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  • Do I Have to Hit Rock Bottom Before I Get Help?

    No! Hitting rock bottom is not a prerequisite to seeking help for substance abuse; help is available whenever you are ready for it. Unfortunately, statistics show that many people who are struggling with substance abuse will not seek help until they ...

    ... whenever you are ready for it. Unfortunately, statistics show that many people who are struggling with ... the consequences to yourself and others and/or pushing the responsibility of your addiction onto others in your ... continue reading
  • Location, Location: “Dry” Counties Have Higher Meth Abuse Rates

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

    ... meth use . Need more proof? Take a look at these statistics: Nearly half of the 75 counties in Arkansas are dry, ... illicit drug. Oklahoma counties are about one-third dry and the state also has meth as its most commonly ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage I

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

    ... avoiding the emotional pain, the root cause of the trauma tends to grow and eventually overcomes whatever relief the substances provide, leading to the vicious cycle of addiction . The bottom line is this: Whatever the ... continue reading
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  • Popular Drugs By Demographic

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

    ... , and the abuse of bath salts continue to be concerns among this age group. These statistics are not ... a substance abuse problem, don't be a statistic. Get help and regain control over your life. Our helpline advisors ... continue reading
  • Supervised Heroin Shooting Galleries: Coming to a Public Housing Site?

    Vancouver is facing an unprecedented number of opioid overdoses, prompting the government's housing partners to launch a new effort in hopes of curbing this deadly trend. The goal is to get intravenous drug users to use in designated supervised ...

    ... staff responded to 2,026 overdoses in 2016 and almost 600 in 2017. The Canadian housing authority ... been told to avoid enabling someone who's struggling with an addiction - that the person should be allowed to hit “rock ... continue reading
  • 7 Things You Don’t Realize About Teenage Drug Abuse.

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

    ... menstrual cycles. #7. Diminished Mental Capacity Drug use and mental health problems often go hand-in-hand. Sometimes, mental health issues like anxiety, depression, or trauma lead to drug use; other times, the reverse ... continue reading
  • New Bone Loss Study Points the Finger at Marijuana

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

    ... for Disease Control. Their data revealed that “middle aged and older adults are more likely to smoke marijuana than teens.” This makes for a concerning mash-up of statistics. People in the age bracket most susceptible to ... continue reading
  • Curing Alcoholism: We’re Finally Putting MDMA to the Test

    It seems ironic that one of the first drugs I used on my way to full-blown addiction is now being used in a study to cure alcoholism. Last week, UK researchers from Imperial College of London broke the news they were about to begin the world's first ...

    ... who are alcoholics have suffered some sort of trauma in their past and this plays a role in their addiction.” He said that modern psychiatry practice is failing and 90 percent of chronic drinkers - which they class ... continue reading
  • DEA Finally Acknowledges the Heroin Epidemic

    According to recent statistics gathered during a detailed research investigation - a project aptly dubbed The National Heroin Threat Assessment - the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administrations (DEA) reports that the availability and abuse of heroin is ...

    ... statistics gathered during a detailed research investigation - a project aptly dubbed The National Heroin Threat Assessment - the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administrations (DEA) reports that the availability and ... a statistic ... 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 ...

    ... users aren't thinking about their dental hygiene 15 or 20 years from now. But considering the potential effects, maybe they should. Learn more about the history and statistics of marijuana abuse . Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • The Siver Lining for Meth-Exposed Newborns Starts Here

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

    ... know that meth-exposed newborns have a chance to grow and mature normally, it's worth nothing that those benefits ... negative statistics . How should others respond to this study? The principle for a safe and supportive ... continue reading
  • Dying to Get High: Half of 2014 U.S. Drug Deaths Caused By Opiates

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

    ... died from opioid overdoses . To put these alarming statistics into perspective, more people use prescription drugs than cocaine, heroin, MDMA and methamphetamine combined. And because the DEA report shows that more than ... 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 ...

