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  • 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 ...

    ... signs of overdose and called 911. Unlike Shannon's friend, a lot of us wouldn't recognize the signs of a Xanax overdose ... exhibits any of the above symptoms, you've got a potential overdose situation on your hands. Whether ... 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 ...

    ... Abused, it can be life-threatening. Signs of Ativan overdose include: Loss of muscle control Low blood ... ? Tolerance: Do you need more and more of it to feel its effects? Withdrawal symptoms: If you don't take Ativan ... continue reading
  • 5 Naloxone Myths Debunked

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

    ... , the overdose antidote can also be administered via an intranasal spray. The thing to remember is that the injectable form of naloxone takes effect much quicker than the nasal spray. If the signs and symptoms indicate a ... continue reading
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  • Taking Action: How to Intervene During an Overdose

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

    ... feel something is wrong, it probably is. Signs and Symptoms by Drug Let's take a look at the steps you should take when someone has overdosed. Depressant Overdose Opiates and benzodiazepines ( heroin , Oxycontin, Valium ... continue reading
  • A Look at the Physical Anatomy of an Overdose

    A drug overdose occurs when the body has been overloaded with either prescription medication or an illicit substance. Under normal circumstances, our body's metabolism would be able to detoxify the substance in order to avoid its potentially harmful ...

    ... . Along with respiratory depression, two additional signs of an opiate overdose include small, contracted pupils and unconsciousness. Respiratory depression, being the most alarming symptom, is the last to occur in the ... continue reading
  • Legalizing Marijuana Decreases Fatal Opiate Overdoses, Study Shows

    According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, more than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. In an effort to relieve that constant pain, the number of opiate prescriptions has nearly doubled over the last decade. Today, opiates like ...

    ... the key. Over the past two decades, deaths from drug overdoses have become the leading cause of injury death in the United ... (THCV) Learn more about the signs and symptoms of prescription drug abuse . Additional ... continue reading
  • Opana: The New Opiate of Choice Among Addicts?

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

    ... the full strength of the drug by crushing and injecting the pills, significantly increasing the risk of overdose. Some signs and symptoms of an Opana overdose generally include a severe slowing of breathing, sleepiness ... continue reading
  • Is Your Friend High? Here’s How to Tell…

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

    ... or slow breathing might be a sign your friend is high (and possibly overdosing). (U)nexplained Injuries: Drug ... drug use . Opioids are known for causing these symptoms. If you suspect your friend is struggling with drug ... 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, ...

    ... on how they can recognize symptoms of opioid misuse and reduce the risk of death by identifying the signs of an overdose and reversing it with lifesaving opioid overdose drug, Naloxone. Many medical professionals ... 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 ...

    ... months or more experienced severe opiate withdrawal symptoms, and another 45 percent experienced mild withdrawal. ... for another. Additional Reading: Opiates, Overdose and Permanent Brain Damage Related Resources http:// ... continue reading
  • Are You Really Addicted to Marijuana? Is Anyone?

    More Americans are becoming aware that drug addiction is a disease and not a character flaw, but many continue to find it difficult to believe that marijuana addiction is real. This could be because they experimented with marijuana weed at one point ...

    ... . Furthermore, those who quit using pot as adults did not recover these IQ points. 7 Warning Signs & Withdrawal Symptoms For those concerned about whether they or a loved one are addicted to marijuana, there are some ... 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 ...

    ... opioid receptors (just like heroin), it prevents symptoms of opiate withdrawal and alleviates the cravings that cause you to ... affect the central nervous system. Signs of methadone overdose include: 2 Nausea. Vomiting. ... continue reading
  • Prescription Opiates: As Addictive as Heroin?

    According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 21.5 million Americans aged 12 and older met the criteria for substance use disorder in 2014. Of these, 1.9 million were addicted to prescription opiate pain medications and 586,000 ...

    ... dependent on opiates, you experience painful and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms if you suddenly stop or decrease ... 25 years old. 4 From 2000 to 2010, heroin overdoses increased by more than 50%. 2 Approximately 23% of ... continue reading
  • Do I Have to Hit Rock Bottom Before I Get Help?

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

    ... loss of a job, death of a friend from overdose, or any other major life trauma to precipitate a ... that you haven't yet hit rock bottom and b) that you are showing signs of motivation to change. Continue reading to learn ... continue reading
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  • Supervised Heroin Shooting Galleries: Coming to a Public Housing Site?

