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Painkiller Withdrawal: Symptoms and Detox

Prescription painkiller misuse remains an ongoing problem in the United States. In recent years, drug overdose rates have continued to climb. The CDC reported that overdoses were responsible for killing almost 50,000 people in 2017 alone. 36% of those deaths involved prescription painkillers. Painkillers belong to the class of opioids. Common painkillers include morphine, fentanyl, […]

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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 […]

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Pregnancy and Pot: What You Should Know

Marijuana use during pregnancy is on the rise. Recent research analyzed medical questionnaires of 279,457 pregnant women and found pot use increased from 4.2% to 7.1% over an eight-year period. That’s just the people who admitted it. Researchers believe many women don’t own up to marijuana use during pregnancy for fear of being reported to […]

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Heroin Epidemic Spreads to PA’s Most Vulnerable Population: Newborns

Pennsylvania is known as one of the hotbeds of America’s opioid problem, deemed by the state’s drug and alcohol secretary as “the worst overdose crisis in the history of humanity.” And with rates of heroin use among Pennsylvanian women more than doubling between 2002 and 2014, it’s not surprising that the terrors of the opioid tragedy have trickled down to the state’s most vulnerable population — newborn babies.

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The Frightening Drug Methcathinone

Methcathinone, also known as cat, Charlie or Jeff, is both a natural substance and one that can be created synthetically. It is related to the drugs called bath salts as well as to amphetamine and methamphetamine. It is a dangerous and harmful stimulant. Methcathinone side effects can be painful and lasting, and abuse of this drug can also lead to addiction or even fatal overdoses.

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The Effects of Parent Drug Abuse on Young Children

The effects of parent drug use on ages 6 to 12 and on children even younger are detrimental and lasting. Young children with parents using drugs may experience traumas including abuse or neglect. They may see things that traumatize them or that are hard to understand. They may feel unloved, hurt and frightened. Traumatic events, neglect and hurt feelings can impact them emotionally, developmentally and in other ways that last well into adulthood.

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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.

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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 to understand how addictive this drug may be, what the side effects are and how totake it safely.

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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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Abuse of Propofol

Propofol may go down in history as being the drug that killed Michael Jackson, but it is also devastating the lives of other, ordinary people. The prescription drug is an anesthesia with the nickname ‘milk of amnesia’ for its white, liquid state and its ability to help someone drift off to sleep. Propofol euphoria and its ability to create a sense of relaxation make it susceptible to abuse. The risks of abusing this drug are serious, even fatal, and may include addiction.

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