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  • Heroin Abuse

    About Heroin Abuse What Is Heroin? Heroin use is increasing across new demographics. Learn more about this disturbing trend. Heroin is a substance that is both illegal and extremely addictive . The substance derives from opium from the poppy plant ...

    ... , the potential to overdose on heroin is always a distinct possibility. Why Do People Use Heroin? Heroin is abused for the ... may be needed to safely navigate the early stage of recovery. During detox, a medical treatment ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Heroin Use

    Is Heroin Harmful? Heroin is the name for a modified version of morphine that is a very addictive and illegal opioid drug . The drug is available on the illicit market in a number of different varieties, with purer product tending to occur in white ...

    ... its dramatic results. In short, heroin is very harmful. The speed and intense effects of the substance are ... a safe time to use heroin -first time users overdose; veteran users overdose. Many of the complications and ... continue reading
  • Why Is Heroin So Addictive?

    Despite its dangers and reputation for harm, use of heroin continues to climb higher in the US. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Rates of heroin use have increased across gender, socioeconomic status, age group, ...

    ... without producing a high. Naloxone - a substance that blocks heroin from producing a high. This drug can also be used to reverse opiate overdose In tandem with medication-assisted treatment, behavioral therapies are ... continue reading
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  • Heroin’s Effects on Pregnancy

    Heroin is an illegal and highly addictive substance that may be injected, smoked, or snorted. This powerful opiate drug can easily harm any user, and it can cause numerous problems for a pregnant mother and her developing baby. Unfortunately, heroin ...

    ... the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health report showed that 329,000 people in the US reported using heroin in the past month 1 . This includes women of childbearing age. The survey found that approximately 79,000 ... continue reading
  • Heroin Addiction: Treatment and Rehab

    Heroin addiction can negatively impact certain aspects of your life and have dangerous health repercussions. Here, we will help you understand heroin addiction, how addiction is treated, and what you should know about heroin rehab centers, including ...

    ... helpful to join 12-Step groups like Narcotics Anonymous (NA) or Heroin Anonymous (HA), or non-12-Step groups like SMART Recovery. ... aged 65 and over, those with end-stage renal disease or certain younger people with ... continue reading
  • Can You Get Addicted to Heroin After the First Use?

    Heroin has the reputation of being one of the most addictive illicit drugs. Many government and academic institutions all report that heroin is either very addictive or highly addictive . Adding to the risk associated with the substance is the ...

    ... This was illustrated in a recent outbreak of overdoses linked to heroin cut with fentanyl, an extremely potent opioid ... soon it can reach the brain. Consider the speeds of the following routes according to the Center for ... continue reading
  • Heroin Overdose

    Heroin is one of the most common, addictive, and lethal drugs in the world. A morphine derivative, heroin is sold illegally in the form of white or brown powder, or a sticky black substance known as “black tar heroin”. In its various forms, ...

    ... 5 , up from 8,200 the previous year 3 . Signs and Symptoms of Heroin Overdose Overdosing on heroin is potentially lethal and requires immediate medical attention . Signs and symptoms may vary depending on 5 : The ... continue reading
  • Heroin Withdrawal

    Heroin is an illicitly manufactured opioid drug and morphine derivative. Both the pain-relieving and pleasurable properties of heroin are initiated through the drug's interaction with opioid receptors in the brain. It is most often distributed on ...

    ... during the withdrawal process, it also keeps you safe from relapse and potential overdose. How to Find a Heroin Detox Program Detoxification for prescription painkillers can occur in an inpatient or outpatient setting ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Heroin Addict

    More than 590,000 people had a heroin use disorder in the U.S. in 2015, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. If you or someone you love is addicted to heroin, you're not alone, and there is help available. Approaching Someone About ...

    ... them no matter what and that you will do what you can to help them through the struggle against their heroin addiction , you are establishing a trust in the relationship that they may not have realized was there. Is a ... continue reading
  • Heroin History and Statistics

    History Heroin is a powerful opiate narcotic that has no legal medical use in the US. Outside of the US, pharmaceutical grade heroin is still produced for limited therapeutic use. It is occasionally prescribed for severe pain in countries such as ...

    ... the first time in 2013—this number has not changed much over the last decade. More than 680,000 people used heroin at some point during the last year in 2013—a number that has steadily risen from over 370,000 in 2007. A ... continue reading
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  • Why Is Heroin So Deadly Today?

    For more than a century, heroin has been a dangerous drug of abuse . For years, people have been attracted to the substance's ability to produce a relatively inexpensive, rapid-onset, and intensely euphoric high 1,2 . While the drug's high holds a ...

    ... is shocking—fewer than 4,000 people died from a heroin overdose in 2010, but by 2015, the drug was responsible ... heroin addiction treatment is helpful in reducing cravings, improving well-being, and setting the stage for ... continue reading
  • Barbiturate Overdose

    Barbiturates - sedative medications that include phenobarbital , pentobarbital, secobarbital, and butalbital - have historically been used as hypnotic (sleep inducing) agents and sedating anesthetics. Though less commonly prescribed today, they ...