    ... died lost an average of 14.2 years off their life, and the lost productivity cost the U.S. economy $6.6 billion. Even worse, all of these statistics are likely an underestimate due to inherent issues in using statistical ... continue reading
  • Benzo Epidemic: A Killer Hiding in the Shadow of Opioids

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

    ... these drugs shouldn't be overlooked. While we've been focused on opioids, benzo abuse statistics have exploded: Between 1996 and 2013, benzo overdoses increased more than 500 percent. Xanax is the number one prescribed ... continue reading
  • Opiates, Overdose and Permanent Brain Damage

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

    ... arrive, tilt the victim's head back, pinch the nose, and seal their mouth with yours. Breathe out two short breaths, ... permanent brain damage. Learn more about the statistics and reality of substance abuse . Image Source: ... continue reading
  • The Dangerous (and Deadly) Effects of Spice

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

    ... . These numbers are ten times higher than those for the same time period in 2014. And these are just New York State's statistics . The New England Journal of Medicine has reported large-spread usage resulting in severe ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... drugs and alcohol ... continue reading
  • Imagining Life Without My Daughter Pushed Me to the Edge

    Lisa's mom, Jane, was at the end of her rope. For the third time in eight weeks, she had to go pick up her drunk daughter. Jane was exhausted and she certainly wasn't looking forward to seeing Lisa go through the detox process again. She wanted to ...

    ... abuse issues , Lisa went through some pretty severe traumas. Her father died as a result of his alcohol ... a peaceful existence, one without 2 a.m. drunk phone calls and rushed trips to the city (an hour away) to pick up ... continue reading
  • Portrait of the American Overdose: Do You Fit the Profile?

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

    ... . Get help if you need it. Addiction and recovery resources are available across the country. Don't let yourself or someone you love become an overdose statistic. Additional Reading: Record-Breaking Number of Overdoses ... 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 ...

    ... that about 20 million people suffering from an addiction to drugs or alcohol went untreated. Those ... and Statistics. (2015). Alcohol Facts and Statistics . 5. Morentin, Benito, Javier Ballesteros, Luis F. Callado, and ... continue reading
  • Heroin Facts – Because Knowing is Half the Battle

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

    ... of heroin abuse is directly related to painkiller addiction . In fact, doctors wrote 259 million ... pay for the drug. Statistics show theft is common, as is borrowing money, prostitution and burglary. Personality Changes ... continue reading
  • It’s Official: Heroin is Deadlier Than Bullets

    It looks like our nation has found a “bullet” deadlier than the traditional calibers. As of 2015, heroin is killing more people than guns. This shift in statistics has happened rather quickly. In 2007, gun homicides outnumbered heroin deaths 5 ...

    ... - heroin. Response From the Top These alarming statistics haven't gone unnoticed in Washington. Congress recently ... , the funds will be used for opioid addiction prevention and treatment programs, while another $4.8 billion ... continue reading
  • Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There’s Good News and Bad News

    It's no secret that the abuse of prescription opioid painkillers, like OxyContin and Percocet , has reached epidemic levels in the United States. But a recently published study highlights a strange trend: Non-medical use of opiates has decreased, ...

    ... 7.8 per 100,000 people, according to national statistics. And the proportion of opioid users with a use disorder ... center treatment options. Treatment of opioid addiction frequently requires medication, like the opioid ... continue reading
  • Welcome to a New Tramadol Nightmare

    People seeking safe opiate detox in Alaska were recently left out in the cold - in more ways than one. Only two state facilities currently offer detox services to Alaskans - and both of them were recently shut down, thanks to one of the DEAs newer ...

    ... the cold - in more ways than one. Only two state facilities currently offer detox services to Alaskans - and both of them were recently shut down, thanks to one of the DEAs newer classification regulations. Red Tape to ... 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 ...

    ... statistics and ... and nausea,” said CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta. “Even considering this, it is hard to make a case that it has a high potential for abuse. The physical symptoms of marijuana addiction ... 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 (STD), 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 ...

    ... to the scientists, were defined as “heterosexuals who, as a couple, practice mate swapping or group sex, and/or visit sex clubs for couples.” The researchers found that 48 percent of the swingers used recreational drugs ... continue reading
  • Shocking Report: Bars and Liquor Stores Impact Suicide Rates

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

    ... statistics show a whopping 25 percent involve alcohol. Because alcohol is a depressant , it can increase already existing depression and ... health and addiction issues, going on to lead fulfilling, sober lives. And you ... continue reading
  • Yay or Nay: Is the Opioid Epidemic a Conspiracy?

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

    ... prescriptions were written in this country. With statistics like these, we can easily classify our nation ... of non-cancer patients on opiates show signs of addiction and that opiates aren't an effective method of treating ... continue reading
  • Closing Candy Land: Our Vets are Stuck in the VA’s Revolving Door

    Across our nation, the brave men and women who defended its freedoms are suffering. The burden they bear isn't regret, loss, emotional trauma or illness…even though all of these things may be present. No, the cargo many of them carry is the weight ...

