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  • 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 ...

    ... (IV) addicts in the ... addicts and drug abuse are shaped by law. Though individual states could authorize safe rooms, the federal government would likely shut them down using the Controlled Substances Act. To learn more ... 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 ...

    ... Substance People on a stable dose of methadone are physically dependent on it, but not necessarily addicted ... programs early or incarcerated environments. Methadone has helped many people stay on track in recovery - but it ... continue reading
  • New Jersey Brings Mobile Recovery to the Streets

    Residents of Morris County should watch for a new vehicle roaming its at-risk areas. Hope One, a mobile recovery access center, is officially bringing addiction treatment to the streets. The goal of the program is to remove barriers that prevent ...

    ... the negative stigma associated with mental illness and substance-abuse disorders.” “We're going to at-risk ... Direction With drug overdose deaths across the nation totaling more than 50,000 in 2015 , Americans are in ... continue reading
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  • Detoxing from OxyContin: What to Expect

    What makes OxyContin so addictive? Why does the body develop dependence on OxyContin? And if you're addicted to Oxy, how do you break the vicious cycle? Here, we will explore what the drug is, what detoxification looks like and how to identify and ...

    ... does the body develop dependence on OxyContin? And if you're addicted to Oxy, how do you break the vicious cycle? Here ... In more extreme cases, withdrawal from OxyContin can cause seizures and convulsions. While many people ... continue reading
  • DEA Finally Acknowledges the Heroin Epidemic

    According to recent statistics gathered during a detailed research investigation - a project aptly dubbed The National Heroin Threat Assessment - the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administrations (DEA) reports that the availability and abuse of heroin is ...

    ... , the number of deaths related to heroin use has more than tripled from 2,402 in 2007 to 8,260 ... deaths in 2013. During this same time, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports ... continue reading
  • Mother of Newborn Arrested After Failing Drug Test

    There has been an enormous amount of debate and passion as of late - all of it spurred on by one question: what should happen to mothers who give birth to addicted children. Alabama came up with its own solution that involves jail time and bringing ...

    ... while pregnant. The move has sparked controversy, driving many to question the law's ethical issues. Last May ... pregnant women…about their substance abuse disorders.” Learn more about helping an addicted loved one . Image ... continue reading
  • Doctor Shopping…at the Local Vet's Office?

    The United States is in the midst of an opioid epidemic ; each day, 91 people die of an opioid-related overdose . It has gotten so bad that some people are willing to do whatever it takes to get high - even taking medication that's prescribed to ...

    ... to human patients to help alleviate their pain. Substance abusers seek these drugs - and others - when ... owners veterinarians have to look out for. Oftentimes, addicted family members or friends are taking a pet's ... 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 ...

    ... be enough to deter drug use in the non-addicted, but for cocaine addicts, these events simply don't register as “significant.” ... “This study shows that individuals with substance use disorder have difficulty computing the ... continue reading
  • What You Need to Know About ‘Zombie Drug’ Krokodil

    Krokodil (Crocodil) is a homemade version of a synthetic drug called desomorphine. As the name deso-morphine suggests, the chemical is in the opiate family and closely mimics the effects of heroin and morphine. Pure desomorphine is a very addictive ...

    ... and morphine. Pure desomorphine is a very addictive substance with a high potential for abuse . The opiate ... an Arizona man was hospitalized. He was an opiate addict who had injected himself with a homemade batch of ... 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 ...

    ... seemed happy. Allison knew about their family's history of substance abuse - her father drank all the time. Sometimes ... one picked up. Allison hung up; there was nothing more she could do. So she kept praying. Every night ... continue reading
  • My Confusing Experience Following the Kratom Trail

    Three years ago, I lived with a boyfriend who was a functioning addict. He was in law school at the time, so he looked for anything he could get his hands on to sharpen his focus, then allow him to relax after hours of intense studying. He chewed ...

    ... filed legislation to add kratom to the controlled substance list. House Bill 183 would add kratom to ... about kratom - and that knowledge could prove to be much more important down the road than the very little we have ... continue reading
  • Ibogaine: Miracle Cure or Dangerous Botanical?

    We all know healthcare providers and researchers are desperate to find solutions to the opioid crisis, but are they overlooking a possible cure? The answer, according to a recent article , appears to be yes. The article, which was published by The ...

