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  • Snorting Ambien

    The sleep-aid Ambien (generic name: zolpidem) is a prescription medication used in the treatment of insomnia in adults 1 . It works by slowing down brain activity to help users fall and stay asleep. Zolpidem is similar in structure and effects to ...

    ... speech. Marked loss of coordination. Loss of consciousness. Blackout. Nonfatal overdose symptoms often resolve within 6 hours after consumption. Some overdose patients can receive a medication to reverse effects of acute ... 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 ...

    ... regular use and is characterized by withdrawal symptoms similar to marijuana including: 22,23 Disturbed ... Foil packaging for products labelled “not for human consumption”. 3 Additionally, heavy designer drug users may ... continue reading
  • Substance Use at Live Music Events

    If you're gearing up for a music festival, there are some things you probably want to ensure you have with you. Most veterans will recommend not leaving the house without comfortable shoes, sunscreen, and a bottle of water. Unfortunately, something ...

    ... become co-occurring disorders when linked with substance abuse and addiction. While the consumption of drugs or alcohol may appear to abate the symptoms at first, long-term use requires a higher dose to help recreate ... continue reading
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  • Concurrent Alcohol and Methadone Abuse

    It's important to know the facts about drinking and using methadone. Alcohol and methadone can both cause a range of profound effects, and both substances have the potential to lead to addiction. Combining these two substances can be even more ...

    ... and more obvious over time, even if they were initially difficult to detect. Alcohol Signs and symptoms of over-consumption of alcohol include: Slurred speech. Balance problems. Nausea and vomiting. Loss of consciousness ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Meth Abuse

    Methamphetamine is a potent stimulant that produces both an addictive high and a slew of negative effects. When it's combined with alcohol, the effects may be even more harmful. Meth is a fine, odorless, white powder that is typically smoked, ...

    ... increases the potential for high-quantity alcohol consumption, and the resultant risk of alcohol ... a loved one exhibits any number of these signs or symptoms, substance abuse treatment can provide help—call for free ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Lortab Abuse

    Substance abuse experts indicate that it is never safe to mix alcohol and Lortab . Although Lortab is a relatively harmless pain reliever when used appropriately and alcohol is safe in moderation, the combined effects of mixing Lortab and alcohol ...

    ... in a short period of time. Long-term abusive consumption of alcohol can also cause serious physical damage, ... , use can lead to addiction . Signs and Symptoms of Concurrent Abuse Alcohol and Lortab abuse each present ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Alprazolam Abuse

    Alprazolam, more commonly known by the brand name Xanax , is an anti-anxiety and panic disorder medication. Alprazolam is part of a class of drug called benzodiazepines , which have the potential to be addictive. Benzodiazepine medication is ...

    ... alcohol and alprazolam can have dangerous withdrawal symptoms . Treatment programs often include one or ... 9 million people aged 12 to 20 have reported alcohol consumption in the past month. More than 5 million underage ... continue reading
  • A Decade of American Drug Use

    In the nation's ongoing drug crisis, grim statistics abound. Each day, approximately 115 Americans die of opioid overdoses. Methamphetamine use is on the rise, reviving a scourge public health officials once thought to be improving. Simultaneously, ...

    ... the elderly is frequently misdiagnosed: Its symptoms resemble that of other mental health ... to 25 had been outpaced in heroin and crack cocaine consumption, however. That tragic distinction went to individuals between 26 ... continue reading
  • Why Is Heroin So Deadly Today?

    For more than a century, heroin has been a dangerous drug of abuse . For years, people have been attracted to the substance's ability to produce a relatively inexpensive, rapid-onset, and intensely euphoric high 1,2 . While the drug's high holds a ...

    ... medical use 9 . Though not intended for human consumption, the drug is purchased over the internet as a ... take more than 10 minutes to fully develop, with symptoms progressing along the way, but when other substances are ... 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 ...

    ... others. Almost half of all sexual assaults involve alcohol consumption by either the rapist or the victim 1, 2, ... Fuzzy memory of the night before and extreme hangover symptoms may indicate that you were drugged. Here are ... continue reading
  • DMT Drug Abuse

    DMT (dimethyltryptamine) is a hallucinogen capable of inducing a psychedelic “trip,” which typically ranges from 30 to 45 minutes in duration 1 . DMT is a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substance Act and has no recognized medical use in ...

    ... the last decade 1,2 . The history of human consumption of DMT dates back hundreds of years. Brews containing ... such as nausea and vomiting 1,2,3 . Signs and Symptoms Someone taking DMT may report the following effects 1,2,3 ... continue reading
  • Bath Salts Overdose

    Synthetic cathinones , commonly referred to as “bath salts”, belong to a group of drugs health officials call “new psychoactive substances”. These are psychoactive drugs that mimic the effects of existing illegal drugs and have only made ...

