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Veterans’ Risks for Drug Abuse

Recent findings from an American research group point to a connection between drug problems in veterans, depression and emotional trauma exposure that occurs as early as childhood or as late as after the end of military service. Diagnosable problems with drugs or alcohol appear fairly frequently in men and women who have served in the …

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Overprescribing, Addiction to Blame for Painkiller Epidemic

A new study has investigated the continuing opioid abuse crisis—largely fuelled by prescription painkillers—and has suggested that overprescribing and addiction are driving overdose deaths rather than non-medical abuse. The opioid problem has been growing for some time across the U.S., with overdose rates more than doubling between 1999 and 2013 and with just over half …

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People With History of Substance Abuse More Likely to Misuse Prescription Painkillers

New evidence from a group of American researchers points to drastically increased risks for prescription opioid addiction in people who already have a history of substance abuse related to the consumption of non-opioid substances. Prescription opioid addiction is a pressing and fairly widespread problem in American society. In a study published in February 2015 in …

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Online Pharmacies to Blame for Prescription Drug Abuse

The epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse has taken its toll on millions of lives. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of people overdosing on these drugs has tripled over the last two decades. Millions of people abuse and get hooked on prescription drugs and online pharmacies are fueling their habit. …

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Does Age at First Marijuana Use Affect Risks for Substance-Related Problems?

People who use marijuana/cannabis as teenagers expose themselves to a number of significant harms, including increased chances of developing an addiction to cannabis. In a study published in October 2014 in the Journal of Substance Use, a multinational research team explored the impact that a person’s age at first marijuana use has on the chances …

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LSD Facts

Lysergic acid diethylamide, or LSD, is one of the most common psychedelic substances. LSD, also known as “acid,” is a potent mind-altering chemical that has a range of effects. In this article, we will explore these effects in-depth, as well as examine the drug’s potential risks, including the question of whether LSD is addictive. What Is …

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10 Weirdest Pot Products

With medicinal marijuana legal in 25 states and recreational marijuana legal in four plus the District of Columbia, pot is becoming more and more mainstream. Entrepreneurs are now making the drug available in more than just blunts, bongs and brownies. Below, we take a look at some unusual cannabis products you may not yet know about.

What Is Pregabalin and Can You Get Addicted to It?

Pregabalin is the generic name for the brand-name drug Lyrica. This medication is a Schedule V controlled substance, which means that it presents a low risk for abuse. This doesn’t mean that there is no risk for abuse, however, and Lyrica drug abuse does happen. If you have been prescribed pregabalin or Lyrica, you need …

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Drug Use and Drug Abuse: Where’s the Line?

How much drug use is abuse? People are often curious about the difference between a recreational drug user and an addict, but it’s hard to say if there is actually a difference. At what point does use become abuse? Is it a question of time, frequency or quantity?

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