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  • Effects of Stimulant Drugs

    Are Stimulants Harmful? Stimulants are a class of substances that increase certain types of cell signaling and amplify various physiologic processes throughout the brain and body. In particular, many types of stimulant drugs are associated with ...

    ... dependence and addiction and occurs when a person becomes so physiologically accustomed to the high levels of stimulant drug that they need more and more of it to feel the desired euphoric effects. Physical dependence ... continue reading
  • Stimulant Drug Abuse

    Stimulants, both illicit and prescription, are known to increase energy and alertness. Prescription stimulants can offer therapeutic benefits when used as prescribed. However, both prescription and illicit stimulants have a high propensity for ...

    ... methamphetamine. 22 In 2019, there were 15,883 deaths caused by cocaine. 22 Students and Study Drugs Prescription stimulants such as Adderall and Ritalin are commonly misused by students to help them stay more alert ... continue reading
  • Stimulant Withdrawal

    Stimulants are substances that increase the activity of several neurotransmitter systems throughout the brain, and are capable of creating a state of heightened energy and alertness. Additionally, many of the stimulant drugs elevate physiological ...

    ... brain, and are capable of creating a state of heightened energy and alertness. Additionally, many of the stimulant drugs elevate physiological processes such as heart rate, breathing, and blood pressure 1 . Some common ... continue reading
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  • History and Statistics of “Study Drugs”

    What are “Study Drugs?” The colloquial term “study drugs” typically refers to prescription stimulant medications (such as Ritalin and Concerta) that are used to enhance aspects of a user's mental functioning, such as: Memory. Concentration. ...

    ... to improve academic or work performance as the reason. The Market for Prescription Stimulants Many of these so-called study drugs are available in generic versions, and are therefore relatively inexpensive for those with ... continue reading
  • How to Treat Stimulant Addiction

    The stimulants are a broad class of substances that affect the nervous system in a way that leads to increased activity across a number of mental and physical processes—serving, in varying degrees, to boost energy and attention but also capable of ...

    ... all kinds, you may indeed know or love someone who's abusing one of these drugs. Understanding the best ways to help a stimulant addict can ensure you approach the situation as effectively as possible. How to Approach a ... continue reading
  • Amphetamine Addiction

    Amphetamines are prescription medications or illegal substances that are also known as stimulants, as they speed up your metabolism and increase your alertness. When legally prescribed, they are typically used to treat attention-deficit ...

    ... . How to seek amphetamine addiction treatment. What Are Amphetamines? Amphetamines are central nervous system (CNS) stimulant drugs that affect brain activity in a way that can make a person feel more energized, alert ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Dexedrine Use

    Understanding Dexedrine Dexedrine is a brand name for the prescription drug dextroamphetamine and is used to treat pediatric attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy in both children and adults. By increasing neural signaling ...

    ... pain medications 5,6 . Short-Term Effects The short-term effects of Dexedrine are achieved by the stimulant drug's ability to interact with a group of neurotransmitters in the brain called monoamines, which includes 5 : ... continue reading
  • Concerta Abuse

    [quizBuddy quiz=”Concerta Abuse” question=”1″] What Is Concerta? Concerta is the brand name for an “extended-release” version of methylphenidate. Methylphenidate is also prescribed under the brand name Ritalin and is most often used to ...

    ... (although adult ADHD diagnoses are on the rise, as well). Concerta, or methylphenidate, is a schedule II stimulant drug , which means it has a high potential for abuse and addiction. When taken in high doses, Concerta ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Concerta Addict

    When you love someone with an addiction, it can be hard to understand why he or she can't just stop using overnight. Addiction can take over an individual's life and produce an all-consuming desire to continue use despite wanting or needing to stop. ...

    ... , Concerta can be very effective against attention deficit. However, as with many stimulant drugs, it can be addictive. In fact, it is a Schedule II drug, meaning it as a “high potential for abuse which may lead to ... continue reading
  • Snorting Vyvanse

    Vyvanse is the brand name of a medication prescribed to treat attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and binge eating disorder (BED) 1 . This substance is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant that interacts with several ...

    ... process by opening the capsule and snorting the powder 2,4 . While snorting many drugs—such as Adderall (another stimulant) and painkillers like OxyContin—might result in a significant increase in the rate and intensity ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Dextroamphetamine Use

    Dextroamphetamine is a prescription stimulant used in the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Dextroamphetamine is commonly found under the brand names Dexedrine and ProCentra and a more recently approved ...

    ... Harmful? When dextroamphetamine is properly prescribed and taken accordingly, this drug can be safe and highly effective; however, when this stimulant is used for nonmedical purposes or taken in doses or methods ... continue reading
  • Vyvanse Abuse

    Vyvanse, also known in its generic form as lisdexamfetamine, is a medication used for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adults. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has also approved it for treatment ...

