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  • 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 ...

    ... by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency in the U.S. Department of ... and about half, or 1.37 million, received treatment. Among those who misused prescription pain relievers in ... continue reading
  • Political Parties on Drug Use

    A recent Pew Research Center survey indicated that 86 percent of Americans believe the country is more politically divided than ever before. Polarized viewpoints surrounding topics like immigration and foreign trade are broadcasted daily on ...

    ... Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the rate of substance abuse or dependence ... Who Answers? to find information about overcoming addiction and to find treatment centers near you. ... continue reading
  • Drugs on Mars and Venus

    Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus is one of the most iconic books of the '90s, having sold more than 50 million copies. Its core theory is that men and women often think and act in dramatically different ways because of fundamental differences ...

    ... stranger (15.1% vs. 10.4%). The biggest gap is found in people who grow their own marijuana: More than three times ... 4% of men). The SAMHSA data also allow us to compare other treatment-related data points, including how ... continue reading
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  • Drugs and Devotion

    Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Why do some people seem compelled to experiment and others live their entire lives without ever taking a single puff, snort, sniff, or dose of an illicit substance? Thanks to decades of social studies, we now know ...

    ... the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) through the National Survey on Drug Use and ... attended in the past 12 months. This means we can find out if, for instance, marijuana users go to church ... 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 - ...

    ... /treatment/what-to-do-if-your-adult-friend-or-loved-one-has-problem-drugs http://medicalmarijuana.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=000881 www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/NSDUH-FRR1-2014/NSDUH-FRR1-2014.pdf ... continue reading
  • Methadone and Suboxone: What’s the Difference Anyway?

    An estimated 1.9 million people in the U.S. are addicted to prescription opioid drugs. Although there is no magical drug to treat opiate addiction, as part of a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) approach, there are a handful of treatment ...

    ... . Therefore, methadone maintenance treatment must be performed in a SAMHSA certified clinic . Buprenorphine is ... terms of the risk to potentially overdose, researchers found buprenorphine to be 6 times safer than methadone ... continue reading
  • Exploring The Dangers of Benzodiazepines

    A recent study found that one in six adults in the United States take psychiatric drugs for the treatment of mental health conditions. Among the most commonly used medications are benzodiazepines. These sedative drugs, used for the treatment of ...

    ... and treatment options for specific substances like benzodiazepines so you can find the specialized help you need. Methodology Data on benzodiazepine-related emergency room visits in the U.S. were sourced from SAMHSA DAWN ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Statistics

    Statisticians analyze numerical information on subjects as varied as medicine, politics and even commercial retail sales - allowing researchers to investigate trends and test new ideas. As the phenomenon of substance abuse stubbornly continues to ...

    ... Substance Abuse Treatment According to SAMHSA, in 2009 approximately 23.5 million Americans needed treatment for ... did not monitor the use of over-the-counter drugs found in the medicine cabinet. Although one in ten teens ... continue reading
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  • Sexual Abuse Treatment

    What Is Sexual Abuse? Sexual abuse can be defined as a form of sexual violence , including: Rape. Unwelcome touching. Molestation. Forced intercourse. Sexual abuse can occur at any age and is not biased towards race, gender, religion, or sexual ...

    ... speak confidentially to someone who can go over your options with you. Finding Treatment for Sexual Abuse Both inpatient and outpatient treatment programs are available to victims, as well as perpetrators of abuse. Both ... continue reading
  • Heroin Use Increasing Across New Demographics, Study Finds

    The face of heroin in the US is changing. As the drug becomes more commonly abused among new racial, geographic and socioeconomic groups, the profile of those users is also evolving. The change is, in part, because heroin is becoming more ...

    ... of having a co-occurring mental disorder, an overdose, and/or HIV,” the authors wrote. Group #3 Researchers found that the group who only used prescription painkillers were more likely to be married or employed, were the ... continue reading
  • No Surprise: Study Finds Avoiding Alcohol is the Only Hangover Prevention

    You've tried it all: chasing drinks with water, drinking only beer, drinking only clear liquor, or binging on late night fries. But you still wake up with a pounding headache, nausea, dry mouth and that feeling you were run over by a mack truck. ...

