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  • 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, ...

    ... illicit substances can have dramatic and destructive effects on the human body. But as noted earlier, chronic ... information and images with your own audience for non-commercial purposes. Drug use may be widespread among ... 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 ...

    ... the warning signs of drug use so you can give your children the help they ... drugs). Finding hidden stashes of drugs or alcohol. Of course, not all of the signs listed above will point directly to drug abuse. Some signs on ... 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 ...

    ... symptoms and diagnostic criteria. Signs and symptoms can vary ... your priorities and goals. Start your path to recovery today by verifying your insurance to see what and how much will be covered. Additional Resources on Drug ... continue reading
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  • 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, ...

    ... 5 to 7 hours 1 . According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), in 2011, 21.6 million people over the ... MXE if you experience significant problems as a result of your drug use. If you answer yes to one or more ... 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 ...

    ... if possible. 3 If the person is not breathing, turn them on their side. 3 If you are medically qualified to do so, ... ,8 Increasing your awareness of overdose signs and risks. Knowing the drug and dose of the drug you are ... continue reading
  • 7 Warning Signs Your Friends Are Making Your Addiction Worse

    Maybe taking that first step toward sobriety/recovery is actually the best thing you can do, for yourself and your friends. If your group of friends is really into yoga or eating sushi, then there's a pretty good chance you know the difference ...

    ... signs that your friends are making your addiction worse . 1. They Help You Justify Bad Behavior Are your friends cheering for you when you try to take 25 shots on your ... How to Find Help for Drug or Alcohol Misuse If you ... 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 ...

    ... severe pain. The drug works by changing the way your brain and nervous system ... your doctor. Here are 7 signs to look out for if you think you may be addicted to Tramadol. #1. Physical dependence. Physical dependence on ... continue reading
  • 5 Genius Minds Who Dabbled in Drugs

    For hundreds and thousands of years, human beings have experimented with drugs. Some people used illicit substances to celebrate the gods; some used drugs to “communicate” with the other side. As time went on, people began using drugs for a ...

    ... undoubtedly played a huge role in Edison's chronic insomnia. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of drug abuse . How to Find Help for Drug or Alcohol Misuse If you or a loved one is struggling with substance misuse ... continue reading
  • Signs and Symptoms of Commonly Abused Drugs

    When you suspect that you or a loved one is struggling with a substance abuse problem, it's important to know some of the signs and symptoms of addiction to that drug. You can find a brief overview of the major drugs of abuse below. For a full list ...

    ... sites. If you are ready to free yourself and your loved ones from this addiction, call us and learn more ... Institute on Drug Abuse reported that 2.4 percent of 12th-grade students had used meth at least once. Signs of ... 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 ...

    ... factors, so tread carefully here. Glazed expressions may be a sign of addiction , but with some teens, it's hard to ... to eat due to drugs or spend lunch money on an addiction rather than eat. Your child is more likely to ... continue reading
  • Symptoms and Signs of Substance Abuse

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

    ... in criminal activity. Learning to recognize the physical or behavioral signs of drug use can help prevent the problem from progressing further. Illicit Drugs Click on any substance below to find out some characteristic ... continue reading
  • Tips for Parents of Addicted Children

    The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that nearly one out of every four 18-20-year-olds abused an illicit substance in the past month. Further, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association (SAMHSA) found that more than 20 ...

    ... under the influence of other drugs. By researching the signs and symptoms of the drug , you will be able ... will influence the way you view your child. The National Institute on Drug Abuse considers addiction to be a ... 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 ...

    ... respond appropriately. Red lights or stop signs may go unnoticed. Drifting toward sleep ... a safe driver. Reason #2 Benzodiazepines Relax Your Muscles Acting on the central nervous system , benzos cause muscle relaxation ... continue reading
  • A Straight Story on the Real Dangers of Xanax

    “Yeah, I was feeling uptight before he was about to pick me up for our date, so I popped a Xanax,” said my friend. I cringed. It seemed like everyone I knew was using benzos to calm down, chill out, get through a first date, or ace a ...

    ... The way that, after you've been on benzos for a while, you can't do math. Gradually all of your brain feels like it's broken. It ... With Benzodiazepine Addiction Signs That Someone May Need Rehab Drug or Alcohol Intervention ... 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 ...

