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  • Heroin Facts – Because Knowing is Half the Battle

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

    ... Americans had developed a substance use disorder involving heroin. Heroin-related deaths increased in groups across the ... one might be abusing heroin , look for the following signs: Drowsiness Heroin produces a state of ... continue reading
  • Gray Death: The New Killer on the Street

    While heroin adulterated with fentanyl has been in the news in recent years and the risks are well-known, there is a new danger on the streets, and it's even deadlier. It is a frighteningly powerful combination of heroin and synthetic opioids known ...

    ... the street today. Because a dose that isn't even visible to the eye can kill you (depending on what's in the batch) someone trying to take the amount of heroin they are used to can die in minutes. 5,7 Cases of overdoses ... continue reading
  • Relapsed on Heroin? 5 Ways to Regroup and Refocus on Recovery

    You've worked hard to build a new life. Brick by heavy brick, you laid the foundation for a life of sobriety . You were happily on the path to recovery, but somewhere along the way you got off course. You relapsed on heroin. It might feel like ...

    ... a depression that can rob you of a successful life in sobriety . Do a Body Check As you know by now, heroin abuse wreaks havoc on your body. To get back on track after a relapse, get your body back on board. Revisit the ... continue reading
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  • Don't Overestimate Your Heroin Tolerance - It Might Be the Last Thing You Do

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

    ... to be fatal for them,” said Dr. Neil Capretto. What's more, thousands of people are unknowingly buying heroin that's laced with the deadly drug. This has become a common practice among dealers, mainly because synthetic ... continue reading
  • Can You Get Addicted to Heroin After the First Use?

    Heroin has the reputation of being one of the most addictive illicit drugs. Many government and academic institutions all report that heroin is either very addictive or highly addictive . Adding to the risk associated with the substance is the ...

    ... change the method of administration in an attempt to recreate that first high. Why Do People Use Heroin? The intense high and its speed of onset are major attractions for users. Curiosity about the drug is a reason that ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Heroin Use

    Is Heroin Harmful? Heroin is the name for a modified version of morphine that is a very addictive and illegal opioid drug . The drug is available on the illicit market in a number of different varieties, with purer product tending to occur in white ...

    ... snorted, or injected. Regardless of the type of use, heroin acts quickly in the body to elicit its dramatic results. In short, heroin is very harmful. The speed and intense effects of the substance are main contributors ... continue reading
  • DEA Finally Acknowledges the Heroin Epidemic

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

    ... 2010 to 2014. In simple terms; heroin's availability, use and consequences are all dramatically increasing. ... to drop. This deadly combination is fueling heroin's growing appeal while increasing the risk of accidental ... 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 up ...

    ... she got the call. Alex had been arrested for heroin possession . She sat up late with her husband, ... Allison lived with the fear that all families of people who use illegal drugs feel. When is the call going to come? ... continue reading
  • Heroin's Death Toll Hits an All-Time High in New York

    New York City has a serious heroin problem on their hands and new data released by the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reveals just how deep the issue goes. In fact, more people died from unintentional heroin overdoses in New York ...

    ... Affluent areas of the north Bronx and eastern Queens have also become hot spots for heroin, a result of heavy opioid pill and heroin use in the surrounding suburbs in Westchester County and on Long Island. Looking to the ... 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 ...

    ... fronts - law enforcement, medical, and social services, to increase awareness of the dangers of heroin use. Meanwhile, the Chicago emergency medical services division reported their first responders will now carry extra ... continue reading
  • Occasional IV Heroin Abuse Worsens HIV Symptoms

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

    ... E. Jennifer Edelman, M.D., those who sporadically used heroin had lower counts of CD4 (which signals a weaker ... fighting cells, symptoms develop and worsen. Those signs and symptoms include: Fever Fatigue Swollen lymph ... 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 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 the highest level in 20 years. They say it's the deadliest drug worldwide. Stats from the Centers ... continue reading
  • It’s Official: Heroin is Deadlier Than Bullets

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

    ... death tolls surpassed the 30,000 mark. The increase in heroin use can be traced back to the late 1990s and early ... the 21st Century Cures Act. It is expected to be signed into effect by President Obama before the end of his ... continue reading
  • Chicken vs. Egg: Which Came First, Heroin or OxyContin Addiction?