    ... elation. He states, “You discover you're no longer addicted to anything. Even a cup of tea with sugar tastes horrible ... Tremors Ibogaine is classified as a Schedule I substance, which, like heroin , is described as ... continue reading
  • Yes, Suboxone is Sober & The Truth About Suboxone

    In 2014, almost 2 million Americans abused or were dependent on prescription pain medication. During that same time, as many as one in four people who received opioids for treatment of long-term pain in primary care settings struggled with an opioid ...

    ... for Another Medication-assisted treatment is much like using medication to treat other chronic ... 're addicted? No, it simply means your body has become accustomed to taking a certain medication. Many other substances - ... continue reading
  • Ryan Haight Act Stands in the Way of Buprenorphine Telehealth

    It's against state and federal law to use telehealth (remote medical services) to obtain buprenorphine for the first time; a medication used to treat opioid use disorder - often known by its brand names, Suboxone or Subutex. This law is known as the ...

    ... the DEA - and also prevents any controlled substances from being prescribed or purchased through online ... about this issue. David believes the DEA needs to move more quickly, “We're frustrated with the slow pace of ... continue reading
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  • Researcher Gets $431,700 to Study the Effects of Meth on Wounds

    It's widely known that meth use can lead to a multitude of health problems: rotten teeth, memory loss, a weakened immune system. Nobody knows this better than Luis Martinez, microbiologist and associate professor of biomedical sciences at the New ...

    ... mice who haven't received the drug, as well as others who have been injected with a combination of other substances. Based on Martinez's preliminary studies, meth has been found to cause an overproduction of IL-6, which ... continue reading
  • 3 Thank-You's I Owe to My Old Addiction

    Life doesn't always go as planned. Especially when you find yourself in a maximum-security state prison on your first-ever offense. When Life Takes an Unexpected Detour At 27 years old, I seemed to have everything in front of me: a promising future ...

    ... After years of being clean, I can now look back with a different perspective; one where I can appreciate how my substance abuse led me to the life I have today. I've Realized Who My True Friends Are When you're in ... 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 ...

    ... visiting their loved ones in jail. The majority had substance abuse issues , which eventually led to their crimes. ... : They all came from a long line of addicts, specifically their mothers. Examining the Maternal Link to ... continue reading
  • Buckeye State Goes After Pharmaceutical Giants

    An estimated 200,000 Ohioans are addicted to opioids . State officials lay much of the blame at the feet of Big Pharma. State Attorney General Mike DeWine claims several industry leaders “helped unleash a health care crisis that has had ...

    An estimated 200,000 Ohioans are addicted to opioids . State officials lay much of the blame at the feet of Big Pharma. State Attorney General Mike DeWine claims several industry leaders “helped unleash a health care ... continue reading
  • The Dos and Don'ts of Ritalin Recovery

    His paper was due tomorrow and Darren had barely started (if you count typing his name and the title of the paper as “started”). What Darren had really started to do was panic. He knew he'd have to stay up all night to finish, but he was already ...

    ... need for treatment and offer options for local treatment programs. Patrick's efforts finally paid off. After seeing how much his roommate had done to help him over the past few months, and hearing how his addiction was ... 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 ...

    ... tests, the rodents also appeared less susceptible to fatal overdose, as the researchers found that it took much longer for the drug to impart its toxicity. If this effect holds true in humans, the researchers believe ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage II

    A craving is an intense desire to use a particular drug and experts consider this the second stage of addiction. This overwhelming urge to use is so powerful, it hijacks normal thinking and behavior and leads to irrational acts - regardless of the ...

    ... I'd met weren't quite in the same head space. Once I got to prison, I saw first-hand how many women were still in full-scale addiction mode . They were willing to risk everything to use - their health, their visits ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage I

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

    ... hard to predict how anyone will respond to trauma, but many who experience it ultimately turn to drugs or alcohol to ... grow and eventually overcomes whatever relief the substances provide, leading to the vicious cycle of ... continue reading
  • So-Called “Legal” Drugs and the Trojan Horse Game

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

    ... , Trojan Horses are now flooding the market. In 2012 alone, 158 new synthetic substances were identified. What's For Sale? Synthetic drugs come in many shapes and sizes. Taken in pill, capsule and powder form, they are ... continue reading
  • The Siver Lining for Meth-Exposed Newborns Starts Here

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

    ... supportive environment is one that can be taken well beyond the home. In fact, experts note it's much easier to correct meth-related behavior problems if they are noticed and addressed early, rather than when the child ... continue reading
  • Here’s What You Need to Know About Pink

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

    ... planned. The two 13-year-old best friends shared many hobbies. From skiing, to biking, to skateboarding, ... “DEA has filed to have U-47700 listed as a banned substance, but that order hasn't gone into effect yet.” What is ... 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 ...

