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  • 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, ...

    ... Cola company ran into controversy after it was discovered cocaine was an addictive and dangerous substance. A ... you or someone you know has an addiction to drugs or alcohol, please call 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? to speak ... continue reading
  • Who Are You Without Your Drug of Choice?

    Addiction is the ultimate identity thief. It doesn't set up false bank accounts or hack your email - it steals your identity from within. Spinning in a cycle of chemical dependency , those battling with drugs and alcohol often don't realize one ...

    ... with drugs and alcohol often don't realize one important truth: Your true identity is buried beneath the ... treatment. She discovered a hidden talent. With her mind clear of opiates , she found out she was full of creative ... 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 ...

    ... 30-year-old Patricia Sprouse was found dead in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Her body was discovered on July 2, lying ... are often the first drug abused by children. Inhalants are the fourth most-abused substance after alcohol ... continue reading
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  • You Might Want to Cut Back on the Energy Drinks. Here’s Why…

    Years ago, I spent an entire summer behind a small desk in an upstairs room at my dad's house, studying for the Bar Exam. Cramming 18 different legal subjects into my head over the span of two months was no easy feat, and I quickly realized I needed ...

    ... recently been found to act as a bit of a gateway drug. Researchers at the University of Maryland discovered young ... of cocaine use Prescription stimulant misuse Higher rates of alcohol abuse We Need to Know More Not only ... continue reading
  • How Does Ibogaine Treat Opiate Addiction?

    Holly started using heroin when she was 18 - at 26, she was at the end of the line. Her whole life revolved around getting high. In the past, she had tried 12-step programs, counseling, in-patient rehab, and even drug-assisted therapy…it seemed ...

    ... to a facility in Mexico to try Ibogaine treatment. What is Ibogaine? When she arrived at the facility, Holly learned more ... discovered Ibogaine has been effective in treating other addictions too, including alcohol, ... 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 ...

    ... and females. They discovered that modern forms of highly concentrated marijuana are likely more dangerous ... were recently published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence . In both males and females, effects of THC are ... 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), ...

    ... could get their hands on it, including those who were underage for alcohol and tobacco. The active ingredient in bath salts is invariably a cathinone, which are relatively simple to make (chemically speaking, anyway ... continue reading
  • Are These Moms Handing Their Kids Over to the Justice System?

    During the four years I spent behind bars, I encountered hundreds of women - all with a unique personal story and background. I remember wondering to myself, “How did all these women end up in prison?” Some of them had traumatic childhoods, some ...

    ... The researchers also discovered excessive alcohol consumption in the womb wasn't the only cause of early-life contact with the justice system. Further risk factors were identified, such as: Being indigenous to the ... continue reading
  • Does Your Personality Put You at Risk for Addiction?

    Are certain personality types more prone to substance abuse? Although it certainly seems so, this question has been the focus of debate for some time. It used to be believed that addiction could be explained by way of the two contrasting personality ...

    ... that Type B's are more impulsive and have a stronger family history of alcohol abuse , Type A's are more prone to ... within the broad A and B types have discovered an emerging connection between personality and substance ... continue reading
  • An Uncomfortable Truth: Drug Abuse Raises STD Rates

    A new study claims that swingers play a major role in the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STD), but in addition to the sex, it's their drug abuse that is ultimately contributing to this increase. Linking Drugs and STDs Researchers at the ...

    ... drugs while engaging in sex acts. And that number jumped up to 79 percent if alcohol and erectile dysfunction drugs were factored into the equation. The recreational substances commonly used by the group of swingers ... continue reading
  • What Are the Current Substance Addiction Trends Among Teens Today?

    Although you might think your home is drug-free, your teenager might know otherwise. Many of the current substance abuse and addiction trends among teens today are shocking simply because they involve household products that are readily available. ...

    ... alcohol is absorbed directly by the bloodstream. Even if you don't have a daughter, be wary. Your son might be ... is another dangerous household substance your teen might have discovered. This popular keyboard cleaner can be ... continue reading
  • Pregnant & Court-Ordered to Take Vivitrol: Is My Baby Safe?

    It's a question many women might be asking themselves, as more and more females of childbearing age are ordered by drug courts to take Vivitrol - the injectable form of naltrexone. An opioid-antagonist, Vivitrol blocks the brain receptors that bind ...

    ... No one at my rehab ever told me that this drug might be dangerous if I get pregnant,” she says. “I wouldn't want to be faced with a decision if I did discover I was pregnant and didn't know if the Vivitrol that's already ... 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 ...

