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  • Are Benzos Overprescribed?

    We are an anxious nation. A whopping 40 million American adults are affected by anxiety disorders; that's 18 percent of the adult population! With such astronomical numbers, it shouldn't be surprising to learn anxiety disorders are the most commonly ...

    ... disorders are the most commonly diagnosed mental illnesses in the U.S. With these anxiety-related ... benzo dependency. Keep in mind: No medically-assisted treatments currently exist. The recovery process can take months ... continue reading
  • Prescription Opiates: As Addictive as Heroin?

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

    ... Americans aged 12 and older met the criteria for substance use disorder in 2014. Of these, 1.9 million were ... In a 2014 survey, 94% of people in treatment for opioid addiction reported choosing to use heroin because ... continue reading
  • 6 Things About Benzo Withdrawal You Might Not Know

    What are Benzos? Benzodiazepines (benzos) are an anxiolytic class of drugs that belong to a larger group of substances that can be categorized as central nervous system (CNS) depressants. 1 Benzodiazepines work by increasing inhibitory ...

    ... has grown dependent on a consistent supply of benzos, treatment professionals and rehab facilities may utilize a slow-taper ... 5. Don't Drink Other CNS depressant substances, though they might temporarily resolve some ... continue reading
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  • A Dangerous Trio: Skipping Dinner, Binge Drinking and Overeating

    In today's culture, binge drinking is becoming more and more prevalent. This is especially true on college campuses, where a lot of partying takes place and many students spend their nights at clubs and bars, rather than in the dorm studying. Today, ...

    ... may contribute to weight gain and significant health-related consequences,” the study's leader wrote. The ... weight gain could lead to the development of an eating disorder at some point, such as bulimia. In fact, college ... continue reading
  • Overdosing on Sleep Medication is a Big Problem

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

    ... One safe and alternate solution for sleep problems is professional counseling. The most effective type of sleep-related counseling is cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), as it changes how patients think and behave, while ... 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 ...

    ... . As a parent, you'll never know all the aspects of your kid's life, and sometimes it could be related to your kid's interest in dating. Behavioral changes are quite common with kids who take drugs. While the moody teen ... continue reading
  • Record-Breaking Number of Overdoses Traced Back to Bad Heroin

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

    ... enough opiate overdose cases that the drug is now kept on-hand. (Chicago leads the nation in heroin-related emergency room visits.) Unfortunately, the normal counter-action achieved by one dose of Narcan has not been the ... continue reading
  • A Closer Look at the History and Use of Cocaine

    Cocaine is a popular CNS (central nervous system) stimulant that is naturally derived from the cocoa plant, which is most commonly grown in South America's Andean region. Though its proper, chemical name is benzoylmethyl ecgonine (C17H21NO4), users ...

    ... Life-threatening problems such as kidney failure, seizure, stroke and heart attack can also occur. Additional cocaine-related concerns include the drug's highly addictive qualities . Although it is not believed to cause ... continue reading
  • The Fight Against Doctor Shopping Rages On

    Doctor shopping has become all too commonplace for addicts desperate to obtain drugs, but a new app could help determine whether emergency room patients are faking symptoms of alcohol withdrawal in order to obtain benzodiazepine drugs like Xanax or ...

    ... frequency for 20 seconds on each hand, initial studies reported that 17 percent of those who faked an alcohol-related tremor could replicate the same frequency. However, the app has only been tested on 80 patients so far ... continue reading
  • Yay or Nay: Is the Opioid Epidemic a Conspiracy?

    'Epidemic': Affecting a disproportionately large number of individuals within a population. Opioid Epidemic Statistics Each day, 2.1 million people in the U.S. abuse opioids. The CDC reports that 165,000 Americans died from prescription ...

    ... med-makers. The full-force of the pharmaceutical industry has been felt in multiple states on multiple opioid-related issues. A few examples: A proposed bill in Tennessee was designed to reduce the number of newborns who ... continue reading
  • Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About a Resurgence of Cocaine in the U.S.?

    According to the DEA's annual Drug Threat Assessment cocaine use is on the rise. It looks as if, while in the midst of an opioid epidemic, a lethal storm of cocaine has quietly made landfall in the US. Cocaine-related deaths spiked in 2006 at 7,500 ...

