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  • Twelve of the Most Addictive Drugs

    Addiction affects millions of lives in the U.S. It is a chronic disease that frequently includes cycles of relapse and remission, and it is progressive without treatment or participation in recovery work. It is characterized by being unable to ...

    ... causing the user to repeatedly smoke it to stay high. Withdrawal symptoms can include ... Methamphetamine/Crystal Meth Methamphetamine is a stimulant that is typically used as a powder or pill. Crystal meth is a type of meth ... continue reading
  • Why is Meth So Addictive?

    According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Abuse and Health, 4.9% of Americans aged 12 and older reported using methamphetamine in their lifetime. 1 Meth is an extremely addictive drug with limited medical use. It creates an intense high that can ...

    ... for days at a time. 2 Here we explore why meth is so addictive and some of the negative effects that can come from using the drug. Methods of Use Methamphetamine users have several means of taking the drug to achieve a ... continue reading
  • The Damage Done: 6 Long-Term Reminders of Meth Abuse

    Methamphetamine is an extremely toxic and vile drug that produces an initial rush of euphoria and a massive boost of energy. After that first encounter, users can quickly find themselves chasing that same “good” feeling over and over again, but ...

    ... tears his clothes off and ties them around his head.” Physical Appearance Symptom including “meth face” and “meth mouth” are classic signs of long-term meth use, all of which results in drastic changes in appearance that ... continue reading
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  • Before & After: Physical Effects of Drugs

    Drug abuse is a national issue continuing to plague Americans of all walks of life. An estimated 19.7 million Americans age 12 and older struggled with a substance use disorder in 2017. Research also shows that many people who suffer from untreated ...

    ... crystal meth can cause what's referred to as “meth mouth,” when a drug user's teeth begin to crack and decay. Additionally, meth ... is true that most occasional users would not display these symptoms of deterioration, it is ... continue reading
  • Ice Bugs: Don’t Scratch That Phantom Itch!

    Methamphetamine is an extremely addictive stimulant that causes irreversible harm to the body. Manufactured from a toxic concoction of chemicals, it damages blood vessels in the brain, destroys teeth and causes severe impairment in memory, judgment ...

    ... the skin, known as formication. Many meth users feel this crawling sensation and start to obsessively ... finally gotten some sleep. However, meth is addictive and has powerful withdrawal symptoms. Once it wears off, which ... continue reading
  • Meth on the Mind: It’s a Mental Downhill Slide for Users

    Kim felt dizzy; she was confused and her speech was severely slurred. Her sister thought she'd had a stroke. Kim couldn't focus, had no energy and seemed very sleepy. It's no surprise her sister was worried, but Kim certainly wasn't suffering from a ...

    ... wrong. As she put the symptoms together, she realized Matt was using meth. It was affecting him psychologically ... and so are its side effects. Meth creates the euphoric high that its users seek by forcing the release of two ... continue reading
  • A Look at the Physical Anatomy of an Overdose

    A drug overdose occurs when the body has been overloaded with either prescription medication or an illicit substance. Under normal circumstances, our body's metabolism would be able to detoxify the substance in order to avoid its potentially harmful ...

    ... cause an overdose in a first-time or long-time user. Overdose is most common among meth users who administer the drug intravenously. Symptoms of a meth overdose also include violent or erratic behavior, sweating and loss ... continue reading
  • What Drugs Cause the Most Insane Behavior?

    Many substances that are addictive cause mental changes or unusual behavior. Even if a substance does not inherently have mind-altering properties, people who are addicted to it may display strange behavior if they need the drug are unable to obtain ...

    ... depression. Those addicted to cocaine may experience symptoms like psychosis, depression, and an inability to ... inner-city environments; it is characterized by a crystal or rock-like appearance. Anabolic Steroids Anabolic ... continue reading
  • What is Molly? 5 Things You Didn’t Know About MDMA

    On the street you'll hear her referred to as Molly—as if she were a real person and not a drug. Molly is a street name for MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine), a popular rave drug used at nightclubs and music festivals to alter mood and ...

    ... a street name for MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine), a popular rave drug used at nightclubs and ... user feeling dark and depressed. Many people refer to this phenomenon as “Suicide Tuesday,” even though the symptoms ... continue reading
  • Will the Nation’s First Safe Injection Site Make a Positive Impact?