    For centuries, people have debated one age old question: which came first, the chicken or the egg? While both sides of this argument have their valid points, the question itself has evolved, making its way into other areas of society, including the ...

    ... removal from the market. According to data from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), about 669,000 Americans reported using heroin in the past year , a number that has steadily risen since 2007. Those ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Heroin Addict

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

    ... . Neglecting your appearance. Am I Addicted to Heroin? A sign that you're addicted to heroin is if you experience withdrawal symptoms when you're not using heroin. Symptoms of withdrawal include: Restlessness. Insomnia ... continue reading
  • Heroin Abuse

    About Heroin Abuse What Is Heroin? Heroin use is increasing across new demographics. Learn more about this disturbing trend. Heroin is a substance that is both illegal and extremely addictive . The substance derives from opium from the poppy plant ...

    ... begin to occur that involve the body slowing down and being less active and alert . These signs of heroin use include: Feeling drowsy and sleepy for several hours. Having a foggy mental state. Slowed breathing. Slowed ... continue reading
  • Heroin Relapse

    Heroin Relapse is Common Heroin addiction is very powerful and, because of its interaction with opioid receptors and reinforcing influence on your brain's reward centers, results in such profound feelings of euphoria and pleasure that it sometimes ...

    ... the physical phase , a person starts using again when the pull of the addiction becomes too strong to resist. Relapse Warning Signs Some common warning signs of heroin relapse include 6,7 : Experiencing a distressing ... continue reading
  • Heroin Overdose

    Heroin is one of the most common, addictive, and lethal drugs in the world. A morphine derivative, heroin is sold illegally in the form of white or brown powder, or a sticky black substance known as “black tar heroin”. In its various forms, ...

    ... is potentially lethal and requires immediate medical attention . Signs and symptoms may vary depending on 5 : The amount and purity of the heroin used. Any other substances consumed. The person's age and weight. Risk ... continue reading
  • Supervised Heroin Shooting Galleries: Coming to a Public Housing Site?

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

    ... new effort in hopes of curbing this deadly trend. The goal is to get intravenous drug users to use in designated supervised areas of public housing facilities, as opposed to injecting all alone where they could overdose ... continue reading
  • Snorting Heroin

    Heroin is a highly addictive Schedule I controlled drug. Heroin has a long history—it was first synthesized (as diacetylmorphine) in 1874 from morphine. Paradoxically, heroin was originally marketed as a safer and non-addictive form of morphine. ...

    ... as they increase doses to combat tolerance. Signs of a heroin overdose include 6 : Shallow and/or ... perspiration can last 8 to 15 hours after the last heroin use and may get worse over the course of a couple days ... continue reading
  • Heroin Withdrawal

    Heroin is an illicitly manufactured opioid drug and morphine derivative. Both the pain-relieving and pleasurable properties of heroin are initiated through the drug's interaction with opioid receptors in the brain. It is most often distributed on ...

    ... dangerous drugs in the world. Signs of Heroin Withdrawal When your body has become dependent on heroin, a number of unpleasant withdrawal symptoms will arise when the drug hasn't been used for a certain amount of time ... continue reading
  • Why Is Heroin So Deadly Today?

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

    ... an all-too-common occurrence. The New Face of Heroin The dangers of heroin use are not new, but over the last few ... involved, overdose can occur instantly 12 . Other signs and symptoms of overdose include 11 : Dry mouth ... continue reading
  • Heroin’s Effects on Pregnancy

    Heroin is an illegal and highly addictive substance that may be injected, smoked, or snorted. This powerful opiate drug can easily harm any user, and it can cause numerous problems for a pregnant mother and her developing baby. Unfortunately, heroin ...

