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  • Positive Workforce Drug Tests Increase for the First Time in a Decade

    A shocking new report released by Quest Diagnostics reveals that the percentage of positive drug tests among American workers has increased for the first time in over a decade. Increased stress in the workplace, a lack of job security, and the trend ...

    ... by Quest Diagnostics reveals that the percentage of positive drug tests among American workers has increased for ... and permanently damage a company's reputation. Employers also have to consider the negative effect drug ... continue reading
  • How to Treat MXE Drug Addiction

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

    ... , there are ways to make the experience a positive and motivating one. You may wish to get the ... and behaviors. The goal of CBT is to identify and change negative thoughts that lead to destructive behaviors, such as drug ... continue reading
  • America’s Drug Awareness

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

    ... from simply halting a person's drug abuse, programs empower participants to return to life within their families, workplaces, and communities, and move forward in a positive way. Addiction can be successfully managed ... continue reading
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  • Cocaine Effects on the Body: Short-Term & Side Effects

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

    ... the hope and resources to take back control. Cocaine Withdrawal When a user becomes dependent on the drug, one's body will have a strong, negative reaction to periods without the drug. The most common effect of cocaine ... continue reading
  • Meth and Pregnancy

    As methamphetamine use continues to rise, so do treatment and hospital admissions. In 2012, meth ranked first in drug-related treatment admissions in Hawaii and San Diego. 4 Females have also been found to start using meth at a younger age and use ...

    ... levels. Irritability. Aggressive behavior. The negative health effects that may occur from meth use ... management : This is a strategy used to enforce positive and healthy behavior change. When you meet treatment goals, ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Crack Use

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

    ... for both the user and innocent bystanders. Side Effects of Crack The fleeting high from smoking crack can be outweighed by a host of negative effects . Though these can vary as widely as the positive effects listed above ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of DMT Use

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

    ... is the case with LSD. The drug has a rapid onset and effects are typically felt immediately. A hallucinogenic ... of loss of control. Disorientation or confusion. Negative emotions such as fear, anxiety, grief, anger ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Fentanyl Abuse

    Alcohol and Fentanyl Abuse Alcohol and fentanyl are drugs of dependence that are dangerous and highly addictive. Frequent or long-term use can result in many negative consequences, including death. Concurrent substance use disorders involving ...

    ... the risk of negative consequences of the drugs and can lead to death. Signs and Symptoms Fentanyl Use ... a treatment team, the patient will identify triggers and plan positive coping skills to reduce the risk of relapse ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Steroid Abuse

    Anabolic steroids are synthetic drugs that mimic some of the hormonal effects that testosterone has on the body. They are sometimes used to prevent the loss of healthy body mass seen with chronic, 'wasting' conditions such as AIDS and some forms of ...

    ... detrimental effects on the mind and body when abused in isolation, and their negative consequences ... variety of therapies to promote healthy attitudes, positive behaviors, and abstinence. Group counseling : For those who ... continue reading
  • Marijuana Use and Abuse

    What Is Marijuana? Marijuana refers to the leaves, flowers, and extracts of the plant Cannabis sativa and several closely related species commonly known as hemp. Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States and is known by a ...

    ... and the effects can be difficult for the user to predict. Effects of Marijuana Abuse In addition to positive and negative intoxicating effects, marijuana abuse can also have negative effects ... and outpatient drug ... continue reading
  • The Scary Facts About Designer Drugs and Legal Highs

    Read Time: 30 minutes Introduction What Are Designer Drugs and Legal Highs? The terms “designer drugs” and “legal highs” are used to refer to substances such as synthetic marijuana and “bath salts” that are engineered in a laboratory to ...

    ... in 2014 methoxetamine was detected in 6% of the samples testing positive for designer drugs. 30 What Are the Effects of Kratom and Methoxetamine? Kratom Though few scientific studies have been conducted regarding the ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Bath Salts Use

    Are Bath Salts Harmful? The term “bath salts” refers to a family of designer recreational drugs that contain one or more synthetic chemicals related to cathinone -a stimulant found in the khat plant, with effects similar to amphetamine. The name ...

    ... with the first time they take the drug, and it does not need to be used for a long period of time or in high doses before negative side effects occur. Some adverse effects are dangerous and may result in death if they ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Carisoprodol Use

    Carisoprodol, sold under the trade names Soma and Vanadom, is a muscle relaxant that acts as a strong sedative. The drug is often prescribed clinically for the relief of muscle pain and is typically recommended for use only on a short-term basis. Is ...