    ... like alcohol or opioids (heroin, prescription painkillers). Barbiturate overdose can be dangerous and ... Recovery offer support and tools for people at all stages of recovery. Sober living homes can also be beneficial ... continue reading
  • A Look at the Physical Anatomy of an Overdose

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

    ... during an overdose situation when one of three common drugs are consumed. Opioids Opiates, such as heroin, and ... A sedative overdose may begin with dizziness and vomiting. The next stage of the overdose involves the ... continue reading
  • Morphine Overdose

    Morphine is a powerful opioid pain medication that can have life-threatening effects in those who abuse it. It is an opiate analgesic, and one of many commonly used narcotic painkillers 1 . Morphine works to reduce severe pain by changing the way ...

    ... the CNS include alcohol and other opioids such as heroin and prescription pain killers 4 . Morphine can be ... misusing morphine 1 . It is also possible to overdose on morphine by chewing, crushing, or dissolving the ... 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 ...

    ... of these signs, and the length of time of the overdose may vary depending on other factors such as how the body ... in managing withdrawal and reducing cravings at this early stage of recovery. After the detox period ends, ... continue reading
  • Opiate Addiction Withdrawal

    Opiates sometimes interchangeably referred to as opioids and narcotics, are a broad class of drugs. They are widely used legally and abused illicitly and include many substances that are synthesized from a handful of opiate precursors found in the ...

    ... 2014 as a result of opioid or opiate overdose , which includes heroin and prescription pain medications. Quitting opiates can ... the severe depression related to the later stages of withdrawal can place the individual at ... continue reading
  • Effects of Roxicodone Addiction

    Roxicodone (“Roxy”) is one available brand version of oxycodone—a powerful semi-synthetic opioid painkiller. 1,2 The medicinal effect of opioids like oxycodone is brought on by a change in the way the brain and body respond to pain. Rather ...

    ... 's effects are essentially indistinguishable from those of heroin (another full opioid agonist), making it a sought ... increase continually as well, setting the stage for a possible overdose (as tolerance to effects such a ... continue reading
  • Portrait of the American Overdose: Do You Fit the Profile?

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

    ... for nearly a fourth of drug-related deaths in 2015. Heroin is responsible for another fourth of all fatal overdoses. Between 2010 and 2015, heroin overdose deaths tripled. Ranking third on the list are semi-synthetic ... continue reading
  • Heroin Relapse

    Heroin Relapse is Common Heroin addiction is very powerful and, because of its interaction with opioid receptors and reinforcing influence on your brain's reward centers, results in such profound feelings of euphoria and pleasure that it sometimes ...

    ... using, but their emotions may be setting the stage for relapse. They might feel isolated, stop going ... out plan can help you identify and manage the signs of heroin relapse before things get worse. You can implement some of ... continue reading
  • Heroin Facts—Because Knowing Is Half the Battle

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

    ... Alcohol Intervention Heroin Detox and Withdrawal Heroin Rehab Programs Heroin Rehab Centers Near Me Why Is Heroin So Addictive? Concurrent Alcohol and Heroin Misuse Heroin Overdose Opiate Relapse Heroin Addiction Hotline ... continue reading
  • Record-Breaking Number of Overdoses Traced Back to Bad Heroin

    A dangerous batch of heroin circulating throughout the city of Chicago has caused a record-breaking 74 overdoses in the span of just three days. When the numbers began to climb at such an astonishing rate, medical professionals began to suspect a ...

    ... Drug Administration also issued a nationwide alert back in March as a response to fentanyl and heroin related overdose deaths that took place in other states. Additional Reading: Taking Action: How to Intervene During an ... continue reading
  • The Price Tag of Heroin in America: $51 Billion

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

    ... it's the deadliest drug worldwide. Stats from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention support these claims. They report heroin-related overdose death s have more than quadrupled since 2010. Between 2014 and 2015 ... continue reading
  • Heroin Use Increasing Across New Demographics, Study Finds

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

    ... with the law. Group #2 Those who used both heroin and prescription painkillers reported more mental health problems and were ... of having a co-occurring mental disorder, an overdose, and/or HIV,” the authors wrote. Group ... continue reading
  • Russian Roulette: The Hidden Dangers of Cutting Agents in Cocaine and Heroin

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

    ... outbreak-met-20151221-story.html http://blog.samhsa.gov/2015/10/06/fentanyl-related-overdose-deaths-on-the-rise/#.Vw4ZVjArK73 http://www.wsj.com/articles/potent-synthetic-drug-exacerbates-heroin-epidemic-in-new-york-city ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage I

    Chemical dependency is a multifaceted phenomenon and experts believe there are five stages in the process of addiction. The first stage is a need to numb trauma, which is defined as a deeply disturbing incident or occurrence that happens without ...

    Chemical dependency is a multifaceted phenomenon and experts believe there are five stages in the process of addiction. The first stage is a need to numb trauma, which is defined as a deeply disturbing incident or ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage V

    Experts consider recovery the fifth stage of the addiction process, and it's so much more than overcoming a dependency to drugs or alcohol. It's a complete transformation of mind, body and spirit - and an ongoing process that spans the rest of your ...

