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  • 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 ...

    ... about high use and abuse rates encouraged many to seek alternatives - that included our veterans. As if by ... DEA to reclassify the drug as a controlled substance. The move directly affected thousands of vets prescribed ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... effort to offer safer alternatives, researchers at Louisiana Veterans Health Care System have developed a new drug ... proven effective, particularly by reducing the risk of abuse and overdose , we might have a “miracle” ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... Drinking and Dying Each year, the United States sees roughly 7,500 suicide deaths. Of those, statistics ... and 2009 involved a combination of alcohol and prescription medication 2 percent of these multiple-substance ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... 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 ... an overdose. Mixed Substances: Taking more ... 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. ...

    ... - heroin. Response From the Top These alarming statistics haven't gone unnoticed in Washington. Congress ... and families across the country—in large part because too many people still do not get effective substance ... 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 defects ...

    ... 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 ... 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 and ...

    ... out that these infections can last for months - and that's in a hospital setting where the patients are ... on inside a heroin injection site.” Hersch, who is also a veteran, added, “I didn't sign up to become a nurse to ... 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, and ...

    ... 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 ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... comes on the heels of a recently published six-year study of US veterans analyzing the relationship between history of benzodiazepine prescription and the associated risk of death from a drug overdose , found that the ... Learn more

  • Supervised Heroin Shooting Galleries: Coming to a Public Housing Site?

    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 ...

    ... staff responded to 2,026 overdoses in 2016 and almost 600 in 2017. The Canadian housing authority ... , there are people who think it's simply “enabling” substance abuse. On the other side, there are people who believe it ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... how far you've come. 13. Get active. When your mind and body are engaged, there is less room for cravings. Go for a ... to be better and reach new heights. 21. Don't stress over discouraging statistics. You are an ... Learn more

  • 9 Memorable Quotes from Former Addicts

    Robin Williams and Phillip Seymour Hoffman were both in recovery when drug relapses ultimately led to their tragic and untimely deaths. For someone ...

    ... people who can't stop drinking come up to me and say, ' Can you help me? ' And I can say, 'Yes.'” Bill: Military Veteran “I've been in recovery for 23 years, and I've relapsed seven times. But, the support I get ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... and older adults are more likely to smoke marijuana than teens.” This makes for a concerning mash-up of statistics ... A survey conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) in 2014 found that 22.2 million ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... a spike in testosterone shortly after smoking, increasing sex drive. However, this only lasts about an hour, and in high doses, lasts only 20 minutes. After these time periods, testosterone levels dip lower than normal ... Learn more

  • Will These New Tools Help to Fight Opioid Addiction?

    With 78 Americans dying every day from opioid overdose, there's no question that our country is in the midst of an epidemic. But the good news is ...

    ... s hope on the horizon. Help is on the Way In May of this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Probuphine, the first buprenorphine implant for the maintenance treatment of opioid dependence - a ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... had a bad case of gingivitis. Her gums were swollen and red. Her long-term use of marijuana had wrecked her ... they should. Learn more about the history and statistics of marijuana abuse . Image Source: iStock Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... . Stitches has developed a small, but loyal fan base who are willing to pay up to $60 for meet-and-greets with him after local performances. The rapper has also become notorious for one of the most outrageous on-stage ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh. One-hundred-fifty men ... were addicted to opioids for at least a year and 50 healthy participants with no addiction history. After surveying ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... Opioid Epidemic Statistics Each day, 2.1 million people in the U.S. abuse opioids. The ... from their customers? Let's take a look at some facts and figures, then you can decide. Big Pharma Spends Big Bucks $ ... Learn more

  • The Fight Against Doctor Shopping Rages On

    Doctor shopping has become all too commonplace for addicts desperate to obtain drugs, but a new app could help determine whether emergency room ...

    ... -related illness is commonly encountered not only in the emergency room, but also elsewhere in the hospital, and this gives clinicians a much easier way to assess patients using real data.” Doctor Shopping is a ... Learn more

  • Religious Rehab Holds Addicts Against Their Will in Guatemala

    Thousands of drug addicts across Guatemala are receiving treatment at church-based rehabs throughout the country, but many of these patients are ...

    ... these patients are being held against their will and physically abused on a daily basis. Several people have ... discipline here.” Although there aren't any statistics on the effectiveness of addiction treatment in ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... 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 ... 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. ...

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

    ... Your Pills Aren't Candy A recent study revealed that twenty percent of people with leftover pills share their medications. And it's pretty easy to see how this happens. Let's say your friend's in pain from a recent ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... Learn more

  • Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About a Resurgence of Cocaine in the U.S.?

