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  • 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 ...

    ... 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 easy to obtain ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... 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 can ... 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 ...

    ... your physical health and behavior. Stimulant addiction statistics. Abuse of stimulant “study drugs.” How stimulant addiction is treated. What is a Stimulant? Stimulants are a class of drugs that increase certain types of ... 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. ...

    ... of these substances. A survey by the Partnership for a Drug-Free Kids in 2014 reported that 20% of college students reported abusing prescription stimulants . The most popular drug in this survey was Adderall, used by 60 ... 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 ...

    ... can last from 96 hours to multiple weeks, accompanied by drug cravings. The duration of effects will vary based on the stimulant that was being abused. For example, cocaine's depressive symptoms usually alleviate within ... 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 ...

    ... and attention but also capable of impacting our cardiovascular and respiratory systems. The stimulant category encompasses drugs that are encountered both predominantly illicitly (e.g., cocaine, crystal meth) as well as ... 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, ...

    ... abused and mixed with other drugs and/or alcohol. In fact, those with a history of any kind ... reputation as “study drugs” or “smart drugs,” prescription stimulants like Concerta are often abused by drug users looking to ... 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 ...

    ... abuse. But where do people acquire their drugs? A 2016 Recovery Brands survey revealed that the majority of young adults 18 to 28 years old get ahold of their prescription stimulants used to treat ADHD by means of their ... 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 ...

    ... symptoms of depression. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) refers specifically to the following populations when discussing those at risk of misusing prescription stimulants 5 : Athletes. Performers. Academic ... 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 ...

    ... addictive because of the effects they produce. As stimulants , they act on the central nervous system ... as “smart drugs” or “study drugs” that can enhance school performance), the fact is that those with prescriptions are ... 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 ...

    ... abuse but also because the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) states that young people who abuse prescription stimulants are more likely to abuse other drugs. Dextroamphetamine is primarily used to treat ADHD ... 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 ...

    ... commonly attempt to snort and inject the drug to achieve a stronger high. Similarly to other stimulants, Vyvanse can be abused by people seeking pleasurable effects of the drug. Those seeking a high may attempt to crush ... 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 ...

    ... their performance in school or at work. 1,2 They may also use stimulants to stay awake during social gatherings and parties. 1 NIDA states that since drug use early in life is a major risk factor for addiction later on ... 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 ...

    ... 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, and focused. 4, 5 ... 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 ...

    ... , they may experience a stimulant withdrawal syndrome as their body detoxes from the substance. What is Amphetamine Withdrawal? The term “drug withdrawal” refers to a group of negative symptoms that often occur when a ... 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 ...

    ... be similar, Dexedrine differs from some other commonly prescribed stimulant medications like Concerta and Ritalin as those are formulated with another drug called methylphenidate . Though different, both substances work ... 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 ...

    ... 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 energy, improve ... 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 : ...

    ... information specifically 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 ... 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 ...

    ... ”) 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 immune ... 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 ...

    ... of narcolepsy. 2 Adderall can be addictive and dangerous to those who abuse it. 3 Adderall Short-Term Effects When ... lead to relapse and continued drug use. While in most cases, stimulant withdrawal is not a medical ... 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 ...

    ... harm to their bodies when the drug is misused. A major concern for many people that abuse Adderall over an extended period is the risk of cardiovascular issues . Since Adderall is a stimulant, it plays a major role in ... 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 ...

    ... how you feel your relationship has changed due to their drug abuse. Be sure to listen to what they have to ... you need to do and make that phone call today. Related Articles Stimulant Detox and Withdrawal To share your ... 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 ...

    ... when the drug is abused, as the typical medical oversight that occurs among those taking it for medical need is absent. According to the 2012 Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS), prescription stimulants like amphetamine ... 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 ...

    ... ? Dextroamphetamine can indeed be addictive. Medications that include the drug, like Adderall and Dexedrine, produce pleasurable stimulant or “upper” effects that may reinforce continued abuse, such as: Increased ... 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 ...

    ... experiencing adverse side effects 5 . Emergency-room visits for stimulant overdoses, such as those caused by Adderall , Vyvanse, Strattera, and Concerta , also involved another drug in about 63% of the cases. In 45% of ... 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
  • 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
  • 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 ...

    ... well). Concerta, or methylphenidate, is a schedule II stimulant drug , which means it has a high potential for ... and Symptoms of Concerta Abuse If you have a suspicion that someone you know may be facing an addiction to ... 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 ...