    ... (e.g., “jewelry cleaner” labeled “not for human consumption”) 1,3 . The powder is snorted, injected, ... 10 times more powerful than cocaine 1 . Signs and Symptoms of Bath Salts Overdose An article from the New England ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Methoxetamine Use

    Is MXE Harmful? MXE, also known as methoxetamine, is a substance with similar chemical properties to ketamine and phencyclidine (PCP) , two illicit drugs known for their hallucinogenic and dissociative properties 1 . MXE is an odorless, white powder ...

    ... reported experiences among MXE users of compulsive use of consumption of more MXE than was originally intended 2 . ... diagnose problematic drug use in clients. Signs and symptoms of a substance use disorder include 6 : ... continue reading
  • Facing Reality: 8 Shocking Drug and Alcohol Abuse Statistics

    It's no secret that drugs and alcohol can have detrimental consequences on your mind, body and life. They are indiscriminate in who they affect; anyone who abuses alcohol or drugs is at risk for developing an addiction. Although sometimes glorified ...

    ... severe adverse health effects and life-threatening alcohol withdrawal symptoms . 4. An estimated 88,000 people die ... possible to die the first time you use cocaine; consumption quadruples the risk of sudden death. 5 Sudden ... 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 ...

    ... a family background in alcoholism did not experience worse hangover symptoms when compared to those who didn't have any ... , may help them to manage their alcohol consumption.” The research, entitled “Does familial risk ... continue reading
  • Should People Who Abuse Alcohol Qualify for Liver Transplants?

    Three years ago, one of my uncles—a long-time alcoholic—was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. He was told he didn't qualify for a new one, so he continued to drink—all the way until his death a few short months later. Alcoholism and Liver ...

    ... Disease (ALD), a spectrum of damage caused by over-consumption of alcohol. A liver transplant is the only known cure ... social workers, weigh factors such as physical symptoms, substance abuse history and whether or not ... continue reading
  • Lethal Drug Combinations

    What are the Deadliest Drug Combos? Combining drugs (“polysubstance abuse”) is both common and potentially dangerous. There are various reasons why individuals use substances in combination. For some, the activity is done haphazardly, without ...

    ... drugs, their amounts, and even the timing of their consumption is planned in advance so the right effect is achieved ... including heart attack and cardiac arrest. Other symptoms of overdose include: Extreme stomach pain or ... continue reading
  • Can You Get Addicted to Crack After the First Use?

    Crack, a solid, crystallized form of cocaine , is smoked and taken in through the lungs. Also called “freebase cocaine,” crack was first seen in the US in the 1980s, where it quickly became popular due to its accessibility and relatively low ...

    ... lead to immediate cravings and incidences of binge consumption during which crack is smoked continuously over long periods ... toxicity”) is indicated by the following symptoms: Sweating. Tremors. Confusion. Severe ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and PCP Abuse

    The National Institute on Drug Abuse describes PCP as a serious and illegal hallucinogen that started as a clinical sedative and anesthetic, but was discontinued and made illegal upon discovery of its extremely negative and unpredictable effects. In ...

    ... Rocket fuel Peace pill and many others Signs and Symptoms of Abuse Alcohol and PCP are very different drugs ... and people aged 12 to 20 account for 11% of the consumption in the U.S. The CDC also reports that adults over 26 ... continue reading
  • Will the Nation’s First Safe Injection Site Make a Positive Impact?

    It's no secret that intravenous drug use poses major risks. While other forms of drug use carry a risk of HIV and Hepatitis C transmission, people who inject drugs by far have the highest risk. To put that in perspective a little better, the U.S. ...

    ... Harm Reduction Alliance, wants to have the mobile safe consumption space ready to go this spring. He hopes to ... site really be? Additional Reading: Occasional IV Heroin Abuse Worsens HIV Symptoms Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • When Does Medical Marijuana Use Morph into Full-Blown Addiction?

    In more US states, marijuana is becoming legalized and socially accepted as treatment for a range of illnesses. But, like many medicines, it can lead to misuse and dependence. So, how do you know where to draw the line? Relief Turns to Habit Joseph, ...

    ... than for alcohol, cocaine, heroin or nicotine,that withdrawal symptoms are less severe, and that death from a pot ... of the drug they consume and their method of consumption, said Dr. Joshua Straus, a psychiatrist and ... continue reading
  • The Damage of Drinking During Early Pregnancy: 3 Myths Debunked

    Most of us are well aware that drinking throughout one's pregnancy can cause harm to an unborn baby. But with slightly more than half of all pregnancies in the U.S. being unintended , many women are simply unaware that they're pregnant for a few ...