    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 ...

    ... Cocaine-related deaths spiked in 2006 at 7,500 and then slowly declined for several years. However, since ... the fall of 2016, officials seized another tractor trailer and discovered over 12.7 kilograms of cocaine mixed in ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... would need to be made. Businesses didn't sell marijuana . They didn't deliver it to customers, and they certainly weren't considering getting their products to consumers via drones. Today, with new marijuana laws in ... 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 like ...

    ... all of your brain feels like it's broken. It seems like the only answer is to chew up another Xanax . And when “just one more” doesn't do the trick anymore, you take two. It's a vicious cycle. An Acceptable Coping ... 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 School ...

    ... Chiropractic Association (ACA) estimates that back pain is the main reason most people call in sick to work and is the second highest reason for visits to the doctor (second to sinus infections). The ACA urges smokers ... 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 ...

    ... of pregnant women in the U.S. are abusing meth during pregnancy. In fact, about 25 percent ... become negative statistics . How should others respond to this study? The principle for a safe and supportive environment ... Learn more

  • Dangers of IV Drug Use: What You Need to Know About Track Marks

    Certain drugs can be injected into the muscle, under the skin, or directly into a vein. The later is the most popular method, as the intense effects ...

    ... . When this happens, many begin injecting drugs via other parts of the body, such as the neck, groin, hands and feet. Many IV drug users are conscious of their track marks, prompting them to hide the visible signs of ... 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 medical ...

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

    ... work schedules, barking dogs, a bad mattress. For many, however, the problem is insomnia . Between one-third and one-half of Americans have the dreaded sleep disorder known as insomnia. That makes for a lot of sleep ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... 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 ... Learn more

  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage IV

    One of the hardest parts after hitting rock bottom is asking for help. This is the ultimate lesson in humility; it forces you to toss your ego aside ...

    ... leading experts to consider this the fourth stage of the addiction model. By asking for help, you're showing courage and re-claiming your power. You won't be a victim to this disease any longer. Believe me, you'll gain ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... forms, cocaine and crack are abused differently. Cocaine: ... and high-dose use, creating a deadly cycle of addiction and wreaking havoc on the body systems. Learn more about the history and statistics ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... 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 ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... 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 ... 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. ...

    ... call it a night. “Come on girls, let's head back to the house,” she said. A couple of them argued and threatened to make a fuss, but Jeana was firm. She'd certainly stood up to people who much more threatening than these ... Learn more

  • 7 Crazy Ways Addicts Fund Their Drug Habits

    It's no secret that drug addiction can drive people to do things that are completely out of character. When addiction takes hold, scoring drugs to ...

    ... glamour in that kind of career path. Little girls certainly don't dream of becoming prostitutes who trade sex for crack rocks. And you'll never find a little boy who's eager to pursue a life of crime as a way to fund his ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... 's wrong for teens to smoke cigarettes, but only 42 percent think it's wrong for teens to drink alcohol and/or smoke marijuana . Over two-thirds of the students say smoking cigarettes is bad for your health, but less ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... 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 ... Learn more

  • Which Side of the Naloxone Debate Are You On?

    With the opioid epidemic claiming nearly 78 lives each and every day, President-elect Trump has his work cut out for him in the drug arena. One of ...

    ... on the Critics Critics say that it gives drug users a safety net, allowing them to take more risks and push the envelope as they seek higher highs from opiates. Indeed, many users overdose more than once - some ... Learn more

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

    We've become a country consumed with what goes into our food products. While many want organic foods, others want gluten-free meals and non-GMO ...

    ... country consumed with what goes into our food products. While many want organic foods, others want gluten-free meals and non-GMO practices. It looks like this trend has expanded to include drug use. The latest trend in ... Learn more

  • 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, ...

    ... 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 ... Learn more

  • Shackled to a Methadone Clinic

    She's been going to the same clinic for five years. Every day, she takes a bus, walks the last two blocks from the bus stop and gets in line for her ...

    ... to the same clinic for five years. Every day, she takes a bus, walks the last two blocks from the bus stop and gets in line for her dose of methadone. Five years ago, Kathy decided she needed help to break her Vicodin ... Learn more

  • States Move to Ban Synthetic Urine

    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 ...

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... Learn more

  • The AMA to Drug Companies: It’s Time You Stop Lying to Consumers

    Transparency: The condition of being free from pretense or deceit; readily understood; characterized by accessibility of information. According ...

