Statistics & Research

Drug Testing Explained: Cost, Devices, Privacy and Accuracy

By |2018-12-28T17:34:10+00:00July 3rd, 2018|

Drug Testing Explained: Cost, Devices, Privacy and Accuracy Angelina Jolie is famous for her leading roles and humanitarian efforts - but that’s not all there is to the story. When she was younger, she took a deep dive into hard drugs as she rose to fame. Thankfully for everyone from her father Jon Voight to her adopted children, she came up from this darker place. The actress outlined her journey in a profile with 60 Minutes in 2011: “I went through heavier, darker times and I survived them. I didn't die young. So I [...]

Gray Death—Authorities Warning About This New Deadly Drug Trend

By |2017-08-08T21:11:34+00:00August 23rd, 2017|

“Gray Death is one of the scariest combinations that I have ever seen in nearly 20 years of forensic chemistry drug analysis.” ~ Deneen Kilcrease, Georgia Bureau of Investigation A dangerous new opioid threat is growing in the United States – “Gray Death” – and it is so overwhelmingly potent that users risk overdose and death with just a single dose. And the difference between living and dying is measured in micrograms. This is just another painful reminder that the opioid epidemic is still ongoing and, worse, is evolving in unexpected and frightening ways. What [...]

New Breakthroughs That Can Cure Hep C

By |2017-06-08T06:34:10+00:00June 28th, 2017|

Being diagnosed with hepatitis C may seem daunting at first, but it is important to know that there are new breakthroughs that can cure hep C. Not only that, but the chronic diseases that directly result from hep C can often be treated, making the virus much less formidable. Of course, the best option is to avoid getting the virus in the first place. How you can do so is discussed in detail here. In order to give you a comprehensive understanding of hepatitis C and recent breakthroughs in treating the chronic condition, this post [...]

Marijuana Mommies – Changing the Face of Parenthood?

By |2017-06-08T06:32:45+00:00June 27th, 2017|

“The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world.” ~ Carl Sagan The rise of so-called marijuana mommies, a new trend both in parenting and on social media, may very well be changing the face of parenthood today. In the last several years, the social acceptability of marijuana use has been on the rise. Just this past year, four states legalized recreational use of marijuana. This raised the total number [...]

How Patient Brokering is Ruining the Addiction Treatment Industry

By |2017-10-04T22:16:12+00:00June 26th, 2017|

Patient brokering is ruining the addiction treatment industry, even though many people have not even heard of the practice. If that is the case, take the time to read through this post to understand how patient brokering works, what to look for, and what the alternatives to this approach are. While there may be laws against patient brokering, the sad fact is that some corrupt individuals will continue to try to make extra money at the expense of those they are supposed to help in the first place. And the practice of patient brokering in [...]

The Ugly Truth About Crystal Meth

By |2019-03-28T17:27:37+00:00June 23rd, 2017|

Crystal meth can sometimes get buried when we talk about the most dangerous drug threats in America. We talk a lot about alcohol, which is and has been the top threat in addiction treatment ever since addiction treatment has existed. The headlines all seem to go towards prescription painkillers and heroin, the two sides of the same coin that have generated the ongoing opioid crisis. And there is no doubt that those headlines are warranted. Opioids have killed thousands upon thousands of people, just in the last few years, and is one of the biggest [...]

Alcoholic hepatitis symptoms and how you can prevent further damage to your liver

By |2019-01-03T22:40:56+00:00June 20th, 2017|

Alcoholic hepatitis is a serious condition that is related to drinking alcohol. You can think of it as a warning from your liver that it has had enough abuse. Alcoholic hepatitis symptoms will most commonly be associated with those who have been drinking heavily for many years. Often, alcoholic liver disease is what will cause a family to intervene on a loved one’s drinking. Alcoholic Hepatitis Symptoms and How You Can Prevent Further Damage to Your Liver Alcoholic hepatitis refers to a diseased, inflamed liver that is specifically caused by heavy drinking for a long [...]

Why Crack Actually, Truly is Whack

By |2019-04-01T17:22:57+00:00June 18th, 2017|

It was in 2002 that late songstress Whitney Houston used the now-infamous phrase “crack is whack” in response to allegations that she was addicted to the substance. Out of context, it sounds like Houston had created a ready-made anti-drug slogan against crack cocaine addiction. But in actuality, she was making a haughty claim about her choice of drug. The full context of the quote goes like this: "Let's get one thing straight: crack is cheap. I make too much money to ever smoke crack… We don't do crack. We don't do that. Crack is whack." We [...]

Can Vivitrol Help Me Quit Using Heroin or Painkillers?

By |2017-09-08T14:03:23+00:00June 15th, 2017|

2,629,000 people ages 12 and older struggled with heroin and/or painkiller Substance Use Disorder in the United States in 2015, more people than the population of the entire state of New Mexico. Despite the small amount relative to the entire population, more than 2.5 million people is a significant number of people. The use of Vivitrol shots could help these individuals receive the treatment they need to get sober. Every year the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) conducts the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). The survey gathers data on the presence [...]

The Opioid Risk Tool (ORT) is a useful way to monitor opioid risk assessment.

By |2017-11-09T20:33:42+00:00June 14th, 2017|

The Opioid Risk Tool (ORT) is a Useful Way to Monitor Opioid Risk Assessment Fortunately, new tools like the Opioid Risk Tool have helped to monitor the risk for opioid addiction. There’s no denying that the opioid problem in our country has gotten out of hand. Before we discuss the tool, what it is, and how it works, let’s talk about the opioid epidemic. Some say that it’s gotten out of control, and experts believe that to be true. However, with the right intervention, it may be possible to change directions. In fact, this [...]