    ... they've caused. One of the most common symptoms in newborns exposed to large amounts of alcohol is ... in pregnancy carries high risks : For most women, alcohol consumption in the first two weeks carries little to no risk ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Inhalant Abuse

    Alcohol and inhalants are two of the most commonly abused substances, especially among a younger population. The Centers for Disease Control logs more than 4,300 deaths per year from underage drinking and abuse. According to the Foundation for a ...

    ... abuse due to the severity and complexity of the symptoms. The NIPC Guidelines for Treatment advises that addicts ... and people aged 12-20 make up 11% of all alcohol consumption in the U.S. The CDC also reports that adults ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Crystal Meth Abuse

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

    ... could be life-threatening for the user. Signs and Symptoms The signs of concurrent alcohol and crystal meth abuse ... meth mouth.” Coma (due to increased alcohol consumption when using crystal meth). Combined Effects The ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Clonazepam Abuse

    Clonazepam is a drug that is prescribed for some types of convulsive disorders and panic disorders, among other mental health disorders. It also goes by the name Klonopin and is a type of benzodiazepine that provides a tranquilized experience. It is ...

    ... interruption in your brain's activity. Signs and Symptoms You develop a tolerance over time when taking clonazepam ... years old have a problem with alcohol consumption—either abuse or addiction—and they frequently combine ... 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 ...

    ... warning that these products are “not for human consumption” arose from efforts by the illicit manufacturers ... if they are not treated. There are also many other symptoms that can occur. The precise effects of bath salts on ... 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 ...

    ... FDA. Many of them are labeled as “not for human consumption.” They have names like Purple Wave and White Lightning, and ... =”Bath Salts Abuse” question=”2″] Signs and Symptoms As with most stimulants, bath salt use leads ... 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 ...

    ... system depressant substance with widespread use. Alcohol consumption is associated with a number of mental and ... ingredient is an antihistamine. It is used to relieve symptoms of colds and the flu. What is Ultram? Ultram ... 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 ...

    ... use are legalized). Different methods of cannabis consumption include: 4,5,6 Joints or bongs ... paranoia. 3,5,7 In general, some characteristic symptoms of marijuana use are likely to be experienced regardless ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Oxycodone? How Can I Quit Safely?

    Opiates are one of the best inventions of mankind for so many reasons. They formed the basis of modern medicine and inspired a huge range for pharmaceuticals. Plenty of drug companies started off by manufacturing painkillers that were based on ...

    ... an addiction . At some point, you're going to have to face some of these symptoms. Generally, if you find yourself lying about your consumption and if it's affecting your life worse than stairs affect a Dalek (they have ... continue reading
  • 20 Genius Minds and the Drugs They Were Addicted To

    Intelligence doesn't preclude people taking drugs any more than fame does. When those who are under stress need to relax, some turn to drugs or drink as an escape from reality. Others do it because they believe it enhances their creativity or allows ...

    ... the same prescription drugs —and her alcohol consumption. It seems implausible that her death was ... opium or laudanum. He even wrote about suffering withdrawal symptoms when he ran out. However, this merely glamorized the ... continue reading
  • Opioid Epidemic Coming for the Elderly

    How Common is Opioid Abuse in the Elderly? Close your eyes and imagine an opioid addict. Who do you see? Would you think of a young, poor male injecting heroin and obsessing over how they will need to score their next hit to satisfy their compulsive ...

    ... They will ask you questions about your opioid consumption to see if you have an opioid use ... have nausea and vomiting, cold sweats, depression, and other symptoms that make you want to turn back to opioids for relief ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Peyote Addict

    The psychoactive drug peyote is a variety of cactus that grows in the southwestern region of the United States and in Mexico. The top of this cactus features small discs, often called “buttons,” which contain a psychoactive chemical called ...

    ... Like other psychedelic substances in this class, consumption of peyote will produce a number of ... to get information. First, understand the prominent or visible symptoms your loved one may experience so you know when they ... continue reading
  • Mixing Alcohol With Drugs

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

    ... use disorder (AUD) in 2019. 3 Since alcohol consumption is so common, there are more opportunities for polysubstance ... be provided to help manage withdrawal symptoms from certain substances including alcohol, ... continue reading
  • What Is Lean? (Purple Drank) – Codeine

    What Is Lean? (Purple Drank) Lean — also known as purple drank, purple lean, sizzurp, dirty sprite, and lean drink—is a made of combination of prescription-strength cough medicine, soft drinks, and hard, fruit-flavored candy. 1,2 The ...