    ... ? Until 1997, it was banned in the U.S., and it's still illegal in almost every other country. Perhaps ... the rising costs. The AMA plans to support legislative and regulatory efforts that will make access to this life- ... Learn more

  • Public Restrooms Have Become Ground Zero in Opioid Epidemic

    The opioid epidemic has impacted countless families, but according to a recent article on NPR.org , people aren't the only ones affected. Public ...

    ... use naloxone, the drug that reverses an opioid overdoses . Still, there's very little guidance on this issue. And with it being against the law to knowingly provide a space where people can use drugs, it has become a ... Learn more

  • Druggie: The New Makeup Shade Making Ugly Waves

    Approximately 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, with drug overdose deaths continuing to rise. In fact, since 1999, the number of ...

    ... by the name of this shade. We would never seek to do that. The shade was in a limited edition palette and was not planned to be re-ordered.” This comment is about the extent of Sephora's actions in taking ownership ... Learn more

  • 5 Movies That Will Make You Never Want to Do Drugs Again

    Hollywood has a knack for glamorizing controversial subjects and drug use is certainly one of them. Yet for every Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas ...

    ... based on the 1978 book by Jim Carroll, who compiled the story from diaries he kept between the ages of 12 and 16. Needless to say, any depiction of juvenile heroin use is unlikely to be pretty. But this tale of addiction ... Learn more

  • 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 ... And that number jumped up to 79 percent if alcohol and erectile dysfunction drugs were factored into the equation. The recreational substances ... Learn more

  • Take the Backdoor: Why Your Brain Can't Refrain From Cocaine

    Ted just snorted two lines of cocaine. If we could see inside his brain, we'd see some pretty alarming results. The blood vessels of Ted's brain are ...

    ... , what does that mean in plain English? The prefrontal cortex is the part of Ted's brain that processes information and weighs whether or not it's a good idea to take the drug. This new pathway (or backdoor) means that ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... meth use . Need more proof? Take a look at these statistics: Nearly half of the 75 counties in Arkansas are dry, ... with even harder substances. Talk to Us : Have something to add about meth abuse? Looking for ... Learn more

  • Cocaine Could Mess With Your Brain's Ability to Recognize Sadness and Fear

    Cocaine is a stimulant drug with a reputation for making people more social, but in reality, it tends to make users paranoid and insufferable. And ...

    ... drug with a reputation for making people more social, but in reality, it tends to make users paranoid and insufferable. And according to a new study , this may be in part because people who use cocaine are less ... 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 fatalities ...

    ... the same time period in 2014. And these are just New York State's statistics . The New England Journal of ... Schedule I controlled substances, the DEA has made them illegal to possess, sell, and buy. Unfortunately, ... Learn more

  • Mars vs. Venus: How Does Gender Affect Prescription Drugs?

    When the book Men are from Mars; Women are from Venus hit book shelves back in 1992, it was a huge hit. By highlighting the differences in men and ...

    ... are from Venus hit book shelves back in 1992, it was a huge hit. By highlighting the differences in men and women, the book's theory is still solidly ingrained in our culture. Though gender equality has come a long ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... unanimously passed a sweeping ban on both tobacco and e-cigarettes in most locations throughout the city. ... The bill would ban the sale, use and possession of cigarettes and e-cigarettes to anyone under that age. ... 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 ...

    ... If you know someone who uses E-cigarettes, educate them about the dangers of these products. Suggest that they quit and offer support in doing so. But if they insist on continuing to smoke, you can at least urge them to ... 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 ...

    ... multiple negative outcomes. Before diving headlong into this relatively new market, you need to understand what edibles are and what they aren't. At the very least, you'll want to be proactive by getting familiar with ... Learn more

  • 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, ...

    ... 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 ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... studied this coke trip under the microscope; they tell us a single dose of cocaine changes your brain's reward center. And that's partly why it's so easy to get hooked. In the end, the high you feel from snorting a ... 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 ...

    ... hit a rock bottom beyond my wildest dreams. The term “rock bottom” refers to the very lowest level you can reach, and it's used to describe a point in your life when you're finally willing to seek help . It's created ... Learn more

  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage II

    A craving is an intense desire to use a particular drug and experts consider this the second stage of addiction. This overwhelming urge to use is so ...

    ... the second stage of addiction. This overwhelming urge to use is so powerful, it hijacks normal thinking and behavior and leads to irrational acts - regardless of the consequences. This is where we find ourselves in Stage ... Learn more

  • Teachers Pause Playground Games to Pick Up Needles

    Teachers Pause Playground Games to Pick Up Needles

    Most soccer games involve time outs. But, coaches usually call them to trade a player, give a pep talk, or help a player recover from a fall. At ...