    ... matter what “tricks” you use to avoid them. Hair of the Dog A study from the Netherlands and Canada found that a vast majority of drinkers experience hangovers after a night of heavy drinking, regardless of what kind of ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... residing in halfway houses and sober homes are also beginning to pick up on this trend. Furthermore, those receiving treatment in halfway houses often sell or trade these meds because: The demand is so high It's easy to ... 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 ...

    ... credit, this generation lived through a post-World War II trend when amphetamines were frequently prescribed as a treatment for depression . Sedatives: At their peak use, around age 20, almost 10 percent of all Boomers ... continue reading
  • Cryptocurrency: A Payment For Treatment or a Reason For Treatment?

    Do residential treatment facilities accept cash, charge, insurance - or cryptocurrency? Despite cryptocurrency's newfound popularity, hopefully that last form of payment is not an option. Why? Because it may be the cause for treatment. ...

    ... , hopefully that last form of payment is not an option. Why? Because it may be the cause for treatment. Cryptocurrency may be joining the ranks of cocaine, methamphetamines, gambling and alcohol. For some, it is just as ... continue reading
  • Virginia Wants Treatment - Not Jail - For Its Addicted Citizens

    During the four years I was in prison, I met hundreds and hundreds of women. Many were first-time, nonviolent offenders - and almost all were battling some type of chemical dependency. For those with substance abuse problems , incarceration did ...

    ... were released came right back in a few months later - almost like a revolving door. Virginians Call for Treatment Not Punishment Prison is designed to penalize - not rehabilitate - so it didn't take me long to realize ... continue reading
  • Everything You Need to Know About Methadone Maintenance Treatment

    Sometimes it's better to substitute one drug for another. This is called harm reduction and it can make a serious difference in your health and well-being. Methadone is a drug that is frequently used in replacement therapy for heroin or other ...

    ... . Support groups. Will I Have to Take Methadone for the Rest of My Life? Methadone is typically a long-term treatment. You'll need to take the drug on a regular basis for months and even years. 2 While methadone can be ... continue reading
  • 6 Things to Look for in Addiction Treatment Centers for Women

    Drug addiction impacts men and women in different ways, which is why there are many women-only addiction treatment centers. Women who have issues with men or simply want the support of other women may feel more comfortable attending a treatment ...

    ... -time basis and may be better suited for women who need to remain active in their day-to-day life. Treatment can be particularly difficult for women because they tend to have less family support than males, and they may ... continue reading
  • Waiting for Treatment in Tennessee: The Doctor Will See You Soon

    It's tragic. People are reaching out for help…and there's no one there. As a nation, we're experiencing a severe shortage of treatment options for those struggling with substance abuse. The National Council for Behavioral Health reported shortages ...

    ... across the U.S. One Harvard University study found that 83 percent of phone calls placed to get ... the drastic wait times faced by those wanting to receive residential treatment (which can stretch up to a year and a half). ... 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 ...

    ... to a 2011 study . Of the 144 parents in methadone treatment, only 13.2 percent of parents (19 people) remained in ... participants than in the overall population. Researchers found that nearly half (48 percent) of the ... continue reading
  • Smoke Signals: Why Are Cigarettes Such a Hot Commodity in Treatment?

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

    ... recent studies, these higher rates negatively affect substance abuse treatment success. Let's take a look at those ... rehab . Study #2 Researchers at Vanderbilt University found that, out of the one million Americans ... continue reading
  • Exploring the Resort-Style Addiction Treatment Centers

    It's hard being a celebrity. All that visibility, stress, worry, and fear of losing it must be quite hard to deal with. Sure they get paid a lot of money, and they seem to be afforded a certain amount of immunity when things go wrong, such as when ...

    ... programs. Promises offers a more regimented lifestyle with more conventional treatment and responsibilities. No matter what your requirements are, you will likely find a luxury rehab that's suitable for you. While it ... continue reading
  • Finding New Life in a Methadone Program

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

    ... may not be right for everyone, but you won't know unless you try. Don't let stigma or innuendo rob you of the chance to find recovery.” Learn more about the addiction treatment options in your area . Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    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 ... 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 ...

    ... policy may lessen the likelihood an inmate will seek treatment upon his or her release. “What we are doing ... upon incarceration. This study questioned that policy to find out what happens.” Setting Inmates Up for Success ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Addiction: Have Scientists Finally Found a Cure?

