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Naloxone Short-Term Savings: Alarming Overdose Rates Following Its Life-Saving Benefits

By | 2018-02-18T02:12:42+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|

Thousands of opioid users are saved from overdose each year thanks to the reversing effects of Narcan (naloxone). What is this miracle drug and how does it work? Have you ever seen someone overdosing on heroin? It is a terrifying sight, like something out of your worst nightmare. If someone smokes, snorts, or injects too much heroin, their breathing slows or stops entirely, decreasing or cutting off the supply of oxygen to the brain. When someone is overdosing, they are usually nonresponsive or passed out entirely. Without immediate medical intervention, their risk of sudden [...]

Meth Bugs: The Nightmare Reality of Imaginary Meth Mites

By | 2018-02-18T00:11:46+00:00 February 21st, 2018|

Meth bugs. Meth mites. Crank bugs. Ice mites. Whatever you call them, they are an awful imaginary reality in the daily lives of methamphetamine users. What causes these imaginary bugs? If you are familiar with the effects of methamphetamines, you know a meth addict when you see one. Methamphetamine users are characterized by the sores on their faces, arms, and other body parts caused by picking at their skin. These sores can range from small marks on the skin to severe scabs caused by repeatedly picking at the same places. If you ask about [...]

Coming Together: 5 Ways We Can Overcome Mental Health and Addiction Stigmas

By | 2018-02-18T00:03:26+00:00 February 19th, 2018|

Living with addiction or mental health stigmas is hard. The same goes for dealing with mental health problems. Both require strength in the face of weakness. If you or a loved one have had to, you understand the challenge. There is a constant fight, on the inside and out. The world may not understand you. Your family may not understand your problems.  Sometimes, it all seems to be too much.  What makes it worse is the problems that come from around you. People with mental health problems may seem off-kilter. Addiction can make working [...]

A Guide to Drug Paraphernalia: Types, Laws, and Identification

By | 2018-02-15T05:23:37+00:00 February 17th, 2018|

An episode from the classic 1960’s television program, “Dragnet” had a perfect example of drug paraphernalia. In the show, a young man overdosed on LSD using a sugar cube. This one of a kind look at the drug culture of the era sparked debate and discussion on the issue of drug paraphernalia. Officer Friday might not be so shocked to see where the culture is today on the topic. The availability of drugs is prevalent among teenagers and older Americans. But another area of concern is the area of drug paraphernalia. The mere presence [...]

Valium – Addiction Potential and the Road to Recovery

By | 2018-02-15T05:05:19+00:00 February 15th, 2018|

Classified as an anticonvulsant, muscle relaxant, sedative-hypnotic agent, and a Schedule IV Controlled Substance, Valium is one of the most common pharmaceutical drug names in the country. It’s also one of the most highly abused drugs, most frequently found sold on the illicit drug market. What is Valium, how does it work, its addiction potential, and recovery from Valium abuse are some of the things covered in this article. What is Valium? Introduced into the pharmaceutical market in the year 1963 with the trade name Valium, Diazepam was the second [...]

How to Identify, Prevent and Treat Cellulitis Infections Among IV Drug Users

By | 2018-02-18T02:03:19+00:00 February 14th, 2018|

Cellulitis is a bacterial infection that causes extreme inflammation and reddening of the skin. Although anybody can contract it, the condition is commonly found in IV drug users. When left untreated, the infection will quickly spread to the soft tissue underneath the skin and have long-term effects on the body. Therefore, it should be diagnosed and treated as quickly as possible to avoid further complications. What Is Cellulitis? Cellulitis is a form of staph infection that enters the body through vulnerable areas. It causes swelling and extreme soreness of the [...]

Star Treatment: The Senseless Overdose Deaths of Michael Jackson, Prince, and Tom Petty

By | 2018-02-09T05:20:20+00:00 February 8th, 2018|

“Our family sat together this morning with the Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office and we were informed of their final analysis that Tom Petty passed away due to an accidental drug overdose as a result of taking a variety of medications.” ~ Wife Dana and daughter Andria Petty, on Tom Petty’s official website On October 2, 2017, music legend Tom Petty passed away after earlier being found unconscious and unresponsive in his Malibu home. The original cause of death was listed as cardiac arrest. Petty was 66 years old. In a more-than-40-year, career, and his bands [...]

Morning Glory High: How and Why Teens Abuse Flower Seeds

By | 2018-02-07T02:13:25+00:00 February 5th, 2018|

Understanding the Hallucinogenic Effects of Flower Seeds What started out as a YouTube video from a Massachusetts teenager who consumed Morning Glory seeds to get high ended up as something of a public health crisis that put several other children in the hospital. The anonymous and reckless young man self-recorded the effects of what he claimed to be psychedelic plant seeds. The Morning Glory seeds he ingests “definitely make me laugh,” he claimed. As word spread, local police convinced the local Home Depot in Somerset, Massachusetts to pull Morning Glory seeds off the shelves, [...]

Wrinkles, Lines, and Damage: Substance Abuse Effects on Aging

By | 2018-02-01T04:49:25+00:00 February 3rd, 2018|

Alcohol and drug abuse can have dramatic effects on your skin and appearance. Many reports deal with the ways that drugs and alcohol affect your health. However, substance abuse effects on aging and skin damage don’t get the same attention. Drug and alcohol abuse has many effects on the body. Additionally, people respond to drugs and alcohol differently. However, no matter the drug, substance abuse affects your appearance in a way that isn’t pretty. Readers may be shocked or surprised to find out how different substances alter the way you look. This post will [...]

Overdose Death of Stormchaser Joel Taylor Highlights the Dangers of Party Drugs

By | 2018-01-31T02:14:52+00:00 January 30th, 2018|

On January 23rd, Joel Taylor, former star of the Discovery Channel’s Storm Chasers, was discovered dead in his cabin aboard Harmony of the Seas, a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. Taylor, originally from Oklahoma, was only 38. Although an official cause of death has yet to be released, multiple news outlets are reporting that Taylor actually died due to a massive overdose of GHB and possibly, several other so-called “party” or “club” drugs. Overdosing on Vacation—A Cautionary Tale “It appears the death could be an overdose and Joel Taylor was consuming [...]

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