    ... does your child. Call for assistance finding a drug addiction rehab program today. Effects of Heroin Use on the Mother Heroin use during pregnancy is a major public health concern, with the potential to result in serious ... continue reading
  • Heroin Addiction Hotline Guide

    Call Now What is a Heroin Hotline? Heroin addiction is a very hard challenge to overcome alone. That is why doctors, mental health professionals, and support group members advocate seeking help if you believe you or someone you care about is ...

    ... call for a variety of reasons, including: To get information about the dangers of heroin use and the high addictive potential for heroin . Because they are concerned about a loved one. Because they want to get help ... 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 ...

    ... estimated 5.1 million Americans are currently abusing pain pills, as compared to 0.3 million Americans who use heroin, according to data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. But experts are quick to point out that ... continue reading
  • Why Is Heroin So Addictive?

    Despite its dangers and reputation for harm, use of heroin continues to climb higher in the US. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Rates of heroin use have increased across gender, socioeconomic status, age group, ...

    ... some or all of the following: Spending a majority of resources finding, securing, and using heroin. Using more heroin than intended or more frequently than intended. Failing to participate in once-enjoyed activities or ... continue reading
  • Heroin History and Statistics

    History Heroin is a powerful opiate narcotic that has no legal medical use in the US. Outside of the US, pharmaceutical grade heroin is still produced for limited therapeutic use. It is occasionally prescribed for severe pain in countries such as ...

    ... for the first time in 2013—this number has not changed much over the last decade. More than 680,000 people used heroin at some point during the last year in 2013—a number that has steadily risen from over 370,000 in 2007 ... continue reading
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    Percocet is a prescription opioid containing both oxycodone and acetaminophen. While it is an effective pain reliever, as a Schedule II controlled drug it has a high potential for abuse due to the oxycodone in it. Oxycodone is a semisynthetic opioid ...

    ... bring about a euphoric high is similar to that of heroin, which helps to explain why it can be so ... use. Visible nasal damage due to snorting. Frequently appearing sedated or drowsy. Showing the physical signs of use ... continue reading
  • 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 of the drug occurs very quickly. Those that use this method will begin to show marks on their body ...

    ... not treated , permanently damaged veins can never be healed. The appearance of track marks are not only a sign of drug use ; they also carry a social stigma due to the health risks that are associated with this drug sub ... continue reading
  • Snorting Ketamine

    Ketamine is a drug used in human and animal surgery to induce numbness and sedation without compromising breathing and blood pressure 1 . It is a dissociative anesthetic, and it has been increasingly used as a party drug due to the detached, ...

    ... to some other abused drugs, such as cocaine and heroin, it may not be associated with as high a ... use of ketamine despite problems related to use. Repeatedly using ketamine in dangerous situations, like driving. Visible ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Percocet Abuse

    Percocet is the brand name for a mixture of oxycodone , one of the strongest opioids, and acetaminophen , the main component in over-the-counter fever reducers like Tylenol. An opioid is a synthetic derivative of opium, and it is commonly used in ...

    ... of euphoria and numbness in the user, similar to heroin, and they build tolerance, making them ripe for ... Brune, et al., 2015). Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol with Percocet The visible effects of alcohol and Percocet abuse ... continue reading
  • 25 Great Writers Who Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    Drug and alcohol addiction can batter anyone Of course, some are more susceptible than others, and writers are notorious for having some sort of addiction. Whether it's alcohol to numb the noise from the world or speed or LSD to “inspire” them, ...

    ... it's alcohol to numb the noise from the world or speed or LSD to “inspire” them, the bohemian yet lonely world ... famous for his book titled Junkie, Burroughs was a heroin and opioid addict. He even accidentally shot his ... 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 ...

    ... the amount of foreign substances in your body. Although signs and symptoms vary depending on the type of drug abused ... the National Institute on Drug Abuse reports heroin-related deaths have increased five-fold over the ... continue reading
  • 4 Hangover “Cures” You Need to Ignore

    The lights are too bright. The noises are too loud. Your head's spinning. Your stomach's in turmoil. No, it's not the flu. You have a hangover. You had a few too many yesterday, and now you're paying for it. Beware the Miracle Remedy So, what can ...

