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  • 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 ...

    ... the drug abuse signs affiliated with the repeated use of cannabis. The drug abuse signs associated with ... , friends or associates showing these drug abuse signs need professional care. The Drug Abuse Helpline at stands ... 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 ...

    ... the brain, potentially causing a range of neurological problems or a stroke. Due to the high risk of overdose and the risks associated with shared needles, using drugs intravenously is never safe under any circumstances ... 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 ...

    ... associated with substance use. Substance use and addiction can impact mental disorders . People who abuse ... a Mental Health and Drug Abuse Problem Treatment for co-occurring disorders begins with a comprehensive intake and ... continue reading
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  • Prescription Drug Abuse Problem

    For some time now, the abuse of illicit substances such as marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin has been a persistent national problem. In more recent years, however, our country has seen an alarming rise of prescription drug abuse - now ...

    ... Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), along with several health organizations, has launched a national initiative to educate the public about the growing danger of prescription drug abuse and its associated problems. Their ... continue reading
  • DMT Drug Abuse

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

    ... of abuse in the 1960s and has regained popularity among drug users within the last decade 1,2 . The history of human consumption of DMT dates back hundreds of years. Brews containing DMT have long been associated with ... continue reading
  • Drug Use | Myths

    There are many myths associated with drug use and abuse. Debunking these myths is the first step in understanding how drug use affects society and how we can tackle the problems associated with it head-on. Below are just a few of the myths that need ...

    There are many myths associated with drug use and abuse. Debunking these myths is the first step in understanding how drug use affects society and how we can tackle the problems associated with it head-on. Below are just ... 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 ...

    ... substance abuse or haven't crossed that line yet, the rules of science always apply. Don't risk your life with lethal drug ... has an addiction problem? Find out in less than 5 minutes with our confidential survey ... continue reading
  • What Could Illicit Drug Synthesis Expose You To?

    For the 44 million Americans aged 12 and older who used illicit drugs in 2014, the associated health risks are grave. But there's another risk that accompanies illegally manufactured substances - the exposure to hazardous chemicals. Clandestine drug ...

    ... often affecting urban and industrial areas. Below, we'll look at the specific health risks associated with the most common types of drugs. The Hazards of Substance Use Whether taken once on a whim or used regularly over ... continue reading
  • The Rise of Drug Deaths in America

    This year, drug overdose deaths surpassed firearm deaths for the first time, making the issue of addiction and drug abuse an even greater concern for Americans . The public is aware of the numbers associated with overdose deaths; however, big ...

    ... and drug abuse an even greater concern for Americans . The public is aware of the numbers associated with overdose ... treatment, these figures show how large of a problem heroin could become if left unchecked. Changing the ... 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 ...

    ... rewarding euphoric state associated with cocaine use results, in part, by the stimulant drug blocking the ... Coma. Heart attack. Getting Help for Substance Abuse Combining substances may enhance feelings of pleasure and ... continue reading
  • Mixing Alcohol With Drugs

    Mixing alcohol with prescription drugs or illicit drugs (known as polysubstance use), can have dangerous health effects that many people may not realize. Since alcohol is such a commonly used substance, it's even more important to understand how it ...

    ... . Greater risk of developing heart problems. Mixing prescription stimulants with alcohol may also cause a person ... and associated health risks of illicit drugs may be amplified by mixing them with alcohol. 2,6 Illicit drug ... continue reading
  • Effects of Crystal Meth Use and Abuse

    What is Methamphetamine? Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant that can have long-lasting effects on your body. This is a man-made substance that, with the advent of other more efficacious prescription stimulants, now has limited ...

    ... at their skin. Breathing problems associated with smoke inhalation. Irreversible damage ... drug treatment is additional valuable options to address the mental, behavioral and medical issues associated with crystal meth abuse ... continue reading
  • Carisoprodol Abuse

    Carisoprodol, also known by the brand name Soma, is a prescription medication used to treat muscle spasms and severe muscle pain . However, due to its psychoactive (sedative and anxolytic/anti-anxiety/relaxant) effects, its abuse is becoming a more ...

    ... -anxiety/relaxant) effects, its abuse is becoming a more prominent problem. The effects of carisoprodol are ... Seizures (typically associated with drug combinations). Rebound anxiety and/or insomnia. Abuse Treatment If you ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Concerta Abuse

    Simultaneous abuse of Concerta—a central nervous system stimulant—and alcohol—a depressant substance—can have numerous effects on the body. Unbeknownst to many users, each substance can effectively increase the dangers of the other. ...

