Threat from Synthetic Marijuana is Not Over Yet

+-*We haven’t been hearing about synthetic drugs as much as we did a few years ago. But the problem is far from over. Associated Press just reported that 160 people were seen in New York State hospitals in just over a week as a result of their synthetic marijuana use. More than 120 of those hospital visits occurred in New York City alone. Alabama health officials chimed in, adding nearly 100 more hospital visits from their state. In Virginia, one person died and two more were hospitalized after they overdosed on this drug. In Maryland, more than 15 people were…

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How Can You Help Someone With a Drinking Problem?

+-*In this country, there are millions of individuals struggling with a drinking problem, and many more family members and other loved ones trying to help them. If you are in this situation, you are definitely not alone. It’s very often difficult to help a person who is drinking too much or who has become an alcoholic. It seems like the use of alcohol itself blinds a person to the problems it is creating. One of the biggest barriers to helping a person who is experiencing alcohol-related problems is their denial of the problems. Rather than seeing it as a problem,…

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Universities Focusing on Student Recovery Amid Rising Addiction Concerns

+-*When it comes to drug abuse and addiction problems, many individuals agree that programs focused on prevention and recovery are far more effective than punitive measures. To this end, universities across the nation seem to be recognizing the value in providing more student recovery activities and programs, making it more acceptable for students to get the help they really need.

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Fentanyl Overdoses Making News Headlines

+-*In 2015, news media are carrying stories of overdose deaths around the US that involve fentanyl. Fentanyl is a completely synthetic opiate-like drug used medically for relief of intense pain. Because it is synthetic, the manufacture of the drug does not need to involved opium poppies, agriculture, harvesting or any of the other processes needed for a drug like heroin, cocaine or marijuana. When used medically, it is called Actiq, Fentora or Duragesic, among other brand names. Outside of the operating room, it is usually administered in a patch or lollipop form so there is no way of consuming it…

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Help for the Families of Addicts

+-*Anyone working in addiction recovery knows that families suffer right along with those who are addicted. Parents and siblings suffer the terror that their loved one won’t make it home or worse, have no idea where he is tonight. Children suffer from abuse or neglect of their most basic needs like shelter, food and love. Grandparents and other family may be abused, threatened or stolen from. Families need help, just like the addicted do. What kind of help can be offered to parents and other family? There are actually many ways to increase your understanding of addiction and the options…

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Child Neglect Due to Substance Abuse is On The Rise

+-*An individual who has turned to drug use has done so because they have encountered something in their life that they feel either unable or unwilling to address and resolve. Drugs provide them with a way to escape their life, temporarily, so that they can experience some sort of relief. An individual may choose to use drugs once a week or once every few weeks – just when things are “getting hard”. However, as time moves on they may discover they are coming up with more and more reasons to use drugs more frequently.

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Should Energy Drinks Be Considered the New Gateway Drug?

+-*There is no specific path by which all individuals enter into drug use. Normally, an individual moves into casual drug use when they decide that these substances may be able to help them in some way in their life. They have normally encountered some problem that they are either unwilling or unable to face and handle, and drugs can provide for them a way to escape, at least temporarily.

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Six Compelling Reasons to Avoid Xanax Abuse

+-*Xanax and other drugs in this same class (benzodiazepines) have long been popular drugs of abuse. Those seeking to achieve the high of heroin by abusing painkillers found that mixing opioids like Vicodin, Lortab, Percocet or OxyContin with a benzodiazepine intensified the high of the painkillers and gave them a similar euphoric effect. And so was born drug combinations dubbed the “Las Vegas Cocktail” (benzos and opiates) and the “Houston Cocktail” (benzos, opiates and the muscle relaxant Soma). But with each drug added to this combination, it became more deadly. All three drugs in the Houston Cocktail suppress a person’s…

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Symptoms of Drug Withdrawal

+-*The symptoms of drug withdrawal are perhaps the biggest curse of addiction. The certainty that one will become desperately ill if he stops using drugs is a big reason a person stays trapped in addiction. Heroin addicts talk about “getting sick” when they start suffering withdrawal symptoms because they feel so miserable and may vomit and suffer diarrhea, muscle spasms and chills. They talk about “getting well” when they can get their hands on more heroin or other opiate. With each type of drug, the withdrawal symptoms vary – sometimes greatly. What most people are familiar with is withdrawal from…

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