    ... the level of alcohol in your system. Just like coffee, the refreshing water may wake you up, but it doesn't speed up the process. But you will smell nicer. Take two and call me in the morning: Popping a couple of aspirin ... continue reading
  • Injecting Drugs: 9 Hidden Dangers

    Did you know that injecting drugs into your body can increase your risk for a number of health problems? Additionally, did you know that injection-related injuries not only include bruising, scarring, and venous injury, but also infectious diseases ...

    ... , using a blunt needle can injury and damage the veins as well. Black Tar Heroin Black tar heroin is a dark, tarry form of heroin. One study found that people who reported injecting black tar heroin had visible wounds ... continue reading
  • 3 Devastatingly Dangerous Alcohol-Drug Combos

    According to statistics compiled by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), roughly 25 percent of substance-related emergency room admissions involve a combination of both drugs and alcohol. Poly-Drug Abuse Although ...

    ... Much like benzodiazepines, illegal opiates like heroin and prescription opioids (OxyContin, Vicodin, ... to an extent. In other words, stimulants (cocaine, speed, meth, Ritalin, Adderall) mask the depressive effects of ... continue reading
  • Teen Drug Abuse: The Warning Signs

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

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  • Mirror, Mirror: Aging Early Courtesy of Alcohol

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

    ... 've been searching for. How? Alcohol accelerates the aging process. Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, we speed towards wrinkles. Reducing our alcohol consumption can help us avoid the following alcohol aging effects ... continue reading
  • Unchain My Heart: The Real Impact of Booze

    Anyone who has experienced alcohol abuse first hand knows how heartbreaking it can be. The emotional and relational damage left in its wake is devastating. Did you know this “heartache” is more than figurative? Believe it or not, the abuse of ...

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    Laura feels uncomfortable in social situations. She likes to have a few beers to loosen up. She prefers “drunk Laura” to “sober Laura” when trying to socialize. She thinks she's a lot more fun and likeable. Tom blew up at his friend Chris ...

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  • How to Stay Productive at Work While Still in Recovery

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    ... be a good idea if you're really struggling with your addiction, getting back to work can often actually help speed up your recovery; working gives you a sense of purpose and keeps your mind off of unhealthy thoughts. By ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Abuse Programs

    The U.S. government indicates that more than 17.5 million people are alcoholics or have problems with alcohol. That alcohol consumption is legal, accessible and visible all around us gives many people a false sense of security about their own ...

    ... alcohol. That alcohol consumption is legal, accessible and visible all around us gives many people a false sense of ... can sometimes be effective. Whether you decide to use our helpline of advisors or another one you've ... continue reading
  • Drugs and Liver Disease

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  • Snorting Fentanyl

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    ... opioid medications, which is why it frequently reserved only for use in opioid-tolerant patients 3,4 . Fentanyl is up to ... consuming heroin ( or other drugs) 1,6 . The speed of onset. Intensity. Duration of effects. Speed ... continue reading
  • Dangers of Shooting Up

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    ... increases the speed of onset of effects as well as their intensity, this method of use is associated ... combination of tramadol with 2 or more other drugs. Signs of tramadol overdose include 1 : Pinpoint pupils. Profound ... continue reading
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    ... the morbidity and mortality associated with ongoing heroin use, for example, as well as other ... top 3 drugs involved in prescription opioid overdose deaths 12 . Signs that someone has overdosed on methadone include 1,2,4 ... continue reading
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    ... is roughly 50 times more potent than heroin . It is often used in operating rooms, in intensive care units ... of this powerful CNS stimulant are also referred to as speed, ice, crank, meth, and crystal. What is Methaqualone ... continue reading
  • Amphetamine Addiction

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  • How to Get Help for Ketamine Addiction