    The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports an estimated 1.5 million Americans use cocaine. In 2015, our nation saw more than 6,700 cocaine-related deaths. Research indicates around 40 percent of drug-related emergency department visits involve ...

    ... opioid withdrawal symptoms and lessen cravings. While the treatment options for opiate addiction have increased, the same ... affects the reward centers of the brain and is found in higher levels in the blood and brains of ... continue reading
  • 10 Things to Look for in Faith-Based Treatment Centers

    Spirituality is at the center of many people's lives. Faith is a powerful catalyst for change for many individuals battling addiction. Secular treatment centers that lack a spiritual component may not necessarily be effective for people with strong ...

    ... . 10. Recommendations and Success Rates It may sound cliché, but if you're seeking a faith-based treatment, find one that you can actually put your faith in. Ask for recommendations from members of your church or ... continue reading
  • Addiction Rehab During the Coronavirus Pandemic Q&A

    Am I Allowed To Leave My House to Go to Rehab for Treatment? Yes! Accessing behavioral healthcare is an “essential” activity, which means you're allowed to leave your home to get treatment when you need it, even if you're practicing social ...

    ... a facility that you can travel to and that has available beds. You're not alone. Call us for help finding treatment now. Additional Resources on Health Insurance Providers and Coverage Levels Visit the links below to ... continue reading
  • Injured on the Job, Now I’m Addicted to Painkillers… What Do I Do?

    Addiction to prescription drugs is one of the most common substance abuse problems in the United States. Many people associate drug abuse with poverty and the purchase of illicit substances on a street corner. However, prescription drug abuse is ...

    ... cannot stop taking a prescription drug, talk to your doctor right away. Your doctor can help you find treatment for your medical problem and recover from an addiction. Because of the prevalence of prescription drug abuse ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Spice Use

    Is Spice Harmful? “Spice” (synthetic marijuana) has grown in popularity in recent years. Synthetic marijuana is sold under a variety of names other than “Spice,” including: K2. Skunk. Moon rocks. Potpourri. Substances like Spice and K2 - ...

    ... . Drug cravings. Psychotic symptoms, such as paranoia and hallucinations. Mood changes / depression. Suicidal ideation. Finding Treatment for Spice Addiction One of the telltale signs that a physical drug addiction has ... continue reading
  • Top 10 Myths (and Realities) About Drug Addiction

    More than many other topics, addiction is surrounded by myths and misinformation. Substance abuse is a hugely emotional issue and opinions on the issue vary widely. While this is to be expected, it is dangerous when opinions on such a life-impacting ...

    ... 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? . Here you can learn more information to aid in your quest to separate myth from reality. You can also find treatment if addiction has taken hold of your life or that of someone you love. continue reading
  • The Cost of Drugs in the NFL

    Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Athletes playing in professional sports leagues often seek every available opportunity to gain a competitive edge. With so much pressure placed on winning, performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) such as steroids ...

    ... abuse and addiction. If you're concerned about your own substance abuse, contact DrugAbuse.com today to find treatment resources that will meet your needs. Sources http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/fines-suspensions/ http://www ... continue reading
  • Country vs. City Addictions: Are They Different?

    Urban and rural addicts don't seem to have a whole lot in common, according to a report published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In gathering data for this particular study, researchers looked at addiction ...

    ... those who believe all addictions are alike, the SAMHSA report proves otherwise. Here are some of the fascinating statistics in the study: Addiction Treatment Admissions Rural rehab admissions were more likely than urban ... 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 ...

    ... . This will 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 ... 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 ...

    ... while drunk. 20. Vin Baker Basketball player Vin Baker was found to smell of alcohol at practice, which eventually led to his ... looking for a specific type of rehab treatment, substance related info or additional guides, ... 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 ...

    ... Who Answers? to speak with someone today about recovery options and treatment resources that will meet your needs. Fair Use Feel free to use the assets found on this page. When doing so, please attribute the authors by ... 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 ...

    ... are disturbing on their own, but further investigation found that there was no evidence they cause “zombie- ... addicted to bath salts, it is important to seek treatment. The effects of a bath salt addiction can be harmful ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Bath Salts Addict

    Are Bath Salts Addictive? Bath salts are a dangerous drug, but anyone with an addiction or dependency can receive help. Bath salts are addictive. The drugs are notoriously known for producing serious side effects that may be damaging from the first ...