    ... tried to improve the situation by creating “safe spaces” where drug users can get high - away from schools and other public areas. They've also tried to beef up treatment services with outreach workers. It's hard to ... 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 drunk ...

    ... to me in one. Now, after years of avoiding medical care even when I needed it, I can go to the hospital and stay calm. Here are some tips I picked up to handle my triggers: Tip #1: If you need to avoid people ... 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 are ...

    ... or party where there are likely to be triggers. When you experience an urge or craving you can step outside and call this person. Bring a Non-Drinking Holiday Buddy With You A sober buddy can help remind you that in ... 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 ...

    ... . We notice the reduction in blood flow is greatest in this part of Bill's brain. That can't be good - and researchers agree. Our tour of Bill's brain is based on the results of a recent study . Experts examined the ... 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 rehab. ...

    ... singing or a millionaire because you've ended up in a very high-powered job, you only want the best treatment, and you can afford to pay for it. So where would you go? The first obvious place is the Crossroads Centre ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... . Why do we suffer from it? How does it help us? And why do some enjoy it? First, pain helps us avoid the things ... not to cripple you. If you have a twisted ankle and a tiger is coming at you (whether saber-toothed or ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... Disease Control and Prevention also highlighted why prescription opioid abuse remains arguably ... statistics into perspective, more people use prescription drugs than cocaine, heroin, MDMA and methamphetamine combined. And ... Learn more

  • A Dangerous Trio: Skipping Dinner, Binge Drinking and Overeating

    In today's culture, binge drinking is becoming more and more prevalent. This is especially true on college campuses, where a lot of partying takes ...

    ... they drink all night,” says Dr. Kevin Wandler. “A lot of the patients I see binge drink and have eight to 10 alcoholic beverages at night over only a few hours. But when you have a patient who has a drinking problem ... 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 ...

    ... their children are all living. Now, rather than sharing joy for the day, I'm jealous that their children are here…and mine is not. There's that guilt again. How can I feel this way? What kind of mother is jealous that ... Learn more

  • The Fear of Dealing with Addiction in the Public Eye

    Addiction has an insidious way of creating shame and dealing with it can heighten feelings of personal and professional embarrassment. For many, ...

    ... , seeking help may inevitably become a matter of public information. Keeping it Quiet Famous athletes and celebrities are good examples of what publicized addiction looks like, but not all public knowledge comes ... Learn more

  • Here’s What You Need to Know About the Probuphine Implant

    Probuphine is the very first breakthrough buprenorphine implant. What is buprenorphine, you ask? It's a common prescription for opioid addiction ...

    ... or an injection every day. There's no risk of forgetting to take your medication. You also can't lose it and it can't be stolen. Since the implant disperses the medication evenly throughout your body, it can be very ... Learn more

  • Cocaine and the Ultimate Battle of Neurons

    Sean was ready to give up. His brother, Tony, seemed to be a lost cause. After years of cocaine use, Tony had been through three rehab programs and ...

    ... . At the end of his rope, Sean confronted Tony: “Why do you keep doing this? Can't you see it's killing you? And it's killing me to see you do it?” “Yes, I can see that. What I can't do is stop myself. The cocaine ... 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 ...

    ... 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 life. The Choice Really is Yours When I was ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... 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 ... Learn more

  • 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, ...

    ... the pure heroin with substances like sugar, starch, ... and bounds. It's now being abused in both big cities and hundreds of tiny, remote towns scattered across this nation. Need some proof? Check out these statistics ... Learn more

  • History Channel Explores “America's War on Drugs”

    No one gets a closer view of America's war on drugs than the officers and drug traffickers who stand on opposite sides of the battle line. What ...

    ... war was raging. The first of these shocking events in the series covers an alliance between the CIA, mafia, and foreign drug traffickers back in the 60's. The goal was to protect us from communism, but was it worth ... 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 ...

    ... , “Our findings provide some support for the common claim that cannabis is used to reduce stress and relieve tension and anxiety . At the same time, our finding that participants in the higher THC group reported small ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... policy and methadone overdose rates.” Debatable Results Despite the statistics, restricting ... who genuinely need the drug for chronic pain and have never abused it. This restriction could also have far-reaching ... 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' ...

    ... they yet aren't allowed to write prescriptions for it. And, in states where marijuana is illegal, vets are cautious ... marijuana made on the health of their animals and believe, if given the opportunity, it could help ... Learn more

  • Here’s a Simple Way to Decrease Opiate Cravings

    We all know that getting enough sleep is important to your mood and overall health, but it also plays a crucial role in addiction recovery, too. ...