    It's no secret that intravenous drug use poses major risks. While other forms of drug use carry a risk of HIV and Hepatitis C transmission, people who inject drugs by far have the highest risk. To put that in perspective a little better, the U.S. ...

    ... by the end of the year, in addition to clean meth pipes and alcohol swabs. Murphy is trying to raise $150 ... - a major health crisis caused by IV drug use and put users in a better position to seek help when they're ready to ... 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 ...

    ... of foreign substances in your body. Although signs and symptoms vary depending on the type of drug abused and the ... While overdosing on stimulants (cocaine, speed, methamphetamine) is not as deadly, statistically speaking, ... continue reading
  • The Use and Abuse of Date Rape Drugs

    Although Bill Cosby has been making headlines for his alleged use of date rape drugs, sexual assault cases involving these substances have been a problem in the U.S. for decades and continue to be a growing trend. What's more, many young adults and ...

    ... names: GHB, liquid ecstasy, blue nitro, cherry meth, easy lay) GHB is a narcotic sedative that comes ... drugs often say the effects are “paralyzing.” The symptoms kick in approximately twenty to thirty minutes after taking ... continue reading
  • Dangerous Additives: What's Really in Your Cocaine?

    Cocaine is one of the most lethal illegal substances. This can be explained by the extraordinary psychoactive and biological effects of the drug; cocaine is the single most powerful central nervous system stimulant. At high doses it can stop the ...

    ... anesthetics to mimic some of the drug's symptoms. Common anesthetics used in cocaine include benzocaine, ... with the cocaine. The resulting hardened, brownish “crystals” are then smoked, reaching the bloodstream even faster ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... when they came to the hospital from rural areas.” What Makes Meth So Dangerous? Methamphetamine - also known as meth , crystal meth, crank, speed, ice, and crystal - is a potent stimulant. It causes destructive long-term ... continue reading
  • Spotlight on ADHD Meds and Their Frightening Meth Connection

    The opioid crisis has been making headlines for years, but there's another drug epidemic that has been flying under the radar: Abuse of ADHD drugs. ADHD drugs, such as Adderall and Ritalin, increase levels of the brain chemical dopamine and provide ...

    ... crystal meth . Though there has been little research into this issue, there is one recent study that compared d-amphetamine (Adderall) with methamphetamine. Using 13 participants who were regular methamphetamine users ... continue reading
  • 7 Shocking Facts About Meth in the Gay Community

    As one of the most popular drugs in the gay community, users mistakenly believe that crystal meth leads to fun and enhances their life experiences. Due to that train of thought, this drug has become somewhat of an epidemic among the gay ...

    As one of the most popular drugs in the gay community, users mistakenly believe that crystal meth leads to fun and enhances their life experiences. Due to that train of thought, this drug has become somewhat of an ... continue reading
  • The Forefathers of Modern Illicit Drugs

    While illicit drugs are a major concern in today's society, many of them didn't start off as recreational. On the contrary, many started off with medicinal and anesthetic purposes. Here's a look at some of the forefathers of modern illicit drugs, ...

    ... 's work that led pharmacologist Akira Ogata to synthesize the crystalline form of methamphetamine , which we today know as crystal meth . Friedrich Sertürner - The Forefather of Morphine Born in 1783, Friedrich Sertürner ... continue reading
  • 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 better than Luis Martinez, microbiologist and associate professor of biomedical sciences at the New ...

    ... . What made these wounds refuse to heal and why did meth users want to scratch them? Now, Martinez will be able research the impact methamphetamine has on wounds - the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently awarded ... continue reading
  • 30 Famous Athletes Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Michael Phelps Eight-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Michael Phelps has not only plunged into the water, but into drugs. In 2009, he lost his endorsement contract with Kellogg's after a photo emerged of him taking a hit of marijuana . 2. Dock ...