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

    ... the Insite clinic, the first of these sites in North America. Institute staff responded to 2,026 overdoses in 2016 and almost 600 in 2017. The Canadian housing authority's attempt to integrate these injection sites into ... continue reading
  • Welcome to a New Tramadol Nightmare

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

    ... two state facilities currently offer detox services to Alaskans - and both of them were recently shut down, thanks to ... . With our nation's opiate epidemic showing no signs of slowing, there's simply no time to waste ... continue reading
  • Will These New Tools Help to Fight Opioid Addiction?

    With 78 Americans dying every day from opioid overdose, there's no question that our country is in the midst of an epidemic. But the good news is that there's hope on the horizon. Help is on the Way In May of this year, the U.S. Food and Drug ...

    ... of time to seek emergency assistance if an overdose does occur. Currently, opioid addiction treatment relies on other opioids, such as methadone and buprenorphine (Suboxone) to relieve withdrawal cravings for opioids ... 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 ...

    ... that the rate of death for those using Suboxone and methadone as part of opioid substitution treatment is about half of what it is for those using street heroin . Learn more about the symptoms and signs of drug abuse . 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 ...

    ... S. Drug Administration also issued a nationwide alert back in March as a response to fentanyl and heroin related overdose deaths that took place in other states. Additional Reading: Taking Action: How to Intervene During ... continue reading
  • 15-Minutes of Narcan Internet Fame Leaves Permanent Scars

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

    ... signed up for. When Your Life Becomes Reality TV A very similar scenario happened to a young man in Philadelphia. He was videotaped shooting up and ... . “They got him through the overdose and now they're prosecuting him when ... 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 ...

    ... in fact abusing drugs, you may notice some of these signs: Poor hygiene. Poor coordination. Teeth clenching. Bloodshot eyes. Bruises, cuts, and sores (from falling, bumping into things, or scratching oneself). Constant ... 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 ...

    ... 2007 to 8,260 overdose deaths in 2013. During this same time, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration ... these reports. Additional Reading : 5 Telltale Signs of a High-Functioning Addict Image Source: ... continue reading
  • What’s New in the World of Tamper-Proof Bottles? (Does it Matter?)

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

    ... TimerCap, LLC, noted , “Now you have a detection and a deterrent because people know that they can get caught by ... a drug habit - or save some of our loves ones from overdose - isn't it worth the effort? What do you think ... continue reading
  • Portrait of the American Overdose: Do You Fit the Profile?

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

    ... drug-related deaths in 2015. Heroin is responsible for another fourth of all fatal overdoses. Between 2010 and 2015, heroin overdose deaths tripled. Ranking third on the list are semi-synthetic opioids, which account for ... continue reading
  • The Fight Against Doctor Shopping Rages On

    Doctor shopping has become all too commonplace for addicts desperate to obtain drugs, but a new app could help determine whether emergency room patients are faking symptoms of alcohol withdrawal in order to obtain benzodiazepine drugs like Xanax or ...

    ... - after ordering three million doses of oxycodone ; the national average per pharmacy is below 69,000. If you or someone you know struggles with alcohol or drugs, learn more about the signs and symptoms of addiction . continue reading
  • Turns Out Tamper-Resistant Painkillers Aren’t Helping

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

    ... to think so, arguing that tamper-resistant formulations of drugs do not solve the problems of opioid addiction and overdose . In addition to increasing evidence that the overall number of deaths had not decreased, it was ... continue reading
  • Yay or Nay: Is the Opioid Epidemic a Conspiracy?

    'Epidemic': Affecting a disproportionately large number of individuals within a population. Opioid Epidemic Statistics Each day, 2.1 million people in the U.S. abuse opioids. The CDC reports that 165,000 Americans died from prescription ...

    ... president of the International Pain Foundation, feels the overdose concern is out of proportion. “There's such ... of non-cancer patients on opiates show signs of addiction and that opiates aren't an effective method of ... 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 ...

    ... they're buying drugs that are laced with fentanyl…and the results can be catastrophically deadly. Increase in Overdoses Linked to Fentanyl Last year, fentanyl and other synthetic opioids took over the number one cause ... continue reading
  • Do Safe Injection Sites Violate the Hippocratic Oath? One Nurse Says Yes

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

    ... , “I'm going to be one-on-one with this patient until they are at baseline for their vital signs and their mental status. Keep in mind, too, that if someone goes into anoxia because of respiratory depression, after four ... continue reading
  • New Drug Testing Technology Makes Urine Samples a Thing of the Past

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

    ... treatment centers In emergency situations, due to the quick results and determining what substances have caused an overdose Routine drug monitoring in doctor's offices Can this method detect specific level of impairment ... 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 ...

