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

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

    ... responses, we now know how and why these drugs affect genders differently. The Quest for Sleep A prime ... Medications : Prescription medications like Valium and Xanax are used to treat anxiety disorders, but ... Learn more

  • Twelve of the Most Addictive Drugs

    Addiction affects millions of lives in the U.S. It is a chronic disease that frequently includes cycles of relapse and remission, and it is ...

    ... Benzodiazepines Benzodiazepines , such as Valium and Xanax, are widely prescribed to treat anxiety, ... cause drowsiness and relaxation, as well as other possible side effects, and they can be addictive. Repeated use can ... Learn more

  • The Effects of Clonazepam Use

    The Effects of Clonazepam Use

    What is Clonazepam? Clonazepam, commonly known by its brand name Klonopin, is a prescription medication commonly used for its anti-anxiety and ...

    ... that the positive effects last. Some of these can affect the user for up to 24 hours. All benzodiazepines ... doses higher than recommended. There are a number of side effects of clonazepam, especially if you take it for ... Learn more

  • 5 Reasons Driving on Benzos is Just a Bad Idea

    Quick reflexes and sharp thinking - these are two of the most important qualities of a safe driver. If someone is sharing the road with you or if ...

    ... lack both. Recent research shows that benzodiazepines - like Xanax and Vailum - increase the risk of traffic accidents ... light-headedness and unsteadiness. It's also a side effect of benzos . A dizzy, unsteady driver ... Learn more

  • A Look at the Physical Anatomy of an Overdose

    A drug overdose occurs when the body has been overloaded with either prescription medication or an illicit substance. Under normal circumstances, ...

    ... attempts to maintain or achieve a certain high. Stimulants affect two key areas of the body: the brain and ... Focusing on the central nervous system, sedatives like Xanax and Valium , slow down brain and body functions ... Learn more

  • This Is Your Brain on Drugs

    This Is Your Brain on Drugs

    Read Time: 20 minutes Readers of a certain age might remember the public service announcements from the late 1980s showing a frying egg with ...

    ... functions. This article is a brief survey of how various drugs affect the chemistry of the brain. This will help reveal why ... too much. These negative side effects include: Difficulty breathing Slurred ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... nation. A whopping 40 million American adults are affected by anxiety disorders; that's 18 percent of ... can be lengthy. The following tips may help reduce side effects and help to strengthen your own benzo recovery ... Learn more

  • 5 Things About Kratom You Need to Know

    Recently, a drug called kratom, has come into the center of national controversy.Also referred to as 'ketum' or 'kakuam', taking kratom produces ...

    ... and relapse. So, what is kratom and how does it affect the body? Here are 5 pieces of information about the ... the U.S. #2. It's Easy to Obtain Kratom “bars” are popping up and serving the drug as a brewed beverage. ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... the drug clonazepam . It's a benzodiazepine that affects the way chemicals in the brain work. It helps ... with your doctor and advise if you have any side effects during the taper. If you begin feeling withdrawal ... Learn more

  • Drugs and Devotion

    Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Why do some people seem compelled to experiment and others live their entire lives without ever ...

    ... person's genes, mental health, and socioeconomic status can all affect his or her chance of using drugs - but what about ... Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). With the maps side by side we can see that there does appear to be ... Learn more

  • Stimulant Drug Abuse

    Stimulant Drug Abuse

    Stimulants, both illicit and prescription, are known to increase energy and alertness. Prescription stimulants can offer therapeutic benefits ...

    ... Stimulant use, either short-term or long-term, can affect a person's physical or mental health, and/or change ... (substance use disorder) . Gunja, A., Stanisklawski, M.A., Bar\u00f3n, A.E., Maddox, T.M., Bradley, S.M., & ... Learn more

  • More Working Class Americans Hooked on Cognitive-Boosting Drugs

    I had just started studying for the Bar Exam when I realized the extent of legal information I'd have to retain wasn't humanly possible. Terrified ...

    I had just started studying for the Bar Exam when I realized the extent of legal information I'd have to retain ... drug” will affect healthy brain function down the road, but do agree that it has mild side effects and low ... Learn more

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  • Xanax Passes Marijuana as Second-Leading Cause of DUI

    When it comes to driving under the influence of substances that aren't alcohol, marijuana is the biggest concern for many Americans. Colorado has ...

    ... former high school softball star. She received a sentence of life in prison. The Rise of a Problem Drug Xanax has been the most-commonly prescribed drug in the U.S. since 2005. There were 48.5 million prescriptions ... Learn more

  • A Straight Story on the Real Dangers of Xanax

    “Yeah, I was feeling uptight before he was about to pick me up for our date, so I popped a Xanax,” said my friend. I cringed. It seemed ...