    ... and claimed his drug usage was the result of drinking a spiked soda, later revealed he had done crystal meth frequently during his career. 7. Josh Hamilton MLB player Josh Hamilton's career was delayed and derailed for ... continue reading
  • The Siver Lining for Meth-Exposed Newborns Starts Here

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

    ... women in the U.S. are abusing meth during pregnancy. In fact, about 25 percent of all pregnant women seeking treatment at federal facilities are methamphetamine users. The result is hundreds of thousands of babies ... continue reading
  • Location, Location: “Dry” Counties Have Higher Meth Abuse Rates

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

    ... among the top U.S. states with the highest rates of meth use . Need more proof? Take a look at these statistics ... themselves in much deeper trouble with illicit drugs like methamphetamine. If we're to learn a lesson from ... continue reading
  • Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal

    Many substances of abuse can lead to the development of physiological dependence—especially if they are taken in large amounts and for a long period of time. When a person becomes dependent on a substance and then decides to stop using it, they ...

    ... ) followed by crashes, where use is stopped, and withdrawal symptoms arise. 3 Illicit central nervous system stimulants include crystal methamphetamine, cocaine, or crack. Some prescription stimulant medications such as ... continue reading
  • Marijuana Mouth: Worse Than Meth Mouth?

    Kim is 38-years-old; she had been smoking weed since college. Her dentist could tell. Kim had a bad case of gingivitis. Her gums were swollen and red. Her long-term use of marijuana had wrecked her dental hygiene. If nothing changes, Kim's mouth ...

    ... Is it Really Worth the Rot? Gum disease. Missing teeth. Painful gums. Clearly, meth isn't the only drug that can ruin your mouth. Still, most marijuana users aren't thinking about their dental hygiene 15 or 20 years from ... continue reading
  • Is Your Friend High? Here’s How to Tell…

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

    ... high. (A)gitation: Some drugs, such as methamphetamine and cocaine, can cause irritability and nervousness. If ... drug use . Opioids are known for causing these symptoms. If you suspect your friend is struggling with drug ... continue reading
  • Let’s Talk Truth: Exactly How Long Do Drugs Stay in Your System?

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

    ... practice on Saturday. Will their Friday night use be detected? Meth stays in your blood for 1 to 3 days after use ... on the quantity and frequency of use. For regular users, blood tests can come up positive for 7 days or ... 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 ...

    ... their highest levels on record. Additionally, methamphetamine positivity rates have reached their highest levels since ... Employers also have to consider the negative effect drug users can have on the rest of the staff. In ... continue reading
  • Methadone Programs: A Bad Treatment Plan for Addicted Parents?

    When it comes to the negative effects of substance abuse , addiction casts a wide net. Addicted parents, in particular, are faced with a unique set of challenges, as an opiate dependency ultimately affects the whole family. For thousands of parents ...

    ... in the United States. Overdose and Death Mortality rates are much higher for parents using methadone than for heroin users in general. Thirty-two (25 percent) of the 130 families in the study experienced the death of an ... continue reading
  • Drug Abuse: The Oral Health Kryptonite

    It's February and we've all celebrated Groundhog Day, Valentine's Day and even President's day. So, that's basically it for February, right? Well…actually it isn't. February is also National Dental Health Month, making this a great time to promote ...

    ... exposure, the protective enamel turns soft from decay. Methamphetamine: The use of this drug causes severe dry ... exposure to cavity-causing bacteria. Cocaine also causes users to clench and grind their teeth, wearing down ... continue reading
  • Finding New Life in a Methadone Program

    After falling off a ladder, Suzanne was rushed to the hospital and examined from stem to stern. Her pelvic bone was fractured and she'd sprained her wrist, but the pain in her left shoulder was unbearable. Suzanne dislocated her shoulder and ...

    ... issue. Other than a handful of “hot flashes” and some mild stomach upset, Suzanne barely noticed any withdrawal symptoms . Paying it Forward and the Greater Good Today, Suzanne is a happy, healthy 7 th grade teacher. She ... 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. ...

    ... - one that nearly ruined his life. He was thankful that methadone provided a way to help keep his withdrawal symptoms at bay. What Peter wasn't focused on was the fact that his methadone dosage had gone up 300 percent ... continue reading
  • You’re Fired: Police Departments Weaning K9’s Off Marijuana

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

    ... cocaine. Retraining Traditionally, law enforcement agencies taught their dogs to sniff out heroin, crack, cocaine, meth and marijuana. However, there's no way for the dogs to indicate a specific substance or the amount ... continue reading
  • Countering the Myths About Methadone: Is it Right for You?