    ... . Do not attempt to approach a person who is manic or psychotic. Vyvanse Statistics Use of prescription drugs, including stimulants such as Vyvanse, for non-medical purposes is a serious and growing health problem in the ... continue reading
  • Dexedrine Abuse

    Dexedrine is the brand name for an extended-release formulation of dextroamphetamine, a central nervous system stimulant prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Dextroamphetamine is also one of the active ...

    ... on, other activities that normally result in dopamine release won't be able to compare to the drug; use of the stimulant will likely begin to take over other priorities, and the user may take Dexedrine even when negative ... continue reading
  • Dextroamphetamine Abuse

    Dextroamphetamine is a central nervous system stimulant prescribed for the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. This substance is also known by specific brand names such as Dexedrine, ProCentra or Zenzedi. The ...

    ... that an estimated 1.6 million Americans over age 12 were non-medically using psychotherapeutic drugs, which includes stimulants like dextroamphetamine. Signs and Symptoms A number of symptoms may indicate the abuse of ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Dextroamphetamine Addict

    How to Approach an Addict If someone in your life is struggling with an addiction to dextroamphetamine, you may be experiencing a lot of emotions, such as fear, concern, anger, and frustration. You may be willing to try anything to get them into ...

    ... that include the drug, like Adderall and Dexedrine, produce pleasurable stimulant or “upper” ... you have 2 or more of the following symptoms of a stimulant use disorder, as outlined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Vyvanse

    Vyvanse is a brand name for the medication lisdexamfetamine that is prescribed to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and binge-eating disorders 1,2 . Vyvanse belongs to a class of medicines known as central nervous system (CNS) ...

    ... ,2 . Vyvanse belongs to a class of medicines known as central nervous system (CNS) stimulants 1 . Vyvanse is classified as a Schedule II drug, indicating it has known medical use, but it also carries a high potential for ... continue reading
  • Adderall Abuse

    What Is Adderall? Adderall is a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine that is used primarily to treat the symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) . It has benefits with sleep disorders and reported, off-label utility ...

    ... , off-label utility in managing some forms of severe depression as well. This drug is classified as a central nervous system stimulant , which means it speeds up and heightens certain bodily processes. Adderall is an ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Ritalin Use

    Is Ritalin Bad For You? Ritalin (generic name: methylphenidate) is a stimulant prescribed to reduce the effects of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). It is also sometimes prescribed for the ...

    ... far more powerful (not to mention, dangerous) drug, providing effects similar to those of cocaine. On a broad potency scale of nervous system stimulants, Ritalin falls somewhere between caffeine and amphetamines. Taking ... continue reading
  • How to Get Help for Dexedrine Abuse

    How to Approach an Addict If you're worried about someone you love using Dexedrine, watch out for use of dextroamphetamine as other brand formulations like Adderall , ProCentra, and Zenzedi. If someone close to you is struggling with an addiction to ...

    ... (“dexies”) and the more popular Adderall (another commonly abused prescription stimulant that contains dextroamphetamine) may be abused like any illicit drug. Even those who are taking it for ADHD or narcolepsy aren't ... continue reading
  • Why Are Amphetamines So Addictive?

    Amphetamines are a class of synthetic drugs that similarly stimulate the central nervous system (CNS). They are prescribed for legitimate use in the management of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), narcolepsy and, rarely, in cases of ...

    ... absorbed rapidly through the mucous membrane. According to the 2012 TEDS, 8% of prescription stimulant abusers inhale the drug as the primary method of use. Injection of amphetamines is the most complicated and dangerous ... continue reading
  • Desoxyn Abuse

    What Is Desoxyn? Desoxyn is a prescription stimulant medication that contains methamphetamine hydrochloride . It is available in 5 mg tablets that are intended for oral use 1,2 . It is prescribed for the treatment of 1 : ...

    ... related to Desoxyn is limited, there are surveys that track the use of stimulants in high school students. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens 3 : 7% of 8 th graders report abusing amphetamine ... continue reading
  • Snorting Ritalin

    Ritalin is sold as both an immediate-release and extended-release medication 2 . Extended-release Ritalin is designed to gradually release methylphenidate into the bloodstream throughout the day, rather than all at once. Ritalin is classified as a ...

    ... at once. Ritalin is classified as a Schedule II drug by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) because of its high potential for abuse 1 . Prescription stimulants like Ritalin may be misused by those attempting to increase ... continue reading
  • Adderall Withdrawal

    Adderall, a branded formulation of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine , is a stimulant that doctors prescribe for the management of: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Narcolepsy. As a prescription stimulant, Adderall can be used to ...

    ... and there is less stigma associated with taking a pill than snorting or injecting drugs 11,12 . However, like other stimulants, Adderall abuse can result in potentially damaging health effects including 7 : Increased ... continue reading
  • Ritalin Abuse

    Ritalin is the trade name for methylphenidate, a stimulant of the central nervous system used to treat attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It can be very addictive, especially when misused or taken via ...

