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  • 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 ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • 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 high. Meet Bill's Brain As we travel through Bill's cranium, we see the blood flow (in nearly all ...

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • 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 pain, the number of opiate prescriptions has nearly doubled over the last decade. Today, opiates like ...

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • 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 away. Mary Jane is smooth and easygoing. Right? Not so fast… It's a common claim, but a recent ...

    ... 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, ... continue reading
  • 5 Genius Minds Who Dabbled in Drugs

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

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • Taking Action: How to Intervene During an Overdose

    Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accident death in the United States. According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), 43,982 drug overdose deaths occurred in 2013 across the nation. That's two times the amount of overdose deaths a ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • 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 a day when marijuana is considered “legal” throughout the U.S. However, the Drug Enforcement ...

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • 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 treat opioid use disorder - often known by its brand names, Suboxone or Subutex. This law is known as the ...

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

    ... ,” 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 ... continue reading
  • 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 medicinal use of marijuana, the conversation seems to come up again and again. Even though we may ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • 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 people are willing to do whatever it takes to get high - even taking medication that's prescribed to ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • 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' pain and suffering. Whether their cats are dealing with arthritis or their dogs are suffering from pain ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • 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 his hands on to sharpen his focus, then allow him to relax after hours of intense studying. He chewed ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • 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 change in trends. According to the recent report , new HIV infection numbers are growing and we don't ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • The Financial Toll of Addiction

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

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

    ... regular painkiller prescriptions. Meanwhile, in Florida the laws were far less strict. To fill the demand ... prescription painkillers got the drugs for free from a friend or relative. As a society, we need to take action ... 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 ...

    ... you would carry out would pay for itself.” The National Institute on Drug Abuse tells us 10 million people reported driving under the influence of illicit drugs in 2013 (and that's just the ones who were willing to ... continue reading
  • New Jersey Brings Mobile Recovery to the Streets

    Residents of Morris County should watch for a new vehicle roaming its at-risk areas. Hope One, a mobile recovery access center, is officially bringing addiction treatment to the streets. The goal of the program is to remove barriers that prevent ...

    ... of society and drug-free.” A Step In the Right Direction With drug overdose deaths across ... us,” said Gannon. Carpinteri noted, “This brand-new approach delivers services in a unique way, blending law-enforcement ... continue reading
  • Why Painkillers Are So Hard to Detox From

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

    ... we suffer from it? How does it help us? And why do some enjoy it? First, pain helps us avoid the things that could hurt us. We ... won't have to lie or break the law to obtain the drugs you crave, which means you can live ... continue reading
  • Positive Workforce Drug Tests Increase for the First Time in a Decade

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

    ... positivity in the combined U.S. workforce increasing by a staggering 6.2 percent. However, states with “recreational use” marijuana laws (Colorado and Washington) saw the percentage of positive drug tests increase by ... continue reading
  • Police Are Gearing Up to Face Down a Couple of Killers

    Guns won't help. A bullet-proof vest won't cut it. No badge, baton, hat, or handcuffs will stop the threat. The latest danger faced by law enforcement officials is a class of drugs that can kill on contact. Standard-issue equipment is no longer ...

    ... . The latest danger faced by law enforcement officials is a class of drugs that can kill on contact. ... lethally potent opioids - fentanyl and carfentanil. We've Never Faced Anything Like This Before Fentanyl is ... 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 ...

    ... in 2014 alone. Efforts continue on all fronts - law enforcement, medical, and social services, to increase awareness ... now carry extra doses of naloxone. The U.S. Drug Administration also issued a nationwide alert back ... 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 ...

    ... director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, also spoke out against the new law and said it was important “that we create environments where we're really diminishing the stigma and the barriers ... continue reading
  • Heroin Use Increasing Across New Demographics, Study Finds

    The face of heroin in the US is changing. As the drug becomes more commonly abused among new racial, geographic and socioeconomic groups, the profile of those users is also evolving. The change is, in part, because heroin is becoming more ...