    ... is much less surprising to discover that 1 in 20 adults received a prescription for benzodiazepines in 2008. What are Benzos? Benzodiazepines are ... that work in GABA receptors Alcohol Artificial sugars Caffeine Vitamins D ... continue reading
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  • The Dos and Don'ts of Ritalin Recovery

    His paper was due tomorrow and Darren had barely started (if you count typing his name and the title of the paper as “started”). What Darren had really started to do was panic. He knew he'd have to stay up all night to finish, but he was already ...

    ... risks it posed. He knew what signs to look for in case of serious side effects. He also discovered what recovery programs were available in the area. Don't Enable: Once, Darren had asked Patrick if he could borrow a few ... continue reading
  • Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About a Resurgence of Cocaine in the U.S.?

    According to the DEA's annual Drug Threat Assessment cocaine use is on the rise. It looks as if, while in the midst of an opioid epidemic, a lethal storm of cocaine has quietly made landfall in the US. Cocaine-related deaths spiked in 2006 at 7,500 ...

    ... fall of 2016, officials seized another tractor trailer and discovered over 12.7 kilograms of cocaine mixed in with ... recent surge in the production and distribution of cocaine will lead to its increased use. As that number ... continue reading
  • 5 Alarming Facts About Benzo Addiction

    People tend to use benzodiazepines because they work, plain and simple. A group of prescription sedatives, benzodiazepines are classified as Schedule IV in the Controlled Substances Act and are most commonly prescribed to treat anxiety, namely under ...

    ... to abuse. These 5 alarming facts about benzo addiction may surprise you. 1. Becoming Addicted is Shockingly Easy Researchers discovered that when you take a benzo, your dopamine levels surge, which floods your brain with ... continue reading
  • Are We Creating a Generation of Addicts With ADHD Medication?

    Jack During his freshman year, Jack's grades started slipping. He found it hard to keep up. He knew several classmates who used uppers for extra boosts when they needed them. In hopes of finding an endless supply of energy (and improving his ...

    ... Conners, “father of ADHD” and the man who discovered Ritalin's effect on children, believes that only two ... of drug use . When half the kids in their class are on some form of stimulant already, what's the big deal ... 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 ...

    ... - if it's listed on that state's preferred drug list (PDL). This has proven to be problematic, as recent reports discovered a correlation between overdoses and accessibility to methadone. In fact, the rates of fatal and ... continue reading
  • Is This New Drug the Holy Grail of All Pain Relievers?

    Millions of Americans suffer daily from chronic pain. Factor in all the people managing temporary pain after accidents or surgeries and you have a massive number of people on prescription painkillers. Abuse of morphine, an extremely powerful and ...

    ... not impair motor coordination as morphine does. This side effect can be especially concerning for older adults. They also worked to discover potential addictive traits of the endomorphin drug. The results indicated the ... continue reading
  • Ibogaine: Miracle Cure or Dangerous Botanical?

    We all know healthcare providers and researchers are desperate to find solutions to the opioid crisis, but are they overlooking a possible cure? The answer, according to a recent article , appears to be yes. The article, which was published by The ...

    ... a feeling of pure elation. He states, “You discover you're no longer addicted to anything. Even a cup ... . Weighing the Associated Risks of Ibogaine There are numerous medical reports linking heart problems with ibogaine ... continue reading
  • Study: Medical Marijuana Cuts Use of Prescription Drugs

    A recent study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, revealed medical marijuana users take fewer other medicines - such as opiates. Researchers monitored the use of prescription medication by participants enrolled in ...

    ... to treat her medical conditions. She stated, “Medical cannabis is the reason I'm opiate free now…it really gave ... in a Journal of the American Medical Association, discovered states with forms of legal marijuana reported a ... 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 ...

    ... and Drug Administration never approved it for human use. And, as the two boys tragically discovered, pink is potentially lethal upon contact through skin or inhalation. After decades of sitting on research shelves, the ... continue reading
  • Smoke Signals: Why Are Cigarettes Such a Hot Commodity in Treatment?

    Years ago, while I was in a nine-month substance abuse treatment program, I realized that everyone around me had one thing in common - they smoked. In fact, their lives seemed to revolve around the next cigarette, so much so that they weren't ...

    ... psychologist and associate professor at Oregon Health & Science University, discovered smoking rates among those in treatment facilities continue to be high, despite significant national declines in nicotine use. In the ... continue reading
  • What’s Your Vote on Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients: Yay or Nay?

    With Obama out of office, Republicans are looking to nix the limits his administration imposed on drug testing the unemployed. Instead, they want to make it easier for states to enact drug screening requirements for various forms of public ...

