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  • 20 Genius Minds and the Drugs they Were Addicted To

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

    ... the same prescription drugs —and her alcohol consumption. It seems implausible that her death was due to any ... , King used cocaine, Xanax , Valium , NyQuil, beer, tobacco, and marijuana to get him through the day. His ... 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 ...

    ... staff responded to 2,026 overdoses in 2016 and almost 600 in 2017. The Canadian housing authority ... Unfortunately, it seems the rock bottom for thousands of people is death. So what do you think? Are safe injection sites an ... 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 ...

    ... men has side effects including mood swings, fatigue and erectile dysfunction. At Hamilton's John Street Clinic, ... office showed that the rate of death for those using Suboxone and methadone as part of opioid substitution ... continue reading
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  • Ruthless Drug Dealer Ordered to Pay for His Client’s Funeral

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

    ... was sentenced to nearly 17 years in prison after pleading guilty to drug possession and distribution of the heroin and fentanyl that lead to J.H.'s death. But the story doesn't end there. Chandler's sentencing included a ... 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 seen an increasingly large number of drug-related fatalities. To 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 ... 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 ...

    ... 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 classification regulations. Red Tape to ... continue reading
  • Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About a Resurgence of Cocaine in the U.S.?

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

    ... a small amount of cocaine has been proven to cause an irregular heart rhythm, elevated blood pressure and death from a heart attack. Recently, its use has become even more dangerous. To increase profits, drug dealers ... continue reading
  • Heartbroken Parents Use Obituaries to Raise Addiction Awareness

    When a loved one passes away, you want to remember them at their best. You want others to remember them at their best. You carefully select the words for their obituary to reflect their life's contributions and all the love and affection you feel ...

    ... killer, this lingo is often recognized as code for cause of death. For some, however, this isn't enough. They want to send the message loud and clear. Joran Leavitt's mother, Robyn, wrote: Leavitt, Jordan. Webster: Lost ... continue reading
  • Introducing the Drug That Can Kill With a Single Dose

    Just when we'd thought we'd heard it all, an even more lethal drug concoction popped up on our radar. It's just the latest killer in the opioid epidemic ravaging our country. Dubbed “gray death” by authorities, this high-potency cocktail is ...

    ... into your skin, making its way into your bloodstream. It typically resembles a concrete mixture and, though it varies in consistency, gray death can be injected, snorted, swallowed, or smoked. So, why in the world would ... continue reading
  • Heroin's Death Toll Hits an All-Time High in New York

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

    ... of Queens died at the hands of heroin last year - that's 28 more deaths than Queens saw in 2012. Affluent areas of the north Bronx and eastern Queens have also become hot spots for heroin, a result of heavy opioid pill ... 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 ...

    ... 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 the scary facts on this ... continue reading
  • 5 Naloxone Myths Debunked

    Naloxone History Lesson Naloxone is not a new medication. In fact, emergency responders have used the medication since the 1960s. Today, worried parents keep naloxone on hand, law enforcement officers carry the medication in case of life-threatening ...

    ... the injectable form of naloxone takes effect much quicker than the nasal spray. If the signs and symptoms indicate a life-or-death emergency, giving the medication via syringe is a better option. Myth #4: Naloxone is ... 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 ...

    ... can concoct a cheap version of desomorphine from everyday products like cough medicine, paint thinner, light fluid and the phosphorus scraped off a match book - among other things. The resulting product is a drug called ... 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 ...

    ... legalize the drug for medical use . The results also affirm the importance of including both men and women in future studies on marijuana's effectiveness. Withdrawal: Women are likely to experience more severe withdrawal ... continue reading
  • Fentanyl: The Newest Lethal Injection Ingredient

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

    ... powdery substance can be lethal. Even accidental exposure can cause death. Voluntarily consuming a dose of fentanyl is like walking into the death chamber with Dozier and asking the guard to “make that a cocktail for two ... 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 ...

