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  • MXE Drug Abuse

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

    ... damage. MXE abuse may also lead to negative life consequences. Possible long-term effects include: Isolation from ... . Abuse of drugs like MXE in adolescents and teens can have a negative impact on brain functioning and the ... continue reading
  • You’ve Gotta Dig In: Brain Health and Drug Abuse

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

    ... needs fruits and vegetables, which neutralize the damage from these brain processes. And of course, water is ... . Additional Reading: Understanding the Effects of Long Term Drug Abuse on the Brain Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Decade of Drug Overdose

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

    ... database on causes of mortality, which is used here to shed light on the drug overdose epidemic currently ravaging the nation. Using the CDC's data from 10-plus years as well as recently released figures for 2011, we've ... continue reading
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  • Social Drug Use is Like Kryptonite to Healthy Relationships

    Heather always feels awkward at parties. She's quiet and shy. She never knows what to say and finds it hard to interact with people in these intimidating settings. To help her “loosen up,” she tries smoking pot before going to a party. Once ...

    ... in slightly different ways. Let's take a look at some commonly abused drugs and how they impact us: Benzodiazepines: These drugs boost the brain signalers and generates a sense of calm. The result is less anxiety, which ... continue reading
  • Let’s Play: How Much Do You Really Know About Drug Schedules?

    Have you ever heard someone mention a Schedule I or Schedule II Controlled Substance? Most of us have seen these labels, but what exactly do they mean? Let's break down this drug scheduling system to get a better understanding of controlled ...

    ... of causing dependence when abused Schedule I Schedule I drugs are highly addictive and have no accepted medical use ... this group are considered a step-down in risk from Schedule I. They still have high potential for abuse ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse: The Oral Health Kryptonite

    It's February and we've all celebrated Groundhog Day, Valentine's Day and even President's day. So, that's basically it for February, right? Well…actually it isn't. February is also National Dental Health Month, making this a great time to promote ...

    ... and soft drinks. Thanks to the constant sugar exposure, the protective enamel turns soft from decay. Methamphetamine: The use of this drug causes severe dry mouth and, much like heroin, it sparks a constant craving for ... continue reading
  • Mother of Newborn Arrested After Failing Drug Test

    There has been an enormous amount of debate and passion as of late - all of it spurred on by one question: what should happen to mothers who give birth to addicted children. Alabama came up with its own solution that involves jail time and bringing ...

    ... Hyfield-Parker must give a negative drug test before she can be released from jail and, by court order, ... ethical issues. Last May, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill into law which gives law enforcement officials ... 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 ...

    ... the daughter gets her hands on some of those deadly barn-cooked drugs and, unfortunately, things go from bad to worse. The video ends on a sobering message: “Drugs are not worth the risk.” What viewers are seeing is the ... continue reading
  • Health Insurance for Drug and Alcohol Rehab

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

    ... may be unsure of how to pay for alcohol and drug rehab treatment programs, there are a number of ways to ... conditions. 4 The amount of coverage and cost will vary from one insurance company to another and may depend on the ... continue reading
  • How Drug Addiction Hurts Relationships

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

    ... leads to the emergence of a number of relationship-damaging issues like jealousy, anger, fear, and resentment ... Support groups for loved ones of individuals suffering from drug and alcohol addiction can help you build a ... continue reading
  • Counterfeit Prescription Drug Operations Thrive in the US

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

    ... Internet for cheaper alternatives. If it turns out that you need to take a prescription drug, you should only get them from your doctor and fill the prescription at a certified pharmacy. Shopping online or buying pills ... continue reading
  • What We Learned From SAMHSA's 2015 Prescription Drug Study

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

    ... a friend or relative, with about one third misusing a prescription from a doctor. Only about 1 in 20 misusers bought their last pain reliever from a drug dealer or stranger. Applying the Data So, what does this all mean ... continue reading
  • The AMA to Drug Companies: It’s Time You Stop Lying to Consumers

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

    ... tactics and hidden price increases is far from honest transparency. Frustrated with current trends, ... First responders, schools, and community groups that rely on this drug to save lives are now finding it tough to keep ... 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 ...