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    ... the addicted individual. Other signs of ketamine addiction are visible in family and work ... when confronted by your drug use? Do you try to stop using ketamine, or cut down your use of it without success despite ... continue reading
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    ... judgment and motor skills. There are several visible signs of concurrent alcohol and marijuana abuse. They include ... state of mind of the user, effects of marijuana use can include paranoia and high anxiety. In fact, the ... continue reading
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    ... known as opioids, which act upon particular receptors in the brain and body to produce their effects. Heroin and prescription opioids may seem like very different drugs, but they are actually remarkably similar in both ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Ketamine Use

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    ... wrong because of its potency; it's more powerful than speed or coke weight for weight, so it's easy to ... find that you're in trouble with the law as a result of using ketamine and don't want to give it up, you may well ... continue reading
  • Who Manufacturers All these Crazy Semi-Legal Designer Drugs?

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  • Snorting Vicodin

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    ... Vicodin Lead to Heroin Use? Evidence suggests that any kind of opioid abuse raises the risk of eventual heroin use 6 . ... blue due to lack of oxygen 1 . Other signs and symptoms of a hydrocodone overdose include 1 : ... continue reading
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    ... a user may feel less drowsy if they have used cocaine with heroin, but this deception is a mere smokescreen. The ... which they do at a faster rate than heroin. Signs of overdose from speedballs include: Bluish skin or ... continue reading
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    ... a fairly new combo making national headlines. The deadly mixture is made of a variety of opioids, including heroin , fentanyl , carfentanil , and a lesser-known synthetic opiate known as U-47700 . It resembles concrete ... continue reading
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    ... 50,000 in 2015 , Americans are in desperate need for effective solutions. In Morris County alone, heroin deaths have increased 155 percent since 2011. Hope One proponents believe this program will be effective because ... continue reading
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    ... overdosed on the synthetic opioid in 2014, and deaths continue to surge into 2017 as street drugs like heroin and cocaine are unknowingly laced with fentanyl. Proceed With Caution But users aren't the only ones urged ... continue reading
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    ... Whether the mice received 30 days of chronic cocaine use or two repeated injections of the drug, Pan and his team noted a dramatic drop in blood flow speed. For the very first time, researchers were also able to identify ... continue reading
  • 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. Naturally, you want somewhere that's a little more exclusive to avoid running into someone who might ...

    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. Naturally, you want somewhere that's a little more exclusive to avoid ... 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 ...

    ... understand the risks involved with an overdose. How An Overdose Causes Brain Damage Opiates and opioids (heroin, morphine, OxyContin, Fentanyl) are depressants, meaning the drugs slow down your breathing and heart rate ... continue reading
  • 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 dose of methadone. Five years ago, Kathy decided she needed help to break her Vicodin addiction. ...

    ... more and more common. Methadone maintenance programs are designed to help people who are addicted to opiates - heroin and OxyContin for example. Patients need just one dose a day in order to avoid withdrawal. But some ... continue reading
  • Do Safe Injection Sites Violate the Hippocratic Oath? One Nurse Says Yes

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

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    ... have become richer and more powerful than any nation's drug cartel, and continuing to rise is the demand for heroin and other illegal drugs.” The four-part series is sure to raise as many questions as it answers. (Is the ... continue reading
  • Virginia Wants Treatment - Not Jail - For Its Addicted Citizens

    During the four years I was in prison, I met hundreds and hundreds of women. Many were first-time, nonviolent offenders - and almost all were battling some type of chemical dependency. For those with substance abuse problems , incarceration did ...

    ... treatment, not jail time. According to a new statewide poll , more than six out of 10 respondents believed heroin users should be offered treatment instead of being arrested and charged with a crime. Seven out of 10 felt ... continue reading
  • Addiction in Its Simplest Form (Short Animation)

    This short animation created by Andreas Hykade breaks down what drug addiction looks like in its simplest form. It's remarkably catching and has created a buzz around the web. The bird-like creature is caught up and will not let go of the golden ...