    ... a prescription, it can quickly lead to addiction. Battling a drug addiction in the workplace is the last thing you need on your plate Here are 9 signs your stimulant use has gone too far: Using it Regularly : Unless ... continue reading
  • Before & After: Physical Effects of Drugs

    Drug abuse is a national issue continuing to plague Americans of all walks of life. An estimated 19.7 million Americans age 12 and older struggled with a substance use disorder in 2017. Research also shows that many people who suffer from untreated ...

    ... If you know anyone in your life suffering from drug addiction or exhibiting the signs of drug abuse, find out more ... Disclaimer The individuals in these photos were arrested on drug charges or related charges. There may be ... 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 ...

    ... look for the following signs of D.R.U.G. A.B.U.S.E. (D)isorientation: A person high on drugs can enter a dream- ... might be a sign your friend is high (and possibly overdosing). (U)nexplained Injuries: Drug abuse results ... continue reading
  • Get the Facts on Substance Abuse

    Substance abuse is a major issue in the United States. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 40.3 million people aged 12 or older had a substance use disorder (SUD) in 2020—with 28.3 million struggling with an ...

    ... to be an effective aspect in the treatment of SUDs. 14 CBT focuses on awareness of your thoughts, actions, and the consequences of both. By learning about drug abuse prevention and how to avoid situations that may cause ... continue reading
  • Date Rape Drugs: It’s Not Just Roofies Anymore

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

    ... effects that compound when taken together. Signs of being roofied include extreme drowsiness and ... Drugged First take a moment to remind yourself that no matter what happened, it is not your fault. If you are out on ... continue reading
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  • You’ve Gotta Dig In: Brain Health and Drug Abuse

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

    ... . The chemicals in your brain rely on these nerve cells to transmit signals for all your thoughts and actions. ... . 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 ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • Social Drug Use is Like Kryptonite to Healthy Relationships

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

    ... ) in the brain. Some party-goers rely on this to overcome initial discomfort in social situations. ... tops. Not What You Bargained For The rationale behind using drugs is that it “helps” you meet people and interact more ... 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 ...

    ... categories or schedules. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) schedules drugs based on: Accepted medical use in ... of these drugs are probably sitting in your medicine cabinet right now. Schedule V drugs include: Cough ... 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 ...

    ... leading chronic infectious disease among children in the U.S. is tooth decay. Drugs are a Mouth's Worst Nightmare Unfortunately, drugs have terrible effects on the human body …including your teeth and surrounding oral ... 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 ...

    ... ethical issues. Last May, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill into law which gives law enforcement officials ... substance while pregnant and the child is either harmed or becomes addicted to the drug . The bill passed ... 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 ...

    ... a couple of shady dealers looking for a “safe” place to set up their drug lab. They hit pay dirt when they find a down-on-his-luck farmer presumably struggling to send his young daughter to college. A deal is made and ... 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 ...

    ... facility. Additionally, coverage and costs may be contingent on the level of care a person receives. The level ... Be sure to check with your insurance provider to see if you have alcohol or drug rehab coverage, and what ... 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. ...

    ... couples counseling or family therapy, if you are looking to work on both your relationship and addiction. You can also contact free alcohol and drug addiction hotlines. You may also wish to seek inpatient or outpatient ... 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 ...

    ... to rise, many consumers will continue to shop on the 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 ... 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 ...

    ... to produce more effective outcomes. What did you learn from NSDUH's 2015 survey? How does it affect your view on drug abuse in our nation? Additional Reading: Can a Label Really Stop the Abuse of Some Prescription Meds ... 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 ...

    ... and use of naloxone , then dramatically increased the prices. First responders, schools, and community groups that rely on this drug to save lives are now finding it tough to keep up with the rising costs. The AMA plans ... 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 ...

    ... - among other things. The resulting product is a drug called Krokodil which mimics the effects of heroin for a ... connect you to the best addiction treatment centers to fit your needs. We're available around the clock at . 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 ...

    ... back in 2016. They've discovered that over half of the 200 people who started on the drug in 2016 are still working on staying clean today . Considering more than three-fourths of heroin users typically relapse after ... 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 ...