    Experts consider recovery the fifth stage of the addiction process, and it's so much more than overcoming a dependency to drugs or alcohol. It's a complete transformation of mind, body and spirit - and an ongoing process ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage IV

    One of the hardest parts after hitting rock bottom is asking for help. This is the ultimate lesson in humility; it forces you to toss your ego aside and admit that you're not perfect. Eye of the Beholder I had a mental image of an alcoholic , and I ...

    ... weakness. They believe there's shame and stigma surrounding the concept, leading experts to consider this the fourth stage of the addiction model. By asking for help, you're showing courage and re-claiming your power ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage III

    Days before my rock bottom moment, I remember thinking: “Could things get any worse?” My parents had just divorced, I loathed every second at my law firm and I'd just lost the most important person in my life who'd had an unexpected and sudden ...

    ... gotten so bad, it's impossible to deny your problem anymore. Experts consider this to be the third stage in the addiction model, yet its meaning is subjective and different for everyone. Sometimes people lose everything ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage II

    A craving is an intense desire to use a particular drug and experts consider this the second stage of addiction. This overwhelming urge to use is so powerful, it hijacks normal thinking and behavior and leads to irrational acts - regardless of the ...

    A craving is an intense desire to use a particular drug and experts consider this the second stage of addiction. This overwhelming urge to use is so powerful, it hijacks normal thinking and behavior and leads to ... continue reading
  • Taking Action: How to Intervene During an Overdose

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

    ... take when someone has overdosed. Depressant Overdose Opiates and benzodiazepines ( heroin , Oxycontin, Valium, Xanax ... bluish skin Stimulant Overdose While overdosing on stimulants ( cocaine , speed, methamphetamine ) is ... continue reading
  • Meth Overdose

    Methamphetamine, most commonly known as “meth,” “crystal,” “speed,” and “ice,” is an addictive stimulant that causes users to experience an intense euphoric rush 1 . Meth can be smoked, snorted, injected, or consumed orally by users. ...

    ... , most commonly known as “meth,” “crystal,” “speed,” and “ice,” is an addictive stimulant that causes ... a user consumes too much meth, he can experience an overdose. In 2011 there were over 102,000 meth-involved emergency ... continue reading
  • Rapper’s Shocking On-Stage Antics are Cause for Concern

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

    ... that “I've seen some people on Instagram saying this sh*t's fake.” He then invites four young women on stage to do the drug, passing a mirror between them as they snort lines of cocaine. At this point, Stitches' wife ... continue reading
  • What to Know Before Staging an Intervention

    An intervention can be a powerful tool to help a loved one find help for a problem like addiction . When done without the proper planning, though, an intervention can leave the situation unchanged, or in some cases, even worse off than it was ...

    ... understanding and acceptance. With this, the addict is more likely to go to treatment. Planning and Staging an Intervention Knowing the definition of an intervention is the easy part. The development and arrangement of ... continue reading
  • Prescription Opiates: As Addictive as Heroin?

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

    ... in young adults between the ages of 18-25 years old. 4 From 2000 to 2010, heroin overdoses increased by more than 50%. 2 Approximately 23% of individuals who use heroin will develop an opioid addiction. 1 In 2014, 18,893 ... continue reading
  • Heroin's Death Toll Hits an All-Time High in New York

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

    ... Health and Mental Hygiene reveals just how deep the issue goes. In fact, more people died from unintentional heroin overdoses in New York last year than any year since 2003. Researchers were able to track the spread of ... continue reading
  • Snorting Heroin

    Heroin is a highly addictive Schedule I controlled drug. Heroin has a long history—it was first synthesized (as diacetylmorphine) in 1874 from morphine. Paradoxically, heroin was originally marketed as a safer and non-addictive form of morphine. ...

    ... the nasal mucosa. Nose bleeds. Loss of sense of smell. Perforation of the nasal septum. Can Snorting Heroin Cause an Overdose? Heroin carries a high potential for abuse. It is considered one of the most addictive illicit ... continue reading
  • Overdosed

    The United States is experiencing an epidemic of drug overdose deaths: every year, nearly 44,000 lives are tragically lost, with more than half of the fatalities caused by prescription drugs. We've analyzed the latest government data to find out why ...

    ... the following dramatic increase between 1999 and 2014. In 1999, only 557 people who died from a drug overdose had both heroin and an opioid analgesic in their systems. This figure dropped for the next few years and then ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol And Heroin Abuse

    Dangers of Abusing Alcohol and Heroin The dangerous combination of alcohol and heroin gets widespread publicity every year from tragedies that remind the public how alcohol amplifies the already powerful effects of heroin on the central nervous ...

    ... cells there to become depleted and even die within just minutes. The combination of heroin and alcohol creates a synergistic effect. Overdoses of heroin and alcohol can put the user in a coma, cause brain damage and even ... continue reading
  • A Sister’s Honest Talk About Her Brother’s Heroin Addiction

    Alex didn't answer the phone. He missed their father's birthday party and still wasn't answering. But Allison kept dialing. It didn't seem right, but then again, things hadn't seemed “right” for a long time. Alex had all but stopped showing up ...