    ... begin human trials in the next two years. If proven effective, particularly by reducing the risk of abuse and overdose , we might have a “miracle” drug on our hands! Additional Reading: Opiate Alternatives: Doctor's Got ... continue reading
  • Misery Loves Company…Especially Among Addicts

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

    ... perspective on life, our old pals may look down on us and even try to tell us that we have a problem. This ... of using friends around. Additional Reading: 5 Telltale Signs of a High-Functioning Addict Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... via other parts of the body, such as the neck, groin, hands and feet. Many IV drug users are conscious of their track marks, prompting them to hide the visible signs of shooting up . Since the forearms are a very visible ... continue reading
  • Don’t Do Me Any Favors: When Sharing Means Anything But Caring

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

    ... , a powerful opioid painkiller. He only took a couple and now he's got ten pills left over in a bottle ... potent painkillers and, when misused, can result in overdose . The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells ... continue reading
  • 5 Reasons Driving on Benzos is Just a Bad Idea

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

    ... enough to respond appropriately. Red lights or stop signs may go unnoticed. Drifting toward sleep can ... wheel. Vertigo is a group of symptoms that includes dizziness, light-headedness and unsteadiness. It's also a side ... continue reading
  • Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About a Resurgence of Cocaine in the U.S.?

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

    ... the fall of 2016, officials seized another tractor trailer and discovered over 12.7 kilograms of cocaine mixed in ... This deadly duo was responsible for 37 percent of overdose deaths last year in New York. What to Expect ... continue reading
  • Heartbroken Parents Use Obituaries to Raise Addiction Awareness

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

    ... the words for their obituary to reflect their life's contributions and all the love and affection you feel for them. But what if your loved one died of an overdose? What if the thing that took them from this world was ... continue reading
  • Countering the Myths About Methadone: Is it Right for You?

    Methadone maintenance has been around for years as an effective treatment for opioid dependency . Yet, its use remains controversial, and there's seemingly no end to the myths and false information aimed at discouraging anyone from using it as a ...

    ... can clearly see the benefits of using methadone, as it has the potential to reduce the risk of overdose, death, and criminal activity. Myth #2 - Methadone is Just Another Addictive Substance People on a stable dose of ... 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 ...

    ... to send something without having to provide tracking information. Portman has since introduced the Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention act, a new law that would require the U.S. Postal Service to track senders ... continue reading
  • Druggie: The New Makeup Shade Making Ugly Waves

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

    ... overdose, with drug overdose deaths continuing to rise. In fact, since 1999, the number of overdose ... . One supporter commented, “I'm signing this because you cannot mock and make glamorous a national epidemic, where we ... continue reading
  • 9 Mind-Blowing Facts About W-18

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

    ... to be damaged, anyone coming into contact would face being overdosed with this drug immediately and would need immediate medical attention.” Fatal Symptoms: The symptoms of W-18 exposure include feeling sleepy, trouble ... 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. ...

    ... . What may get lost in the shift, however, is the information about the potential harm ingested marijuana smoke can cause. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of marijuana abuse . Image Credits: Jeff Chiu/Instagram continue reading
  • Heroin's Death Toll Hits an All-Time High in New York

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

    ... people between the ages of 15 and 34, though people between the ages of 35 and 54 still had the highest overall overdose rate. Location Specific When it comes to heroin abuse and overdose rates, the biggest jump by far ... 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 ...

    ... like cough medicine, paint thinner, light fluid and the phosphorus scraped off a match book - ... accurately diagnose someone who also abuses heroin because of the similar symptoms. In the U.S. there was a major health ... continue reading
  • Are Safe Rooms a Smart Way to Decrease Fatal Overdoses?

    With fatal overdoses increasing each year, the need for action has never been greater. Despite funneling billions into the anti-drug movement, the addiction problem remains unsolved. Acknowledging that fact, several countries are looking to “safe ...

    ... locations to use drugs. At its core, safe rooms seek to prevent fatal overdoses and decrease transmitted diseases. Countries operating on a “zero tolerance” policy tend to drive addicts further underground, ultimately ... continue reading
  • Can a Label Really Stop the Abuse of Some Prescription Meds?