    ... suffered trauma and it helps to build empathy. Many of my patients who are alcoholics have suffered ... to sustained sobriety for the thousands struggling with substance abuse disorders. Additional Reading: Molly's Secrets ... continue reading
  • CDC Wants Medicaid to Restrict Access to Methadone for Pain

    Methadone is in the hot seat again. Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged Medicaid to restrict access to the drug, citing that methadone - when prescribed for pain, not for opiate addiction - accounted for ...

    ... to punish an entire group just because a portion of them are abusing methadone. After all, there are many people on Medicaid who genuinely need the drug for chronic pain and have never abused it. This restriction could ... continue reading
  • Is Your Friend High? Here’s How to Tell…

    Your friend seems a little “off.” Is he simply having a bad day? Did he not sleep well? Is he sick? Or is he high? To the untrained observer, it can be hard to tell. But it's important to discern. Depending on the circumstances, it could affect ...

    ... )reathing Issues: Opioids suppress the central nervous system, slowing down the body. Too much of these substances can slow breathing - so much that it becomes life threatening . Shallow or slow breathing might be a sign ... continue reading
  • You’re Fired: Police Departments Weaning K9’s Off Marijuana

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

    ... there's no way for the dogs to indicate a specific substance or the amount present. They simply alert their handlers when drugs ... may make the entire K9 force unusable in many instances. In the meantime, fewer dogs are ... continue reading
  • Imagining Life Without My Daughter Pushed Me to the Edge

    Lisa's mom, Jane, was at the end of her rope. For the third time in eight weeks, she had to go pick up her drunk daughter. Jane was exhausted and she certainly wasn't looking forward to seeing Lisa go through the detox process again. She wanted to ...

    ... d struggled financially. Jane also knew her daughter had experienced some tough things as an adult. Like many others with substance abuse issues , Lisa went through some pretty severe traumas. Her father died as a result ... continue reading
  • 9 Memorable Quotes from Former Addicts

    Robin Williams and Phillip Seymour Hoffman were both in recovery when drug relapses ultimately led to their tragic and untimely deaths. For someone who has never been there, it may be hard to comprehend how addiction can grip someone so strongly - ...

    ... long I think about using. Whenever it gets to be too much, I also think about the hopelessness of that time in my ... was not easy for me. I was a classic 'in denial' addict. As a stay-at-home mom, I drank wine all day, ... continue reading
  • How I Juggled Probation and Active Addiction

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

    ... twenty-one and hadn't faced any real consequences of my substance abuse . I didn't put up a fight. After the ... into three. I lost count of how many court dates I missed, or how many times I ran back to rehab to escape ... continue reading
  • 7 Shocking Ways Drugs are Smuggled into Prisons

    A Cincinnati woman and her incarcerated boyfriend are now facing criminal charges after she reportedly tried to smuggle a Bible laced with heroin into the prison. Tehani Teepe, 39, and Timothy King, 28, were charged with illegal conveyance of ...

    ... contain Suboxone-laced stamps - which were worth far more than the normal postage fees. The boyfriend reportedly ... confessed when confronted by jail officials. Additional Reading: 7 Crazy Ways Addicts Fund Their Drug Habits continue reading
  • Teens Are Smoking and Drinking Less

    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 ...

    ... . News on Tobacco Use Despite the fact that cigarette smoking is at an all-time low among teens, there's more to this story than meets the eye. For starters, cigars are now as popular as cigarettes to male teenagers ... continue reading
  • German Electrical Plant Burns Pot for Energy

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

    ... have taken that old adage, “one man's trash is another man's treasure” to a new level. Perhaps a more appropriate saying would be “one man's pot is another man's power.” Additional Reading: True or False? Test Your ... continue reading
  • Does Opioid Addiction Cause Sexual Dysfunction in Men?

    A new study out of India has found that most men suffering from opioid addiction are also dealing with sexual dysfunction as a result. The research paper, titled “Sexual Dysfunction in Men Seeking Treatment for Opioid Dependence: A Study from ...

    A new study out of India has found that most men suffering from opioid addiction are also dealing with ... dysfunction rates were as high as 52 percent in opioid addicts. Meanwhile, a 2002 survey published in the Journal of ... 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 ...