    ... date, or ace a presentation. Worse yet, I knew my pal had been drinking on her date - drinking after she took Xanax. I hate to be the buzz kill of the gang, but here's the straight story on the dangers of benzos. The ... Learn more

  • 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 - ...

    ... bargained for - a counterfeit pill made to look like Xanax has been popping up nationwide. And while it claims to ... even the smallest dose is enough to cause deadly side effects - especially in those taking it for the ... Learn more

  • Pay Attention: 7 Red Flags of a Xanax Overdose

    Shannon was feeling even more anxious than usual, so she picked up her Xanax bottle and popped an extra pill. The doctor said to take it only as ...

    ... 31 percent of all overdose deaths in 2013. If someone you know and love is currently taking or abusing Xanax , you'll want to watch for the following seven signs of potential overdose: Drowsiness: Do they seem ... Learn more

  • Anxious About Anxiety: Why We Reach for Xanax

    We're an anxious nation. According to data from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in ...

    ... even trickled down to kids, with anxiety disorders affecting about 12 percent of our nation's young people ... 125,000 annual ER visits were directly related to Xanax abuse . A Medication Nation What's really going ... Learn more

  • Is There Ever a Good Time to Use Benzos?

    Carol had a severe panic disorder. It started when she was assaulted at age 34. She'd tried many medications, but only Xanax helped. She worked ...

    ... and engaging in therapy to learn non-medical ways to manage anxiety . Within a year, Carole was Xanax-free. She is maintaining her sobriety, and practicing yoga, meditation, and therapy to keep the panic at bay. She ... Learn more

  • Exploring The Dangers of Benzodiazepines

    A recent study found that one in six adults in the United States take psychiatric drugs for the treatment of mental health conditions. Among the ...

    ... most recent year data are available) . Specifically, 123,744 ER visits were associated with the nonmedical use of Xanax. This eclipsed Klonopin, which was linked to 61,219 ER visits in 2011. Ativan was linked to 42,874 ... Learn more

  • Benzo Epidemic: A Killer Hiding in the Shadow of Opioids

    In recent years, opioid abuse has received a lot of attention - and for good reason. In 2014, 19,000 people died from overdoses involving ...

    ... at an alarming rate and, many times, for conditions that don't require long-term pharmaceutical therapy. Drugs like Xanax , Klonipin, Ativan and Valium, for example, are commonly taken for long periods of time - and in ... Learn more

  • Drugs in the News

    In a world grappling with issues of substance use and abuse, drugs are bound to see their days in the spotlight of our 24-hour news cycle. ...

    ... them on the wrong side of the law, or one drug itself is finding itself on the right side. We looked at ... the streets but ones prescribed by our doctors. Xanax , and other powerful painkillers like Vicodin and ... Learn more

  • Drugs A-Z

    What is Acamprosate? Acamprosate is thought to help recovering alcoholics stay sober balancing inhibitory and excitatory neurotransmission. ...

    ... help for heroin dependence and getting information about the side effects of heroin here. What is Hycodan? Hycodan ... from drug or alcohol addiction. What is Xanax? Xanax is the name brand of the generic ... Learn more

  • Klonopin Abuse

    An Introduction to Klonopin Klonopin is a prescription sedative medication useful as an anti-anxiety and anti-convulsant drug. Doctors ...

    ... written in 2011, Klonopin is the third-most prescribed benzodiazepine in the United States-behind Xanax and Ativan. Consider these statistics from the Drug Enforcement Administration: In 2011, Klonopin was the ... Learn more

  • Clonazepam Abuse

    Clonazepam Abuse

    Introduction to Clonazepam Abuse A person can form a physical dependence on the drug in a short amount of time, even when ...

    ... most prescribed benzodiazepine in the US, behind alprazolam (Xanax) and lorazepam (Ativan). These medications have very similar ... potential for abuse, Klonopin can cause unwanted side effects . Taking too much of the ... Learn more

  • Pop Quiz: Let’s Test Your Benzo Knowledge

    In 2013, 13.5 million adults filled a benzodiazepine prescription in the US. These drugs are used to treat anxiety, depression, insomnia and ...

    ... withdrawal has two phases . The first acute phase lasts seven to 90 days. Short-acting drugs like Xanax have a shorter acute phase, closer to seven days. Long-acting benzos, such as Valium, can cause withdrawal ... Learn more

  • Benzodiazepine Overdose

    Benzodiazepine Overdose

    Benzodiazepines, or “benzos,” are prescription medications used to treat anxiety, panic attacks, muscle spasms, alcohol withdrawal, and ...

