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  • Alternatives to Painkillers

    Alternatives to Painkillers

    The 2012 National Health Interview Survey estimated that 126.1 million adults reported some pain in the previous 3 months, 25.3 million adults ...

    ... medical cannabis laws and the number of prescription opioid painkiller deaths across U.S. ... inflammatory: an alternative to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for discogenic pain.\u00a0Surgical Neurology,\u00a065326-331. ... Learn more

  • Weed the People

    Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Since the We the People petitioning system was launched on Whitehouse.gov in September 2011, more ...

    ... ' counties, boroughs, and ZIP codes. We mapped these, beginning with the nine U.S. Census Bureau divisions. The results ... the use of the drug either recreationally or medically, and marijuana law reformers predict that ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... opinions regarding appropriate punishment for breaking drug laws. So what can we take away from all this information? Well, the first significance is one we've mentioned. If we want to protect our youth from initiating ... Learn more

  • The Scary Facts About Designer Drugs and Legal Highs

    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 ...

    ... cannabinoids and 4 synthetic cathinones identified in the US. This number rose to 54 different synthetic ... substance in the U.S., and so is not subject to drug laws. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA ... Learn more

  • Political Parties on Drug Use

    A recent Pew Research Center survey indicated that 86 percent of Americans believe the country is more politically divided than ever before. ...

    ... Independent voters also agreed drug laws should be less strict ... We asked participants to note their agreement with the following statement: “The U.S. should emphasize rehabilitation over incarceration for nonviolent drug ... Learn more

  • Wait…Marijuana Can Increase My Risk of Alzheimer's??

    Meet Bill. Bill smokes marijuana every day - a lot of it. From blunts and bowls to bongs and wax, there's barely a waking moment Bill isn't ...

    ... the first region of the brain affected by Alzheimer's disease. We notice the reduction in blood flow is greatest in this part ... that marijuana is a safe recreational drug, this research directly challenges that notion ... Learn more

  • Legalizing Marijuana Decreases Fatal Opiate Overdoses, Study Shows

    According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, more than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. In an effort to relieve that constant ...

    ... that time, only 13 states had medical marijuana laws in place. Researchers quickly noticed that the rates of ... levels, how to get your insurance company to pay for drug and alcohol rehab and also how to pay if you don ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... uproar seemed to have started once the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) cracked down on ... “If something is prescribed for a legitimate medical purpose, we're certainly not going to get in the way,” Payne told ... Learn more

  • German Electrical Plant Burns Pot for Energy

    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 ...

    ... seas? In the U.S., officials turn to several different sources for disposal of confiscated drugs . The DEA uses ... a truck in Serbia at the end of 2016. Current laws in Germany permit the medical use of marijuana with a ... Learn more

  • 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. ...

    ... developed dependencies on the drugs. To combat the upward trend, state and federal laws of the late 2000s ... to turn the tide in the heroin crisis? Let us know what you think in the comments section below. Additional ... Learn more

  • Penalties and Sentencing for Drug Abuse, Selling, and Smuggling in the USA

    Penalties and Sentencing for Drug Abuse, Selling, and Smuggling in the USA

    Problematic substance use has the potential to negatively impact every area of your life. As dependence and addiction to alcohol or other drugs ...

    ... 6 To charge someone with possession of drugs and intent to sell, law enforcement officers will look for evidence like ... while your future is lost to drug addiction. Contact us today and we can connect you with a high ... Learn more

  • Seized

    In 2015, Border Patrol prevented more than 1.5 million pounds of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and meth from entering the United States. 1 In the ...

    ... the actual number of seizures made by law enforcement, we compared figures for each drug type. The government totals, which include federal agencies, some state and local agencies, and the U.S. Coast Guard, span 2001 to ... Learn more

  • 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. ...

    ... all the lab incidents of the '90s, federal and state laws restricted the sale of over-the-counter cold medicine. This led ... to the growth in overall drug use” since the first wave of meth flooded the US. The concern is that ... Learn more

  • Marijuana History and Statistics

    Marijuana History and Statistics

    History Marijuana has roots as far back as 2737 B.C. It has been referenced in ancient Chinese medicine, and soon spread from China to ...

