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  • 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 ...

    ... to be discovered. What scientists have developed, however, is a recovery tool for opiate addicts known as Suboxone. Suboxone is the brand name for the combination medication buprenorphine and naloxone. It was the first ... 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 ...

    ... overdose deaths Combining all these factors, researchers discovered the societal cost per heroin user per year is $50,799. There are currently an estimated 1 million active heroin users in the United States. That puts ... 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), ...

    ... similar to amphetamine in terms of elation and stimulation. It gained popularity because it was legal to purchase for about 18 months after it was first released. Drug Ban on Bath Salts To ban a drug, the government has ... continue reading
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  • Don't Overestimate Your Heroin Tolerance - It Might Be the Last Thing You Do

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

    ... fatal for them,” said Dr. Neil Capretto. What's more, thousands of people are unknowingly buying heroin that's laced with the deadly drug. This has become a common practice among dealers, mainly because synthetic opioids ... 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 ... or relaxed or outgoing? Simply put; when drugs are the first solution society turns to for managing children's ... continue reading
  • Here’s What Happened While Everyone Else Was Focused on Opiate Abuse

    With the opioid epidemic sweeping the nation, heroin and painkiller abuse have been in the spotlight for treatment providers and law enforcement. While all eyes have been focused on this front, we may have ignored another battle that needs greater ...

    ... as meth , crystal meth, crank, speed, ice, and crystal - is a potent stimulant. It causes destructive long ... ” since the first wave of meth flooded the US. The concern is that fighting both battles will severely strain the ... 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. ...

    ... speech, frostbite, and even brain damage. Dust Off is another dangerous household substance your teen might have discovered. This popular keyboard cleaner can be used for “dusting,” but not just your keyboard! “Dusting ... continue reading
  • He Drinks Everyday. Is My Husband an Alcoholic?

    Janette isn't sure what to make of her husband's behavior. Does he simply like the taste of barley and hops…or is he addicted to alcohol ? Here's her story. Drinking Patterns Our fridge is always well-stocked with beer. I guess that's not ...

    ... me I'm being paranoid. They don't know him as well as I do, though. They don't see him day in and day out. They don't see how much he seems to rely on drinking alcohol every day . I did some research and discovered a few ... 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 ...

    ... you can know what to avoid in the future. This first step is essential to get you back on the right track. Make ... sobriety . Do a Body Check As you know by now, heroin abuse wreaks havoc on your body. To get back on track ... 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 ...

    ... it impossible to get high off of drugs like heroin, OxyContin, and Vicodin. In its injectable form, ... 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 ... continue reading
  • It’s Official: Heroin is Deadlier Than Bullets

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

    ... the CDC, 2015 saw more than 30,000 opioid deaths . It was the first year in which opioid death tolls surpassed the 30,000 mark. The increase in heroin use can be traced back to the late 1990s and early 2000s. The era saw ... continue reading
  • Chicken vs. Egg: Which Came First, Heroin or OxyContin Addiction?

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

    ... community. So, in true “chicken vs. egg” style, many people are asking: Which came first; heroin addiction or OxyContin addiction? Do people resort to heroin when their prescription painkiller resource runs dry? Or, do ... 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 ...

    ... -2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health). These participants were broken down into three groups: The first group had used strictly heroin (179 total users) The second group had used strictly prescription painkillers ... 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 ...

    ... 16. Needless to say, any depiction of juvenile heroin use is unlikely to be pretty. But this tale of addiction, robbery, ... depicted from a first-person perspective, things get really twisted after Oscar is shot during ... continue reading
  • Help, I’ve Been Arrested for DUI – What Can I Do to Stay Out of Jail?

    If you've been arrested for a DUI, you might be in a lot of trouble. One factor that will affect whether or not you stay out of jail will be how much you had to drink at the time of your arrest. Complying with instructions and requests from the ...

    ... , a first-time offender will have to go to jail. This could be because the offender caused an accident or because the alcohol in the blood was just too high to allow for community service. Likewise, high speeds or ... 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 ...