    ... during 2014, 446 of their 38,970 welfare applicants were tested - only 48 tested positive. To make matters worse ... of these states, not a single substance abuser was discovered through drug testing. Do Taxpayers Need a New ... continue reading
  • What's In My Baggie? Documentary Highlights the Danger of Mystery Drugs Sold at Music Festivals

    Let's face it; drug users never really know what their drug dealers are selling them. But now more than ever, users are reeling from the negative impact of “misrepresented” drugs being sold. And music festivals are by far one of the most ...

    ... viewers that each time he purchased Molly (MDMA) at a music festival, he used a drug kit to test the product. What the narrator discovered was alarming. Every single test revealed that the “Molly” wasn't Molly at all; it ... 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 ...

    ... easier to smuggle in narcotics from Middle Eastern poppy farms. Around 2002, it was discovered that you can concoct a cheap version of desomorphine from everyday products like cough medicine, paint thinner, light fluid ... continue reading
  • Take the Backdoor: Why Your Brain Can't Refrain From Cocaine

    Ted just snorted two lines of cocaine. If we could see inside his brain, we'd see some pretty alarming results. The blood vessels of Ted's brain are shrinking and blood flow is restricted, diminishing his ability to think, remember and function. ...

    ... - a compulsion instead of a planned choice. How? A “back door” in the human brain was recently discovered, suggesting that cocaine can actually rewire the organ and eventually circumvent Ted's self-control region. In ... continue reading
  • Religious Rehab Holds Addicts Against Their Will in Guatemala

    Thousands of drug addicts across Guatemala are receiving treatment at church-based rehabs throughout the country, but many of these patients are being held against their will and physically abused on a daily basis. Several people have reported being ...

    ... of carpet, and leave them there for hours… People thought I was killed.” “I saw terrible things in that rehab - the owner ... discovered his whereabouts and demanded his release. Surprisingly, this forcible detainment is ... continue reading
  • Suboxone Debate: What Is the Big Problem with Buprenorphine?

    When it comes to this nation's chemical dependence, few drugs have achieved the notoriety and reputation of opioid drugs. In fact, things have spiraled so far out of control that opiate addiction is now considered an epidemic. Despite leaving a ...

    ... cure has yet to be discovered. What scientists have developed, however, is a recovery tool for ... there's just no data to indicate the efficacy of Suboxone is hampered by smoking cigarettes. You Can't Get High on Suboxone ... continue reading
  • Let's Talk About the Elephant Tranquilizer in the Room

    It's 10,000 times more potent than morphine. It's 100 times more powerful than fentanyl . What is it? Carfentanil. Designed as a tranquilizer for elephants, this deadly substance has made its way into our nation's illegal drug market. It's often ...

    ... to bulk up their batches of heroin for greater profit. So far, carfentanil has been discovered in several states in the Midwest and eastern parts of the U.S. It has already taken dozens of lives. What Precautions Can You ... continue reading
  • Let’s Clear the Air About Secondhand Marijuana Smoke

    Picture this : You're at a friend's house and someone lights up a cigarette. Sitting next to her, you inhale the secondhand smoke for one minute. Over the next half-hour, your blood vessels are affected by the smoke, impaired as they recover from ...

    ... 60 seconds. For the next 90 minutes, your blood vessels are affected by the smoke. Time Isn't on Your Side These are the shocking results discovered by a group of researchers examining the effects of secondhand marijuana ... 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 ...

    ... researchers discovered the societal cost per heroin user per year is $50,799. There are currently ... 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 ... continue reading
  • Cocaine and the Ultimate Battle of Neurons

    Sean was ready to give up. His brother, Tony, seemed to be a lost cause. After years of cocaine use, Tony had been through three rehab programs and countless relapses. Each time, Sean hoped for the best, only to have his hopes crushed by cocaine . ...

    ... do it?” “Yes, I can see that. What I can't do is stop myself. The cocaine keeps pulling me back. I just…can't…fight ... is good for Tony and discourage activities that are bad for him. Enter Cocaine Researchers discovered ... continue reading
  • Benzo Epidemic: A Killer Hiding in the Shadow of Opioids

    In recent years, opioid abuse has received a lot of attention - and for good reason. In 2014, 19,000 people died from overdoses involving prescription opioids ; that's up 16 percent from 2013. But notice the wording; it's important: “Overdoses ...

    ... or four. That's when breathing stops. Popularity Kills Back in the 50s and 60's, doctors discovered benzos were useful as a “quick fix” for things like soothing nerves or falling asleep “easier.” They began prescribing ... continue reading
  • In the Rooms: 11 Benefits of Seeking Online Support in Recovery

    For the longest time, support for people in recovery was limited to in-person meetings or telephone conversations. Attending 12-step meetings, 12-step alternative meetings, or chatting over the phone with your sponsor or other people in recovery ...