    ... medical card. Each state determines its own laws regarding the legality of the drug. The legal status has an effect on ... Admissions by Primary Substance of Abuse, 2010. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ... Learn more

  • Buzzkill: Mary Jane’s Not as Relaxing as You Think

    Mellow. This is the word many people associate with marijuana. Take a few tokes and you'll feel relaxed. As it takes effect, your stress just melts ...

    ... Applying the Data to Modern Marijuana Use Marijuana laws are changing rapidly across the nation and marijuana ... the same poll, 43 percent of U.S. adults reported they've tried the drug. With marijuana use so prevalent, ... Learn more

  • Police-Related Tweets

    Public opinions on the topic of law enforcement and their controversial methods are sure to be as intense as they are wide ranging. To learn more, ...

    ... on Facebook Methodology We analyzed 766,319 U.S.-based ... We also considered how often drugs, alcohol, and marijuana were mentioned to determine which states talk about law enforcement in regards to marijuana, drugs ... Learn more

  • History of Drug Abuse

    History of Drug Abuse

    History of Substance Abuse Rehabilitation As drugs have been abused for hundreds of years all over the world, their effects have ...

    ... recent drugs. To counter the growing tide of addiction, drug laws became stricter, and drug ... issue that requires treatment to stop. Consequently, if you call us at 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? , our treatment ... Learn more

  • MXE Drug Abuse

    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 ...

    ... using MXE, you can find help today by calling us at 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? . Signs ... United States, but a handful of states have enacted laws criminalizing the drug 3 . As of 2015, a reported 126 ... Learn more

  • Drug Abuse Policy

    Drug Abuse Policy

    Drug Abuse in the United States Drug use affects all parts of society, and this causes strain on the healthcare system, the criminal ...

    ... the dangers of drug use and sales. Laws Regulating Abuse Whereas the 1980s brought a hardline war on drugs to the United ... rates and to create safer neighborhoods. The U.S. government has resources of $1.7 ... Learn more

  • Taking Action: How to Intervene During an Overdose

    Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accident death in the United States. According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), 43,982 drug ...

    ... for solutions, it's important to realize that we all possess the power to help save lives. ... Laws to encourage seeking medical help. The Good Samaritan Laws provide limited immunity for minor drug violations, drug ... Learn more

  • Harm Reduction

    The concept of 'harm reduction' refers to a set of policies, programs, and practices that aim to reduce the health, social, and economic ...

    ... , or eventually quitting. Co-founder Patt Denning says, “We make the threshold [for entering treatment] as low as ... to reform drug laws and promote a legal, regulated market for drugs. The Drug Free America ... Learn more

  • Sentencing by State 2

    have led to overcrowded facilities, skyrocketing prison costs, and major social, economic, and political impacts. Currently, nearly half of all ...

    ... a marijuana dispensary before California officially passed the law legalizing medical marijuana. To gain a better understanding of drug sentencing in the U.S., we analyzed the latest statistics from a 2015 report ... Learn more

  • 5 Genius Minds Who Dabbled in Drugs

    For hundreds and thousands of years, human beings have experimented with drugs. Some people used illicit substances to celebrate the gods; some ...

    ... that people with higher IQ's are far more likely to use drugs than a person with an average IQ. Here's a look ... marijuana . Sagan was openly critical of the laws against marijuana and believed everyone should have access ... Learn more

  • DEA: Heroin ‘Probably’ More Dangerous Than Marijuana

    With 23 states and Washington D.C. legalizing medical marijuana and four states legalizing it for recreational use, it's quite possible we'll see ...