    ... where it is much easier to smuggle in narcotics from Middle Eastern poppy farms. Around 2002, it was ... book - among other things. The resulting product is a drug called Krokodil which mimics the effects of heroin for a ... continue reading
  • San Francisco Mayor Proposes Drug Distribution to Homeless

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

    ... in the brain and prevents opioid cravings. That means people can't feel the effects of opioid drugs or ... are addicted to opioids. Most of these dollars would come from the city's general fund, with $900K reimbursed to ... continue reading
  • Who Are You Without Your Drug of Choice?

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

    ... false bank accounts or hack your email - it steals your identity from within. Spinning in a cycle of chemical dependency , those battling with drugs and alcohol often don't realize one important truth: Your true identity ... continue reading
  • Why are We Seeing More Drug-Dependent Newborns?

    Drug addiction not only impacts the chemically-dependent, it has serious ramifications on their friends and loved ones. While no one wants to watch someone they care about struggle with addiction, the unborn children of drug-dependent women don't ...

    ... 85 percent of the 106 babies suffering from drug withdrawal are returned to their parents. ... for the rest of your life. Additional Reading : The Damage of Drinking During Early Pregnancy: 3 Myths Debunked Image Source ... 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 ...

    ... brain's reward system. Although cocaine wasn't regulated until 1914, growing concern over its effects led to Coca-Cola removing the substance from ... . If you're concerned about your own drug use, or that of someone close to ... continue reading
  • Study: Drug Forums Aren’t Very Helpful if You Want to Get Clean

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

    ... foster dangerous substance use , as they encourage experimentation. They shift the relationship with potent drugs from necessary medication to using the mind and body as a personal lab for medical experiments. (User1978 ... 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 ...

    ... up, you're literally playing Russian roulette with your life.” Do Not Underestimate This Drug An exact number of deaths from the drug is unknown, but a spokeswoman for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation reported they've ... 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 ...

    ... drug abuse meltdown of famous people more prominently. The following six meltdowns were pretty severe, but there were also warning signs ... expensive bottles of champagne that she took from the bar's kitchen, and he expected ... continue reading
  • Drug Addiction is Killing a Huge Number of Inmates

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

    ... 6 percent of all the prisoners (2,874) died within the first five years of their release. Among those who died from alcohol and drug-related causes, 42 percent of the male deaths and 70 percent of the female deaths came ... continue reading
  • Drug Trafficking Across Borders

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    In the United States, a Schedule II drug is one that has some accepted medical use, but at the same time a ... opening Twitter one morning to be greeted by tweets from across the nation by young people that quite plainly, ... 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 ...

    ... epidemic. Many of these fatalities are caused by a deadly drug that's secretly added to baggies of heroin (or cocaine ... .S. More than 20,000 people in 2016 died from using these substances. In New York City, fentanyl-laced ... continue reading
  • An Uncomfortable Truth: Drug Abuse Raises STD Rates

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

    ... or group sex, and/or visit sex clubs for couples.” The researchers found that 48% of the swingers used recreational drugs while engaging in sex acts. And that number jumped up to 79% if alcohol and erectile dysfunction ... continue reading
  • The 10 Most Insane Drug Addict Movie Characters

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

    ... temper, especially in the final scene, after Renton (Ewan McGregor) has stolen £16,000 (around $25,000) of drug money from him. He destroys a hotel room and attracts the attention of police. Not what you want to do after ... 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 ...

    ... of the 23,000 overdose deaths that came from prescription drugs in 2013. Benzos were responsible for the ... getting their pills for free from family and friends, it's a health hazard that shows no sign of slowing down. In ... 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 ...

