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  • Drug and Alcohol Use During Pregnancy

    Using drugs or drinking alcohol while pregnant can create a number of health issues for both mother and child. This can affect a growing fetus because substances travel easily from the placenta, leaving the potential for harm. 4 While not all women ...

    ... experiencing painful withdrawal symptoms after birth. Cigarettes and Pregnancy Cigarettes contain harmful chemicals ... 5 Depending on the drug used and the severity of addiction, you can detox in one of a variety of ... continue reading
  • Joints vs. Edibles: How Marijuana Affects the Body

    The primary psychoactive component of marijuana (cannabis)—what deliver the “high” in other words—is the substance tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). 1 THC's powerful, mind-altering effects derive from its interaction with and activation of the ...

    ... of the user. In general, some characteristic symptoms of marijuana use are likely to be experienced ... better define these risks. Research shows that while cigarette smoking has been declining in recent years, marijuana ... continue reading
  • What You Need to Know About Secondhand Drinking

    Lisa Frederiksen likens the public's understanding of secondhand drinking to 30 years ago when doctors proved that lung cancer in nonsmokers was a direct link to secondhand cigarette smoke. Frederiksen, author, speaker, consultant and founder of ...

    ... in nonsmokers was a direct link to secondhand cigarette smoke. Frederiksen, author, speaker, consultant ... patterns or their harmful secondhand drinking coping skills.” Addiction impacts many lives, and it's important to ... continue reading
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  • Why Don’t We Have Addiction Vaccines?

    After three decades of research, people with addiction still have few medication options. While there are a handful of modestly effective FDA-approved drugs to treat alcohol, nicotine and opioid-use disorders, there are none at all for cocaine, ...

    ... Center for Addiction Treatment at the University of Pennsylvania. 2 “You want it to take away withdrawal symptoms, you ... nicotine to its receptor by 12.5% and decreased cigarette use by 40% as well as reduced cravings. 14 ... continue reading
  • The Effect of Drugs on the Kidneys

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

    ... be particularly dangerous for someone suffering from an addiction to drugs or alcohol who is often increasing ... . In addition to tobacco, the nicotine contained in cigarettes is toxic to the kidneys 19 . It increases the ... 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 ...

    ... as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk ... high potential for abuse. The physical symptoms of marijuana addiction are nothing like those of the ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... of Health (CDPH) has rolled out both TV and online ads this month that warn residents about the dangers of e-cigarettes. One ad, titled “What Could Go Wrong,” calls them “a new way to inhale toxic chemicals.” A second ad ... continue reading
  • Smoke Signals: Why Are Cigarettes Such a Hot Commodity in Treatment?

    Years ago, while I was in a nine-month substance abuse treatment program, I realized that everyone around me had one thing in common - they smoked. In fact, their lives seemed to revolve around the next cigarette, so much so that they weren't ...

    ... smoked. In fact, their lives seemed to revolve around the next cigarette, so much so that they weren't putting their focus on where ... very high among people with other addictions,” Campbell said. “This increases disease ... 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 ...

    ... study found that kids exposed to secondhand cigarette smoke are more likely to have attention ... to your doctor about medications designed to ease the withdrawal symptoms associated with tobacco . If you experience a slip ... continue reading
  • Let’s Clear the Air About Secondhand Marijuana Smoke

    Picture this : You're at a friend's house and someone lights up a cigarette. Sitting next to her, you inhale the secondhand smoke for one minute. Over the next half-hour, your blood vessels are affected by the smoke, impaired as they recover from ...

    ... because no one had completed the research to determine its adverse effects . Now we know. Worse Than Cigarette Smoke? Secondhand marijuana smoke isn't only harmful, it's more damaging than tobacco smoke. To protect the ... continue reading
  • Shocking Report: Smoking Weed Can Damage Your DNA

    Scientists are finding “convincing evidence” that marijuana can damage DNA and even cause certain forms of cancer. These revelations are more than alarming, considering that Alaska, Oregon, Colorado, Washington and the city of Washington, D.C. ...