    ... we'll see a day when marijuana is considered “legal” throughout the U.S. However, the Drug ... subject. Well, sort of. New Views on Old Laws Administrator Rosenberg recently acknowledged that pot is “probably ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... used illicit drugs for high school seniors. Fighting the Use of Spice The U.S. Drug Enforcement ... Spice find their way around these laws by changing the makeup of the drug. While law enforcement does what it can to ... Learn more

  • The Great Debate: Alcohol vs Marijuana

    You may have had the debate yourself—what's worse? Alcohol or marijuana? With new studies coming out, more laws legalizing the recreational, and ...

    ... marijuana? With new studies coming out, more laws legalizing the recreational, and medicinal use of marijuana ... again. Even though we may all have different opinions, marijuana remains a Schedule I drug, while alcohol is ... Learn more

  • Ryan Haight Act Stands in the Way of Buprenorphine Telehealth

    Ryan Haight Act Stands in the Way of Buprenorphine Telehealth

    It's against state and federal law to use telehealth (remote medical services) to obtain buprenorphine for the first time; a medication used to ...

    ... The director of the Utah County Department of Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Treatment - Richard J. ... . David believes the DEA needs to move more quickly, “We're frustrated with the slow pace of the DEA…They've said ... Learn more

  • Doctor Shopping…at the Local Vet's Office?

    The United States is in the midst of an opioid epidemic ; each day, 91 people die of an opioid-related overdose . It has gotten so bad that some ...

    ... offered for veterinarians and other stakeholders, including law enforcement officials, that will discuss the ... very new, and very timely,” said Curtis. “We're moving very quickly on it.” Additional Reading: The ... Learn more

  • Would You Give Medical Marijuana to a Chronically Ill Pet?

    Medical marijuana isn't just for humans anymore. All around the country, pet owners are turning to pot as a way to alleviate their furry friends' ...

    ... effectiveness. Because of this, the Food and Drug Administration hasn't approved cannabis for pets. Veterinarians ... debatable issue. Just last year, a proposed law was defeated by the Nevada legislature that would have ... Learn more

  • My Confusing Experience Following the Kratom Trail

    Three years ago, I lived with a boyfriend who was a functioning addict. He was in law school at the time, so he looked for anything he could get ...

    ... kratom popped up in the news. Last August, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) published a notice of intent to ... a misdemeanor of the first degree, should the law go into effect. Despite its legal fate, the ... Learn more

  • Bath Salts Overdose

    Bath Salts Overdose

    Synthetic cathinones , commonly referred to as “bath salts”, belong to a group of drugs health officials call “new psychoactive ...

    ... “recipe” to evade newly placed drug laws. While bath salts use appears ... 't take long before they reached US shores 4 . Since then, bath salt-related calls reported to US poison control centers went up from ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... ,” said Howard Sklamberg, with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Global Regulatory Operations, in a ... they reviewed, only three percent complied with pharmacy laws and standards. Many of the websites display fake ... Learn more

  • CDC Issues Urgent Call for More Needle Exchange Programs

    The controversy over needle exchange programs is nothing new. It's been debated for decades. What's new is the CDC's latest report that shows a ...

    ... we're at risk of stalling or reversing that progress. More people appear to be injecting drugs, ... more people are sharing needles, and there are more places not covered by syringe service programs.” Changing Laws ... Learn more

  • The Financial Toll of Addiction

    If you've ever known someone who has suffered from addiction or have been that person yourself, you'll know how much of an emotional toll it can ...

    ... are usually the first things we all think about when it comes to drug addiction, don't forget about ... health care costs and $7 is saved in law enforcement costs . Drug abuse treatment not only saves lives—it saves ... Learn more

  • Marijuana Withdrawal

    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 ...

    ... reported in any of the previous 12 years 1 . Although attitudes and laws about marijuana use in some US states have become more permissive, this drug does have the potential to cause harm. There are many negative side ... Learn more

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  • Terms of Use

    Terms of Use Last Updated: June 14, 2018 Recovery Brands LLC and its affiliates and subsidiaries (together “ Company ”, “ we ,” or “ ...

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  • Sorry – Drones Can't Legally Deliver Your Weed

    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 ...