    ... abusing these drugs. The Problem of Alcohol and Concerta Abuse ... associated with co-abuse. Also, it's extremely important to emphasize that prescription drugs can be just as dangerous as illegal drugs when abused ... continue reading
  • Symptoms and Signs of Substance Abuse

    How to Tell if Someone Is Using Drugs Drug use affects people from all walks of life and all socioeconomic statuses. Whatever the reason a person starts taking drugs, whether recreationally or as prescribed, tolerance, patterns of increased use, ...

    ... a person's behavior and habits. Some drugs can impair the brain's ability to focus and think clearly. 5 Changes in behavior, such as the following, are sometimes associated with problematic substance use: 4,6 Increased ... continue reading
  • Anxiety and Substance Abuse

    It can be difficult to manage an anxiety disorder or a substance use disorder, and it can be even more difficult to manage both disorders when they co-occur together. When a mental health disorder, such as an anxiety disorder, and a substance use ...

    ... and symptoms associated with them. The relationship between anxiety and substance abuse. What dual ... What Comes First: Substance Abuse or the Mental Health Problem? Whether the substance abuse or anxiety comes first ... continue reading
  • MDMA (Ecstasy) Abuse While Pregnant

    Ecstasy is an illicit drug that is frequently abused among young adults. This drug whose chemical name is 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, or MDMA for short, is structurally similar to amphetamine and has both stimulant and hallucinogenic effects. ...

    Ecstasy is an illicit drug that is frequently abused among young adults. This drug whose chemical name ... However, heavy, chronic use is associated with depression and problems with memory. Among pregnant women, ecstasy ... 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 ...

    ... a class of drugs called benzodiazepines . It interacts with chemicals in the brain to slow down communication between brain nerves. Ativan is used to treat anxiety disorders or anxiety associated with depression . Its ... continue reading
  • Date Rape Drugs: It’s Not Just Roofies Anymore

    Rape is a serious criminal act, with the potential for severe and lasting repercussions on the victim's life. Rape involves sexually taking advantage of another person without their consent, and this includes having sex with a person who is ...

    ... drug used to treat a condition known as cataplexy, as well as to manage the excessive daytime sleepiness associated with ... flavors. Effects include: Extreme drowsiness. Problems with memory. Blurred vision. Loss of ... 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 ...

    ... body to stop producing testosterone on its own. Both anabolic steroids and alcohol are associated with liver , kidney , and heart problems . Alcoholics have less muscle mass and strength than non-alcoholics. Alcohol use ... continue reading
  • Study: Abuse of ADHD Meds is Beginning Earlier

    The abuse of ADHD medication is commonly associated with black-market Ritalin or Adderall on campus to aid last-minute cramming sessions. However, a recent study indicates the abuse of ADHD drugs begins much earlier than college. The Dark Side of ...

    ... of ADHD medication is commonly associated with black-market Ritalin or Adderall on campus to aid last-minute cramming sessions. However, a recent study indicates the abuse of ADHD drugs begins much earlier than college ... continue reading
  • Instagram, Drugs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll

    Share on Twitter Share on Facebook The Growth of Concerts and Music Festivals One of the most notable trends in music today is the growth of the music festival. As artists look to supplant revenue lost from declining sales of recorded music, music ...

    ... well outside of an urban area and associates itself with values that might encourage people to ... problem. If you or someone you know is struggling with drug addiction or is worried about potential substance abuse problems ... continue reading
  • Spice Abuse

    What Is Spice? “Spice” is a term commonly used to refer to a blend of dried plant material that is laced with a synthetic cannabinoid. It is also regularly referred to as “synthetic marijuana.” Other names include “K2,” “Moon Rocks” ...

    ... drugs may also be associated with diminished cognitive functioning , including difficulties with: Learning. Short-term and working memory. Problem-solving ... . If you need help with drug abuse or addiction, contact American ... continue reading
  • Baclofen Abuse

    Baclofen is a prescription skeletal muscle relaxant indicated for the treatment of muscle spasms and spasticity related to conditions such as multiple sclerosis. Baclofen is commonly prescribed to treat symptoms associated with spinal cord disease ...