    ... severe and growing threat.” The Official Word In a sad twist, this growing heroin epidemic is linked to policy changes that were initially formed to lower prescription drug abuse . In recent efforts, drug manufacturers ... continue reading
  • First Responders Worry About Accidental Fentanyl Exposure

    Fentanyl. It's known to be 50 times more potent than heroin, and a speck the size of a few grains of salt can kill. By now, you've probably heard of this beast and the toll it's taken on so many lives around the country. A whopping 5554 people ...

    ... surge into 2017 as street drugs like heroin and cocaine are unknowingly laced with fentanyl. Proceed With ... on your skin.” Mandatory Safety Precautions First responders are also being trained on how to self-administer the ... continue reading
  • A Sister’s Honest Talk About Her Brother’s Heroin Addiction

    Alex didn't answer the phone. He missed their father's birthday party and still wasn't answering. But Allison kept dialing. It didn't seem right, but then again, things hadn't seemed “right” for a long time. Alex had all but stopped showing up ...

    ... Wrong? It was just a few months later when she got the call. Alex had been arrested for heroin possession . She ... they were. It sounded like a great option for her brother, so Allison dialed the number. For the first time ... continue reading
  • Why Painkillers Are So Hard to Detox From

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

    ... is a curious product of the human body. Why do we suffer from it? How does it help us? And why do some enjoy it? First ... sites that are bound at once, the stronger the feeling of euphoria. Therefore heroin is very effective ... continue reading
  • Prescription Opiates: As Addictive as Heroin?

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

    ... the next 5 years after abusing opioid painkillers. 4 Although prescription opiates may arguably be as addictive as heroin, heroin still poses more significant risks for users, including greater risk of overdose and other ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Oxycodone? How Can I Quit Safely?

    Opiates are one of the best inventions of mankind for so many reasons. They formed the basis of modern medicine and inspired a huge range for pharmaceuticals. Plenty of drug companies started off by manufacturing painkillers that were based on ...

    ... these. Now, oxycodone was first synthesized in 1916 by two chemists working at the University of Frankfurt. There's a chemical in opium called thebaine, and it's not as addictive as morphine or heroin . They figured they ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... increasing access to naloxone, a medication used to reverse overdose from opioids like heroin and prescription painkillers. But there are people on both sides of the fence regarding this medication's prevalence, which ... continue reading
  • Closing Candy Land: Our Vets are Stuck in the VA’s Revolving Door

    Across our nation, the brave men and women who defended its freedoms are suffering. The burden they bear isn't regret, loss, emotional trauma or illness…even though all of these things may be present. No, the cargo many of them carry is the weight ...

    ... pain is the most common medical problem. And what kind of “help” have we provided our brave veterans? First we drugged ... an uncertain future. A growing number are turning to heroin, while others double up on addictive ... continue reading
  • 20 Genius Minds and the Drugs they Were Addicted To

    Intelligence doesn't preclude people from taking drugs any more than fame does. When those who are under stress need to relax, some turn to drugs or drink as an escape from reality. Others do it because they believe it enhances their creativity or ...

    ... age of 27 due to suicide, alcohol, or drug use. In Cobain's case, it was suicide, presumably exacerbated by his heavy heroin habit . Nirvana split up soon after. 8. Marilyn Monroe By Corpus Christi Caller Marilyn Monroe ... continue reading
  • 7 Shocking Ways Drugs are Smuggled into Prisons

    A Cincinnati woman and her incarcerated boyfriend are now facing criminal charges after she reportedly tried to smuggle a Bible laced with heroin into the prison. Tehani Teepe, 39, and Timothy King, 28, were charged with illegal conveyance of ...

    ... charge. Deputies became suspicious after noticing a stain on a square of the Bible, which later proved to be heroin - enough to be broken up into 30 or 40 hits and distributed among the inmate population. The would ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Pain Killers? How Can I Quit Safely?

    If you've been taking pain killers for an extended time, particularly after the pain that originally prompted their use has subsided, you might well wonder whether you're addicted to pain killers. Though many people take pain killers following a ...