    ... to learn more. Worried that you're addicted to prescription drugs? Learn the signs and how to find treatment. Side Effects There are negative effects of carisoprodol that cannot be ignored as they can become quite ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Ecstasy Abuse

    Ecstasy may make its users feel ecstatic for a time but, when abused with alcohol, it can cause seriously negative effects on your health and even kill you. Even as the name for this drug changes to the more friendly “Molly,” this does not mean ...

    ... negative effects on your health and even kill you. Even as the name for this drug ... and time perception. It produces positive feelings including euphoria, emotional warmth, empathy and increased energy. Its effects ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Xanax Abuse

    Facts on Alcohol and Xanax Alprazolam (brand name Xanax) is an anxiolytic prescription medication. Xanax is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. It belongs to the benzodiazepine class of drugs and is a central nervous system (CNS) depressant. ...

    ... class of drugs and is a central nervous system (CNS) depressant. CNS depressants slow brain activity and produce a calming effect, but they can also have harmful effects when misused or abused. These negative effects are ... continue reading
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  • You’ve Gotta Dig In: Brain Health and Drug Abuse

    While battling chemical dependency , your brain is robbed of a lot of its essential nutrients - and that causes damage. By eating the right “brain power” foods, you can repair this damage and prevent further deterioration. Mood, memory, ...

    ... blocks of healthy fats and essential for nerve cell ... and neurotransmitters. You need to drink at least eight glasses of water a day to stay properly hydrated. Additional Reading: Understanding the Effects of Long Term Drug ... continue reading
  • Decade of Drug Overdose

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maintains a publicly accessible database on causes of mortality, which is used here to shed light on the drug overdose epidemic currently ravaging the nation. Using the CDC's data from 10-plus years as ...

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maintains a publicly accessible database on causes of mortality, which is used here to shed light on the drug overdose epidemic currently ravaging the nation. Using the CDC' ... 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 ...

    ... situations. The substances decrease inhibitions, allowing you to do things you might not otherwise. How? Well, each drug works and affects its users in slightly different ways. Let's take a look at some commonly abused ... 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 ...

    ... used for treating hormonal issues) Ketamine (anesthetic used before surgery) Schedule IV Drugs classified under Schedule IV have low potential for abuse and low risk of dependence. They are used medically in the U.S. to ... 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 ...

    ... Drugs are a Mouth's Worst Nightmare Unfortunately, drugs have terrible effects on the human body …including your teeth and ... and dry mouth. Heroin: Heroin belongs to the opiate drug family and it has an indirect negative ... 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 ...

    ... -Parker must give a negative drug test before she can be released from jail and, by court order, may ... be charged under the new law after she and her newborn baby tested positive for methamphetamines . What's the End Game? ... 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 ...

    ... out against the prevalence of drugs and death currently ingrained in EDM culture is definitely a step in the right direction. Learn more about the dangerous side effects of drug abuse and addiction . Instagram Image continue reading
  • Health Insurance for Drug and Alcohol Rehab

    If you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol, it can feel overwhelming. Getting help through an addiction treatment program is a way to start the road to recovery, but the cost may seem out of reach. While you may be ...

    ... , but the cost may seem out of reach. While you may be unsure of how to pay for alcohol and drug rehab treatment programs, there are a number of ways to get assistance with paying for treatment. Many insurance companies ... continue reading
  • How Drug Addiction Hurts Relationships

    Many of the discussions surrounding addiction tend to focus on the physical and psychological effects of substance use. The effects of drug addiction, however, expand beyond these issues and further encompass one's social health and well-being. ...

    ... tend to focus on the physical and psychological effects of substance use. The effects of drug addiction, however, expand beyond these issues and further encompass one's social health and well-being. Social health refers ... continue reading
  • Counterfeit Prescription Drug Operations Thrive in the US

    Prescription drugs continue to remain big business in the United States. Last year alone, the total retail sales for prescription drugs filled at American pharmacies topped $259 billion. But as legal sales continue to rise, it's perhaps not too ...

    ... and easy way to get your hands on the medications you need, but you're also creating unnecessary and added health risks that simply aren't worth it. Learn more about the dangerous and unwanted side effects of drug abuse ... continue reading
  • What We Learned From SAMHSA's 2015 Prescription Drug Study

    The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) provides national and state-level data on the prevalence, patterns and consequences of alcohol, tobacco and illegal drug use in the U.S. It's sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health ...

    ... as heroin or alcohol, were the most likely to have misused prescription drugs. About 2.7 million had a prescription drug use disorder in the past year and about half, or 1.37 million, received treatment. Among those who ... continue reading
  • The AMA to Drug Companies: It’s Time You Stop Lying to Consumers

    Transparency: The condition of being free from pretense or deceit; readily understood; characterized by accessibility of information. According to the American Medical Association (AMA), Big Pharma lacks transparency. Consumers don't really know ...