    ... , only 11.2 percent of people who needed treatment in 2010 ended up receiving it. If you or someone you know is suffering from a drug addiction, we can help. Call us at today to get started with the recovery process. continue reading
  • Drug and Alcohol in the Community

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

    ... us-job-losses-unemployment-coronavirus [theguardian.com] ** https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/drug-addiction/news/covid-unemployment-abuse/ [therecoveryvillage.com] *** https://www.advisory.com/daily-briefing/2020/07/15 ... 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 ...

    ... , impaired workers placed in customer service roles can quickly and permanently damage a company's reputation. Employers also have to consider the negative effect drug users can have on the rest of the staff. In fact ... continue reading
  • Progressive Ways Some States Are Reducing Nonviolent Drug Offender Incarcerations

    The United States has some of the highest incarceration rates in the world. In 2008 alone, the United States had placed one out of every 48 working men behind bars; that's a lot of people to support with tax money. In fact, about $75 billion was ...

    ... and Delinquency determined that prisoners who benefitted from these programs had unchanged or lower recidivism ... were less than half as likely to be taking drugs when tested, and they were three times less likely ... 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 ...

    ... treated , permanently damaged veins can never be healed. The appearance of track marks are not only a sign of drug use ; they ... blood-borne viruses can also be contracted from using unsterile needles. The two most commonly ... continue reading
  • Lethal Drug Combinations

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

    ... dopaminergic brain processes, making the combined effect more addictive than if using each drug separately ... do at a faster rate than heroin. Signs of overdose from speedballs include: Bluish skin or fingernails. Extreme ... 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 ...

    ... and kidney failure, as well as diminished brain function. Why are People Drawn to Spice? ... of Spice. When users blow all their savings on “expensive” drugs like OxyContin or even heroin, the notion of getting high for ... continue reading
  • Mirror Mirror: Landmark Study Paints a Portrait of Synthetic Drug Users

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

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

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

    ... rules of science always apply. Don't risk your life with lethal drug combinations; it's never worth it. If you are afraid that you ... more about health insurance coverage levels from some household health brand names for ... continue reading
  • Acid Drug Abuse

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

    ... created LSD in 1938, and from 1947 to 1966, it was sold as an experimental drug for psychiatry under the brand name ... a “bad trip” (discussed in detail below). Signs and Symptoms Bad Trips The psychological effects of ... 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 ...

    ... . In fact, the drug has over 25 official side effects that impact our behavior, brain, body, psyche and sexuality ... results, this new drug could have a huge impact on the millions suffering from chronic pain. Researchers ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Treatment Center

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

    ... 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to help you take the steps to a successful drug abuse recovery. Drug abuse is a disease that requires the assistance and care of licensed medical professionals. This assistance is ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Effects

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

    ... Abuse, addiction occurs when a chemical dependency to a drug is combined with an overwhelming urge to use the substance. Drug Withdrawal Treatment If you're struggling from a drug addiction, you don't have to battle your ... continue reading
  • Facing Reality: 8 Shocking Drug and Alcohol Abuse Statistics

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

    ... disorders and insomnia, can lead to long-term damages, and can be life-threatening when combined with ... This means that about 20 million people suffering from an addiction to drugs or alcohol went untreated. Those who don' ... continue reading
  • An Analysis of Drug Sentencing Trends in the US

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

    ... next highest states. Regardless of where you live or what kind of sentencing standards your state adheres to, drug offenses are typically a difficult consequence of the disease of addiction. If you or someone you love is ... continue reading
  • What's Your Generation’s Drug of Choice? Let’s Find Out…

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

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

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

    ... a mess and needs help. Ask questions like: When did you first start using [drug]? How much do you reckon you get through in a day? Where do you get it from? How do you feel when on it? And how do you feel off it? Would ... continue reading
  • Understanding the Effects of Long Term Drug Abuse on the Brain

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

    ... is a stage of growth where the brain is changing and developing; changes made with drugs at that point could be permanent. If you or your loved one is suffering from alcohol or drug addiction, give us a call at to ... 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 ...

