Drug Trends

Why Don’t ERs Offer Addiction Treatment?

January 23rd, 2019|

“Research shows that people who have had an overdose are more likely to have another. Emergency department education and post-overdose protocols, including providing naloxone and linking people to treatment, are critical needs.” ~ Dr. Alana Vivolo-Kantor, Ph.D., Behavioral Scientist, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control In 2017, over 72,000 Americans died because of fatal drug overdoses. And for every death, there are estimated to be at least 30 overdoses where the victims survived.  Importantly, when you factor in other health problems such as infections, disease, injuries, and self-harm resulting from substance abuse, it

Review of The National Survey on Drug Use and Health

October 15th, 2018|

Review of The National Survey on Drug Use and Health “SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health contains annual data that provides critical information which helps us understand important concepts around mental health and substance misuse across the nation.” ~ Alex Azar, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary The ongoing drug epidemic has been called the worst public health crisis in American history.  Overdose death rates continue to rise, killing a record number of people every year. But before an effective solution can be found, the problem must be clearly defined.  This

3 Signs Your Son or Daughter is Abusing Drugs or Alcohol

September 15th, 2018|

“It’s not the addict I hope will be grateful for my love. It’s my child. My child is the one who needs to see my strength. My devotion. My resolve. My child needs me to face down what has become his worst enemy. Not help it. My child is the one I want to see live beyond tomorrow.” ~ Sandy Swenson It can be difficult to know whether your son or daughter is abusing drugs or alcohol – particularly when college and work takes them out of your daily life. If you are concerned that

15 Drugs You Should Never Mix With Alcohol

September 14th, 2018|

Mixing alcohol and drugs is never a good idea. Whether they are over-the-counter prescription meds or illegal drugs, taking them with booze can have fatal consequences. 15 Drugs You Should Never Mix With Alcohol There’s a reason why prescription medication packages are marked with a “DO NOT MIX WITH ALCOHOL” label—it’s dangerous. Mixing medicine and alcohol can have all kinds of negative side effects. Unfortunately, many people overlook this. Maybe they’re having too much fun at a party and decide to pop a few pills while they’re already drunk. Maybe they

Cocaine and Your Brain: What are the Risks and Side Effects?

August 20th, 2018|

Cocaine use has a detrimental effect on your brain. It is associated with many of the same risks and side effects as other addictive drugs. Some people believe that cocaine can be used casually and without any long-term adverse effects. Cocaine and Your Brain: What are the Risks and Side Effects? Let us take a moment to dispel that myth: cocaine is dangerous, and the immediate pleasure it produces is certainly not worth the impact it can have on your brain and body. In fact, cocaine affects the chemical reactions of the brain, making

Cold Medicine and Cough Syrup Addiction and Abuse Resource Guide

July 15th, 2018|

Cold medicines sold over the counter (OTC) are largely considered to be safe. Those who are sick can take these medications without causing harm to their body. When taken like the instructions suggest, the dosage is safe.  When used correctly, OTC cold medicines are effective in the management of cold or flu symptoms. Prescription cough syrups function in a similar manner to OTC cough syrups. The only difference is that they contain stronger active ingredients. Some of these ingredients may have a higher potential for abuse. It’s possible to develop a psychological and physical

Meth Mouth – An Inevitable Tragedy Promised To All Crystal Meth Addicts

April 20th, 2018|

Meth Mouth – A Devastating Consequence Of Crystal Meth Addiction You can typically spot a chronic meth user a mile away because they have been afflicted with a condition known as “meth mouth.” Meth mouth is a common term used to describe the unfortunate dental condition that develops among those who abuse methamphetamines (also called “ice” or “crystal meth.”) Blackened teeth from severe and advanced tooth decay, broken or missing teeth, rotten teeth, dental and gum disease are just a few of the most obvious characteristics of meth mouth. In this article, we will

The A-B-C’s of GHB

April 10th, 2018|

What is GHB? Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) is a natural-occurring chemical found in the brain that serves as a central nervous system depressant. It is also manufactured synthetically for its feel-good properties as a recreational drug and prescribed for a few legitimate medical purposes. GHB is a highly addictive and dangerous, volatile substance that should be avoided unless prescribed by a doctor in extreme cases. When sold on the streets, GHB is a clear, odorless, tasteless liquid considered by many to be a necessary ingredient for a proper night of partying. Sometimes, it is sold as

Nine Common Questions Answered About Marijuana

April 5th, 2018|

Got Questions About Weed? Marijuana was once regarded as a highly dangerous substance that was taboo in most social circles. Today, marijuana use is widely accepted worldwide. According to statistics reported by the United Nations, an estimated 160 million people across the globe use marijuana regularly, making it the second most commonly used addictive substance behind alcohol. With the legalization of marijuana for recreational and medicinal purposes across the United States, there is a lot of misinformation swirling around out there about the drug. This has left many with more questions than answers. In

What Is Kratom: Does It Get You High and How It Can Be Dangerous

February 19th, 2018|

A new type of drug, known as kratom, has emerged in America over the past years. It produces a high similar to that of opioids and opiates, and can be incredibly dangerous. For years, Asian countries have relied on the medicinal effects of kratom, otherwise known as Mitragyna speciose korth. Only the leaves of this tropical forest tree have medicinal benefits. Some people call it Mitragynine. It is found in places like Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Borneo, Philippines and New Guinea. The plant can grow up to 25 meters high. It has elliptical leaves that