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  • The 9 Most Expensive Drugs in America

    Each year, Americans spend nearly $100 billion on illegal drugs such as cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine. These figures do not even account for the billions of dollars that are spent on prescription drugs each year—about $374 billion according ...

    ... , and a shocking truth is that many prescription drug users switch to heroin to save money. Purchasing a dose of heroin ... disorders. Brand names you may have hard include Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan, and Valium. In one year, ... continue reading
  • Xanax Passes Marijuana as Second-Leading Cause of DUI

    When it comes to driving under the influence of substances that aren't alcohol, marijuana is the biggest concern for many Americans. Colorado has spent millions of dollars on a series of “ Drive High, Get a DUI ” commercials, while Washington ...

    ... who assess impaired drivers that didn't consume alcohol. The increased difficulty in identifying a DUI from Xanax certainly doesn't make these drivers immune to being prosecuted, though. Last November, Caren Gayle Rush ... continue reading
  • Switching Depression Medications and Doing it Safely

    Hillary felt sleepy all the time. She was also experiencing daily headaches. She noticed these symptoms began when she started taking a prescribed antidepressant . Hillary decided it wasn't worth the side effects. She was tired of feeling tired and ...

    ... case, she stopped her medication too abruptly and suffered from new symptoms as a result. This is a common ... is, there is no one-size-fits-all method to switching medications. That's why it is critical to consult with ... continue reading
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  • Am I Addicted to Klonopin? How Can I Quit Safely?

    Klonopin is a brand name for the drug clonazepam . It's a benzodiazepine that affects the way chemicals in the brain work. It helps reduce anxiety, can treat seizure disorders, and may be used to treat panic disorders. Those taking it sometimes ...

    ... . If you've tried stopping the drug unsuccessfully, you might be addicted to Klonopin . Be sure to discuss how to withdraw from the drug with a medical provider, because suddenly stopping this medication can cause you ... continue reading
  • A Straight Story on the Real Dangers of Xanax

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

    ... = 4.” Look, I get it. It's so easy to get hooked; it's so easy to fly under the radar. But Xanax is addictive and it's dangerous, especially when mixed with alcohol. If you're hooked on benzos, here's my advice: Talk to ... continue reading
  • Pay Attention: 7 Red Flags of a Xanax Overdose

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

    ... s friend recognized the signs of overdose and called 911. Unlike Shannon's friend, a lot of us wouldn't recognize the signs of a Xanax overdose if we saw them. This can be a fatal mistake. It's in these situations - when ... continue reading
  • Shocking Report: Bars and Liquor Stores Impact Suicide Rates

    Suicide is tragic no matter what the circumstances. When compared to the general population, however, reports indicate the heartbreaking act is a staggering 120 times more prevalent among adult alcoholics. As if that weren't enough, alcohol abusers ...

    ... linked alcohol-related suicides to larger numbers of bars and liquor stores in their community. Researchers analyzed data from the National Violent Death Reporting System from 2003 to 2011, which compiled 51,347 cases ... continue reading
  • Xanax Turned My Life Upside Down

    “It's the worst mistake I've ever made. I wish I had never gotten that prescription filled.” That's the regret Kelly says sums up her experience with Xanax . At the age of 20, Kelly says she didn't realize what she was getting into when her ...

    ... That's the regret Kelly says sums up her experience with Xanax . At the age of 20, Kelly says she didn't ... for a few weeks longer. Approximately six months from her original doctor's appointment, Kelly had finally reached ... 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, ...

    ... 're an anxious nation. According to data from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, ... , over 125,000 annual ER visits were directly related to Xanax abuse . A Medication Nation What's really going on here ... continue reading
  • Methadone Maintenance is Finding Success Behind Bars

    According to data from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University, approximately 2.3 million Americans are currently in prison or jail, and 65 percent of this population meets the medical criteria for ...

    ... Inmates Up for Success Funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the study was conducted by researchers from Brown University. Researchers focused on 223 inmates who were incarcerated for six months or less at the ... continue reading
  • Fake Xanax is Here…And It’s Deadly

    We're feeling the anxiety these days and an increasing number of people are turning to drugs like Xanax - a mild sedative used to treat anxiety - as a way to better function in their daily lives. But with more users, the likelihood of abuse also ...

    ... least nine people in the San Francisco area fell prey to fake Xanax pills laced with fentanyl. Three suffered from heart attacks and one from heart failure, while others experienced a major hit to respiratory and nervous ... continue reading
  • Released from Prison…and Still Addicted

    There are over 2.3 million people in American prisons and jails, making the U.S. the most heavily incarcerated country in the world. More than 65 percent of this segment meet medical criteria for substance abuse addiction, but yet are provided with ...

    ... yet are provided with few treatment options while behind bars. As a result, these men and women are released ... for drug use and possession. This not only makes sense from a human standpoint, but a financial one, as well. ... continue reading
  • Take the Backdoor: Why Your Brain Can't Refrain From Cocaine

    Ted just snorted two lines of cocaine. If we could see inside his brain, we'd see some pretty alarming results. The blood vessels of Ted's brain are shrinking and blood flow is restricted, diminishing his ability to think, remember and function. ...