    ... let go of the golden nugget. The golden nugget represents any drug of choice - alcohol, cocaine, opiates, benzos, heroin and much more. Not only does it represent drugs, but bad habits that can't be shaken off, such as ... continue reading
  • Drug Trafficking Across Borders

    Data on drug seizures at the U.S. border indicate an alarming volume of trafficking taking place in recent years. Since 2009, heroin seizures at the southwestern border have almost tripled, while meth seizures quintupled through 2014. Worse yet, ...

    ... the U.S. border indicate an alarming volume of trafficking taking place in recent years. Since 2009, heroin seizures at the southwestern border have almost tripled, while meth seizures quintupled through 2014. Worse yet ... continue reading
  • Common Neurological Risks of Drug Abuse

    While substance abuse may cause a user to feel a short-lived euphoria or impart a sense of temporary well-being, the adverse effects can be dangerous and, in some instances, may lead to permanent brain damage. Chronic drug and alcohol abuse is ...

    ... CNS) stimulants, such as cocaine and methamphetamine, speed up brain activity, blood pressure, and heart ... well as illicit drugs, such as heroin . Research suggests that long-term heroin use can cause the white matter in ... continue reading
  • Free, National and 24-Hour Drug Addiction and Substance Abuse Hotline Numbers

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    ... you or a loved one has experienced 2 or more of these signs within the last 12 months, it may be time to seek ... Abuse Helpline Number? Making the call to a drug use hotline can seem overwhelming. Picking up the phone takes ... continue reading
  • Alcohol Poisoning: You Can Save a Life in Less Than 10 Steps

    Last night Kerry got drunk…and then kept drinking. By the end of the night, he couldn't even stand up on his own. His friends carried him to the car, drove him home and put him to bed on his couch. They thought he'd just sleep it off and have a ...

    ... your own vomit. If worse comes to worse, you can fall into a coma and die . What Are the Signs of Alcohol Poisoning? Since it's a potentially life-threatening situation, you need to know what alcohol poisoning looks like ... continue reading
  • I Did What??? The Anatomy of a Blackout

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    ... short-term memories were never stored in the first place . Pretty frightening, huh? Looking for Signs There are no definite signs to identify when or if someone is experiencing a blackout. In fact, many outsiders won't ... continue reading
  • Pay Attention: 7 Red Flags of a Xanax Overdose

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

    ... and love is currently taking or abusing Xanax , you'll want to watch for the following seven signs of potential overdose: Drowsiness: Do they seem unreasonably sleepy? Confusion: Are their thoughts and words not making ... 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 ...

    ... are not felt, then the addiction may only worsen. Willful Ignoring When a teenager begins to display common signs and symptoms of addiction, some parents may try to ignore the problem, hoping it will disappear. Others ... continue reading
  • Suboxone Withdrawal

    Suboxone is a medication approved for the treatment of opioid addiction and dependence . As part of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) regimen, Suboxone can help return the recovering individual to a life free of the intense highs and lows ...

    ... the same opioid receptors with which drugs like heroin and OxyContin act but is incapable of eliciting ... the drug and get off opioids for good. Signs of Withdrawal Suboxone's speed of onset and total duration of action are ... continue reading
  • Meth Abuse

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    ... can be swallowed, snorted, injected, or smoked. Signs and Symptoms Like other stimulant drugs, methamphetamine acts ... methamphetamine use can include the following: Street Names Ice. Crystal. Meth. Crank. Speed. Increased ... continue reading
  • Exploring The Dangers of Benzodiazepines

    A recent study found that one in six adults in the United States take psychiatric drugs for the treatment of mental health conditions. Among the most commonly used medications are benzodiazepines. These sedative drugs, used for the treatment of ...

    ... It's clear that benzodiazepines have important medical uses; however benzodiazepines also carry significant risks - these dangers are clearly visible in statistics on emergency room visits related to benzodiazepines ... continue reading
  • Snorting Valium

    Valium is a prescription sedative medication that falls into the class of drugs known as benzodiazepines 1 . Also available as generic diazepam, Valium is prescribed in pill form to treat anxiety and panic symptoms 1,2 . When taken as prescribed, it ...