    ... They are a synthetic type of cathinone, which is found in nature in the khat plant. Cathinones are similar ... can be what your loved one needs to agree to treatment. It is important to maintain a positive relationship with ... 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. ...

    ... abuse program averages from 2 to 12 months. The treatment facility is a safe, residential environment with a ... drug dependency and addiction is a long-term process. Find a first class drug abuse program by calling 1-888 ... continue reading
  • Commonly Abused Drugs

    Marijuana Abuse Though illegal to use or have possession of, marijuana is a commonly abused drug and many people are unaware of its harmful effects. Marijuana abuse can lead to distorted perceptions , impaired coordination as well as difficulty with ...

    ... memory. Those affected by marijuana addiction can find help in outpatient programs. Medication can be ... management, opiates aren't appropriate for all pain. Treatment needs to be tailored depending on a patient's specific ... 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 ...

    ... center. Clearly, there are a lot of decisions to be made, but obtaining treatment in the first place is the most important step. Finding a rehab that closely fits your needs will strengthen your recovery efforts. Our ... continue reading
  • How Concerned Should We Be About Opiates?

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

    ... 10 Morphine: This powerful analgesic is found primarily in opium, but is also naturally produced (in small quantities) by the human brain. When not used as directed for the treatment for chronic pain, morphine is highly ... 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 ...

    ... -744-0069 Who Answers? can assist you in finding a drug abuse recovery program that meets your individual needs. Call today for a free, confidential analysis and the treatment information you're looking for. Our staff is ... continue reading
  • Ibogaine: Can it Cure My Addiction?

    What does it take to quit using heroin or other opioids? It's a question that is very much on the minds of millions of Americans. The scientific community continues to look for the best way to quit using drugs and everyone wants to know what will ...

    ... it may be more effective than other forms of treatment for substance addiction, ibogaine will not help everyone . Yes, some studies have found that ibogaine might effectively treat morphine, cocaine, amphetamine, alcohol ... continue reading
  • Warning: 3 Dangerous Suboxone Interactions to Avoid

    Suboxone is a popular, prescription-only drug that effectively suppresses opioid cravings and reduces the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. Although Suboxone has assisted thousands of individuals struggling with opioid addiction , the drug is not ...

    ... with other substances. According to statistics gathered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association (SAMHSA), there were 30,135 buprenorphine-related emergency room visits in 2010. Not surprisingly, 59 ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    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 ... continue reading
  • Clock Out: It’s Time to Stop Ignoring Workplace Addiction

    Years ago, one of my bosses had a substance abuse problem - one that was well-known around the office. She didn't just party a little too hard at work functions; she'd also miss meetings entirely, lash out unnecessarily at her subordinates, and pour ...

    ... either used alcohol or drugs on the job. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 76 percent of people with substance abuse problems are employed, and about 19.2 million U.S ... continue reading
  • Pregnant & Court-Ordered to Take Vivitrol: Is My Baby Safe?

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

    ... medication will pass the drug along to the baby. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently issued a report in which it called for further research into the issue of pregnant women ... continue reading
  • The 9 Most Expensive Drugs in America

    Each year, Americans spend nearly $100 billion on illegal drugs such as cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine. These figures do not even account for the billions of dollars that are spent on prescription drugs each year—about $374 billion according ...

    ... The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has found that tobacco costs Americans roughly $295 billion each ... over 500,000 emergency room visits due to cocaine use (SAMHSA, 2013). #5 Marijuana Marijuana is legal in some ... continue reading
  • Party Culture and Substance Use

    Three out of five college students actively drink alcohol, and more than half of them practice binge drinking - or drinking enough to significantly raise blood alcohol content (BAC) levels in a short span of time. Typically, this means four drinks ...

    ... to Find Help For ... samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/NSDUHsubstateAgeGroupTabs2014/NSDUHsubstateAgeGroupTabs2014.pdf http://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/NSDUHsaeShortTermCHG2014/NSDUHsaeShortTermCHG2014.pdf ... continue reading
  • Russian Roulette: The Hidden Dangers of Cutting Agents in Cocaine and Heroin

    In the United States, more than 47,000 people die from drug overdoses every year . To make matters worse, drug deaths have recently surpassed both automobile and firearm accidents as the leading cause of accidental death in the country. There's no ...

