugs for a combination of behavioral therapy ... continue reading
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    ... for people struggling with it. Stern notes that, at times, 80 percent of a practice's patients are affected by substance abuse. For others, it might be only five percent, but it's still there. Clearly, doctors need to ... continue reading
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    Headache. Dizziness. Nausea. Fatigue. Hangovers are the absolute worst. Many of us have been there - and even vowed to ourselves we'd never drink again. But even if we wholeheartedly believe the promise when we make it, do our hangovers actually ...

    ... didn't seem to affect their conscious drinking intentions. No doubt this reflects the fact that drinking behavior is determined by a host of factors, like the day of the week, opportunity and social plans.” To arrive at ... 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 ...

    ... you respond to the taper and how much you currently take. A direct taper will normally allow you to cut down on your dosage by 10 percent at a time at most. You should reduce the dosage every seven to 14 days, depending ... 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 ...

    ... “Why me?” After all, nobody wants to see a loved one suffer. However, no one wants to be a person who is consumed by addiction either, so sadness is very prevalent in a substance abuser's life as well. #4 Fear Addiction ... continue reading
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    Drug use is a growing problem in America and a concern that affects various demographics. In fact, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2011, about 8.7 percent of Americans 12 years and older-22.5 million people-participated ...

    ... the rise of pregnant women and mothers abusing OxyContin . Drug Use Among Ethnic Groups While drug use by ethnicity is another topic in itself, the U.S. Census and other national surveys examine drug use in relation to ... continue reading
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    When you think about the disease of addiction, images of illicit drugs or empty whisky bottles likely come to mind. But addiction isn't limited to these substances. In fact, experts have determined that humans can become addicted to anything that ...

    ... addict can never get his or her hands on enough drugs. 4. Shopping Addiction A shopping addiction is characterized by excessive time and money spent on shopping, lying about the activities and hiding purchases. Back in ... continue reading
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    have led to overcrowded facilities, skyrocketing prison costs, and major social, economic, and political impacts. Currently, nearly half of all inmates in federal prisons are serving sentences for drug offenses. Many are fathers and mothers who miss ...

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    Read Time: 20 minutes Readers of a certain age might remember the public service announcements from the late 1980s showing a frying egg with the tagline: “This is your brain on drugs.” Although these commercials were effective at delivering the ...

    ... . Memory impairment. Cannabinoid receptors were first discovered in the 1980s using tetrahydrocannabinol ... . Instead of stigmatizing addiction, we can move forward by increasing the understanding of drug use on the brain ... continue reading
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    When it comes to this nation's chemical dependence, few drugs have achieved the notoriety and reputation of opioid drugs. In fact, things have spiraled so far out of control that opiate addiction is now considered an epidemic. Despite leaving a ...

    ... cure has yet to be discovered. What scientists have developed, however, is a recovery tool for ... 's just no data to indicate the efficacy of Suboxone is hampered by smoking cigarettes. You Can't Get High on Suboxone Not ... continue reading
  • What Are the Side Effects of Oxycodone?

    Is Oxycodone Dangerous? Oxycodone is a prescription opioid analgesic that is used to manage moderate to severe pain by changing the way that the brain responds to pain. 1 It is the primary active component in the commonly prescribed pharmaceutical ...

    ... provides an approach that treats the whole person. 6 While there is a concern by some that MAT is simply replacing one drug with another, MAT is intended to help relieve the potentially-severe symptoms of acute opioid ... continue reading
  • What is Crack Cocaine?

    Crack cocaine is an addictive stimulant drug that is the rock crystal form of powdered cocaine. 1, 2, 5 Crack cocaine is a more potent form of cocaine that is processed so that it can be smoked, which provides an immediate high. 5 The name ...

    ... or dramatically reduced. Having arguments or strained relationships with friends or loved ones that are caused or worsened by crack use. Having trouble handling obligations at work, school, or home because of your ... continue reading
  • How Concerned Should We Be About Opiates?