    ... . Revisit old interests. Either in a treatment setting or on your own, explore what makes you happy. Get out in ... this image. The truth is, you're way more than your drug of choice. You're more than what you do or what ... 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 ...

    ... abstinence syndrome has taken a major toll on the healthcare system in Ohio. In 2013 ... battling drug addiction, look at available inpatient treatment centers in your area. Even if it means being away for your child ... 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 ...

    ... children playing in a yard while promising an “instantaneous cure,” while the second goes into more detail on the drug's ... addiction treatment . If you're concerned about your own drug use, or that of someone close to you ... 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 ...

    ... resources? Surely there's no harm in that. Not so fast… A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to the Forum Specifically speaking, drug forums might not be the helpful bastions of information they're billed to be. Though the ... 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 ...

    ... with these cocktails,” said Russ Baer of the federal Drug Enforcement Agency told NBC News . “You can buy one of these cocktails for $10-20 on the street and lose your life in a few seconds.” Learn More about the ... 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 ... gun on Ventura Boulevard. 3. Courtney Love Courtney Love has had more drug-fueled ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... 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, ...

    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 ... continue reading
  • State Sentencing: How Drug Sentencing Varies Across the U.S.

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

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

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

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

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

    In the United States, a Schedule II drug is one that has some accepted medical use, but at the same time a high potential for abuse that may lead to severe psychological and physical dependence. Cocaine, morphine and ... continue reading
  • Ruthless Drug Dealer Ordered to Pay for His Client’s Funeral

    Opioid abuse is killing thousands of Americans each year. Every day, nearly 100 lives are lost to the opioid epidemic. Many of these fatalities are caused by a deadly drug that's secretly added to baggies of heroin (or cocaine) as a cheap way for ...

    ... ? In a final twist, prosecutors revealed that Chandler's monstrous actions were caught on video. Self-incriminating evidence showed this local drug dealer servicing a line of cars in broad daylight, selling his lethal ... 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 ...

    ... The researchers found that 48% of the swingers used recreational drugs while engaging in sex acts. And that number jumped up ... AAC for free at for more information on rehab programs and treatment options. Addiction ... 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 ...

    ... The scariest thing is that the character is based on a real-life drug dealer of the same name. 3. Nino Brown ... dual-diagnosis involving both, call our treatment advisors to discuss your options or insurance coverage - . 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 ...

    ... and friends, it's a health hazard that shows no sign of slowing down. In addition, opioids were responsible a ... too Late… If someone you know is abusing prescription drugs , encourage them to talk with their doctor about ... 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 ...

    ... needs more of it to get the same high. In many cases, people become physically and mentally dependent on drugs to function, and their whole lives begin to revolve around getting their next fix. This is addiction, and ... 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 ...

    ... the severe financial impact inflicted on many households, corporations and small ... your insurance coverage online now. Levels of Care in Addiction Treatment Inpatient Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Outpatient Drug ... 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 ...

    ... percent of workers polled admitted a co-worker's use of drugs or alcohol had a negative impact on their job performance. Drugs and Work Just Don't Mix On-the-job drug use creates a long list of problems. In addition to ... 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 ...

    ... probationary periods through the court system. This cuts back on budget spending and saves money. Also, early tests ... 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 ...

    ... method will begin to show marks on their body called track marks. What are Track Marks? Track marks are the tell-tale signs of chronic intravenous drug use . The act of drug injection is often referred to as “jacking ... 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 ...

    ... the deaths as a result of this combination of drugs is that people feel less vulnerable to heroin overdose ... help. It can be extremely difficult to quit using on your own, especially if you are using multiple substances, ... 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 ...

    ... warn it can cost as little as $2 to score a “hit” of Spice. When users blow all their savings on “expensive” drugs like OxyContin or even heroin, the notion of getting high for a couple dollars can quickly morph into a ... 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 ...

    ... little is actually known about who is using these drugs. Groundbreaking Study In the first study on the demographics of synthetic drug users, NYU's Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR) examined the self-reported ... 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 ...

    ... . It resembles concrete or gravel and is sold cheaply on the streets. In recent years, its impact has been ... rules of science always apply. Don't risk your life with lethal drug combinations; it's never worth it. If you ... 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 ...