    The face of heroin in the US is changing. As the drug becomes more commonly abused among new racial, geographic and ... more likely to have gotten in trouble with the law. Group #2 Those who used both heroin ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • Two Groundbreaking Tobacco Laws in the Works

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

    We've come a long way, baby. Fewer Americans than ever before are smoking cigarettes, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting last November that the smoking rate dropped from 20.9 percent in 2005 to ... continue reading
  • 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 celebrating motherhood. For me, this day hosted three generations laughing and loving. Our time was ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage III

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

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

    ... 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 ... 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, ...

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

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    ... , 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 ... continue reading
  • Weed: The Vocabulary Killer

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    ... 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 ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • Now the Family Dog is Smoking Weed?

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    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • Let’s Clear the Air About Secondhand Marijuana Smoke

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

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

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

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

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  • The Strangest Hallucinogenic Substances on Earth

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

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  • Is Telemedicine the Solution for Addiction in Rural America?

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    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • Inmates Receive Federal Funding to Re-enter Society Sober

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  • Countering the Myths About Methadone: Is it Right for You?

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  • How to Stay Productive at Work While Still in Recovery

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  • 8 Tips for Coming Out of the Addiction Closet

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    ... 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 ... continue reading
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  • The 12 Most Expensive / Luxury 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 expensive or luxury rehabs in the United States. Southern California, specifically picturesque ...

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

    ... '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 ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • 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 eight hours of sleep per night to maintain good health. Of course, we don't always get these hours. All ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • So-Called “Legal” Drugs and the Trojan Horse Game

    Are you familiar with the concept of a Trojan Horse? It's pretty on the outside but filled with deadly enemies inside. It creates an appearance of innocence, but is designed with trickery in mind. Legal drugs are a lot like a Trojan Horse. These ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • 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 Vicodin or Percocet . For many people, this wouldn't pose a problem. For thousands of others, ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • 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 money, and they seem to be afforded a certain amount of immunity when things go wrong, such as when ...

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • 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 bigger concern for motorists. More Danger Behind the Wheel Plenty of marijuana users routinely ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • 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 increased appetite, it's only natural that the “ganja-preneurs” are marketing more marijuana ...

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

    ... '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 ... continue reading
  • 5 Psychological Side Effects of Percocet

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

    Percocet 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 ... continue reading
  • 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 complete transformation of mind, body and spirit - and an ongoing process that spans the rest of your ...

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

    ... '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 ... 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 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 continue reading
  • 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 my substance abuse . I didn't put up a fight. After the police finally got me to pull over, I ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • 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 right, but then again, things hadn't seemed “right” for a long time. Alex had all but stopped showing ...

    ... '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 ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • 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 are newly sober or 5 years into your recovery, it can be difficult to gear up for sobriety during the ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • 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 time. It used to be believed that addiction could be explained by way of the two contrasting personality ...

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

    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 ... continue reading
  • 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 good parent means wearing many hats. You are both the compassionate protector and the discerning ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • Prescription Opiates: As Addictive as Heroin?

    According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 21.5 million Americans aged 12 and older met the criteria for substance use disorder in 2014. Of these, 1.9 million were addicted to prescription opiate pain medications and 586,000 ...

    ... heroin is cheaper and easier to obtain because laws and policies surrounding prescription opiates have strengthened in ... a person toward heroin. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health also reported that less than 4 ... continue reading
  • 4 Loopholes We Use to Justify Staying Addicted

    Justification is the effort to prove that our behaviors are valid or reasonable, and it is human nature to do so. In the field of psychology, this human tendency is related to cognitive dissonance. Simply put, cognitive dissonance is an ...

    ... . To avoid the discomfort caused by cognitive dissonance, we strive to always justify our actions…no matter what ... I've already ruined everything. As addicts, we try to avoid, or not acknowledge, the consequences ... continue reading
  • Heartbroken Parents Use Obituaries to Raise Addiction Awareness

    When a loved one passes away, you want to remember them at their best. You want others to remember them at their best. You carefully select the words for their obituary to reflect their life's contributions and all the love and affection you feel ...