    ... see the benefits of using methadone, as it has the potential to reduce the risk of overdose, death, and criminal activity. Myth #2 - Methadone is Just Another Addictive Substance People on a stable dose of methadone ... continue reading
  • It’s Official: Heroin is Deadlier Than Bullets

    It looks like our nation has found a “bullet” deadlier than the traditional calibers. As of 2015, heroin is killing more people than guns. This shift in statistics has happened rather quickly. In 2007, gun homicides outnumbered heroin deaths 5 ...

    ... - traditional opioid painkillers . For the first time in decades, there were more deaths due to heroin than painkillers like hydrocodone and OxyContin. Why's Heroin So Popular? According to the CDC, 2015 saw more than ... 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 ...

    ... there's hope on the horizon. Help is on the Way In May of this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Probuphine, the first buprenorphine implant for the maintenance treatment of opioid dependence - a ... 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 ...

    ... analyzing the relationship between history of benzodiazepine prescription and the associated risk of death from a drug overdose , found that the risk of death from drug overdose significantly increased in a synergistic ... continue reading
  • Record-Breaking Number of Overdoses Traced Back to Bad Heroin

    A dangerous batch of heroin circulating throughout the city of Chicago has caused a record-breaking 74 overdoses in the span of just three days. When the numbers began to climb at such an astonishing rate, medical professionals began to suspect a ...

    ... Drug Administration also issued a nationwide alert back in March as a response to fentanyl and heroin related overdose deaths that took place in other states. Additional Reading: Taking Action: How to Intervene During an ... 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 ...

    ... drug users a safety net, allowing them to take more risks and push the envelope as they seek higher highs from opiates. ... ultimately saves lives, and that the nation's death toll from heroin and prescription opioids would ... continue reading
  • Rapper’s Shocking On-Stage Antics are Cause for Concern

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

    ... aback, but it's the lyrics to Stitches' music and his on-stage cocaine-fueled antics that have local parents ... who are willing to pay up to $60 for meet-and-greets with him after local performances. The rapper has also ... continue reading
  • What's In My Baggie? Documentary Highlights the Danger of Mystery Drugs Sold at Music Festivals

    Let's face it; drug users never really know what their drug dealers are selling them. But now more than ever, users are reeling from the negative impact of “misrepresented” drugs being sold. And music festivals are by far one of the most ...

    ... The Bunk Police Recognizing that drug-related deaths at music festivals is an increasingly prevalent ... What's In My Baggie is meant to educate the masses and, hopefully, save lives in the process. The filmmakers are even ... 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 ...

    ... of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh. One-hundred-fifty men in ... were addicted to opioids for at least a year and 50 healthy participants with no addiction history. After surveying ... continue reading
  • The 7 Most Addictive Prescription Medications

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

    ... prescribed. Some people enjoy the feelings these drugs provide and thus take more of a drug than is necessary, ... over an extended period of time. Acetaminophen can even cause death if taken in too large a dose at one time. ... 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 ...

    ... number of people on prescription painkillers. Abuse of morphine, an extremely powerful and addictive opioid results in thousands of overdose deaths each year. Like other opiates, morphine has its drawbacks. In fact, the ... continue reading
  • Dying to Get High: Half of 2014 U.S. Drug Deaths Caused By Opiates

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

    ... each day. Although those between ages 25 to 54 comprised the majority of the deaths between 1999 and 2013, there was also a seven-fold increase in the number of people ages 54 to 64 who died from opioid overdoses . ... continue reading
  • Turns Out Tamper-Resistant Painkillers Aren’t Helping

    Prescription drug abuse has become an epidemic. Nearly 5 million Americans, or 1.9 percent of the population, use pain relievers - or opioids - for non-medical purposes, according to a 2012 survey by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ...

    ... -resistant formulations of drugs do not solve the problems of opioid addiction and overdose . In addition to increasing evidence that the overall number of deaths had not decreased, it was found that only a small portion ... continue reading
  • Methadone Maintenance is Finding Success Behind Bars

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

    ... groups were offered support. That support came in the form of financial assistance, professional care referrals and/or logistic help meant to ensure access to methadone maintenance treatment facilities. Following Up Post ... 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 ...

    ... s ear. Unfortunately for Dave, he believed his friend and they spent the next hour smoking Spice . The seizure ... what health risks are in store. Anything from dizziness to death are possibilities. What we can be sure of is ... 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 ...