    ... ability to heal, leading to abscesses and infections when damage occurs to these veins. Femoral Vein (Groin): The ... Aftercare Programs Recommended Drug Rehabilitation-Related Articles Signs and Symptoms of Substance ... continue reading
  • Facts about Krokodil (the “Zombie Drug”)

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

    ... Heroin. The name “krokodil” is thought to either derive from the appearance of a user's skin around the injection ... death of living tissue). When the drug is injected, it can damage veins and lead to localized infections ... continue reading
  • Mental Health and Drug Abuse

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

    ... 1, 11 How to Identify a Co-Occurring Mental Health and Drug Abuse Problem Co-occurring disorders can occur for a number of reasons ... People who abuse substances can suffer from brain changes that may increase their chances ... 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 ...

    ... include depression, anxiety, mood swings and even psychotic behavior. Drug abuse signs may also become apparent from a social and behavioral standpoint. Most drug abusers avoid friends and family, at least when they are ... 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 ...

    ... life. We help to facilitate the development of everyday life skills in order to help you recover from drug abuse and addiction. Relapse triggers need to be acknowledged, avoided or circumvented and a contingency plan in ... continue reading
  • New Drug Testing Technology Makes Urine Samples a Thing of the Past

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

    ... a 99 percent accuracy rate using this method. The brains behind this drug testing breakthrough consist of individuals from: Surrey University in England The Netherlands Forensic Institute Intelligent Fingerprinting ... continue reading
  • 7 Crazy Ways Addicts Fund Their Drug Habits

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

    ... to prostitution, burglary, and car theft as a way to earn drug money, thousands find alternate funding routes. Some of these “jobs ... to snatch these huge fixtures, many from affluent neighborhoods. At college campus parties ... continue reading
  • 25 Great Writers Who Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    Drug and Alcohol Addiction Can Affect Anyone Of course, some are more susceptible than others, and writers are notorious for having some sort of addiction. Whether it's alcohol to numb the noise from the world or speed or LSD to “inspire” them, ...

    Drug and Alcohol Addiction Can Affect Anyone Of course, some are more susceptible than others, and writers are notorious for having some sort of addiction. Whether it's alcohol to numb the noise from the world or speed ... 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 ...

    ... , help is available. Professional drug and alcohol abuse programs can start anyone suffering with addiction on the path to recovery and a life free from the shackles of substance dependency. You can contact American ... continue reading
  • DMT Drug Abuse

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

    ... counterpart, such as nausea and vomiting 1,2,3 . Signs and Symptoms Someone taking DMT may report the following effects ... occurs naturally within the human brain, it is still a Schedule 1 drug for which possession can lead ... continue reading
  • State Sentencing: How Drug Sentencing Varies Across the U.S.

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

    ... know a little more about what's going on behind those data. We took a look at drug sentencing statistics from a 2013 report by the United States Sentencing Commission on sentences handed down in federal guideline cases ... continue reading
  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse Across Generations

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

    ... for all of the generations - but as you might expect from the emerging drug culture of the 1960s, Boomers stand out from the pack 2 . Boomers, Millennials and Gen Xers all saw their recent marijuana usage peak around ... continue reading
  • Prescription Drug Abuse Problem

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

    ... amino butyric acid) neurotransmitter system in the brain. Drugs prescribed for sleep include: Ambien (Zolpidem ... prescription drug abuse problem will be made. If you or someone you know suffers from a prescription drug ... continue reading
  • Drug Recovery | Programs

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

    ... recovery program's primary goal is to help individuals attain a permanent and total abstinence from drug use. It emphasizes the fact that recovery depends upon utilization of all the skills attained to achieve a long ... continue reading
  • Drug Addiction Quiz

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

    ... Has your ever lost a job due to coming in late, mistakes or poor work performance due to drug use? Yes No Has your drug use caused problems or gotten you into trouble at your workplace? Yes No Have you been arrested for ... 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 ...