    ... Rehabilitation-Related Articles Effects of Heroin Use Why Is Heroin So Addictive? Heroin Relapse Heroin Overdose How to Help Someone With Heroin Addiction Heroin Rehab Centers Near Me Heroin Detox and Withdrawal Using ... continue reading
  • Don't Overestimate Your Heroin Tolerance - It Might Be the Last Thing You Do

    You may have heard about fentanyl, a synthetic opioid similar to morphine. What you may not have heard about, however, is the ultra-potent concentrated version of it: carfentanil . What We Know About Carfentanil Developed in the mid-1970s as a ...

    ... , making them an ideal ingredient to add in baggies of heroin . Just this year, officials have already seen a noticeable uptick in heroin overdoses, which they attribute to the growing prevalence of carfentanil in ... continue reading
  • Chicken vs. Egg: Which Came First, Heroin or OxyContin Addiction?

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

    ... to batch,” says Karen Simone, director of the Northern New England Poison Center, which documented the spike in heroin overdoses in rural states like Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. “It may be strong; it may be weak ... continue reading
  • DEA: Heroin ‘Probably’ More Dangerous Than Marijuana

    With 23 states and Washington D.C. legalizing medical marijuana and four states legalizing it for recreational use, it's quite possible we'll see a day when marijuana is considered “legal” throughout the U.S. However, the Drug Enforcement ...

    ... other words, it's in the same category as heroin and crack cocaine . Even the staunchest anti-drug ... we're yet to truly understand. Additional Reading: Opiates, Overdose and Permanent Brain Damage Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • DEA Finally Acknowledges the Heroin Epidemic

    According to recent statistics gathered during a detailed research investigation - a project aptly dubbed The National Heroin Threat Assessment - the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administrations (DEA) reports that the availability and abuse of heroin is ...

    ... continues to drop. This deadly combination is fueling heroin's growing appeal while increasing the risk of accidental overdose . If you or someone you love is abusing heroin, it's crucial to seek professional treatment ... continue reading
  • Heroin Addiction Hotline Guide

    Call Now What is a Heroin Hotline? Heroin addiction is a very hard challenge to overcome alone. That is why doctors, mental health professionals, and support group members advocate seeking help if you believe you or someone you care about is ...

    ... call us at . Why Should I Call a Heroin Helpline Number? Calling a heroin helpline does not mean you must commit to anything ... If you are faced with an emergency like an overdose, call 911 immediately . If you want more ... continue reading
  • Marijuana (Weed, Cannabis) Overdose Symptoms, Signs & Treatment

    Marijuana is a very popular drug—and a legal one in several states—yet many people don't realize it still carries risks and the possibility of harm in excessive quantities. Signs and Symptoms of Marijuana Overdose While rare, a marijuana ...

    ... with marijuana use. Luckily, treatment is available at any stage of marijuana use. Treatment of Marijuana (Weed) Overdose While the symptoms of marijuana overdoses tend to be relatively mild—thus typically negating the ... continue reading
  • Can You Overdose on Painkillers?

    Some of the most predominantly prescribed pain management medications are opioid analgesics (painkillers). These prescription drugs interact with opioid receptors throughout the brain, initiating a chain of events that ultimately brings pain relief ...

    ... of the prescription drug abuse problem. Overdose deaths associated with prescription opioid painkillers have tripled in the last 20 years, surpassing deaths caused by either heroin or cocaine (NIDA, 2014). The Department ... continue reading
  • Are Prescription Painkillers as Addictive as Heroin?

    The Link Between Painkillers and Heroin According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), in 2011, 4.2 million Americans aged 12 or over had used heroin at least once in their lives. Of these users, an estimated 23% will go on to become ...

    ... most addictive drugs on the planet . Recent years have witnessed an alarming surge in teenage heroin use and overdose, per the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Scientists have attributed this rise to the rampant abuse ... continue reading
  • Is Fentanyl Abuse More Deadly Than Heroin?

    Fentanyl, a drug previously unheard of by many, has become notorious in recent years due to the spike in overdose deaths from heroin laced with the potent prescription narcotic. It gained even more notoriety when the April 2016 death of iconic ...

    ... previously unheard of by many, has become notorious in recent years due to the spike in overdose deaths from heroin laced with the potent prescription narcotic. It gained even more notoriety when the April 2016 death ... continue reading
  • Bath Salts Overdose

    Synthetic cathinones , commonly referred to as “bath salts”, belong to a group of drugs health officials call “new psychoactive substances”. These are psychoactive drugs that mimic the effects of existing illegal drugs and have only made ...

    ... produced a “good high” in one package may lead to overdose in a different package 7 . Bath salts intoxication is still ... step in a continuum of care and sets the stage for recovery. Some treatment centers have a detox ... continue reading
  • Supervised Heroin Shooting Galleries: Coming to a Public Housing Site?

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

    ... is monitored via camera; after entry, residents are checked on every ten to fifteen minutes. In cases of overdose, staff members are trained to administer Naloxone. Since March 1, 2017, they've had almost 16,000 people ... continue reading
  • Relapsed on Heroin? 5 Ways to Regroup and Refocus on Recovery

    You've worked hard to build a new life. Brick by heavy brick, you laid the foundation for a life of sobriety . You were happily on the path to recovery, but somewhere along the way you got off course. You relapsed on heroin. It might feel like ...