    ... support legislation that benefits their bottom line. But are painkiller manufacturers generating an epidemic of addiction and death in an effort to increase profits? Are they making money at the expense of American lives ... 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 ...

    ... , when misused, can result in overdose . The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells us that more than three out of five overdose deaths involve an opioid. When someone who hasn't received a prescription starts ... continue reading
  • New Drug Testing Technology Makes Urine Samples a Thing of the Past

    Breathe on this. Spit on that. Provide a urine sample. You know the drill. The methods of drug testing are relatively common and well-known. From breathalyzers to blood tests, most people are familiar with the process…but all that's about it ...

    ... a viable test for drivers? That's something that remains to be seen. What we do know is this quick and effective method is likely set to revolutionize the world of drug testing. Additional Reading: We're One Step Closer ... continue reading
  • Study: Medical Marijuana Cuts Use of Prescription Drugs

    A recent study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, revealed medical marijuana users take fewer other medicines - such as opiates. Researchers monitored the use of prescription medication by participants enrolled in ...

    ... a 25 percent lower annual average opioid death rate . The Chicago Tribune reported all of ... of this is that people are taking control of their own health, and most providers would agree that's a good thing.” However, he ... continue reading
  • What is Ativan? Is Ativan Addictive? Dangers of Ativan Abuse

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

    ... it rank? A top sign of addiction is that the substance has become central to your day. If getting and using the drug takes top priority, you likely have a problem. Indicators of Ativan addiction include: Cravings: Do you ... 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 ...

    ... heroin use has also been on the rise and heroin overdose death rates have increased by 20.6 percent from ... as a great weapon in the fight against the opioid epidemic. And let's be honest, we need all the weapons we can ... continue reading
  • The Price Tag of Heroin in America: $51 Billion

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

    ... . They say it's the deadliest drug worldwide. Stats from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention support these claims. They report heroin-related overdose death s have more than quadrupled since 2010. Between 2014 ... continue reading
  • What’s New in the World of Tamper-Proof Bottles? (Does it Matter?)

    One in 20 Americans are popping pills that have been prescribed for someone else. And the CDC reports that most misused prescription opioids are obtained from family members - many of them stolen from medicine cabinets. We Need Solutions This abuse ...

    ... it is to limit that access. Larry Twersky, CEO of TimerCap, LLC, noted , “Now you have a detection and a deterrent because people know that they can get caught by opening up your medication.” But Do Bottles Really Work ... continue reading
  • New Experimental Opioid Makes Some Awfully Big Promises

    For many, getting hooked on opioids starts innocently enough. Typically, it's a way to find relief from chronic pain. But the feeling of euphoria - or “high” - that accompanies each dose is ultimately what keeps users coming back for more, ...

    ... was snorted or injected. What's the Bottom Line? Though NKTR-181 isn't yet approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the company plans to discuss its next steps with the agency in the near future. They're ... continue reading
  • Portrait of the American Overdose: Do You Fit the Profile?

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

    ... of all fatal overdoses. Between 2010 and 2015, heroin overdose deaths tripled. Ranking third on the list ... the risk of overdose. For example, combining opiates with alcohol can cause respiration to slow to a lethal rate. ... continue reading
  • 5 Movies That Will Make You Never Want to Do Drugs Again

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

    ... any depiction of juvenile heroin use is unlikely to be pretty. But this tale of addiction, robbery, prostitution and death makes for one of the most chilling portrayals of drug use in any movie. Starring a young Leonardo ... 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 ...

    ... really what they are created for), they show their true colors. Usage of these drugs have serious side effects, addiction and even death. What's Really Inside? Users of so-called “legal” drugs don't know what is in them ... 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. ...

    ... blood flow is restricted, diminishing his ability to think, remember and function. Ted's now at risk for stroke, seizure and - if too much constriction occurs - death. As the effects of cocaine spread through Ted's body ... continue reading
  • Everything You Need to Know Inhalant Abuse

    A new study has found an unusual link between inhalant abuse and head injuries, mental illness and traumatic experiences. The findings of this new study, published in the latest issue of the journal PLOS One , came from a joint research project ...