    ... new brain mapping technology allowed researchers to capture a much wider range of blood flow speeds. Cocaine on the ... drug addicts, improve brain-cancer surgery techniques, and boost tissue engineering. Learn more about ... continue reading
  • Opana: The New Opiate of Choice Among Addicts?

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

    ... Know Interacting with the brain's opiate receptors, much like morphine or heroin , Opana, otherwise ... is steadily climbing and has already reached epidemic proportions in many parts of the country. If you or someone you ... continue reading
  • Now the Family Dog is Smoking Weed?

    Would you ever give pot to your pooch? Most of us likely think this idea is, well, barking mad, but a new bill out of Nevada could soon make medical marijuana for pets a reality. Animals and Weed Democratic Sen. Tick Segerblom is sponsoring the bill ...

    Would you ever give pot to your pooch? Most of us likely think this idea is, well, barking mad, but a new bill out of Nevada could soon make medical marijuana for pets a reality. Animals and Weed Democratic Sen. Tick ... continue reading
  • Social Drug Use is Like Kryptonite to Healthy Relationships

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

    ... is that it “helps” you meet people and interact more. The problem, however, is that it's a ... conversations and get to know someone. If you're using substances to reach a social comfort level , you're actually escaping ... continue reading
  • Teachers Pause Playground Games to Pick Up Needles

    Most soccer games involve time outs. But, coaches usually call them to trade a player, give a pep talk, or help a player recover from a fall. At Boston's public schools, however, soccer games are paused to remove used syringes from the field. ...

    Most soccer games involve time outs. But, coaches usually call them to trade a player, give a pep talk, or help a player recover from a fall. At Boston's public schools, however, soccer games are paused to remove used ... continue reading
  • Druggie: The New Makeup Shade Making Ugly Waves

    Approximately 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, with drug overdose deaths continuing to rise. In fact, since 1999, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids has quadrupled. As most of us know, drug addiction destroys lives ...

    ... continuing to rise. In fact, since 1999, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids has quadrupled. As most of us know, drug addiction destroys lives and tears families apart - yet companies still manage to make ... continue reading
  • 7 Signs You May Be Addicted to Tramadol

    Tramadol is an opiate analgesic prescribed for the treatment of moderate to moderately severe pain. The drug works by changing the way your brain and nervous system respond to pain. Because Tramadol is a milder form of opiate medication, people ...

    ... signs to look out for if you think you may be addicted to Tramadol. #1. Physical dependence. Physical dependence on ... into a serious addiction, as tolerance develops and you need more of the drug to “get high”. #4. Using ... 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 ...

    ... What viewers are seeing is the tragic reality that so many young people have suffered, along with the grief-stricken families ... a step in the right direction. Learn more about the dangerous side effects of drug abuse ... continue reading
  • How Edie Falco Portrays Addiction and Lives Recovery

    Edie Falco has tackled a wide variety of roles on the stage and screen since beginning her career in the late '80s. But she is arguably best known for her breakthrough performance as mafia wife Carmela Soprano in HBO's drama, The Sopranos . Falco ...

    ... to hang out and party,” she said. “They make it look like fun. And it was fun for me! They spend a lot more time without me than with me… I'm always invited, and I'm always there for two minutes and I leave, because I ... 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 ...

    ... concerns with opioids is their ability to slow the respiratory system. Unfortunately, this can turn fatal if the system is slowed too much. This is often the result of tolerance build-up, which prompts people to take ... continue reading
  • California: 5 E-Cigarette Dangers We Can't Ignore

    Many people see e-cigarettes as a harmless alternative to nicotine cigarettes. E-cigarette companies like NJOY have even hired on celebrity endorsers including Bruno Mars, while several other stars were seen puffing away on e-cigs during the 2014 ...

    Many people see e-cigarettes as a harmless alternative to nicotine cigarettes. E-cigarette companies like ... progressing to dual use of tobacco and E-cigarettes. More Accessible : The number of stores selling e-cigarettes ... 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 ...

    ... the human body …including your teeth and surrounding oral tissues. Generally speaking, people who abuse illegal drugs are more prone to oral health issues. The use of both prescription and illegal drugs can cause - and ... continue reading
  • Welcome to a New Tramadol Nightmare

    People seeking safe opiate detox in Alaska were recently left out in the cold - in more ways than one. Only two state facilities currently offer detox services to Alaskans - and both of them were recently shut down, thanks to one of the DEAs newer ...