    ... of Getting Some ZZZ's When you think about it, these findings make sense. When you're sleep deprived and cranky, you're not feeling good or very good about yourself. Negative thoughts breed even more negative thoughts ... Learn more

  • Methadone Maintenance Clinics: Everything You Need to Know

    If you're addicted to opiates, a methadone clinic can provide ongoing medication maintenance to help you quit them. Committing to a methadone ...

    ... aware of any methadone clinics in your city, but rest assured they can be found in every state in the U.S. and they are a great option if you've been struggling to put an end to your opiate addiction. Still unsure? To ... 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 good ...

    ... addict's detrimental behaviors . It's incredibly hard to love someone unconditionally, know there is an issue, and resist helping (anyway you feel you can). However, enabling a teenager in the throes of addiction can be ... 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 ...

    ... . It's also helped me reconcile my past. In fact, I've found the more I get up in front of a group and admit my weaknesses, the more whole I've become. Tip 8: You're Not Alone There are millions of alcoholics in this ... Learn more

  • In the Rooms: 11 Benefits of Seeking Online Support in Recovery

    For the longest time, support for people in recovery was limited to in-person meetings or telephone conversations. Attending 12-step meetings, ...

    ... you're an introvert, have social anxiety, or if you're new to recovery. It's Always On The Internet is up and running 24/7, every day of the year, so odds are you will always be able to find someone to connect to ... Learn more

  • How Edie Falco Portrays Addiction and Lives Recovery

    Edie Falco has tackled a wide variety of roles on the stage and screen since beginning her career in the late '80s. But she is arguably best known ...

    ... fun for me! They spend a lot more time without me than with me… I'm always invited, and I'm always there for two minutes and I leave, because I can't live in that world anymore. It's too dangerous.” When The Sopranos ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... need some sort of hormone replacement therapy. And since opioids already deplete testosterone due to the ... that the rate of death for those using Suboxone and methadone as part of opioid substitution treatment is about ... 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 ...

    ... , you will likely find a luxury rehab that's suitable for you. While it might take a couple of attempts—and it's important to remember that no one gets better from addiction overnight—these places offer the best in the ... Learn more

  • The Five Most Famous Drug Cartels

    It should come as little surprise that the five most famous drug cartels are centered in Mexico. After all, Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo, known as ...

    ... network of the world's most violent leaders, the Guadalajara Cartel, Sinoloa Cartel, Tijuana Cartel, Juárez Cartel, and Gulf Cartel remain and will be known for a long time as five of the most famous drug cartels in the ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... her confirmation hearing on Jan. 28. Despite statistics and data to the contrary, Loretta Lynch stated ... other substances. That doesn't mean marijuana use is safe, though. The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates ... Learn more

  • New Drug Testing Technology Makes Urine Samples a Thing of the Past

    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 ...

    ... test offers the benefit of authenticity. There's no way to fool this test. The subject's identity and substance use are both captured in the sample. This eliminates dishonest practices, like using someone else's urine ... Learn more

  • Could This Inexpensive Medication Reduce Your Withdrawal Symptoms?

    Could This Inexpensive Medication Reduce Your Withdrawal Symptoms?

    Withdrawal. It's a huge hurdle on the path to recovery. Those struggling to leave opioids behind know they'll eventually have to face the ...

    ... symptoms of withdrawal. Dr. Trang says their next steps will be to determine the drug effectiveness in humans and to ensure its' safety. Their goal is to develop an effective method to treat the millions struggling with ... Learn more

  • Women More Likely to Get Hooked on Cocaine - But Why?

    Women are generally more vulnerable to cocaine addiction than men, according to a recent study published in the journal Nature Communications. ...

    ... , take drugs in larger quantities, have greater difficulty staying sober and are at an increased risk of relapse . But why? Well ... birth control pills can help female substance abusers , since the medication can ... Learn more

  • Researcher Gets $431,700 to Study the Effects of Meth on Wounds

    It's widely known that meth use can lead to a multitude of health problems: rotten teeth, memory loss, a weakened immune system. Nobody knows this ...

    ... who have been injected with a combination of other substances. Based on Martinez's preliminary studies, meth has ... IL-6, which delays the body's inflammatory response and ability to heal. His goal, then, is to see ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... issue is the mother of four and has struggled with alcohol , cocaine, and meth problems for years. Family ... argument, particularly among those who believe preventing substance abusers from getting pregnant is one of the ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... or other drugs in unknown amounts. Pills and powders containing W-18 are created in ... and sold online. Unrestricted: W-18 is not (yet) widespread. Due to its obscurity, it's not even listed as a controlled substance ... 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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