    ... weed at residents' doorsteps via delivery drones. In our dynamic society, it's hard to predict what we'll see next. Who knows what laws and regulations will come into play. What do you think? What's next on the agenda ... Learn more

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    Terms of Use Last Updated: June 14, 2018 Recovery Brands LLC and its affiliates and subsidiaries (together “ Company ”, “ we ,” or “ ...

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  • Two Groundbreaking Tobacco Laws in the Works

    We've come a long way, baby. Fewer Americans than ever before are smoking cigarettes, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting ...

    We've come a long way, baby. Fewer Americans than ever before are smoking cigarettes, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting last November that the smoking rate dropped from 20.9 percent in 2005 ... Learn more

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    This is a web site of Recovery Brands LLC. Effective Date: April 27, 2018 This Privacy Policy describes how and when we collect, use and share ...

    ... and/or consulting request. To monitor the Site for compliance with our Terms of Use and the law We may use non-personal information for statistical analysis, research, and other purposes. Cookies and Similar ... Learn more

  • Surviving Mother's Day One Breath at a Time

    Mother's Day - those two words once brought memories of cards and flowers, crabs and beer. It's a time when families come together in the name of ...

    ... years and changed women into mothers. Addiction Ripped My Heart Out Each year, we gathered at my house - grandmothers, aunts, mothers-in-law, sons and daughters celebrating the beauty of parenthood , family and love ... Learn more

  • The Deadly and Costly Consequences of DUIs

    It's often overlooked just how dangerous and costly drinking alcohol and driving can be. Not only can it result in serious injuries and even death, ...

    ... injuries and even death, but those guilty of driving under the influence also put themselves at risk of spending large sums of money to cover things including fines, court fees, medical bills, and even law suits. Learn more

  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage III

    Days before my rock bottom moment, I remember thinking: “Could things get any worse?” My parents had just divorced, I loathed every second ...

    ... had just divorced, I loathed every second at my law firm and I'd just lost the most important person ... 've always wanted. Additional Reading: 4 Loopholes We Use to Justify Staying Addicted Image Source: iStock ... Learn more

  • Progressive Ways Some States Are Reducing Nonviolent Drug Offender Incarcerations

    The United States has some of the highest incarceration rates in the world. In 2008 alone, the United States had placed one out of every 48 working ...

    ... offenders was repealed in 2009. This helped keep nonviolent drug offenders in drug abuse treatment programs and out of prisons. At the same time, Michigan was creating laws that would result in an overhaul of mandatory ... Learn more

  • The Thief: 7 Things Addiction Steals From Us

    Addiction is much more than a psychological or physical reliance on substances or behaviors; it's a physical, emotional and spiritual issue that ...

    ... brain. Whether it's a sunset, children playing in a park or a good friend's contagious laugh, we slowly become unappreciative to the meaningful moments in our lives. Experiencing the world through a veil of addiction ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... anxious about the fact that we're feeling them. We worry we're overreacting, then become more anxious as we try to stop the feelings we believe we shouldn't be having. We begin to worry we'll have an anxiety attack , ... Learn more

  • I’m a Millionaire and I Need to Go to Rehab. Where Do I Go?

    You've realized you have an issue, whether it's a heroin or coke addiction or a sex addiction, so you need to find somewhere nice to attend ...

    ... , with the organization preferring to offer prices based on the actual treatments offered. Moving back to the US, the Betty Ford Center offers a number of programs for addicted patients, and its $32,000 cost ... Learn more

  • Catastrophic Thinking: Alcohol Isn’t Your Great Escape

    Cassie's heart began to race. “Am I dying?” she thought. “What if I'm having a heart attack?” Jeff's wife was running late. He worried ...

    ... Centers are equipped to help you find the the right treatment facility to get your life back on track. Give us a call at 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? Additional Reading: Want to Feel Better from Anxiety & ... Learn more

  • 3 Thank-You's I Owe to My Old Addiction

    Life doesn't always go as planned. Especially when you find yourself in a maximum-security state prison on your first-ever offense. When Life ...