    ... better high, since in some cases snorting drugs can speed up and intensify their effects. However, it is ... 's in active addiction may hide or minimize their drug use. Signs that a person is addicted to Valium include 10 : ... continue reading
  • Alcohol: The Breast Cancer Risk in a Bottle

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  • Alcohol is Addictive… But is it Also Contagious?

    A quick choice to consume alcohol doesn't just affect you - it may also affect those around you, particularly in social situations. New research suggests that, whether or not they are aware of it, people in groups are influenced by each other's ...

    ... to handle group interactions with friends, family or co-workers. If you or someone you know struggles with binge drinking, learn more about alcohol abuse signs, symptoms and treatment options . Image Source: pixabay.com continue reading
  • The Siver Lining for Meth-Exposed Newborns Starts Here

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    ... the child is older. Preschool teachers, nurses, doctors and other care providers should be on alert for signs of behavior issues tied to prenatal meth exposure. Additional Reading: The Damage Done: 6 Long-Term Reminders ... continue reading
  • Home Alone: Binge-Drinking and Motherhood

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    ... since it's easier to justify the amount of alcohol consumed. What's more, there are fewer warning signs or consequences of drinking in the privacy of your own home, making it easier for functioning alcoholics to cling ... continue reading
  • I’m Having Opiate Withdrawals – Am I Addicted?

    Shelly's knee surgery went great. The doctor said she'd be running again in no time. Before she'd be ready for her next 5K, she'd have to endure some fairly intense pain and a lot of physical therapy. While in the hospital, Shelly received regular ...

    ... can also serve as a compass of sorts, indicating you might've reached the point of dependency. Behavioral signs can include: Taking more medication than prescribed Taking opiates even when not needed for pain Going to ... continue reading
  • 5 Lies We’re Told About High-Functioning Alcoholics

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    ... 's actually happening is that he's successfully managed to conceal his drinking… for now . HFA's don't show signs of alcoholism.” From the outside, it may seem like he's got it all together. But dig a little deeper and ... continue reading
  • 5 Reasons Driving on Benzos is Just a Bad Idea

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    ... won't be completely aware of the surroundings or awake enough to respond appropriately. Red lights or stop signs may go unnoticed. Drifting toward sleep can cause drifting into oncoming traffic in the opposite lanes. Let ... continue reading
  • What It’s Like to Be an Alcoholic Woman

    Before the turn of the century, alcoholism was generally thought of as a “man's” problem. My, how things have changed… For years, researchers have warned that more and more women are drinking. And it's not just a spike in the number of women ...

    ... 7 Getting Older and Drinking Many alcohol-related ailments affecting older drinkers are mistakenly blown off as “normal” signs of aging. In the end, many of these conditions are often missed by doctors - especially among ... continue reading
  • Snorting Adderall

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  • Side Effects of Librium Use

    Librium , which is a brand name formulation of chlordiazepoxide, belongs to a class of sedative medications known as benzodiazepines . Librium has been widely used as a treatment for anxiety and for managing the symptoms of alcohol and other ...

    ... 1,2 . Mixing alcohol or opioids, such as heroin or prescription painkillers, with Librium can increase the risk ... lead to an addiction or Librium use disorder . Warning signs of Librium addiction can include 7 : ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse Treatment Center

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    Drug abuse treatment centers vary in a number of important ways. Finding the center that best meets your individual needs is paramount to a lasting recovery. The toll-free Drug Abuse Helpline at can assist you in finding ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Clonazepam Use

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  • Busting 6 Alcohol Myths: Fact or Fiction?

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  • Flawed Research: Proof That Social Drinking Was Never Healthy

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  • You’re Not a Victim: 5 Ways to Break Out of This Role

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    ... to get it. This kind of thinking has to change. Start thinking more long-term. Delaying gratification is a sign of maturity. It involves a bigger perspective and healthier responses . It results in better choices for a ... continue reading
  • Druggie: The New Makeup Shade Making Ugly Waves

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