    ... damage to bronchial mucus membranes as 20 or more tobacco cigarettes a day,” the Swedish research team adds. A Look ... can cause. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of marijuana abuse . Image Credits: Jeff Chiu/ ... continue reading
  • Teens Are Smoking and Drinking Less

    National, state, and large urban school district surveys are conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) every two years among high school students across the nation. Known as the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), the survey ...

    ... of students believe it's wrong for teens to smoke cigarettes, but only 42 percent think it's wrong for teens ... with addiction, take action today. Our toll-free helpline can connect you to the best addiction treatment ... continue reading
  • Guess What’s in Your Marijuana?

    Cannabis, or marijuana , is a complex plant that has psychoactive and medicinal elements. It contains more than 480 naturally occurring ingredients, including at least 65 unique chemical structures called cannabinoids found in the actual plant. What ...

    ... 't naturally occur in its active form, but rapidly converts from THC acid (THCA) when burned in a cigarette or heated in cooking, in a heat-propelled reaction called decarboxylation. Not much is known about THCA, but ... continue reading
  • Drugs and Cancer Risk

    Despite the declines in the death rate over the last 20 years, cancer continues to be one of the most prevalent public health issues in the US. According to the National Cancer Institute 1 : More than 68 million people will receive a cancer ...

    ... and there is no safe method of using tobacco products. Cigarettes are not the only method to confer these health dangers. ... -888-744-0069 Who Answers? to get help for addiction now. Khat Khat is a plant native to Eastern ... continue reading
  • Drug Use and the Pancreas

    The pancreas plays a major role in the body's digestive system. From blood sugar regulation to digestion, the pancreas is constantly hard at work. However, the pancreas can become inflamed and, over time, accumulate scarring and damage as a result ...

    ... nonsmokers (American Cancer Society). The number of cigarettes smoked per day and how long you have ... you are struggling with alcohol or drug use and experiencing symptoms or episodes of pancreatitis, don't wait until it' ... continue reading
  • Are Instagram Booze Memes Driving More Women to Binge Drink?

    Instagram, home of selfies and highly-filtered vacation pics, has generated another popular trend: booze memes. The colorful images, which generally cater to women, often depict wine bottles or clinking champagne glasses with pun-ny phrases like ...

    ... , while also contributing to the rising rates of binge drinking among women. “It's like the smoking cigarettes campaign where we've got to the point in advertising drinking, in whatever form, in social media, becomes ... 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 ...

    ... a comparable risk to the zolpidem drugs is cigarettes.” Thanks to the increased number of medical emergencies ... easier for people to locate a qualified therapist. Learn more about the dangers of Ambien abuse and addiction continue reading
  • Mirror Mirror: Landmark Study Paints a Portrait of Synthetic Drug Users

    Use of synthetic psychoactive drugs like “ bath salts ” and “Flakka” has been growing in the U.S. and across the world in recent years. The unregulated substances, many of which are sold in bodegas or head shops as “legal highs,” are ...

    ... that they also had used alcohol, pot or smoked cigarettes in their lifetime 80 percent had used ecstasy 79 ... .” Additional Reading: What Are the Current Substance Addiction Trends Among Teens Today? Image Source: Pixabay, ... continue reading
  • Effects of Drug Abuse on the Male and Female Reproductive Systems

    Substance abuse can negatively impact the reproductive health of both sexes in a number of ways and may contribute to serious problems like sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), infertility, and cancer . Women who use drugs and alcohol while ...

    ... . Moderate to heavy alcohol use and binge drinking are especially risky. Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) — Symptoms of FASD can range on a continuum from mild to severe. Infants born with FASD may have problems ... continue reading
  • Study Indicates Pot Really Can Lower Your IQ

    This is your brain on pot: A new study has found that regular marijuana use is linked to both lower IQ scores and impaired decision making skills. It's All in Your Mind The findings from the University of California Davis Centre for Neuroscience ...

    ... what many view as “harmless” recreational marijuana use could have permanent cognitive implications for adulthood and beyond. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of marijuana abuse . Image Source: Flicker/DankDepot continue reading
  • 5 Genius Minds Who Dabbled in Drugs

    For hundreds and thousands of years, human beings have experimented with drugs. Some people used illicit substances to celebrate the gods; some used drugs to “communicate” with the other side. As time went on, people began using drugs for a ...