    ... abuse problem, it is important that you seek formal treatment, which can help you break the cycle of compulsive baclofen abuse and start working toward a healthier, drug-free life. If you abuse baclofen with other drugs ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Meth Abuse

    Methamphetamine is a potent stimulant that produces both an addictive high and a slew of negative effects. When it's combined with alcohol, the effects may be even more harmful. Meth is a fine, odorless, white powder that is typically smoked, ...

    ... or heart muscle dysfunction. There are many problems that can stem from using alcohol and meth ... visits were associated with alcohol, either alone or mixed with other drugs. Teen Drinking and Meth Abuse Concurrent alcohol ... continue reading
  • Bath Salts Abuse

    What Are Bath Salts? Are Bath Salts Legal? Bath salts are formed from cathinones, but because they were unscheduled - primarily because no one used them - they were legal for a while. This prompted a wave of drugs to hit the streets, many of them ...

    ... . Increased sexual stimulation has been associated with bath salts, potentially leading to risky ... talk to others and get support. If you need help with drug abuse or addiction, contact American Addiction Centers (AAC) for ... continue reading
  • Ambien Abuse

    What Is Ambien? Ambien is a brand name for zolpidem tartrate , a sedative drug that is prescribed to treat insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). Other brand name formulations containing zolpidem include: Edluar - a sublingual ...

    ... Overdose Overdose is a common danger associated with the abuse of many drugs, including zolpidem. Overdose may be ... addiction often requires addressing the underlying problem causing the drug use in the first place. Ambien ... 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, ...

    ... Eating high quality proteins provide your brain with the ingredients needed to create these “happy” ... hydrated. Additional Reading: Understanding the Effects of Long Term Drug Abuse on the Brain Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... 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 well as ... 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 ...

    ... knows what to say and finds it hard to interact with people in these intimidating settings. To help her “loosen ... look at some commonly abused drugs and how they impact us: Benzodiazepines: These drugs boost the brain ... 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 ...

    ... from Schedule I. They still have high potential for abuse , but are currently accepted for medical use or medical use with some restrictions. Schedule II drugs include: Adderall (used for treating narcolepsy and ADHD ... 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. ...

    ... abuse, violence, and aggression. Can thrive with times of individuality and times of togetherness. Allow for all members to feel good about themselves. The Damage Associated with ... is able to retrieve drugs. He or she may ... 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 ...

    ... comes to the health of little mouths. Dental problems like gingivitis and cavities affect between 60 to 90 ... and illegal drugs can cause - and quickly advance - the decay of tooth enamel. With continued drug abuse, people ... 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 ...

    ... ability to arrest and charge pregnant women with assault if they use an illegal substance ... send a signal to other women who are pregnant and have a drug problem to seek help,” said Bill Bivens, Sheriff of Monroe County. ... 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 ...

    ... to be ecstasy . We later see the farmer's pretty daughter in a club, mixed in with scenes of the dealers cooking up several batches of “bad” drugs. In a cruel twist of fate, the daughter gets her hands on some of those ... 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 ...

    ... Plan is also required to cover substance abuse services and mental health services. Coverage for ... a nationwide leader in providing alcohol and drug treatment and is in-network with many leading insurance providers in the ... 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 ...

    ... worth of counterfeit drugs were unknowingly purchased last year. And with prescription drug prices continuing to ... 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 ...

    ... Data So, what does this all mean? The abuse of prescription drugs has become an epidemic in this country and consequences are on the rise, especially with the growing number of unintentional overdoses. By highlighting ... 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 ...

    ... 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 - or warning - to ... 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 ...

    ... Pure desomorphine is a very addictive substance with a high potential for abuse . The opiate epidemic of the last ... of the price. Krokodil's Scary Side Effects The problem is that Krokodil is a highly toxic substance that ... 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 ...

    ... consequences of standing still on this issue are unacceptable. Drug abuse is rampant on our streets, and the recipe of ... dollars would come from the city's general fund, with $900K reimbursed to the city by Medi-Cal each ... 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 ...

    ... in a cycle of chemical dependency , those battling with drugs and alcohol often don't realize one important ... much more there is to life (and to you) than substance abuse. Step #2 - Insert More of Those Things in Your Life ... 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 ...

    ... Health officials blamed a surge in heroin and prescription drug abuse for the ongoing crisis. During this same time period ... to babies with NAS experiencing a multitude of health issues including breathing problems, tremors ... 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 ...

