The Basics Of Crack Cocaine Addiction

*+-Crack cocaine is widely thought of as one of the most addictive drugs in existence. Crack is an even more addictive form of cocaine. It is produced by making a solution of cocaine, sodium bicarbonate and water. The solution is boiled and a hard substance separates from the water. This substance is broken or cut into pieces called “rocks”, usually weighing one-tenth to one-half a gram. The Drug Enforcement Administration reports that crack rocks are generally from 75 to 90 percent pure cocaine. Crack is typically smoked in glass pipes but can also be sprinkled or “laced” into marijuana cigarettes.…

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What Are Factors Behind Widespread Use Of Adderall

*+-Adderall has only been around since 1996 but in that short time, it has become a dangerously popular study aid for students. Adderall is made up of different forms of amphetamine, a drug that also goes by the nickname “speed.” Doctors claim that in a younger person, this drug helps them calm down and focus. In high school and college students, it is being abused so it will provide a burst of energy that can carry them through a late night of studying or finishing a paper for a class. But because it is made from amphetamines, it is addictive.…

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Across US Unregulated Prescribing Means Abuse Of Opioid Drugs Hit All Time High

*+-One after another, media are waking up to what drug enforcement and police have known for some time. When you lose large number of people to painkiller overdoses, you have to admit that abuse of opioid drugs hit all-time high. The latest news source to compile information on the epidemic is the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. In its story of July 3, 2012, this newspaper reports on the hundreds of millions of prescriptions for opioid drugs that are being written each year, and the more than ten thousand babies that are now born addicted to these drugs annually. The epidemic has been…

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No Surprise that Drug Use Up as Jobs Go Away

*+-Reports from Florida show that when economic stresses mount related to unemployment, more people may be reaching for a pill. Particularly, in this region, Oxycontin obtained illicitly, as from a drug dealer or by theft. Or it could be obtained by doctor shopping or prescription fraud. Whatever the method a person uses to get the drug, one thing is certain. The drug is seriously addictive. Speed of addiction does vary somewhat from person to person. Some people may dabble in Oxycontin for a while without being trapped but for many people, it may only take a few uses before the…

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Study Shows Social Media May Hinder Drug Abuse Recovery

*+-A small preliminary study has shown that if a person is trying to recover from a history of substance abuse, prowling social media may get in the way of staying sober. This was the result of a survey administered to 37 teens who were trying to get off and stay off drugs and alcohol. The survey asked about their exposure to substance abuse by other people via sites such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and others. Of this group, 92% said that they did utilize sites such as these. Of those young men and women, 75% of the girls and half…

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On College Campuses Across US Adderall Remains Popular Study Drug For Students

*+-Despite attempts by student health services to filter out the fakers, the abuse of Adderall to enhance a student’s ability to study is as widespread as ever. A few years ago, doctors working with college students began to realize that far more students were using the drug to help them study than were taking it for its intended and approved purposes. There were efforts in some colleges to reduce the number of prescriptions that were given out. A 2009 article in the Cornell Sun stated that Adderall was thought to be used by 6% of college students. But a 2011…

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Despite Dangers Adderall Remains Popular Study Drug For Students

*+-Go to any college campus and ask a student if he (or she) knows anyone who uses Adderall. It is very unlikely that you will find someone who will say no. Maybe they don’t use it themselves, but they will know others who do. A new report finds that Adderall remains a popular study drug for students. They use it to stay alert when cramming for an exam or when finishing a paper that may be due the next day. But repeated abuse of this drug can be addictive, as Adderall is made of a mix of different forms of…

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Science Supports What Some People Have Long Thought Sex And Drugs And Rock And Roll Linked By Researchers

*+-Parents naturally worry when their children grow to be teens and take off on their own for the first time. When those children head in the direction of drug use and rock and roll concerts, they are right to worry. Drug use is often associated with risky sex and other dangerous behavior. Now, science has proven links between rock and roll concerts or music, increased drug use and risky sex. In the Netherlands, researchers interviewed nearly a thousand urban students on their musical preferences, attendance at rock concerts, drug and drinking patterns and sexual activity. The journal Pediatrics carried the…

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Staggering New Report Says Most Men Arrested Test Positive For Drugs

*+-This report comes from the Center for Health and Justice and is based on a compilation of statistics from arrests in monitoring sites scattered across the country. These arrests, all in 2011, were in Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Denver, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, New York, Portland, Sacramento and Washington DC. The smallest ratio of men arrested who were stoned or high was in Atlanta. There, only 64% of the arrestees were intoxicated. But in Chicago and Sacramento, more than eight out of every ten arrestees tested positive for drugs. In response to this report, the US Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske stated: “…too often…

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Two Dangerous Painkillers Which Is Worse Oxycodone Vs Oxycontin

*+-What really is the difference between Oxycodone and OxyContin? Oxycodone may be thought of as the lesser of the two evils because it is often combined with other medications. It is still an opiate but may be combined with ibuprofen or Tylenol in some formulations. A number of prescription pain relievers including Percocet, Percodan, Tylox and OxyContin all contain oxycodone. However, oxycodone is the only ingredient in the stronger version of the drug: OxyContin. In the pharmaceutical world, “oxycodone” can be considered a generic name for OxyContin, as oxycodone is the active ingredient in the product. However, oxycodone is also…

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