    ... made all the more dangerous by the unknown and unregulated additives found in street drugs today. If you or someone you love is ... blog.samhsa.gov/2015/10/06/fentanyl-related-overdose-deaths-on-the-rise/#.Vw4ZVjArK73 http ... 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 ...

    ... with dependency, visit DrugAbuse.com today to learn about treatment options and take the first step toward reclaiming your ... http://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/NSDUH-FRR1-2014/NSDUH-FRR1-2014.pdf https://www. ... 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 ...

    ... pills ever were. In 2013, a report by SAMHSA showed that roughly four out of five new heroin users ... abusing heroin, it's crucial to seek professional treatment immediately, before becoming a statistic of these reports. ... continue reading
  • Chicken vs. Egg: Which Came First, Heroin or OxyContin Addiction?

    For centuries, people have debated one age old question: which came first, the chicken or the egg? While both sides of this argument have their valid points, the question itself has evolved, making its way into other areas of society, including the ...

    ... Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) data , somewhere between 26 and 36 ... keeps the debilitating withdrawal symptoms at bay. Patients find themselves taking more and more, running out of pills ... continue reading
  • Recovery Roundtable: Should Doctors Be Allowed to Prescribe More Suboxone?

    Suboxone is a medication approved by the FDA for the treatment of heroin and prescription pill addiction . It's widely used as a replacement for methadone and can be prescribed in the comfort of a doctor's office, whereas methadone can only be ...

    ... behavioral therapy and medications known as Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) to treat substance abuse. That popularity ... or practice in a qualified practice setting.” SAMHSA will approve or deny the practitioner's ... 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, ...

    ... the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in Rockville, Maryland. She said there was a ... system to detect and provide timely access to treatment does not seem to be improving much.” Additional ... 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 ...

    ... in the hopes that the addict will come around and admit the need for treatment. According to SAMHSA, only 11.2 percent of people who needed treatment in 2010 ended up receiving it. If you or someone you know is suffering ... 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 ...

    ... now looking at a meth epidemic on top of the already overwhelming opioid crisis. SAMHSA Director Johnson pointed out that “…the addiction treatment workforce has not grown in proportion to the growth in overall drug use ... 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. ...

    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 ... 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 ...

    ... have to consider the negative effect drug users can have on the rest of the staff. In fact, a 2008 study found that 32 percent of workers polled admitted a co-worker's use of drugs or alcohol had a negative impact on ... 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 ...

    ... for 2013, down from 45 percent in 2005. Here we will highlight some of the more insidious additives commonly found in impure street cocaine , their risks and why they are used. Levamisole Levamisole is an anthelmic drug ... 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 ...

    ... abuse while on the sets of films. However, the most memorable of his drugged moments was when he was found screaming at groups of tourists while carrying a gun on Ventura Boulevard. 3. Courtney Love Courtney Love has had ... continue reading
  • Popular Drugs By Demographic

    Drug use is a growing problem in America and a concern that affects various demographics. In fact, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2011, about 8.7 percent of Americans 12 years and older-22.5 million people-participated ...

    ... to affecting perception and good judgment, THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, has recently been found to negatively affect memory. Although less than half of twelfth graders consider regular use of marijuana ... 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 ...

    ... all the concerning effects. Scientists engineered a drug based on the neurochemical endomorphin, which is found naturally in our bodies. The new drug targets the same pain-relieving receptors as morphine. Researchers ... continue reading
  • I Did What??? The Anatomy of a Blackout

    What happened last night? If you've ever had to utter those words after a night on the town or had to rely on your friends to fill in the missing puzzle pieces of your limited memory reel, chances are you've experienced a blackout. And trust ...

    ... I Drank To Forget , Sarah Hepola even recounts a drunken night where, once emerging from a blackout, she finds herself naked in bed with a man she's never seen before. Again, this is just one more extremely frightening ... continue reading
  • Are Benzos Overprescribed?

    We are an anxious nation. A whopping 40 million American adults are affected by anxiety disorders; that's 18 percent of the adult population! With such astronomical numbers, it shouldn't be surprising to learn anxiety disorders are the most commonly ...