    ... in a stroke. If Ted seeks help and gets clean, the changes to his brain may or may not heal. From Voluntary to Compulsive A recent study gives us more insight into the human brain as it is continually exposed to cocaine ... continue reading
  • Voices From Both Sides of the Medical Marijuana Debate

    About eight months ago, I moved to California from Texas - two states that have very different viewpoints when it comes to legalizing medical marijuana . The drug seems to be everywhere here, smoked by people walking across the street or consumed in ...

    ... who supports the legalization of medical marijuana, there is another who strongly opposes it. Arguments from the opposition include: Frequent use can impair cognitive ability and short-term memory Insufficient evidence ... continue reading
  • Robert Downey Jr.'s Incredible Comeback from Addiction

    A great Hollywood comeback story, Robert Downey Jr. is now one of the most bankable and highly paid actors in show business, starring in blockbuster comic book films like Iron Man and The Avengers as Iron Man—a role he continued in 2019's ...

    ... City, California, and was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence. That incident led to him being fired from his role on the TV show “Ally McBeal” in addition to other film and stage jobs. Instead of being ... continue reading
  • Detoxing from OxyContin: What to Expect

    What makes OxyContin so addictive? Why does the body develop dependence on OxyContin? And if you're addicted to Oxy, how do you break the vicious cycle? Here, we will explore what the drug is, what detoxification looks like and how to identify and ...

    ... help of trained medical professionals, never on your own. OxyContin Withdrawal Symptoms The withdrawal symptoms from OxyContin can be painful and frightening. The opioids alter the neurological and chemical systems in ... continue reading
  • 9 Memorable Quotes from Former Addicts

    Robin Williams and Phillip Seymour Hoffman were both in recovery when drug relapses ultimately led to their tragic and untimely deaths. For someone who has never been there, it may be hard to comprehend how addiction can grip someone so strongly - ...

    ... my addiction actually was.” Matthew Perry: Actor “From an outsider's perspective, it would seem like I ... a very lonely time for me because I was suffering from alcoholism…I've been the lead in movies, on television ... continue reading
  • The Thief: 7 Things Addiction Steals From Us

    Addiction is much more than a psychological or physical reliance on substances or behaviors; it's a physical, emotional and spiritual issue that puts blinders on our perspective, corrodes our value systems, and compromises our ability to prioritize ...

    ... is relatively predictable in terms of what it steals from us. Addiction is a thief of our time, ... most common targets. 1. Relationship Watching someone suffer from addiction can be both heart wrenching and infuriating. ... 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 ...

    ... well as people who misused prescription drugs . In addition, the survey defined “misuse” as any action deviating from doctor's orders on the prescription. That means anyone who took a higher or more frequent dosage than ... continue reading
  • Want to Feel Better from Anxiety & Depression Fast? Try These 8 Techniques!

    The stresses of everyday life can take their toll physically, emotionally and psychologically. However, ignoring these issues will not make them go away, nor make life easier to deal with. Addressing stress, anxiety or depression in a healthy ...

    ... music, or simply put up your feet and take a breather. #3. Exercise and eat well. Feeling better begins from the inside out. The dynamic duo of healthy diet and regular exercise releases endorphins - your brain's “feel ... continue reading
  • Why Painkillers Are So Hard to Detox From

    Pain is a curious product of the human body. Why do we suffer from it? How does it help us? And why do some enjoy it? First, pain helps us avoid the things that could hurt us. We don't put our hands on a hot stove because that hurts. This means we ...

    ... could hurt us. We don't put our hands on a hot stove because that hurts. This means we aim to stop ourselves from burning off our skin. The same goes for inside our bodies. If we've broken a limb, we don't want to run ... continue reading
  • The Thief, Pt. II: 7 Things Addiction Steals From Our Loved Ones

    Addiction is often referred to as a family disease—and for good reason. Contagious in its misery and destruction, the disease of addiction has the ability to sabotage anything we hold near and dear to our hearts. When friends and family are ...

    ... using, trying to use or thinking about using. Whether it's a week or a decade, the time that addiction steals from our loved ones is something no one will ever get back. 3. Trust When our morality hinges on feeding our ... 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 ...

    ... 's reward center. And that's partly why it's so easy to get hooked. In the end, the high you feel from snorting a line of cocaine only lasts around 15 to 30 minutes, yet your brain is altered forever. Is it really worth ... continue reading
  • From Lashings to Death

    Drug penalties vary widely around the globe. In the countries with the strictest laws, possessing an illicit substance can lead to hefty fines, physical punishment, life imprisonment, and even execution. However, other countries with more liberal ...