    ... also the basis for certain illegal drugs, such as heroin. Painkillers of this type, when taken properly, normally will not cause many side effects and are usually manageable. However, long-term use or high doses taken ... continue reading
  • Why are We Seeing More Drug-Dependent Newborns?

    Drug addiction not only impacts the chemically-dependent, it has serious ramifications on their friends and loved ones. While no one wants to watch someone they care about struggle with addiction, the unborn children of drug-dependent women don't ...

    ... each day in 2013. Health officials blamed a surge in heroin and prescription drug abuse for the ongoing crisis. During this same time period, there has also been an 841 percent jump in the number of delivering mothers ... 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 ...

    ... chemical dependency , such as cravings or the inability to control how much is taken. Myth #3 - Methadone is Worse for You Than Heroin Methadone is a non-toxic medication, and studies have shown that people have used it ... continue reading
  • The World’s First Whiskey-Powered Car Just Aced Its Test Drive

    You've probably watched this scene in a movie or on TV: Someone runs out of gas, but manages to get on the road again by pouring alcohol in the tank. But is this realistic? Could a person really find a potable potent enough to turn over an engine? ...

    ... no noticeable differences than a drive in a traditionally-fueled car. It was “the first time in history that a car has been driven with a biofuel produced from whiskey production residues,” noted Tangney. The ... continue reading
  • Are You Really Addicted to Marijuana? Is Anyone?

    More Americans are becoming aware that drug addiction is a disease and not a character flaw, but many continue to find it difficult to believe that marijuana addiction is real. This could be because they experimented with marijuana weed at one point ...

    ... in dopamine also takes place for those who use heroin and cocaine. Regular marijuana use starting in adolescence ... can last for as long as 30 days and tend to be more severe in adults. 3,8 Marijuana Legalization & Public ... 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 ...

    ... her doctor wrote her an oxycodone prescription to manage any pain during those first few days home. The Pain is Gone - the Pills Remain After a week, the pain was much less intense, but Shelly had a lot of pills left…so ... continue reading
  • What Do Taxes and Drunk Driving Have in Common? (You’d Be Surprised!)

    Organizations in every state have implemented countless initiatives to reduce drunk driving. Maryland seems to have found one that works. They simply raised the sales tax on alcohol. In 2011, Maryland raised the state sales tax on alcohol from 6 ...

    ... believe that young driver accidents had the biggest decrease because this age bracket is most sensitive to price increases. It's the first study to examine this angle of drunk driving reduction. Previous research focused ... continue reading
  • Your Spouse May Be a Weapon Against Alcoholism. Learn what study says

    We all know what to avoid when it comes to succeeding in sobriety (like hanging out with the wrong crowds and the wrong environments), but what actions can we proactively take to decrease our chances of becoming addicted to alcohol ? Well, according ...

    ... getting married tops the list. The Perks of Saying “I Do” Here's why marriage can be a tool to fight off alcoholism. First of all, marriage helps keep the other person in check, experts believe. This “checking phenomenon ... continue reading
  • Smoking Can be a Serious Pain…in the Back

    If you have chronic back pain and are a long-time smoker, the latter may be causing the former, according to a study released by the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. A New Worry for Smokers The study, which was published in ...

    ... at Northwestern University. A New Worry for Smokers The study, which was published in the journal Human Brain Mapping, is the first to establish that smoking might interfere with the brain receptors associated with ... continue reading
  • What Can I Do if My Mother or Father is an Alcoholic or Drug Abuser?

    One of the most common issues we hear about is that a parent has become an addict and the children don't know what to do about it. Sometimes, they're scared of being taken away from the parent if the authorities find out. Sometimes they want the ...

    ... for addiction, although it's not quite as simple to fix. The first thing that you need to do is sit down and talk with your parent when he or she is sober. Be gentle but persistent. If your parent does refuse to talk the ... continue reading
  • Study: Abuse of ADHD Meds is Beginning Earlier

    The abuse of ADHD medication is commonly associated with black-market Ritalin or Adderall on campus to aid last-minute cramming sessions. However, a recent study indicates the abuse of ADHD drugs begins much earlier than college. The Dark Side of ...