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

    ... between history of benzodiazepine prescription and the associated risk of death from a drug overdose , found that the risk ... box warning sign should be more effective at providing a clear-cut message and helping to reduce ... 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 ...

    ... drugs. About half of all overdoses that year (23,000) came from prescription drugs and another 8,000 were caused ... pills for free from family and friends, it's a health hazard that shows no sign of slowing down. In addition ... 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 ...

    ... . Withdrawal: Women are likely to experience more severe withdrawal symptoms . Females tend to experience more sleep disruption, loss of appetite and irritability. Tolerance: Studies show that females develop a tolerance ... continue reading
  • I’m Having Opiate Withdrawals – Am I Addicted?

    Shelly's knee surgery went great. The doctor said she'd be running again in no time. Before she'd be ready for her next 5K, she'd have to endure some fairly intense pain and a lot of physical therapy. While in the hospital, Shelly received regular ...

    ... horrible flu-like symptoms set in. Shelly did a little research and came to the ... and chills. Your behaviors can also serve as a compass of sorts, indicating you might've reached the point of dependency. Behavioral signs ... continue reading
  • True or False: Ready to Put Your Fentanyl Knowledge to the Test?

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

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

    ... “gray death” by authorities, this high-potency cocktail is responsible for multiple overdose deaths across several states including Alabama, Ohio, and Georgia. Gray Death: A New Killer Combination Gray death is a lethal ... continue reading
  • Can a Judge Order Me Not to Get Pregnant?

    A judge in New York recently ordered a woman who's addicted to drugs not to get pregnant. While no one would argue that someone with an extreme drug problem should get pregnant, there are complex issues involved in ordering someone not to conceive ...

    ... drug use. What Do You Think? Every day, about 92 people die from an overdose. And in rural areas of the nation, babies are being born addicted in record-breaking numbers. With so many chemically dependent people passing ... continue reading
  • Pop Quiz: Let’s Test Your Benzo Knowledge

    In 2013, 13.5 million adults filled a benzodiazepine prescription in the US. These drugs are used to treat anxiety, depression, insomnia and seizures. They are also highly addictive and frequently abused. How much do you know about this class of ...

    ... to dangerous levels or cease altogether. This can result in overdose, coma, or death . What are the most widely ... last up to two years. Symptoms usually include a slight increase in anxiety and insomnia. How do benzos work ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Signs

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

    ... 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 heart rate, loss of coordination, marked ... continue reading
  • Study Indicates Pot Really Can Lower Your IQ

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

    ... what many view as “harmless” recreational marijuana use could have permanent cognitive implications for adulthood and beyond. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of marijuana abuse . Image Source: Flicker/DankDepot continue reading
  • Overdosing on Sleep Medication is a Big Problem

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

    ... has created a sleeping pill epidemic, with overdose numbers skyrocketing. There are several sleep-inducing ... has knock-on effects elsewhere.” One safe and alternate solution for sleep problems is professional counseling ... continue reading
  • 15 Warning Signs That Your Kid May Be Using Drugs

    Kids are a source of worry for every parent. You look after them for years, and you hope that they end up turning our alright. While there are hundreds of books and articles on how to raise your kids, few really work that well, and it's all down to ...

    ... Something marked OP will likely be OxyContin , for example. Identify the pill and see what comes up. Alternatively, ask your teen. Odd smells are another sign. It could be a new interest in deodorant or a heady smell of ... continue reading
  • Detour: Teens in Rural Areas More Likely to Abuse Painkillers

    When you think about the drug trade in America's big cities, it seems like it might be easier for teenagers to abuse drugs like prescription painkillers. With the massive amount of drugs flowing in and out of large cities, there's certainly no ...

    ... major implications for increased treatment demand, risk of overdose and even death from these opioids.” The Rise of Rural ... opioid abuse is particularly dangerous, as the signs can be much less apparent than those ... continue reading
  • Workplace Adderall Abuse: 9 Signs It’s Time to Get Help

    Colleges and universities across the country are struggling to tackle the huge rise in students using ADHD drugs like Adderall as study aid , but the problem doesn't magically disappear after graduation. Businesses across the country are finding ...