    Drug penalties vary widely around the globe. In the countries with the strictest laws, possessing an illicit substance can lead to hefty fines, physical punishment, life imprisonment, and even execution. However, other ... continue reading
  • From Birth to Epidemic

    A variety of dangerous illicit drugs have historically loomed large in American society. Some of today's most notorious substances were once medically endorsed and easily available to the public. When it comes to the development of social attitudes ...

    A variety of dangerous illicit drugs have historically loomed large in American society. Some of today's most notorious substances were once medically endorsed and easily available to the public. When it comes to the ... continue reading
  • Chicken vs. Egg: Which Came First, Heroin or OxyContin Addiction?

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

    ... prevention program coordinator in Portland. The dangerous switch from OxyContin to heroin is clear to Mark ... with an addiction to opiates, don't waste your time switching from one drug to the next. Instead, reach out for ... 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 ...

    ... shift. There are increasing reports of crossover abuse between both forms of opiates, with most people switching from prescription drugs to heroin instead of the other way around. This is mainly because the pills are ... continue reading
  • Exploring The Dangers of Benzodiazepines

    A recent study found that one in six adults in the United States take psychiatric drugs for the treatment of mental health conditions. Among the most commonly used medications are benzodiazepines. These sedative drugs, used for the treatment of ...

    ... rapid or irregular heartbeat that can result from some forms of poisoning. Some benzodiazepines have ... ER visits were associated with the nonmedical use of Xanax. This eclipsed Klonopin, which was linked to 61,219 ER visits ... continue reading
  • Suboxone Debate: What Is the Big Problem with Buprenorphine?

    When it comes to this nation's chemical dependence, few drugs have achieved the notoriety and reputation of opioid drugs. In fact, things have spiraled so far out of control that opiate addiction is now considered an epidemic. Despite leaving a ...

    ... of Drug Abuse. 4 The Anti-Suboxone Movement Those who oppose the increasing use of Suboxone warn that switching from one opiate to another does nothing to “heal” the neurological aspects of addiction or root emotional ... 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 ...

    ... the more commonly prescribed benzos include Valium, Xanax, Ativan, and Klonopin. 1,2,3 Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Timeline: ... reported in some cases of abrupt withdrawal from short-acting benzos; withdrawal seizures may be ... continue reading
  • Three Lethal Drug Combinations That Can Kill You

    We all know that certain drugs can cause dangerous interactions when taken together, but some people either don't take the threat seriously or they're simply uninformed when it comes to specific chemicals and substances. Most Dangerous Drug ...

    ... vice versa. That means that drugs like Xanax, Valium, or Klonopin can dangerously synergize some of the effects of ... TREATMENT Learn more about insurance coverage levels from some household health brand names for addiction ... continue reading
  • A Response to Hooked In Wisconsin

    “I don't want to be here. I don't want this to be my life,” Sarah Bear says from the Marathon County Jail. Currently serving two years behind bars, she is one of 10 people interviewed by USA TODAY-Wisconsin as part of Hooked in Wisconsin, a ...

    ... t want to be here. I don't want this to be my life,” Sarah Bear says from the Marathon County Jail. Currently serving two years behind bars, she is one of 10 people interviewed by USA TODAY-Wisconsin as part of Hooked in ... continue reading
  • Desperate or Dealer: Officers Tasked With the Vetting Process

    Katrina was arrested in 2006 in South Florida for selling a small amount of heroin . Recently kicked out of a rehab for fraternizing with men, she was living between the couches of different “friends,” most of whom were on drugs or associated ...

    ... drug possession, Katrina was sent to prison for a year. Deeply anxious and depressed to begin with, she emerged from behind bars much worse. Nothing but heroin seemed to take the edge off her pain. At the young age of 29 ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage I

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

    ... , until I reached the point that I needed to drink. If it weren't for crashing into another car on my way home from a bar one night, who knows where I'd be today or how far off the deep end I'd be in my addiction. Any ... continue reading
  • Yes, Suboxone is Sober & The Truth About Suboxone

    In 2014, almost 2 million Americans abused or were dependent on prescription pain medication. During that same time, as many as one in four people who received opioids for treatment of long-term pain in primary care settings struggled with an opioid ...

    ... rise and heroin overdose death rates have increased by 20.6 percent from 2014 to 2015…well, it's pretty clear to see we ... physical dependence.Additionally, when someone switches from an opioid to Suboxone, their addictive ... continue reading
  • Bath Salts Abuse

    What Are Bath Salts? Are Bath Salts Legal? Bath salts are formed from cathinones, but because they were unscheduled - primarily because no one used them - they were legal for a while. This prompted a wave of drugs to hit the streets, many of them ...

    ... . In 2011, there was a sharp increase in the number of calls to poison control centers concerning bath salts—numbers rose from 304 calls in all of 2010 to 6,136 calls in 2011 1 . By 2012, the number of calls decreased to ... continue reading
  • 25 Great Writers Who Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    Drug and alcohol addiction can batter anyone Of course, some are more susceptible than others, and writers are notorious for having some sort of addiction. Whether it's alcohol to numb the noise from the world or speed or LSD to “inspire” them, ...