    ... in the midst of an opioid epidemic, a lethal storm of cocaine has quietly made landfall in the US. Cocaine-related deaths spiked in 2006 at 7,500 and then slowly declined for several years. However, since 2010, these ... continue reading
  • Smoking Around Kids is More Dangerous Than You Think

    Most of us know that exposure to secondhand smoke can produce serious consequences for unborn children, including low birth weight, heart defects and learning disorders. But the potential ramifications of secondhand smoke certainly don't stop at ...

    ... secondhand d tobacco smoke were more than three times as likely to suffer from some kind of mental disorder. Dangers of Tobacco There is ultimately no risk-free level of secondhand smoke exposure. The Centers for Disease ... continue reading
  • Can’t Sleep? Try Putting Down the Marijuana (Seriously)

    For as long as she could remember, people told Sue that marijuana helped you sleep. So once she started having problems catching z's, she decided to give weed a try. Sue smoked pot every night for nearly three months, but for some reason, the ...

    ... women's neurological tasks more than men's. Anxiety-Related? So why are daily marijuana users losing sleep? ... 60 million Americans are already affected by sleep disorders . Will this prevalent marijuana use make us a ... continue reading
  • 4 Physical Signs You're Addicted to Ritalin

    Ritalin is a stimulant drug used to treat attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and narcolepsy. It's classified by the Drug Enforcement Administration as a Schedule II narcotic — meaning it's in the ...

    ... soon. Nick should have listened to his friends. He's addicted to Ritalin and experiencing withdrawal. Sleeping disorders are a common symptom of Ritalin withdrawal. And since part of Ritalin's purpose is to regulate ... 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 ...

    ... questions. Over the past several years, EDM festivals have seen an increasingly large number of drug-related fatalities. To have Diplo and company speaking out against the prevalence of drugs and death currently ... continue reading
  • What's In My Baggie? Documentary Highlights the Danger of Mystery Drugs Sold at Music Festivals

    Let's face it; drug users never really know what their drug dealers are selling them. But now more than ever, users are reeling from the negative impact of “misrepresented” drugs being sold. And music festivals are by far one of the most ...

    ... ,” bath salts are commonly passed off as MDMA or Molly. Meet The Bunk Police Recognizing that drug-related deaths at music festivals is an increasingly prevalent problem, an organization called “The Bunk Police” began ... continue reading
  • 25 Harmful Effects of Morphine

    Morphine is an effective pain reliever. It's administered frequently by healthcare professionals. It's prescribed to manage moderate to severe pain after an accident, post-surgery, or for a chronic condition. It's accepted for common use throughout ...

    ... this deadly disease. Death - Heroin and morphine share the top slot for most common cause of overdose-related fatalities. Is It Worth The Risk? Do these harmful results outweigh the benefits? The hundreds of doctors who ... continue reading
  • Turns Out Tamper-Resistant Painkillers Aren’t Helping

    Prescription drug abuse has become an epidemic. Nearly 5 million Americans, or 1.9 percent of the population, use pain relievers - or opioids - for non-medical purposes, according to a 2012 survey by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ...

    ... crisis. An evidence-based, multifaceted strategy is needed — one that has real potential to curb opioid-related harms at a population level,” the authors conclude. Additional Reading: Mars vs. Venus: How Does Gender ... continue reading
  • California: 5 E-Cigarette Dangers We Can't Ignore

    Many people see e-cigarettes as a harmless alternative to nicotine cigarettes. E-cigarette companies like NJOY have even hired on celebrity endorsers including Bruno Mars, while several other stars were seen puffing away on e-cigs during the 2014 ...

    ... defects and other forms of reproductive harm. Easy Access for Children : E-cigarette cartridges and other related products don't have child resistant caps. A recent CDPH report found there has been a significant rise ... continue reading
  • 4 Long-Term Effects of Smoking Marijuana

    4 states—Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington—and Washington D.C. have legalized marijuana. With these changes in policy, a big question on everyone's mind is, what are the long term effects of marijuana use? How does marijuana use affect ...

    ... studies suggest that if you carry certain genes you may be at increased risk for developing a psychiatric disorder, like schizophrenia if you use marijuana. Some studies also found that there are certain genes that make ... continue reading
  • Shocking Threats Swirl Around Tramadol Abuse

    Though Tramadol hasn't yet achieved the publicity other opioids have in the states, it sure is making waves abroad. Earlier this month, it was revealed that tramadol, an addictive synthetic painkiller believed to be as powerful as morphine , is ...