    ... addiction. According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug use and Health, an estimated 1.6 ... stimulant abuse are seen in a 2013 SAMHSA report , which shows that emergency room visits involving prescription stimulants ... 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) ...

    ... . However, there is a growing trend for people to take stimulants, such as Vyvanse, even when they do not have ADHD. Such usage may stem from a belief that the drug will make them smarter or give them a competitive edge ... 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 ...

    ... ways other than those prescribed, they can experience a “high” that is not felt when the drug is taken as ... of visits to emergency rooms due to complications from ADHD stimulant use shot up from 13,379 in 2005 to 31 ... 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, ...

    ... over 31,000 emergency room visits due to abuse of stimulants like Adderall, which revealed a 196% increase from ... other drugs. Over time, Adderall users can develop a tolerance to the drug 6 . Tolerance is a sign that a ... 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 ...

    ... or in someone who is abusing the drug. When a dependent person attempts to slow or stop using the stimulant, they will often experience a set of withdrawal symptoms that may make quitting extremely difficult. Tolerance ... 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 ...

    ... brain. When consumed, both this drug and other stimulants trigger an increased release of neurotransmitters, including dopamine. The release of excess dopamine creates rewarding feelings that over time prompt the user to ... 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. ...

    ... , as with many stimulant drugs, it can be addictive. In fact, it is a Schedule II drug, meaning it as a ... It is important to seek help immediately once you suspect that you or a loved one has an addiction. The severity ... 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 ...

    ... methylphenidate) is a highly addictive prescription stimulant medication used to treat attention-deficit/ ... telltale signs of addiction is using the drug in a manner that is different than prescribed. For instance, ... 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 ...

    ... ones struggling with substance abuse. 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 ... 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 ...

    ... muscle gain within a 10-week period. You might notice that your loved one is working out a lot more and receiving ... can also lead to infertility. In women, the drug is converted into testosterone, which can lead to ... 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 ...

    ... 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 there are unpleasant and ... 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 ...

    ... study further noted that until more studies have established the benefits and safety of the drug for sleep ... adults. If you are taking trazodone, it is important that you are under the supervision of a doctor so they ... 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 ...

    ... your compulsions to use this damaging substance and may address any mental health issues that may be contributing to use of these drugs, such as body dysmorphic disorder . A structured treatment program can also help you ... 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 ...

    ... abuse problem or agreeing to seek treatment can be a difficult process for people addicted to these drugs. One study found that the best way to support a loved one during treatment is to learn about and understand their ... 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 ...

    ... when taken for non-medical purposes or at doses higher than those prescribed by a doctor. As a group, prescription stimulants are very popular drugs of abuse. Some people abuse these medications as so-called study ... 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 ...

    ... , and other types of stimulants as well. 4 Mixing alcohol with drugs like opioids and benzodiazepines, ... of the most important things to keep in mind is that effective treatment should be tailored to meet a person's ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Effects

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    ... ) Mushrooms Peyote PCP Spice Steroids Stimulants Long-term use of drugs can have major effects on your ... it as comfortably as possible so you don't feel so bad that you return to using again. The medical staff is allowed to ... 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 ... . Stimulants: At age 22, Baby Boomers' use of stimulants peaked. Their frequency of stimulant use at that time ... 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 ...

    ... end of the overdose spectrum, too many stimulant drugs can lead to dangerously elevated blood pressure, irregular heartbeat and seizure - a perilous mixture of symptoms that can result in death. Physician supervision and ... 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
  • 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 ... 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 ...

    ... , Steffen, 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 ... 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 ...

    ... . Get help finding treatment today at . Overdose Risk Snorting drugs such as cocaine can have fatal consequences. Cocaine is a profoundly addictive stimulant that can drastically raise the user's blood pressure and heart ... 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 ...

    ... their widespread proliferation on the illicit drug scene. The first of these is a drug that has the technical name 1-(8- ... plant, user reports confirm that it produces an unusual mix of stimulant and opioid-like effects , ... continue reading
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    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 ...

    ... of synthetic cathinones and other chemical additives that happen to be sold under the name at that point in time. However, the drug usually contains one of three stimulant substances: mephedrone, methylone, or MDPV. When ... 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 ...

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    ... -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 unsuccessful ... continue reading
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    ... and ecstasy. Schedule II Drugs: Include prescription narcotics and stimulants. Have a high potential ... as a teen anti-drug program, while the DFC helps support organizations that promote drug-free living for youth with ... 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 ...