    ... experience a “high” that is not felt when the drug is taken as indicated. For example, when snorted, the ... of visits to emergency rooms due to complications from ADHD stimulant use shot up from 13,379 in 2005 to 31,244 ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Concerta Use

    Concerta is the trade name of a central nervous system stimulant known as methylphenidate . It is prescribed mainly for the treatment of: Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Narcolepsy. As a stimulant, ...

    ... substances. Short-term Effects Known for their reputation as “study drugs” or “smart drugs,” prescription stimulants like Concerta are often abused by drug users looking to get a “focused high” or by students looking ... continue reading
  • Effects of Desoxyn Abuse

    Desoxyn is a prescription drug that is indicated to treat two conditions 1,2 : Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children 6 and older. Exogenous obesity (obesity due to overeating) in individuals 12 years old or older (on a ...

    ... activity in the central nervous system (CNS) and shares properties with other prescription stimulants including the ADHD drug methylphenidate (Ritalin and Concerta) and amphetamines (Adderall and Dexedrine) 3 . The most ... continue reading
  • Snorting Adderall

    What is Adderall? Adderall is a prescription stimulant used and abused for its ability to increase energy and mental focus, as well as for its potential to elicit pleasurable feelings at high enough doses 1 . It is prescribed for the treatment of ...

    ... it without a prescription. Some users will snort, smoke or inject the drug to achieve a faster, more intense high 1 . Snorting stimulants is the second most common route of administration, other than swallowing, among ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Adderall Addict

    Help for Adderall Addicts Adderall is the brand name for a drug that contains two active ingredients: amphetamine and dextroamphetamine . These ingredients work to stimulate and speed up the body. Doctors use this drug in the treatment of ...

    ... LSD Ketamine Marijuana Meth Methoxetamine (MXE) Mushrooms PCP Peyote Steroids Stimulants Help for Prescription Drug Abuse ACTIQ Adderall Alprazolam Ambien Ativan Barbiturates Benzodiazepines Clonazepam Demerol Desoxyn ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Adderall Use

    Is Adderall Harmful? Adderall is a form of amphetamine prescribed for the treatment of: 1 Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Narcolepsy. It is available in 2 forms : immediate release and extended release. 1 Both forms are suitable for ...

    ... in withdrawal report intense cravings which, if unchecked, can lead to relapse and continued drug use. While in most cases, stimulant withdrawal is not a medical emergency, it can be quite a difficult and uncomfortable ... 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, ...

    ... abusing Adderall may swallow, snort, or inject the drug 1 . In 2014, over 11.7 million Americans ... were over 31,000 emergency room visits due to abuse of stimulants like Adderall, which revealed a 196% increase from 2004 3 ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Desoxyn Addict

    You may be surprised to learn that Desoxyn is actually methamphetamine. It is the only remaining marketed pharmaceutical containing methamphetamine 1 . Stimulant abuse is a major problem in the U.S. More than 1.6 million people in the U.S. admitted ...

    ... intense and unpredictable effects than Desoxyn itself 4 . They may also use other prescription stimulants, such as Adderall, or illicit drugs like cocaine in place of Desoxyn when it is not available, and thus give rise ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Ritalin Addict

    Help for Ritalin Addicts Ritalin (generic name: methylphenidate) is a highly addictive prescription stimulant medication used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is a widely prescribed medication, making its abuse a common ...

    ... LSD Ketamine Marijuana Meth Methoxetamine (MXE) Mushrooms PCP Peyote Steroids Stimulants Help for Prescription Drug Abuse ACTIQ Adderall Alprazolam Ambien Ativan Barbiturates Benzodiazepines Clonazepam Demerol Desoxyn ... 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 ...

    ... % of the cases. In 45% of these multi-drug-use cases, the drugs were also other prescription drugs. The most common prescription drugs taken along with stimulants include anti-anxiety medications and narcotic painkillers ... continue reading
  • Wellbutrin Abuse

    Bupropion (Wellbutrin, Aplenzin, Zyban) is a drug that is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat depression, seasonal affective disorder, and to help people stop smoking 1 . Doctors also frequently prescribe bupropion to ...

    ... then injecting the solution 2 . Signs and Symptoms Individuals who've abused the drug have described the high from bupropion abuse as similar to that of stimulants such as cocaine or amphetamine 2,5,7 . In at least one ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Amphetamine Addict

    Amphetamine addiction is a serious issue; stimulants have the potential to adversely affect the personality and behavior of the individuals abusing these drugs. Some methods of amphetamine abuse may also be related to increased risks of bloodborne ...

    ... about treatment options today. Are Amphetamines Addictive? Studies have shown that abuse of amphetamines, like most drugs in the stimulant class can, over time, lead to changes in brain structure and function . There is ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Amphetamine Use

    While amphetamines have clinical use, their potential for abuse and dependency is high. Legitimate use may turn into addiction. Amphetamines such as Adderall , and non-amphetamine stimulants such as Ritalin are gaining in popularity as recreational ...