    ... of their own, tramadol misuse is finally being recognized. In fact, it was reported that emergency-room visits related to tramadol misuse has more than tripled in 2011 from 2005, to 21,649. Additional Reading: Yay or ... continue reading
  • New Bone Loss Study Points the Finger at Marijuana

    “We have known for a while that the components of cannabis can affect bone cell function, but we had no idea up until now of what this might mean to people who use cannabis on a regular basis.” - Prof. Stuart Ralston , Centre for Genomic and ...

    ... five percent lower bone density. Researchers go on to warn that this dip in density raises the risk of bone-related health problems. When our bones lose density, they aren't as strong. If we lose enough bone density, we ... continue reading
  • Spotlight on ADHD Meds and Their Frightening Meth Connection

    The opioid crisis has been making headlines for years, but there's another drug epidemic that has been flying under the radar: Abuse of ADHD drugs. ADHD drugs, such as Adderall and Ritalin, increase levels of the brain chemical dopamine and provide ...

    ... category. And unfortunately, this misuse does have consequences : Over 19,000 people have suffered from complications related to ADHD drugs since 2013. One of the biggest problems in the spread of stimulant addictions is ... continue reading
  • Are We Creating a Generation of Addicts With ADHD Medication?

    Jack During his freshman year, Jack's grades started slipping. He found it hard to keep up. He knew several classmates who used uppers for extra boosts when they needed them. In hopes of finding an endless supply of energy (and improving his ...

    ... have soared 400 percent in the past seven years. A study of FDA data discovered 19,000 complications directly related to ADHD medications . And while we're mostly still in the dark regarding long-term effects, the FDA ... continue reading
  • Counting Dangerous Sheep: Why You Should Stop Popping Sleeping Pills

    Here's a question for you: How much sleep do you get every night? As adults, the Centers for Disease Control tells us we require seven to eight hours of sleep per night to maintain good health. Of course, we don't always get these hours. All kinds ...

    ... doled out in the past. Benzodiazepines used to be the medical community's “go-to” solution for sleep disorders, but they are extremely addictive and pose the risk for serious side effects and overdose. Today, doctors are ... continue reading
  • Heroin Facts – Because Knowing is Half the Battle

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

    ... deaths by overdose . That same year, 586,000 Americans had developed a substance use disorder involving heroin. Heroin-related deaths increased in groups across the board. Fatalities spiked among men and women, people ... continue reading
  • New Study: Amphetamine Abuse and This Old Heart

    It's called speed for a reason. Amphetamines, like Ritalin or Adderall, accelerate your heart rate. They send your nervous system into overdrive. Guess what else it speeds up? The aging process. That's right. Pumping your system full of amphetamine ...

    ... harder. The overall result is a weakening of your body and increased susceptibility to a host of health issues related to heart aging . Some of the most common heart problems caused by amphetamine abuse are: Angina: This ... continue reading
  • 5 Movies That Will Make You Never Want to Do Drugs Again

    Hollywood has a knack for glamorizing controversial subjects and drug use is certainly one of them. Yet for every Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas or Trainspotting , there are also those films that will make you never want to touch drugs again. Here ...

    ... of 12. After smoking the joint , which was laced with PCP, Caouette develops a frightening dissociative disorder. The scary and surreal imagery used to illustrate his drug-induced delirium will stick long in your mind ... continue reading
  • The 7 Most Addictive Prescription Medications

    Prescription drugs are commonly given to people suffering from with injuries or illnesses. They're legal when you've been prescribed the medication by a legitimate medical provider. However, these drugs still can be addictive when taken as ...

    ... one time. 6. Ritalin Ritalin is commonly prescribed to children, young adults, and adults to treat Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). However, it also can be used as a substitute for cocaine when snorted or injected. This ... continue reading
  • Weed: The Vocabulary Killer

    Have you ever struggled to recall a word or phrase? You know the perfect term exists for what you are trying to describe, but you can't extract that word from your brain. You might even have a perfect visual, but the verbal communication center in ...

    ... the past decade, the number of adults using marijuana has doubled. During that same time, marijuana use disorder among adults has also nearly doubled. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), which ... 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 ...

    ... ). This prescription-only stimulant is used by doctors to treat patients suffering from the sleeping disorder narcolepsy; its effects create improved decision-making skills, precise planning and flexible thinking. Like ... continue reading
  • Now the Family Dog is Smoking Weed?