    ... and women who defended its freedoms are suffering. The burden they bear isn't regret, loss, emotional trauma or ... worst drug addiction epidemic in the country's history, killing more people than heroin and crack cocaine.” ... continue reading
  • 6 Things to Look for in Addiction Treatment Centers for Women

    Drug addiction impacts men and women in different ways, which is why there are many women-only addiction treatment centers. Women who have issues with men or simply want the support of other women may feel more comfortable attending a treatment ...

    ... addresses the physical and psychological aspects of addiction as well as the spiritual and social components. Treatment centers for women typically offer therapies to address any emotional or sexual traumas that may have ... 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 ...

    ... legalize the drug for medical use . The results also affirm the importance of including both men and women in future studies on marijuana's effectiveness. Withdrawal: Women are likely to experience more severe withdrawal ... continue reading
  • Who Will Win the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge?

    $6.5 million is up for grabs. The state of Ohio recently launched its Opioid Technology Challenge, calling on healthcare providers, scientists, and entrepreneurs. The goal is to generate ideas that can be developed into solutions to curb the ...

    ... The Birth of Innovation The Opioid Technology Challenge initiative is in response to the staggering addiction and overdose statistics we're currently experiencing across the nation. An estimated 91 Americans die each day ... continue reading
  • 5 Scary Facts You Didn’t Know About Prescription Opioid Painkillers

    An opioid epidemic has swept the nation. Every day in America, approximately 50 people die from overdosing on prescription painkillers. Over the course of a year, that number grows to 18,250—which is enough to fill every seat at Madison Square ...

    ... of 18 , they are more likely to develop addictions in adulthood. From a public health standpoint this could ... , be given higher doses, and use the drugs longer-term. These statistics are haunting when you consider ... continue reading
  • Rapper’s Shocking On-Stage Antics are Cause for Concern

    A Florida rapper by the name of “Stitches” has earned a name for himself as of late, but for all the wrong reasons. The joker-like face tattoos are enough to take most people aback, but it's the lyrics to Stitches' music and his on-stage ...

    ... aback, but it's the lyrics to Stitches' music and his on-stage cocaine-fueled antics that have local parents ... who are willing to pay up to $60 for meet-and-greets with him after local performances. The rapper has also ... continue reading
  • 3 Things You Should Never Say to an Addict

    If someone you love is addicted to drugs or alcohol, then you're no stranger to heartache and worry. In addition to those feelings, bitterness and disappointment are probably unfortunate staples of your home. Life kind of becomes a pressure cooker; ...

    ... abuse and addiction. ... addictions, but most need help . You can't just will away a condition that has literally reprogrammed your loved one's brain chemistry. On top of his physical issues, there's a ton of emotional trauma ... continue reading
  • Warning: 3 Dangerous Suboxone Interactions to Avoid

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

    ... and reduces the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. Although Suboxone has assisted thousands of individuals struggling with opioid addiction ... . According to statistics gathered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services ... continue reading
  • Meet Cocaine and Her Wicked Step-Child, Crack

    What's the difference in cocaine and crack? If you're like a lot of people, you know there is a difference between the two…you just don't really know what that “difference” is. Let's take a look at what makes these two drugs similar, but ...

    ... 3-5 minutes. The main difference in cocaine and crack is the length of the high. ... and high-dose use, creating a deadly cycle of addiction and wreaking havoc on the body systems. Learn more about the history and statistics ... continue reading
  • New Drug Testing Technology Makes Urine Samples a Thing of the Past

    Breathe on this. Spit on that. Provide a urine sample. You know the drill. The methods of drug testing are relatively common and well-known. From breathalyzers to blood tests, most people are familiar with the process…but all that's about it ...

    ... a viable test for drivers? That's something that remains to be seen. What we do know is this quick and effective method is likely set to revolutionize the world of drug testing. Additional Reading: We're One Step Closer ... continue reading
  • What’s New in the World of Tamper-Proof Bottles? (Does it Matter?)

    One in 20 Americans are popping pills that have been prescribed for someone else. And the CDC reports that most misused prescription opioids are obtained from family members - many of them stolen from medicine cabinets. We Need Solutions This abuse ...

    ... it is to limit that access. Larry Twersky, CEO of TimerCap, LLC, noted , “Now you have a detection and a deterrent because people know that they can get caught by opening up your medication.” But Do Bottles Really Work ... 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 ...