    ... turn into addiction. Amphetamines such as Adderall , and non-amphetamine stimulants such as Ritalin are gaining in popularity as recreational drugs, often abused for their euphoric and energy-producing effects. Attention ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Steroid Addict

    Help for Steroids Addicts People who are addicted to steroids may need professional help to stop taking the drug . While the dependency that develops may be different from other, more commonly abused substances, anabolic steroids can indeed be ...

    ... LSD Ketamine Marijuana Meth Methoxetamine (MXE) Mushrooms PCP Peyote Steroids Stimulants Help for Prescription Drug Abuse ACTIQ Adderall Alprazolam Ambien Ativan Barbiturates Benzodiazepines Clonazepam Demerol Desoxyn ... continue reading
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  • Steroid Abuse

    Overview of Steroid Abuse Steroids are lifesavers in many situations. For example, corticosteroids open up the lungs to allow for increased breathing during asthma attacks. However, there are steroids that can be incredibly damaging to one's health ...

    ... to the conversion of the steroid into estradiol. This can also lead to infertility. In women, the drug is converted into testosterone, which can lead to increased body hair and menstrual irregularities . It can also ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Steroid Use

    Are Steroids Harmful? Some steroids can be incredibly harmful to those who take them. Conversely, some types are used to help people with inflammatory conditions like chronic bronchitis, but those are categorized as corticosteroids . They are not ...

    ... increase of the hormones in the body, and it can cause more severe side effects than lower doses. When the drug is stopped, you may be left with a strong feeling that you need to take them again. This occurs even though ... continue reading
  • Trazodone Use in Substance Abuse Treatment

    Each individual in recovery is likely to have had a somewhat unique substance abuse program experience. There are a number of therapeutic variables, including treatment center setting and program duration. However, many commonly encountered ...

    ... . 10 The study further noted that until more studies have established the benefits and safety of the drug for sleep disturbance, they cannot recommend with confidence its use for this purpose after the initial detox ... 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 ...

    ... long-term abuse 3 . Steroid abuse treatment can also help a person understand why they began abusing the drug in the first place and find effective coping strategies for when they face future temptations to use steroids ... continue reading
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  • Why Are Prescription Stimulants So Addictive?

    Prescription stimulants are very prevalent pharmaceutical agents, frequently used for the management of narcolepsy and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Drugs that fall in this category include: Dextroamphetamine and amphetamine ...

    ... the body doesn't function in the same way when use is paused or ended. Abruptly quitting a stimulant drug after a long-standing period of abuse will almost certainly result in withdrawal symptoms (see below). Addiction ... continue reading
  • Drugs A-Z

    What is Acamprosate? Acamprosate is thought to help recovering alcoholics stay sober by balancing inhibitory and excitatory neurotransmission. Acamprosate may be combined with behavioral therapy to decrease the chance of relapse and continued ...

    ... dependence (post-detox). What is Desoxyn? Desoxyn is a brand name for methamphetamine hydrochloride. It is a stimulant drug that causes appetite suppression and is sometimes used to treat obesity in patients who have had ... continue reading
  • Over-the-Counter Drugs of Abuse

    It is a common misconception that only illegal drugs are dangerous. There are many different over-the-counter (OTC) drugs with psychoactive, or mind-altering properties that may lead to a number of serious medical and mental health consequences if ...

    ... Mitchell, & Zunker, 2016). It's important to note that the stimulants contained in laxatives are not the same as stimulant drugs such as methamphetamine or cocaine ; they simply increase muscular contractions throughout ... continue reading
  • 12 of the Most Addictive Drugs

    Addiction affects millions of lives in the U.S. It is a chronic disease that frequently includes cycles of relapse and remission, and it is progressive without treatment or participation in recovery work. It is characterized by being unable to ...

    ... withdrawal symptoms. 16 Alcohol withdrawal can be life-threatening. 17 Cocaine/Crack Cocaine is a stimulant drug that causes dangerous physical effects such as euphoria, increased alertness and energy, rapid heart rate ... continue reading
  • Your Brain on Drugs: Studying Cocaine's Effect on Blood Flow

    Stimulant drugs like cocaine can cause serious blood flow problems within the brain. When there is an insufficient flow of rich, oxygenated blood to the brain, it can result in aneurysm-like bleeding and strokes. Researchers have developed a new ...

    ... and strokes. Researchers have developed a new brain imaging tool that can help them better understand how stimulant drug abuse affects the brain. Developed by a team of researchers from Stony Brook University in New York ... 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 ...

    ... or other drugs. At the other end of the overdose spectrum, too many stimulant drugs can lead ... need 24 hours a day and 7 days a week by calling our Drug Abuse Helpline at . Our friendly staff can counsel you and help you ... continue reading
  • CVS Digs Deep into the Trend of Stimulant Abuse

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

    ... . About 24 percent said they misused or abused these drugs to improve work performance at a job. One in five college students reported abusing prescription stimulants. About 56 percent of those surveyed said it's ... continue reading
  • The Scary Facts About Designer Drugs and Legal Highs

    Read Time: 30 minutes Introduction What Are Designer Drugs and Legal Highs? The terms “designer drugs” and “legal highs” are used to refer to substances such as synthetic marijuana and “bath salts” that are engineered in a laboratory to ...