    ... medical purpose anymore. Examples of these sedatives include Xanax, Valium, and Klonopin. These medications fall under ... your medical provider if you experience any side effects or changes to your medication regimen or ... Learn more

  • Risk of Counterfeit and Laced Drugs

    Risk of Counterfeit and Laced Drugs

    Results from the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that approximately 27 million people aged 12 or older were current illicit drug ...

    ... what conditions they are manufactured. The FDA cites an incident in which people ordered drugs like Ambien , Xanax , Lexapro, and Ativan over the Internet and instead received powerful anti-psychotics. As a result, a ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... help relieve anxiety disorders. The most commonly prescribed benzo medications are Xanax and Ativan . Despite their popularity and dose frequency, Xanax and Ativan were never meant for long-term use. While standard ... Learn more

  • 6 Things About Benzo Withdrawal You Might Not Know

    What are Benzos? Benzodiazepines (benzos) are an anxiolytic class of drugs that belong to a larger group of substances that can be categorized as ...

    ... to manage acute alcohol withdrawal . 1,2 Some of the more commonly prescribed benzos include Valium, Xanax, Ativan, and Klonopin. 1,2,3 Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Timeline: What You Need to Know Most benzos are ... Learn more

  • If a Drug Is Legal, Is it Safe?

    If a Drug Is Legal, Is it Safe?

    There is a common misconception, especially amongst young people, that if a drug is legal then it is safe. This is certainly not the case. In ...

    ... psychological effects. Similarly, benzodiazepines like Xanax and Valium are prescription sedatives that ... 14(3). Benyamin, R. (2008). Opioid complications and side effects. Pain Physician, 11(2), 105-120. Retrieved ... Learn more

  • List of Street Names for Drugs

    List of Street Names for Drugs

    People actively abusing legal or illicit substances can get pretty creative when it comes to devising a list of slang terms—ranging from avoiding ...

    ... Tooies Yellow Jackets Yellows - Back to List - Benzodiazepines Benzodiazepines like Xanax , Valium , Ativan , and Klonopin : Benzos Blue V Candy ... Learn more

  • Barbiturate Abuse

    Barbiturate Abuse

    Barbiturates are sedative-hypnotic drugs that were once commonly used as sedatives or antianxiety medications. A physician must prescribe ...

    ... in 1970 2, 6.7 . Benzodiazepines (e.g., Xanax, Valium, Ativan, etc.) have largely assumed the role ... prevent some of the more severe and/or life-threatening side effects from occurring. You can speak to a substance abuse ... Learn more

  • Benzodiazepine Abuse

    Benzodiazepine Abuse

    Benzodiazepines (benzos) are commonly prescribed medications in the United States. In 2017, there were over 120 million benzodiazepine ...

    ... being: 1 Diazepam (Valium). Alprazolam (Xanax). Lorazepam (Ativan). Clonazepam (Klonopin). ... factors. Benzodiazepine Side Effects Benzo effects are different for everyone. Common side effects of ... Learn more

  • The Effects of Benzodiazepine Use

    The Effects of Benzodiazepine Use

    Are Benzodiazepines Harmful? Benzodiazepines, or “benzos,” are drugs prescribed to help control anxiety and seizure disorders. They are ...

    ... to achieve the same levels of response over time 2 . Side Effects Side effects can occur even when taken at a therapeutic dose; ... Food and Drug Administration. (2011). Xanax . Substance Abuse and Mental Health ... Learn more

  • Lethal Drug Combinations

    Lethal Drug Combinations

    What are the Deadliest Drug Combos? Combining drugs (“polysubstance abuse”) is both common and potentially dangerous. There are ...

    ... Alcohol + benzodiazepines (e.g., Ativan, Valium, Xanax, etc.). Cocaine + heroin. Alcohol + cocaine. ... increase levels of aggression. Cocaine, whose side effects include paranoia and agitation, can compound ... Learn more

  • America’s Drug Awareness

    For the first time in a decade , the CDC reported that death rates in the United States have increased. While news outlets trumpet the increased ...

    ... - but drugs have a powerful hold. In fact, substance abuse affects the part of the brain linked with self-control, so even ... ) and tranquilizers (like Valium, Klonopin, and Xanax) are easy or somewhat easy to obtain. ... Learn more

  • Journey to Sobriety

    Substance abuse and mental health issues affect millions of Americans. An estimated 20 million people, ages 12 and older, had some form of a ...