    ... Lean is concocted from a narcotic drug and its excessive consumption can have dangerous consequences. Codeine is an opiate or ... experience a range of unpleasant withdrawal symptoms should they go without the substance for ... continue reading
  • Snorting Fentanyl

    Fentanyl is a pain-relieving substance with two main uses 1 : Treating significant acute, post-operative pain following surgery. Treating chronic or breakthrough pain in people that no longer respond to other narcotic medications. Like morphine, ...

    ... fentanyl to reach the brain compared to oral consumption. Unlike snorting, when fentanyl is consumed orally, ... so the patient can be continuously monitored and the symptoms can be managed on the spot to increase comfort ... continue reading
  • K2 Knowledge

    For the last few years, the use of synthetic cannabinoids - also known as K2, Spice, Fake Weed, and over 500 other street names - has been on the rise. In a single three-day period in 2016, at least 130 people in New York overdosed on K2 . In 2015, ...

    ... once someone quit K2. The reality is that symptoms often peak four to seven days after quitting, ... K2 is not natural or safe. It's not even legal for consumption. It's a chemical cocktail concocted in a lab with a widely ... continue reading
  • Alternatives to Anxiety Medications

    Anxiety disorders are some of the most commonly encountered mental health conditions. Approximately, 28.8% of adults will experience some type of anxiety in their lifetime (Kessler et al., 2005). Oftentimes, the first line of treatment for anxiety ...

    ... may increase your levels of anxiety? Try cutting down on nicotine, alcohol consumption , and caffeine to help prevent symptoms of anxiety. While these lifestyle changes may certainly help and are generally recommended ... continue reading
  • MXE Drug Abuse

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

    ... “research chemical” and labeled as “not for human consumption,” in order to avoid federal regulations 2 . It ... help today by calling us at . Signs and Symptoms Someone who is intoxicated by MXE may experience the ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Vicodin Abuse

    Alcohol and Vicodin can both be harmful to your health but, when the two are used together, the negative effects of each can compound those of the other. Vicodin, which contains hydrocodone and acetaminophen, is a prescription opioid used to manage ...

    ... , the effects can potentially be fatal. Signs and Symptoms Alcohol and Vicodin each have depressant effects on a ... as well as car accidents associated with alcohol consumption. NIDA states that this population is also more ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Steroid Abuse

    Anabolic steroids are synthetic drugs that mimic some of the hormonal effects that testosterone has on the body. They are sometimes used to prevent the loss of healthy body mass seen with chronic, 'wasting' conditions such as AIDS and some forms of ...

    ... personality changes, such as an increase in alcohol consumption . This may seem counterintuitive for those who ... Both alcohol and steroids cause a range of withdrawal symptoms , which exist on a continuum and range from ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Painkiller Abuse

    Opioids are some of the most commonly abused prescription drugs. They include oxycodone , hydrocodone , meperidine (Demerol) , and many others. The demographics of those who abuse painkillers transcend the stereotypes of typical drug addicts. Opioid ...

    ... depression. There are many different signs and symptoms that someone is abusing alcohol and opioid painkillers ... as additional organs affected by excessive alcohol consumption. Harmful effects that may stem from ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Morphine Abuse

    It is never safe to mix alcohol with other medications. Morphine—an opiate—can be particularly dangerous when mixed with alcohol, given its ability to intensify the effects of alcohol intoxication. Alcohol and morphine facts and information ...

    ... in a short period of time. Long-term abusive consumption of alcohol can also cause serious physical damage, ... each present with their own signs and symptoms. However, some of these symptoms appear to be very similar to ... continue reading
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    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
  • Signs and Symptoms of Commonly Abused Drugs

    When you suspect that you or a loved one is struggling with a substance abuse problem, it's important to know some of the signs and symptoms of addiction to that drug. You can find a brief overview of the major drugs of abuse below. For a full list ...

    ... or a loved one is struggling with a substance abuse problem, it's important to know some of the signs and symptoms of addiction to that drug. You can find a brief overview of the major drugs of abuse below. For a full ... 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, ...

    ... problem from progressing further. Illicit Drugs Click on any substance below to find out some characteristic signs and symptoms of abuse and addiction for that substance. You can also learn how to find help for chemical ... continue reading
  • Occasional IV Heroin Abuse Worsens HIV Symptoms

    It's common knowledge that injecting drugs like heroin poses a huge risk for transmission of the HIV virus. In fact, around 30 percent of all HIV infections worldwide (outside sub-Saharan and African areas) occur through this method. But a new study ...

    ... this method. But a new study indicates that occasional IV heroin use after HIV transmission could actually worsen the symptoms of this illness much more than regular IV heroin use . But how is this possible? HIV and ... continue reading
  • Gabapentin Abuse: Symptoms, Effects, Overdose & Treatment

    What is Gabapentin Neurontin? Gabapentin Neurontin is an anticonvulsant that comes in a capsule, tablet, and oral solution. It is used to manage certain seizure disorders, as well as the neuropathic pain phenomenon known as post-herpetic neuralgia ...