    ... Gradual reduction is typically recommended when working to break a benzo dependency. Keep in mind: No medically-assisted treatments currently exist. The recovery process can take months - or even years - to “click” - be ... 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 ...

    ... until it's too late. As a matter of fact, many of the 74 Chicagoans recently affected were found with needles still in their arms. Naloxone to the Rescue Emergency responders in Chicago treated the overdoses with the ... 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 ...

    ... , its usage is wide-spread, making it accessible to various segments of society. According to reports, it can be found in local smoke shops and even on the Internet. It's Undetectable The molecular structure of the mind ... 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 ...

    ... and synthetic marijuana use are much higher than this data showed. Portrait of a Synthetic Drug User Researchers found that the drugs were more commonly used by males, white people, older people and those in lower income ... continue reading
  • Xanax Passes Marijuana as Second-Leading Cause of DUI

    When it comes to driving under the influence of substances that aren't alcohol, marijuana is the biggest concern for many Americans. Colorado has spent millions of dollars on a series of “ Drive High, Get a DUI ” commercials, while Washington ...

    ... cause of DUI. Benzos and Driving are a Bad Combo Data compiled by the Department of Forensic Science found that Xanax was involved in 29 percent of DUI cases throughout the state, compared to 23 percent for marijuana ... continue reading
  • Trading Dependencies: There’s Nothing “Mild” About a Kratom Addiction

    Mitragyna Speciosa, also known as Kratom, is a large tree in the Rubiaceae family native to Southeast Asia. It is said that Kratom affects the human brain similarly to an opiate , although there is no conclusive clinical data proving how the ...

    ... is Kratom? If you or a loved one is struggling with Kratom use, you're not alone. Several studies have found high rates of dependence among regular users. In one study, half of those who used Kratom for six months or ... 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 ...

    ... 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 wonder ... continue reading
  • Are Instagram Booze Memes Driving More Women to Binge Drink?

    Instagram, home of selfies and highly-filtered vacation pics, has generated another popular trend: booze memes. The colorful images, which generally cater to women, often depict wine bottles or clinking champagne glasses with pun-ny phrases like ...

    ... blame? Well, they certainly aren't helping anything. Last month, a study by UK think tank Demos found that, especially for Millennials, social media plays a crucial role in influencing “decisions around alcohol.” A third ... continue reading
  • A Dangerous Trio: Skipping Dinner, Binge Drinking and Overeating

    In today's culture, binge drinking is becoming more and more prevalent. This is especially true on college campuses, where a lot of partying takes place and many students spend their nights at clubs and bars, rather than in the dorm studying. Today, ...

    ... nature behind these dangerous “binge drink, then overeat” behaviors. Researchers at the Indiana School of Medicine found that consuming an apertif - an alcoholic drink before a meal - stimulates appetite and heightens ... continue reading
  • Mars vs. Venus: How Does Gender Affect Prescription Drugs?

    When the book Men are from Mars; Women are from Venus hit book shelves back in 1992, it was a huge hit. By highlighting the differences in men and women, the book's theory is still solidly ingrained in our culture. Though gender equality has come a ...

    ... of prescription pain medications. For example, opioid painkillers often contain acetaminophen (Tylenol). A large 2002 study found that women who take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAID's) for at least 22 ... continue reading
  • CVS Digs Deep into the Trend of Stimulant Abuse

    Although drugs like heroin and cocaine tend to grab flashier and more dramatic headlines in the media, arguably the biggest substance issue among young adults and college students is prescription medication. In fact, prescription stimulants are ...

    ... abuse problem , pharmacy and retail giant CVS conducted its own detailed survey among young adults. What they found will not only surprise you; it will give you a clear picture of how widespread this problem really ... continue reading
  • Let's Talk Dirty: Opiates, Addiction and Constipation

    Although opioids are effective pain relievers, they can do a number on your health and overall body systems. One of the most negatively affected body systems is your gastric system. What's more, long-term use or addiction to opiates can paralyze ...

    ... protrudes from the anus (rectal prolapse) What Can You Do? Fortunately, there are several treatments to combat opioid-induced constipation, ranging from natural solutions to diet changes and supplements. Interestingly ... 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 ...