    ... than others, and writers are notorious for having some sort of addiction. Whether it's alcohol to numb the noise from the world or speed or LSD to “inspire” them, the bohemian yet lonely world of the writer or poet is ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Athletes Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Michael Phelps Eight-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Michael Phelps has not only plunged into the water, but into drugs. In 2009, he lost his endorsement contract with Kellogg's after a photo emerged of him taking a hit of marijuana . 2. Dock ...

    ... . Roy Tarpley In 1995, the NBA permanently banned Roy Tarpley for his alcohol use. He had previously been expelled from the league for cocaine use. 22. Steve Howe In 1992, MLB player Steve Howe became the league's first ... continue reading
  • What Does it Mean to be Dope Sick?

    Bill found John curled up on the couch; he looked miserable. Bill asked, “What's wrong with you?” “I'm sick, man. You got any?” was John's weak response. As Bill suspected, John was in withdrawal. An active heroin user, John was low on cash ...

    ... PCP Steroids Kratom Benzodiazepines Tramadol Ambien Codeine Lorazepam Vicodin Demerol Oxycontin Klonopin Alprazolam/Xanax Valium Clonazepam Percocet Lortab Concerta Morphine Adderall Ativan Barbiturates Fentanyl Subutex ... continue reading
  • 5 Tips Guaranteed to Help You Handle Your Triggers

    I can hear the sirens blasting through my neighborhood, and it reminds me of when they were taking me away to the hospital after I passed out drunk on a city street. I put my head under the covers and pull my cat closer. The sound of sirens is one ...

    ... , like when we feel a wave of panic as we walk past a dive bar. I also used my triggers to figure out that, if I had the urge to take a Xanax before hanging out with someone, that probably wasn't the best person for me ... continue reading
  • 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, ...

    ... 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, however, the phenomenon of foregoing dinner for alcohol is an ... continue reading
  • Vivitrol's New and Controversial Role in Prisons

    When I was in prison, the majority of inmates struggled with substance abuse. And because the prison system did very little (if anything at all) to rehabilitate us, it wasn't unusual for those who were released to almost immediately overdose or ...

    ... a fighting chance - providing them with the ability to think about something other than the overwhelming desire to get high. Additional Reading: Methadone Maintenance is Finding Success Behind Bars Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Overdosed

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

    ... 6.4), but its rate nearly tripled between 2013 and 2014, from 1.9 to 5.5. Nebraska had the second-lowest median, but ... potentials. Now more than ever, people are switching between heroin and prescription opioids to keep up ... 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 ...

    ... is, however, frequently misused illicitly. What is Klonopin? Klonopin is a branded formulation of clonazepam and is ... interventions for patients recovering from drug or alcohol addiction. What is Xanax? Xanax is the name ... continue reading
  • Benzo Epidemic: A Killer Hiding in the Shadow of Opioids

    In recent years, opioid abuse has received a lot of attention - and for good reason. In 2014, 19,000 people died from overdoses involving prescription opioids ; that's up 16 percent from 2013. But notice the wording; it's important: “Overdoses ...

    ... ,000 people died from overdoses involving prescription opioids ; that's up 16 percent from 2013. But notice ... sedatives including such popular drugs as Valium, Xanax, Klonopin and Ativan) are a hidden killer, overshadowed ... continue reading
  • 5 Reasons Driving on Benzos is Just a Bad Idea

    Quick reflexes and sharp thinking - these are two of the most important qualities of a safe driver. If someone is sharing the road with you or if you're a passenger in their car, you want them to possess these traits, right? Well, if they're taking ...

    ... lack both. Recent research shows that benzodiazepines - like Xanax and Vailum - increase the risk of traffic accidents ... never worth it in the end. Additional Reading: Xanax Passes Marijuana as Second-Leading Cause of DUI ... continue reading
  • 6 Common Sense Tips to Avoid Alcoholism

    Our society is soaked in alcohol. So many activities are drenched with it. This can make it tough to cut back, and easy to overdo it. The good news is, you can take several steps to keep your alcohol consumption in check. Try out the following six ...

    ... This kept her hydrated, filled her up, and prevented her from drinking too much alcohol. She also made it a policy ... -alcoholic ways to prove herself. # 4 Don't Go to Bars Well, duh! This one might seem a bit obvious, but ... 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 ...

    ... Dilaudid Fentanyl Hydrocodone Hydromorphone Klonopin Librium Lorazepam Lortab Methadone ... to use the substance. Drug Withdrawal Treatment If you're struggling from a drug addiction, you don't have to battle your addiction ... continue reading
  • Warning: 3 Dangerous Suboxone Interactions to Avoid

    Suboxone is a popular, prescription-only drug that effectively suppresses opioid cravings and reduces the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. Although Suboxone has assisted thousands of individuals struggling with opioid addiction , the drug is not ...