    ... often decorated with designs or artwork. This drug is also sold on the black market as tablets, capsules, or ... detail below). Signs and Symptoms Bad Trips The psychological effects of LSD intoxication can last, on average, ... 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 ...

    ... other lethal effects of morphine. A Drug That Doesn't Take Your Breath Away One of the major concerns ... abuse and overdose , we might have a “miracle” drug on our hands! Additional Reading: Opiate Alternatives: Doctor's ... 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 ...

    ... cover drug recovery treatment. Help for the Entire Family Drug abuse has devastating effects on not ... destroy your life. Find help in a drug abuse treatment center today. Contact our confidential, toll-free Drug Abuse ... 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 ...

    ... Marijuana Meth Methoxetamine (MXE) Mushrooms Peyote PCP Spice Steroids Stimulants Long-term use of drugs can have major effects on your body; however, you can avoid worsening adverse effects and even turn them around by ... 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 ...

    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. ... 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 ...

    ... and New Jersey with 4 months median prison sentence. On the upper end of the scale, are West Virginia with ... or what kind of sentencing standards your state adheres to, drug offenses are typically a difficult consequence ... 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 ...

    ... yes, even drugs. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) has been studying the drug habits of ... the 60's, so it's no surprise marijuana was second on the list. It's also no shocker that the Boomers' use ... 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 ...

    ... about is that a parent has become an addict and the children don't know what to do about it. Sometimes, they' ... a few of your options. If your parent beats you while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, you need ... continue reading
  • Understanding the Effects of Long Term Drug Abuse on the Brain

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

    ... withdrawal symptoms. What causes these symptoms, and why is it so hard to quit taking drugs? When you take drugs, your brain changes the way it works. It will change to cause you to be unable to resist the impulse ... continue reading
  • IV Drug Abuse: 3 Potentially Deadly IV Injection Sites

    The dangers of intravenous drug use are well documented. Although most available information focuses on the very high risk of overdose and the diseases associated with sharing needles (both very real dangers), injecting drugs can also be incredibly ...

    ... the creases of your upper thigh and ... Drug Rehabilitation-Related Articles Signs and Symptoms of Substance Misuse Long-Term Effects of Substance Misuse Drug Addiction Effects on Relationships Drug and Alcohol Relapse Drug ... 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 ...

    ... sensational reports about the appearance of krokodil in the United States based on a small number of suspected cases; however, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) had not confirmed any cases of krokodil use in ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

    ... can connect you with a drug abuse help provider in your state, close to your home or further away if necessary ... has more of an emphasis on the psychological addiction pattern; whereas, drug abuse help to stop injecting ... 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 ...

    ... As your body metabolizes drugs, it excretes molecules which can (apparently) be detected in your fingerprints ... result in a matter of minutes—we are already working on a 30-second method,” reported Dr. Melanie Bailey of ... 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 ...

    ... you or someone you love is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction , call our toll-free helpline at and talk to a recovery professional today. You can also check your insurance coverage online now to determine whether ... 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, ...

    ... , Ginsberg took LSD and pot, and he encouraged the demystification of these drugs. His poetry reflected this on many occasions. How to Get Help for Drug or Alcohol Misuse If you or a loved one is struggling with problem ... 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 ...

    ... or drug misuse, help is available. Professional drug and alcohol abuse programs can start anyone suffering with addiction on the ... learn more about your treatment options. You can also check your insurance coverage online ... 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 ...

    ... such as nausea and vomiting 1,2,3 . Signs and Symptoms Someone taking DMT may report the following effects ... 1,2 . DMT Statistics According to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health 6,7 : Less than 1% of Americans ... 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 ...

    ... at which states come down hardest on those convicted for drug trafficking by looking at average months ... a substance abuse problem. Don't let yourself or your loved ones become one of these statistics. Embark upon ... 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 ...

    ... your insurance coverage online now. Levels of Addiction Treatment Care Inpatient Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Outpatient Drug ... Survey on Drug Use and Health (formerly the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse), ... 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 ...

    ... the first treatment option for those with a history of drug abuse. The safety of the drug is based on taking the drug exactly as prescribed. Abusing prescription drugs is a sure way to disregard these safeguards, and is ... 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 ...