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

    Methadone maintenance has been around for years as an effective treatment for opioid dependency . Yet, its use remains controversial, and there's seemingly no end to the myths and false information aimed at discouraging ... continue reading
  • CDC Wants Medicaid to Restrict Access to Methadone for Pain

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

    Methadone is in the hot seat again. Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged Medicaid to restrict access to the drug, citing that methadone - when prescribed for pain, not for opiate ... continue reading
  • 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 maintenance program for at least 1 year will likely change your life for the better and help you commit to ...

    ... report of the drugs that you have used in the last month up to one year. History of withdrawal symptoms (experienced currently or in the past). Try to remember that the staff members will be asking these questions to ... continue reading
  • Shocking Stories Reveal Serious Dangers of Flakka

    There's a whole new synthetic drug “craze” sweeping the nation courtesy of a drug known as Flakka. The Drug Enforcement Agency had no reported cases involving Flakka as recently as 2010, but that number soared to 670 in 2014. While many of the ...

    ... number soared to 670 in 2014. While many of the young users say the substance is “relatively harmless,” recent studies and reports ... Flakka is even more addictive than methamphetamine . Researchers at the Scripps Research ... 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 ...

    ... effects, addiction and even death. What's Really Inside? Users of so-called “legal” drugs don't know what is ... synthetics replicate stimulants (amphetamines) like speed and meth. They can cause nausea, vomiting, delusions, ... continue reading
  • Dying to Get High: Half of 2014 U.S. Drug Deaths Caused By Opiates

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

    ... more people use prescription drugs than cocaine, heroin, MDMA and methamphetamine combined. And because the DEA report shows that more than half of these users are getting their pills for free from family and friends, it ... continue reading
  • How Kids Get Hooked on Drugs at Such a Young Age

    It's every parent's fear: their kids doing drugs. In general, most kids will try something before the age of twenty, and it's a fairly natural part of experimenting with the world around them. However, some kids will have an addiction problem before ...

    ... , even detailing how to make and take them. While it's unlikely that your kid will become addicted to meth this way, your child might look at taking poppers (amyl nitrate) , solvents, or even mild hallucinogens that can ... continue reading
  • Detour: Teens in Rural Areas More Likely to Abuse Painkillers

    When you think about the drug trade in America's big cities, it seems like it might be easier for teenagers to abuse drugs like prescription painkillers. With the massive amount of drugs flowing in and out of large cities, there's certainly no ...

    ... , as the signs can be much less apparent than those associated with other drugs abuse. Alcohol, methamphetamine and marijuana make for great examples of that statement. “Some parents don't even know their children ... 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 ...

    ... of Russian roulette. Alcohol and Benzodiazepines A symptom of rampant prescription drug abuse, benzodiazepines (Valium ... . In other words, stimulants (cocaine, speed, meth, Ritalin, Adderall) mask the depressive effects of ... 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 ...

    ... we have the oil patch, so there's the same thing - people working on drilling rigs, abusing methamphetamine, getting injured, having pain.” However, under the Ryan Haight Act, buprenorphine can't be prescribed without a ... continue reading
  • Addiction and Your Hormones: Pointing the Finger at Estrogen

    Could a hormone imbalance be to blame for your chemical dependency ? The answer might surprise you. If you're a woman, chances are you're familiar with the effects of a fluctuating estrogen level. Symptoms such as fatigue, anxiety, and depression ...

    ... with the effects of a fluctuating estrogen level. Symptoms such as fatigue, anxiety, and depression are pretty ... cycle and she takes a certain drug - think meth or cocaine - she feels more enjoyment. Those increased ... continue reading
  • Can a Judge Order Me Not to Get Pregnant?

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

    ... the core of this issue is the mother of four and has struggled with alcohol , cocaine, and meth problems for years. Family Court Judge Patricia Gallagher ordered that she not get pregnant until she has been successfully ... continue reading
  • What Are Bath Salts and Why Are They So Dangerous

    No, we're not talking about actual bath salts. That would be unfortunate and rather painful. If you've ever accidentally got a fizzy drink up your nose (we would mention one of the leading brands of cola products, but that could be confusing), ...