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

    ... public concern. Despite containing a pure form of time-released hydrocodone (that can easily be crushed and abused), the drug was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 14 Dr. Andrew Kolodny, president of ... continue reading
  • What Is Lean? (Purple Drank) – Codeine

    What Is Lean? (Purple Drank) Lean — also known as purple drank, purple lean, sizzurp, dirty sprite, and lean drink—is a made of combination of prescription-strength cough medicine, soft drinks, and hard, fruit-flavored candy. 1,2 The ...

    ... decision to ask for your help for you child can be a stressful one, but it can be made less so by understanding what will happen during the call. Likely, you'll be asked for answers to the following types of questions ... continue reading
  • Why Is Heroin So Deadly Today?

    For more than a century, heroin has been a dangerous drug of abuse . For years, people have been attracted to the substance's ability to produce a relatively inexpensive, rapid-onset, and intensely euphoric high 1,2 . While the drug's high holds a ...

    ... of exposure to carfentanil 5 . One exposure to even a tiny amount of carfentanil through the skin or by inhalation may be fatal 5 . Carfentanil led to several overdose deaths in Ohio during the second half of 2016 8 . ... continue reading
  • Are Prescription Painkillers as Addictive as Heroin?

    The Link Between Painkillers and Heroin Common Prescription Opioids Vicodin . OxyContin . Percocet . Lortab . Norco . Tramadol . According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), in 2011, 4.2 million Americans aged 12 or over had used heroin ...

    ... especially pronounced since 2013, when the Food and Drug Administration announced that they would be tightening controls on access by limiting the number of refills an individual could have before returning to the doctor ... continue reading
  • Why Are Prescription Stimulants So Addictive?

    Prescription stimulants are very prevalent pharmaceutical agents, frequently used for the management of narcolepsy and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Drugs that fall in this category include: Dextroamphetamine and amphetamine ...

    ... or indirectly (as seen with opioids). In this way , the brain's normal system of motivation can be hijacked by addictive drugs or behaviors (e.g., gambling, for some)—eliciting a reinforcing reward signal for activities ... continue reading
  • What is Addiction?

    Addiction is defined as a chronic, yet treatable medical disease that's characterized by the repeated, uncontrollable use of substances. When a person has an addiction, they continue using alcohol, medications, or illicit drugs regardless of the ...

    ... , or severe based on how many of these criteria a person may be exhibiting. 4 Diagnosing an SUD can only be done by a medical professional who will assess whether or not a person meets the diagnostic criteria for an SUD ... continue reading
  • Why Is Alcohol So Addictive?

    Problematic use of alcohol is all too common across all age groups. In adults, 10% of men and 5% of women meet the criteria for an alcohol use disorder, and children of adults with an alcohol use disorder are four times more likely to develop the ...

    ... or frustration, or to distract the mind from stressful situations. Unfortunately, these euphoric feelings are accompanied by a myriad of unintended effects such as impaired thinking, liver problems, and an insidious ... continue reading
  • How to Stay Healthy When Someone You Love Is Addicted

    “Self-care is essential to finding ways to limit the unwanted influence of substance use in your life.” When someone you love is abusing substances like alcohol and/or other drugs, you are likely to focus solely on the damage the addiction is ...

    ... themselves or others . Steps to Improve Physical Health Begin self-care by targeting the aspects of your physical health that are damaged by stress. By addressing these, you can return to a healthy level of functioning ... continue reading
  • Who Are You Without Your Drug of Choice?

    Addiction is the ultimate identity thief. It doesn't set up false bank accounts or hack your email - it steals your identity from within. Spinning in a cycle of chemical dependency , those battling with drugs and alcohol often don't realize one ...

    ... where she attended art therapy each week as part of her treatment. She discovered a hidden talent. With her mind clear of opiates , she found out she was full of creative ideas for beautiful works of art. And then there ... continue reading
  • Eyes to Mouth: Just How Big is Your Wine Glass?

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

    ... , alternating between standard 300ml size, larger (370ml) and smaller (250ml) glasses. When all the data was compiled, researchers discovered that, when serving wine in the larger glasses, the volume of wine sold daily ... 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 ...

    ... prison?” Some of them had traumatic childhoods, some were victims of physical and/or sexual abuse and others ... Identifying Additional Influences The researchers also discovered excessive alcohol consumption in the womb ... 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 ...