    ... symptoms , diminishes cravings, and prevents other opioids from reacting with the brain's receptors. While buprenorphine ... Benzodiazepines (“Benzos”) Benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium, Klonopin) are typically prescribed to ... continue reading
  • Addiction in the Medical Field: Balancing Healing and Hiding

    Medical professionals work hard to heal the sick, but underneath those white lab coats and cartoon scrubs, many are secretly struggling with the disease of addiction. Working in the healthcare field can feel like a pressure cooker at times. The ...

    ... to prescription medications like Oxycontin , Percocet , Xanax and Klonopin for a quick boost of energy or a ... and meeting certain terms. Of course, the rules vary from state to state; you can get detailed information about ... 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 ...

    ... , resulting in a downward spiral. Hallucinations: These vary greatly from person to person. You might see lights, colors or other ... Codeine Vicodin Demerol Oxycontin Klonopin Alprazolam/Xanax Valium Clonazepam Lortab ... continue reading
  • A Look at the Physical Anatomy of an Overdose

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

    ... are typically used to treat symptoms of insomnia and anxiety. Focusing on the central nervous system, sedatives like Xanax and Valium , slow down brain and body functions. Unless taken in extreme doses, like in the case ... 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 ...

    ... Russian roulette. Alcohol and Benzodiazepines A symptom of rampant prescription drug abuse, benzodiazepines (Valium, Xanax and Ativan) are the most common drugs mixed with alcohol. Unfortunately, this combination is also ... continue reading
  • 7 Shocking Ways Drugs are Smuggled into Prisons

    A Cincinnati woman and her incarcerated boyfriend are now facing criminal charges after she reportedly tried to smuggle a Bible laced with heroin into the prison. Tehani Teepe, 39, and Timothy King, 28, were charged with illegal conveyance of ...

    ... on that very medication just two months later. Youngs accomplice, Kayci Jo Coombs, smuggled another 45 Xanax pills into the jail through alternate methods. Underwear A Kentucky inmate died last August after allegedly ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... benzos include: Xanax (alprazolam) Ativan (lorazepam) Valium (diazepam) Klonopin (clonazepam) ... to begin the recovery process. Can We Recover? Breaking free from a benzo dependence is not easy, but it's absolutely possible ... continue reading
  • Social Drug Use is Like Kryptonite to Healthy Relationships

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

    ... his friends always seem to get a lot of dates, he finds it difficult to approach anyone while at a bar or club. To overcome this inhibition, he snorts cocaine before going out with his friends. Suddenly, he meets lots of ... continue reading
  • Is Your Neighborhood Making You Sick?

    I used to live in a neighborhood blanketed in liquor stores, dive bars, and convenience stores that sold beer until two in the morning - even on Christmas. My old apartment building smelled so much like pot you'd have thought a herd of skunks lived ...

    ... machine to block out the sound. I walked in weird routes to avoid bars and liquor stores . I avoided anyone who drank or used substances. I stayed away from anything that might cause a relapse and it worked…for awhile. I ... continue reading
  • You Might Want to Cut Back on the Energy Drinks. Here’s Why…

    Years ago, I spent an entire summer behind a small desk in an upstairs room at my dad's house, studying for the Bar Exam. Cramming 18 different legal subjects into my head over the span of two months was no easy feat, and I quickly realized I needed ...

    ... ago, I spent an entire summer behind a small desk in an upstairs room at my dad's house, studying for the Bar Exam. Cramming 18 different legal subjects into my head over the span of two months was no easy feat, and I ... 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 ...

    ... bed unable to stop shaking, she instinctively reached for a Xanax . And at the time, her doctor felt that was ... to call a friend or crisis hotline, then let the Xanax work until she could find other ways to manage her panic ... continue reading
  • The Surgeon General Finally Gives Addiction Its Own Label

    A new Surgeon General's report finds drug and alcohol addiction to be one of America's most pressing public health concerns. “It's time to change how we view addiction,” U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy wrote in his landmark report last month. ...

    ... those who were struggling with substance abuse behind bars? Substance-use disorder costs our country $442 ... health problem does gain more traction. A poignant article from The Atlantic suggests that any reforms in the way ... continue reading
  • Virginia Wants Treatment - Not Jail - For Its Addicted Citizens

    During the four years I was in prison, I met hundreds and hundreds of women. Many were first-time, nonviolent offenders - and almost all were battling some type of chemical dependency. For those with substance abuse problems , incarceration did ...

    ... Virginia also voiced support for nonviolent offenders suffering from mental illness, believing that they, too, ... treatment programs, rather than being placed behind bars. This belief was shared by Republicans, Democrats ... 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 ...