    ... is conducted to usher patients through an often uncomfortable, and sometimes dangerous period of withdrawal from drugs. Once the difficult period of withdrawal and detox has been successfully completed, a patient will ... 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 ...

    ... And since many of the drug's side effects mimic the effects of commonly abused narcotics, the brain can be fooled into thinking ... With Drug Addiction Drug Overdose Signs and Symptoms Drug Withdrawal Symptoms Drug Relapse ... 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 ...

    ... last year. “Consequently, operating costs far exceed the fiscal savings from denying benefits.” So, what do you think? Should welfare recipients undergo drug testing in order to continue receiving benefits? Give us your ... 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 ...

    ... falling, bumping into things, or scratching oneself). Constant scratching (a common sign of opiate use). Track marks on arms or legs from intravenous drug use. Wearing long sleeves even in the summer (to cover up track ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Musicians Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

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

    ... In fact, his heavy alcohol and drug abuse led to him being fired from Black Sabbath in 1978. 2. Kurt ... 15. Neil Young Neil Young wrote “The Needle and the Damage Done,” perhaps one of the most moving songs about heroin ... continue reading
  • Prescription Drug Helpline

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

    ... with prescription drug abuse, a hotline may have answers to questions like 4 : What are the signs that my ... prescription drugs. This is especially true for people who began taking the drugs with prescriptions from their ... continue reading
  • How to Treat MXE Drug Addiction

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

    ... into your relationships? Do you isolate yourself from family and friends because of your drug use? Have you felt shame or ... To find a program, call . What are the Signs of Addiction? MXE users may develop an addiction even ... 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 ...

    ... , the consequences - including health issues, environmental damage, and even fires and explosions - can be ... half of overdose deaths from opioids stem from prescription drugs. The Dangers of Drug Abuse The risk of serious ... 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 ...

    ... and become more aware of their feelings. Some drug abuse recovery programs incorporate holistic approaches and exercise ... technique will help minimize the need for drug use. These drug abuse recovery tools will help you ... 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. ...

    ... Options For severe cases, long-term inpatient care is the best solution. The range of this drug abuse program averages from 2 to 12 months. The treatment facility is a safe, residential environment with a comprehensive ... continue reading
  • 7 Things You Don’t Realize About Teenage Drug Abuse

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

    ... the time we've figured that out, there has already been damage done. Teenage substance abuse can change the brain in devastating ways. Some drugs have toxic effects that can kill neurons, alter neurochemistry, and rewire ... continue reading
  • Neighborhood Watch: Drug Sales Drive Drug Use

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

    ... study, they focused on data collected from 10,050 senior students who had ... drug sales will hopefully reduce peer approval, and subsequently illicit drug use,” Duncan said. Additional Reading : Your Brain on Drugs ... continue reading
  • The 20 Countries With the Harshest Drug Laws in the World

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

    ... is a particular problem in Iran, in part because it is produced in neighboring Afghanistan. If you are caught with drugs in Iran, the best case scenario is a large fine and the worst-case scenario is the death penalty ... 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 ...

    ... with drug or alcohol misuse, rest assured that help is available and recovery is possible. Professional rehab programs can start those battling substance use problems on the path to happy and healthy lives free from the ... continue reading
  • Peyote Drug Addiction

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

    ... of psychosis in the long term 1,4 . Signs and Symptoms Signs of Problematic Use In some cases, users may increase ... less interest in using drugs. Early drug use in life can lead to changes in the brain that can have ... continue reading
  • The Five Most Famous Drug Cartels

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

    ... and the Barrio Azteca—to power one of the primary illegal drug shipment transportation routes into America. Despite its casualties resulting from the ongoing battle with the Sinoloa Cartel, the Juárez Cartel continues ... continue reading
  • Prescription Drug Addiction: Treatment and Rehab