    ... - and if it wasn't for my old addiction I doubt I would have ever gotten this important change in perspective . Additional Reading: The Thief - 7 Things Addiction Steals From Us Image Source: iStock Learn more

  • vice-capitals

    People often hear in the news that a particular city has become a “capital” for certain activities, and more often than not, it's something ...

    ... that can be viewed as a vice. To shed light on this, we analyzed 451,484 vice-related tweets that came from US cities of over 200,000 residents. We then analyzed this data to determine where the true “vice capitals” are ... Learn more

  • Weed: The Vocabulary Killer

    Have you ever struggled to recall a word or phrase? You know the perfect term exists for what you are trying to describe, but you can't extract ...

    ... have a perfect visual, but the verbal communication center in your brain just isn't cooperating. While all of us get a little tongue-tied every now and then, experiencing the vocabulary problem on a regular basis is a ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... 2 years off their life, and the lost productivity cost the U.S. economy $6.6 billion. Even worse, all of ... Additional Reading: California: 5 E-Cigarette Dangers We Can't Ignore Image Source: pixabay.com, commons ... Learn more

  • Now the Family Dog is Smoking Weed?

    Would you ever give pot to your pooch? Most of us likely think this idea is, well, barking mad, but a new bill out of Nevada could soon make ...

    ... capsules, which contain minor amounts of THC. “We have no information that is reliable, valid or ... true applications for cannabinoids. What we don't know far exceeds what we know. We have no efficacy data…zero safety ... Learn more

  • 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. ...

    ... research to determine its adverse effects . Now we know. Worse Than Cigarette Smoke? Secondhand marijuana ... the long-term health of our heart and lungs, we need to avoid exposure. Interestingly, studies show it's ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... pills? I'll give her some so she can sleep. We see the same doctor anyway.” Sounds harmless, right? Wrong. ... The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells us that more than three out of five overdose ... Learn more

  • Addiction is an Emotional Disease With Far-Reaching Effects…

    Spouses, family members, friends, and coworkers are often flooded with emotions as they watch someone they care deeply about struggle in the grip ...

    ... you may not realize: many of the emotions a loved one feels are the same emotions someone battling addiction feels. We're Not So Different Even though a person with addiction and their loved one may seem to be polar ... Learn more

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    User Reviews What Are User Reviews & Why Do They Matter? DrugAbuse.com invites alumni and their loved ones, as well as facility staff ...

    ... assess all the available options. How We Collect Our Data DrugAbuse.com User Reviews ... community familiar with the facility and its operations. We use a variety of channels to source comprehensive surveys ... Learn more

  • Payment Options

    At American Addiction Centers (AAC), we know firsthand the toll and devastation addiction causes. That's why AAC works to make treatment accessible ...

    ... the toll and devastation addiction causes. That's why AAC works to make treatment accessible for every person who needs it. We accept many insurance plans and will work with you on a manageable payment plan. Learn more

  • Smoking Can be a Serious Pain…in the Back

    If you have chronic back pain and are a long-time smoker, the latter may be causing the former, according to a study released by the Feinberg ...

    ... that smokers are as much as three times more likely to develop chronic back pain than nonsmokers. “We conclude that smoking increases risk of transitioning to chronic back pain, an effect mediated by corticostriatal ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... see several more states putting forward their own versions of marijuana legalization bills. Experts predict, as a nation, we will continue to see old attitudes and beliefs about the dangers of marijuana shift as more ... Learn more

  • The Strangest Hallucinogenic Substances on Earth

    It's a funny old world as the saying goes, and nowhere is that saying more true than in the world of hallucinogenic substances. You've got a wide ...

    ... as insecticides, killing off bugs that eat the leaves or fruit. Nutmeg is perhaps one of the stranger ones that we don't think of being hallucinogenic. This common spice is roasted before it is sold, which gets rid of ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    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 ... Learn more

  • California: 5 E-Cigarette Dangers We Can't Ignore

    Many people see e-cigarettes as a harmless alternative to nicotine cigarettes. E-cigarette companies like NJOY have even hired on celebrity ...