    ... Abuse Getting medical help to treat an inhalant abuse problem could literally mean the difference between life and death. Although treatment centers that solely focus on inhalant abuse may be hard to find, there are ... continue reading
  • Disguising Danger: 7 Marijuana Edibles Side Effects Shockers

    Lots of the people who have tried marijuana have done so in the form of snacks like pot cookies or brownies. Since one of the effects of pot is an increased appetite, it's only natural that the “ganja-preneurs” are marketing more marijuana ...

    ... earlier this month after eating five times the recommended dosage of edibles. And last year, Wyoming college student Levy Thamba Pongi jumped to his death after eating a marijuana cookie. A coroner ruled that “marijuana ... 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 ...

    ... hobby” they tried together would prove fatal. Ryan and Grant died within 48 hours of each other, both ... legal to own in the United States, but with pink death-tolls mounting, officials are moving to change this status. The ... 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 ...

    ... about the harsher reactions, like experiencing tightness in the chest, seizures, irregular heartbeat, trouble breathing and death. Another key piece of information Gary missed was that fentanyl should never be mixed with ... continue reading
  • Here’s What Happened While Everyone Else Was Focused on Opiate Abuse

    With the opioid epidemic sweeping the nation, heroin and painkiller abuse have been in the spotlight for treatment providers and law enforcement. While all eyes have been focused on this front, we may have ignored another battle that needs greater ...

    ... for days without eating or sleeping, causing paranoid and aggressive behavior. Unlike opioids, which affect the user's breathing and can cause instant overdose and death , meth has a lower potential for overdose. But ... continue reading
  • Smoking Can be a Serious Pain…in the Back

    If you have chronic back pain and are a long-time smoker, the latter may be causing the former, according to a study released by the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. A New Worry for Smokers The study, which was published in ...

    ... Disease Control and Prevention also names smoking as the number one cause of preventable deaths. The Bottom ... can quickly escalate from regular use to dependency and addiction if not closely monitored. Back pain is ... continue reading
  • Arkansas Woman Drowns after Huffing Duster

    Duster, also known as canned or compressed air, is used to clean pieces of electronic equipment or other sensitive devices. Unfortunately, duster is also a product commonly abused. Known as “ huffing ,” users inhale the chemical-laden compressed ...

    ... Crime Lab performed an autopsy to determine the cause of death. Experts determined it was a drowning brought on by ... are the fourth most-abused substance after alcohol, tobacco and marijuana. The number of lives claimed by ... continue reading
  • The 10 Most Insane Drug Addict Movie Characters

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

    ... Scarface is an iconic film about the drug trade in Miami, and it's a coked-up Tony Montana who gets the insane label ... character to the limit, ultimately resulting in death from heart failure. 8. William Lee Naturally ... 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 ...

    ... Health Vision Problems - Morphine can impair our vision and change our ability to see colors. Painful Urination ... for morphine abuse spreads this deadly disease. Death - Heroin and morphine share the top slot for most ... continue reading
  • Methadone Programs: A Bad Treatment Plan for Addicted Parents?

    When it comes to the negative effects of substance abuse , addiction casts a wide net. Addicted parents, in particular, are faced with a unique set of challenges, as an opiate dependency ultimately affects the whole family. For thousands of parents ...

    ... heroin users in general. Thirty-two (25 percent) of the 130 families in the study experienced the death of an addicted parent, and in 2 cases both parents had died before the 10-year follow-up interview. This compares to ... continue reading
  • Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There’s Good News and Bad News

    It's no secret that the abuse of prescription opioid painkillers, like OxyContin and Percocet , has reached epidemic levels in the United States. But a recently published study highlights a strange trend: Non-medical use of opiates has decreased, ...

    ... For this study, researchers surveyed 472,000 people on their opioid use between 2003 and 2012, then examined national statistics on cause of death during the same time period. The rate of non-medical use of opioids fell ... continue reading
  • Opiates, Overdose and Permanent Brain Damage

    Permanent brain damage due to an opiate overdose is a very real, life-altering consequence of opiate abuse . The dramatic increase of opiate-related deaths is now demanding public attention, but the consequence of permanent brain damage remains ...