    Substance abuse and mental health issues affect millions of Americans. An estimated 20 million people, ages 12 and older, had some ... (e.g., benzodiazepines such as Valium or Xanax) is a factor, you may need to first ... Learn more

  • A Guide to Sobriety: Getting Sober

    Substance abuse and mental health issues affect millions of Americans. An estimated 20 million people, ages 12 and older, had some form of a ...

    Substance abuse and mental health issues affect millions of Americans. An estimated 20 million people, ages 12 and older, had some ... (e.g., benzodiazepines such as Valium or Xanax) is a factor, you may need to first ... Learn more

  • Penalties and Sentencing for Drug Abuse, Selling, and Smuggling in the USA

    Penalties and Sentencing for Drug Abuse, Selling, and Smuggling in the USA

    Problematic substance use has the potential to negatively impact every area of your life. As dependence and addiction to alcohol or other drugs ...

    ... forms of confinement like house arrest. A criminal record affects your ability to get or maintain a job, ... and dependence. Soma. Many benzodiazepines like Xanax and Ativan. Tramadol. Schedule V: Drugs ... Learn more

  • Neurontin Abuse

    Neurontin Abuse

    Neurontin misuse is a growing public health concern—especially among opioid-abusing populations. The Neurontin high can produce desirable ...

    ... Neurontin has been increasingly misused in recent years. Side Effects of Abuse According to the Food and ... and a muscle relaxant or anxiety medication such as Xanax. 10 Due to the high rates of misuse ... Learn more

  • Naltrexone Effects

    Naltrexone Effects

    Naltrexone is a drug used as part of medication-assisted treatment, or MAT, for those recovering from alcoholism or addiction to opioids (e.g., ...

    ... additional side effects: 3,4 Combining it with benzodiazepines like Valium and Xanax can ... 8 Disulfiram (Antabuse)—This once-a-day tablet causes unpleasant side effects if a person drinks even a small amount of ... Learn more

  • LSD Overdose

    LSD is a hallucinogen drug capable of altering thoughts and perceptions in those who use it, including pseudo-hallucinations and ...

    ... much LSD that it kills them. It is not like heroin, Xanax, or even alcohol in that there is no known lethal dose ... what they are doing 4 . Some commonly experienced side effects of LSD can include 4 : Sweating. ... Learn more

  • Valium Overdose

    Valium Overdose

    Signs and Symptoms of Valium Overdose Being aware of the signs and symptoms can help you get assistance for yourself or a loved one who might be ...

    ... nervous system (CNS) depressants, such as Xanax. Use other drugs with Valium (polysubstance abuse ... it to the EMTs. Putting the person on their side if they are breathing, but appear unconscious. Preventing them ... Learn more

  • Recognizing a Codeine Overdose

    Recognizing a Codeine Overdose

    A national crisis, opioid abuse includes a wide range of drugs—from heroin to any number of prescription medications . Nearly 4 million ...

    ... you ingest enough of the drug to cause dangerous—even fatal—side effects. While a single misuse can be fatal, if you or ... —including other narcotics, benzodiazepines (like Xanax and Valium ), cocaine (including crack ... Learn more

  • The Dilaudid Dilemma

    Every day, physicians across the nation prescribe painkillers to help patients cope with pain. The types of painkillers prescribed are as varied as ...

    ... . This high risk for abuse stems from Dilaudid's side effects : euphoria, sedation, reduced anxiety, and extended ... depressants (such as alcohol, Valium, and Xanax) could increase the potential for respiratory and ... Learn more

  • Drug Overdose Signs and Symptoms

    Drug abuse always carries the risk of serious side effects, including overdose. Whether you abuse alcohol, an illegal drug such as cocaine, or ...

    ... , if possible. 3 If the person is not breathing, turn them on their side. 3 If you are medically qualified to do so, provide CPR if necessary. ... Valium Vicodin Vyvanse Xanax CHECK IF YOUR ... Learn more

  • Snorting Vyvanse

    Snorting Vyvanse

    Vyvanse is the brand name of a medication prescribed to treat attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and binge eating disorder (BED) ...

    ... only causes additional physical harm. Side Effects of Snorting Vyvanse Side effects of Vyvanse use (which ... combination with alcohol and/ or sedatives like Xanax put the individual at the greatest risk ... Learn more

  • Adderall Abuse

    Adderall Abuse

    What Is Adderall? Adderall is a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine that is used primarily to treat the symptoms of ...