    ... time as adolescents between the ages 20 and 21. “To prevent someone from using for the first time is often more cost-efficient and effective than trying to intervene once they have done it,” Austic explains, “whether ... continue reading
  • Methadone Maintenance is Finding Success Behind Bars

    According to data from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University, approximately 2.3 million Americans are currently in prison or jail, and 65 percent of this population meets the medical criteria for ...

    ... their addiction to begin with,” said Rich. Although this study was relatively small, its findings are potentially huge. In fact, this may be the first real step toward addressing the relationship between opiate addiction ... continue reading
  • Drug Addiction is Killing a Huge Number of Inmates

    It's common knowledge that a vast majority of the U.S. prison population is suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. Despite having months, years or even decades to work on themselves and overcome the chains of chemical dependency, almost none of ...

    ... that less than 10 percent of people who are incarcerated with a drug problem ever receives residential treatment ... of all the prisoners (2,874) died within the first five years of their release. Among those who died from ... continue reading
  • Lock ‘Em Up: Is Jail Really the Best Deterrent to Drunk Driving?

    When I was sentenced to four years in prison for drunk driving , something my prosecutor said stuck with me. He told the courtroom that my punishment would serve as a deterrent; he said stiff sentences for first-time offenders were the best way to ...

    ... with me. He told the courtroom that my punishment would serve as a deterrent; he said stiff sentences for first-time offenders were the best way to send a message. Does It Work? For months and years, I mulled over the ... continue reading
  • Is Your Neighborhood Making You Sick?

    I used to live in a neighborhood blanketed in liquor stores, dive bars, and convenience stores that sold beer until two in the morning - even on Christmas. My old apartment building smelled so much like pot you'd have thought a herd of skunks lived ...

    ... the social atmosphere where every event took place at a bar and everyone drank, was too much of a temptation for me. I finally chose to put my recovery first and I moved to a new city. It wasn't an easy decision to make ... continue reading
  • Big Pharma: Are They Advertising Addiction?

    Pharmacological companies do not have a good rap. They've been known to bury bad news, which has had an effect on people's health, and therefore their lives. Whether it's not testing drugs properly, as with the case of thalidomide (caused defects in ...

    ... brain, and it's hard for the brain to function without them once the drugs have been used for a while. The first company to make an effective sleep aid that actually works without serious addiction issues would make a ... continue reading
  • .08: Why is this the “Magic” Number?

    Bill weighs 170 pounds. After drinking five beers in two hours, his blood alcohol content (BAC) will be over .08 percent. His wife, Tammy, weighs 120. Her BAC will reach .08 during that same time period after just three beers. According to laws ...

    ... BAC History… Back in the late 1990s, this BAC law was not uniform. Laws in some states stipulated a legal driving limit ... laws revoking a person's license at their first DUI offense, or mandatory installation of ignition ... continue reading
  • Attorney General Nominee Thinks Booze Is Safer Than Pot?

    President Barack Obama's nominee for attorney general made serious waves during her confirmation hearing on Jan. 28. Despite statistics and data to the contrary, Loretta Lynch stated “alcohol is safer than marijuana.” Butting Heads with the ...

    ... cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life. I don't think it is more dangerous than alcohol.” However, Lynch made it clear that she didn't agree with the President's stance on the ... continue reading
  • Will a Killer Hangover Delay Your Next Drink? (Hint: Probably Not)

    Headache. Dizziness. Nausea. Fatigue. Hangovers are the absolute worst. Many of us have been there - and even vowed to ourselves we'd never drink again. But even if we wholeheartedly believe the promise when we make it, do our hangovers actually ...

    ... hangovers time after time.” Back To the Drawing Board So what's the takeaway message from this study? “It is probably a waste of time to discuss hangovers when trying to motivate a problem drinker to drink less or drink ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Klonopin? How Can I Quit Safely?

    Klonopin is a brand name for the drug clonazepam . It's a benzodiazepine that affects the way chemicals in the brain work. It helps reduce anxiety, can treat seizure disorders, and may be used to treat panic disorders. Those taking it sometimes ...