    Would you ever give pot to your pooch? Most of us likely think this idea is, well, barking mad, but a new bill out of Nevada could soon make medical marijuana for pets a reality. Animals and Weed Democratic Sen. Tick Segerblom is sponsoring the bill ...

    ... of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who uses the supplement to treat his symptoms of syringomyelia, a serious neurological disorder. “I feel like I have a whole new dog. Georgia's happy and relaxed. She's not in pain ... continue reading
  • What Every Parent Needs to Know about Adderall Addiction

    Adderall is most commonly known for treating attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but its use as a study aid has effectively turned this medication into one of the most widely used - and abused - recreational drugs among teenagers and ...

    Adderall is most commonly known for treating attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but its use as a study aid has effectively turned this medication into one of the most widely used - and abused - recreational ... continue reading
  • Wait…Marijuana Can Increase My Risk of Alzheimer's??

    Meet Bill. Bill smokes marijuana every day - a lot of it. From blunts and bowls to bongs and wax, there's barely a waking moment Bill isn't high. Meet Bill's Brain As we travel through Bill's cranium, we see the blood flow (in nearly all areas of ...

    ... of a recent study . Experts examined the blood flow and brain activity of people with a marijuana use disorder and compared them to healthy, non-users' brains. Their discoveries indicate that “marijuana use may increase ... continue reading
  • Teen Drug Abuse: The Warning Signs

    It is never easy to find out your teen is using drugs. Communication is a powerful tool for reducing and preventing teen drug abuse. Talking to your teens about drug use can help them make the decision not to use in the first place or to stop using ...

    ... snorting of drugs such as cocaine). Constipation. Seizures (without a history of epilepsy or other seizure disorder). Runny nose. Shakes or tremors. Accidents or injuries. Personal Appearance People who use drugs often ... continue reading
  • Taking Action: How to Intervene During an Overdose

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

    ... when your body cannot handle the amount of foreign substances in your body. Although signs and symptoms vary ... directly related to prescription opioids and the National Institute on Drug Abuse reports heroin-related deaths ... continue reading
  • 5 Psychological Side Effects of Percocet

    Percocet is a combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone, landing this medication in a family of drugs known as opioids . They're commonly prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain and work by blocking the pain signals sent to your brain. Percocet ...

    ... . Paranoia: These thoughts and feelings are related to a perceived threat, conspiracy or persecution ... , nearly two million Americans had a substance use disorder involving prescription painkillers. Help is available. Find ... continue reading
  • Intoxicated Pilots Gamble with the Lives of Holiday Travelers

    Now that the holiday season is upon us, the roadways and skies are crowded with travelers. This massive surge of activity serves as a catalyst for travel-related accidents. And while the public is well aware of drug- and alcohol-related driving ...

    ... travel-related accidents. And while the public is well aware of drug- and alcohol-related driving ... disorders and psychiatric illnesses. A Look at Illicit Substance Abuse The percentage of pilots using illegal substances ... continue reading
  • Are Safe Rooms a Smart Way to Decrease Fatal Overdoses?

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

    ... drive addicts further underground, ultimately increasing annual drug-related deaths. Safe rooms, on the other hand ... would likely shut them down using the Controlled Substances Act. To learn more about the damaging effects ... 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 ...

    ... lead to organ failure, mental health problems, nervous disorders and sometimes death (just like illegal drugs.) ... As the rate of use and number of synthetic substances continue to rise, so does the risk. Manufacturers ... continue reading
  • Location, Location: “Dry” Counties Have Higher Meth Abuse Rates

    You'd be hard pressed to find anyone who would suggest that alcohol is a gateway drug to meth, but it looks like bans on alcohol sales have unintentionally had that effect. Research out of the University of Kentucky in Louisville has produced some ...

    ... the process, gain access to even more dangerous substances…like meth. “Our results add support to the ... throughout Texas saw a 14 percent drop in drug-related mortalities once they began legally selling spirits. What's ... continue reading
  • Opiates, Overdose and Permanent Brain Damage

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

    ... deprivation and time, the common effects of overdose-related brain damage include: Memory loss and the ... of permanent brain damage. Learn more about the statistics and reality of substance abuse . Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • The Dangerous (and Deadly) Effects of Spice

    Natural ingredients, legal use, lower cost…it must be healthy, right? The deadly misconception above has led to a growing number of fatalities brought on by synthetic or “designer” drugs. Use of synthetic marijuana - sold under names like ...

