Category Archives: Drugs

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New Research Explains Why Methamphetamine Relapse Rates Remain High

New Research Explains Why Methamphetamine Relapse Rates Remain High

Methamphetamine users have one of the highest relapse rates among those struggling with substance abuse. In fact, the vast majority of those struggling with methamphetamine addiction (88%) will relapse even after completing rehabilitation treatment. Researchers continue to search for the reason behind this worrisome trend, and a 2017 study from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) […]

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Marijuana Use Can Increase the Risks for Alcohol Use Disorders

Marijuana Use Can Increase the Risks for Alcohol Use Disorders

Marijuana is the most widely used illicit drug in the United States. Marijuana has been approved for medical use in over half of US states, and 5 states have legalized it for recreational use in individuals over 21. Legal or not, marijuana continues to be at the center of controversy. Of major concern is an […]

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Athletes, Sports and Addiction

Athletes, Sports and Addiction

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the nation’s largest public health agency, has called substance abuse an epidemic. Each year it claims more lives than car accidents or incidents involving firearms, making it the leading cause of accidental death in the country. Heroin use drives the epidemic – the number of heroin overdose […]

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Brain and Developmental Risks with Teen Marijuana Use

Brain and Developmental Risks with Teen Marijuana Use

Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States, though the term “illicit” does not always apply. Twenty-three states have already passed measures approving marijuana for medicinal use, and five have legalized recreational use for individuals over the age of 21. These measures have been subject to their share of controversy. One […]

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Understanding Opioid Receptors, The Opioid System, and the Risks for Opioid Addiction

Understanding Opioid Receptors, The Opioid System, and the Risks for Opioid Addi

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimates that around 2.1 million people in the United States are currently suffering from substance use disorders related to prescription opioids. Another nearly 500,000 are addicted to heroin, another opiate. Opioid addiction is, in the words of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a national […]

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How Naloxone Reverses Opioid Overdoses

How Naloxone Reverses Opioid Overdoses

The United States is in the midst of an overdose epidemic involving opioids. In 2015, prescription and illegal opioids killed 33,000 people. An estimated 1.9 million individuals in the country are addicted to or abusing opioids. A medication known as Naloxone can reverse the symptoms of an opioid overdose and give addicts an opportunity to […]

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Norco Pain Pills Are a Gateway for Addiction

The United States has been in the midst of a drug abuse problem for years, but it has grown to an epidemic status in recent years due to legal painkiller over-prescription and abuse. Commonly prescribed opioid painkillers include Vicodin, Percocet, and one of the most commonly prescribed painkillers: Norco. What Are Norco Painkillers? Norco is […]

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Carfentanil: The Latest Deadly Opiate

According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, fentanyl took 705 lives in the state in 2015 – just shy of heroin’s death toll of 733 for Florida the same year. Fentanyl death rates increased a whopping 77.6 percent in the state between 2014 and 2015. This marked the start of what has today become […]

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Tackle Your Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Tackle Your Drug and Alcohol Addiction

The phrase, “The first step in solving a problem is admitting you have one,” is never truer than with addiction recovery. Admitting you have a drug or alcohol addiction can be a difficult hurdle – but it can lead to a path more wonderful than you can imagine. Once you realize you have a problem, […]

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