    ... drugs, and they're named bath salts as the crystals resemble Epsom salts. Brand names include Ivory Wave, Vanilla ... to severe sleep deprivation. This can result in the user committing horrific acts . In one case in Miami ... 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 ...

    ... identified with the use of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines and opiates. Usually found on the forearms, ... the neck, groin, hands and feet. Many IV drug users are conscious of their track marks, prompting them to hide ... 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 ...

    ... that the DEA will focus primarily on “the biggest and most important cases,” which commonly involve opioids, cocaine and methamphetamines. “Let me say it this way: I'd rather be in a car accident going 30 miles an hour ... continue reading
  • Mother of Newborn Arrested After Failing Drug Test

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

    ... first person in Tennessee to be charged under the new law after she and her newborn baby tested positive for methamphetamines . What's the End Game? “Hopefully, it will send a signal to other women who are pregnant and ... continue reading
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  • 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 his stated policies involves increasing access to naloxone, a medication used to reverse overdose from ...

    ... the country. Let's look at both point of views: Spotlight 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 ... continue reading
  • Can’t Sleep? Try Putting Down the Marijuana (Seriously)

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

    ... on here? Despite previous beliefs to the contrary, this is the same sleep pattern a lot of daily marijuana users experience - increased insomnia and sleep disturbances. Turns Out It's Not a Sleep-Aid As of 2016, half ... continue reading
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  • A Closer Look at the History and Use of Cocaine

    Cocaine is a popular CNS (central nervous system) stimulant that is naturally derived from the cocoa plant, which is most commonly grown in South America's Andean region. Though its proper, chemical name is benzoylmethyl ecgonine (C17H21NO4), users ...

    ... temperature, faster heart rate and nausea/vomiting. Long-term users who snort cocaine run a high risk of damaging cartilage ... ramifications. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of cocaine abuse . Image Credits: wired/ ... 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 ...

    ... Schizophrenia Bulletin found that those who were heavy pot users in adolescence had permanent damage in the brain's ... and beyond. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of marijuana abuse . Image Source: Flicker/DankDepot continue reading
  • What's In My Baggie? Documentary Highlights the Danger of Mystery Drugs Sold at Music Festivals

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    ... laxatives. It doubles the amount of product they can sell. In small doses, these items won't kill users. However, the introduction of synthetic drugs created a whole new set of problems - and thousands of unsuspecting ... 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 ...

    ... equipment or other sensitive devices. Unfortunately, duster is also a product commonly abused. Known as “ huffing ,” users inhale the chemical-laden compressed air as a way to get a quick high. Duster Claims Another Life ... continue reading
  • Who Manufacturers All these Crazy Semi-Legal Designer Drugs?

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

    ... synthetic drug that has been around for years. Users may feel euphoric and calm while taking the ... many countries, including the United States. 2C-I users experience energy, hallucinations, and feelings of empathy. This ... continue reading
  • Popular Drugs By Demographic

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

    ... statistics are not surprising given that most people first try drugs in their teenage years. In fact, of more than three million new drug users in 2011 alone, more than half were under 18. While more than half of these ... continue reading
  • Weed: The Vocabulary Killer

    Have you ever struggled to recall a word or phrase? You know the perfect term exists for what you are trying to describe, but you can't extract that word from your brain. You might even have a perfect visual, but the verbal communication center in ...

    ... could be at the root of your failed memory. What We Know Researchers recently examined longtime marijuana users and their cognitive performance in middle age. And, surprise surprise, they found a link. According to the ... continue reading
  • Warning: 3 Dangerous Suboxone Interactions to Avoid

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

    ... shown to reduce the amount of buprenorphine in the bloodstream of a Suboxone user, which may quickly lead to opioid withdrawal symptoms. Combining cocaine and Suboxone also increases the risk of a cocaine overdose. As ... continue reading
  • What Does Ecstasy do to Your Mind and Body?

    The night started off exactly like the last few Saturdays…Chloe entered the club with her girlfriends. Soon after, each of them took a bundle of ecstasy. Not long after washing down her dose with water, Chloe felt the familiar effects of the drug. ...