    ... lethal upon contact through skin or inhalation. After decades of sitting on research shelves, the formula finally found its way onto the streets and into the hands of blackmarket consumers. It's made overseas and ... continue reading
  • Let's Talk About the Elephant Tranquilizer in the Room

    It's 10,000 times more potent than morphine. It's 100 times more powerful than fentanyl . What is it? Carfentanil. Designed as a tranquilizer for elephants, this deadly substance has made its way into our nation's illegal drug market. It's often ...

    ... you to become disoriented and sedated, stops your breathing and/or stops your heart. First responders are finding that even multiple doses of naloxone aren't always capable of bringing someone back from an overdose when ... continue reading
  • From Snort to Synapse: We Map Out Cocaine's Trip in Your Brain

    The powder is perfectly lined on the table. With no straw handy, you roll up a Washington and seconds later, the snow is gone. Inhaled into your nostril, this stimulant drug has started a trip that will change your brain…forever. What does this ...

    ... the coke as it makes its way through your system. The Cocaine Trip Working its way around the mucus, cocaine finds its way to the blood vessels in your nose. And that's the access point - through these vessels and into ... 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 ...

    ... Pain Relief: Multiple studies reveal marijuana's effects on pain differ between the sexes. Recent research found men who smoke marijuana experience a significant reduction in pain sensitivity, but there's no decrease in ... continue reading
  • Does Your Personality Put You at Risk for Addiction?

    Are certain personality types more prone to substance abuse? Although it certainly seems so, this question has been the focus of debate for some time. It used to be believed that addiction could be explained by way of the two contrasting personality ...

    ... (tending to be unambitious and lazy), and low on agreeableness (indicating them to be uncooperative and unhelpful), were found to be more likely to have problems with alcohol or drugs than those who scored lower on the ... continue reading
  • Pay Attention: 7 Red Flags of a Xanax Overdose

    Shannon was feeling even more anxious than usual, so she picked up her Xanax bottle and popped an extra pill. The doctor said to take it only as prescribed, but she figured an extra one wouldn't hurt. Feeling calmer, she decided to drive over to her ...

    ... over to her friend's house. Once there, they had a few drinks while catching up. Suddenly, Shannon found herself feeling extremely sleepy, weak and confused. It was getting hard to breathe… Fortunately, Shannon's friend ... continue reading
  • German Electrical Plant Burns Pot for Energy

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

    ... , confiscated cannabis is scheduled for incineration. However, this batch was too large for normal methods. Marijuana Finds a Powerful New Purpose On the day of the burning, armed customs officers delivered the marijuana ... continue reading
  • The Truth About This Vegetable’s Alcohol Antidote Reputation

    Ahhh, the good ol' tomato. They make a mean spaghetti sauce. They're full of antioxidants, which makes them great for homemade facials. They're even good for throwing at bad performers. What else can you use tomatoes for? Allegedly, to counteract ...

    ... .” As we know, alcohol consumption wreaks havoc on both of these organs. With this tomato discovery, we may have found a helpful antidote for some of the damage done by alcohol . Here's the scoop. The Research A team of ... continue reading
  • Are These Moms Handing Their Kids Over to the Justice System?

    During the four years I spent behind bars, I encountered hundreds of women - all with a unique personal story and background. I remember wondering to myself, “How did all these women end up in prison?” Some of them had traumatic childhoods, some ...

    ... -related diagnosis would be at risk of early-life contact with the justice system. Sure enough, researchers found adolescents in this group had almost twice the odds of exposure to the justice system compared to those ... continue reading
  • 5 Smart Ways to Prepare for Your Friend’s Intervention

    Krista is worried about Becca. They've been friends for years, so Krista can tell when something is “off” with her friend. And lately, something seems off. Krista has noticed Becca being a lot less social. She spends more time at home, alone. ...

    ... other loved ones to apply the CRAFT method or hold an intervention . Put Your Oxygen Mask on First Consider finding support for yourself, too. If your friend's choices have had a negative impact on your life, you might ... 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 ...

    ... state PDLs, a comparative exploratory analysis of states with different methadone drug utilization management policies found an association between a state's internal PDL policy and methadone overdose rates.” Debatable ... continue reading
  • What Do Taxes and Drunk Driving Have in Common? (You’d Be Surprised!)