    ... eath in high doses. Amphetamines: stimulants that produce effects that resemble those of ecstasy. Synthetic cathinones (including methylone and butylone): drugs that possess amphetamine-like properties. Other adulterants ... continue reading
  • Long-Term Drug Addiction Effects

    The longer an addiction lasts, the more stress and strain it puts on the individual. There is an overwhelming number of long-term physical and emotional effects addiction can have that can easily turn a healthy man or woman into a frail shadow of ...

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  • Drugs and Devotion

    Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Why do some people seem compelled to experiment and others live their entire lives without ever taking a single puff, snort, sniff, or dose of an illicit substance? Thanks to decades of social studies, we now know ...

    ... than marijuana (0.9), cocaine (0.8), and stimulants (0.7). The NSDUH survey doesn't ask respondents ... nonusers. What's perhaps more surprising, though, is that the drug with the smallest gap - smaller even than alcohol - ... continue reading
  • Facing Reality: 8 Shocking Drug and Alcohol Abuse Statistics

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  • 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 ...

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  • Lethal Drug Combinations

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    ... cocaine use results, in part, by the stimulant drug blocking the reabsorption of extra dopamine from ... asking for help. The first step to recovery, whether that's treatment or just managing your addiction, should be one ... 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
  • Twelve of the Most Addictive Drugs

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    ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... .68 percent of those festivals' posts mentioning the popular party drug. Coachella took top billing for cocaine-related posts, with 12.39 percent of posts mentioning this addictive stimulant. General drug terms (such as ... continue reading
  • Famous Drug Abusers

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    ... died in 2009. Cocaine A powerful stimulant, cocaine is a commonly abused drug. From movie stars to musicians, ... Fleury : While other athletes have likely experienced traumas that put them on the path to addiction, few of ... continue reading
  • Penalties and Sentencing for Drug Abuse, Selling, and Smuggling in the USA

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    ... a large number of hours to community service as well. 6 Selling Drugs Selling drugs carries much harsher penalties than those received for simple drug possession in the U.S. Consequences will vary by state, but, as ... continue reading
  • Introducing the Drug That Can Kill With a Single Dose

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    ... 've purchased is pure or if it's laced with something else before using it. That's how gray death has inadvertently made its way into some drug users' lives. “You don't know what you're getting with these things,” said ... continue reading
  • Frequently Asked Questions About Finding Help for Drug Abuse

    How do I know if I need help? Sometimes it's difficult to tell if you're addicted to a substance, and you may be wondering if you need professional help. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders outlines the signs of a substance use ...

    ... considering various rehab centers, you should do your research on the services that each one provides. Below are the qualities that the best drug abuse treatment facilities will possess: Qualifications : It's pertinent ... continue reading
  • Kaiser Permanente Insurance for Drug and Alcohol Addiction Rehab Treatment

    How to Get Kaiser Permanente Drug and Alcohol Treatment If you are concerned that you or your loved one has a chemical dependency and needs alcohol or drug addiction rehab , the first place to start is with your primary care doctor, who can help ...

    ... 'does Kaiser cover rehabilitation programs?' The answer is yes; Kaiser Permanente offers addiction treatment benefits that can help cover drug and alcohol rehab treatment . Although your plan may not cover every type of ... continue reading
  • Let’s Play: How Much Do You Really Know About Drug Schedules?

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

    ... medical use in the U.S. Abuse potential Likelihood of causing dependence when abused Schedule I Schedule I drugs are highly addictive and have no accepted medical use. They cannot be prescribed and aren't available for ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Help

    Drug abuse help is available for everyone. Whether it is for yourself or someone close to you, there is a drug abuse help center with a program to suit you. Our website provides confidential help, free of charge and provides you with a team of ...

    ... for you is dependent upon your specific drug addiction. Get drug abuse help by calling . Drug Abuse Help for Physical and Mental Addictions We can provide you drug abuse help that covers a range of addictions to various ... continue reading
  • The Rise of Drug Deaths in America

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

    ... 557 . It only took four years, from 1999 to 2002, for drug overdose deaths to eclipse the number suffered by the U.S. in the ... to treatment. Less than 20 percent of those needing treatment in 2014 actually received it . ... continue reading
  • Will Diplo’s New Anti-Drug Video Impact EDM Culture?

    Mad Decent label head Diplo just put the EDM drug culture on blast, releasing a dark music video for the track “Techno.” Teaming up with fellow Mad Decent producers Yellow Claw, Waka Flocka Flame, and LNY TNZ, the 3-minute video shines a ...