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

  • Do Safe Injection Sites Violate the Hippocratic Oath? One Nurse Says Yes

    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 ...

    ... (which is often unknowingly laced with fentanyl). Hersch explained, “If this person begins to crash..that's what we're there for. It will send you into respiratory arrest. It takes an entire team to get somebody back ... Learn more

  • Is Telemedicine the Solution for Addiction in Rural America?

    Is Telemedicine the Solution for Addiction in Rural America?

    The closest addiction specialist is three hours away. You don't have a reliable vehicle. If you arrange for a ride or take public transportation, ...

    ... State University's College of Osteopathic Medicine, admits , “It's really probably one of the few ways we can increase access.” And he's probably right. The alternative is to expect patients to drive several hours ... Learn more

  • Inmates Receive Federal Funding to Re-enter Society Sober

    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 ...

    ... County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson, explains this is exactly the goal of these programs. Darling explained, “We want to do everything we can to make sure that when they get back into the community, they stay clean, and ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... aimed at discouraging anyone from using it as a treatment option. Setting the Record Straight Below, we've separated fact from fiction when it comes to considering methadone as a treatment choice: Myth #1 ... Learn more

  • How to Stay Productive at Work While Still in Recovery

    We live in a very competitive society when it comes to finding a job and keeping it. Even for a person that's never tasted a drop of alcohol, it's ...

    We live in a very competitive society when it comes to finding a job and keeping it. Even for a person that's never tasted a drop of alcohol, it's still a challenge to find a good job and get accepted into a workplace. ... Learn more

  • 8 Tips for Coming Out of the Addiction Closet

    To many, the term “alcoholic” carries a very negative connotation - one that implies being a loser or a failure. It's no mystery, then, why ...

    ... more truthful and candid you are about the situation, the more compassion you will receive. After all, we are not perfect human beings, and chances are, the person on the receiving end is battling something themselves ... Learn more

  • The 20 Countries with the Harshest Drug Laws in the World

    United States drug laws are often considered harsh, but the penalties for carrying or trafficking drugs in other countries, particularly those in ...

    ... . Unlike many other South Asian countries, Cambodia does not mandate the death penalty for drug trafficking. Indonesia Indonesian drug laws are harsh. If you are caught with marijuana , you can get up to twenty ... Learn more

  • Waiting for Treatment in Tennessee: The Doctor Will See You Soon

    Waiting for Treatment in Tennessee: The Doctor Will See You Soon

    It's tragic. People are reaching out for help…and there's no one there. As a nation, we're experiencing a severe shortage of treatment options ...

    ... in over three-fourths of the counties across the U.S. One Harvard University study found that 83 ... midst of an opioid epidemic and mental health crisis, we're in dire need of additional professionals who can help treat ... Learn more

  • If a Drug Is Legal, Is it Safe?

    If a Drug Is Legal, Is it Safe?

    There is a common misconception, especially amongst young people, that if a drug is legal then it is safe. This is certainly not the case. In ...

    ... They are often sold over the Internet, as new formulations are constantly being developed to skirt laws attempting to regulate these drugs. Little research has been conducted on many of the chemicals being used. This, in ... Learn more

  • 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 to the list of illegal substances. In 2012, President Obama signed into law an act that made synthetic drugs illegal. Designer drugs have been around since the prohibition, when diethyl ether became a popular ... Learn more

  • 5 Tips Guaranteed to Help You Handle Your Triggers

    I can hear the sirens blasting through my neighborhood, and it reminds me of when they were taking me away to the hospital after I passed out ...

    ... Listen to your instincts. Sometimes our triggers are working to help keep us safe. If you're sure you need to leave a place, ... Call us today at 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? . Additional Reading: Kicking Drugs ... Learn more

  • From Lashings to Death

    Drug penalties vary widely around the globe. In the countries with the strictest laws, possessing an illicit substance can lead to hefty fines, ...

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

  • The 12 Most Expensive Rehabs in the US

    You don't need to be a millionaire to go to rehab, but a person with a little extra money to spend and the desire to get sober can choose from many ...