    ... with coca leaves. The active ingredient of this beverage was cocaine, which undoubtedly played a huge role in Edison's chronic insomnia. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of drug abuse . Google Images/Instagram continue reading
  • Tooth and Consequences: Alcohol Can Wreck Your Smile

    People who consume alcohol excessively and regularly are at great risk to develop tooth decay and periodontal disease. Even having a few drinks regularly can begin to break down the enamel on teeth. Alcohol and Tooth Decay The process goes like ...

    ... recovery are usually consumed with their immediate recovery needs …and rightfully so. With detox and withdrawal symptoms to endure, oral hygiene tends to become a secondary priority for everyone, regardless of where they ... continue reading
  • Do Women Pay a Higher Price for Smoking Weed?

    Tetrahydrocannibinol, better known as THC, is the most potent component of marijuana. It's the chemical that causes feelings of euphoria and makes users feel “high.” When someone uses marijuana, THC quickly travels into the bloodstream, through ...

    ... have already shown that women are more prone to cannabis abuse and dependence than men. Additionally, withdrawal symptoms of irritability, sleep disruption and decreased food intake are more severe in women. And to top ... continue reading
  • Alcohol: The Breast Cancer Risk in a Bottle

    Can drinking alcohol cause breast cancer? That's the question multiple experts, research teams, scientists, and medical oncologists have set out to answer. And what they've found might surprise you. When most people think about the adverse effects ...

    ... day for women and 2 drinks per day for men. If you or someone you know struggles with binge drinking, learn more about the signs, symptoms and treatment options for alcohol abuse . Image Source: deathtothestockphoto.com continue reading
  • Why Do Binge Drinkers Have a Hard Time with Healing Wounds?

    The term binge drinking applies when a pattern of alcohol consumption results in the rapid increase of blood-alcohol content that meets or exceeds the legal limits of intoxication. Experts have known for decades that the effects of binge drinking ...

    ... , cardiovascular damage, high blood pressure, nerve damage, liver damage, and a reduced ability to manage the symptoms of diabetes. Now binge drinkers have something else to worry about: delayed wound healing. In a first ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Poisoning: You Can Save a Life in Less Than 10 Steps

    Last night Kerry got drunk…and then kept drinking. By the end of the night, he couldn't even stand up on his own. His friends carried him to the car, drove him home and put him to bed on his couch. They thought he'd just sleep it off and have a ...

    ... life-threatening issue that demands urgent medical care. Save a Life - Follow These 9 Steps If you notice these symptoms, take these life-saving steps. Call for an ambulance. Try to keep them awake. Try to keep them in a ... continue reading
  • What Does Ecstasy do to Your Mind and Body?

    The night started off exactly like the last few Saturdays…Chloe entered the club with her girlfriends. Soon after, each of them took a bundle of ecstasy. Not long after washing down her dose with water, Chloe felt the familiar effects of the drug. ...

    ... anxious and grind her teeth. She got a headache and felt nauseous. Believe it or not, Parker's symptoms are also considered common effects of ecstasy . As a powerful stimulant, it can cause dehydration, hyperthermia and ... continue reading
  • Everything You Need to Know Inhalant Abuse

    A new study has found an unusual link between inhalant abuse and head injuries, mental illness and traumatic experiences. The findings of this new study, published in the latest issue of the journal PLOS One , came from a joint research project ...

    ... of Youth Services facilities, assessing their annual use of 65 different inhalants, medical history and psychiatric symptoms, among other criteria. The scientists found that severe polyinhalant users, or those who used ... continue reading
  • Is Alcohol Wreaking Havoc on Your Sexual Performance?

    Alcohol is often viewed as an aphrodisiac, but this label is far from the truth. While drinking may lower social inhibitions and increase the likelihood of poor impulse control, alcohol actually reduces sexual performance. Believe it or not, a great ...

    ... and mental effects is to abstain from using. When the body is free of alcohol, adverse signs and symptoms no longer contribute to poor sexual performance. It's also important to mention that multiple studies have shown ... 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 ...