    ... a depression that can rob you of a successful life in sobriety . Do a Body Check As you know by now, heroin abuse wreaks havoc on your body. To get back on track after a relapse, get your body back on board. Revisit the ... continue reading
  • It’s Official: Heroin is Deadlier Than Bullets

    It looks like our nation has found a “bullet” deadlier than the traditional calibers. As of 2015, heroin is killing more people than guns. This shift in statistics has happened rather quickly. In 2007, gun homicides outnumbered heroin deaths 5 ...

    ... opioid deaths . It was the first year in which opioid death tolls surpassed the 30,000 mark. The increase in heroin use can be traced back to the late 1990s and early 2000s. The era saw a drastic increase in prescription ... continue reading
  • Occasional IV Heroin Abuse Worsens HIV Symptoms

    It's common knowledge that injecting drugs like heroin poses a huge risk for transmission of the HIV virus. In fact, around 30 percent of all HIV infections worldwide (outside sub-Saharan and African areas) occur through this method. But a new study ...

    ... research paper in the journal AIDS and Behavior . Seventy-seven participants from Russia self-reported their use of heroin and other drugs at the beginning of the study, as well as at six and 12 months. According to ... continue reading
  • Recognizing a Codeine Overdose

    A national crisis, opioid abuse includes a wide range of drugs—from heroin to any number of prescription medications . Nearly 4 million Americans older than 12—1.4% of the population—abuse prescription pain relievers, including codeine . Half ...

    ... Valium ), cocaine (including crack), and alcohol . Injecting narcotics in combination significantly increases overdose risk. For example, injecting heroin and cocaine increases the danger by 2.6 times 8 . Taking codeine ... continue reading
  • How Similar are Heroin and Prescription Opioids?

    Heroin is an illicit street drug that produces a drowsy, euphoric high. Prescription opioids are legal medications prescribed by doctors to treat pain. Both heroin and prescription painkillers belong to the family of drugs known as opioids, which ...

    ... known as opioids, which act upon particular receptors in the brain and body to produce their effects. Heroin and prescription opioids may seem like very different drugs, but they are actually remarkably similar in both ... continue reading
  • Naloxone Kits: Are Pharmacies Set to Combat Opiate Overdoses?

    Mike was at his apartment and using heroin with a group of friends. Since Mike's regular dealer was out of town, he'd picked up the batch from someone different. After shooting up, Mike immediately noticed a difference in the way he felt. Something ...

    ... late. The Horror that is Opiate Addiction Opioid overdose deaths have become an epidemic across the U.S ... Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that heroin-related deaths have nearly quadrupled since 2002. Use ... continue reading
  • Are Safe Rooms a Smart Way to Decrease Fatal Overdoses?

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

    ... booths, offers clean needles, and provides access to naloxone in case of an overdose. Medical personnel will even inject heroin for patrons who struggle with accessing a vein. The establishment also provides primary ... continue reading
  • Opiates, Overdose and Permanent Brain Damage

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

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

    LSD is a hallucinogen drug capable of altering thoughts and perceptions in those who use it, including pseudo-hallucinations and synesthesias—a condition where they see and hear things that are not real, while others report being able to hear ...

    ... LSD that it kills them. It is not like heroin, Xanax, or even alcohol in that there is no known lethal dose of LSD. When someone experiences an LSD “overdose,” likely they have experienced what is more commonly known ... continue reading
  • Ecstasy and MDMA Overdose

    Commonly used at bars and parties, club drugs are especially popular among teenagers and young adults. MDMA , a synthetic amphetamine drug also known as ecstasy or Molly, is a popular club drug 1 . With both stimulant and hallucinogenic effects , ...

    ... many users combine its use with drugs like alcohol , marijuana , cocaine, and heroin . The result is a cocktail for disaster. Another overdose danger peculiar to MDMA is the “crashing” effect it has following the drug ... continue reading
  • Xanax Overdose Symptoms, Signs & Treatment

    What Is Xanax? Xanax, also known generically as alprazolam, is a benzodiazepine medication commonly prescribed for the treatment of anxiety and panic disorder 1 . More infrequent, off-label uses for Xanax include managing agoraphobia (fear of open ...

    ... combination with alcohol , other sedatives, opioid pain medications, or illicit opiates, such as heroin. Another risk factor for Xanax overdose is building a tolerance to the drug. When your body builds up a tolerance to ... continue reading
  • Klonopin Overdose

    What is Klonopin? Benzodiazepines are commonly prescribed medications that treat several physical and mental health issues. 1 Clonazepam, often known by the brand name Klonopin, is a benzodiazepine used for the treatment of panic disorder and ...

    ... occur when drugs are taken together. People may be at higher risk of overdose when they mix Klonopin with alcohol or opioids (including heroin). 2,3,4 According to the FDA, combining benzodiazepines with opioids or other ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Overdose : Signs and Symptoms

    Signs and Symptoms of Cocaine Overdose When a person abuses cocaine, their body experiences a number of sensations and physiologic changes, all relating back to its strong stimulant effects. These effects can spiral out of control when a person uses ...