    ... the nation. In fact, 15 synthetic cannabinoid-related deaths were reported nationwide between January and May ... chemicals found in Spice as Schedule I controlled substances, the DEA has made them illegal to possess ... 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 ...

    ... ) like Zoloft. Anti-anxiety Medications : Prescription medications like Valium and Xanax are used to treat anxiety disorders, but they do not perform equally among men and women. The pills themselves dissolve much slower ... continue reading
  • From Snort to Synapse: We Map Out Cocaine's Trip in Your Brain

    The powder is perfectly lined on the table. With no straw handy, you roll up a Washington and seconds later, the snow is gone. Inhaled into your nostril, this stimulant drug has started a trip that will change your brain…forever. What does this ...

    ... and disrupts its function. This leaves your brain open to other toxins, which leads to central nervous system disorders. Like what? Oh, just a few things like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, MS and neuroAIDS. Creating a ... continue reading
  • Portrait of the American Overdose: Do You Fit the Profile?

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

    ... , accounted for nearly a fourth of drug-related deaths in 2015. Heroin is responsible for another ... , which has a high potential for causing an overdose. Mixed Substances: Taking more than one type of drug at a time also ... continue reading
  • 8 Tips for Coming Out of the Addiction Closet

    To many, the term “alcoholic” carries a very negative connotation - one that implies being a loser or a failure. It's no mystery, then, why admitting such a thing is feared by so many. But “coming out” doesn't have to be a burdensome ...

    ... through. They're often more compassionate, empathetic, and less judgmental than the average person because they can relate. So, if getting negative feedback after voicing your revelation is what you fear, you won't find ... continue reading
  • The Great Debate: Alcohol vs Marijuana

    You may have had the debate yourself—what's worse? Alcohol or marijuana? With new studies coming out, more laws legalizing the recreational, and medicinal use of marijuana, the conversation seems to come up again and again. Even though we may all ...

    ... The CDC reports that nearly 88,000 alcohol-related deaths occur each year. And binge drinking accounted ... lot of joints. Crime Rates When it comes to what substance will put someone at risk for getting hurt or hurting ... 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 ...

    ... out, there has already been damage done. Teenage substance abuse can change the brain in devastating ways. Some ... often lead to anxiety, depression and other mood disorders in adulthood. #6. Sexual Impotency and Infertility ... 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 ...

    ... insight into current trends in drug use and related attitudes among eighth, tenth, and twelfth graders nationwide ... board. If you or someone you care about has a substance abuse problem, don't be a statistic. Get help and ... continue reading
  • Anxious About Anxiety: Why We Reach for Xanax

    We're an anxious nation. According to data from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the United States. (The fact that we have an association devoted to anxiety says something about us, ...

    ... says something about us, doesn't it?) Treatment for anxiety disorders makes up nearly one-third of the nation ... by 2010, over 125,000 annual ER visits were directly related to Xanax abuse . A Medication Nation What's really ... continue reading
  • Study: Drug Forums Aren’t Very Helpful if You Want to Get Clean

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

    ... trends : These forums often foster dangerous substance use , as they encourage experimentation. ... risky behavior, and thereby contribute to increased harms related to non-medical use of prescription drugs.” Another danger ... continue reading
  • Is There Ever a Good Time to Use Benzos?

    Carol had a severe panic disorder. It started when she was assaulted at age 34. She'd tried many medications, but only Xanax helped. She worked closely with her doctor and never abused them, but over time she felt the negative cognitive effects of ...

    Carol had a severe panic disorder. It started when she was assaulted at age 34. She'd tried many medications, but ... people in recovery should avoid all mind-altering substances, while others say medications can be very ... continue reading
  • Doctor Shopping…at the Local Vet's Office?

    The United States is in the midst of an opioid epidemic ; each day, 91 people die of an opioid-related overdose . It has gotten so bad that some people are willing to do whatever it takes to get high - even taking medication that's prescribed to ...