    ... Dickerson, T. J., & Taffe, M. A. (2013). The novel recreational drug 3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) is a potent psychomotor stimulant: self-administration and locomotor activity in rats . Neuropharmacology, 71 , ... 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 ...

    ... try to sustain their high, “crash” when the stimulant's effects wear off, and are left with feelings of ... of addiction treatment . If you're concerned about your own drug use, or that of someone close to you, visit ... continue reading
  • From Bath Salts to Flakka: Searching for Designer Drugs

    Share on Twitter Share on Facebook The new and unfamiliar often elicits fear of the unknown. But when the new and unfamiliar is a drug - and when this drug is attributed to episodes of extreme paranoia, acts of superhuman strength, and reports of ...

    ... . But unlike the botanical alkaloid found in the khat plant, the stimulant found in bath salts and flakka is man-made. For the most part, both drugs are synthesized in China and shipped in bulk overseas. The term “bath ... 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 ...

    ... & Stewart, 2003). The rewarding euphoric state associated with cocaine use results, in part, by the stimulant drug blocking the reabsorption of extra dopamine from the synaptic space — allowing it to remain active there ... continue reading
  • Common Neurological Risks of Drug Abuse

    While substance abuse may cause a user to feel a short-lived euphoria or impart a sense of temporary well-being, the adverse effects can be dangerous and, in some instances, may lead to permanent brain damage. Chronic drug and alcohol abuse is ...

    ... vessels and elevated blood pressure, which may result in sudden death 1,2 . Not all stimulant drugs are the same, however; each has unique neurological risks associated with abuse. Methamphetamine Methamphetamine (“meth ... continue reading
  • The Effect of Drugs on the Kidneys

    Chronic drug and alcohol abuse can lead to severe kidney damage or failure. The damage is not always direct; some substances may indirectly cause harm to the kidneys via biologic events triggered outside of the renal system itself. These secondary ...

    ... This condition can progress to kidney failure if heroin abuse continues 2 . Cocaine Cocaine, a powerful stimulant drug that causes euphoria and increased energy, has been shown to cause kidney complications in acute and ... continue reading
  • Famous Drug Abusers

    Drug and Alcohol Addiction: A Disease that Touches Everyone According to data from the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 22.7 million Americans need treatment for a drug or alcohol problem. And though it may sound cliché, ...

    ... large doses of Propofol for insomnia, Jackson overdosed and died in 2009. Cocaine A powerful stimulant, cocaine is a commonly abused drug. From movie stars to musicians, many people have turned to cocaine for a “pick-me ... 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 ...

    ... results give us a glimpse into each generation's overall drug preferences, as well as the age at which each ... past year. Stimulants: At age 22, Baby Boomers' use of stimulants peaked. Their frequency of stimulant use at ... continue reading
  • Mixing Alcohol With Drugs

    Mixing alcohol with prescription drugs or illicit drugs (known as polysubstance use), can have dangerous health effects that many people may not realize. Since alcohol is such a commonly used substance, it's even more important to understand how it ...

    ... . People who drink alcohol commonly use marijuana, opioids, cocaine, and other types of stimulants as well. 4 Mixing alcohol with drugs like opioids and benzodiazepines—though it may seem to amplify the sought after ... continue reading
  • Risk of Counterfeit and Laced Drugs

    Results from the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that approximately 27 million people aged 12 or older were current illicit drug users. That figure amounts to 1 in every 10 people having used illegal drugs in the past month. With a ...

    ... psychoactive substances had, in fact, ingested them. In the Netherlands, PMMA (paramethoxymethamphetamine)a very potent stimulant designer drug, was being sold under the guise of MDMA. Four people in the UK were thought ... continue reading
  • This Is Your Brain on Drugs

    Read Time: 20 minutes Readers of a certain age might remember the public service announcements from the late 1980s showing a frying egg with the tagline: “This is your brain on drugs.” Although these commercials were effective at delivering the ...

    ... ranging from confusion to death. Several classes of drugs and the neurotransmitter systems they affect are described below. Stimulants Stimulants are drugs that increase the activity of a few specific neurotransmitters ... 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 ...

    ... age group reported using marijuana within the past year. Stimulants and Sedatives: A Boomer Throwback With the rising national ... pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/drugs/buyers/socialhistory.html 4. http://www.webmd.com ... continue reading
  • Dangers of Snorting and Sniffing Drugs

    Users abuse drugs in varying ways; some drugs are taken orally, while others are smoked, injected, or snorted. Each mode of administration elicits its effects differently and presents with unique dangers. Compared with oral routes, snorting or ...

    ... . Opioid painkillers , such as Vicodin, Percocet, and OxyContin. Prescription stimulants, such as Adderall and Ritalin . What Is Snorting? When a user snorts a drug, he or she inhales the substance — usually as a powder ... continue reading
  • More Working Class Americans Hooked on Cognitive-Boosting Drugs

    I had just started studying for the Bar Exam when I realized the extent of legal information I'd have to retain wasn't humanly possible. Terrified of failing, I sought outside help in the form of a small white pill: Adderall . Within minutes of ...