    ... start to lose a significant amount of weight, this is a definite warning sign. Changes in Personality : Stimulants can often alter your mood and emotional state. If you find yourself more agitated or sad than usual, or ... continue reading
  • 5 Telltale Signs of a High-Functioning Addict

    When you think of drug addiction, many people immediately associate the disease with the kind of tragic, rock-bottom moments we're privy to on shows like Intervention or Celebrity Rehab . The problem is that nine times out of ten, Hollywood gets it ...

    ... want to socialize unless drugs and alcohol are involved - it's likely a sign that there is a bigger ... she could regularly be suffering from hangovers or withdrawal symptoms. Losing Interest in Hobbies If you notice your ... continue reading
  • Which Side of the Naloxone Debate Are You On?

    With the opioid epidemic claiming nearly 78 lives each and every day, President-elect Trump has his work cut out for him in the drug arena. One of his stated policies involves increasing access to naloxone, a medication used to reverse overdose from ...

    ... of his stated policies involves increasing access to naloxone, a medication used to reverse overdose from opioids like heroin and prescription painkillers. But there are people on both sides of the fence regarding this ... 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 ...

    ... capable of bringing someone back from an overdose when carfentanil is involved. With overdoses mounting, the DEA scrambled to issue a warning to both the public and police officials about the dangers of carfentanil ... continue reading
  • Who Will Win the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge?

    $6.5 million is up for grabs. The state of Ohio recently launched its Opioid Technology Challenge, calling on healthcare providers, scientists, and entrepreneurs. The goal is to generate ideas that can be developed into solutions to curb the ...

    ... The Birth of Innovation The Opioid Technology Challenge initiative is in response to the staggering addiction and overdose statistics we're currently experiencing across the nation. An estimated 91 Americans die each day ... continue reading
  • The Price Tag of Heroin in America: $51 Billion

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

    ... . They say it's the deadliest drug worldwide. Stats from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention support these claims. They report heroin-related overdose death s have more than quadrupled since 2010. Between 2014 ... continue reading
  • 4 Physical Signs You're Addicted to Ritalin

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

    ... re addicted? Here's a look at four physical signs you're hooked: Sign #1 No Energy Kara couldn't believe how ... Ritalin and experiencing withdrawal. Sleeping disorders are a common symptom of Ritalin withdrawal. And since ... continue reading
  • Rapper’s Shocking On-Stage Antics are Cause for Concern

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

    ... aback, but it's the lyrics to Stitches' music and his on-stage cocaine-fueled antics that have local parents ... who are willing to pay up to $60 for meet-and-greets with him after local performances. The rapper has also ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... they find a down-on-his-luck farmer presumably struggling to send his young daughter to college. A deal is made and the duo begins using the farmer's barn to cook up what appears to be ecstasy . We later see the farmer ... continue reading
  • Does Opioid Addiction Cause Sexual Dysfunction in Men?

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

    ... , which control the production of sex hormones, and also cause testosterone deficiencies in both men and women. However, sexual dysfunction is far from the only symptom associated with an opioid addiction. Opioid users ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Prescription Drugs? How Can I Quit Safely?

    If you've been using prescription drugs in a way that was not intended by your doctor, then it is possible that you are dependent on them, and dependency often leads to addiction. While addiction can be frightening, the good news is there's plenty ...

    ... can be frightening, the good news is there's plenty of help available to you to break the addiction. Knowing the signs and symptoms of addiction to prescription drugs can help you determine what kind of help you need ... continue reading
  • Take My Breath Away: A Deadly Warning About Opiates

    You've just taken an opioid painkiller . The medication travels to your brain, making the pain sensations stop. The same opiates also make you feel much calmer, offering up a bonus anti-depressing effect. And that's the good news. The bad news is ...

    ... the good news. The bad news is opiate drugs also slow your breathing…and in case of an overdose, your breathing is slowed to a virtually non-existent and lethal level. The right amount of drugs slows your breathing; the ... continue reading
  • Opiates, Overdose and Permanent Brain Damage

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

    ... opiates , it is essential to understand the risks involved with an overdose. How An Overdose Causes Brain Damage Opiates and opioids (heroin, morphine, OxyContin, Fentanyl) are depressants, meaning the drugs slow down ... continue reading
  • Methadone Maintenance is Finding Success Behind Bars

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

    ... groups were offered support. That support came in the form of financial assistance, professional care referrals and/or logistic help meant to ensure access to methadone maintenance treatment facilities. Following Up Post ... continue reading
  • New Programs Aimed at Appalachian Opioid Crisis

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

    ... the challenge of fighting the opioid epidemic. All of this adds up to increased drug use and staggering rates of overdose. In addition to the main initiative, four other awards were issued this year to improve research ... continue reading
  • Counting Dangerous Sheep: Why You Should Stop Popping Sleeping Pills

    Here's a question for you: How much sleep do you get every night? As adults, the Centers for Disease Control tells us we require seven to eight hours of sleep per night to maintain good health. Of course, we don't always get these hours. All kinds ...