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

    ... to continue using. 1 When you stop misusing prescription drugs, your brain resumes the natural production of dopamine, helping you find pleasure from other sources, and improving your overall mental and physical health ... continue reading
  • The Rise of Drug Deaths in America

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

    ... of casualties suffered by the U.S. in World War II - 291,557 . It only took four years, from 1999 to 2002, for drug overdose deaths to eclipse the number suffered by the U.S. in the Vietnam War. The total U.S. casualties ... continue reading
  • The 25 Best Sources for Drug Addiction Research

    1. Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) : Aims to bring effective substance abuse prevention to every community; works to improve accessibility to and quality of substance abuse prevention services. 2. Center for Substance Abuse Treatment ...

    ... . 9. Narcotics Anonymous : Provides information and support for individuals dealing with and recovering from drug abuse . 10. National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center (NAIARC) : Provides technical assistance ... continue reading
  • A Decade of American Drug Use

    In the nation's ongoing drug crisis, grim statistics abound. Each day, approximately 115 Americans die of opioid overdoses. Methamphetamine use is on the rise, reviving a scourge public health officials once thought to be improving. Simultaneously, ...

    ... warning signs we recognize only in hindsight. In this project, we studied trends in American drug use ... from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. These data shed light on the evolution of the country's drug ... continue reading
  • Drug Overdose Signs and Symptoms

    Drug abuse always carries the risk of serious side effects, including overdose. Whether you abuse alcohol, an illegal drug such as cocaine, or medications prescribed by a doctor—such as opioid painkillers—addiction development will always be a ...

    ... more than ever, the importance of recognizing the signs and symptoms of a drug overdose so you can get the help you ... Intravenous drug use. Being recently released from prison. Previous suicide attempts. Resuming drug use ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Assessment

    Drug abuse is a serious problem that can lead to legal problems , financial problems and health problems . Long-term drug abuse destroys your relationships and your body. Sadly, many people don't realize they are abusing drugs because they only use ...

    ... at to learn more about treatment options for drug abuse. Symptoms of Drug Abuse The symptoms of drug abuse differ from drug to drug, but generally, you or a loved one may have a drug abuse problem if you have any of the ... continue reading
  • Drug Use | Myths

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

    ... people from trying drugs, education cannot completely prevent drug use and it certainly cannot prevent addiction. Once continued use takes place, a chemical addiction follows. This addiction is rooted in the brain and ... continue reading
  • 10 Ways Drug Abuse Hurts You and Those Around You

    Most of us have heard countless times that drug abuse isn't beneficial—the word “abuse” is in the name, after all. But a lot of people don't realize just how dangerous it can be, both to the person using and the people that person loves and ...

    ... and share that information with people around you. Dangers of Drug Abuse: Knowing Is Half the Battle To make it ... come from long-term use. For example, using just once can result in a fatal overdose , brain damage, and ... 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 ...

    ... . Over 50 percent of Democrats and Independents felt these policies did not promote addiction. Drug Stigmas Vary From Left to Right Although an overwhelming majority of respondents said that people facing addiction could ... 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 - ...

    ... a silent contributor - drug overdoses. In a single year, nearly 47,000 people died from drug overdoses in the U ... own - but drugs have a powerful hold. In fact, substance abuse affects the part of the brain linked with self ... continue reading
  • Ill Inventory: Drug Theft and Loss in the United States

    Every year, countless people become reliant on pharmaceuticals. And every year, drugs go missing. Despite extensive efforts to curb addiction and abuse, America's war on drugs is far from over. Guidelines for improving opioid prescribing practices ...

    ... more people died from synthetic narcotics than from any other drug across the board. The synthetic drug methadone may be ... such as giving the wrong address or forgetting to sign for a package. And now that mail-order ... 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 ...

