Drug Trends

15 Drugs You Should Never Mix With Alcohol

June 1st, 2019|

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

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

May 27th, 2019|

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

What Being Addicted to Triple C Means for Your Life

May 21st, 2019|

“I’ve had the time to go through all the life phases with my parents, from being a bratty teenager, pushing them away, to saying later on, ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe what you did for me – thank you. I love you so much.’” ~ Marcia Cross In this post, we turn to the question of what being addicted to Triple C means for your life or the life of your loved ones. At this point you may be wondering what Triple C even is, or whether it is even a drug. This is

244 Medications That Should Never Be Mixed with Alcohol

May 15th, 2019|

Could your drinking be interfering with your prescription medications? According to a 2015 study by the National Institutes of Health, more than 4 out of 10 adults in the United States take medications that interact with alcohol. That figure goes up among for people over 65, where 78% of those who drink use alcohol-interactive prescription medications. Improperly or carelessly mixing alcohol and the drugs you take can have significant effects on your health, ranging from relatively minor (headaches, nausea, dizziness, etc.) to so severe as to be life-threatening (breathing difficulties, internal bleeding, organ damage, etc.).

18 Tips for Stopping (Tapering off) Suboxone Successfully

May 13th, 2019|

Suboxone tapering is the process of getting off of Suboxone at a slow and comfortable rate. 18 Tips for Stopping (Tapering off) Suboxone Successfully Initially, Suboxone is prescribed for opioid/opiate addicts to assist with withdrawals or to replace their opioid addiction.  Suboxone is sometimes used in the short-term during detox and sometimes longer for those who are at high risk for relapse.  Many people in recovery want to eventually taper off of Suboxone so they are no longer dependent on it (as it’s an opioid itself). There is a misconception about Suboxone though and

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

May 5th, 2019|

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

Crystal Meth Truth: The Highs, Lows, Physical Effects and Mind Tricks

May 3rd, 2019|

Crystal meth might conjure up the thought of the popular series Breaking Bad. We witnessed firsthand how to make bathtub crank through Walter White’s chemical expertise. If you haven’t watched the series, you’re probably aware of the problems crystal meth has caused in the US. It’s illegal, highly addictive and deteriorates the body and mind quickly. Crystal Meth Truth: The Highs, Lows, Physical Effects and Mind Tricks A manmade substance, it’s a c10h15n structure that people make in a lab. Crystal meth is clear crystal chunks or alternatively blue-white rocks. This is why it’s

Purdue Pharma Opioid Lawsuit Settles for $270 Million

April 15th, 2019|

“Purdue is very pleased to have reached an agreement with Oklahoma that will help those who are battling addiction now and in the future.” ~ Dr. Craig Landau, Chief Executive, Purdue Pharma In March 2019, Purdue Pharma, the maker of Oxycontin, reached a huge settlement, ending the opioid lawsuit brought by the State of Oklahoma.  Purdue agreed to pay $270 million deal, a decision motivated by a corporate desire to avoid a public trial and what was sure to be an enormous amount of unflattering revelations and negative press.   The $270 million is

Modafinil – The Ultimate Smart Drug?

March 27th, 2019|

Most people agree that life can be tough. In fact, being an adult can be downright exhausting! We have demanding jobs. We have families to take care of. There are always bills to pay. Stress. Traffic. Difficult people. AGGGHHH!!!! Yes, indeed, the experience of being a human can be enough to make you mad. So, what if we told you there was a magic pill that you could make you more productive, effective, efficient, and capable of managing your daily life? You would probably ask, “Where do I get me some of that?!” This

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