    ... community's “go-to” solution for sleep disorders, but they are extremely addictive and pose the risk for serious side effects and overdose. Today, doctors are prescribing fewer of those dangerous pills. Instead, they've ... continue reading
  • Benzo Epidemic: A Killer Hiding in the Shadow of Opioids

    In recent years, opioid abuse has received a lot of attention - and for good reason. In 2014, 19,000 people died from overdoses involving prescription opioids ; that's up 16 percent from 2013. But notice the wording; it's important: “Overdoses ...

    ... . In 30 percent of opioid-related deaths , it's the combination of benzos and opioids that result in an overdose. So, why don't we hear more about benzo abuse? Well, that's a really good question. Benzo Stats Benzos ... continue reading
  • Heroin Facts – Because Knowing is Half the Battle

    “Smack” - “Junk” - “H” Heroin is a drug that goes by many names. But no matter what you call it, it's still the same potent, potentially deadly drug. While its name really isn't that important, knowing some basic facts about heroin can ...

    ... six-fold between 2001 and 2014. In 2014, heroin use caused more than 10,000 deaths by overdose . That same year, ... and psychological effects. If you suspect a loved one might be abusing heroin , look for the following signs ... continue reading
  • Police Are Gearing Up to Face Down a Couple of Killers

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

    ... a means to help themselves - or others - suffering from a life-threatening overdose. With the increasing appearance of fentanyl and carfentanil, the Harris County Sheriff's office purchased an additional 264 doses of ... continue reading
  • Public Restrooms Have Become Ground Zero in Opioid Epidemic

    The opioid epidemic has impacted countless families, but according to a recent article on NPR.org , people aren't the only ones affected. Public restrooms have become the newest casualty in the midst of the drug epidemic sweeping across our country. ...

    ... even trained his baristas to use naloxone, the drug that reverses an opioid overdoses . Still, there's very little guidance on this issue. And with it being against the law to knowingly provide a space where people can ... 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 ...

    ... utilization management policies found an association between a state's internal PDL policy and methadone overdose rates.” Debatable Results Despite the statistics, restricting Methadone among Medicaid recipients will ... continue reading
  • New Experimental Opioid Makes Some Awfully Big Promises

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

    ... was snorted or injected. What's the Bottom Line? Though NKTR-181 isn't yet approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the company plans to discuss its next steps with the agency in the near future. They're ... continue reading
  • Should People Who Abuse Alcohol Qualify for Liver Transplants?

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

    ... the way until his death a few short months later. Alcoholism and Liver Disease In 2015, more than 21,000 Americans died due ... and social workers, weigh factors such as physical symptoms, substance-abuse history and whether ... continue reading
  • 7 Signs You May Be Addicted to Tramadol

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

    ... taking the drug without a prescription and obtaining it illegally. Another sign of addiction is taking the drug ... . If you regularly experience any of the above physical symptoms, you may be addicted to Tramadol. Call 1-888 ... continue reading
  • 5 Lies All Addicts Tell Themselves

    As an addict, life is a game of survival. Day after day is dedicated to avoiding withdrawals and hiding the outward signs of chemical dependency . On top of that, feeding an addiction means developing an arsenal of psychological defense mechanisms. ...

    ... meaningful life they've missed out on for so long. If you or someone you know struggles with alcohol or drug abuse, help is available. Start by learning more about the signs and symptoms of addiction. Roman Skovich Image continue reading
  • What's In My Baggie? Documentary Highlights the Danger of Mystery Drugs Sold at Music Festivals

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

    ... 't make a whole lot of sense, does it? What's In My Baggie is meant to educate the masses and, hopefully, save lives in the process. The filmmakers are even willing to let music festival promoters air the documentary at ... continue reading
  • The 7 Most Addictive Prescription Medications

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

    ... or crushed. Taking OxyContin in this way can lead to overdose; abusing the drug in these ways has caused many deaths ... Serious withdrawal symptoms such as fever, chills, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, and depression can make ... continue reading
  • Don’t Be Fooled: Tramadol Abuse Poses Very Real Dangers

    Ultram. Conzip. Rybix ODT. These name brands of tramadol have recently flooded the marketplace with their painkilling properties. Since its approval in 1995, tramadol has become a household name. In 2013 alone, over 43 million tramadol prescriptions ...