    ... to severe retardation, a vegetative state, and death The Importance of Rescue Breathing If you ... arrive, tilt the victim's head back, pinch the nose, and seal their mouth with yours. Breathe out two short breaths, then ... continue reading
  • IV Drug Abuse: 3 Potentially Deadly IV Injection Sites

    The dangers of intravenous drug use are well documented. Although most available information focuses on the very high risk of overdose and the diseases associated with sharing needles (both very real dangers), injecting drugs can also be incredibly ...

    ... safe under any circumstances. However, these three injection sites considerably heighten the risk of irreparable bodily harm and death. Additional Reading: Dangers of IV Drug Use: What You Need to Know About Track Marks continue reading
  • Misery Loves Company…Especially Among Addicts

    In a healthy relationship, each individual wants what is good for the other. You want good things to happen to your friend. You hope for the best for your spouse. You do things for your friends and help them take actions that will be beneficial. ...

    ... , we worry that our friends will judge us. With a different perspective on life, our old pals may look down on us and even try to tell us that we have a problem. This isn't what they we to hear. Instead, we prefer that ... continue reading
  • 4 Loopholes We Use to Justify Staying Addicted

    Justification is the effort to prove that our behaviors are valid or reasonable, and it is human nature to do so. In the field of psychology, this human tendency is related to cognitive dissonance. Simply put, cognitive dissonance is an ...

    ... your day-to-day. There are tools that have proven successful in assisting patients in developing a new routine and feeling more in control of their addiction. The first step to overcome this pattern is to admit that help ... 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 ...

    ... to 8,260 overdose deaths in 2013. During this same time, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services ... . In simple terms; heroin's availability, use and consequences are all dramatically increasing. Chuck Rosenberg, who ... continue reading
  • Smoking Around Kids is More Dangerous Than You Think

    Most of us know that exposure to secondhand smoke can produce serious consequences for unborn children, including low birth weight, heart defects and learning disorders. But the potential ramifications of secondhand smoke certainly don't stop at ...

    ... and respiratory issues including shortness of breath and frequent asthma attacks. There is also a greater risk for sudden infant death ... average of 14.2 years off their life, and the lost productivity cost the U.S. economy ... 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 ...

    ... of the infraction. According to policy language, students may be suspended, expelled, forced to attend drug counseling and 12-Step meetings for possessing over-the-counter medication. Although an extreme example, it's an ... 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 ...

    ... cocaine addicts are content to repeat the same mistakes over and over again. Consequences like going to jail or losing ... .” Seventy-five participants, 50 of whom abused cocaine and 25 of whom did not, took part in the ... continue reading
  • Can’t Sleep? Try Putting Down the Marijuana (Seriously)

    For as long as she could remember, people told Sue that marijuana helped you sleep. So once she started having problems catching z's, she decided to give weed a try. Sue smoked pot every night for nearly three months, but for some reason, the ...

    ... s Not a Sleep-Aid As of 2016, half our nation's states have legalized marijuana for medical and/or recreational use. More and more patients are turning to marijuana to ease ailments, but a recent study shows sleep issues ... continue reading
  • New Bone Loss Study Points the Finger at Marijuana

    “We have known for a while that the components of cannabis can affect bone cell function, but we had no idea up until now of what this might mean to people who use cannabis on a regular basis.” - Prof. Stuart Ralston , Centre for Genomic and ...

    ... , we suffer from osteoporosis, making our bones brittle and fragile. Bones may break when doing normal day-to ... around 25 states have legalized marijuana for medical and/or recreational use - a number that will most ... continue reading
  • Let’s Clear the Air About Secondhand Marijuana Smoke

    Picture this : You're at a friend's house and someone lights up a cigarette. Sitting next to her, you inhale the secondhand smoke for one minute. Over the next half-hour, your blood vessels are affected by the smoke, impaired as they recover from ...