    ... scenes of the dealers cooking up several batches of “bad” drugs. In a cruel twist of fate, the daughter gets her hands on some of those deadly barn-cooked drugs and, unfortunately, things go from bad to worse. The video ... continue reading
  • The 25 Best Sources for Drug Addiction Research

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    ... analytical information on the patterns and nature of drug abuse , drug use trends, consequences of drug use, and characteristics of those prone to drug use. 4. Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) : Offers information about ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Signs

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

    ... 's society. While there is an air of permissiveness concerning these illegal drugs, there are definite drug abuse signs that signal a problem. Increased appetite, heightened visual and auditory abilities, memory lapses ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Program

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

    ... -term inpatient treatment. This care is also provided at residential communities that are geared for detox and drug rehabilitation. Another drug abuse program is day treatment. This format includes most of the inpatient ... continue reading
  • Is This New Drug the Holy Grail of All Pain Relievers?

    Millions of Americans suffer daily from chronic pain. Factor in all the people managing temporary pain after accidents or surgeries and you have a massive number of people on prescription painkillers. Abuse of morphine, an extremely powerful and ...

    ... of overdose deaths each year. Like other opiates, morphine has its drawbacks. In fact, the drug has over 25 official side effects that impact our behavior, brain, body, psyche and sexuality. It can even be lethal in high ... continue reading
  • Is the Trump Administration Revamping the War on Drugs?

    In 1971, President Nixon declared the “War on Drugs,” labeling drug abuse as “public enemy number one.” The creation of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) followed soon after; they were charged with enforcing federal regulations and ...

    ... safe space for the sick and suffering to seek help from law enforcement and partners. By recharging the drug war, those requesting assistance might be afraid to come forward due to the risk of arrest. Under the Americans ... continue reading
  • Drug Prevention | Abuse

    Drug prevention programs are designed to provide the education and support necessary to diminish drug dependency in communities, schools and the workplace. Drug abuse prevention has become an important first step in informing specific individuals ...

    ... benefit from learning how to handle aggression, solve problems, and communicate better so that they can avoid putting themselves at risk for drug abuse later in life. Middle and high school programs should focus on peer ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse: The Oral Health Kryptonite

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    ... dry mouth and, much like heroin, it sparks a constant craving for sugar. Aside from that, methamphetamine drugs are extremely acidic, creating a detrimental environment for teeth. Cocaine: Cocaine has lethal effects on ... continue reading
  • Ruthless Drug Dealer Ordered to Pay for His Client’s Funeral

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

    ... Every day, nearly 100 lives are lost to the opioid epidemic. Many of these fatalities are caused by a deadly drug that's secretly added to baggies of heroin (or cocaine) as a cheap way for dealers to add weight to their ... continue reading
  • Neighborhood Watch: Drug Sales Drive Drug Use

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

    ... , said his team found a “strong association” between the perceived numbers of neighborhood drug sales and actual drug use. “Those who reported seeing neighborhood sales 'almost every day' were 11 times more likely to ... continue reading
  • The 20 Countries with the Harshest Drug Laws in the World

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

    ... users are frequently sentenced to mandatory rehab. Dubai Dubai is known to be very intolerant of drug abuse . Many prescription drugs that are legal in other parts of the world can get you put in jail in Dubai. It is ... continue reading
  • What’s Your Vote on Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients: Yay or Nay?

    With Obama out of office, Republicans are looking to nix the limits his administration imposed on drug testing the unemployed. Instead, they want to make it easier for states to enact drug screening requirements for various forms of public ...

    ... t improve as time went on. In 2015, a survey of the 10 states that implemented drug testing programs for those seeking assistance, including Mississippi, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Tennessee, showed they weren't exactly worth ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Addiction

    An Introduction to Drug Abuse and Addiction Drug abuse, addiction and alcoholism are three of the most common problems plaguing adolescents, teens, and adults alike. Recent reports place the numbers of Americans, aged 12 and older, suffering from ...

    ... (such as taking larger doses than were prescribed). As we mentioned earlier, not everyone that uses drugs (or abuses them, for that matter) becomes addicted to them. There are various levels or stages of problems and ... continue reading
  • The AMA to Drug Companies: It’s Time You Stop Lying to Consumers

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

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

    Drug abuse and addiction are problems that can have devastating consequences. Not only can they destroy the affected individual's life, they have a pervasive effect on all those who know or work with the individual. The best hope for recovery is ...