    ... patient on a low dose to avoid unwanted side effects, gradually increasing it as necessary. Click ... have used cocaine or prescription tranquilizers like Xanax and Klonopin recreationally. According to the ... Learn more

  • Drug Abuse Effects

    Drug Abuse Effects

    Learn More About the Effects of Illicit Drugs Alcohol Bath Salts Cocaine Crack Crystal Meth DMT ...

    ... Ritalin Roxicodone Soma Suboxone Subutex Tussionex Ultram Valium Vicodin Vyvanse Xanax Zolpidem Don't let another day pass by without ... Learn more

  • Lorazepam Abuse

    Lorazepam Abuse

    Even when taken as prescribed, lorazepam can be abused. Users can quickly develop tolerance and dependence, and soon find ...

    ... and related disorders. In fact, lorazepam was the most frequently prescribed benzodiazepine after alprazolam (Xanax) in 2011 with almost 28 million prescriptions written and dispensed. Here are some other facts ... Learn more

  • Side Effects of Klonopin Use

    Side Effects of Klonopin Use

    Klonopin, known commonly by its generic name clonazepam, is a prescription drug commonly prescribed to manage panic, anxiety and seizure ...

    ... system depressants that includes Valium , Xanax , Ativan , and Restoril. Prescriptions ... side effects as well as potentially fatal overdose. Side Effects Common Side Effects Common side ... Learn more

  • Symptoms and Signs of Substance Abuse

    Symptoms and Signs of Substance Abuse

    How to tell if Someone is Using Drugs Drug use affects people from all walks of life and all socioeconomic statuses. Whatever the reason a person ...

    ... Some of the most noticeable symptoms of drug use are those that affect certain physiological processes. For example, your body's tolerance to a drug ... Wellbutrin Xanax Zolpidem ... Learn more

  • The Fight Against Doctor Shopping Rages On

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

    ... emergency room patients are faking symptoms of alcohol withdrawal in order to obtain benzodiazepine drugs like Xanax or Valium . Looking to Technology Researchers from the University of Toronto created an app ... Learn more

  • 30 Famous Celebrities Who Have Done Drugs and Battled Addiction and Alcoholism

    1. Drew Barrymore Former child star Drew Barrymore's drug abuse in her teenage years found her controversial fame, including two trips to rehab ...

    ... public intoxication in 2005. 15. Macaulay Culkin In 2004, Home Alone star Macaulay Culkin was arrested for Xanax and marijuana possession during a rough patch in his life . 16. Edie Falco Known for her role ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... teach them a language. This use of LSD would affect his work substantially during this period, and it left him ... use one or perhaps two drugs, King used cocaine, Xanax , Valium , NyQuil, beer, tobacco, and marijuana to ... Learn more

  • Warning: 3 Dangerous Suboxone Interactions to Avoid

    Suboxone is a popular, prescription-only drug that effectively suppresses opioid cravings and reduces the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. Although ...

    ... Benzodiazepines (“Benzos”) Benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium, Klonopin) are typically ... like benzodiazepines, alcohol is also classified as a depressant, affecting the body's central nervous system. Due to its ... Learn more

  • Taking Action: How to Intervene During an Overdose

    Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accident death in the United States. According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), 43,982 drug ...

    ... and benzodiazepines ( heroin , Oxycontin, Valium, Xanax ) are all depressants, meaning they significantly slow ... Poisoning Alcohol is also a depressant and affects the central nervous system similar to opiates and ... Learn more

  • 3 Devastatingly Dangerous Alcohol-Drug Combos

    According to statistics compiled by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), roughly 25 percent of substance-related ...

    ... rampant prescription drug abuse, benzodiazepines (Valium, Xanax and Ativan) are the most common drugs ... central nervous system. When combined, the central nervous is affected twice as hard, which can lead to severe loss ... Learn more

  • Addiction in the Medical Field: Balancing Healing and Hiding

    Medical professionals work hard to heal the sick, but underneath those white lab coats and cartoon scrubs, many are secretly struggling with the ...

    ... turn to prescription medications like Oxycontin , Percocet , Xanax and Klonopin for a quick boost of energy or ... co-workers ignore - or even cover-up - the side effects of a provider's addiction. There is Life ... Learn more

  • 7 Shocking Ways Drugs are Smuggled into Prisons

    A Cincinnati woman and her incarcerated boyfriend are now facing criminal charges after she reportedly tried to smuggle a Bible laced with heroin ...