    ... can quickly be fatal is that of cocaine and heroin , also known as a “speedball.” Both of ... high or unpredictable doses, thereby increasing their risk of lethal overdose 5 . Finally, as a person uses cocaine, they begin ... continue reading
  • Crack Overdose

    Crack cocaine is the term for cocaine that has been processed with weak bases such as baking soda or ammonium salts, resulting in a hard “rock” form 1 . While very similar in nature and effects, it is a much more potent form of cocaine—in ...

    ... the same high. Combining crack with any other drug is another major risk factor for overdose. Depressant substances such as alcohol and heroin can dampen crack's perceived effects, leading the user to take more of the ... continue reading
  • Xanax Overdose, Risks and How Much it Costs

    What Is Xanax? Xanax (generic name alprazolam) is a fast-acting benzodiazepine drug and central nervous system depressant—a grouping that includes several other sedative, hypnotic, and anxiolytic drugs. 1,2 When taken as prescribed, Xanax can be ...

    ... Ambetter Cigna UnitedHealthcare Recommended Xanax Rehab and Recovery-Related Articles Snorting Xanax Drug and Alcohol Overdose Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal Drug and Alcohol Intervention How to Help Someone With Xanax ... continue reading
  • Pay Attention: 7 Red Flags of a Xanax Overdose

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

    ... mistake. It's in these situations - when Xanax is mixed with other drugs or alcohol - that an overdose is most likely. What's Happening? Combining Xanax with other depressants (like alcohol), or by taking a much larger ... continue reading
  • Legalizing Marijuana Decreases Fatal Opiate Overdoses, Study Shows

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

    ... JAMA Internal Medicine indicates medical marijuana might be the key. Over the past two decades, deaths from drug overdoses have become the leading cause of injury death in the United States. In 2011, 55 percent of drug ... continue reading
  • Overdosing on Sleep Medication is a Big Problem

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

    ... are only for short-term use. This destructive cycle has created a sleeping pill epidemic, with overdose numbers skyrocketing. There are several sleep-inducing medications on the market today. They include benzodiazepines ... 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 ...

    ... maintains a publicly accessible database on causes of mortality, which is used here to shed light on the drug overdose epidemic currently ravaging the nation. Using the CDC's data from 10-plus years as well as recently ... continue reading
  • Ativan Overdose

    Ativan (lorazepam) is a benzodiazepine medication commonly prescribed for anxiety, sedation, and insomnia. It is also sometimes used to manage acute, prolonged seizures ( status epilepticus ). While the drug can be therapeutic when taken as ...

    ... Ativan have risen dramatically in recent years. In 2015 alone, nearly 9,000 people died due to benzodiazepine overdose, a dramatic increase from 2002 when less than 2,000 people died from the same cause. This represents ... continue reading
  • Flexeril Overdose

    Flexeril, a branded form of cyclobenzaprine, is a muscle relaxant that can treat musculoskeletal pain and stiffness such as that associated with muscle spasms. This drug works by decreasing somatic motor activity 1 , thereby relieving the discomfort ...

    ... , including 2,3 : Height and weight (your body can only handle so much—pushing this limit can lead to overdose or death). Dose and time span of use. Pre-existing heart or breathing problems, such as recent heart attack ... continue reading
  • Kratom Overdose

    Kratom ( Mitragyna speciosa ) is a psychoactive botanical substance derived from a tree native to Southeast Asia and certain areas of Africa. Kratom has long been used in traditional medicine, but more recently, the drug has seen more widespread use ...

    ... in 15 deaths from 2014 to 2016 2 . However, there are no published studies about how much Kratom it takes to overdose, so it is difficult to determine how much is safe to consume 1 . If you or a loved one is struggling ... continue reading
  • Oxycodone Overdose

    Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic opioid painkiller that is available in a range of doses and formulations (brand names include OxyContin, Percocet, Percodan, and Roxicet). Individuals who abuse oxycodone are at high risk of experiencing an overdose, ...

    ... can severely compound the risk of liver or other organ damage 5 . What to Do If You Overdose on Oxycodone Oxycodone overdose can result in lasting injury, severe medical issues, or even death if not treated right away ... continue reading
  • Vyvanse Overdose

    Vyvanse is a medication prescribed to manage ADHD and the compulsive behaviors associated with binge eating disorders 1 . However, as with any medication, taking too much Vyvanse can have serious side effects. Furthermore, people have become ...

    ... large dose in hope of eliminating their symptoms that are making them feel so miserable 1 . The danger for overdose is also greater after a time of abstinence because their body's tolerance for Vyvanse began to return to ... continue reading
  • Valium Overdose

    Signs and Symptoms of Valium Overdose Being aware of the signs and symptoms can help you get assistance for yourself or a loved one who might be suffering from a Valium overdose. One of the more common signs of a Valium overdose is a deep, ...

    ... between 2002 and 2015 2 . And according to a study published in 2016 in the American Journal of Public Health , overdose rates increased from 0.58 to 3.07 per 100,000 adults between 1996 and 2013 3 . With these alarming ... continue reading
  • Methadone Overdose

    Some see it as merely replacing one addiction with another, however others see it as the lesser of two evils since, unlike street drugs, methadone may be legally prescribed and requires ongoing medical supervision. In a perfect world, both addiction ...