    ... estimated cost is $55,000 per month . The Meadows The Sonoran Desert hideaway treats addictions to alcohol, drugs, and sex, as well as mental health conditions like depression and anxiety. The Meadows offers a 45 ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... 't recognize the signs of a Xanax overdose if we saw them. This can be a fatal mistake. It's in these situations - when Xanax is mixed with other drugs or alcohol - that an overdose is most likely. What's Happening ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... right now. The appeal is natural, especially to those of us who are prone to like “downers” like alcohol. It ... Coping Mechanism? Benzos like Xanax are “socially acceptable” drugs. You can go to work on Xanax . You ... Learn more

  • Misery Loves Company…Especially Among Addicts

    In a healthy relationship, each individual wants what is good for the other. You want good things to happen to your friend. You hope for the best ...

    ... have caused pain. Often, we have even encouraged others to get involved with drugs or we have perpetuated growing addictions in them. If these individuals we have poorly influenced get clean, we may be forced to deal ... Learn more

  • New Years Resolutions & Substance Abuse

    The arrival of a new year represents a turning point for many people, and an opportunity to make long-awaited changes in their lives. While perhaps ...

    ... more, or giving up certain substances. It's common to hear people committing to quitting smoking, drinking, or drugs. But how many people are intent on reducing their substance use - or, surprisingly, even using more? To ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... warning. They do this often as a way to keep the drugs “legal.” Current laws prohibit substances based on chemical components, so creators of these drugs simply alter the chemical structure enough to avoid falling under ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... An Overdose Causes Brain Damage Opiates and opioids (heroin, morphine, OxyContin, Fentanyl) are depressants, meaning the drugs slow down your breathing and heart rate. As such, the most significant risk of an overdose ... Learn more

  • Study Shows Alcohol Boosts THC Levels in Your Blood

    With four states legalizing recreational marijuana and several others considering the possibility, driving while high on pot is becoming a much ...

    ... they smoke. Nothing could be further from the truth. We already know that marijuana slows down motor reaction and ... year in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs found that teens that combined the two substances ... Learn more

  • Disguising Danger: 7 Marijuana Edibles Side Effects Shockers

    Lots of the people who have tried marijuana have done so in the form of snacks like pot cookies or brownies. Since one of the effects of pot is an ...

    ... From pot truffle oil to gummy bears, edibles are hot these days. Unfortunately, the dangers of these drugs can be far worse than traditional marijuana . Marijuana Edibles are a Completely Different Animal You'd be ... Learn more

  • 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 - ...

    ... 's story turns out like Kara's, but it's clear we've become a pill-dependent nation. By 2013, nearly 36.5 million Americans were taking anti-anxiety drugs and about one-fifth of Americans who struggle with an anxiety ... Learn more

  • 5 Psychological Side Effects of Percocet

    Percocet is a combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone, landing this medication in a family of drugs known as opioids . They're commonly ...

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

  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage V

    Experts consider recovery the fifth stage of the addiction process, and it's so much more than overcoming a dependency to drugs or alcohol. It's a ...

    ... recovery the fifth stage of the addiction process, and it's so much more than overcoming a dependency to drugs or alcohol. It's a complete transformation of mind, body and spirit - and an ongoing process that spans ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... 't be surprising to anyone, considering how benzos affect the body. Under the influence of these anti-anxiety drugs, drivers are simply unable to make the quick, safe driving decisions necessary to navigate these great ... Learn more

  • Who Will Win the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge?

    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, ...

    ... the staggering addiction and overdose statistics we're currently experiencing across the nation. An ... Additional Reading: Is the Trump Administration Revamping the War on Drugs? Image Source: iStock Learn more

  • How I Juggled Probation and Active Addiction

    In 2010, I was arrested for a “DUI with Enhancements” and reckless driving. I was barely twenty-one and hadn't faced any real consequences of ...