    ... that very medication just two months later. Youngs accomplice, Kayci Jo Coombs, smuggled another 45 Xanax pills into the jail through alternate methods. Underwear A Kentucky inmate died last August after allegedly ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... in the Controlled Substances Act and are most commonly prescribed to treat anxiety, namely under the brand names Xanax, Ativan, and Valium. 1 They work on the neurotransmitter GABA (gamma-amino butyric acid) to calm ... Learn more

  • Can You Stay Calm…and Trash the Benzos?

    After suffering an embarrassing panic attack at the mall, Kara visited a psychiatrist. He prescribed medication to help Kara with her symptoms - ...

    ... happy chemicals in your brain that positively affect your mood. Exhale Anxiety Out Breathing ... medication) well worth the effort? Additional Reading: Xanax Turned My Life Upside Down Image Source: ... Learn more

  • The F-Word: 3 Fast Fentanyl Facts to Remember

    With his heart pounding, Officer Harrison approached the warehouse. His dreams of fighting crime never included this scene. He wasn't chasing a ...

    ... never be mixed with benzodiazepines . This combo drastically increases the side effects of fentanyl and, unfortunately for Gary, he was already abusing Xanax. Fortunately, Gary's roommate was home when he overdosed and ... Learn more

  • Let’s Play: How Much Do You Really Know About Drug Schedules?

    Have you ever heard someone mention a Schedule I or Schedule II Controlled Substance? Most of us have seen these labels, but what exactly do they ...

    ... issues. Schedule IV substances include: Tramadol (painkiller) Lunesta (used for treatment of insomnia) Xanax/Alprazolam (used for treatment of anxiety and panic disorders) Valium (used for treatment of ... Learn more

  • Three Lethal Drug Combinations That Can Kill You

    We all know that certain drugs can cause dangerous interactions when taken together, but some people either don't take the threat seriously or ...

    ... Alcohol can compound some of the effects of benzos , and vice versa. That means that drugs like Xanax, Valium, or Klonopin can dangerously synergize some of the effects of alcohol. 3 As both alcohol and benzodiazepines ... Learn more

  • 5 Tips Guaranteed to Help You Handle Your Triggers

    I can hear the sirens blasting through my neighborhood, and it reminds me of when they were taking me away to the hospital after I passed out ...

    ... a dive bar. I also used my triggers to figure out that, if I had the urge to take a Xanax before hanging ... to leave a place, get out as fast as you can. Side note: I never did figure out why I was afraid of grocery ... Learn more

  • Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome

    Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome

    What Is Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome? Post-acute-withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) refers to a constellation of symptoms experienced by some ...

    ... drugs used and the amount and frequency of use all affect each individual's experience of PAWS. Mood swings : ... ) such as diazepam (Valium) or alprazolam (Xanax) are GABA receptor activators, and their chronic ... Learn more

  • The Effects of Carisoprodol Use

    The Effects of Carisoprodol Use

    Carisoprodol, sold under the trade names Soma and Vanadom, is a muscle relaxant that acts as a strong sedative. The drug is often ...

    ... as Lortab and Vicodin. Benzodiazepines such as Xanax or Ativan. Alcohol. The Severe Dangers ... the drug does have its fair share of negative side effects that present themselves when carisoprodol is taken in high ... Learn more

  • Soma Abuse

    Soma Abuse

    What Is Soma? Soma is the trade name for carisoprodol, a muscle relaxant that is prescribed for the treatment of muscle pain and spasms. ...

    ... Soma intensifies the effects of other drugs like Xanax and the combination is severely addictive and potentially ... doses, Soma use can produce a number of telling side effects. Signs and symptoms of Soma abuse include: ... Learn more

  • Carisoprodol Abuse

    Carisoprodol Abuse

    Carisoprodol, also known by the brand name Soma, is a prescription medication used to treat muscle spasms and severe muscle pain . However, ...

    ... with other drugs. For example, it may be coupled with codeine, or a benzodiazepine drug like Xanax . Even when taken medically, these combinations can be highly addictive and prescription use can quickly turn ... Learn more

  • Shocking Report: Bars and Liquor Stores Impact Suicide Rates

    Suicide is tragic no matter what the circumstances. When compared to the general population, however, reports indicate the heartbreaking act is a ...

    ... for a suicide to involve alcohol in counties where there was increased alcohol availability in the form of bars, restaurants and liquor stores. Those who successfully committed suicide also had a higher blood alcohol ... Learn more

  • Is Your Neighborhood Making You Sick?

    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 ...

    ... . All of the noise, the availability of alcohol , and 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 ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    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 ... Learn more

  • Two Groundbreaking Tobacco Laws in the Works

    We've come a long way, baby. Fewer Americans than ever before are smoking cigarettes, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting ...