    ... only 6.7% of 12th graders in 2014 reported smoking daily, compared to a peak near 25% in 1997. Illicit drug use by youths is down from a peak of 34.1% in 1997 to 27.2% in 2014, across all substances (except marijuana use ... continue reading
  • Drug Arrests Across America

    The Current Drug Landscape An estimated 24.6 million Americans aged 12 or over used an illicit drug in 2013. That's 9.4% of the population. 1 The number was similar in 2012 (9.2%), and in that year the FBI reports that there were 1.5 million drug ...

    ... only those that occurred Jan-Oct 2014, and they total 20,851. It's obvious from the sheer number of dots on the first map that most of the drug law infractions in Chicago this year have been for the possession or sale of ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... of sexual abuse perpetrated by a family member). Warning Signs of Sexual Abuse In cases where abuse is suspected, ... for clients who are not able to commit to time away from work or school, and it can be more cost-effective ... continue reading
  • Dual Diagnosis: The Link Between Addiction and Mental Health Disorders

    If you're suffering from a mental health issue, you may find yourself turning to drugs or alcohol to help you cope with the symptoms. Similarly, if you regularly abuse drugs or alcohol, you may find yourself with symptoms of a mental health disorder ...

    ... to as a co-occurring disorder or comorbidity. These terms all mean the same thing: that you're suffering from a drug or alcohol addiction as well as a behavioral or mental health disorder. 1 Sometimes the mental health ... continue reading
  • The 12 Most Expensive / Luxury Rehabs in the US

    You don't need to be a millionaire to go to rehab, but a person with a little extra money to spend and the desire to get sober can choose from many expensive or luxury rehabs in the United States. Southern California, specifically picturesque ...

    ... rehab facilities in the United States. Passages Malibu From the moment you call, you are instantly informed ... The Sonoran Desert hideaway treats addictions to alcohol, drugs and sex, as well as mental health conditions ... continue reading
  • The Surgeon General Finally Gives Addiction Its Own Label

    A new Surgeon General's report finds drug and alcohol addiction to be one of America's most pressing public health concerns. “It's time to change how we view addiction,” U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy wrote in his landmark report last month. ...

    ... in state and federal prisons for convictions related to drugs, and more than 2 million inmates - or approximately ... problem does gain more traction. A poignant article from The Atlantic suggests that any reforms in the way ... continue reading
  • The Vicious Attack Against Suboxone Continues

    Buprenorphine, the generic name for Suboxone, is a medication used to treat opiate dependence - it helps minimize withdrawal symptoms. It's often an essential part of a person's recovery plan, mainly due to its accessibility. Users can attain it ...

    ... accessibility. Users can attain it through a prescription from a certified doctor, rather than having to hoof it ... seemed to have started once the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) cracked down on both Walgreens ... continue reading
  • Who's Smoking Weed These Days? You Asked, the CDC Answered

    Close your eyes. Picture someone smoking pot. What do they look like? Most importantly, how old are they? Did you drum up an image of a teen experimenting with drugs? A college student? If so, your image needs some updating. The Centers for Disease ...

    ... (or frequent) marijuana use negatively impacts brain development during adolescence. It also impairs ... regarding appropriate punishment for breaking drug laws. So what can we take away from all this information? Well, ... 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 ...

    ... is now one of the most frequently prescribed drugs for a combination of behavioral therapy and medications ... to prescribe Suboxone to up to 275 patients, an increase from 100 patients. To be eligible to treat up to ... continue reading
  • Weed Gets a “Fancy” New Name: Craft Cannabis

    We've become a country consumed with what goes into our food products. While many want organic foods, others want gluten-free meals and non-GMO practices. It looks like this trend has expanded to include drug use. The latest trend in marijuana is ...

    ... . It looks like this trend has expanded to include drug use. The latest trend in marijuana is “craft cannabis ... to more consumers. Specifically, they want to get away from the “stoner” stigma and market to the type of ... continue reading
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