    ... warns that mixing gabapentin with alcohol or other drugs can make you sleepy or dizzy, or increase these symptoms. 2 Can You Overdose on Gabapentin? Like opiates, you can fatally overdose on gabapentin. 4 However, unlike ... continue reading
  • Marijuana (Weed, Cannabis) Overdose Symptoms, Signs & Treatment

    Marijuana is a very popular drug—and a legal one in several states—yet many people don't realize it still carries risks and the possibility of harm in excessive quantities. Signs and Symptoms of Marijuana Overdose While rare, a marijuana ...

    ... . Some of these are could have an impact mentally, heart related and lead to pale skin. Signs and symptoms of marijuana overdose might include 1,2 : Extreme anxiety or panic attacks. Psychotic reactions in which someone ... 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 ...

    ... overdose so you can get the help you or a loved one needs—and possibly save a life. Signs and Symptoms of Drug Overdose The physical and psychological signs of a drug overdose can vary depending on the type of drug taken ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Overdose: Signs, Symptoms, and Addiction Treatment

    Cocaine overdose can be a serious concern for anyone who uses cocaine. This article will help you understand what a cocaine overdose is, cocaine overdose effects, and potential risk factors for cocaine overdose. We will also discuss what you can do ...

    ... , and dangerous; fentanyl is a major cause of overdose in the United States. 8 What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Cocaine Overdose? A cocaine overdose can pose serious risks to your physical and mental health. 2 Some of ... continue reading
  • Total Alcohol Consumption in 2021

    How to Find Help for Alcohol Misuse or Addiction If you or a loved one is struggling with alcohol misuse, it may be time to seek help. Professional alcohol treatment programs can give anyone battling addiction the tools needed to face life's ...

    How to Find Help for Alcohol Misuse or Addiction If you or a loved one is struggling with alcohol misuse, it may be time to seek help. Professional alcohol treatment programs can give anyone battling addiction the tools ... continue reading
  • Gabapentin: New Drug of Abuse for People in Treatment? Risk vs. Reward

    According to the latest Census in 2015, the United States has a total population of 321 million people. In the same year, 57 million prescriptions for gabapentin were written. Gabapentin , or its brand name Neurontin , is an anti-seizure medication ...

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  • 9 Mind-Blowing Facts About W-18

    Just when we thought things couldn't get any worse than fentanyl … The street-drug market has a new player - and it's even deadlier than previous killers. W-18 won't deliver a great high; it will, however, deliver death. Introducing W-18 Here are ...

    ... face being overdosed with this drug immediately and would need immediate medical attention.” Fatal Symptoms: The symptoms of W-18 exposure include feeling sleepy, trouble breathing, clammy skin, and unresponsiveness. You ... continue reading
  • Heroin Abuse

    About Heroin Abuse What Is Heroin? Heroin is a substance that is both illegal and extremely addictive . The substance derives from opium from the poppy plant before it is refined to morphine, then further chemically modified to become heroin. ...

    ... on the type of heroin your teen is using, you may even be able to smell the drug. Signs and Symptoms Signs and symptoms of heroin abuse will depend on how much you use, how often and how long it has been abused for ... continue reading
  • Opiate Addiction Withdrawal

    Opiates—sometimes interchangeably referred to as opioids and narcotics—are a broad class of drugs. They are widely used legally and abused illicitly, and include many substances that are synthesized from a handful of opiate precursors found in ...

    ... drug like methadone will require up to 21 days to end this acute withdrawal phase. 6 The withdrawal symptoms do not necessarily end here, though. In some instances, an extended withdrawal period may continue long after ... continue reading
  • Marijuana Withdrawal

    Marijuana (cannabis, weed, grass, hashish) is the most widely used illicit drug in the United States. According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an estimated 8.4% of all Americans over the age of 12 (22.2 million people) used ...

    ... these may be part of what is known as a post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS). Such long-lasting withdrawal symptoms may make it more challenging to quit using marijuana. A recent study showed that heavy users who try to ... continue reading
  • Cocaine Withdrawal

    According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), nearly 5 million people 12 and older abused cocaine within the year prior to the 2012 survey. Cocaine abuse is associated with numerous risks that include, but are not limited to 1 : Increased ...

    ... Cravings. Extinction . This final stage can continue for 6 months. It will show a decrease in most symptoms. The symptoms of this phase include: Low mood. Some cravings. There is some evidence to suggest the presence of ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Heroin Addict

    More than 590,000 people had a heroin use disorder in the U.S. in 2015, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. If you or someone you love is addicted to heroin, you're not alone, and there is help available. Approaching Someone About ...