    ... so much easier when you have access to the millions of people online who are engaged in or seeking recovery. Online, you will quickly discover that you are not alone. Online Meetings Let's face it: Not everyone likes to ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... : A Study from India,” appeared in the latest issue of the Journal of Sexual Medicine . This project was led by scientists in the psychiatry department of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in ... 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, ...

    ... use disorders rose from 0.6 to 0.9 percent. There was also an increase in the number of people who reported using opioids ... 200 days. The slight decrease in nonmedical opioid use is a “hopeful” sign, wrote Dr. Lewis Nelson ... continue reading
  • Heartbroken Parents Use Obituaries to Raise Addiction Awareness

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

    ... to solve this problem by keeping quiet about it. It was easy to put in the obituary because we wanted others to ... I need to do this because people need to understand this is a problem; we need to come together and stop some ... continue reading
  • History Channel Explores “America's War on Drugs”

    No one gets a closer view of America's war on drugs than the officers and drug traffickers who stand on opposite sides of the battle line. What really goes on behind the scenes in each camp? What kind of power struggles wage? Who's really behind the ...

    ... The series attempts to reveal some of the true compromises and consequences that many have missed while the war was raging. The first of these shocking events in the series covers an alliance between the CIA, mafia, and ... continue reading
  • New Study: Amphetamine Abuse and This Old Heart

    It's called speed for a reason. Amphetamines, like Ritalin or Adderall, accelerate your heart rate. They send your nervous system into overdrive. Guess what else it speeds up? The aging process. That's right. Pumping your system full of amphetamine ...

    ... your heart work even harder. The overall result is a weakening of your body and increased susceptibility to ... attack and stroke. Stroke: If blood flow to the brain is interrupted, a stroke may occur. This can result in ... continue reading
  • Neighborhood Watch: Drug Sales Drive Drug Use

    Community prevention organizations have known for many years that one of the best predictors of drug use is what's known as “perception of risk.” In general, the higher the perceived risk for a particular drug, the fewer teens and young adults ...

    ... reported no 30-day use of illicit drugs,” Duncan said. Those who reported seeing neighborhood sales 'almost every day' were 11 times more likely to report 30-day use of more than one illicit drug… -Dr. Dustin T. Duncan ... continue reading
  • 5 Genius Minds Who Dabbled in Drugs

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

    ... drugs for a quick creativity boost. As a matter of fact, two separate studies have shown that people with higher IQ's are far more likely to use drugs than a person with an average IQ. Here's a look at five men who not ... 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 ...

    ... fact, more people died from unintentional heroin overdoses in New York last year than any year since 2003. Researchers were able to track the spread of heroin into new areas of the city, noting that use hits the hardest ... continue reading
  • Turns Out Tamper-Resistant Painkillers Aren’t Helping

    Prescription drug abuse has become an epidemic. Nearly 5 million Americans, or 1.9 percent of the population, use pain relievers - or opioids - for non-medical purposes, according to a 2012 survey by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ...

    ... in on extended-release opioids over instant-release drugs since they contain more of the active ingredient and can be altered to release the pain killer all at once. As a result, abusers receive a much faster “high ... 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 ...

    ... and his teeth began to fall out. He now has painful, swollen gums and holes where his teeth used to be. He will likely need dentures before he turns 45. A recent study revealed that Kim and Mark most likely represent the ... continue reading
  • 15-Minutes of Narcan Internet Fame Leaves Permanent Scars

    Imagine overdosing in public, prompting police officers to administer Narcan - the powerful opiate antidote - to save your life. Now imagine this entire experience being captured on video and streamed across the Internet. Strangers witnessing your ...

    ... the “guy who OD'd on a city bus.” The man's attorney, Eugene Bonner, told The Daily Beast his client was shocked after seeing his own image on television. “He asked me how they could just use his video like that, without ... continue reading
  • Is the Trump Administration Revamping the War on Drugs?

    In 1971, President Nixon declared the “War on Drugs,” labeling drug abuse as “public enemy number one.” The creation of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) followed soon after; they were charged with enforcing federal regulations and ...

    ... , in the early 2000's, a Florida State University Law Review concluded that the threat of harsh punishment was generally weak in terms of deterring people from abusing substances. The New “War on Drugs” President Obama ... continue reading
  • Here’s a Simple Way to Decrease Opiate Cravings

    We all know that getting enough sleep is important to your mood and overall health, but it also plays a crucial role in addiction recovery, too. According to a recent Penn State study , squeezing in enough shut-eye can actually lower drug cravings ...