    ... , irritable and confused. If she is like most ecstasy users, though, she will take another hit to prolong her high ... felt nauseous. Believe it or not, Parker's symptoms are also considered common effects of ecstasy . As a ... continue reading
  • Everything You Need to Know Inhalant Abuse

    A new study has found an unusual link between inhalant abuse and head injuries, mental illness and traumatic experiences. The findings of this new study, published in the latest issue of the journal PLOS One , came from a joint research project ...

    ... annual use of 65 different inhalants, medical history and psychiatric symptoms, among other criteria. The scientists found that severe polyinhalant users, or those who used multiple inhalants either simultaneously or ... continue reading
  • Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There’s Good News and Bad News

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

    ... people, according to national statistics. And the proportion of opioid users with a use disorder also increased from 12.7 to 16 ... professionals on how they can recognize symptoms of opioid misuse and reduce the risk ... continue reading
  • Five Reasons Spice is a Dangerous “Last Resort” Drug

    Spice is one of the newer drug is in town and its wreaking havoc among the homeless, military personnel, students, prisoners and those on probation or parole. This designer drug mimics marijuana , but can be 100 times more potent, experts warn, with ...

    ... are reported as mild at first (euphoria, relaxation), users frequently become aggressive, violent and threatening within minutes. Sadly, the onset of withdrawal symptoms occurs startlingly fast and can result in extreme ... continue reading
  • Mirror Mirror: Landmark Study Paints a Portrait of Synthetic Drug Users

    Use of synthetic psychoactive drugs like “ bath salts ” and “Flakka” has been growing in the U.S. and across the world in recent years. The unregulated substances, many of which are sold in bodegas or head shops as “legal highs,” are ...

    ... known about who is using these drugs. Groundbreaking Study In the first study on the demographics of synthetic drug users, NYU's Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR) examined the self-reported use of 57 synthetic ... continue reading
  • Trading Dependencies: There’s Nothing “Mild” About a Kratom Addiction

    Mitragyna Speciosa, also known as Kratom, is a large tree in the Rubiaceae family native to Southeast Asia. It is said that Kratom affects the human brain similarly to an opiate , although there is no conclusive clinical data proving how the ...

    ... used Kratom for six months or more experienced severe opiate withdrawal symptoms, and another 45 percent experienced mild withdrawal. Sadly, among these users, over 80 percent tried to stop using and were unable. Another ... 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 ...

    ... small cities and rural areas, Monnat and Rigg note that it is important to keep tabs on prescription painkiller users who are most likely to turn to heroin. And, because of the very distinct differences between the three ... continue reading
  • 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 according to a new study , this may be in part because people who use cocaine are less capable of ...

    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 according to a new study , this may be in part because people who use ... continue reading
  • IV Drug Abuse: 3 Potentially Deadly IV Injection Sites

    The dangers of intravenous drug use are well documented. Although most available information focuses on the very high risk of overdose and the diseases associated with sharing needles (both very real dangers), injecting drugs can also be incredibly ...

    ... body in many other ways. Shooting Up is no Laughing Matter Even the most experienced, careful intravenous drug user is not immune to the havoc that needles can psychically cause to veins and blood flow. After prolonged ... 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 ...

    ... this same time, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports the amount of heroin users has also nearly doubled among the U.S. population. According to the DEA report, 38 percent of ... 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 get behind ...

    ... on pot is becoming a much bigger concern for motorists. More Danger Behind the Wheel Plenty of marijuana users routinely get behind the wheel after smoking. Some of them even believe that they're better, more conscious ... continue reading
  • 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 endorsers including Bruno Mars, while several other stars were seen puffing away on e-cigs during the 2014 ...

    ... . If anything, recent studies have found that E-cigs are preventing people from quitting nicotine use, with some users actually progressing to dual use of tobacco and E-cigarettes. More Accessible : The number of stores ... 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 ...

    ... edibles produce a much longer-lasting and potent high than smoking, which can prove detrimental for novice users. Smoking pot produces a more immediate high that quickly dissipates, while edibles kick in after about an ... 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 ...

    ... heroin use after HIV transmission could actually worsen the symptoms of this illness much more than regular IV heroin ... United States, the CDC is targeting IV drug users by developing programs that are derived from AIDS ... continue reading
  • What Every Parent Needs to Know about Adderall Addiction

    Adderall is most commonly known for treating attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but its use as a study aid has effectively turned this medication into one of the most widely used - and abused - recreational drugs among teenagers and ...