    ... a new one, so he continued to drink - all the way until his death a few short months later. Alcoholism and Liver Disease In 2015, more than 21,000 Americans died due to complications of Alcoholic Liver Disease (ALD), a ... continue reading
  • 21 Powerful Tips to Get and Stay Sober

    The time is now to make a change, and stick to it . The following 21 tips will help you get and stay sober in 2017. 1. Live in the now. You cannot change yesterday or control tomorrow. Focus on doing your best right now. 2. Seek support in nature. ...

    ... to work on every day. 12. Be good to yourself. Addiction beats you up. Now that you're in recovery, treat yourself ... you to be better and reach new heights. 21. Don't stress over discouraging statistics. You are an ... continue reading
  • Is This New Drug the Holy Grail of All Pain Relievers?

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

    ... they did not exhibit the same behaviors with the new drug. Hope For the Future With fewer side effects and great pain-relieving results, this new drug could have a huge impact on the millions suffering from chronic pain ... continue reading
  • Record-Breaking Number of Overdoses Traced Back to Bad Heroin

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

    ... grind to a halt. The heroin/fentanyl combo is also one that sets in quickly. Effects are felt almost instantly and collapse occurs in a matter of seconds. Simply put; most people don't realize they've injected a lethal ... continue reading
  • Can’t Sleep? Try Putting Down the Marijuana (Seriously)

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

    ... s Not a Sleep-Aid As of 2016, half our nation's states have legalized marijuana for medical and/or recreational use. More and more patients are turning to marijuana to ease ailments, but a recent study shows sleep issues ... continue reading
  • New Programs Aimed at Appalachian Opioid Crisis

    A crushing avalanche is crippling Appalachian communities, but it's not the mountainous disaster you might think. This avalanche is a deadly onslaught of opioids . In 2014, the seven Appalachian states accounted for more than a fifth of nationwide ...

    ... with the lack of workers in the area to treat addiction and you get rising numbers of overdose deaths . Avalanche Control In response to these crushing statistics, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Appalachian ... 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 ...

    ... the smoke, impaired as they recover from the exposure. Now picture this : You're at a friend's house and someone lights a joint. Sitting next to this person, you inhale secondhand marijuana smoke for 60 seconds. For the ... continue reading
  • Don’t Do Me Any Favors: When Sharing Means Anything But Caring

    Tom fell off a ladder and hurt his back. His doctor gave him a prescription for Percocet , a powerful opioid painkiller. He only took a couple and now he's got ten pills left over in a bottle sitting in his medicine cabinet. If this scenario (or a ...

    ... hurt his back. His doctor gave him a prescription for Percocet , a powerful opioid painkiller. He only took a couple and now he's got ten pills left over in a bottle sitting in his medicine cabinet. If this scenario (or ... continue reading
  • Pay Attention: 7 Red Flags of a Xanax Overdose

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

    ... stop your breathing entirely. Stay Alert, Save a Life The threat of overdose is more common than you think. Xanax and other benzodiazepines were involved in 31 percent of all overdose deaths in 2013. If someone you know ... continue reading
  • 5 Reasons Driving on Benzos is Just a Bad Idea

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

    ... both. Recent research shows that benzodiazepines - like Xanax and Vailum - increase the risk of traffic accidents by ... group of symptoms that includes dizziness, light-headedness and unsteadiness. It's also a side effect of ... continue reading
  • Ruthless Drug Dealer Ordered to Pay for His Client’s Funeral

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

    ... In November, Chandler was sentenced to nearly 17 years in prison after pleading guilty to drug possession and distribution of the heroin and fentanyl that lead to J.H.'s death. But the story doesn't end there. Chandler's ... continue reading
  • Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About a Resurgence of Cocaine in the U.S.?

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

    ... overdose deaths last year in New York. What to Expect The DEA believes the recent surge in the production and distribution of cocaine will lead to its increased use. As that number grows, officials expect not only to see ... continue reading
  • Sorry – Drones Can't Legally Deliver Your Weed

    What happens when a new law is put into place? Dozens of other rulings follow suit to regulate the ramifications of the first law. As each new scenario pops up, lawmakers create another regulation to deal with it. The legislation process sure does ...

    ... sure does keep policymakers busy. It also ties up a ton of taxpayer money in more unnecessary paper pushing and rule creation. The Evolution of Marijuana Laws The legalization of marijuana is a perfect sample of this law ... continue reading
  • 15-Minutes of Narcan Internet Fame Leaves Permanent Scars

    Imagine overdosing in public, prompting police officers to administer Narcan - the powerful opiate antidote - to save your life. Now imagine this entire experience being captured on video and streamed across the Internet. Strangers witnessing your ...