    ... An overdose occurs when your body cannot handle the amount of foreign substances in your body. Although signs and symptoms vary depending on the type of drug abused and the person's tolerance, it's best to choose caution ... continue reading
  • Study: Abuse of ADHD Meds is Beginning Earlier

    The abuse of ADHD medication is commonly associated with black-market Ritalin or Adderall on campus to aid last-minute cramming sessions. However, a recent study indicates the abuse of ADHD drugs begins much earlier than college. The Dark Side of ...

    ... years. In 2011, roughly 11 percent of those aged 4 to 17 were diagnosed with ADHD, and symptoms were typically observed around the age of seven. Assumingly, if pre-adolescents are regularly using ADHD medication, then ... continue reading
  • 3 Devastatingly Dangerous Alcohol-Drug Combos

    According to statistics compiled by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), roughly 25 percent of substance-related emergency room admissions involve a combination of both drugs and alcohol. Poly-Drug Abuse Although ...

    ... alcohol and drug combinations are comparable to a game of Russian roulette. Alcohol and Benzodiazepines A symptom of rampant prescription drug abuse, benzodiazepines (Valium, Xanax and Ativan) are the most common drugs ... 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 ...

    ... ,” said Kelly Conway, the owner 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 ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Might be Causing Your Bathroom Misery

    Anyone's who had a urinary tract infection (UTI) knows that it's irritating at best and extremely painful at worst. While dehydration and bacterial infections are two common culprits, you might be surprised to learn that frequent alcohol consumption ...

    ... it harder for your kidneys to keep the body adequately hydrated. High blood pressure is a common symptom of alcoholism and one of the most prevalent causes of kidney disease . Liver disease, another common disorder ... 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 ...

    ... drinks and leave as a group. People who abuse date rape drugs often say the effects are “paralyzing.” The symptoms kick in approximately twenty to thirty minutes after taking the drug and may last for up to twelve hours ... continue reading
  • Let's Talk About the Elephant Tranquilizer in the Room

    It's 10,000 times more potent than morphine. It's 100 times more powerful than fentanyl . What is it? Carfentanil. Designed as a tranquilizer for elephants, this deadly substance has made its way into our nation's illegal drug market. It's often ...

    ... of exposure. For your protection, the DEA offers the following safety measures : Watch for symptoms of exposure, which include difficulty breathing, drowsiness, disorientation, clammy skin, pinpoint pupils and sedation ... continue reading
  • Want to Make Your Asthma Worse? Here’s How…

    Tracy's romantic evening took a turn for the worse. She was enjoying a lovely Italian dinner with her boyfriend when she suddenly started wheezing. She quickly set down her wine glass and reached for her inhaler. The medicine started working, but ...

    ... /or histamines, approach alcohol with caution. Be aware of any types of drinks that seem to trigger your symptoms. One study found that wine seems to be the most allergenic alcoholic beverage. Those with asthma might do ... continue reading
  • Hitting the Grass Ceiling: 6 Surprising Ways Weed is Sexist

    Estrogen, testosterone and THC: What do these three things have in common? Apparently, not much. Studies reveal that THC (the active chemical in marijuana) interacts differently with these three hormones. What's the result? Men and women experience ...

    ... more likely to experience cannabis-induced psychosis . In fact, they outnumber women two to one in incidents of psychotic symptoms. Gender's Role in Marijuana Use Does marijuana seem to favor one gender? It's hard to say ... continue reading
  • Ice Bugs: Don’t Scratch That Phantom Itch!

    Methamphetamine is an extremely addictive stimulant that causes irreversible harm to the body. Manufactured from a toxic concoction of chemicals, it damages blood vessels in the brain, destroys teeth and causes severe impairment in memory, judgment ...

    ... they've been on a drug binge, finally gotten some sleep. However, meth is addictive and has powerful withdrawal symptoms. Once it wears off, which takes anywhere from a couple of hours to a couple of days, the cravings ... continue reading
  • Could This Inexpensive Medication Reduce Your Withdrawal Symptoms?