    ... Alaska were recently left out in the cold - in more ways than one. Only two state facilities currently offer detox ... -classified tramadol, making it a Schedule IV controlled substance. What does this mean? The drug now has ... continue reading
  • Is Telemedicine the Solution for Addiction in Rural America?

    The closest addiction specialist is three hours away. You don't have a reliable vehicle. If you arrange for a ride or take public transportation, everyone in town will know where you went and why. If this were your situation, how likely would you be ...

    ... variables that not only increase the risk of substance abuse but hinder access to treatment. These ... By solving two problems, telemedicine might be the much needed solution for rural Americans struggling with chemical ... continue reading
  • What Does it Mean When Someone Says They’re Dope Sick?

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

    ... commonly referred to as “dope sickness.” The user experiences many of the same symptoms of a flu or other illness ... like the only “cure” for dope sickness. More drugs might temporarily relieve withdrawal symptoms, but the ... continue reading
  • What’s Your Vote on Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients: Yay or Nay?

    With Obama out of office, Republicans are looking to nix the limits his administration imposed on drug testing the unemployed. Instead, they want to make it easier for states to enact drug screening requirements for various forms of public ...

    ... 850,000 to test welfare recipients and uncovered just 321 positive tests overall. In more than one of these states, not a single substance abuser was discovered through drug testing. Do Taxpayers Need a New Plan? There's ... 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 ...

    ... argued and threatened to make a fuss, but Jeana was firm. She'd certainly stood up to people who much more threatening than these two drunk girls! “Make a gratitude list,”Jeana thought once home. It was a valuable tool ... continue reading
  • Here’s a Simple Way to Decrease Opiate Cravings

    We all know that getting enough sleep is important to your mood and overall health, but it also plays a crucial role in addiction recovery, too. According to a recent Penn State study , squeezing in enough shut-eye can actually lower drug cravings ...

    ... findings make sense. When you're sleep deprived and cranky, you're not feeling good or very good about yourself. Negative thoughts breed even more negative thoughts, and before you know it, you're less likely to care as ... continue reading
  • 9 Mind-Blowing Facts About W-18

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

    ... that actually contain W-18, which is 100 times more potent. It can also be cut with cocaine or ... widespread. Due to its obscurity, it's not even listed as a controlled substance under U.S. law or “on the DEA's radar as a ... continue reading
  • Driving Just Got a Little Safer – Thanks to This Device

    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 ...

    ... have used roadside tests for cocaine in the past, a newly developed device offers more accurate results. The older kits didn't indicate how much cocaine a driver used, and they often gave false results. In roughly five ... continue reading
  • Wait…Marijuana Can Increase My Risk of Alzheimer's??

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

    ... -author Dr. Cyrus Raji admitted the results even surprised their team. They didn't suspect “just how much marijuana use affected brain blood flow.” Raji stated in an interview, “Prior papers have suggested that marijuana ... continue reading
  • Religious Rehab Holds Addicts Against Their Will in Guatemala

    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 ...

    ... be released once they have recovered sufficiently. However, many addicts are kept in these centers long after they should have ... for the treatment of drug dependence.” Learn more about treatment options for drug abuse and ... continue reading
  • Shooting Up: How Far Would You Go For a Fix?

    IV drug users can quickly find themselves in desperate situations. They often lack clean needles, pure water and other supplies needed to shoot up, prompting many of them to improvise. And for a large segment of the population, improvising means ...

    ... of water to cook drugs like heroin or OxyContin , many users have turned to this easily accessible public well. ... are repurposed time and time again, getting more contaminated with each use. Additional Reading: Released ... continue reading
  • 7 Crazy Ways Addicts Fund Their Drug Habits

    It's no secret that drug addiction can drive people to do things that are completely out of character. When addiction takes hold, scoring drugs to avoid withdrawals is a 24/7 job. And there's no glamour in that kind of career path. Little girls ...

    ... at seven of the most outrageous methods ever used to fund a drug addiction: Law Breakers Addicts in Baltimore took recycling to ... Kind of Legal, Totally Questionable Many addicts spend hours collecting recyclable items ... continue reading
  • 25 Harmful Effects of Morphine

    Morphine is an effective pain reliever. It's administered frequently by healthcare professionals. It's prescribed to manage moderate to severe pain after an accident, post-surgery, or for a chronic condition. It's accepted for common use throughout ...

    ... slows respiration. High doses can slow it too much and make breathing difficult or stop it completely. ... Death - Heroin and morphine share the top slot for most common cause of overdose-related fatalities. Is It Worth The ... continue reading
  • Yay or Nay: Is the Opioid Epidemic a Conspiracy?