    ... four times each day, with the morning survey assessing sleep quality,” Cleveland explained. “The real-time data was then streamed to our lab to monitor compliance and data quality.” In addition, researchers met with the ... continue reading
  • My Confusing Experience Following the Kratom Trail

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    ... that there's still a lot of information we don't know about kratom - and that knowledge could prove to be much more important down the road than the very little we have to go on right know. Additional Reading: Trading ... continue reading
  • Driving Just Got a Little Safer – Thanks to This Device

    Steve saw the flashing lights in the mirror; his heart skipped a beat. He was on his way home from his friend's house, where he and three others spent the afternoon shooting cocaine . “Just play it cool,” he told himself. “You've faked your ...

    ... the afternoon shooting cocaine . “Just play it cool,” he told himself. “You've faked your way through family parties when you were wired. You can fool this cop. Besides, it's not like I'm drunk. They can't just give me a ... 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 ...

    ... Medicine in Chicago. “And if you throw stuff into the brain that's not supposed to be there, there are long-term implications for their development.” Looking to the Future Although marijuana use among smokers between the ... continue reading
  • Will Diplo’s New Anti-Drug Video Impact EDM Culture?

    Mad Decent label head Diplo just put the EDM drug culture on blast, releasing a dark music video for the track “Techno.” Teaming up with fellow Mad Decent producers Yellow Claw, Waka Flocka Flame, and LNY TNZ, the 3-minute video shines a ...

    ... have Diplo and company speaking out against the prevalence of drugs and death currently ingrained in EDM culture is definitely a step in the right direction. Learn more about the dangerous side effects of drug abuse and ... continue reading
  • 7 Crazy Ways Addicts Fund Their Drug Habits

    It's no secret that drug addiction can drive people to do things that are completely out of character. When addiction takes hold, scoring drugs to avoid withdrawals is a 24/7 job. And there's no glamour in that kind of career path. Little girls ...

    ... , and car theft as a way to earn drug money, thousands find alternate funding routes. Some of these “jobs” are legal; some aren't. Legalities aside, there's no denying that addiction can make people do crazy things. Here ... 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 ...

    ... mixture until it's too late. As a matter of fact, many of the 74 Chicagoans recently affected were found with needles still in their arms. Naloxone to the Rescue Emergency responders in Chicago treated the overdoses ... continue reading
  • Counterfeit Prescription Drug Operations Thrive in the US

    Prescription drugs continue to remain big business in the United States. Last year alone, the total retail sales for prescription drugs filled at American pharmacies topped $259 billion. But as legal sales continue to rise, it's perhaps not too ...

    ... order them online from Canada, but 20/20 examined several of these outlets and found not only that they were selling impure drugs, but that the substances weren't even from Canada. That isn't entirely surprising to some ... continue reading
  • Drugs at School: Are Zero-Tolerance Policies Really Working?

    Adopted over 20 years ago, zero-tolerance drug policies still dominate the conduct codes of most American public schools. In fact, the U.S. Department of Education reports an estimated 88 percent of schools enforce these policies. Zero-Tolerance as ...

    ... A recent study published by the American Journal of Health showed students attending a zero-tolerance school were 1.6 times more likely to use marijuana than those peers attending schools without such policies. Surveying ... continue reading
  • Now the Family Dog is Smoking Weed?

    Would you ever give pot to your pooch? Most of us likely think this idea is, well, barking mad, but a new bill out of Nevada could soon make medical marijuana for pets a reality. Animals and Weed Democratic Sen. Tick Segerblom is sponsoring the bill ...

    ... an entire hemp plant to make their capsules, which contain minor amounts of THC. “We have no information that is reliable, valid or useful about the true applications for cannabinoids. What we don't know far exceeds what ... 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 ...

    ... more than regular IV heroin use . But how is this possible? HIV and Occasional IV Drug Use Researchers ... of breath “Our findings suggest that heroin withdrawal may be particularly harmful to the immune system, as measured ... 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 ...

    ... reward or loss as a result of a given behavior. To come up with each participant's RPE, the group was asked to play a gambling game and predict whether they would win or lose money during each turn. They also monitored ... 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 ...

    ... contact with any child under the age of 18. Her bond was set at $30,000 and she faces two charges of chemical ... they use an illegal substance while pregnant and the child is either harmed or becomes addicted to the drug . ... 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 ...