    ... able to do a tapering program at home under the guidance of a medical doctor. With a taper program, you will slowly be weaned off the drug. You should make sure to keep in contact with your doctor and advise if you have ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Prescription Drugs? How Can I Quit Safely?

    If you've been using prescription drugs in a way that was not intended by your doctor, then it is possible that you are dependent on them, and dependency often leads to addiction. While addiction can be frightening, the good news is there's plenty ...

    ... so you can break the addiction and reclaim your life. Remember, not every person who becomes dependent on a substance is addicted to it. Dependent just means that your body has become used to the drug and expects it. If ... continue reading
  • 15 Warning Signs That Your Kid May Be Using Drugs

    Kids are a source of worry for every parent. You look after them for years, and you hope that they end up turning our alright. While there are hundreds of books and articles on how to raise your kids, few really work that well, and it's all down to ...

    ... cop to show you a sample. Paraphernalia for drug taking include roll-ups and tin boxes. For other drugs, it could be syringes and burnt teaspoons. If you see a tin box, open it and take a sniff. If it smells like tobacco ... continue reading
  • Addiction is an Emotional Disease With Far-Reaching Effects…

    Spouses, family members, friends, and coworkers are often flooded with emotions as they watch someone they care deeply about struggle in the grip of addiction. But here's something you may not realize: many of the emotions a loved one feels are the ...

    ... . Because they feel powerless, it's not uncommon for them to simply accept their situation, no matter how dire it is…which is why you can't blame them. People fighting addiction may feel like they've failed to live up to ... continue reading
  • Russian Roulette: The Hidden Dangers of Cutting Agents in Cocaine and Heroin

    In the United States, more than 47,000 people die from drug overdoses every year . To make matters worse, drug deaths have recently surpassed both automobile and firearm accidents as the leading cause of accidental death in the country. There's no ...

    ... to fentanyl — a major heroin additive — the effects are often lethal. Fentanyl is popping up in headlines across ... or someone you love is struggling with a drug habit, it's time to take the first steps toward controlling ... continue reading
  • How Concerned Should We Be About Opiates?

    Opiates are a group of drugs that manage pain by depressing the central nervous system (CNS). There are two different kinds of opiates: natural and synthetic. Natural opiates come from the dried “milk” of the poppy plant and include opium, ...

    ... plant and include opium, morphine and codeine. Heroin, for example, is made from the sap-like opium of ... ,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time. 1 in 7 teens admit to abusing prescription drugs ... 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 ...

    ... She's More Than 100 Years Old MDMA (also known as ecstasy) is a synthetic substance that's been around more than 100 years old. The substance was first synthesized in 1912 by a German pharmaceutical company attempting to ... continue reading
  • Getting Sober: 17 Ways You Probably Didn’t Know About (#8 is Controversial)

    The 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are so dominant in addiction recovery culture that it can be easy to forget there are other ways to get sober. If AA or NA works for you, that's wonderful. If not, there are plenty of alternative tools and ...

    ... to help followers to lead more balanced lives. SMART Recovery is all about empowerment; it diverges from AA on its first step—that “powerless over alcohol” thing—and makes use of techniques from motivational interviewing ... 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 ...

    ... weekly at a food pantry. She found it intimidating at first, but quickly discovered she could really relate to people. Without drugs, she was no longer irritable or constantly thinking about avoiding withdrawal. Jenny ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... prison?” Some of them had traumatic childhoods, some were victims of physical and/or sexual abuse and others ... Identifying Additional Influences The researchers also discovered excessive alcohol consumption in the womb ... 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
  • 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
  • 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 ...

    ... , and social services, to increase awareness of the dangers of heroin use. Meanwhile, the Chicago emergency medical services division reported their first responders will now carry extra doses of naloxone. The U.S. Drug ... 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 ...

    ... Fatigue Swollen lymph nodes — often one of the first signs of HIV infection Diarrhea Weight loss Cough Shortness of breath “Our findings suggest that heroin withdrawal may be particularly harmful to the immune system, as ... 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 ...