    ... happened in public they can do what they want with it,” Bonner said. “They got him through the overdose and now they're prosecuting him when what he really needs is help.” The police department defended its decision to ... continue reading
  • What's Your Generation’s Drug of Choice? Let’s Find Out…

    Every generation has its trends. From hairstyles, to music, and yes, even drugs. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) has been studying the drug habits of Americans for decades. Their survey results reveal patterns of drug use among ...

    ... drug preferences, as well as the age at which each generation used various substances the most (their peak). And the survey says… Baby Boomers Alcohol: Just like the other two generations, alcohol tops the charts as the ... continue reading
  • A Straight Story on the Real Dangers of Xanax

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

    ... get it. It's so easy to get hooked; it's so easy to fly under the radar. But Xanax is addictive and it's dangerous, especially when mixed with alcohol. If you're hooked on benzos, here's my advice: Talk to your treatment ... continue reading
  • Can a Judge Order Me Not to Get Pregnant?

    A judge in New York recently ordered a woman who's addicted to drugs not to get pregnant. While no one would argue that someone with an extreme drug problem should get pregnant, there are complex issues involved in ordering someone not to conceive ...

    ... argue that the government would be better off helping women take care of basic needs, both physical and mental, than regulating their reproductive systems. However, others argue that mandating a woman not get pregnant is ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... W-18, which is 100 times more potent. It can also be cut with cocaine or other drugs in unknown amounts. Pills and powders containing W-18 are created in homemade labs, so the strength of the drug isn't known until it's ... 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. ...

    ... Michigan's 2014 Monitoring the Future survey are out and show no significant increase in marijuana use among ... 8 th graders, 16.6 percent among 10 th graders and 21.2 percent among 12 th graders. There are two ... continue reading
  • Let’s Talk Truth: Exactly How Long Do Drugs Stay in Your System?

    If you throw back a beer on Friday night, it's out of your system by Monday morning. But, what about other drugs? Most drugs linger a bit longer than alcohol. In fact, some of them stick around for a long time. This slower processing can surprise ...

    ... her job if she fails a drug screen. One night, her cousin offers her some ecstasy . She has never tried it before and asks how long it will affect her. With the next day off work, she's assured it will be long gone by ... continue reading
  • Do Safe Injection Sites Violate the Hippocratic Oath? One Nurse Says Yes

    Michael Hesch is a conscious sedation nurse. His job is to intravenously infuse fentanyl and other medicines during surgical procedures. If and when safe injection sites open in the United States, professionals like Hesch may be asked to work with ...

    ... build up on the valves of the heart.” Hersch also pointed out that these infections can last for months - and that's in a hospital setting where the patients are being treated properly. When asked if working at a safe ... 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 ...

    ... these women end up in prison?” Some of them had traumatic childhoods, some were victims of physical and/or sexual abuse and others had grown up visiting their loved ones in jail. The majority had substance abuse issues , ... continue reading
  • Inmates Receive Federal Funding to Re-enter Society Sober

    After years in prison, freedom is just around the corner. Tom served his time and will rejoin society soon. But what are his options? With no job and no money, Tom's likely to return to his previous lifestyle. He'll be surrounded by triggers and ...

    ... but they're still prisoners of addiction. Re-integrating into society is difficult, and many former inmates don't make ... corrections offices are working to improve these statistics. Officials in several counties applied for ... continue reading
  • Countering the Myths About Methadone: Is it Right for You?

    Methadone maintenance has been around for years as an effective treatment for opioid dependency . Yet, its use remains controversial, and there's seemingly no end to the myths and false information aimed at discouraging anyone from using it as a ...

    ... much is taken. Myth #3 - Methadone is Worse for You Than Heroin Methadone is a non-toxic medication, and studies have shown that people have used it as a treatment modality for decades without harm. However, methadone - ... continue reading
  • Don't Overestimate Your Heroin Tolerance - It Might Be the Last Thing You Do

    You may have heard about fentanyl, a synthetic opioid similar to morphine. What you may not have heard about, however, is the ultra-potent concentrated version of it: carfentanil . What We Know About Carfentanil Developed in the mid-1970s as a ...