    ... . In fact, it worse than before! What's going 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 ... continue reading
  • New Bone Loss Study Points the Finger at Marijuana

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    ... our 30th birthday. After menopause, women tend to lose about a fifth of their bone mass over six years. Men are at risk, too. Studies show that 25 percent of men over 50 suffer from broken bones due to osteoporosis. Now ... continue reading
  • Hitting the Grass Ceiling: 6 Surprising Ways Weed is Sexist

    Estrogen, testosterone and THC: What do these three things have in common? Apparently, not much. Studies reveal that THC (the active chemical in marijuana) interacts differently with these three hormones. What's the result? Men and women experience ...

    ... same high. Men, on the other hand, don't develop a tolerance as quickly. Sex Drive: THC's interaction with estrogen is a downer for a woman's libido. For males, on the other hand, it's a little more complicated. In men ... 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 ...

    ... 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 stroke. Her brain had suffered some damage alright, but it ... 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 ...

    ... untreated, however, these sores can lead to abscesses, ulcers and septicemia. Just Make It Stop! The good news is, these hallucinations and delusions of “ice bugs” end after they've stopped using the drug, or if they've ... continue reading
  • Progressing Through the 5 Stages of Addiction: Stage IV

    One of the hardest parts after hitting rock bottom is asking for help. This is the ultimate lesson in humility; it forces you to toss your ego aside and admit that you're not perfect. Eye of the Beholder I had a mental image of an alcoholic , and I ...

    ... , and I didn't want anyone to think that person was me . At that point in my life, I had definitely ... re showing courage and re-claiming your power. You won't be a victim to this disease any longer. Believe me, you'll ... continue reading
  • Don’t Do Me Any Favors: When Sharing Means Anything But Caring

    Tom fell off a ladder and hurt his back. His doctor gave him a prescription for Percocet , a powerful opioid painkiller. He only took a couple and now he's got ten pills left over in a bottle sitting in his medicine cabinet. If this scenario (or a ...

    ... People sharing their extra pills put others at risk, whether they realize it or not. But a few simple steps can be taken to help with this issue - mainly by the doctors who prescribe the medications. A few of those ideas ... continue reading
  • You’ve Gotta Dig In: Brain Health and Drug Abuse

    While battling chemical dependency , your brain is robbed of a lot of its essential nutrients - and that causes damage. By eating the right “brain power” foods, you can repair this damage and prevent further deterioration. Mood, memory, ...

    ... sleep. Sources : Green vegetables, whole-grain breads, pasta, potatoes, peas, beans Omega 3 Fatty Acids: These are the building blocks of healthy fats and essential for nerve cell repair. The chemicals in your brain rely ... 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. ...

    ... - further perpetuating the cycle. The Short Leash Hillary wanted to go away for the weekend with her friends. They were going camping, which sounded like fun, but Hillary had to say no. She made up an excuse - she couldn ... continue reading
  • Welcome to a New Tramadol Nightmare

    People seeking safe opiate detox in Alaska were recently left out in the cold - in more ways than one. Only two state facilities currently offer detox services to Alaskans - and both of them were recently shut down, thanks to one of the DEAs newer ...

    ... ways than one. Only two state facilities currently offer detox services to Alaskans - and both of them were recently shut down, thanks to one of the DEAs newer classification regulations. Red Tape to the Rescue? Neither ... 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 ...

    ... oxycodone - a powerful narcotic painkiller. She was still experiencing a lot of discomfort when ... pain, so that wasn't a problem. The issue, however, was how Shelly felt . When she stopped taking the pills, these horrible ... continue reading
  • German Electrical Plant Burns Pot for Energy

    What happens to confiscated pot? Does it go to Mary Jane jail somewhere? Is it donated to hospitals for medical research? Does it get tossed into the high seas? In the U.S., officials turn to several different sources for disposal of confiscated ...

    ... 1,832 Fahrenheit. These high temperatures reduced the risk of intoxication from the fumes . All in all, their solution was quite clever. It got rid of what amounted to a pile of trash cluttering up the customs office and ... continue reading
  • Buckeye State Goes After Pharmaceutical Giants

    An estimated 200,000 Ohioans are addicted to opioids . State officials lay much of the blame at the feet of Big Pharma. State Attorney General Mike DeWine claims several industry leaders “helped unleash a health care crisis that has had ...

    ... began to soar and the opioid epidemic spread into the raging wildfire we have today. Big Pharma Denies Being at Fault The companies named in the lawsuit make contrary claims. In their defense, they cite adequate warning ... continue reading
  • Ruthless Drug Dealer Ordered to Pay for His Client’s Funeral

    Opioid abuse is killing thousands of Americans each year. Every day, nearly 100 lives are lost to the opioid epidemic. Many of these fatalities are caused by a deadly drug that's secretly added to baggies of heroin (or cocaine) as a cheap way for ...