    ... out by the habit. NOLA is Snuffing out Tobacco Most states have outright banned smoking in restaurants and bars, while the practice is increasingly frowned upon by most people…especially when it comes to smoking in ... Learn more

  • Are These Moms Handing Their Kids Over to the Justice System?

    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 ...

    During the four years I spent behind bars, I encountered hundreds of women - all with a unique personal story and background. ... or not their children ended up behind bars. This study , published in the Research ... Learn more

  • State Sentencing: How Drug Sentencing Varies Across the U.S.

    State Sentencing: How Drug Sentencing Varies Across the U.S.

    Share on Twitter Share on Facebook The United States has 5% of the world's population - and 25% of its prisoners. The average cost to ...

    ... with Maine, Vermont, and Connecticut. The rest of the top 10 states are distributed throughout the country. [Hover over the bars below to expose the % of sentences for each substance] [Hover over the ... Learn more

  • Social Drug Use is Like Kryptonite to Healthy Relationships

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    ... , he finds it difficult to approach anyone while at a bar or club. To overcome this inhibition, he snorts cocaine before ... otherwise. How? Well, each drug works and affects its users in slightly different ways. Let's ... Learn more

  • Vivitrol's New and Controversial Role in Prisons

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  • Klonopin Overdose

    Klonopin Overdose

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    ... currently misusing Klonopin, treatment is the safest way for you to get help and manage uncomfortable side effects of withdrawal. Treatment options include: 9,10 Outpatient treatment : In an outpatient setting ... Learn more

  • Klonopin History and Statistics

    Klonopin History and Statistics

    History 6 Alarming Facts About Benzos Benzodiazepines are used to treat certain anxiety disorders and to manage seizure activity. ...

    ... in prison. How Dangerous is Klonopin? Abusing Klonopin can result in a number of serious side effects : Rash. Hives. Swelling of the eyes, face, lips, tongue, or throat. Hoarseness. Difficulty ... Learn more

  • The Scary Facts About Designer Drugs and Legal Highs

    The Scary Facts About Designer Drugs and Legal Highs

    Read Time: 30 minutes Introduction What Are Designer Drugs and Legal Highs? The terms “designer drugs” and “legal highs” are used ...

    ... trials, it is difficult to know precisely how they will affect people after short- and long-term use. Indeed, because ... determining long-term effects is difficult. Although most side effects subsided after 1-2 days, some ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... 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 spent nationally on ... Learn more

  • Released from Prison…and Still Addicted

    There are over 2.3 million people in American prisons and jails, making the U.S. the most heavily incarcerated country in the world. More than 65 ...

    ... segment meet medical criteria for substance abuse addiction, but yet are provided with few treatment options while behind bars. As a result, these men and women are released back into society without the tools to avoid ... Learn more

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

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

    ... on college campuses, where a lot of partying takes place and many students spend their nights at clubs and bars, rather than in the dorm studying. Today, however, the phenomenon of foregoing dinner for alcohol is an ... Learn more

  • 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, ...

    ... to a misdemeanor. Approximately 10,000 inmates across the state can now ask for sentencing and many behind bars in county jail would be able to be released immediately. Although prisons have a responsibility to safely ... Learn more

  • The Use and Abuse of Date Rape Drugs

    Although Bill Cosby has been making headlines for his alleged use of date rape drugs, sexual assault cases involving these substances have been ...

    ... that comes in liquid, powder and pill forms. It is currently abused by teens and young adults at bars, parties, clubs and raves. Date rape victims become incapacitated due to the sedative effects of GHB, plus they ... Learn more

  • The Surgeon General Finally Gives Addiction Its Own Label

    A new Surgeon General's report finds drug and alcohol addiction to be one of America's most pressing public health concerns. “It's time to ...

    ... justice realm? Would it significantly impact all those who were struggling with substance abuse behind bars? Substance-use disorder costs our country $442 billion annually in health-care and criminal justice ... Learn more

  • Virginia Wants Treatment - Not Jail - For Its Addicted Citizens

    During the four years I was in prison, I met hundreds and hundreds of women. Many were first-time, nonviolent offenders - and almost all were ...

    ... should be required to participate in community-based treatment programs, rather than being placed behind bars. This belief was shared by Republicans, Democrats, and Independents alike. This Issue Has Bipartisan ... Learn more

  • Desperate or Dealer: Officers Tasked With the Vetting Process

    Katrina was arrested in 2006 in South Florida for selling a small amount of heroin . Recently kicked out of a rehab for fraternizing with men, she ...