    ... .D., explained in a statement , “Taken together, these policies would bring much needed transparency to drug pricing and provide a clear benefit to consumers struggling with exorbitant costs. There seems to be no logic - ... 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 ...

    ... a highly toxic substance that has horrifying side effects when used intravenously. The agents don't dissolve ... eating” drug, the Daily Beast and Forbes confirmed that most of the so-called users did not test positive for ... continue reading
  • San Francisco Mayor Proposes Drug Distribution to Homeless

    For San Francisco, the statistics related to opioid abuse are staggering: The Department of Public Health estimates there are 11,000 people addicted to heroin in San Francisco. It is estimated that thousands of these individuals are homeless. The ...

    ... known by its brands name Suboxone, blocks opioid receptors in the brain and prevents opioid cravings. That means people can't feel the effects of opioid drugs or overdose if they do happen to relapse. The mayor's budget ... continue reading
  • Who Are You Without Your Drug of Choice?

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

    ... - it steals your identity from within. Spinning in a cycle of chemical dependency , those battling with drugs and alcohol often don't realize one important truth: Your true identity is buried beneath the substance abuse ... 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 ...

    ... babies were admitted to Ohio hospitals each day in 2013. Health officials blamed a surge in heroin and prescription drug abuse for the ongoing crisis. During this same time period, there has also been an 841 percent ... continue reading
  • If Old Drug Ads Told the Truth

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

    ... the legitimate medicinal applications that many of these drugs had, none of them - with their potential for addiction and increasingly harmful health effects - should have been promoted casually to unsuspecting consumers ... continue reading
  • Study: Drug Forums Aren’t Very Helpful if You Want to Get Clean

    Libraries. Encyclopedias. Professors. Doctors. Pre-Internet, these were our top sources of information. If we wanted answers, this is where we looked. Fast-forward to modern times. With access to pretty much everything now at our fingertips, we've ...

    ... use, a bulk of site visitors are seeking advice on how to optimize drug use (get the “best” high), avoid side effects of withdrawal, and generally “maximize the experience of intoxication.” The thing is, any Joe Somebody ... 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 bloodstream. It typically resembles a concrete mixture and, though it varies in consistency, gray death can ... how gray death has inadvertently made its way into some drug users' lives. “You don't know what you're ... continue reading
  • Six Colossal Drug Abuse Meltdowns and How to Spot the Warning Signs

    It's no mystery that celebrities, as well as the everyday Joe, can have problems with drugs. Because celebrities are in the limelight, though, we often see the drug abuse meltdown of famous people more prominently. The following six meltdowns were ...

    ... directed toward the paparazzi, which doesn't help her image. According to some friends, she mixes her drugs and alcohol , which could account for her bizarre, erratic behavior. 5. Britney Spears Britney Spears has taken ... continue reading
  • Drug Addiction is Killing a Huge Number of Inmates

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

    ... million people worldwide who spend time in prison every year. Although alcohol abuse is as common as drug abuse, and the high mortality risks following release are similar, it does not receive the same level of attention ... continue reading
  • Drug Trafficking Across Borders

    Data on drug seizures at the U.S. border indicate an alarming volume of trafficking taking place in recent years. Since 2009, heroin seizures at the southwestern border have almost tripled, while meth seizures quintupled through 2014. Worse yet, ...

    ... have almost tripled, while meth seizures quintupled through 2014. Worse yet, cocaine and marijuana remain two of the most commonly seized drugs along our southern borders, equating to millions of pounds seized by U.S ... continue reading
  • State Sentencing: How Drug Sentencing Varies Across the U.S.

    We took a look at drug sentencing statistics from a 2013 report by the United States Sentencing Commission on sentences handed down in federal ...

    We took a look at drug sentencing statistics from a 2013 report by the United States Sentencing Commission on sentences handed down in federal courts. continue reading
  • Global Drug Prices

    The cost to get high can have a profound effect on the percentage of people active in substance abuse. The cheaper a drug is, the more accessible it ...

    The cost to get high can have a profound effect on the percentage of people active in substance abuse. The cheaper a drug is, the more accessible it is. continue reading
  • Rise or the Study Drug

    In the United States, a Schedule II drug is one that has some accepted medical use, but at the same time a high potential for abuse that may lead to severe psychological and physical dependence. Cocaine, morphine and methadone are all Schedule II ...