    Withdrawal. It's a huge hurdle on the path to recovery. Those struggling to leave opioids behind know they'll eventually have to face the intimidating mental and physical effects of withdrawal. It's a powerful and frightening thought. Some of the ...

    ... work and hope this new insight will lead to the creation of a more effective treatment method for the symptoms of withdrawal. Dr. Trang says their next steps will be to determine the drug effectiveness in humans and to ... continue reading
  • Let’s Talk Genetics and the “Morning After”

    It's true - hangovers are just plain awful. But new research has found that those who are genetically predisposed to alcoholism may actually hold onto the painful memory of them more than the average joe. Let's dig in… Family History Impacts How ...

    ... , Dr. Stephens found the opposite: Those with a family background in alcoholism did not experience worse hangover symptoms when compared to those who didn't have any family history of such. What Do These Findings Mean ... 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 ...

    ... serious heart conditions greatly impact your overall health. While many people experience a few of these symptoms with normal aging, amphetamine use causes a premature onset of these issues. Imagine feeling like you ... continue reading
  • 4 Hangover “Cures” You Need to Ignore

    The lights are too bright. The noises are too loud. Your head's spinning. Your stomach's in turmoil. No, it's not the flu. You have a hangover. You had a few too many yesterday, and now you're paying for it. Beware the Miracle Remedy So, what can ...

    ... your blood alcohol content spikes, then falls sharply after you stop drinking . When your level hits zero, the symptoms hit their peak. When you take another drink, you put alcohol back into your body, which masks the ... continue reading
  • Teens Who Drink Solo Are in More Trouble Than We Thought

    Have you found yourself knocking a few back when no one else is around? A recent study calls solitary drinking into question, finding that young people who drink alone are more likely to struggle with alcoholism as they enter adulthood. Researchers ...

    ... estimate of solitary drinking, and the rate of solitary drinking was much higher in the teens with early symptoms of alcohol abuse . The solitary drinkers also drank more often than the other teenage drinkers, consumed ... continue reading
  • The Confusion Continues: Can Baclofen Treat Alcoholism or Not?

    What happens when researchers deliver conflicting results? What should we believe? A recent study examining the effectiveness of baclofen in alcohol dependence seems to fly in the face of previous research. Experts are questioning whether or not ...

    ... Please Baclofen is a muscle relaxant and antispastic agent. It is traditionally used to treat muscle symptoms such as spasm, pain and stiffness. Previous research “showed good results for treating alcohol dependence with ... 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 ...

    ... from complications related to ADHD drugs since 2013. One of the biggest problems in the spread of stimulant addictions is that doctors are now so quick to diagnose ADHD when other conditions are causing the problems ... continue reading
  • Hooked on Benadryl: It’s Much More Than a Harmless Dependency

    Ad·dict·ed /??dikt?d/ adjective: Physically and mentally dependent on a particular substance, and unable to stop taking it without incurring adverse effects. The concept may sound a little silly, especially when there are millions of people ...

    ... are millions of people battling much more serious addictions. However Benadryl, or diphenhydramine, has been ... used in the lowest therapeutic dose possible. Symptoms of Benadryl Withdrawal The effects associated with the ... 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 ...

    ... of income. Let's look at the financial toll of addiction. Addiction and Poverty Addiction is by far most costly for the poor. If you're at the poverty level, a pack of cigarettes per day can consume 10% of your family's ... continue reading
  • List of Street Names for Drugs

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

    ... profound dissociation and can sometimes elicit psychotic symptoms such as delusions and hallucinations. Users ... drug problem, you may wish to consult with an addiction or substance use professional to learn more about your ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Prevention

    Many teens give in to peer pressure because they want to feel accepted and liked by their peers. While this is a natural tendency among many young people, there are preventative measures parents can take to help protect against teen drug abuse . ...

    ... guidelines that you have established. Also make clear the types of common consequences of use and addiction, which can include: Harsh legal penalties for possessing and using drugs. Physical health problems, which can ... continue reading
  • Eating Disorder Treatment

    Drug Abuse and Eating Disorder Treatment Combined Research shows that people admitted for eating disorder treatment often abuse amphetamine, crystal meth , cocaine or diet pills in an attempt to manage or lose weight (Gadalla and Piran, 2007). When ...