    ... 's overdoses involved more than one substance. In an effort to fight back against heroin, 20,000 NYC police officers are being armed with portable pocket-size devices that inject naloxone. Known as the opiate antidote ... 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 ...

    ... . Well, sort of. New Views on Old Laws Administrator Rosenberg recently acknowledged that pot is “probably not” as dangerous as heroin, but downplayed his statement by saying he's “not an expert.” He also confirmed ... continue reading
  • Heroin Facts – Because Knowing is Half the Battle

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

    ... People who are hooked on heroin can often be aggressive and anxious. They tend to isolate themselves or seek out the company of other addicts. Drastic changes in personality often manifest as the first visible indicators ... continue reading
  • Naloxone Kits: Are Pharmacies Set to Combat Opiate Overdoses?

    Mike was at his apartment and using heroin with a group of friends. Since Mike's regular dealer was out of town, he'd picked up the batch from someone different. After shooting up, Mike immediately noticed a difference in the way he felt. Something ...

    ... is Opiate Addiction Opioid overdose deaths have become an epidemic across the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that heroin-related ... -based naloxone (PBN) was first endorsed by Walgreens stores ... 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 ...

    ... effort in hopes of curbing this deadly trend. The goal is to get intravenous drug users to use in designated supervised ... sites. They operate the Insite clinic, the first of these sites in North America. Institute staff ... 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 ...

    ... forward. Denmark Introduces Safe Rooms Denmark opened its first safe room in October 2012. The facility offers ... case of an overdose. Medical personnel will even inject heroin for patrons who struggle with accessing a ... 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 ...

    ... -related stats in mind, it is much less surprising to discover that 1 in 20 adults received a prescription for benzodiazepines in 2008. What are Benzos? Benzodiazepines are depressants. They slow the central nervous ... 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. ...

    ... s first safe injection site . The operation itself will come in the form of a mobile van that will ... can a safe injection site really be? Additional Reading: Occasional IV Heroin Abuse Worsens HIV Symptoms Image Source ... 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 ...

    ... potent, experts warn, with an addiction level stronger than heroin. Though effects of smoking this drug are reported as mild at first (euphoria, relaxation), users frequently become aggressive, violent and threatening ... 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 ...

    ... drug tests among American workers has increased for the first time in over a decade. Increased stress in the ... substance use . As a result, more and more employees are turning to drugs as a way to cope. Evaluating the ... continue reading
  • Teens Are Smoking and Drinking Less

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

    ... 2.3 percent of high school students have ever used heroin , a percentage that has remained steady over the years. ... News on Tobacco Use Despite the fact that cigarette smoking is at an all-time low among teens, there's ... continue reading
  • Fake Xanax is Here…And It’s Deadly

    We're feeling the anxiety these days and an increasing number of people are turning to drugs like Xanax - a mild sedative used to treat anxiety - as a way to better function in their daily lives. But with more users, the likelihood of abuse also ...

    ... than heroin . And according to the Food and Drug Administration, even the smallest dose is enough to ... cause deadly side effects - especially in those taking it for the first time. According ... continue reading
  • Recovery Roundtable: Should Doctors Be Allowed to Prescribe More Suboxone?

    Suboxone is a medication approved by the FDA for the treatment of heroin and prescription pill addiction . It's widely used as a replacement for methadone and can be prescribed in the comfort of a doctor's office, whereas methadone can only be ...

    ... a medication approved by the FDA for the treatment of heroin and prescription pill addiction . It's widely used as a replacement for methadone and can be prescribed in the comfort of a doctor's office, whereas methadone ... continue reading
  • Police Are Gearing Up to Face Down a Couple of Killers

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

    ... Like This Before Fentanyl is 100 times stronger than morphine and 50 times stronger than heroin . As if ... them. Since they come in powder form, officers are getting sick or overdosing after accidental exposure. With such ... continue reading
  • Yes, Suboxone is Sober & The Truth About Suboxone

    In 2014, almost 2 million Americans abused or were dependent on prescription pain medication. During that same time, as many as one in four people who received opioids for treatment of long-term pain in primary care settings struggled with an opioid ...