    ... from the University of Oxford and Harvard Medical School examined a drug called modafinil (brand name Provigil). This prescription-only stimulant is used by doctors to treat patients suffering from the sleeping ... 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 ...

    ... at . Credit: A&E Prescription Drugs The main classes of abused prescription drugs include: Stimulants. Painkillers. Anti-anxiety medications. Sleep medications. Prescription drugs are often overlooked as substances of ... continue reading
  • Mental Health and Drug Abuse

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

    ... 1, 11 How to Identify a Co-Occurring Mental Health and Drug Abuse Problem Co-occurring disorders can occur for a number of ... most common anxiety medications are benzodiazepines. Stimulants . These are primarily used to ... continue reading
  • The Forefathers of Modern Illicit Drugs

    While illicit drugs are a major concern in today's society, many of them didn't start off as recreational. On the contrary, many started off with medicinal and anesthetic purposes. Here's a look at some of the forefathers of modern illicit drugs, ...

    ... an attempt to find a circulatory and respiratory stimulant that would not affect the uterus. The project ... 1841. If you or someone you know has an addiction to drugs or alcohol, please call to speak to a treatment advisor, ... 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 ...

    ... from alcoholism. 4 Many people forget that alcohol is a drug because of how pervasive it is in our society, but ... stroke and doesn't only affect those who use the stimulant long-term. Whether it's your first, fifth or ... continue reading
  • What Drugs Cause the Most Insane Behavior?

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

    ... of another man's face in a brutal attack has drawn media attention to the drug. Cocaine Cocaine is an illegal, addictive drug that has stimulant properties. It is derived from the coca leaf, and it was used in the United ... continue reading
  • Instagram, Drugs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll

    Share on Twitter Share on Facebook The Growth of Concerts and Music Festivals One of the most notable trends in music today is the growth of the music festival. As artists look to supplant revenue lost from declining sales of recorded music, music ...

    ... top billing for cocaine-related posts, with 12.39 percent of posts mentioning this addictive stimulant. General drug terms (such as “tripping” and “drugs”) were most common in posts from Camp Bisco (14.94 percent) and ... continue reading
  • Penalties and Sentencing for Drug Abuse, Selling, and Smuggling in the USA

    Problematic substance use has the potential to negatively impact every area of your life. As dependence and addiction to alcohol or other drugs develop, these substances may begin to influence your physical and mental health, significantly affecting ...

    ... and methadone. Methamphetamine. Prescription stimulant medications like Adderall and ... individuals in the U.S. could face steep fines for possession of drugs. At the federal level, simple possession carries a fine of at ... 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 ...

    ... . To meet the demands of drug users across the country, drug manufacturing has gone into overdrive. Many of the drugs listed on the chart above are illegally manufactured - meth, a stimulant, is the most common example ... 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 ...

    ... alcohol , while alcohol dulls the “edge” of stimulants. This significantly increases the risk of taking more than ... a problem with alcohol or drug misuse, help is available. Professional drug and alcohol abuse programs can ... 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 ...

    ... , 14.7 percent used tranquilizers, 6.4 percent used stimulants and 6.9 percent used sedatives. Of this 119 million ... s 2015 survey? How does it affect your view on drug abuse in our nation? Additional Reading: Can a Label ... continue reading
  • Rhode Island Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment Centers

    Deciding to get help for a drug or alcohol addiction is one of the most important decisions you or a loved one may ever make. That decision could save your life, restore your health, and bring renewed happiness to you and your loved ones. But ...

    ... decision that could change your life. There is no reason to continue living with the destruction and turmoil that drug abuse and addiction can bring when there are so many resources to get help. RI has numerous treatment ... continue reading
  • If a Drug Is Legal, Is it Safe?

    There is a common misconception, especially amongst young people, that if a drug is legal then it is safe. This is certainly not the case. In fact, many of the most dangerous drugs are legal with a valid prescription. Safe, short-term use of opioid ...

    ... , some think that if drugs come from a doctor, they can't hurt you—a belief that can prove fatal. The fact that they're easily accessible. Even without a prescription, opioids and stimulants are frequently obtained from ... 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 ...

    ... Hashish Heroin Inhalants LSD Ketamine 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 ... continue reading
  • Find a Drug and Alcohol Abuse Rehab Center in North Dakota

    If you or a loved one is suffering from a drug or alcohol addiction, know that there is help available. North Dakota has almost 60 different substance abuse treatment centers1 located all over the state. You can browse our listings below and read ...

    ... from people who have experiences with the programs. If you or a loved one is suffering from a drug or alcohol addiction, know that there is help available. North Dakota has almost 60 different substance abuse treatment ... continue reading
  • Find a Drug and Alcohol Abuse Rehab Center in Wisconsin

    While there is no “cure” for addiction, it can be treated. With successful recovery, people are able to move on to a happier, healthier life without drugs. You can take your first step on the journey of recovery from addiction by browsing ...