    ... . Although the trend of prescribing methadone for pain decreased after 2006, there were still 3,400 deaths related to methadone overdose in 2014 1 . The U.S. is in the midst of an opioid epidemic , with a 200% increase ... continue reading
  • Hydrocodone Overdose

    Hydrocodone (brand names include Anexsia, Vicodin, Vicoprofen, Norco) is an opioid painkiller medication that is available by prescription. It is the most frequently prescribed opioid analgesic in the United States, and it is diverted and abused at ...

    ... brain to handle and is associated with a number of dangerous health effects. It is vital to identify overdose symptoms as early as possible to get prompt medical help and prevent long-term damage or even death. Symptoms ... continue reading
  • Ambien Overdose

    Ambien, also known by the generic name zolpidem, is a non-benzodiazepine sedative-hypnotic medication frequently prescribed to people who suffer from insomnia. Ambien works by slowing certain brain activity, encouraging sleep in those who take it 1 ...

    ... he or she may be motivated to take increasingly larger doses and, in doing so, may be at greater risk of an overdose. Individuals who have built up a tolerance to the drug then stop taking Ambien for a period of time may ... continue reading
  • Fentanyl Overdose

    What is Fentanyl? Fentanyl (brand names include Actiq, Duragesic, and Sublimaze) is a very powerful synthetic opioid painkiller medication that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine 1 . Individuals who abuse or struggle with addiction to ...

    ... is to get help with a fentanyl abuse problem as soon as possible. How to Prevent Fentanyl Overdose Fentanyl overdose can be prevented. By getting professional help for a fentanyl abuse or addiction problem, a person can ... continue reading
  • Tramadol Overdose

    Tramadolis the generic name for the drug Ultram, which is an opioid painkiller medication prescribed to treat moderate to moderately severe pain in adults 1 . Opioid medications have a high addiction potential, and overdose can be deadly—in fact, ...

    ... have a doctor's recommendation and never take it in a way other than intended. What to Do If You Overdose on Tramadol If you or someone you care about experiences any of the above symptoms after ingesting tramadol, call ... continue reading
  • Lorazepam Overdose

    Lorazepam, a benzodiazepine also known by the brand name Ativan, is a drug commonly prescribed to alleviate symptoms of anxiety. Due to its ability to produce feelings of calmness and relaxation, lorazepam has a high potential for abuse . It is ...

    ... opioid drugs , such as codeine or morphine. Even just a few of these symptoms may indicate that someone has overdosed on lorazepam. Don't let another day pass by without treatment. Learn how to begin living a new life in ... continue reading
  • Percocet Overdose

    What is Percocet? Percocet is an opioid painkiller medication containing oxycodone and acetaminophen 1 . When abused, it has a high potential for deadly overdose . In fact, in 2015 nearly 18,000 people died due to overdose on opioid painkillers like ...

    ... body no longer has the same tolerance for the drug. Other factors that may increase the risk of Percocet overdose include 4 : Using Percocet in a way other than intended, such as snorting or injecting. Combining Percocet ... continue reading
  • Vicodin Overdose

    Vicodin is the brand name for an opioid painkiller medication that contains hydrocodone and acetaminophen 1 . Opioids can be very addictive for individuals who abuse them, which can include taking more than the prescribed dose, taking them in a way ...

    ... the user into an instant state of opioid withdrawal, but they are much more likely to survive the overdose 8 . Preventing Overdose If Vicodin abuse has permeated your life or the life of someone close to you, it's not ... continue reading
  • Clonazepam Overdose Symptoms, Dangers & Treatment

    What is Clonazepam? Clonazepam (Klonopin) is a benzodiazepine that is used to treat panic disorders and certain seizures . Clonazepam is a Schedule IV drug, which means it carries a risk for dependence, abuse, and addiction 1 . It is possible to ...

    ... IV drug, which means it carries a risk for dependence, abuse, and addiction 1 . It is possible to overdose on clonazepam and in fact Clonazepam abuse can be dangerous. In fact, according to the National Institute on Drug ... continue reading
  • Opioid Overdose

    Opioids are a class of substances that includes many synthetic and semi-synthetic drugs manufactured from opiate alkaloid precursors found in the opium poppy. Some of the most commonly prescribed opioid medications— Vicodin , OxyContin , and ...

    ... is known as tolerance, and as a person escalates their doses they face an equally increased risk of overdose. Relapse : When a person relapses into opioid abuse after a period of abstinence during which their tolerance ... continue reading
  • Inhalant Overdose

    Inhalants are a group of chemicals that users inhale to create a mind-altering experience. Many of these substances are household items—easily obtained from the local hardware store, if not already in your garage or kitchen cabinets. Often, homes ...

    ... in managing symptoms like: Nausea. Sweating. Sleep problems. Poor appetite. Mood changes. Prevention The best way to prevent to overdose of inhalants is to avoid any use, as even one use may be fatal. If you're unable to ... continue reading
  • Benzodiazepine Overdose

    Benzodiazepines, or “benzos,” are prescription medications used to treat anxiety, panic attacks, muscle spasms, alcohol withdrawal, and seizures 1,2 . Benzos were once prescribed for the short-term management of insomnia, but they are rarely ...