    '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 ...

    ... was designed to reduce the number of newborns who arrive addicted to opiates. Another bill in New Mexico was created ... from opiates last year - that was after paying more than $600 million in fines for “misleading marketing ... continue reading
  • Newsflash: Tramadol Really is an Opiate

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

    ... evidence to classify tramadol as a controlled substance. With this re-classification came stricter ... The truth about tramadol is slowly sinking in, but many are still unaware of the dangers involved with the use ... continue reading
  • Do Safe Injection Sites Violate the Hippocratic Oath? One Nurse Says Yes

    Michael Hesch is a conscious sedation nurse. His job is to intravenously infuse fentanyl and other medicines during surgical procedures. If and when safe injection sites open in the United States, professionals like Hesch may be asked to work with ...

    ... In a recent interview , Hesch described one of the many problems he has with the safe injection site scenario. ... injecting fentanyl and other opioids . “One of the most shocking things when you start taking care of a ... continue reading
  • Supervised Heroin Shooting Galleries: Coming to a Public Housing Site?

    Vancouver is facing an unprecedented number of opioid overdoses, prompting the government's housing partners to launch a new effort in hopes of curbing this deadly trend. The goal is to get intravenous drug users to use in designated supervised ...

    ... by Portland Hotel Society, staff members are seeing more potential overdoses than they see at the Insite ... , there are people who think it's simply “enabling” substance abuse. On the other side, there are people who believe ... continue reading
  • Progressive Ways Some States Are Reducing Nonviolent Drug Offender Incarcerations

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

    ... Ohio, legislators have debated whether these laws should be changed at all. In general, states that lean more liberal politically tend to repeal laws that place nonviolent people in cells next to murderers and rapists ... continue reading
  • Will the Nation’s First Safe Injection Site Make a Positive Impact?

    It's no secret that intravenous drug use poses major risks. While other forms of drug use carry a risk of HIV and Hepatitis C transmission, people who inject drugs by far have the highest risk. To put that in perspective a little better, the U.S. ...

    ... up an injection site, it's definitely worth pointing out that much of what he's doing is illegal by state law. Despite ... fatalities occur on its property last year, many people began asking one very important question: ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage IV

    One of the hardest parts after hitting rock bottom is asking for help. This is the ultimate lesson in humility; it forces you to toss your ego aside and admit that you're not perfect. Eye of the Beholder I had a mental image of an alcoholic , and I ...

    ... car at 2 am. Perception Alters Reality Many people suffering from chemical dependency think asking for ... , you will overcome your addiction and begin living a more fulfilling life. Asking for help is the first step in ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage III

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

    ... second at my law firm and I'd just lost the most important person in my life who'd had an unexpected and ... thing. In my case, it gave me clarity and much-needed perspective - both with alcohol and with life. It helped ... continue reading
  • Don't Overestimate Your Heroin Tolerance - It Might Be the Last Thing You Do

    You may have heard about fentanyl, a synthetic opioid similar to morphine. What you may not have heard about, however, is the ultra-potent concentrated version of it: carfentanil . What We Know About Carfentanil Developed in the mid-1970s as a ...

    ... in the mid-1970s as a tranquilizer for large animals such as elephants and hippos, carfentanil is 10,000 times more potent than morphine. A lethal dose in humans is only 20 micrograms, which is the size of a grain of ... continue reading
  • A Straight Story on the Real Dangers of Xanax

    “Yeah, I was feeling uptight before he was about to pick me up for our date, so I popped a Xanax,” said my friend. I cringed. It seemed like everyone I knew was using benzos to calm down, chill out, get through a first date, or ace a ...

    ... to chew up another Xanax . And when “just one more” doesn't do the trick anymore, you take two. It ... each bind to a different spot. The result of taking them together is more than additive. It's like 1 + 1 = 4.” Look, I ... 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 ...

    ... is a stimulant drug with a reputation for making people more social, but in reality, it tends to make users paranoid ... to recognize other people's emotions. “There are many mental illnesses in which our brains' ability to ... continue reading
  • Don’t Do Me Any Favors: When Sharing Means Anything But Caring

    Tom fell off a ladder and hurt his back. His doctor gave him a prescription for Percocet , a powerful opioid painkiller. He only took a couple and now he's got ten pills left over in a bottle sitting in his medicine cabinet. If this scenario (or a ...