    ... probation option without reading the not-so-fine print. The first “condition” of my probation was to not drink or use drugs . The second was to not drive a car. I broke both of these, at the same time, on the first ... Learn more

  • A Sister’s Honest Talk About Her Brother’s Heroin Addiction

    Alex didn't answer the phone. He missed their father's birthday party and still wasn't answering. But Allison kept dialing. It didn't seem ...

    ... 't know if he was alive or dead. Allison lived with the fear that all families of people who use illegal drugs feel. When is the call going to come? When is he not going to make it out alive? The phone continued ... Learn more

  • 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. ...

    ... sober for?” Six months abstinent from heroin and crack , she'd gone from being the family member who used drugs to the family caretaker. It seemed like a pretty bad deal to her. Leading a New Life Hanging out in ... Learn more

  • 10 Tips for Staying Sober This Holiday Season

    With the holidays just around the corner you may be wondering how you can stay sober with parties, dinners, and social gatherings. Whether you ...

    ... with them. If you are going home, you can try to avoid seeing friends who you used to drink or use drugs with. You know yourself better than anyone else. Make sure you are always placing yourself in the safest and most ... Learn more

  • Overdoses Visualized

    Prescription opioids and illicit drugs have become incredibly pervasive throughout the U.S., and things are only getting worse. According to the ...

    Prescription opioids and illicit drugs have become incredibly pervasive throughout the U.S., and things are only getting worse. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), overdose deaths have ... Learn more

  • Counting Dangerous Sheep: Why You Should Stop Popping Sleeping Pills

    Here's a question for you: How much sleep do you get every night? As adults, the Centers for Disease Control tells us we require seven to ...

    ... at risk of addiction , which is especially concerning when we look at the frequency and duration of their use. ... is their deadly effects when combined with other drugs. For example, sleep aids should never be consumed ... Learn more

  • Don’t Open Wide: Pulling Dentists Off the Doctor Shopping List

    Imagine you're getting your wisdom teeth removed and at the end of the procedure, your dentist hands you a prescription for a pain reliever - maybe ...

    ... guidelines argue for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), such as Motrin, Advil and ... a professor of pharmacology at the University of Pittsburgh. “We've found that a combination of Advil and Tylenol provide a ... Learn more

  • Exploring the Resort-Style Addiction Treatment Centers

    It's hard being a celebrity. All that visibility, stress, worry, and fear of losing it must be quite hard to deal with. Sure they get paid a lot of ...

    ... things go wrong, such as when they're caught taking drugs. Rather than going to a low-end clinic where they ... on the Crossroads Treatment Center's website. “We see our clients as individuals suffering from a disease ... Learn more

  • Does Your Personality Put You at Risk for Addiction?

    Are certain personality types more prone to substance abuse? Although it certainly seems so, this question has been the focus of debate for some ...

    ... them to be uncooperative and unhelpful), were found to be more likely to have problems with alcohol or drugs than those who scored lower on the scale. Interestingly enough, higher scores for each of these traits were ... Learn more

  • Study: Medical Marijuana Cuts Use of Prescription Drugs

    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 - ...

    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 ... Learn more

  • Do You See an Enabler in the Mirror? (Look Out for These 6 Warning Signs!)

    If you're experiencing any (or all) of these responses to your teenager's addiction, you may actually be causing more harm than good. Being a ...

    ... a full blown addiction? Parenting a teenager is already difficult, but finding out that your teen is addicted to drugs and/or alcohol is an even greater challenge, one that seems nearly almost impossible. And, for many ... Learn more

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Ryan Kelley is a nationally registered Emergency Medical Technician and the former managing editor of the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS). During his time at JEMS, Ryan developed Mobile Integrated Healthcare in Action, a series of in-depth articles on Community Paramedicine programs across the country that go beyond transporting patients to emergency rooms and connects specific patients, such as repeat system users, the homeless and others with behavioral health issues and substance use disorders, to definitive long-term care and treatment. In his current capacity as Medical Editor for American Addiction Centers, Ryan works to provide accurate, authoritative information to those seeking help for substance abuse and behavioral health issues.

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