    ... States, a Schedule II drug is one that has some accepted medical use, but at the same time a high potential for abuse that may lead to severe psychological and physical dependence. Cocaine, morphine and methadone are all ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... 's. Customers who lined up in his “drive-through” received products like fast food as he drove by and delivered the drugs. Chandler's operation was shut down after a friend of J.H. worked with law enforcement to catch ... continue reading
  • An Uncomfortable Truth: Drug Abuse Raises STD Rates

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

    ... -drinkers to test positive for HPV. It's suggested that heavy alcohol consumption could weaken immune responses to HPV. If you or someone you know struggles with drug or alcohol misuse, help is available and recovery is ... 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 ...

    ... be a lot more straightforward without LSD. 7. James Spader Less than Zero is all about drug taking and the tragic consequences of drugs Of course, who better to play an addict than Robert Downey Jr.? The character of Rip ... 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 ...

    ... drug problem in the U.S. These powerful opioids, which were originally designed to alleviate or at least lessen the effects ... of the prescription drug-related ER visits were from anti-anxiety and anti-insomnia medications. ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Intervention

    Addiction and Drug Abuse Drug abuse is one of the most serious health risks in the United States. People of all ages can fall into a destructive habit of using illicit or prescription drugs. Over time, the human body builds up a tolerance to the ...

    ... of all ages can fall into a destructive habit of using illicit or prescription drugs. Over time, the human body builds up a tolerance to the drug, and the person therefore needs more of it to get the same high. In many ... continue reading
  • Drug and Alcohol in the Community

    Half of Americans are concerned about increased substance use in their community due to the economic impact of Coronavirus, a survey reveals. There was no way that Americans could anticipate, let alone be prepared for, the aftermath of the global ...

    ... those who are unemployed are more likely to misuse drugs and/or alcohol . For example, a recent survey by ... The pandemic has the potential to amplify these negative effects , and for those cities that do not have sufficient ... 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 ...

    ... Probation with Enforcement (HOPE) has shown that participants were less than half as likely to be taking drugs when tested, and they were three times less likely to be arrested. In fact, arrest rates were three times ... 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 ...

    ... , dark pigmentation at the injection site, damage to the veins, lesions, and bruising. Effects of IV Drug Use A common effect of intravenous drug use is the appearance of collapsed veins. Damage occurs to the lining of ... continue reading
  • Lethal Drug Combinations

    What are the Deadliest Drug Combos? Combining drugs (“polysubstance abuse”) is both common and potentially dangerous. There are various reasons why individuals use substances in combination. For some, the activity is done haphazardly, without ...

    ... effects of concurrent cocaine and heroin use, researchers have discovered that both substances have an impact on dopaminergic brain processes, making the combined effect more addictive than if using each drug ... 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 ...

    ... longer than most other drugs. But this effect comes with a price. The danger is that this drug has yet to be tested ... And because the molecular structure of the drug is constantly being altered, its psychoactive effects ... continue reading
  • Mirror Mirror: Landmark Study Paints a Portrait of Synthetic Drug Users

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

    ... of which are sold in bodegas or head shops as “legal highs,” are created in labs and meant to mimic the effects of drugs like marijuana or LSD. Though their potential dangers are widely reported, little is actually known ... continue reading
  • Three Lethal Drug Combinations That Can Kill You

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

    ... nation are keeping a close eye on this drug and hoping to control the spread. Alcohol and Benzodiazepines Alcohol and benzodiazepines both have central nervous system depressant effects. Alcohol can compound some of the ... continue reading
  • Acid Drug Abuse

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

    ... negative psychological reaction known as a “bad trip” (discussed in detail below). Signs and Symptoms Bad Trips The psychological effects ... that extremely high doses of this drug can result in fatal respiratory arrest ... 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 ...

    ... that the endomorphin drug did not impair motor coordination as morphine does. This side effect can be ... the new drug. Hope For the Future With fewer side effects and great pain-relieving results, this new drug could have ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Treatment Center

    Drug abuse treatment centers vary in a number of important ways. Finding the center that best meets your individual needs is paramount to a lasting recovery. The toll-free Drug Abuse Helpline at can assist you in finding a drug abuse treatment ...

    ... for the Entire Family Drug abuse has devastating effects on not only the addicted individual but upon those around them as well. Family intervention and therapy that takes place within a drug abuse treatment center is ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Effects

    Learn More About the Effects of Illicit Drugs Alcohol Bath Salts Cocaine Crack Crystal Meth DMT Ecstasy Flakka Kratom Hashish Heroin Inhalants LSD Ketamine Marijuana Meth Methoxetamine (MXE) Mushrooms Peyote PCP Spice Steroids Stimulants Long-term ...