    ... for Disease Control and Prevention tells us that more than three out of five overdose deaths involve an ... be affected by the pills. They may simply take too many, unaware of the danger because a doctor didn't consult ... continue reading
  • Good News: Dr. Reddy's Will Produce a Cheaper Generic Form of Suboxone

    Suboxone - a medication used to treat opioid use disorder - is sadly inaccessible to a lot of people due to one simple factor: cost. But that's about to change. Last month, a supplier of generic drugs - Dr. Reddy's Laboratories - was allowed by a ...

    ... which could potentially save countless lives, because many people suffering from substance abuse don't have insurance, or if ... to accelerate reviews of generic applications so more are approved in hopes of fighting the ... continue reading
  • Voices From Both Sides of the Medical Marijuana Debate

    About eight months ago, I moved to California from Texas - two states that have very different viewpoints when it comes to legalizing medical marijuana . The drug seems to be everywhere here, smoked by people walking across the street or consumed in ...

    ... United States, it is classified as a Class I controlled substance, which makes it illegal under federal law. (Drugs in ... provides a safe and natural treatment for many types of chronic pain Medical marijuana helps reduce ... continue reading
  • Finding New Life in a Methadone Program

    After falling off a ladder, Suzanne was rushed to the hospital and examined from stem to stern. Her pelvic bone was fractured and she'd sprained her wrist, but the pain in her left shoulder was unbearable. Suzanne dislocated her shoulder and ...

    ... even started “doctor shopping” as a means to get more pills. You Just Never Know… Frightened and consumed by anxiety ... and never cut with other drugs or dangerous substances dealers often use on the streets Suzanne spent ... continue reading
  • The F-Word: 3 Fast Fentanyl Facts to Remember

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

    ... 50 times stronger than heroin. He thought he'd hit the jackpot. What Gary didn't learn very much about were the potential side effects of fentanyl, including anxiety, dizziness, dry mouth, headache, nausea and vomiting ... continue reading
  • 21 Powerful Tips to Get and Stay Sober

    The time is now to make a change, and stick to it . The following 21 tips will help you get and stay sober in 2017. 1. Live in the now. You cannot change yesterday or control tomorrow. Focus on doing your best right now. 2. Seek support in nature. ...

    ... you will not drink or use, no matter what. [ebook_insert] 11. Don't put too much pressure on one short stay in rehab. It takes more than 30 days to develop and nurture a solid foundation for sobriety. It's something you ... continue reading
  • Can a Label Really Stop the Abuse of Some Prescription Meds?

    Concerns over the risks of combining benzodiazepine and opioid prescriptions has 41 state health officials petitioning the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to place a new black box warning on both drugs' labels to warn patients and doctors of the ...

    ... tendency to confuse patients. This is troublesome, as most patients rely on their own ability to follow the ... having an unambiguous black box warning sign should be more effective at providing a clear-cut message and ... continue reading
  • Here’s What You Need to Know About the Probuphine Implant

    Probuphine is the very first breakthrough buprenorphine implant. What is buprenorphine, you ask? It's a common prescription for opioid addiction treatment and it prevents withdrawal symptoms. The Probuphine implant looks like four matchstick-size ...

    ... . Probuphine makes selling buprenorphine on the street more difficult. The implant offers a safe alternative ... patients. What Are the Cons? As with most medications and procedures, the use of Probuphine includes ... continue reading
  • Fake Xanax is Here…And It’s Deadly

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

    ... way to better function in their daily lives. But with more users, the likelihood of abuse also increases, leading some to ... to mix with other drugs. A Deadly Purchase Most buyers simply don't realize they're getting ... 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 ...

    ... to curb the nation's opioid epidemic . The most promising ideas will receive cash prizes meant to help ... are currently struggling with an opioid use disorder . More than half of those struggling aren't receiving treatment ... continue reading
  • Sorry – Drones Can't Legally Deliver Your Weed

    What happens when a new law is put into place? Dozens of other rulings follow suit to regulate the ramifications of the first law. As each new scenario pops up, lawmakers create another regulation to deal with it. The legislation process sure does ...

    ... It also ties up a ton of taxpayer money in more unnecessary paper pushing and rule creation. The Evolution of ... of this law-making domino effect. One of the most recent examples comes out of California. In the Golden State ... continue reading
  • Kicking Drugs (and Cravings) to the Curb

    If you're reading this, chances are you or your loved one is on the road to recovery, so congratulations! Thinking about ways to combat cravings and prevent relapse are among the most important steps you can take to maintain a sober lifestyle. It ...