    ... to pay for the funerals of their customers? This seems to have a ring of justice to it. Perhaps the courts will choose to take it a step further by making them pay for medical bills or rehab treatment , as well? Tell us ... continue reading
  • Good News: Dr. Reddy's Will Produce a Cheaper Generic Form of Suboxone

    Suboxone - a medication used to treat opioid use disorder - is sadly inaccessible to a lot of people due to one simple factor: cost. But that's about to change. Last month, a supplier of generic drugs - Dr. Reddy's Laboratories - was allowed by a ...

    ... of generic drugs - Dr. Reddy's Laboratories - was allowed by a Delaware Court to produce a generic version ... of Suboxone films. The generic name for Suboxone is buprenorphine-naloxone. Suboxone films tend to run about ... continue reading
  • What Does it Mean When Someone Says They’re Dope Sick?

    Bill found John curled up on the couch; he looked miserable. Bill asked, “What's wrong with you?” “I'm sick, man. You got any?” was John's weak response. As Bill suspected, John was in withdrawal. An active heroin user, John was low on cash ...

    ... sick,” Bill started, “and I'm here to help you get better, but not that way.” It would be a long few days, but Bill was committed to helping his friend through this. “Let me tell you about a place we can go…” The Dope ... continue reading
  • Public Restrooms Have Become Ground Zero in Opioid Epidemic

    The opioid epidemic has impacted countless families, but according to a recent article on NPR.org , people aren't the only ones affected. Public restrooms have become the newest casualty in the midst of the drug epidemic sweeping across our country. ...

    ... , the drug that reverses an opioid overdoses . Still, there's very little guidance on this issue. And with it being against the law to knowingly provide a space where people can use drugs, it has become a problem no one ... 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 ...

    ... away from prescription painkillers and towards heroin, which is often cut with fentanyl and other fillers. Oftentimes ... a way of telling if the heroin they've purchased is pure or if it's laced with something else before ... continue reading
  • How I Juggled Probation and Active Addiction

    In 2010, I was arrested for a “DUI with Enhancements” and reckless driving. I was barely twenty-one and hadn't faced any real consequences of my substance abuse . I didn't put up a fight. After the police finally got me to pull over, I ...

    ... have court, so I met with someone different each time. None of them bothered to open my file, and I was too self-absorbed to care. The time came to complete probation, but I forgot about that not-so-fine print — the ... continue reading
  • 5 Tips Guaranteed to Help You Handle Your Triggers

    I can hear the sirens blasting through my neighborhood, and it reminds me of when they were taking me away to the hospital after I passed out drunk on a city street. I put my head under the covers and pull my cat closer. The sound of sirens is one ...

    ... out drunk on a city street. I put my head under the covers and pull my cat closer. The sound of sirens is one my triggers. It's important to identify your own. Triggers aren't just things that make you want to drink or ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... continue reading
  • A Sober Bridesmaid Reflects on Her Sister’s Bachelorette Weekend

    “Is it really my job to wash the vomit out of your hair?” Jeana swore under her breath as her sister's drunk bridesmaids took turns puking. She'd already herded these girls out of a bar where they were getting out of control, paid off the cab ...

    ... as her sister's drunk bridesmaids took turns puking. She'd already herded these girls out of a bar where they were getting out of control, paid off the cab driver after her sister vomited in the cab, and made a host of ... continue reading
  • Would You Give Medical Marijuana to a Chronically Ill Pet?

    Medical marijuana isn't just for humans anymore. All around the country, pet owners are turning to pot as a way to alleviate their furry friends' pain and suffering. Whether their cats are dealing with arthritis or their dogs are suffering from pain ...

    ... 's effectiveness, they yet aren't allowed to write prescriptions for it. And, in states where marijuana is illegal, vets are cautious of even bringing it up to their patients - not only because of the legal consequences ... continue reading
  • Druggie: The New Makeup Shade Making Ugly Waves

    Approximately 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, with drug overdose deaths continuing to rise. In fact, since 1999, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids has quadrupled. As most of us know, drug addiction destroys lives ...

    ... of this shade. We would never seek to do that. The shade was in a limited edition palette and was not planned to be re-ordered.” This comment is about the extent of Sephora's actions in taking ownership and remedying the ... continue reading
  • Will These New Tools Help to Fight Opioid Addiction?