    ... treat both conditions at the same time to prevent the risk of relapse. Research shows that treating only one addiction at a time can make the other get worse (Mee-Lee et al., 2013). Treating both conditions at the ... continue reading
  • Drug Prevention | Abuse

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

    ... Drug abuse prevention has become an important first step in informing specific individuals about the dangers of addiction, prevention techniques and where to find recovery help if it should be deemed necessary. The Drug ... 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 ...

    ... many people who use cocaine do so without experiencing addiction and other severe problems, as researchers like Dr. ... ramifications. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of cocaine abuse . Image Credits: wired/ ... continue reading
  • Smoking Can be a Serious Pain…in the Back

    If you have chronic back pain and are a long-time smoker, the latter may be causing the former, according to a study released by the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. A New Worry for Smokers The study, which was published in ...

    ... meds - or opioids - taken for chronic conditions can quickly escalate from regular use to dependency and addiction if not closely monitored. Back pain is one of the most common reasons for taking pain medications and ... continue reading
  • When Does a Moderate Drinker Turn into an Alcoholic?

    Although there are many factors which bring a person from being a moderate social drinker into an alcoholic, new research has found that a large part of the change could come down a tiny segment of genetic material. Going Over the Edge The study ...

    ... published in Molecular Psychiatry involves the work of Dorit Rob, PhD, Endowed Chair of Cell Biology of Addiction in Neurology at UC-San Francisco, and author Emmanuel Darcq, PhD, a former post-doctoral fellow currently ... 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 ...

    ... out against the prevalence of drugs and death currently ingrained in EDM culture is definitely a step in the right direction. Learn more about the dangerous side effects of drug abuse and addiction . Instagram Image continue reading
  • Positive Workforce Drug Tests Increase for the First Time in a Decade

    A shocking new report released by Quest Diagnostics reveals that the percentage of positive drug tests among American workers has increased for the first time in over a decade. Increased stress in the workplace, a lack of job security, and the trend ...

    ... using substances while at work, interferes with attention/concentration Illegal activities at work, especially selling or sharing drugs with other employees Learn more about the side effects of drug abuse and addiction . 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 ...

    ... “If they can't put the test kits into people's hands then at least have people there that can spread the education and awareness,” said Chambers. Learn more about the dangerous side effects of drug abuse and addiction . continue reading
  • Heroin's Death Toll Hits an All-Time High in New York

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

    ... -size devices that inject naloxone. Known as the opiate antidote, naloxone saves lives by reversing the effects of heroin. Learn more about the dangers of heroin abuse and addiction . Image Source: flickr/Cristian C 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 ...

    ... , 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 rooms” as an ... 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 ...

    ... 's really what they are created for), they show their true colors. Usage of these drugs have serious side effects, addiction and even death. What's Really Inside? Users of so-called “legal” drugs don't know what is in ... 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 ...

    ... harms of marijuana use. The NIAAA reports that 3 in 10 marijuana users currently meet the criteria for addiction. With the recent University of Lausanne study in mind, these percentages indicate we're going to see a ... continue reading
  • Opiate Alternatives: Doctor’s Got a Brand New Bag

    We have seen a staggering increase in both opiate painkiller and heroin abuse over the last decade. As people become dependent on opiates - physically and psychologically - a vicious cycle of misuse and abuse develops. We've got millions struggling ...

    ... psychologically - a vicious cycle of misuse and abuse develops. We've got millions struggling with painkiller addiction and millions more have turned to heroin as a “more affordable” alternative once buying pills on the ... continue reading
  • I Did What??? The Anatomy of a Blackout

    What happened last night? If you've ever had to utter those words after a night on the town or had to rely on your friends to fill in the missing puzzle pieces of your limited memory reel, chances are you've experienced a blackout. And trust ...

    ... and bloodstream, increasing the likelihood that memory-related activities will be disrupted. And finally, just like addiction, blackouts don't discriminate. They occur not only in alcoholics , but in social drinkers, as ... 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 ...