    ... in humans is only 20 micrograms, which is the size of a grain of sand or the weight of about ten snowflakes. And the scary thing is, it doesn't necessarily need to be intentionally ingested. “If a person just gets it on ... continue reading
  • Teen Drug Abuse: The Warning Signs

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

    It is never easy to find out your teen is using drugs. Communication is a powerful tool for reducing and preventing teen drug abuse. Talking to your teens about drug use can help them make the decision not to use in the ... continue reading
  • Study Indicates Pot Really Can Lower Your IQ

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    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • Religious Rehab Holds Addicts Against Their Will in Guatemala

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    ... patients down. “When people arrive they can be very violent, and the only way to respond to that is with violence,” he ... Although there aren't any statistics on the effectiveness of addiction treatment in Guatemala, a 2012 ... continue reading
  • More Working Class Americans Hooked on Cognitive-Boosting Drugs

    I had just started studying for the Bar Exam when I realized the extent of legal information I'd have to retain wasn't humanly possible. Terrified of failing, I sought outside help in the form of a small white pill: Adderall . Within minutes of ...

    ... my brain processed information like I was a superhero. In fact, my 15-hour study days seemed to fly by, and I found I couldn't wait to crack open my Property textbook the next morning. Now, years into my career, I often ... continue reading
  • Dangers of IV Drug Use: What You Need to Know About Track Marks

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    ... the injection site, damage to the veins, lesions, and bruising. Effects of IV Drug Use A common effect of ... parts of the body, such as the neck, groin, hands and feet. Many IV drug users are conscious of their track marks ... continue reading
  • Counterfeit Prescription Drug Operations Thrive in the US

    Prescription drugs continue to remain big business in the United States. Last year alone, the total retail sales for prescription drugs filled at American pharmacies topped $259 billion. But as legal sales continue to rise, it's perhaps not too ...

    ... affordable price. Many will try to order them online from Canada, but 20/20 examined several of these outlets and found not only that they were selling impure drugs, but that the substances weren't even from Canada. That ... continue reading
  • Now the Family Dog is Smoking Weed?

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    ... she was adamantly clear that animals don't get high from ingesting these products. “It has truly been a miracle and I don't say that lightly,” said Kelly Conway, the owner of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who uses the ... continue reading
  • Childhood Traumas Haunt Many into Adulthood

    It's a widely accepted theory that some people are more susceptible to addiction than others. Many of those “at-risk” are labeled as such due to specific genetic or neurological issues. However, a recent study indicates that traumatic ...

    ... affect his or her adult life. In fact, these traumatic experiences are directly related to problem drinking in adolescence and drug/alcohol addiction in adulthood. So, what is it that puts these kids at risk for ... 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 ...

    ... deadly substance has made its way into our nation's illegal drug market. It's often disguised as heroin and can kill on contact. Just two milligrams is enough to kill 100 people. This synthetic opioid first appeared in ... continue reading
  • An Ultimate Guide to Understanding the Dangers of Spice

    “It's not bad for you, dude. It's all natural. It's just plant materials, so it can't hurt you,” a friend whispered in Dave's ear. Unfortunately for Dave, he believed his friend and they spent the next hour smoking Spice . The seizure Dave ...

    ... it can't hurt you,” a friend whispered in Dave's ear. Unfortunately for Dave, he believed his friend and they spent the next hour smoking Spice . The seizure Dave suffered a little while later certainly proved his friend ... continue reading
  • Can You Stay Calm…and Trash the Benzos?

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

    ... disorder. So What's Our Plan B? These alarming statistics are encouraging many to ask: Is there another way? ... and anxiety. For those seeking healthy, natural remedies to reduce anxiety (without the risk of addiction), ... continue reading
  • The Vicious Attack Against Suboxone Continues

    Buprenorphine, the generic name for Suboxone, is a medication used to treat opiate dependence - it helps minimize withdrawal symptoms. It's often an essential part of a person's recovery plan, mainly due to its accessibility. Users can attain it ...

    ... said yes, that's true. I asked was that for all forms of buprenorphine, including the films, Zubsolv, generics, etc., and he said yes, all of them… Starting to feel a little riled, I asked him if he thought that decision ... 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 ...

    ... intriguing findings of their analysis is that teens are no longer the leading age group when it comes to marijuana use. And the Winner Is… As of 2014 (the most recent year included in the study), 7.4 percent of 12 to 17 ... continue reading
  • States Move to Ban Synthetic Urine

    More and more states are moving to ban an increasingly popular mechanism used to defeat drug tests. Synthetic urine, otherwise known as fake pee, has come under fire with lawmakers , who say the liquid gives drug users a way to sidestep screening ...