    ... , Katrina was sent to prison for a year. Deeply anxious and depressed to begin with, she emerged from behind bars much worse. Nothing but heroin seemed to take the edge off her pain. At the young age of 29,Katrina ... Learn more

  • Should We Offer Suboxone in Jails and Prisons?

    Of the hundreds of thousands of people entering our country's jails and prisons each year, an estimated 15 percent are addicted to opiates, ...

    ... drugs on the inside. Nowhere to Turn This moral crossroads happened to many people I knew behind bars. I frequently saw women enter the system suffering from withdrawal symptoms, while some used whatever drugs they ... Learn more

  • The Effects of Hashish Use

    What is Hashish? Hashish comes mainly from the flowers (as well as leaves and stems) of the cannabis plant. The active ingredient in hash is the ...

    ... matter of the brain , which can negatively affect learning and memory. Individuals who use cannabis products ... and behavioral inhibitions. Hash Side Effects Side Effects from Hashish Side effects from hashish is ... Learn more

  • 25 Harmful Effects of Morphine

    Morphine is an effective pain reliever. It's administered frequently by healthcare professionals. It's prescribed to manage moderate to severe pain ...

    ... interacting with our system, our emotions are often erratically affected. Poor Performance - The combination of all the other side effects can diminish our mental, physical and sexual functioning. Effects ... Learn more

  • Drug Abuse and Cardiovascular Health Risks

    Drug Abuse and Cardiovascular Health Risks

    Both illicit and prescription drugs present many risks to individuals who abuse them. Drug abuse affects the brain in many ways that may lead to ...

    ... risks to individuals who abuse them. Drug abuse affects the brain in many ways that may lead to ... nutrients while removing carbon dioxide and other wastes. Side effects from abusing illicit drugs and prescription medicines ... Learn more

  • Ambien Overdose

    Ambien Overdose

    Ambien, also known by the generic name zolpidem, is a non-benzodiazepine sedative-hypnotic medication frequently prescribed to people who suffer ...

    ... Because Ambien use is associated with potentially serious side effects, even when taken as prescribed, it is important to pay attention to how it affects you. Someone who experiences significantly debilitating symptoms ... Learn more

  • The Effects of Percocet Use

    Is Percocet Harmful? When abused, Percocet can be quite harmful. Percocet is the brand name of a narcotic pain reliever containing a ...

    ... positive effects of the drug. However, unwanted side effects like liver damage and constipation become more ... despite no medical need. Drug addiction is a disease that affects every aspect of a person's life and can occur ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... team of neural experts were able to observe exactly how cocaine affects the tiny blood vessels in a mouse's brain. Cocaine ... boost tissue engineering. Learn more about the risks and side effects of drug abuse . Learn more

  • 5 Psychological Side Effects of Percocet

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    ... the short-term. The most frequent minor side effects of Percocet include constipation, nausea, headache ... s rest is important to your overall well-being, this affects other several other aspects of your health. What's ... Learn more

  • The Effects of Lorazepam Use

    The Effects of Lorazepam Use

    About Lorazepam Recovery from addiction is real. Take back your life today. Lorazepam is an anti-anxiety medication ...

    ... work more quickly. Side Effects Side Effects Dizziness. Muscular ... been implicated in memory loss . This impairment more frequently affects the recall of life events, as opposed to knowledge ... Learn more

  • 4 Long-Term Effects of Smoking Marijuana

    4 states—Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington—and Washington D.C. have legalized marijuana. With these changes in policy, a big question on ...

    ... , a big question on everyone's mind is, what are the long term effects of marijuana use? How does marijuana use affect the body and mind over time? Is it safe? Unfortunately, there isn't a lot of research into the long ... Learn more

  • Percocet Abuse

    Percocet Abuse

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    ... injury, etc.). Like heroin and morphine, Percocet affects the brain and the central nervous system, changing the ... important not to solely look for Percocet's side effects. There are a number of other behavioral ... Learn more

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Ryan Kelley is a nationally registered Emergency Medical Technician and the former managing editor of the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS). During his time at JEMS, Ryan developed Mobile Integrated Healthcare in Action, a series of in-depth articles on Community Paramedicine programs across the country that go beyond transporting patients to emergency rooms and connects specific patients, such as repeat system users, the homeless and others with behavioral health issues and substance use disorders, to definitive long-term care and treatment. In his current capacity as Medical Editor for American Addiction Centers, Ryan works to provide accurate, authoritative information to those seeking help for substance abuse and behavioral health issues.

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