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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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Substance Abuse Evaluation: What to Expect

Whether by choice or by force, a substance abuse evaluation is one of the first steps in addiction treatment. There are four goals of a drug and alcohol abuse assessment: Determine the types of substances abused Determine the severity of substance abuse Assess co-occurring mental health disorders Make a treatment recommendation, if necessary During a […]

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A History of Methamphetamine in the United States

Methamphetamine addiction has a long, sordid history in the United States. It has gone from being viewed as a miracle medication to being despised as one of the most dangerous drugs on the streets today. Commonly known as “meth,” this drug has affected multiple generations of Americans through U.S. history.

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Suicide: A Terrible Side Effect of Meth Use

Methamphetamine, also known as crystal meth or just meth, is a highly addictive and extremely damaging drug of abuse. Many people have become dependent on it and too many have died as a result. The physical effects of this drug can lead to fatalities, but the truly troubling side effects are psychological. Abusers of meth are more likely to have suicidal thoughts and to attempt suicide than addicts hooked on other substances. With methamphetamine, suicide is always a risk and one that should be prevented.

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Get Your Facts Straight on Synthetic Marijuana

Synthetic marijuana (also known as spice, K2, fake weed, synthetic cannabinoids and other street names) has become a drug of choice for people desiring a cheaper high and those hoping to trick a drug test. Don’t let the name fool you though. This designer drug is extremely dangerous.

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The Frightening Facts About Drugged Driving

Drunk driving gets a lot of media attention, but drugged driving can be just as serious and devastating. It happens less often than drunk driving, but the consequences are no less severe. It is important that we all understand how drugs can impair our perceptions and abilities to drive a vehicle. Not everyone realizes just how risky it can be to drive while using drugs. If you drive while impaired, you put yourself in danger, as well as your passengers, people in other vehicles and people on the streets and sidewalks. Get the facts now and learn about the risks and dangers of drugged driving.

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Today’s Marijuana More Potent than Ever

With marijuana now legal in several states for medical and recreational use, it becomes increasingly important to consider the higher-than-ever potency of today’s cannabis. Many critics of marijuana legalization cite health concerns and addiction rates, especially among young people, as the major issues with making this drug legal and readily available. Among the Hispanic population in the U.S., as with other racial groups, marijuana is the most used illicit substance. Understanding this drug’s changing potency and how it affects users is more important than ever.

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