    ... to pass it off as a legitimate urine sample. “People can basically use it to avoid consequence with their employers and probation officers,” Powell said. “If it's your job or you're going to probation or you're going to ... continue reading
  • German Electrical Plant Burns Pot for Energy

    What happens to confiscated pot? Does it go to Mary Jane jail somewhere? Is it donated to hospitals for medical research? Does it get tossed into the high seas? In the U.S., officials turn to several different sources for disposal of confiscated ...

    ... clever. It got rid of what amounted to a pile of trash cluttering up the customs office and provided a source of electricity and heat for local residents. You could say the customs officers in Germany have taken that old ... continue reading
  • Study: Medical Marijuana Cuts Use of Prescription Drugs

    A recent study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, revealed medical marijuana users take fewer other medicines - such as opiates. Researchers monitored the use of prescription medication by participants enrolled in ...

    ... “One of the most compelling things to come out of this is that people are taking control of their own health, and most providers would agree that's a good thing.” However, he warned of limitations: “The lack of provider ... continue reading
  • You’re Fired: Police Departments Weaning K9’s Off Marijuana

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

    ... 30 days of initial training, followed by daily reinforcements to successfully modify the dog's behavior. Trainers and handlers are in disagreement about the potential success of this training. Some dogs might have to be ... continue reading
  • Yes, Suboxone is Sober & The Truth About Suboxone

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

    ... not work for the next - this form of treatment often serves as a great weapon in the fight against the opioid epidemic. And let's be honest, we need all the weapons we can get our hands on if we're going to win the war ... continue reading
  • True or False: Ready to Put Your Fentanyl Knowledge to the Test?

    Fentanyl. This potent opiate has added a whole new level of danger to the opioid crisis, causing a staggering number of overdoses and deaths. Part of its overall threat is the lack of public knowledge and awareness. So, how much do you know about ...

    ... to his shirt during the bust was enough to cause an overdose . Green was given multiple doses of Narcan and revived by emergency crews. True or False: Most heroin dealers will let you know if they've cut their product ... continue reading
  • Is Your Friend High? Here’s How to Tell…

    Your friend seems a little “off.” Is he simply having a bad day? Did he not sleep well? Is he sick? Or is he high? To the untrained observer, it can be hard to tell. But it's important to discern. Depending on the circumstances, it could affect ...

    ... hard to tell. But it's important to discern. Depending on the circumstances, it could affect their safety - and yours. Common Indicators of Substance Abuse Learning the indicators of drug use will help you make the best ... continue reading
  • Here’s What Happened While Everyone Else Was Focused on Opiate Abuse

    With the opioid epidemic sweeping the nation, heroin and painkiller abuse have been in the spotlight for treatment providers and law enforcement. While all eyes have been focused on this front, we may have ignored another battle that needs greater ...

    ... around 6,700. Ken Roy, medical director for Addiction Recovery Resource in New Orleans, noted, “What we ... these deaths are typically not counted in overdose statistics. Can Our Healthcare System Survive the Strain? ... continue reading
  • Introducing the Drug That Can Kill With a Single Dose

    Just when we'd thought we'd heard it all, an even more lethal drug concoction popped up on our radar. It's just the latest killer in the opioid epidemic ravaging our country. Dubbed “gray death” by authorities, this high-potency cocktail is ...

    ... Drug Enforcement Agency told NBC News . “You can buy one of these cocktails for $10-20 on the street and lose your life in a few seconds.” Learn More about the most common lethal drug combinations . Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • CDC Wants Medicaid to Restrict Access to Methadone for Pain

    Methadone is in the hot seat again. Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged Medicaid to restrict access to the drug, citing that methadone - when prescribed for pain, not for opiate addiction - accounted for ...

    ... PDL policy and methadone overdose rates.” Debatable Results Despite the statistics, restricting ... of methadone , whether it's used for treating chronic pain or addiction. Only time will tell how - or if - this move by ... continue reading
  • A Sober Bridesmaid Reflects on Her Sister’s Bachelorette Weekend

    “Is it really my job to wash the vomit out of your hair?” Jeana swore under her breath as her sister's drunk bridesmaids took turns puking. She'd already herded these girls out of a bar where they were getting out of control, paid off the cab ...