    ... them may feel unsure of how to deal with the issue. Addiction to heroin can cause a number of distressing symptoms, and chances are the person wants to stop but doesn't know how deal with the addiction or continues using ... continue reading
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    ... both physically and psychologically. Physical drug abuse signs may be exhibited in an array of physical symptoms including an increase in blood pressure and heart rate, loss of coordination, marked fatigue and headaches ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... , or school because I'm taking this drug in excess? 5. Do I have withdrawal symptoms when I try to stop this drug? 6. Do I get withdrawal symptoms when I have not taken the drug at a regular time or in a high dose ... 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 ...

    ... guidance, prevention, and policy efforts need to be implemented to warn young adults about the dangers of regular consumption of energy drinks. Additional Reading: Turns Out Abusing ADHD Meds Won't Get You on the Dean's ... continue reading
  • Holiday Highs and Lows

    For many Americans, the end of the year brings images of happy families gathered around a Christmas tree, big dinners of turkey and stuffing, holiday music, and cozy fires. For others, the holidays can be a much darker and more difficult time - a ...

    ... 84 percent - were moderately to overwhelmingly stressed during the holidays. Does increased stress lead to more alcohol consumption? The answer is complex. The theory that people drink to reduce tension - and that life's ... continue reading
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    Three out of five college students actively drink alcohol, and more than half of them practice binge drinking - or drinking enough to significantly raise blood alcohol content (BAC) levels in a short span of time. Typically, this means four drinks ...

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  • The Effects of Alcohol on the Body

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    ... heavily can take a heavy toll on your body. Effects of Alcohol on the Mouth, Throat and Esophagus Alcohol consumption and its effects start with the point of entry. Alcohol is an irritant; it burns when it touches any ... continue reading
  • Cocaine History and Statistics

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

    ... billion of the drug per year. However, the RAND corporation estimates that from 2006 to 2010, US cocaine consumption decreased by about 50%. Furthermore, this drop in use was specific to cocaine, as RAND estimated that ... 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, ...

    ... activity throughout brain regions that mediate reward and regulate feeding behavior. The result, in most cases, is increased consumption . In fact, two-thirds of the study group went on to eat more - most of them ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... injuries, and automobile accidents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has estimated that excessive alcohol consumption costs the U.S. $224 billion every year . Most of this cost is due to people being ... continue reading
  • An Uncomfortable Truth: Drug Abuse Raises STD Rates

    A new study claims that swingers play a major role in the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) but, in addition to the sex, it's their drug abuse that is ultimately contributing to this increase. Linking Drugs and STDs Researchers at the ...

    ... were 3 times more likely than non-drinkers to test positive for HPV. It's suggested that heavy alcohol consumption could weaken immune responses to HPV. If you or someone you know struggles with drug or alcohol misuse ... continue reading
  • Listen To Your Gut: It Could Save Your Liver

    Do you know what's swimming around in your gut? Bacteria. What else is in there? Antibiotics. And no , not prescription meds like doctors give you for an infection. Your body actually produces natural antibiotics that kill the bacteria roaming ...

    ... the natural order of things. What messes up this natural balance is alcohol. A recent study reveals our consumption of alcohol affects gut bacteria, which in turn ruins our liver. Breaking Down the “Knowns” and “Unknowns ... continue reading
  • Crack History and Statistics

    Crack cocaine is a highly addictive drug of abuse that has intense stimulant properties. Typically, the user will feel a rush of excitement and energy that accompanies the euphoric delivered by the substance. Crack is a type of cocaine. This means ...

    ... the age of 12 have used cocaine. Less than 10 million people over the age of 12 have used it. Consumption of both crack and cocaine has dropped slightly over the last two years. Crack use amounts to roughly one quarter ... continue reading
  • Methamphetamine History and Statistics

    Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant drug, originally synthesized for therapeutic use but now found predominantly as a recreational drug of abuse. Though it is a drug that is FDA-approved and prescribed for attention-deficit/ ...

    ... rate. According to the graph below, there is not a strong relationship between purity and rates of consumption - with Japan and Switzerland leading in high purity levels. In the US, the Drug Enforcement Administration ... 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 ...

    ... 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 simple tips—they'll help you develop healthy habits and avoid falling into ... continue reading
  • Here’s What You Need to Know About Pink

    After a simple search online, Ryan Ainsworth and Grant Seaver ordered a bag of U-47700, a.ka. “ pink .” The powder arrived from Shanghai at their friend's house, as planned. What happened next was not planned. The two 13-year-old best friends ...