    ... relief from pain, morphine also delivers the following side effects. Effects on Behavior Abuse/Misuse/Addiction - As with other opiates, morphine use comes with the risk of dependence. Patients receiving morphine ... continue reading
  • This is Your Brain…When You Blackout on Alcohol

    If you've ever found yourself in the situation where you wake up the next morning without a clue of how you got home, you might have experienced a blackout. That is right about when you start to wonder what the heck happened last night? But have you ...

    ... have wondered that exact thing. Studying Alcohol and Memory Loss Dr. Mark Rose is a licensed psychologist and addiction researcher who has studied precisely what goes on in our brains when we drink to the point of memory ... continue reading
  • Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There’s Good News and Bad News

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  • Detour: Teens in Rural Areas More Likely to Abuse Painkillers

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  • Five Reasons Spice is a Dangerous “Last Resort” Drug

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  • Drugs at School: Are Zero-Tolerance Policies Really Working?

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  • Voices From Both Sides of the Medical Marijuana Debate

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  • This is NOT a Drill: Alcohol Causes 7 Kinds of Cancer

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  • Social Drug Use is Like Kryptonite to Healthy Relationships

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  • Weed Gets a “Fancy” New Name: Craft Cannabis

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  • The F-Word: 3 Fast Fentanyl Facts to Remember

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  • Ambien: Sweet Dreams or Total Nightmare?

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  • Heroin Facts – Because Knowing is Half the Battle

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    ... it produces effects similar to prescription painkillers. The rise of heroin abuse is directly related to painkiller addiction . In fact, doctors wrote 259 million narcotic painkiller prescriptions in 2012 alone. Once the ... continue reading
  • Xanax Turned My Life Upside Down

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  • Who Will Win the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge?

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  • You Might Want to Cut Back on the Energy Drinks. Here’s Why…

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    ... of the researchers of the study, which was published in the June 2017 edition of Journal of Addiction Medicine. To arrive at this conclusion, researchers asked 1,099 college students about their energy drink consumption ... continue reading
  • The Price Tag of Heroin in America: $51 Billion

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    ... noted that “without meaningful public health efforts, the number of heroin users is likely to continue to grow.” Additional Reading: Chicken vs. Egg - Which Came First, Heroin or OxyContin Addiction? Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Public Restrooms Have Become Ground Zero in Opioid Epidemic

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  • Turns Out Abusing ADHD Meds Won’t Get You on the Dean’s List

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    ... grades, chances are they'll have the opposite effect. Hit the books the old fashioned way - without risking your health. Additional Reading: What Every Parent Needs to Know About Adderall Addiction Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Gabapentin: New Drug of Abuse for People in Treatment? Risk vs Reward

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    ... over traditional therapies when treating ailments such as depression, ADD, bipolar disorder, and even cocaine addiction . Some of the common side effects of gabapentin include: Lack of stability Drowsiness Memory Loss ... continue reading
  • 5 Tips Guaranteed to Help You Handle Your Triggers

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  • He Drinks Everyday. Is My Husband an Alcoholic?

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    ... to watch for these warning signs and see if things get worse. Meanwhile, I plan to continue researching addiction and I'm seeking a support group for guidance and encouragement. Additional Reading: Is My Loved One an ... continue reading
  • 10 Ways Drug Abuse Hurts You and Those Around You

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    ... can make you perform poorly the duties you'd otherwise excel at. In the long run, desperation from addiction can lead to stealing, lying, excessive absences, and other undependable behaviors that an employer will find ... continue reading
  • Refusing to Give In: 8 Ways to Beat Cravings

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  • Common Neurological Risks of Drug Abuse

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  • Drugs and Liver Disease

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  • Workplace Drug Abuse

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  • The Fight Against Doctor Shopping Rages On

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  • 5 Naloxone Myths Debunked

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  • Understanding Teen Alcoholism

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  • Warning: 3 Dangerous Suboxone Interactions to Avoid

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  • Occasional IV Heroin Abuse Worsens HIV Symptoms

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  • 5 Psychological Side Effects of Percocet

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