    ... families across the nation as overdose from drug abuse claims the lives of more than ... battle with addiction. Patrick's father, Joe, explained , “We're not going to solve this problem by keeping quiet about it. ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... do hit rock bottom. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that of almost 23 ... it to the maintenance phase of recovery. Fear can prevent us from doing what we really want to do. Fear is said to be the ... continue reading
  • CVS Digs Deep into the Trend of Stimulant Abuse

    Although drugs like heroin and cocaine tend to grab flashier and more dramatic headlines in the media, arguably the biggest substance issue among young adults and college students is prescription medication. In fact, prescription stimulants are ...

    ... do so with good intentions. They've likely heard the stories…you know, the ones that say using these drugs can help students study round-the-clock and soak up exorbitant amounts of knowledge. What those rumors don't ... 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; ...

    ... understand why he refuses to listen; you may even believe that - if he really loved you- he'd stop taking drugs. Whether your loved one is an active addict, in early recovery, or in the middle of a treatment program , ... continue reading
  • The Price Tag of Heroin in America: $51 Billion

    If you're hooked on heroin, you'll spend an average of $150 a day to support your habit. That's nearly $55,000 per year. Heroin abuse comes with a pretty hefty price tag, unfortunately personal financial burden isn't the only cash-flow issue left ...

    ... wake. Recent research revealed heroin abuse in the US cost our nation more than $51 billion in ... blows those two diseases out of the water. The U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime reported in 2016 that heroin use has reached ... continue reading
  • Study Indicates Pot Really Can Lower Your IQ

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

    ... tests that non-users and non-using schizophrenics. “We see that adolescents are at a very vulnerable stage ... millions of pre-teens and teenagers are still using the drug. These studies show that what many view as “ ... continue reading
  • Does Methadone Treatment Suppress Testosterone in Opioid Addicts?

    A new study out of McMaster University in Canada has found that common treatments for opioid addiction reduce the level of testosterone in men, but not in women. The research project, published in the journal Scientific Reports , collected data ...

    ... rate of death for those using Suboxone and methadone as part of opioid substitution treatment is about half of what it is for those using street heroin . Learn more about the symptoms and signs of drug abuse . continue reading
  • Arkansas Woman Drowns after Huffing Duster

    Duster, also known as canned or compressed air, is used to clean pieces of electronic equipment or other sensitive devices. Unfortunately, duster is also a product commonly abused. Known as “ huffing ,” users inhale the chemical-laden compressed ...

    ... eighth grade. Inhalants are often the first drug abused by children. Inhalants are the fourth ... the best addiction treatment centers to fit your needs. We're available around the clock at 1-888-744-0069 Who ... continue reading
  • Teens Are Smoking and Drinking Less

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

    ... thanks to variables like legalizing marijuana and the synthetic drug epidemic. If you or someone you know is ... best addiction treatment centers to fit your needs. We're available around the clock at 1-888-744-0069 ... continue reading
  • Does Opioid Addiction Cause Sexual Dysfunction in Men?

    A new study out of India has found that most men suffering from opioid addiction are also dealing with sexual dysfunction as a result. The research paper, titled “Sexual Dysfunction in Men Seeking Treatment for Opioid Dependence: A Study from ...

    ... States. A 2009 analysis of data from male drug abusers currently enrolled at a treatment center, also ... the best addiction treatment centers to fit your needs. We're available around the clock at 1-888-744-0069 Who ... continue reading
  • Asking Yourself: Am I Addicted Benzos?

    If you think you might be addicted to benzodiazepines, you're certainly not alone. In 2011, an estimated 61,000 Americans sought treatment for benzo addiction. And that number has been climbing at an alarming rate ever since. The Benzo Specifics ...

    ... . The Benzo Specifics Benzodiazepines (benzos) are a member of the anxiolytic family - a class of drug commonly used to help relieve anxiety disorders. The most commonly prescribed benzo medications are Xanax and ... continue reading
  • Psychedelic Drugs and Prayer Have Similar Effects on Brain

    When it comes to “out-of-body” experiences, plenty of people have reported having them during both religious awakenings and while tripping on psychedelic drugs. Although these two experiences may seem completely opposite to each other, one ...

    ... fuzzy world. I put my glasses on and I see the world clearly. It's possible these kind of experiences [with drugs] are not artificial or false, but really enable a person and a person's brain to experience the world in a ... continue reading
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