    ... me I'm being paranoid. They don't know him as well as I do, though. They don't see him day in and day out. They don't see how much he seems to rely on drinking alcohol every day . I did some research and discovered a few ... continue reading
  • Is This New Drug the Holy Grail of All Pain Relievers?

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

    ... side effect can be especially concerning for older adults. They also worked to discover potential addictive ... in the next two years. If proven effective, particularly by reducing the risk of abuse and overdose , we might ... continue reading
  • This is Your Brain…When You Blackout on Alcohol

    If you've ever found yourself in the situation where you wake up the next morning without a clue of how you got home, you might have experienced a blackout. That is right about when you start to wonder what the heck happened last night? But have you ...

    ... got home, you might have experienced a blackout. That is right about when you start to wonder what the heck ... the point of memory loss. He discovered that blackouts are not caused so much by the amount of alcohol you drink ... 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), ...

    ... Instead, we're talking about a relatively new sort of drug that's been taking the market by storm. Bath salts are the street name for these drugs, and they're named bath salts as the crystals resemble Epsom salts. Brand ... 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 ...

    ... too difficult to manage. But as she came off the medication, she gradually felt her brain coming back. She was sharper at work, more present with her family, and the world seemed clearer. Still, when the panic came back ... continue reading
  • Will Diplo’s New Anti-Drug Video Impact EDM Culture?

    Mad Decent label head Diplo just put the EDM drug culture on blast, releasing a dark music video for the track “Techno.” Teaming up with fellow Mad Decent producers Yellow Claw, Waka Flocka Flame, and LNY TNZ, the 3-minute video shines a ...

    ... have Diplo and company speaking out against the prevalence of drugs and death currently ingrained in EDM culture is definitely a step in the right direction. Learn more about the dangerous side effects of drug abuse and ... continue reading
  • Hitting the Grass Ceiling: 6 Surprising Ways Weed is Sexist

    Estrogen, testosterone and THC: What do these three things have in common? Apparently, not much. Studies reveal that THC (the active chemical in marijuana) interacts differently with these three hormones. What's the result? Men and women experience ...

    ... same high. Men, on the other hand, don't develop a tolerance as quickly. Sex Drive: THC's interaction with estrogen is a downer for a woman's libido. For males, on the other hand, it's a little more complicated. In men ... continue reading
  • Will These New Tools Help to Fight Opioid Addiction?

    With 78 Americans dying every day from opioid overdose, there's no question that our country is in the midst of an epidemic. But the good news is that there's hope on the horizon. Help is on the Way In May of this year, the U.S. Food and Drug ...

    ... the upper arm. For six months, it provides a constant, low-level dose of buprenorphine to patients who are already stable on low-to-moderate doses of other forms of buprenorphine as part of a complete treatment program ... continue reading
  • Why are We Seeing More Drug-Dependent Newborns?

    Drug addiction not only impacts the chemically-dependent, it has serious ramifications on their friends and loved ones. While no one wants to watch someone they care about struggle with addiction, the unborn children of drug-dependent women don't ...

    ... the foster care system within a year. Even if they're placed with relatives, this means the children can't be fully shielded from their addicted parents . Having a healthy and happy child starts with you. If you're a new ... continue reading
  • Which Side of the Naloxone Debate Are You On?

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

    ... yourself about naloxone and make up your own mind about its true value. But one thing is certain: This medication will continue to play a significant role as long as the opioid epidemic continues to ravage our country ... continue reading
  • Flawed Research: Proof That Social Drinking Was Never Healthy

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

    ... a lower statistical risk of dying from heart disease. But does alcohol really live up to the hype? A new study is calling these old claims into question and it seems there's a proverbial fly in the ointment, so to speak ... continue reading
  • 7 Not-So-Subtle Signs a Friend is Struggling with Alcoholism

    I have a girlfriend I'm worried about - let's call her Candace. She chugs cocktails, can't hold down a job and causes drunken scenes like it's nobody's business. She wears the pain on her face and you can feel anger wafting off of her from across ...