    ... dependent on the drug and risk overdose , which can involve difficulty breathing, irregular heartbeat, seizure, loss of consciousness and coma. Physical dependence also results in withdrawal symptoms when abusers cease ... continue reading
  • 25 Harmful Effects of Morphine

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

    ... seem like a positive side effect, it is generally a sign of poor health conditions. Effects That Can Be Lethal ... Death - Heroin and morphine share the top slot for most common cause of overdose-related fatalities. Is It ... 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 ...

    ... , 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. However ... continue reading
  • 4 Loopholes We Use to Justify Staying Addicted

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

    ... of a happy, healthy life due to mental health symptoms can be. For example, needing a few drinks ... successful in assisting patients in developing a new routine and feeling more in control of their addiction. The first ... continue reading
  • Drugs at School: Are Zero-Tolerance Policies Really Working?

    Adopted over 20 years ago, zero-tolerance drug policies still dominate the conduct codes of most American public schools. In fact, the U.S. Department of Education reports an estimated 88 percent of schools enforce these policies. Zero-Tolerance as ...

    ... of the infraction. According to policy language, students may be suspended, expelled, forced to attend drug counseling and 12-Step meetings for possessing over-the-counter medication. Although an extreme example, it's an ... continue reading
  • New Study Reveals Cocaine Robs You of Loss

    A new study has found that cocaine abuse affects brain circuits so drastically that some users can't even recognize personal loss in their lives. Researchers were able to conclude that the brain circuits responsible for predicting emotional loss ...

    ... cocaine addicts are content to repeat the same mistakes over and over again. Consequences like going to jail or losing ... .” Seventy-five participants, 50 of whom abused cocaine and 25 of whom did not, took part in the ... continue reading
  • Childhood Traumas Haunt Many into Adulthood

    It's a widely accepted theory that some people are more susceptible to addiction than others. Many of those “at-risk” are labeled as such due to specific genetic or neurological issues. However, a recent study indicates that traumatic ...

    ... . After surveying 196 people who were receiving treatment for alcoholism, NIDA found that one-fourth of the men and one-third of the women had experienced physical abuse during childhood. What's more, nearly half of the ... continue reading
  • Can’t Sleep? Try Putting Down the Marijuana (Seriously)

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

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

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

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

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

    ... the smoke, impaired as they recover from the exposure. Now picture this : You're at a friend's house and someone lights a joint. Sitting next to this person, you inhale secondhand marijuana smoke for 60 seconds. For the ... continue reading
  • Is Telemedicine the Solution for Addiction in Rural America?

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

    ... have a reliable vehicle. If you arrange for a ride or take public transportation, everyone in town will know where you went and why. If this were your situation, how likely would you be to get help? Now, let's add a new ... continue reading
  • Fentanyl: The Newest Lethal Injection Ingredient

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

    ... the synthetic opioid fentanyl is flooding the drug market - and heightening the danger of overdose. In search of cheaper mixes and stronger highs, dealers now lace heroin and cocaine with this potent drug. We've already ... continue reading
  • Yes, Suboxone is Sober & The Truth About Suboxone

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

    ... that heroin use has also been on the rise and heroin overdose death rates have increased by 20.6 percent from ... these medications, you'll experience some type of withdrawal symptom . Does this mean you're addicted? No, ... continue reading
  • Sorry – Drones Can't Legally Deliver Your Weed

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

    ... sure does keep policymakers busy. It also ties up a ton of taxpayer money in more unnecessary paper pushing and rule creation. The Evolution of Marijuana Laws The legalization of marijuana is a perfect sample of this law ... continue reading
  • Fixing the Addiction Counselor Crunch: One University’s Plan to Help

    Seventy-seven percent of counties across the country are currently suffering from severe shortages of behavioral health professionals. By 2025, the expected demand for treatment will create a shortage of over 15,000 workers. The lack of experts in ...

    ... pretty clear we have a problem on our hands. With opioid and alcohol abuse on the rise, our nation is dangerously imbalanced. ... , so do the number of deaths from overdose. This deadly disproportion exemplifies why we're ... continue reading
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