    ... pain in primary care settings struggled with an opioid use disorder. When you factor in that heroin use has also been on the rise and heroin overdose death rates have increased by 20.6 percent from 2014 to 2015…well, it ... 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 ...

    ... clenching/grinding, excessive talking, and paranoia. Heroin, on the other hand, can cause extreme ... whiff of alcohol on their breath, they've likely been drinking. Powerful perfumes or air freshener smells might indicate ... continue reading
  • FDA Raids Juul Headquarters as First Step in E-Cig Crackdown

    Spare a thought for the forgotten world of nicotine addiction. With countless studies being released eroding the stigma of alcoholism as a failure as opposed to a disease, and with the bulk of media attention focused on the ongoing opioid epidemic, ...

    ... - many remain skeptical as to the FDA's actions. E-cigarettes have been lauded for their ability as tools to help adults taper off cigarettes, first by removing the health hazards of smoking tobacco and then by gradually ... continue reading
  • Cuffed and Stuffed: 7 Ways a DUI Will Haunt Your Life

    It's common knowledge that a drinking and driving conviction can limit your freedom - whether it be jail, prison or probation. But the penalties seldom end there; the decision to get behind the wheel while you're intoxicated (or just buzzed) is one ...

    ... -time drunk driving offense with no accident involved ranges from $9,000 to $24,000. It's Never Okay to Drink and Drive In short, driving while intoxicated is never a laughing matter. The penalties are steep and a DUI ... 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 ...

    ... supplier of generic drugs - Dr. Reddy's Laboratories - was allowed by a Delaware Court to produce a generic version ... make generic buprenorphine-naloxone). He explained companies first need approval from the Food and Drug ... 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 U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Probuphine, the first buprenorphine implant for the maintenance treatment of opioid dependence - a treatment that is being hailed as a “game changer” in the industry ... 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
  • Social Drug Use is Like Kryptonite to Healthy Relationships

    Heather always feels awkward at parties. She's quiet and shy. She never knows what to say and finds it hard to interact with people in these intimidating settings. To help her “loosen up,” she tries smoking pot before going to a party. Once ...

    ... smoking pot before going to a party. Once there, she has a couple drinks, too. Before she knows it, there are pictures online of her doing some really embarrassing things. Did she make any new friends? No, but she sure ... continue reading
  • Is Telemedicine the Solution for Addiction in Rural America?

    The closest addiction specialist is three hours away. You don't have a reliable vehicle. If you arrange for a ride or take public transportation, everyone in town will know where you went and why. If this were your situation, how likely would you be ...

    ... Rural America? Across the country rural areas have been hit particularly hard by the opioid epidemic . These ... 's take a look at both of those solutions: First, doctors - particularly addiction specialists - aren't likely ... continue reading
  • Waiting for Treatment in Tennessee: The Doctor Will See You Soon

    It's tragic. People are reaching out for help…and there's no one there. As a nation, we're experiencing a severe shortage of treatment options for those struggling with substance abuse. The National Council for Behavioral Health reported shortages ...

    ... to get an appointment with a mental health counselor were unsuccessful. These alarming numbers don't even touch ... treat chemical dependency, yet they're often the first contacts for people struggling with it. Stern notes ... 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
  • 7 Warning Signs Your Friends Are Making Your Addiction Worse

    Maybe taking that first step toward sobriety/recovery is actually the best thing you can do, for yourself and your friends. If your group of friends is really into yoga or eating sushi, then there's a pretty good chance you know the difference ...

    Maybe taking that first step toward sobriety/recovery is actually the best thing you can do, for yourself and your friends. If your group of friends is really into yoga or eating sushi, then there's a pretty good chance ... continue reading
  • More Proof that Boozing is Bad for Your Sexual Health

    We've all heard a story or two about someone acquiring a sexually transmitted disease after an alcohol-fueled night,right? But, as it turns out, the alcohol itself could be contributing to a higher rate of the human papillomavirus infection (HVP). A ...