    ... pain, which might temporarily improve the aches associated with the flu or other illness As a ... drug abuse problem . While the task of tackling substance abuse issues - both with prescription medications or illicit drugs ... 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 ...

    ... their personal experiences with drugs, which could ... drugs.” Another danger of the drug forums is they normalize this hazardous behavior. Prescription drugs are so common in our daily lives that reading about others abusing ... 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 ...

    ... lethal concoction before it becomes a problem too large to combat. “No one should underestimate the deadly nature associated with these cocktails,” said Russ Baer of the federal Drug Enforcement Agency told NBC News . ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

    ... percent of people who are incarcerated with a drug problem ever receives residential treatment. What's ... to most of the world, the prevalence of substance abuse and mental illness among this population is comparable to ... 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, ...

    ... 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. Border Patrol. 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 ...

    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 ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... of fentanyl, along with drug paraphernalia, blending ... 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 ...

    ... sex, it's their drug abuse that is ultimately contributing to this increase. Linking Drugs and STDs Researchers at the ... HPV. If you or someone you know struggles with drug or alcohol misuse, help is available and recovery ... 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 ...

    ... is a moray eel, you know the guy has an issue with drugs. Whether he's insane or not is a good question, but ... drugs or not, you probably know that in real life there's nothing funny about behavioral or substance abuse ... 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 ...

    ... also highlighted why prescription opioid abuse remains arguably the biggest drug problem in the U.S. These ... … If someone you know is abusing prescription drugs , encourage them to talk with their doctor about the over-the ... 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 ...

    ... a professional interventionist can help. This professional works with the family of the addict to determine the social ... members. Addiction causes problems for everyone, not just the person abusing the drugs. In the event ... 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 ...

    ... support services, virtual meetings and drug abuse and alcohol hotlines that may help them.” How to Get Help for Drug or Alcohol Misuse If you or a loved one is struggling with alcohol or drug misuse, help is available ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... fatalities, theft, or low employee morale, drug abuse can cause problems at work including: After-effects of substance use (withdrawal) affecting job performance Preoccupation with obtaining and using substances while at ... 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 ...

    ... men behind bars; that's a lot of people to support with tax money. In fact, about $75 billion was spent ... for drug offenders was repealed in 2009. This helped keep nonviolent drug offenders in drug abuse treatment ... 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 ...

    ... ; they also carry a social stigma due to the health risks that are associated with this drug sub-culture . The use of unsanitary needles can lead to serious skin infections, such as cysts, abscesses and ulcers. Sharing ... 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 ...

    ... often coined the drug of “last resort.” So what makes Spice an alternative drug of abuse to so many? ... longer than most other drugs. But this effect comes with a price. The danger is that this drug has yet to be tested ... 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 ...

    ... 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 about who is using ... 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 ...

    ... aspirin in a regular strength tablet (325 milligrams). With such small amounts involved, it can be difficult ... Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey of teen drug abuse has monitored LSD use among high school students since ... 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 ...

    ... with the new drug. Hope For the Future With fewer side effects and great pain-relieving results, this new drug ... by reducing the risk of abuse and overdose , we might have a “miracle” drug on our hands! Additional Reading ... 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 ...

    ... . They believe the cost is not covered by insurance. This is not always the case. Check with a number of drug abuse treatment centers to determine what costs may be covered by your specific medical insurance. If your ... 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 ...

    ... their body doesn't function correctly without the drug. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, addiction occurs when a chemical dependency to a drug is combined with an overwhelming urge to use the substance ... 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 ...

    ... on the Internet, making them accessible to anyone with a credit card—this increases the likelihood of ... may have a substance use problem, help is available. Professional drug or alcohol abuse treatment can start those ... 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 ...

    ... -shortest sentences at just 24 months, and Vermont comes in at third-shortest with 36 months. According to sentencing data, the punishment for simple drug possession is far less severe. In fact, in 39 states, the median ... 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 ...

    ... around age 20, almost 10 percent of all Boomers abused sedatives. That's roughly three times the use of ... 22, making it the top drug choice for this generation. Marijuana: As with the previous two generations, marijuana ... 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 ...

    ... first thing that you need to do is sit down and talk with your parent when he or she is sober. Be gentle but ... possibly seek help or treatment for the addiction and drug abuse . You should also speak to your other parent ... 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, ...