    ... house or return home. Sober living homes give people recovering from addiction time to adjust to the world before returning to their ... Codeine Vicodin Demerol Oxycontin Klonopin Alprazolam/Xanax Valium Clonazepam Percocet ... continue reading
  • Symptoms and Signs of Substance Abuse

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

    ... Gabapentin Hydrocodone Hydromorphone Klonopin Librium Lorazepam Methadone ... hotline number Alcohol addiction hotline number Detox Centers Near Me Detoxing from Drugs at Home Free Drug Rehab Centers Near Me How to ... continue reading
  • Two Groundbreaking Tobacco Laws in the Works

    We've come a long way, baby. Fewer Americans than ever before are smoking cigarettes, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting last November that the smoking rate dropped from 20.9 percent in 2005 to an all-time low of 17.8 ...

    ... states have outright banned smoking in restaurants and bars, while the practice is increasingly frowned upon by ... become the first state ever to raise the legal smoking age from 18 to 21. The bill would ban the sale, use ... 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 ...

    ... women had one thing in common: They all came from a long line of addicts, specifically their mothers. Examining ... and whether or not their children ended up behind bars. This study , published in the Research Society on ... continue reading
  • 5 Things About Kratom You Need to Know

    Recently, a drug called kratom, has come into the center of national controversy.Also referred to as 'ketum' or 'kakuam', taking kratom produces opiate-like effects. Kratom is legal in the U.S. and many people begin taking the drug to help with ...

    ... properties within the drink. According to an article published in The New York Times, some bars serve kratom under the name “ketum” to deter you from making a connection to kratom. If that doesn't shock you, did you know ... 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 ...

    ... [Hover over the bars below to expose the % of sentences for each substance] [Hover over the bars above to expose ... keep taxpayer costs down - all while saving lives from the grasp of addiction. Entanglements with the law ... continue reading
  • Injured on the Job, Now I’m Addicted to Painkillers… What Do I Do?

    Addiction to prescription drugs is one of the most common substance abuse problems in the United States. Many people associate drug abuse with poverty and the purchase of illicit substances on a street corner. However, prescription drug abuse is ...

    ... may be able to switch you to a different drug to help you manage your symptoms. If you go from doctor to doctor to ... are most likely to be abused include Valium , Klonopin , morphine , Demerol, OxyContin , Percocet , ... continue reading
  • Pop Quiz: Let’s Test Your Benzo Knowledge

    In 2013, 13.5 million adults filled a benzodiazepine prescription in the US. These drugs are used to treat anxiety, depression, insomnia and seizures. They are also highly addictive and frequently abused. How much do you know about this class of ...

    ... in DUI charges . How long does it take to detox from benzos? Click Here for the Answer Benzo withdrawal has two ... phase lasts seven to 90 days. Short-acting drugs like Xanax have a shorter acute phase, closer to seven days. ... continue reading
  • Progressive Ways Some States Are Reducing Nonviolent Drug Offender Incarcerations

    The United States has some of the highest incarceration rates in the world. In 2008 alone, the United States had placed one out of every 48 working men behind bars; that's a lot of people to support with tax money. In fact, about $75 billion was ...

    ... States had placed one out of every 48 working men behind bars; that's a lot of people to support with tax money ... Delinquency determined that prisoners who benefitted from these programs had unchanged or lower recidivism ... 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 ...

    ... is currently abused by teens and young adults at bars, parties, clubs and raves. Date rape victims ... leave your drink unattended and never accept a beverage from anyone besides a bartender or server. If possible, try ... continue reading
  • Should We Offer Suboxone in Jails and Prisons?

    Of the hundreds of thousands of people entering our country's jails and prisons each year, an estimated 15 percent are addicted to opiates, according to a 2009 study . Yet, a majority of these facilities don't provide a single medication or a moment ...

    ... . Nowhere to Turn This moral crossroads happened to many people I knew behind bars. I frequently saw women enter the system suffering from withdrawal symptoms, while some used whatever drugs they could find to relieve ... continue reading
  • Drug Overdose Signs and Symptoms

    Drug abuse always carries the risk of serious side effects, including overdose. Whether you abuse alcohol, an illegal drug such as cocaine, or medications prescribed by a doctor—such as opioid painkillers—addiction development will always be a ...

    ... MDMA Fentanyl Flexeril Heroin Hydrocodone Inhalant Klonopin Kratom Lorazepam LSD Marijuana Meth ... Vyvanse Xanax CHECK IF YOUR INSURANCE COVERS ADDICTION TREATMENT Learn more about insurance coverage levels from some ... continue reading
  • America’s Drug Awareness

    For the first time in a decade , the CDC reported that death rates in the United States have increased. While news outlets trumpet the increased violence rampant in many areas of the country, the public is largely unaware of a silent contributor - ...

    ... - drug overdoses. In a single year, nearly 47,000 people died from drug overdoses in the U.S. - an average of 127 deaths ... and Ultram) and tranquilizers (like Valium, Klonopin, and Xanax) are easy or somewhat easy to ... continue reading
  • Six Colossal Drug Abuse Meltdowns and How to Spot the Warning Signs

    It's no mystery that celebrities, as well as the everyday Joe, can have problems with drugs. Because celebrities are in the limelight, though, we often see the drug abuse meltdown of famous people more prominently. The following six meltdowns were ...