    ... over 51 percent admitted they were heavy alcohol users. The Dangers of Adderall Abuse Students who ... example, you'll want to know the common signs and symptoms of Adderall addiction . These include: Weight loss General ... continue reading
  • New Study Reveals Cocaine Robs You of Loss

    A new study has found that cocaine abuse affects brain circuits so drastically that some users can't even recognize personal loss in their lives. Researchers were able to conclude that the brain circuits responsible for predicting emotional loss ...

    ... . What the research group found was no less than shocking. Making Sense of the Data The cocaine users each displayed “impaired loss-prediction signaling, meaning RPE signals were not triggered in them even during worse ... continue reading
  • 4 Long-Term Effects of Smoking Marijuana

    4 states—Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington—and Washington D.C. have legalized marijuana. With these changes in policy, a big question on everyone's mind is, what are the long term effects of marijuana use? How does marijuana use affect ...

    ... risk of psychosis. In fact, the risk for psychosis was 7 times higher for daily marijuana users than less frequent or non-users among these specific gene carriers (NIDA, 2016; Caspi et al. 2005). Conclusion More and more ... 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 ...

    ... to rapid spread of HIV and new or continuing high numbers of hepatitis C infections among injection drug users.” Yet, syringe programs in these states are few and far between. Nationwide, only 17 states and Washington D ... continue reading
  • Here’s What You Need to Know About Pink

    After a simple search online, Ryan Ainsworth and Grant Seaver ordered a bag of U-47700, a.ka. “ pink .” The powder arrived from Shanghai at their friend's house, as planned. What happened next was not planned. The two 13-year-old best friends ...

    ... appearance. Also called “pinky” or “pinkie,” the drug is often snorted (meaning it's inhaled through the nose). Users grow out their pinky fingernails to scoop up the powder, then snort the drug through a nostril. How ... continue reading
  • New Bone Loss Study Points the Finger at Marijuana

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

    ... . What Did Researchers Find? When Ralston and his team compared the bone density of heavy marijuana users to those who were moderate users or did not use marijuana at all, they found significant differences. Based on the ... continue reading
  • An Ultimate Guide to Understanding the Dangers of Spice

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

    ... , one batch of this drug usually contains very different ingredients from the next. What that means is that users can never be sure exactly what they're getting or what health risks are in store. Anything from dizziness ... continue reading
  • 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 practices. It looks like this trend has expanded to include drug use. The latest trend in marijuana is ...

    ... run-of-the-mill marijuana. Like craft beer and organic food, craft cannabis also costs more. And marijuana users are apparently willing to pay the price, with many shelling out ridiculous amounts of money for this trendy ... continue reading
  • Shooting Up: How Far Would You Go For a Fix?

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

    ... that go into the toilet. But, in desperate need of water to cook drugs like heroin or OxyContin , many users have turned to this easily accessible public well. Discarded Needles: Clean, new needles can be hard to come by ... continue reading
  • States Move to Ban Synthetic Urine

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

    ... specimens that measure hotter than 100 degrees or cooler than 90 degrees are rejected - some instructions tell users to microwave the bottle for 10 seconds, while other products rely on hand warmers with adhesive backing ... 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 ...

    ... 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 areas of public housing facilities, as opposed to injecting all alone where they ... 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 ...

    ... we now know that Mary Jane isn't as mellow as we once believed. What does all this mean for marijuana users? The bottom line is you should be cautious. Turning to this drug as a source of stress-relief could backfire. If ... 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 ...

    ... United States. That puts the grand total at $51 billion. If you add in the $55,000 yearly total each user is spending on their habit (money that isn't going back into the economy in other, healthy ways), that figure more ... continue reading
  • Introducing the Drug That Can Kill With a Single Dose

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

    ... with something else before using it. That's how gray death has inadvertently made its way into some drug users' lives. “You don't know what you're getting with these things,” said Richie Webber, who overdosed on fentanyl ... 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 ...

    ... , 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 the same ... 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 areas of ...

    ... Alzheimer's.” Dr. Daniel Armen, study co-author, sees these results as a warning for marijuana users , stating, “Our research demonstrates that marijuana can have significant negative effects on brain function. The media ... continue reading
  • Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome

    What Is Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome? Post-acute-withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) refers to a constellation of symptoms experienced by some individuals who are addicted to alcohol or certain drugs after a prolonged period of withdrawal . PAWS is also ...