    ... . She wears the pain on her face and you can feel anger wafting off of her from across the room. Candace is an alcoholic and everyone knows it…everyone but her. Pay Attention to the Signs If you have a friend like this ... continue reading
  • Countering the Myths About Methadone: Is it Right for You?

    Methadone maintenance has been around for years as an effective treatment for opioid dependency . Yet, its use remains controversial, and there's seemingly no end to the myths and false information aimed at discouraging anyone from using it as a ...

    ... . However, methadone - like any opiate - can be dangerous if taken inappropriately. Myth #4 - Methadone Rots ... an overdose , especially if you happen to relapse. This is a huge benefit to people who decide to get clean ... 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 ...

    ... , it's important to talk about the issues facing you as a family. If you cannot get through or your parent is violent, you need to seek extra help. You should not have to live in a home where violence happens, whether it ... continue reading
  • What 3-Day, 5-Day, and 7-Day Detox Programs are Like

    Often, addiction rehab programs combine detox with therapy and other services to support people through recovery. This is important because it gives people time to understand more about their substance use and set a solid foundation for recovery. ...

    ... symptoms of withdrawal that occur when you stop taking drugs or alcohol . Why Choose Drug or Alcohol Detox? There are a number of factors that may impact why you choose a detox center to start recovery, including: Cost : ... continue reading
  • Who Will Win the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge?

    $6.5 million is up for grabs. The state of Ohio recently launched its Opioid Technology Challenge, calling on healthcare providers, scientists, and entrepreneurs. The goal is to generate ideas that can be developed into solutions to curb the ...

    ... . We need some new ideas, and we need them fast. Creators of this challenge hope to generate new solutions that will save lives and change the trajectory of our nation's health. The challenge calls for ideas that address ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Pain Killers? How Can I Quit Safely?

    If you've been taking pain killers for an extended time, particularly after the pain that originally prompted their use has subsided, you might well wonder whether you're addicted to pain killers. Though many people take pain killers following a ...

    ... If you feel able to quit at home, a doctor might help you determine a tapering plan for the pain killers. This will require you to take less of the drug each time you take it until your body no longer needs it. This can ... continue reading
  • How Similar are Heroin and Prescription Opioids?

    Heroin is an illicit street drug that produces a drowsy, euphoric high. Prescription opioids are legal medications prescribed by doctors to treat pain. Both heroin and prescription painkillers belong to the family of drugs known as opioids, which ...

    ... an illicit street drug that produces a drowsy, euphoric high. Prescription opioids are legal medications prescribed by doctors to treat pain. Both heroin and prescription painkillers belong to the family of drugs known ... continue reading
  • Drugs at School: Are Zero-Tolerance Policies Really Working?

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

    ... -tolerance drug policies an “F” in effectiveness. A recent study published by the American Journal of Health showed students attending a zero-tolerance school were 1.6 times more likely to use marijuana than those peers ... continue reading
  • I’m Having Opiate Withdrawals – Am I Addicted?

    Shelly's knee surgery went great. The doctor said she'd be running again in no time. Before she'd be ready for her next 5K, she'd have to endure some fairly intense pain and a lot of physical therapy. While in the hospital, Shelly received regular ...

    ... pain, so that wasn't a problem. The issue, however, was how Shelly felt . When she stopped taking the pills, these horrible ... Like Shelly, most people react to withdrawal by making bad decisions. Instead of enduring the ... 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 ...

    ... any of those small sacrifices. Will I have access to recovery tools? My program of recovery involves therapy, yoga, and meditation. That means I had to find a place with both a near by yoga studio and a meditation center ... continue reading
  • What Do Taxes and Drunk Driving Have in Common? (You’d Be Surprised!)

    Organizations in every state have implemented countless initiatives to reduce drunk driving. Maryland seems to have found one that works. They simply raised the sales tax on alcohol. In 2011, Maryland raised the state sales tax on alcohol from 6 ...

    ... increase has surprised researchers, however. Alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents in Maryland dropped by 6 percent each year since the law was passed. The drunk driving rates fell 12 percent among drivers aged 15 to ... continue reading
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