    ... and anxious during the time the drug is active. The problem with drugs like these is that they are ... as a tolerance, and the danger and effects of drug abuse that leads many addicts to hospitalization and death. You ... 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 ...

    ... to make krokodil in roughly 45 minutes with codeine and minimal equipment. Users attempting to ... number of suspected cases; however, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) had not confirmed any cases of krokodil use ... 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 ...

    ... of professionally-trained staff to guide you through the addiction recovery process. Our counselors can connect you with a drug abuse help provider in your state, close to your home or further away if necessary. To give ... 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 ...

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  • 7 Crazy Ways Addicts Fund Their Drug Habits

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

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  • 25 Great Writers Who Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

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  • 3 Devastatingly Dangerous Alcohol-Drug Combos

    According to statistics compiled by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), roughly 25 percent of substance-related emergency room admissions involve a combination of both drugs and alcohol. Poly-Drug Abuse Although ...

    ... you or a loved one thinks you might have a problem with alcohol or drug misuse, help is available. Professional drug and alcohol abuse programs can start anyone suffering with addiction on the path to recovery and a life ... continue reading
  • State Sentencing: How Drug Sentencing Varies Across the U.S.

    Share on Twitter Share on Facebook The United States has 5% of the world's population - and 25% of its prisoners. The average cost to house a minimum-security prisoner for one year is $21,006. By comparison, the average cost of putting a K-12 ...

    ... Nearly half of all U.S. prisoners are jailed for drug-related offenses. This isn't politics. These are facts. We wanted ... consequences people face while struggling with a substance abuse problem. Don't let yourself or ... continue reading
  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse Across Generations

    Substance abuse—both of alcohol and/or illicit drugs—has always maintained a consistent presence in American culture. As new drugs have been developed over the decades, their popular use has gone hand in hand with sweeping societal changes. From ...

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  • Drug Recovery | Programs

    Understanding Drug Recovery Programs Drug recovery is an ongoing process of denial and acceptance. The body is denied its cravings for drugs, and the mind begins to accept the reasons why drug abuse occurred in the first place. Drug recovery ...

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  • Drug Addiction Quiz

    The drug addiction quiz is designed to provide you an idea of whether a drug addiction or drug abuse problem exists. The drug addiction quiz is not perfect and the drug addiction quiz should only be seen as a guide. Take the drug addiction quiz ...

    ... of whether a drug addiction or drug abuse problem exists. The drug addiction quiz is not perfect and the drug addiction quiz should only be seen as a guide. Take the drug addiction quiz honestly and with an open mind ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Centers

    Treatment can be provided on an outpatient, intensive inpatient or residential basis, depending on the type of center. Drug abuse centers are places where health, confidence, and optimism can be restored to people who have lost these positive ...

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

    According to the latest Census in 2015, the United States has a total population of 321 million people. In the same year, 57 million prescriptions for gabapentin were written. Gabapentin , or its brand name Neurontin , is an anti-seizure medication ...

    ... which are associated with opiate withdrawal . ... with drugs like opiates or benzos. In 2013 alone, gabapentin played a role in 41 deaths, mostly caused by dangerous drug interactions . Gabapentin is already a drug of abuse ... continue reading
  • What’s Your Vote on Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients: Yay or Nay?

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

    With Obama out of office, Republicans are looking to nix the limits his administration imposed on drug testing the unemployed. Instead, they want to make it easier for states to enact drug ... small number of drug users . A ... continue reading
  • Teen Drug Abuse: The Warning Signs

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

    ... Of course, not all of the signs listed above will point directly to drug abuse. Some signs on their own may be indicators of other, unrelated problems. However, the more signs that are present, the more likely your teen ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Musicians Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Ozzy Osbourne Rockstar Ozzy Osbourne has long struggled with addiction. In fact, his heavy alcohol and drug abuse led to him being fired from Black Sabbath in 1978. 2. Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain got to know his wife Courtney Love while they used ...

    ... and benzodiazepine intoxication following cardiac arrest. The singer had long suffered with prescription drug abuse and had used a number of aliases to access the drugs he took. 11. Yoko Ono Musician Yoko Ono has openly ... continue reading
  • Prescription Drug Helpline

    Prescription drug abuse is a serious concern that impacts the health and well-being of the people abusing the drugs, as well as their family and friends. Consistent abuse of prescription drugs like opioid painkillers (e.g., oxycodone), stimulants ...