    With 78 Americans dying every day from opioid overdose, there's no question that our country is in the midst of an epidemic. But the good news is that there's hope on the horizon. Help is on the Way In May of this year, the U.S. Food and Drug ...

    ... the upper arm. For six months, it provides a constant, low-level dose of buprenorphine to patients who are already stable on low-to-moderate doses of other forms of buprenorphine as part of a complete treatment program ... 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 ...

    ... stated in an interview, “Prior papers have suggested that marijuana can damage the brain. What surprised [us] was how low blood flow was in the brains of our cohort - virtually every brain area had reduced blood flow on ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... previous 12 months. This figure may seem high, but NHADA points out that the number of first-timers in 2013 was actually much lower than in any year between 2002 and 2012. The Legalities of Cocaine Both cocaine and crack ... continue reading
  • Shocking Report: Smoking Weed Can Damage Your DNA

    Scientists are finding “convincing evidence” that marijuana can damage DNA and even cause certain forms of cancer. These revelations are more than alarming, considering that Alaska, Oregon, Colorado, Washington and the city of Washington, D.C. ...

    ... among 8 th graders, 16.6 percent among 10 th graders and 21.2 percent among 12 th graders. There are two particularly worrisome results of the 2014 MTF Survey: As marijuana use has declined, the perceived risk of harm in ... 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 ...

    ... Without giving too much away, the movie ends with each character in the fetal position. Like you probably will be after watching it. Enter the Void This experimental film by Gaspar Noe may not have rocked the box office ... continue reading
  • Rapper’s Shocking On-Stage Antics are Cause for Concern

    A Florida rapper by the name of “Stitches” has earned a name for himself as of late, but for all the wrong reasons. The joker-like face tattoos are enough to take most people aback, but it's the lyrics to Stitches' music and his on-stage ...

    ... Stitches' wife, Erica Duarte, loses it . As the four girls take turns snorting drugs , Duarte can be heard declaring that she is “going to f*ck that b*tch up.” Mere moments later, Stitches simply says “we're done” before ... continue reading
  • Your Brain on Drugs: Studying Cocaine's Effect on Blood Flow

    Stimulant drugs like cocaine can cause serious blood flow problems within the brain. When there is an insufficient flow of rich, oxygenated blood to the brain, it can result in aneurysm-like bleeding and strokes. Researchers have developed a new ...

    ... . Cocaine on the Brain Doctors and researchers are always searching for better ways to understand drugs ... imaging methods, Pan and his team of neural experts were able to observe exactly how cocaine affects the tiny blood ... continue reading
  • Are Safe Rooms a Smart Way to Decrease Fatal Overdoses?

    With fatal overdoses increasing each year, the need for action has never been greater. Despite funneling billions into the anti-drug movement, the addiction problem remains unsolved. Acknowledging that fact, several countries are looking to “safe ...

    ... rooms seem to have provided a positive impact. In 2011, Denmark recorded 285 drug overdose deaths. In 2012, the number was down to 210 - the lowest in 19 years. Canadian Supervised Injection Site The safe room concept ... continue reading
  • Progressive Ways Some States Are Reducing Nonviolent Drug Offender Incarcerations

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

    ... to take time off their sentences by finishing courses in education, by working, or by doing other things that will improve their lives once they're released. In some programs, prisoners can cut up to 30 percent of their ... continue reading
  • The Five Most Famous Drug Cartels

    It should come as little surprise that the five most famous drug cartels are centered in Mexico. After all, Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo, known as “The Godfather” for controlling all drug trafficking in Mexico as well as that along the country's ...

    ... most profitable illegal trade schemes in the world, it is not hard to understand why these cartels have continued on ... Tijuana Cartel, Juárez Cartel, and Gulf Cartel remain and will be known for a long time as five of the ... 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. ...

    ... a feeling of closeness to the strangers surrounding her. Once those feelings kicked in, Chloe knew the “love drug” was in full effect. If we could see Chloe's brain, we would see huge amounts of a neurochemical known as ... 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 ...

    ... had some criminal record and 54 percent reported a period of incarceration over the last 10 years. This is compared to the 30 percent lifetime prevalence rate of arrests in the United States. Overdose and Death Mortality ... 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 ...

    ... for free from family and friends, it's a health hazard that shows no sign of slowing down. In addition, opioids were responsible a large percentage of all emergency room visits in 2013. Just over 1.4 million of the 2.5 ... 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 ...

    ... began occurring at a younger age. Those who exhibited antisocial behaviors such as aggression, hostility and defiance were also more prone to inhalant use. Forty percent of youth defined as antisocial have used inhalants ... continue reading
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