    ... The toll-free Drug Abuse Helpline at can assist you in finding a drug recovery program that meets your individual needs. ... after-care programs has had a profound effect on the rate of relapse occurrences. Credit: Stories ... 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 ...

    ... you participate in illegal activities in order to get your drugs? Yes No When you stop taking your drug, do you experience any withdrawal symptoms or feel sick? Yes No Has your drug use ever resulted in blackouts? Yes No ... 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 ...

    ... Call us at today to begin your search for the right drug abuse center. Credit: Howcast Inpatient ... successfully completed, a patient will focus their efforts on recovery for the duration of the inpatient stay. Approach ... 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 ...

    ... up to 83% of the time—more than most other drugs on the market. Some physicians even prefer this medication over traditional ... ) for free at . You can also check your insurance coverage online now. Levels of Care in ... 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 ...

    ... money isn't being wasted on those wanting to use their benefit money on drugs . Previous Results Have Been ... welfare recipients undergo drug testing in order to continue receiving benefits? Give us your input and ideas in ... 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 ...

    ... herself, she has “dabbled with drugs.” However, she has endlessly relapsed on drugs and even shaved her head ... You can also check your insurance coverage online now to determine whether your health insurance provider will ... 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 ...

    ... support, this hotline provides assistance to parents, children, and adolescents living in unhealthy situations 7 . ... resources for you and your loved ones 8 . National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence - 1-800-622 ... 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 ...

    ... of illicit drugs have remained fairly steady or have even slightly declined. However, on the whole, illicit drug use is on the rise ... and take the first step toward reclaiming your life. Sources https://www.dea.gov/resource ... 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 ...

    ... with meditation techniques and helps drug abuse patients relax and gain focus on their recovery issues. In addition ... destroy your life. Seek drug abuse recovery help today. Contact our confidential, toll-free Drug Abuse ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Program

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

    ... Abuse Program 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 ... 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 ...

    ... as alcohol and drugs may have helped us get lucky in our teens, it can have a negative effect on our ability to ... e.g. exercise, diet, social support) can improve your well-being and overall functioning in life. How to ... 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 ...

    ... . “A reduction in 'open' drug sales will hopefully reduce peer approval, and subsequently illicit drug use,” Duncan said. Additional Reading : Your Brain on Drugs: Studying Cocaine's Effect on Blood Flow Image Credits ... 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 ...

    ... you do not want to be caught carrying or selling drugs. Malaysia In Malaysia, those who sell drugs can be punished with death. Just for having drugs in your possession, you can be fined, jailed or deported. Driving drunk ... 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 ...

    ... for marijuana possession. 12. Jennifer Capriati Child tennis prodigy Jennifer Capriati made the ... history, Lawrence Taylor admits to having struggled with drugs early on in his rookie season—”coke was the only bright ... continue reading
  • MXE Drug Abuse

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

    ... help today by calling us at . Signs and Symptoms Someone who is intoxicated by ... children on the effects of hallucinogens. Narcotics Anonymous and SMART Recovery are free support groups for individuals struggling with drug ... 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 ... teaching children about the dangers of hallucinogens like peyote. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug ... 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 ...

    ... colleagues were arrested early on, Félix Gallardo was smart enough to privatize the Mexican drug trade by having it ... your requirements. You can also check your insurance benefits online now to determine whether your ... 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 ...

    ... Addiction is often defined as the inability to control drug use despite the negative consequences it may have on your life. Drug addiction affects your behavior, thoughts, and emotions. The American Society of Addiction ... 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 ...

    ... how high these numbers could continue to climb. The High Costs of the War on Drug Deaths As recently as 2012, the running total of fatal drug overdoses surpassed the total number of casualties suffered by the U.S. in ... 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 ...

    ... who serve the families of young children affected by drugs. 11. National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD) : Offers educational and scientific information on drug addiction in an effort to ... 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 ...

    ... to go through counseling to help them deal with the effects that drug abuse has had on your relationship with them. Outpatient care for drug abuse usually consists of weekly therapy sessions at the treatment center ... 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 ...

    ... as much as sixty-five percent of on the job accidents are directly related to alcohol and drug use. It is one of the ... children from single parent homes may be at higher risk for drug use and abuse. School Risks for Drug ... continue reading
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