    ... consumption also impacted the results among women. Those who drank three or more glasses of beer in one setting were three times more likely to test positive for HPV at the beginning of the study. Dr. Greg Juckett, a ... continue reading
  • Are Instagram Booze Memes Driving More Women to Binge Drink?

    Instagram, home of selfies and highly-filtered vacation pics, has generated another popular trend: booze memes. The colorful images, which generally cater to women, often depict wine bottles or clinking champagne glasses with pun-ny phrases like ...

    ... with pun-ny phrases like “it's wine o'clock!” and “I need a hug…e bottle of wine.” The memes are widely circulated by female users, as well as beauty brands, women's magazines and other social media accounts with huge ... continue reading
  • Smoking Around Kids is More Dangerous Than You Think

    Most of us know that exposure to secondhand smoke can produce serious consequences for unborn children, including low birth weight, heart defects and learning disorders. But the potential ramifications of secondhand smoke certainly don't stop at ...

    ... issues in using statistical estimates of populations. Clearing the Smoke If you're ready to quit smoking , there are plenty of ways you can do it. Although some try to quit cold turkey, most people have greater success ... 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
  • Are You Helping Or Enabling? 7 Ways to Spot the Difference

    There's no doubt that loving an addict is hard. It's natural for you to want your loved ones to succeed rather than suffer. While reaching out to help a loved one in need is certainly not a bad thing, there's a fine line between helping and ...

    ... without neglecting your own needs. Helping someone should never be a threat to your own well-being, so make sure you're taking care of yourself first. It's important to stop and ask yourself whether your actions ... 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
  • Overdosing on Sleep Medication is a Big Problem

    According to a recent survey , 69 percent of primary care patients complain of insomnia and other sleep issues. To solve the problem, doctors often prescribe sleeping pills or hypnotic medications. However, many people end up using these drugs for ...

    ... on the market, Professor Kripke says, “I've never seen evidence for it yet. Our understanding of the brain is still so basic that putting in powerful chemicals to do one thing has knock-on effects elsewhere.” One safe ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... 's Not a Safe Drug When abused, this potent, chemical-altering substance poses many risks. Topping this list is dependence - both psychological and physical. Over time, tramadol abuse causes the user to believe he or she ... continue reading
  • Asking Yourself: Am I Addicted Benzos?

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

    ... Withdrawal Phase It's also a good idea to be prepared for an extended withdrawal process. In fact, ... lead healthy, happy and decidedly sober lives…and you can be one of them. Additional Reading: 7 Things About Benzo ... continue reading
  • No Surprise: Study Finds Avoiding Alcohol is the Only Hangover Prevention

    You've tried it all: chasing drinks with water, drinking only beer, drinking only clear liquor, or binging on late night fries. But you still wake up with a pounding headache, nausea, dry mouth and that feeling you were run over by a mack truck. ...

    ... had hangovers the next day. To put it in perspective, this is the legal limit for driving in the US; so if you' ... . An even higher portion of the participants, 92 percent to be exact, got hangovers if they had a BAC of .1 ... continue reading
  • Yay or Nay: Is the Opioid Epidemic a Conspiracy?

    'Epidemic': Affecting a disproportionately large number of individuals within a population. Opioid Epidemic Statistics Each day, 2.1 million people in the U.S. abuse opioids. The CDC reports that 165,000 Americans died from prescription ...

    ... we must balance the opioid crisis with the needs of chronic pain patients. And drug manufacturers stress that they are doing what they can to make their pills safe. Meanwhile, millions of Americans live out every day in ... 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
  • 5 Reasons Driving on Benzos is Just a Bad Idea

    Quick reflexes and sharp thinking - these are two of the most important qualities of a safe driver. If someone is sharing the road with you or if you're a passenger in their car, you want them to possess these traits, right? Well, if they're taking ...

    ... most desired effects. However, a relaxing effect isn't so desirable behind the wheel. For safe driving, you must be able to turn the wheel quickly or slam on the brakes in an instant. Fractions of a second can literally ... continue reading
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