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

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

    ... it to the United States by mail.” Elicit sellers are able to do so, he said, because they've found loopholes in the U.S. mail system - namely how to send something without having to provide tracking information. Portman ... 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 ...

    ... save $1.7 million annually by drug testing welfare recipients. That same year, it tested 87,000 applicants and found only one drug abuser. In the state of Missouri during 2014, 446 of their 38,970 welfare applicants were ... continue reading
  • Pop Quiz: Which of These Scenarios Can Land You in Jail?

    Today's drug laws seem to be in constant flux. Depending on which side of a state line you stand, you might be commended or arrested for the same act. This leaves many wondering exactly what is legal and what could put them in handcuffs. Try your ...

    ... Becky locked up. Nicole's painkiller prescription ran out. Her doctor wouldn't give her more, so she found another who would. When asked if she had received any similar prescriptions from other physicians, she lied. As ... continue reading
  • 4 Hangover “Cures” You Need to Ignore

    The lights are too bright. The noises are too loud. Your head's spinning. Your stomach's in turmoil. No, it's not the flu. You have a hangover. You had a few too many yesterday, and now you're paying for it. Beware the Miracle Remedy So, what can ...

    ... better - now. Unfortunately, scientists tell us there is really only one cure for a hangover : time. Additional Reading: No Surprise - Study Finds Avoiding Alcohol is the Only Hangover Prevention Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • New Years Resolutions & Substance Abuse

    The arrival of a new year represents a turning point for many people, and an opportunity to make long-awaited changes in their lives. While perhaps only 8% of people will stick to these resolutions, lots of folks still express a great interest in ...

    ... . It's common to hear people committing to quitting smoking, drinking, or drugs. But how many people are intent on reducing their substance use - or, surprisingly, even using more? To find out, we headed to Twitter. continue reading
  • A Closer Look at the History and Use of Cocaine

    Cocaine is a popular CNS (central nervous system) stimulant that is naturally derived from the cocoa plant, which is most commonly grown in South America's Andean region. Though its proper, chemical name is benzoylmethyl ecgonine (C17H21NO4), users ...

    ... drug's highly addictive qualities . Although it is not believed to cause physical dependence, many people find cocaine to be highly addictive on a psychological level , making it extremely difficult for heavy or frequent ... 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 ...

    ... couple of shady dealers looking for a “safe” place to set up their drug lab. They hit pay dirt when they find a down-on-his-luck farmer presumably struggling to send his young daughter to college. A deal is made and the ... continue reading
  • What Drugs Cause the Most Insane Behavior?

    Many substances that are addictive cause mental changes or unusual behavior. Even if a substance does not inherently have mind-altering properties, people who are addicted to it may display strange behavior if they need the drug are unable to obtain ...

    ... delusions, and anxiety. LSD stands for lysergic acid diethylamide, which is derived from ergot, a fungus that is found on rye. Typically, LSD liquid is absorbed by paper, a sugar cube, or another material, which is then ... 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 ...

    ... , vomiting, delusions, seizures, high heart rate and death. What's Next? Synthetic drugs continue to find their way into buyers' hands through Internet sales, head shops and convenience stores. According to National ... continue reading
  • Cuffed and Stuffed: 7 Ways a DUI Will Haunt Your Life

    It's common knowledge that a drinking and driving conviction can limit your freedom - whether it be jail, prison or probation. But the penalties seldom end there; the decision to get behind the wheel while you're intoxicated (or just buzzed) is one ...

    ... Canada) prohibit admittance even for a first-offense misdemeanor. So, even if you can obtain a visa, you may find yourself detained and deported. A Hefty Price Tag: Expect to pay through the nose if you get convicted of ... continue reading
  • Home Alone: Binge-Drinking and Motherhood

    Not too long ago, I had dinner with one of my high-school friends - someone I hadn't seen in several years. I remember thinking she had a picture-perfect Facebook life - a hot husband, two beautiful kids and an enormous house in Scottsdale. That's ...

    ... to take a closer look at the “wine-as-reward” culture in our society. Within minutes of Googling, I found books like “Sippy Cups are Not for Chardonnay” and websites like “Moms Who Need Wine.” Drinking within the stay ... 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 ...

    ... 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 it's a useless quest. Truth be ... continue reading
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