    ... the smoke, impaired as they recover from the exposure. Now picture this : You're at a friend's house and someone lights a joint. Sitting next to this person, you inhale secondhand marijuana smoke for 60 seconds. For the ... continue reading
  • 5 Reasons Driving on Benzos is Just a Bad Idea

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

    ... both. Recent research shows that benzodiazepines - like Xanax and Vailum - increase the risk of traffic accidents by ... group of symptoms that includes dizziness, light-headedness and unsteadiness. It's also a side effect of ... 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 ...

    ... 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 to get help? Now, let's add a new ... 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 ...

    ... sure does keep policymakers busy. It also ties up a ton of taxpayer money in more unnecessary paper pushing and rule creation. The Evolution of Marijuana Laws The legalization of marijuana is a perfect sample of this law ... continue reading
  • True or False: Ready to Put Your Fentanyl Knowledge to the Test?

    Fentanyl. This potent opiate has added a whole new level of danger to the opioid crisis, causing a staggering number of overdoses and deaths. Part of its overall threat is the lack of public knowledge and awareness. So, how much do you know about ...

    ... level of danger to the opioid crisis, causing a staggering number of overdoses and deaths. Part of its overall threat is the lack of public knowledge and awareness. So, how much do you know about fentanyl? You're about ... continue reading
  • 15-Minutes of Narcan Internet Fame Leaves Permanent Scars

    Imagine overdosing in public, prompting police officers to administer Narcan - the powerful opiate antidote - to save your life. Now imagine this entire experience being captured on video and streamed across the Internet. Strangers witnessing your ...

    ... happened in public they can do what they want with it,” Bonner said. “They got him through the overdose and now they're prosecuting him when what he really needs is help.” The police department defended its decision to ... continue reading
  • Women More Likely to Get Hooked on Cocaine - But Why?

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

    ... also more likely to use cocaine at an earlier age, take drugs in larger quantities, have greater difficulty staying sober and are at an increased risk of relapse . But why? Well, the reason seems to come down to biology ... continue reading
  • New Study: Amphetamine Abuse and This Old Heart

    It's called speed for a reason. Amphetamines, like Ritalin or Adderall, accelerate your heart rate. They send your nervous system into overdrive. Guess what else it speeds up? The aging process. That's right. Pumping your system full of amphetamine ...

    ... the brain is interrupted, a stroke may occur. This can result in permanent loss of physical and mental abilities, coma, or death. Heart valve disease: As the heart ages, the valves may not operate fully. This decreases ... continue reading
  • How to Get Off Suboxone: 3 Steps to Take When Quitting

    Approved by the FDA in 2002, buprenorphine - brand name Suboxone and Zubsolv - is now the “go-to” drug for medication-assisted treatment with opiate addiction. Unlike methadone treatment, it can be prescribed by physicians in the comfort of ...

    ... . If you continue to take more, it doesn't create any additional effects. This reduces the risk of dependency, abuse, and side effects. It's also long-acting, so many stable, low-dose patients don't have to take it every ... continue reading
  • 4 Physical Signs You're Addicted to Ritalin

    Ritalin is a stimulant drug used to treat attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and narcolepsy. It's classified by the Drug Enforcement Administration as a Schedule II narcotic — meaning it's in the ...

    ... when his body experienced withdrawal . Effects can include increased heart rate and elevated blood pressure, even leading to stroke or sudden death. Sign #3 Nutrition Deficiency Sarah's sister was worried about her; she ... continue reading
  • 5 Scary Facts You Didn’t Know About Prescription Opioid Painkillers

    An opioid epidemic has swept the nation. Every day in America, approximately 50 people die from overdosing on prescription painkillers. Over the course of a year, that number grows to 18,250—which is enough to fill every seat at Madison Square ...

    ... that prescription opioid abuse cost the U.S. an estimated 55 billion dollars in premature death, healthcare costs, and criminal justice costs. People who abuse opioid painkillers generally tend to use medical services ... continue reading
  • Shocking Report: Smoking Weed Can Damage Your DNA

    Scientists are finding “convincing evidence” that marijuana can damage DNA and even cause certain forms of cancer. These revelations are more than alarming, considering that Alaska, Oregon, Colorado, Washington and the city of Washington, D.C. ...