    ... in some cases, these may have hand-written labels Boxes, vials, or plastic baggies labeled “Not for Human Consumption” or “For Research Purposes Only” Pay attention to any packages shipped to your house, especially those ... continue reading
  • Who's Smoking Weed These Days? You Asked, the CDC Answered

    Close your eyes. Picture someone smoking pot. What do they look like? Most importantly, how old are they? Did you drum up an image of a teen experimenting with drugs? A college student? If so, your image needs some updating. The Centers for Disease ...

    ... s be honest; a ten percent drop in usage is pretty encouraging. In Other News… While teens may be slowing down their consumption of pot, the nation as a whole is not. In 2014, 2.5 million Americans over the age of 12 had ... continue reading
  • Marijuana Mouth: Worse Than Meth Mouth?

    Kim is 38-years-old; she had been smoking weed since college. Her dentist could tell. Kim had a bad case of gingivitis. Her gums were swollen and red. Her long-term use of marijuana had wrecked her dental hygiene. If nothing changes, Kim's mouth ...

    ... With an insatiable urge to eat all the junk food in the kitchen, the munchies virtually guarantee heavy sugar consumption. Eating a lot of sugary or fatty foods without proper follow-up dental care can quickly result in ... 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 ...

    ... , but they aren't legal at ABC licensed establishments. The ABC Act clearly prohibits the public consumption of cannabis and cannabis products, so these events are not legit under current California regulations. With ... 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 ...

    ... age 10 and older from 1985 to 2011. Identifying Additional Influences The researchers also discovered excessive alcohol consumption in the womb wasn't the only cause of early-life contact with the justice system. Further ... 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 ...

    ... its first safe room in October 2012. The facility offers local citizens supervised, state-funded drug consumption rooms. Each provides patrons with round-the-clock medical personnel and a clean environment. Thanks to ... continue reading
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    With this help of Google Trends, this unique analysis looks at the illicit trade, economics, and consumption of cocaine on a global scale. continue reading
  • The State of Alcohol In America

    These days, picking your poison can get pretty complicated. Americans are drinking more frequently and intensely than ever before and selecting from an ever-expanding array of options. The craft beer explosion continues—there are more than 5,200 ...

    ... , users posted more often about brews. This result indicates that posting activity roughly mirrors real consumption habits, with recent polls suggesting beer remains the alcoholic beverage of choice for most Americans ... continue reading
  • Meth and Pregnancy

    As methamphetamine use continues to rise, so do treatment and hospital admissions. In 2012, meth ranked first in drug-related treatment admissions in Hawaii and San Diego. 4 Females have also been found to start using meth at a younger age and use ...

    ... and alcohol. 6 These substances can have additional devastating effects on the fetus. For example, alcohol consumption can lead to fetal alcohol syndrome , which is irreversible. Effects of Methamphetamine on a Baby Meth ... continue reading
  • What Could Illicit Drug Synthesis Expose You To?

    For the 44 million Americans aged 12 and older who used illicit drugs in 2014, the associated health risks are grave. But there's another risk that accompanies illegally manufactured substances - the exposure to hazardous chemicals. Clandestine drug ...

    ... world's deadliest drug , is made from ingredients like iodine, lighter fluid, and cleaning products. Consumption can cause gangrene and rotting flesh. “Bath salts,” a synthetic crystalline substance, can cause extreme ... continue reading
  • Drug Arrests Across America

    The Current Drug Landscape An estimated 24.6 million Americans aged 12 or over used an illicit drug in 2013. That's 9.4% of the population. 1 The number was similar in 2012 (9.2%), and in that year the FBI reports that there were 1.5 million drug ...

    ... were issued. 9 At the same rally this year, that number rose to 130 (92 of which were for public consumption of marijuana). 10 It is, after all, still prohibited in Denver to smoke marijuana in public places. If we map ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Oxycontin and Alcohol Abuse

    OxyContin is the brand name for the prescription opioid oxycodone , used for the relief of pain that cannot be effectively managed by other, less potent medications, including over-the-counter pain relievers. OxyContin is available as an ...

    ... opioid derived from the opioid alkaloid thebaine . It is intended to be swallowed as a whole pill . Moderate alcohol consumption is considered to be 1 drink per day for women and up to 2 drinks per day for men . Drinking ... continue reading
  • 5 Lies We’re Told About High-Functioning Alcoholics

    When you hear the term “alcoholic,” people automatically think of someone who drinks too much and whose life is falling apart as a result. But not all problem drinking can be defined within those parameters. Some people can abuse alcohol, yet ...

    ... becoming intoxicated, experiencing sudden lapses in memory, an inability to concentrate, hiding the evidence of consumption and finishing the drinks of others. “HFAs don't need to seek help.” Many high-functioning ... 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 ...