    ... to combat cravings and prevent relapse are among the most important steps you can take to maintain a sober ... Frequently, when folks are hard on themselves, they're more inclined to use to cover up those difficult feelings. ... continue reading
  • You’re Not a Victim: 5 Ways to Break Out of This Role

    When struggling with substance abuse , it's tempting to feel like the victim. Things are rough. Your life is probably in shambles. Your loved ones have likely distanced themselves from you. Things are falling apart. The question is - how do you ...

    When struggling with substance abuse , it's tempting to feel like the victim. Things are rough. Your life is ... What do you say when someone asks how things are going? More importantly, what do you think? To get out of the ... 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 ...

    ... attitude or personality. Health Problems There are many health issues that occur as a result of ... indicators of other, unrelated problems. However, the more signs that are present, the more likely your teen is using drugs. 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 ...

    ... in order to keep them on the field. Still, many current and former NFL stars have beaten the odds. ... his fans was the extent of his drug use . Ainge was addicted to painkillers by his senior year of college, but heroin, ... continue reading
  • Does Methadone Treatment Suppress Testosterone in Opioid Addicts?

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

    ... Scientific Reports , collected data from 231 opioid addicts receiving methadone treatment in Ontario, as well as ... -acting opioids such as methadone were five times more likely to have low testosterone levels than those ... 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 ...

    ... risks and push the envelope as they seek higher highs from opiates. Indeed, many users overdose more than once - some multiple times before learning their lesson. Each time, naloxone brings them back from the brink of ... 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 . ...

    ... . The cocaine is consumed. There is an urge to take more of the drug. There is less and less ability to control ... use and addiction. Hope for Tony Does this mean cocaine addicts are beyond help, as Sean suspects? No. Far ... continue reading
  • History Channel Explores “America's War on Drugs”

    No one gets a closer view of America's war on drugs than the officers and drug traffickers who stand on opposite sides of the battle line. What really goes on behind the scenes in each camp? What kind of power struggles wage? Who's really behind the ...

    ... revealing secrets. Drug Conspiracies and Alliances With so many parties vying for power in this war, it ... as many questions as it answers. (Is the government really in bed with the drug dealers?) Find out more about the ... 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 ...

    ... rehab. Naturally, you want somewhere that's a little more exclusive to avoid running into someone who might rob ... Betty Ford Center offers a number of programs for addicted patients, and its $32,000 cost covers therapy ... 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. ...

    ... take the drug. This new pathway (or backdoor) means that, once Ted is addicted, he may not even be aware of his desire to use cocaine. Much like the lab rats, Ted will eventually lose control of his compulsion to “just ... continue reading
  • Taking Action: How to Intervene During an Overdose

    Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accident death in the United States. According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), 43,982 drug overdose deaths occurred in 2013 across the nation. That's two times the amount of overdose deaths a ...

    ... save lives. Awareness is the key to survival during most medical emergencies; that's certainly true in the case ... your body cannot handle the amount of foreign substances in your body. Although signs and symptoms vary ... continue reading
  • New Programs Aimed at Appalachian Opioid Crisis

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

    ... the Centers for Disease Control and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration have ... then implement those changes. The hope is to bring much-needed assistance to the people of Appalachia and stop the ... continue reading
  • An Ultimate Guide to Understanding the Dangers of Spice

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

    ... like weakening your immune system. That means it's more likely you'll become sick and infected by a virus ... was clearly misinformed. This drug is a high-risk substance that puts all your physical systems in danger. If ... continue reading
  • Ice Bugs: Don’t Scratch That Phantom Itch!

    Methamphetamine is an extremely addictive stimulant that causes irreversible harm to the body. Manufactured from a toxic concoction of chemicals, it damages blood vessels in the brain, destroys teeth and causes severe impairment in memory, judgment ...

    ... on or under the skin, known as formication. Many meth users feel this crawling sensation and start to ... of days, the cravings are more intense and drive the user to do whatever it takes to get more of the drug. This is ... continue reading
  • Let’s Play: How Much Do You Really Know About Drug Schedules?

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

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

    ... cravings for its euphoric effects. When the body becomes addicted to cocaine, a constant supply of the drug is ... known confound in many previous trials for psychostimulant use disorders.” Although more testing is required ... 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 ...

    ... took place at a bar and everyone drank, was too much of a temptation for me. I finally chose to put ... liquor stores . I avoided anyone who drank or used substances. I stayed away from anything that might cause a relapse ... continue reading
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