    ... Michigan's 2014 Monitoring the Future survey are out and show no significant increase in marijuana use among ... 8 th graders, 16.6 percent among 10 th graders and 21.2 percent among 12 th graders. There are two ... continue reading
  • Dangerous Additives: What's Really in Your Cocaine?

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

    ... At high doses it can stop the interaction between cardiovascular muscles and certain sodium ion channel proteins, causing sudden cardiac arrest and death. However, many cocaine-related fatalities are not a direct result ... 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 ...

    ... impact. In 2011, Denmark recorded 285 drug overdose deaths. In 2012, the number was down to 210 ... participants were women 4,564 referrals to other social and health services 488 graduates of Onsite detox program Will ... continue reading
  • What Does Ecstasy do to Your Mind and Body?

    The night started off exactly like the last few Saturdays…Chloe entered the club with her girlfriends. Soon after, each of them took a bundle of ecstasy. Not long after washing down her dose with water, Chloe felt the familiar effects of the drug. ...

    ... can include heart attack, brain hemorrhage, blood clots, kidney failure and death. Is This What Ecstasy Feels Like? Continued use of ecstasy will cause Chloe and Parker to develop a tolerance for the drug. But taking ... continue reading
  • The Dangerous (and Deadly) Effects of Spice

    Natural ingredients, legal use, lower cost…it must be healthy, right? The deadly misconception above has led to a growing number of fatalities brought on by synthetic or “designer” drugs. Use of synthetic marijuana - sold under names like ...

    ... reported large-spread usage resulting in severe reactions and deaths across the nation. In fact, 15 synthetic cannabinoid-related deaths were reported nationwide between January and May of 2015. Use of designer drugs has ... 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 ...

    ... average charge also jumped from $31,514 to $57,897 and was four times most costly than non-NAS infants. The high ... fully shielded from their addicted parents . Having a healthy and happy child starts with you. If you're a ... 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 ...

    ... she'd have to endure some fairly intense pain and a lot of physical therapy. While in the hospital, ... them. She figured, why not? They gave her a boost of energy and mentally made her feel like a champ, so why let them go ... 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 ...

    ... Whether these claims are true or not, the companies did succeed at growing sales and profits. And, as their numbers grew, so did the death tolls . From 2000 to 2015, Ohio drug overdose fatalities increased by 642 percent ... 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 ...

    ... build up on the valves of the heart.” Hersch also pointed out that these infections can last for months - and that's in a hospital setting where the patients are being treated properly. When asked if working at a safe ... continue reading
  • Police Are Gearing Up to Face Down a Couple of Killers

    Guns won't help. A bullet-proof vest won't cut it. No badge, baton, hat, or handcuffs will stop the threat. The latest danger faced by law enforcement officials is a class of drugs that can kill on contact. Standard-issue equipment is no longer ...

    ... many areas of the country. From 2014 to 2015, deaths involving synthetic opiates such as fentanyl increased by almost 75 percent. And here's the kicker; fentanyl and carfentanil pose a threat to more than just the people ... 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 ...

    ... for opiate addiction - accounted for one in four prescription opioid deaths in 2014. Methadone rose to popularity among certain physicians and clinics when they discovered so many patients abusing OxyContin prescribed to ... 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 ...

    ... was open as the North Carolina air blew in. How could her baby brother be in jail? Her parents retained a lawyer and were trying to get him released to a rehab. A few years later, Allison dialed the phone to wish Alex a ... 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 humans is only 20 micrograms, which is the size of a grain of sand or the weight of about ten snowflakes. And the scary thing is, it doesn't necessarily need to be intentionally ingested. “If a person just gets it on ... continue reading
  • Should People Who Abuse Alcohol Qualify for Liver Transplants?

    Three years ago, one of my uncles - a long-time alcoholic - was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. He was told he didn't qualify for a new one, so he continued to drink - all the way until his death a few short months later. Alcoholism and Liver ...

    ... drink - all the way until his death a few short months later. Alcoholism and Liver Disease In 2015, more than ... This begs the question: Should people who are alcohol-dependent qualify for new livers, especially over those ... 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 ...