    ... dose or combines the sedative with another substance, such as alcohol . The signs and symptoms of a benzodiazepine overdose may differ from person to person and depend on a variety of factors. Some of the signs of an ... continue reading
  • Adderall Overdose

    Adderall - the pharmaceutical combination of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine - is a prescription stimulant medication primarily used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adults 1 . When taken as prescribed, ...

    ... 1 . Adderall abuse is a serious concern because it can lead to dangerous health problems as well as overdose. In 2010, there were over 31,000 emergency room visits due to abuse of stimulants like Adderall, which revealed ... continue reading
  • Steroid Overdose

    In general, there are two kinds of steroid drugs: Corticosteroids, which are used for medical issues. Anabolic steroids , which may also have indications for medical use, but are often misused to improve strength, appearance, and athletic ...

    ... 's mental and physical health. Prevention If you have been prescribed corticosteroids, the best way to avoid overdose is to only take the medication according to your physician's guidelines and report any alarming side ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Overdose

    Alcohol is considered one of the most harmful substances, with 1 in 20 worldwide deaths attributable to drinking 1, 2 . Alcohol overdose is startlingly common­­— 6 people die from alcohol poisoning every day in the United States , most of them ...

    ... . Even if it doesn't meet the criteria to be defined as a binge, simply drinking quickly can also increase overdose risk. On average, the human body can process one ounce of liquor (or one standard drink) every hour 6 . ... continue reading
  • Over 1 in 10 Americans admit they have had a drinking problem at one stage of their life

    Based on a survey of 2,560 Americans (aged 21+; Google surveys August 2020). State % Alabama 4 Alaska 29 Arizona 17 Arkansas 12 California 19 Colorado 23 Connecticut 10 Delaware 15 Florida 18 Georgia 10 Hawaii 14 Idaho 25 Illinois 14 Indiana 11 Iowa ...

    ... that over 1 in 10 Americans (15%) admit they have had a problem with alcohol in at least one stage of their lives. This figure suggests that these people could be at an increased risk of re-developing their negative ... continue reading
  • Gabapentin Abuse: Symptoms, Effects, Overdose & Treatment

    What is Gabapentin Neurontin? Gabapentin Neurontin is an anticonvulsant that comes in a capsule, tablet, and oral solution. It is used to manage certain seizure disorders, as well as the neuropathic pain phenomenon known as post-herpetic neuralgia ...

    ... gabapentin is used as a cutting agent in street heroin, increasing the potential for abuse and the development of ... that you can administer in the case of an overdose. Because of the drug's long half-life, immediate ... continue reading
  • Overdoses Visualized

    Prescription opioids and illicit drugs have become incredibly pervasive throughout the U.S., and things are only getting worse. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), overdose deaths have increased 137 percent since 2000. ...

    ... the U.S., and things are only getting worse. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), overdose deaths have increased 137 percent since 2000. Even more shocking is that opioids - which are legal ... continue reading
  • Snorting Oxycodone

    Oxycodone is a prescription opioid pain reliever often sold under the brand names OxyContin, Percodan, and Percocet 1 . Oxycodone—often called “oxy”—causes users to experience a pleasurable euphoria. In seeking Oxycodone's pleasurable ...

    ... addiction has been labeled a contributing factor to the increasing numbers of heroin users, new populations of heroin users, and overdoses from heroin. In fact, as opioid prescriptions rose, numbers of people trying and ... continue reading
  • Find a Substance Abuse Rehab Center or Resource in Temecula, CA

    The city of Temecula, California, has a population just shy of 109,000 residents, 1 but it is located in Riverside County, which has been called “America’s drug pipeline” and faces its share of problems with drug abuse and a steady influx of ...

    ... In 2016, approximately 4.5 of every 100,000 residents died of an opioid-related overdose. Both heroin and prescription painkillers contribute to this number. In that same year, there were nearly 1.6 million prescriptions ... continue reading
  • Which Side of the Naloxone Debate Are You On?

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

    ... of his stated policies involves increasing access to naloxone, a medication used to reverse overdose from opioids like heroin and prescription painkillers. But there are people on both sides of the fence regarding this ... continue reading
  • Do I Have to Hit Rock Bottom Before I Get Help?

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

    ... divorce, loss of a job, death of a friend from overdose, or any other major life trauma to precipitate a desire to ... until you hit rock bottom to get help. What do Stages of Change Have to do With Hitting Rock Bottom? Dr. ... 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 ...

    ... ' lives. “You don't know what you're getting with these things,” said Richie Webber, who overdosed on fentanyl-laced heroin in 2014, told The Associated Press. “Every time you shoot up, you're literally playing Russian ... 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, ...

    ... it's alcohol to numb the noise from the world or speed or LSD to “inspire” them, the bohemian yet lonely world ... famous for his book titled Junkie, Burroughs was a heroin and opioid addict. He even accidentally shot his ... continue reading
  • Dangers of Shooting Up

    Drugs can be abused in a variety of ways; while some people may take them orally, others may smoke, snort, or inject them. The practice of “shooting up,” or injecting drugs directly into the bloodstream by means of a needle is particularly ...

    ... to enter the bloodstream immediately, which increases the speed of delivery to the brain. The effects can ... heroin can raise the user's risk of developing an addiction, as well as the likelihood of experiencing overdose ... continue reading
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