    ... it can be treated. With successful recovery, people are able to move on to a happier, healthier life without drugs. You can take your first step on the journey of recovery from addiction by browsing treatment listings in ... continue reading
  • Drugs on Mars and Venus

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

    ... the rates for men and women who used each drug at least once in the past year. Women were marginally more dependent than men for heroin , stimulants, inhalants, and hallucinogens. When sexes were combined, heroin had ... continue reading
  • List of Street Names for Drugs

    People actively abusing legal or illicit substances can get pretty creative when it comes to devising a list of slang terms—ranging from avoiding detection from law enforcement to ensuring privacy in written and verbal communication. If you ...

    ... to List - - Back to List - Prescription Stimulants This group of substances are commonly used to treat ... coverage levels, how to get your insurance company to pay for drug and alcohol rehab and also how to pay if you don't ... continue reading
  • So-Called “Legal” Drugs and the Trojan Horse Game

    Are you familiar with the concept of a Trojan Horse? It's pretty on the outside but filled with deadly enemies inside. It creates an appearance of innocence, but is designed with trickery in mind. Legal drugs are a lot like a Trojan Horse. These ...

    ... synthetic substances were identified. What's For Sale? Synthetic drugs come in many shapes and sizes. Taken in pill, ... Cathinones: “Bath Salts” These synthetics replicate stimulants (amphetamines) like speed and meth. They ... continue reading
  • Ways of Helping Someone With Drug or Alcohol Addiction

    Seeking Drug Addiction Help If you have a loved one who is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, it can be difficult to watch them. You may be wondering how to help them with their substance abuse issues. They might be ready to quit and ...

    ... to go to treatment, your next question may be where to find the drug addiction help your loved one needs. You might be in search of short- ... PCP Peyote Steroids Stimulants Help for Prescription Drug Abuse ACTIQ Adderall ... continue reading
  • Crystal Meth Addiction: Treatment and Rehab

    Methamphetamine in all forms, including crystal meth, is a frequently abused drug throughout the United States. In fact, results from the 2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) reported an estimated 2.5 million people ages 12 and older ...

    ... as dysphoric mood, fatigue, and sleep problems arise when the drug is not used. How Is Crystal Meth Addiction Treated? Crystal meth addiction and other stimulant use disorders are complex health issues that commonly have ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Concerta Abuse

    Simultaneous abuse of Concerta—a central nervous system stimulant—and alcohol—a depressant substance—can have numerous effects on the body. Unbeknownst to many users, each substance can effectively increase the dangers of the other. ...

    ... level of interest. Despite its effectiveness when appropriately prescribed and taken, the drug has since been adopted for recreational use. As with all stimulants , Concerta has a high potential for abuse . Due to its ... 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 ...

    ... to stop. Social Use : Adderall might have earned its reputation among college students, but abuse of stimulant drugs is certainly not isolated to campus life. Seek help if your Adderall use extends beyond the workplace ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Ritalin Abuse

    Over the years, there has been an increase in the misuse of alcohol and certain prescription drugs, such as Ritalin. Ritalin—which is the trade name for methylphenidate—is a stimulant often used as a treatment for attention-deficit/hyperactivity ...

    ... increase in the misuse of alcohol and certain prescription drugs, such as Ritalin. Ritalin—which is the trade name for methylphenidate—is a stimulant often used as a treatment for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder ... continue reading
  • Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms and Treatment

    Many substances of abuse can lead to the development of physiological dependence—especially if they are taken in large amounts and for a long period of time. When a person becomes dependent on a substance and then decides to stop using it, they ...

    ... associated with substances such as alcohol, benzodiazepines like librium and opioids. Stimulants and marijuana are other drugs that are associated with potentially uncomfortable withdrawal syndromes, though symptoms are ... continue reading
  • Short-Term and Long-Term Effects of Kratom Use

    What Is Kratom? Kratom ( Mitragyna speciosa ) is a tree-like plant from Southeast Asia that belongs to the same family of plants as coffee and gardenias. Kratom has been used as an herbal remedy in Thailand and neighboring countries for hundreds of ...

    ... its side effects are dependent on the dose taken and are similar to those found both for stimulant drugs and opiates, including: Pupillary constriction (tiny pupils.) Facial flushing (blushing.) Tremors or loss of motor ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Amphetamine Abuse

    The Problem of Alcohol and Amphetamine Abuse Just because two substances can each be obtained legally does not mean that they are safe together. The risk associated with alcohol and amphetamine use increases when these addictive substances are used ...

    ... abuse exclusively, with thousands more people needing medical treatment. Amphetamines are manmade stimulant drugs that doctors prescribe for: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Narcolepsy. Obesity. Being ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Bath Salts Use

    Are Bath Salts Harmful? The term “bath salts” refers to a family of designer recreational drugs that contain one or more synthetic chemicals related to cathinone -a stimulant found in the khat plant, with effects similar to amphetamine. The name ...