    ... are designed with attractive packaging, given innocuous names, and labeled “for novelty use only” or “not for human consumption.” Once they are consumed by humans (since you know that's really what they are created for ... continue reading
  • Mirror, Mirror: Aging Early Courtesy of Alcohol

    $2.1 billion. That's how much we spent on anti-aging skin care products in 2013. And that's just in the United States. Guess how much Americans spent on cosmetic surgery that year? $12 billion. Clearly, we want to look young and beautiful. Who ...

    ... accelerates the aging process. Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, we speed towards wrinkles. Reducing our alcohol consumption can help us avoid the following alcohol aging effects . Wrinkled Skin Most of us know that ... continue reading
  • Home Alone: Binge-Drinking and Motherhood

    Not too long ago, I had dinner with one of my high-school friends - someone I hadn't seen in several years. I remember thinking she had a picture-perfect Facebook life - a hot husband, two beautiful kids and an enormous house in Scottsdale. That's ...

    ... of six drinks per occasion, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention . The increase in alcohol consumption isn't limited to young singles. In a recent study of 1,250 adults, those with children living ... 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 ...

    ... on Drugs”—an initiative created by the Nixon Administration intended to discourage the production, distribution and consumption of illegal drugs. Nixon considered drug abuse “public enemy number one” and sent the message ... continue reading
  • The Cost of Drugs in the NFL

    Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Athletes playing in professional sports leagues often seek every available opportunity to gain a competitive edge. With so much pressure placed on winning, performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) such as steroids ...

    ... to or over 35 ng/ml, as per the new 2014 policy. However, it's important to remember that the regular consumption of any drugs of abuse can often affect both the stress and reward systems of the brain, precipitating the ... continue reading
  • Emergency Room Injuries

    Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Accidental injuries are an unavoidable and unfortunate part of life. Try as we may to avoid it, there comes a time in everyone's life where a simple mistake or unforeseeable event turns into a bump, bruise, or ...

    ... and young children. In many cases, these injuries are attributed to inadequate or ineffective supervision or accidental consumption of drugs left out by adults. While it's tough to be certain, one might speculate that ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Statistics

    Statisticians analyze numerical information on subjects as varied as medicine, politics and even commercial retail sales - allowing researchers to investigate trends and test new ideas. As the phenomenon of substance abuse stubbornly continues to ...

    ... down in the 10 year period beginning in 2002, which saw 17,419 vehicle deaths attributed to alcohol consumption. This is a continuation of a trend beginning around 1980, when 60% of vehicle fatalities were attributed to ... 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 ...

    ... and reward,' which becomes a danger to their health.” Are We a Nation of Drinkers? Rates of alcohol consumption in Australia are rising for both men and women. According to new research published in the Medical Journal ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Hydrocodone Abuse

    The Problem of Alcohol and Hydrocodone Abuse Both alcohol and hydrocodone are relatively safe when used appropriately and in moderation. When used excessively or when combined, these substances can create volatile and unpredictable outcomes. Alcohol ...

    ... intoxicating effects. Learn more about the effects of hydrocodone and alcohol misuse . Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol With Hydrocodone Combined Effects of Hydrocodone and Alcohol Alcohol and hydrocodone work differently ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Heroin Abuse

    Dangers of Abusing Alcohol and Heroin The dangerous combination of alcohol and heroin gets widespread publicity every year from tragedies that remind the public how alcohol amplifies the already powerful effects of heroin on the central nervous ...

    ... of drinking due to heroin use, he/she can easily drink to the point of blood alcohol poisoning. Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol With Heroin If you suspect someone in your life of abusing alcohol and heroin , look for these ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Crack Abuse

    Concurrent Alcohol and Crack Abuse In the mid 1980s, crack cocaine use exploded across the United States. In 1974, 5 million people had tried cocaine. By 1985, more than 22 million people had tried cocaine, with more than half of them reporting ...

    ... 15 minutes. Crack cocaine produces powerful effects that, in some cases, can result in sudden death. Signs and Symptoms Crack speeds up the body's metabolism, which means that it sends the signals alcohol produces more ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Cocaine Abuse

    Concurrent Alcohol and Cocaine Abuse Cocaine is a profoundly addictive stimulant drug that produces euphoria, increased energy, and talkativeness. It is most often snorted or dissolved in water and injected into a vein. Due to the short duration of ...

    ... different reasons: To decrease the feeling of drunkenness. To intensify the cocaine high. To ease the unwanted symptoms of coming down from cocaine. Cocaine might seem like a great partner to alcohol, but it actually can ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Bath Salts Abuse

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

    ... true low that features paranoia, depression and agitation—along with a craving for the euphoria again. Signs and Symptoms If you are wondering if someone you love is abusing bath salts, look for these signs of concurrent ... continue reading
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