    ... point. Unfortunately, the bartender gave her the tab for the two expensive bottles of champagne that she took from the bar's kitchen, and he expected her to pay for it. According to onlookers, she screamed profanities at ... continue reading
  • Golden State Gives No-Go for Booze-Cannabis Combo

    Alcohol is legal in California. Now, recreational use of marijuana is, too. Does that mean Californians will be allowed to sit at their favorite bar stool and consume a cocktail and cannabis? Nope. Why Not? The question has definitely come up among ...

    ... want to know what offerings they can expect from businesses. To clarify these issues, the Department ... Californians who want to mix marijuana and margaritas at their local bar are out of luck. Talk to Us: Have something ... continue reading
  • Date Rape Drugs: It’s Not Just Roofies Anymore

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

    ... goes into it. In addition, never take a drink from a stranger unless you watched it be prepared and brought to ... you a drink and you accept, go with them to the bar and grab it yourself rather than trust them to bring it ... continue reading
  • The F-Word: 3 Fast Fentanyl Facts to Remember

    With his heart pounding, Officer Harrison approached the warehouse. His dreams of fighting crime never included this scene. He wasn't chasing a fugitive; he wasn't even trying to arrest anyone. The other officers had already taken the dealers down ...

    ... , however, was there was nothing “simple” about it. Covered from head to toe in a hazmat suit, Officer Harrison was about ... , unfortunately for Gary, he was already abusing Xanax. Fortunately, Gary's roommate was home when ... 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 ...

    ... Substances in this group are considered a step-down in risk from Schedule I. They still have high potential for abuse , ... ) Lunesta (used for treatment of insomnia) Xanax/Alprazolam (used for treatment of anxiety and panic ... 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 ...

    ... has shown that the use of “bath salts” among US 12 th graders has declined from 1.3% in 2012 to 0.9% in 2014. This decline coincided with an ... Vicodin Demerol Oxycontin Klonopin Alprazolam/Xanax Valium Clonazepam Percocet ... continue reading
  • Has Kombucha Gotten a Bad Rap?

    Often touted as a miracle elixir, Kombucha offers a plethora of health benefits. For those who don't know, Kombucha is a fermented beverage made from tea, sugar, bacteria, and yeast. It's available in most health food stores in a variety of flavored ...

    ... who don't know, Kombucha is a fermented beverage made from tea, sugar, bacteria, and yeast. It's available ... Cola Vanilla extract Vinegar Mouthwash Sugarless gum Protein bars Vitamins Ripe fruit Chewing tobacco/dip (fruit ... continue reading
  • Drunken Air Rage Incidents Take a Troubling Turn

    From delayed flights to lost luggage, most of us have experienced a minor form of rage courtesy of an airport. But when alcohol is added into the mix, things can go from “minor” to “major” in the blink of an eye. The Air Rage Trend New ...

    ... an airport. But when alcohol is added into the mix, things can go from “minor” to “major” in the blink of an eye. The Air ... approved. Additional Reading: Shocking Report: Bars and Liquor Stores Impact Suicide Rates Image ... continue reading
  • Life After Prison: 6 Things I Love About My Sobriety

    6 years ago, my life hit rock bottom: my parents unexpectedly got divorced, I hated my job (especially my “Boss from Hell”), and my live-in boyfriend walked out on me for another woman. Just when I thought my life couldn't get any worse, I ...

    ... got divorced, I hated my job (especially my “Boss from Hell”), and my live-in boyfriend walked out on me ... life, my nights and weekends were usually spent at a bar or club. Now, I focus my energy on learning new ... 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 ...

    ... benzo medications are Xanax and Ativan . Despite their popularity and dose frequency, Xanax and Ativan ... to 6 months or more. The acute phase lasts anywhere from seven to 90 days, while post-acute withdrawal syndrome can ... continue reading
  • Drug Addiction is Killing a Huge Number of Inmates

    It's common knowledge that a vast majority of the U.S. prison population is suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. Despite having months, years or even decades to work on themselves and overcome the chains of chemical dependency, almost none of ...

    ... the first five years of their release. Among those who died from alcohol and drug-related causes, 42 percent of the male deaths ... state can now ask for sentencing and many behind bars in county jail would be able to be ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... difference between the religious and nonreligious rates (purple bars). Right away, we can see that across ... decision to take drugs, we can look at another question from the MTF survey, which asked: “What are your reasons ... continue reading
  • Drugs in the News

    In a world grappling with issues of substance use and abuse, drugs are bound to see their days in the spotlight of our 24-hour news cycle. Maybe it's because of another tragic celebrity overdose, forcing us to confront the fact that even our heroes ...

    ... for news articles containing the terms “Marijuana,” “Cocaine,” “Heroin,” Meth,” “MDMA,” “Ecstasy,” “OxyContin,” and “Xanax,” from 16 of the internets top news publishers. Over 188,000 news articles pertaining to these ... 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 ...