    ... to provide you with the confidential treatment information you need. The Difference Between Drug Abuse and Addiction It is a common misunderstanding that drug abuse and addiction are the same thing but when you know the ... continue reading
  • State Sentencing: How Drug Sentencing Varies Across the U.S.

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

    ... , this was only true of three states bordering Mexico; marijuana is by far the most seized drug that's trafficked across the southern border. In fact, methamphetamine sentencing dominates throughout most of the western ... continue reading
  • MXE Drug Abuse

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

    ... teen to make healthy decisions when faced with pressure. Seek support when necessary. Parents who learn that a teen is abusing drugs may feel unsure of what to do. Consider reaching out to a professional for help or seek ... continue reading
  • LGBTQ and Gay-Friendly Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment Centers

    Drug and alcohol addiction treatment is becoming increasingly specialized. Treatment designs have been evolving as a result of numerous studies indicating that recovery success is promoted when issues that distinct demographic groups might face are ...

    ... a wealth of information to anyone, including epidemiologic data about specific types of drugs that are being used, special concurrent medical concerns that the LGBT community faces as well as some of the issues and ... continue reading
  • Dying to Get High: Half of 2014 U.S. Drug Deaths Caused By Opiates

    It's well-documented that heroin and prescription painkiller abuse are two of the biggest drug problems in the U.S., but a new report from the Drug Enforcement Administration highlights just how serious the problem is. Shocking Death Rate Chuck ...

    ... . Meanwhile, prescription opioids were responsible for roughly 16,000 of the 23,000 overdose deaths that came from prescription drugs in 2013. Benzos were responsible for the other 7,000 deaths. The Hold of Opiates ... continue reading
  • Kicking Drugs (and Cravings) to the Curb

    If you're reading this, chances are you or your loved one is on the road to recovery, so congratulations! Thinking about ways to combat cravings and prevent relapse are among the most important steps you can take to maintain a sober lifestyle. It ...

    ... adjustment going forward, conditioning you to find new ways to have fun and spend free time that doesn't involve using drugs. Engage in a Support System Addiction can be an isolating illness, which is exactly why ... continue reading
  • 7 Things You Don’t Realize About Teenage Drug Abuse.

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

    ... . Chemical Imbalances We may not have cared much as teenagers, but it's been a well-known fact that drugs affect delicate chemical balances in our brains. Because the human brain doesn't reach full maturity until the mid ... continue reading
  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse Treatment Programs

    If you or someone you care about is struggling with addiction, you may be considering potential drug and alcohol treatment options. Seeking treatment is a courageous choice and an important first step in the recovery process, but it might not always ...

    ... with supporting a person with addiction. How Effective is Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment? Research has shown that people who enter drug and/or alcohol addiction treatment programs, and remain in them for extended ... continue reading
  • Mars vs. Venus: How Does Gender Affect Prescription Drugs?

    When the book Men are from Mars; Women are from Venus hit book shelves back in 1992, it was a huge hit. By highlighting the differences in men and women, the book's theory is still solidly ingrained in our culture. Though gender equality has come a ...

    ... women differently than it affects men. Let's take a look at three other common drugs that highlight these biological differences. Opioid Painkillers : Biological differences are seen with administration of prescription ... continue reading
  • The Use and Abuse of Date Rape Drugs

    Although Bill Cosby has been making headlines for his alleged use of date rape drugs, sexual assault cases involving these substances have been a problem in the U.S. for decades and continue to be a growing trend. What's more, many young adults and ...

    ... else's body Spiking Food and Beverages Most date rape victims are unaware that their food or drink has been “spiked.” That's because the drugs are generally added while the intended victim has looked away or stepped out ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Assessment

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

    ... addiction, ask him or her to refer you to a specialist. Your doctor may suggest that you go to drug rehab or talk to counselor familiar with drug addiction. Either way, you will be able to find the help you need to get ... continue reading
  • 15 Warning Signs That Your Kid May Be Using Drugs

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

    ... your kid's interest in dating. Behavioral changes are quite common with kids who take drugs. While the moody teen is a stereotype, it's one that holds true. If your kid is jittery in the morning and calmer in the evening ... continue reading
  • Popular Drugs By Demographic

    Drug use is a growing problem in America and a concern that affects various demographics. In fact, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2011, about 8.7 percent of Americans 12 years and older-22.5 million people-participated ...

    ... on the rise. This is partially due to the baby boomers' historically higher rates of illicit drug use compared to those of previous cohorts. In 2010, cocaine abuse among this demographic nearly quadrupled as it rose from ... continue reading
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