    ... It seemed like a pretty bad deal to her. Leading a New Life Hanging out in some random bar with her sister and a group of bridesmaids was a far cry from where Jeana was just six months ago. Before she went into treatment ... continue reading
  • Desperate or Dealer: Officers Tasked With the Vetting Process

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

    ... much worse. Nothing but heroin seemed to take the edge off her pain. At the young age of 29,Katrina overdosed and died. Who Takes the Lead? It's this kind of sad story that some police departments are trying to prevent ... continue reading
  • Driving Just Got a Little Safer – Thanks to This Device

    Steve saw the flashing lights in the mirror; his heart skipped a beat. He was on his way home from his friend's house, where he and three others spent the afternoon shooting cocaine . “Just play it cool,” he told himself. “You've faked your ...

    ... on his way home from his friend's house, where he and three others spent the afternoon shooting cocaine . “Just play it ... driving under the influence of illicit drugs in 2013 (and that's just the ones who were willing to ... continue reading
  • Who Manufacturers All these Crazy Semi-Legal Designer Drugs?

    Designer drugs have been subject of much media attention of late, as the Internet has made obtaining them easier than in the past. In many cases, it's simpler to order designer drugs online than to try to obtain street drugs. Designer drugs can be ...

    ... . Vanilla sky is a type of bath salt that is sometimes sold under the names Ivory Wave, Ocean Burst, and Purple Rain. This type of drug can cause extreme hallucinations. There been many reports of people with no history ... continue reading
  • Can a Label Really Stop the Abuse of Some Prescription Meds?

    Concerns over the risks of combining benzodiazepine and opioid prescriptions has 41 state health officials petitioning the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to place a new black box warning on both drugs' labels to warn patients and doctors of the ...

    ... the potential dangers of combined use of opioids and benzos, since their combined daily use has ... everything right now , are they really even likely to stop and read the label? Experts say yes. However, the problem isn ... continue reading
  • Mother of Newborn Arrested After Failing Drug Test

    There has been an enormous amount of debate and passion as of late - all of it spurred on by one question: what should happen to mothers who give birth to addicted children. Alabama came up with its own solution that involves jail time and bringing ...

    ... for methamphetamines . What's the End Game? “Hopefully, it will send a signal to other women who are pregnant and have a drug problem to seek help,” said Bill Bivens, Sheriff of Monroe County. “That's what we want them ... continue reading
  • 7 Shocking Ways Drugs are Smuggled into Prisons

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

    ... square of the Bible, which later proved to be heroin - enough to be broken up into 30 or 40 hits and distributed among the inmate population. The would-be smugglers now face up to five years in prison if convicted on the ... 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 ...

    ... it actually lacks any noticeable psychoactive effects and works in concert with THC to decrease ... heat. Though it lacks the strong psychoactive and medicinal qualities of THC and comprises less than one percent of cannabis ... 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 ...

    ... , to biking, to skateboarding, they did everything together. This new “hobby” they tried together would prove fatal. Ryan and Grant died within 48 hours of each other, both due to acute drug intoxication . When the boys ... continue reading
  • What We Learned From SAMHSA's 2015 Prescription Drug Study

    The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) provides national and state-level data on the prevalence, patterns and consequences of alcohol, tobacco and illegal drug use in the U.S. It's sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health ...

    ... of the population. 36.4 percent used pain relievers, 14.7 percent used tranquilizers, 6.4 percent used stimulants and 6.9 percent used sedatives. Of this 119 million, 18.9 million people were found to have misused these ... continue reading
  • From Snort to Synapse: We Map Out Cocaine's Trip in Your Brain

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

    ... . It's job is basically to let good stuff in and keep bad stuff out. So how does it respond to cocaine ... us a single dose of cocaine changes your brain's reward center. And that's partly why it's so easy to get hooked. ... continue reading
  • Shooting Up: How Far Would You Go For a Fix?

    IV drug users can quickly find themselves in desperate situations. They often lack clean needles, pure water and other supplies needed to shoot up, prompting many of them to improvise. And for a large segment of the population, improvising means ...

    ... something like this: “Hey, it's clean water. It comes from the same pipes that feed the sinks, right?” And while that's technically true, technicalities do not make for clean water. It may be the same water coming OUT ... continue reading
  • Anxious About Anxiety: Why We Reach for Xanax

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

    ... we shouldn't be having. We begin to worry we'll have an anxiety attack , which makes us more nervous…and on we go into an unhealthy spiral that creates a whirlwind of anxiety. It all boils down to our interpretation of ... continue reading
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