    ... benzodiazepine drugs like Xanax or Valium . Looking to Technology Researchers from the University of ... clinical sign of alcohol withdrawal . Most patients suffering from alcohol withdrawal have a peak frequency of seven ... 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 ...

    ... and benzodiazepines ( heroin , Oxycontin, Valium, Xanax ) are all depressants, meaning they significantly slow ... will be inadequate in these cases. Saving someone from an opiate overdose, however, requires quick reaction. ... 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 ...

    When the book Men are from Mars; Women are from Venus hit book shelves back in 1992, it was a huge hit. By ... anxiety Medications : Prescription medications like Valium and Xanax are used to treat anxiety disorders, but they ... continue reading
  • Can You Stay Calm…and Trash the Benzos?

    After suffering an embarrassing panic attack at the mall, Kara visited a psychiatrist. He prescribed medication to help Kara with her symptoms - within a couple of months, this “solution” turned into an addiction. Now Kara has anxiety issues as ...

    ... changes. Some may be fairly challenging to establish and maintain. But, isn't a life freed from anxiety (and medication) well worth the effort? Additional Reading: Xanax Turned My Life Upside Down Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Centers

    Treatment can be provided on an outpatient, intensive inpatient or residential basis, depending on the type of center. Drug abuse centers are places where health, confidence, and optimism can be restored to people who have lost these positive ...

    ... duration of treatment. Treatment lengths may vary, but can last from one month, to 60- or 90-day programs (or for ... patient accountable to his or her recovery. A switch to an inpatient treatment program might be warranted ... continue reading
  • The Financial Toll of Addiction

    If you've ever known someone who has suffered from addiction or have been that person yourself, you'll know how much of an emotional toll it can have on you and your loved ones. It can put a strain on your relationships and affect both your personal ...

    ... 's almost $1,000 in 6 months to support this habit. Now switch out the $5 beer to a more expensive drug like, cocaine or ... hotline number Detox Centers Near Me Detoxing from Drugs at Home Free Drug Rehab Centers Near ... continue reading
  • You’re Fired: Police Departments Weaning K9’s Off Marijuana

    Jobs change with technology, and work tasks evolve with those advancements. New policies and developments often put people out of work. It turns out, people aren't the only ones affected by those changes. Due to new marijuana guidelines , ...

    ... of this training. Some dogs might have to be retired from service. However, buying new K9's isn't cost effective ... sniff out illegal pot practices. Not everything is above bar; possessing anything over one ounce is still a ... continue reading
  • Pop Quiz: Which of These Scenarios Can Land You in Jail?

    Today's drug laws seem to be in constant flux. Depending on which side of a state line you stand, you might be commended or arrested for the same act. This leaves many wondering exactly what is legal and what could put them in handcuffs. Try your ...

    ... and done, Becky gets caught with a handful of non-prescribed Xanax in her pocket. Click Here for the Answer Potential jail. ... is punishable by time in prison. Geoff suffers from chronic back pain. He thinks he needs ... continue reading
  • 7 Warning Signs Your Friends Are Making Your Addiction Worse

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

    ... and sarcasm? Do they mock you and discourage you from getting the help you may need? 4. They Push ... do they insist on picking you up and bringing you out to the bar for “just a few drinks”? And we know it's never just ... continue reading
  • 7 Shocking Facts About Meth in the Gay Community

    As one of the most popular drugs in the gay community, users mistakenly believe that crystal meth leads to fun and enhances their life experiences. Due to that train of thought, this drug has become somewhat of an epidemic among the gay ...

    ... classy. They had coolers, drinks and Gatorades, a snack bar. It was a well organized event,” said Zachary. Making ... high risk of relapse, most experts advise them to abstain from sex of any kind for at least one year. ... continue reading
  • 7 “Rock-Bottom” Myths and the Truth Behind Them

    Of all the popular addiction catchphrases, one has completely saturated the fabric of society and taken on a life of its own. That phrase is “rock-bottom.” When addiction professionals talk about chemical dependency, they often use the phrase ...

    ... We're scared. Fear is the one thing that prevents us from seeking treatment. When we're strong enough to look that fear ... Recovering alcoholics will never be “safe” in a bar surrounded by shots of Jack Daniels or cold mugs ... continue reading
  • Before You Crank the Engine, Take a Deep Breath and Blow

    If you've ever been convicted of a drunk driving offense , you're probably more than familiar with a car breathalyzer (also known as an interlock device). And though they can be a nuisance at times, it turns out they might be the key to lowering ...

    ... between a breath-testing unit and a car's ignition switch. If a certain level of alcohol is detected in the ... driver's breath, the device will prevent the car from operating. The research was led by author Elinore J. ... 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 ...

    ... boy died of a fentanyl overdose. J.H. thought he was purchasing heroin from his dealer, Michael Chandler. J.H. received fentanyl instead. The switch-up proved fatal. But here's the question: is Chandler to blame for the ... continue reading
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