    ... can result in serious injury or death. In addition to being addictive, bath salts - like many stimulant drugs - can result in dangerously erratic behavior and, over time, contribute to the development of psychoses and ... continue reading
  • Effects of Crystal Meth Use and Abuse

    What is Methamphetamine? Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant that can have long-lasting effects on your body. This is a man-made substance that, with the advent of other more efficacious prescription stimulants, now has limited ...

    ... quickly from the lungs to the bloodstream—where it then travels rapidly to the brain. Since the drug acts as a stimulant throughout the brain and body, there is an almost instant euphoria , followed by an increase in ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Addiction: Treatment and Rehab

    Cocaine use and cocaine addiction can be dangerous for your physical and mental health and have a detrimental impact on your life. If you or someone you care about is struggling with cocaine addiction, you know how difficult it can be to stop using ...

    ... , like the cost and length of cocaine addiction treatment. What is Cocaine Addiction? Cocaine is a very powerful stimulant drug that is made from the leaves of the coca plant, found in many parts of South America. 2 When ... continue reading
  • Addiction Self-Assessment Quizzes for Drugs and Alcohol

    Drug and Alcohol Self-Assessment Quizzes Use the following self-assessment quizzes to better understand common signs, symptoms, and behavioral changes related to substance misuse and addiction. The questions used in the following self-assessments ...

    ... designed to help evaluate whether you may have a dependence on bath salts, an illicit designer drug and stimulant containing substances such as MDPV, mephedrone, and/or methylone. While this assessment does not replace a ... continue reading
  • Cocaine History and Statistics

    History of Cocaine Cocaine is a drug derived from the South American coca plant ( Erythoxylon coca ). It is a powerful stimulant and popular recreational drug . However, there are legitimate medical uses for cocaine as a topical anesthetic used in ...

    ... derived from the South American coca plant ( Erythoxylon coca ). It is a powerful stimulant and popular recreational drug . However, there are legitimate medical uses for cocaine as a topical anesthetic used in certain ... 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 ...

    ... substances is also a major risk factor for overdose. When used with sedating or depressant drugs, cocaine's stimulant effects may seem diminished, leading the user to more easily ingest toxic levels of each substance ... continue reading
  • Why Is Cocaine so Addictive?

    Cocaine comes from the coca bush, which grows primarily in South America. This addictive stimulant is also known as “coke,” “snow,” or “blow” and is sold on the streets as a fine, white powder. In a crystallized, free base form, it is ...

    ... to the crackling sound it makes when smoked. As a street drug, cocaine is often mixed with other fine, white powders such as ... an also a sign that you have a stimulant use disorder. Signs and Symptoms of Cocaine Addiction ... continue reading
  • Why Is Methamphetamine So Addictive?

    Methamphetamine is a highly addictive chemically compounded stimulant. Similar in chemical structure to amphetamine, meth is widely and illicitly manufactured using a variety of production methods. Methamphetamine is a white, odorless, ...

    ... . A majority of meth users consume the drug by heating and smoking the crystalline substance. Regardless of precise route of administration, methamphetamine's stimulant effect arises directly from its molecular influence ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Meth on Your Body

    During the past two decades, illicit methamphetamine - also known as crystal meth - has presented one of the largest and most dangerous drug epidemics in America. This extremely powerful stimulant, which can be smoked, injected, snorted, or eaten, ...

    ... known as crystal meth - has presented one of the largest and most dangerous drug epidemics in America. This extremely powerful stimulant, which can be smoked, injected, snorted, or eaten, produces a rapid and intense ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Crystal Meth Abuse

    Crystal meth is an illicit and powerful stimulant drug that is most commonly smoked, snorted, or injected. It is characterized by its ability to produce a powerful euphoria, increased energy, decreased appetite, and increased heart rate. It is ...

    ... of abuse due to its cheap price and intense, long-lasting effects. Similar stimulant effects are seen with drugs such as cocaine—though they last for a much shorter, less intense period of time than those experienced ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Bath Salts Abuse

    Bath Salts: A Dangerous Synthetic Drug Even though few people mention “bath salts” when they discuss addictive drugs, this new drug has grown astronomically in popularity over the past several years. “Bath salts” are far from the salts you ...

    ... , injecting or smoking. Most bath salts contain mephedrone , a stimulant , and methylenedioxypyrovalerone, also known as MDVP, a stimulant and psychoactive drug. Bath salts go by many names, including: “Ivory Wave ... continue reading
  • Making Sense Out of the Confusing World of Ritalin

    Sharon is at another meeting with her son's teacher. Aiden's teacher says he's unfocused and disruptive in class. Sharon knows her son behaves the same way at home. Last night's battle over homework fresh in her mind - and she doesn't know what to ...

    ... , or methylphenidate, is a nervous-system stimulant. Yes, a drug commonly prescribed for hyperactivity disorder is actually a stimulant. While this seems counter-intuitive, the drug affects the chemicals in the brain ... continue reading
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