    ... , depression and other emotional regulation issues are frequently observed in chronic users who stop stimulants suddenly: Similar to other drugs, these symptoms are thought to be caused by adaptations in the brain to ... continue reading
  • 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 or Trainspotting , there are also those films that will make you never want to touch drugs again. Here ...

    ... City. Needle Park takes its name from a popular hangout for heroin users on Manhattan's Upper West Side, where much of the film's ... will stick long in your mind. Learn more about the symptoms and side effects of drug use . continue reading
  • Do Women Pay a Higher Price for Smoking Weed?

    Tetrahydrocannibinol, better known as THC, is the most potent component of marijuana. It's the chemical that causes feelings of euphoria and makes users feel “high.” When someone uses marijuana, THC quickly travels into the bloodstream, through ...

    ... the chemical that causes feelings of euphoria and makes users feel “high.” When someone uses marijuana, THC ... and dependence than men. Additionally, withdrawal symptoms of irritability, sleep disruption and decreased food ... 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 ...

    ... that use hits the hardest among white and higher-income New Yorkers. Spikes were also seen among older Hispanic users in the Bronx. A Look at the Hard Numbers New York City experienced a total of 782 drug overdoses ... continue reading
  • What You Need to Know About ‘Zombie Drug’ Krokodil

    Krokodil (Crocodil) is a homemade version of a synthetic drug called desomorphine. As the name deso-morphine suggests, the chemical is in the opiate family and closely mimics the effects of heroin and morphine. Pure desomorphine is a very addictive ...

    ... diagnose someone who also abuses heroin because of the similar symptoms. In the U.S. there was a major health ... and Forbes confirmed that most of the so-called users did not test positive for desomorphine. Instead, it ... 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 ...

    ... However, sexual dysfunction is far from the only symptom associated with an opioid addiction. Opioid users can suffer from a number of physical symptoms including: Vomiting Seizures Muscle spasms Exhaustion Heavy opioid ... continue reading
  • Country vs. City Addictions: Are They Different?

    Urban and rural addicts don't seem to have a whole lot in common, according to a report published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In gathering data for this particular study, researchers looked at addiction ...

    ... and white origins. They also possessed more education and a higher employment rate. By contrast, urban drug users were ethnically diverse, had lower levels of education and lower rates of employment. A decade ago, rural ... continue reading
  • The 20 Countries with the Harshest Drug Laws in the World

    United States drug laws are often considered harsh, but the penalties for carrying or trafficking drugs in other countries, particularly those in Central America, South America, and Southeast Asia, can be much more severe. Here are twenty countries ...

    ... scenario is the death penalty. Thailand In Thailand, those trafficking narcotics may be put to death. Drug users are frequently sentenced to mandatory rehab. Dubai Dubai is known to be very intolerant of drug abuse . ... continue reading
  • Don’t Be Fooled: Tramadol Abuse Poses Very Real Dangers

    Ultram. Conzip. Rybix ODT. These name brands of tramadol have recently flooded the marketplace with their painkilling properties. Since its approval in 1995, tramadol has become a household name. In 2013 alone, over 43 million tramadol prescriptions ...

    ... both psychological and physical. Over time, tramadol abuse causes the user to believe he or she needs the drug to cope with ... Physical dependence also results in withdrawal symptoms when abusers cease taking tramadol. These ... continue reading
  • Are Benzos Overprescribed?

    We are an anxious nation. A whopping 40 million American adults are affected by anxiety disorders; that's 18 percent of the adult population! With such astronomical numbers, it shouldn't be surprising to learn anxiety disorders are the most commonly ...

    ... Benzos are very potent and highly addictive . While they can relieve symptoms temporarily, they also come with some drastic side effects. Users quickly build up tolerance, as these drugs tend to lose effectiveness within ... continue reading
  • More Working Class Americans Hooked on Cognitive-Boosting Drugs

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

    ... the efficiency of neurotransmitters, the chemicals that relay signals between cells in the brain. As a result, users feel more alert and are able to perform complex cognitive tasks more effectively. But its boost to the ... continue reading
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