    ... opioid epidemic ; each day, 91 people die of an opioid-related overdose . It has gotten so bad that some people are ... to human patients to help alleviate their pain. Substance abusers seek these drugs - and others - when ... continue reading
  • Injecting Drugs: 9 Hidden Dangers

    Did you know that injecting drugs into your body can increase your risk for a number of health problems? Additionally, did you know that injection-related injuries not only include bruising, scarring, and venous injury, but also infectious diseases ...

    ... problems? Additionally, did you know that injection-related injuries not only include bruising, scarring, and ... problems, and trouble swallowing. When PWIDs inject the substance under the skin or into the muscles, it can ... continue reading
  • The Siver Lining for Meth-Exposed Newborns Starts Here

    Thousands of pregnant women in the U.S. are abusing meth during pregnancy. In fact, about 25 percent of all pregnant women seeking treatment at federal facilities are methamphetamine users. The result is hundreds of thousands of babies at risk. ...

    ... about 25 percent of all pregnant women seeking treatment at federal facilities are methamphetamine users. The ... experts note it's much easier to correct meth-related behavior problems if they are noticed and addressed early ... continue reading
  • Asking Yourself: Am I Addicted Benzos?

    If you think you might be addicted to benzodiazepines, you're certainly not alone. In 2011, an estimated 61,000 Americans sought treatment for benzo addiction. And that number has been climbing at an alarming rate ever since. The Benzo Specifics ...

    ... In 2011, an estimated 61,000 Americans sought treatment for benzo addiction. And that number has been ... of drug commonly used to help relieve anxiety disorders. The most commonly prescribed benzo medications are Xanax ... continue reading
  • Heroin Use Increasing Across New Demographics, Study Finds

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

    ... to have started using drugs in their teens and experience more severe substance problems overall, “including greater risk of having a co-occurring mental disorder, an overdose, and/or HIV,” the authors wrote. Group #3 ... 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 ...

    ... dramatic headlines in the media, arguably the biggest substance issue among young adults and college students is ... treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or certain sleep disorders. Many young people who ... continue reading
  • Attorney General Nominee Thinks Booze Is Safer Than Pot?

    President Barack Obama's nominee for attorney general made serious waves during her confirmation hearing on Jan. 28. Despite statistics and data to the contrary, Loretta Lynch stated “alcohol is safer than marijuana.” Butting Heads with the ...

    ... the position should I be confirmed as attorney general.” Comparing Substances Those who say alcohol is more dangerous than pot are ... who have a family history of the disorder. Despite the documented danger, many medical ... continue reading
  • Are These Moms Handing Their Kids Over to the Justice System?

    During the four years I spent behind bars, I encountered hundreds of women - all with a unique personal story and background. I remember wondering to myself, “How did all these women end up in prison?” Some of them had traumatic childhoods, some ...

    ... visiting their loved ones in jail. The majority had substance abuse issues , which eventually led to their crimes. ... of 47,68 mothers - women with no alcohol-related diagnoses Each group was matched based on maternal age ... continue reading
  • Mind Over Matter: The Psychological Grip of Addiction

    For most people addicted to drugs or alcohol, the compulsive desire to use is complex. That urge is often triggered by certain environments, thoughts or past experiences. And while addiction is classically thought of as a physical dependence, the ...

    ... attacks, depression and suicidal tendencies. The treatment for PAWS can also include medications like ... the depressive symptoms classically associated with PAWS . Related Reading: Understanding the Effects of Long Term ... continue reading
  • Dangerous Additives: What's Really in Your Cocaine?

    Cocaine is one of the most lethal illegal substances. This can be explained by the extraordinary psychoactive and biological effects of the drug; cocaine is the single most powerful central nervous system stimulant. At high doses it can stop the ...

    ... sudden cardiac arrest and death. However, many cocaine-related fatalities are not a direct result of the drug ... Americans are regular users of cocaine . While facing substance abuse is never easy, enlisting the help of ... continue reading
  • The Five Most Famous Drug Cartels

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

    ... become tangled up in a drug addiction, please get help. Talk to someone at our toll-free addiction treatment hotline 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? to find what services are available in your desired area. Feel Differently ... 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 ...

    ... to opioids. The remainder of the prescription drug-related ER visits were from anti-anxiety and anti-insomnia ... , or they're using heroin regularly in any moment, treatment at an inpatient rehab center with a detox unit is ... continue reading
  • Trading Dependencies: There’s Nothing “Mild” About a Kratom Addiction

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  • The Price Tag of Heroin in America: $51 Billion

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