    ... is a huge problem that often keeps people from getting the help they need; it's extremely common among people who abuse prescription drugs. This is especially true for people who began taking the drugs with prescriptions ... continue reading
  • How to Treat MXE Drug Addiction

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

    ... to 7 hours 1 . According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), in 2011, 21.6 million people over the age ... addicted to MXE if you experience significant problems as a result of your drug use. If you answer yes to ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Recovery Program

    No one expects to become addicted to drugs. Drug abuse isn't planned. It does occur however, and finding a drug abuse recovery program becomes an absolute necessity. When recreational or prescription drug use turns into uncontrollable drug abuse ...

    ... an absolute necessity. When recreational or prescription drug use turns into uncontrollable drug abuse it's time to get help. Get Help with a Drug Abuse Recovery Program Drug abuse recovery can be a long and arduous ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Program

    A drug abuse program is normally located within a drug treatment center. These centers are licensed and approved facilities that are staffed by experienced physicians, trained therapists, qualified nursing staffs and numerous other support staff. ...

    ... of specialized aftercare programs. An effective drug abuse program will always provide the patient with a full continuum of care. Drug Abuse Program Components In any drug abuse program, relapse is a central concern ... continue reading
  • 7 Things You Don’t Realize About Teenage Drug Abuse

    It's difficult to convince adolescents of the harmful and potentially deadly effects of drug abuse. After all, teens have an exaggerated sense of invulnerability: “Nothing bad will ever happen to me, regardless of what anyone says, thinks they ...

    ... abuse may lead to memory loss, learning difficulties, impaired concentration, and it may even interfere with ... cycles. #7. Diminished Mental Capacity Drug use and mental health problems often go hand-in-hand. Sometimes, ... continue reading
  • Neighborhood Watch: Drug Sales Drive Drug Use

    Community prevention organizations have known for many years that one of the best predictors of drug use is what's known as “perception of risk.” In general, the higher the perceived risk for a particular drug, the fewer teens and young adults ...

    ... of marijuana and cocaine use when associated with neighborhood drug sales. “The clear association between open drug selling and lower disapproval toward drug use may help explain drug use among these teens,” said Dr ... 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 ...

    ... particular problem in Iran, in part because it is produced in neighboring Afghanistan. If you are caught with drugs ... is known to be very intolerant of drug abuse . Many prescription drugs that are legal in other parts of ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Athletes Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Michael Phelps Eight-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Michael Phelps has not only plunged into the water, but into drugs. In 2009, he lost his endorsement contract with Kellogg's after a photo emerged of him taking a hit of marijuana . 2. Dock ...

    ... has been fighting substance abuse since 1989. He was ... with drug or alcohol misuse, rest assured that help is available and recovery is possible. Professional rehab programs can start those battling substance use problems ... continue reading
  • MXE Drug Abuse

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

    ... Europe 4 . Many of these reports involved mixing MXE with other drugs, thereby increasing the risk for complications. MXE abuse is a growing problem worldwide. A global survey revealed that usage increased considerably ... continue reading
  • Peyote Drug Addiction

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

    ... /mental health problems. Giving up important activities because of drug use Using the drug in harmful ... state 1 . Teens at higher risk of abusing drugs like peyote include those with one or more of the following 7 : ... continue reading
  • The Five Most Famous Drug Cartels

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

    ... Guillen—recently being captured and incarcerated, the group's smuggling routes into the States remain intact. With drug trafficking at the heart of Mexico's crime scene as one of the most profitable illegal trade ... continue reading
  • Prescription Drug Addiction: Treatment and Rehab

    Many prescription medications have the potential to become drugs of abuse, if they are misused. Misuse of prescription drugs means taking them other than prescribed. This includes taking a larger dose, using them more frequently, or taking them for ...

    ... year. Learn more about how to pay for rehab . Find a Prescription Drug Rehab Program If you or someone you know suffers from a prescription drug abuse problem, you can receive the help you need 24 hours a day and 7 ... continue reading
  • The 25 Best Sources for Drug Addiction Research

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    ... Policy Research Center (DPRC) : Provides firm research on substance abuse to help public officials and community leaders effectively deal with drug problems. 22. Research Institute on Addictions (RIA) : Provides access ... continue reading
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