    ... ) Mushrooms Peyote PCP Spice Steroids Stimulants Long-term use of drugs can have major effects on your body; however, you can avoid worsening adverse effects and even turn them around by getting the help you need. Simply ... continue reading
  • Facing Reality: 8 Shocking Drug and Alcohol Abuse Statistics

    It's no secret that drugs and alcohol can have detrimental consequences on your mind, body and life. They are indiscriminate in who they affect; anyone who abuses alcohol or drugs is at risk for developing an addiction. Although sometimes glorified ...

    ... the most dangerous and addictive drugs out there. It can lead to severe adverse health effects and life-threatening alcohol ... Drugs impair decision-making and judgment in users, which leads to a number of negative ... continue reading
  • An Analysis of Drug Sentencing Trends in the US

    The United States justice system tries drug offenses on a daily basis, primarily through state courts. Because the vast majority of drug offenses are state cases rather than federal cases, individuals convicted of these crimes are largely tried and ...

    ... . In this study, our team examined sentencing trends for three types of drug offenses: drug possession, drug trafficking, and drug communication facility. The results of our research are compiled below. Of those cases ... continue reading
  • What's Your Generation’s Drug of Choice? Let’s Find Out…

    Every generation has its trends. From hairstyles, to music, and yes, even drugs. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) has been studying the drug habits of Americans for decades. Their survey results reveal patterns of drug use among ...

    Every generation has its trends. From hairstyles, to music, and yes, even drugs. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) has been studying the drug habits of Americans for decades. Their survey results reveal ... continue reading
  • What Can I Do if My Mother or Father Is an Alcoholic or Drug Abuser?

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

    ... from the effects of the parent's mood swings and violence. It all makes for tragic listening, but here are a few of your options. If your parent beats you while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, you need ... continue reading
  • Understanding the Effects of Long Term Drug Abuse on the Brain

    Drug addiction is a chronic brain disease, and it can cause you to compulsively seek out drugs even though you're aware of the harmful results taking them can cause. Initially, your choice to take drugs is voluntary. So, if someone offers you drugs, ...

    ... to get the same feeling. This is normally referred to as a tolerance, and the danger and effects of drug abuse that leads many addicts to hospitalization and death. You can build a tolerance after the very first time you ... 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 ...

    ... Symptoms of Substance Misuse Long-Term Effects of Substance Misuse Drug Addiction Effects on Relationships Drug and Alcohol Relapse Drug and Alcohol Detox Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal Rehab Centers Near Me Using Insurance ... continue reading
  • Facts about Krokodil (the “Zombie Drug”)

    Desomorphine (dihydrodesoxymorphine) is an injectable opioid derivative of codeine . On the street and online, the drug is known as: Krokodil. Crocodile. Croc. Krok. Russian Magic. Poor Man's Heroin. The name “krokodil” is thought to either ...

    ... potent sedative and pain-relieving effects in the user. Krokodil has a very fast onset of about 2-3 minutes and lasts for approximately 2 hours. The drug, while cheap, produces a relatively short high, and various media ... continue reading
  • Mental Health and Drug Abuse

    Chronic drug abuse and mental health disorders are closely related. Individuals who have psychiatric disorders, such as PTSD, bipolar disorder, or depression, may be more likely to abuse substances, and people who abuse substances may be more likely ...

    ... can play a role in the development of both disorders. 1, 11 How to Identify a Co-Occurring Mental Health and Drug Abuse Problem Co-occurring disorders can occur for a number of reasons, such as: 1, 3, 11 Common risk ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Signs

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

    ... but are usually accompanied by dilated pupils, watery eyes, diarrhea and panic. Drug abuse signs for prescription drugs are accompanied by depression and often psychotic episodes. If you or someone you know suffers ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Help

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

    ... assist the team to formulate a more personally relevant recovery format and individualized drug treatment plan. Drug Abuse Help Beyond Detox Drug abuse help extends far beyond managing the initial withdrawal symptoms. We ... 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 to ...

    ... course, the method isn't the only difference. This new non-invasive test could change the world of drug testing and analytics. How Does it Work? The new test, called paper spray mass spectrometry , analyzes the molecules ... continue reading
  • 7 Crazy Ways Addicts Fund Their Drug Habits

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  • Drug Abuse Centers

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  • Gabapentin: New Drug of Abuse for People in Treatment? Risk vs. Reward

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  • Drug Abuse Recovery Program

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  • 7 Things You Don’t Realize About Teenage Drug Abuse

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  • The 20 Countries With the Harshest Drug Laws in the World

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  • 30 Famous Athletes Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

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  • Peyote Drug Addiction

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  • A Decade of American Drug Use

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  • Drug Abuse Assessment

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