    ... overdose deaths involving opioids has quadrupled. As most of us know, drug addiction destroys lives and tears ... do that. The shade was in a limited edition palette and was not planned to be re-ordered.” This comment is ... continue reading
  • Do I Have to Hit Rock Bottom Before I Get Help?

    No! Hitting rock bottom is not a prerequisite to seeking help for substance abuse; help is available whenever you are ready for it. Unfortunately, statistics show that many people who are struggling with substance abuse will not seek help until they ...

    ... I have a heart condition, diabetes, liver failure or kidney failure and I do not seek help for that disorder am I not signing my own death sentence? The comparison to such physical disorders is valid. Substance addiction ... continue reading
  • Study Indicates Pot Really Can Lower Your IQ

    This is your brain on pot: A new study has found that regular marijuana use is linked to both lower IQ scores and impaired decision making skills. It's All in Your Mind The findings from the University of California Davis Centre for Neuroscience ...

    ... your brain on pot: A new study has found that regular marijuana use is linked to both lower IQ scores and impaired decision making skills. It's All in Your Mind The findings from the University of California Davis Centre ... continue reading
  • Overdosing on Sleep Medication is a Big Problem

    According to a recent survey , 69 percent of primary care patients complain of insomnia and other sleep issues. To solve the problem, doctors often prescribe sleeping pills or hypnotic medications. However, many people end up using these drugs for ...

    ... basic that putting in powerful chemicals to do one thing has knock-on effects elsewhere.” One safe and alternate solution for sleep problems is professional counseling. The most effective type of sleep-related counseling ... continue reading
  • The 20 Countries with the Harshest Drug Laws in the World

    United States drug laws are often considered harsh, but the penalties for carrying or trafficking drugs in other countries, particularly those in Central America, South America, and Southeast Asia, can be much more severe. Here are twenty countries ...

    ... almost always results in the death penalty. Saudi Arabia and judicial authorities are not inclined to make exceptions. Alcohol use is illegal in Saudi Arabia, and possession or use of alcohol or drugs can be punished ... 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 ...

    ... way to get the help you need. Even if you take drugs as recommended, you can build up a dependency, and this can be physical or psychological. With a psychological addiction , you just think you need the drug to function ... continue reading
  • The Damage Done: 6 Long-Term Reminders of Meth Abuse

    Methamphetamine is an extremely toxic and vile drug that produces an initial rush of euphoria and a massive boost of energy. After that first encounter, users can quickly find themselves chasing that same “good” feeling over and over again, but ...

    ... quickly decreases. This can lead to becoming sick more frequently and other physical consequences that can include liver damage, heart disease, stroke, coma and even death. Talk to Us : Have something to add about meth ... 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 ...

    ... the FDA, so as a result, the purchaser really doesn't know what he or she is buying. And because the molecular structure of the drug is constantly being altered, its psychoactive effects become more unpredictable. It's ... continue reading
  • More Working Class Americans Hooked on Cognitive-Boosting Drugs

    I had just started studying for the Bar Exam when I realized the extent of legal information I'd have to retain wasn't humanly possible. Terrified of failing, I sought outside help in the form of a small white pill: Adderall . Within minutes of ...

    ... my brain processed information like I was a superhero. In fact, my 15-hour study days seemed to fly by, and I found I couldn't wait to crack open my Property textbook the next morning. Now, years into my career, I often ... continue reading
  • Dangers of IV Drug Use: What You Need to Know About Track Marks

    Certain drugs can be injected into the muscle, under the skin, or directly into a vein. The later is the most popular method, as the intense effects of the drug occurs very quickly. Those that use this method will begin to show marks on their body ...

    ... the injection site, damage to the veins, lesions, and bruising. Effects of IV Drug Use A common effect of ... parts of the body, such as the neck, groin, hands and feet. Many IV drug users are conscious of their track marks ... continue reading
  • Addiction in the Medical Field: Balancing Healing and Hiding

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

    ... . However, when you're quite literally dealing with life-and-death situations, there's no room for addiction. Period. Working with the state and entering into an approved addiction treatment program are essential steps ... continue reading
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