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Cocaine – on the rise again?

Posted under Cocaine

According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, there are about 13.4 million current cocaine users in the world. While the U.S. is the world’s largest consumer of cocaine (not exactly something to be proud of), the next highest percentage falls in Western and Central Europe. Ireland has seen a notable increase in more…

10% of kids have tried abusing cough medicines

Posted under Dextro, Young People

Prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drug abuse continues to spread throughout America. According to some recent surveys though, most parents aren’t aware that ten percent of kids (2.4 million) have tried abusing cough medicines that contain dextromethorphan (DXM). Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) recently launched a new campaign designed to educate communities about how to more…

Marijuana with glass in it – stay away from Grit Weed

Posted under Fentanyl, Marijuana, Morphine

The illegal drug market has never been a trusted source for safe products of course, but recent reports of some contaminated marijuana in England have had many health officials and drug users worried in recent months. Apparently, there have been reports of what is being called “grit weed”, which has tiny glass beads sprayed on more…

Meth Mouth and other pretty pictures (not for the easily grossed out)

Posted under Methamphetamine

By now you’ve probably heard about all of the toxins used to make methamphetamine and what kind of damage the drug causes to a person’s health — but have you seen what the drug does to a person’s appearance? These photos are courtesy of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and are pretty typical more…

Can you get high off your dairy products?

Posted under GHB, Marijuana

Do you think your beef and dairy products have chemicals in them? Well recent news has surfaced about the banning of cows being fed cannabis in Switzerland and neighboring Liechtenstein. Some farmers claim the plant makes it cheap to feed the cows and that the THC (a crystalline compound that is the main active ingredient more…

What should you do with your prescription drugs, old and current?

Posted under Drug Addiction, Prescription Drugs, Specific Drugs

In case you haven’t heard, prescription drugs are considered the fastest rising drug abuse threat in our society. This is true from teenagers and young adults all the way through the baby boomer generation. So where are all of these prescriptions coming from and how are young people getting them? According to the Partnership for more…

What is the worst illegal drug to take?

Posted under Hallucinogen, LSD

A question often asked by many students is, “What is the worst drug?” Of course the answer is relative to viewpoint and what kind of damage is caused, whether it is physical damage, emotional pain and suffering, damage to the family, cost involved, or some kind of combination. It has been suggested that, while drugs more…

Drugs for ADHD – blessing or curse?

Posted under Specific Drugs

The controversy over ADHD diagnosis and the drugs prescribed for it has not gone away, and rightfully so. In most cases, the drugs that are being given to children as well as adults are powerfully addictive stimulants. A new study reported by USA Today says that parents of children taking ADHD medication are about nine more…

Cheese heroin – yes I said "cheese"

Posted under Heroin

The fight to keep people off drugs, especially kids, is a continual one. While there are many critics of the “drug war”, specifically the supply reduction and law enforcement side of things, the most effective way to do so has been through education and prevention programs. This also has to be an evolutionary process, as more…

Would you like your meth in strawberry or cherry flavor?

Posted under Methamphetamine, Nevada

Recent reports have surfaced of a pink-colored, strawberry-flavored methamphetamine that was seized in Nevada. The idea of a candy-like substance, which some officials fear is targeting youth, has created quite a buzz. News outlets have covered the story from at least nine states, yet it appears there is still only one confirmed seizure of the more…

Is Buprenorphine the new cure for drug withdrawal?

Posted under Buprenorphine

The Federal Government recently increased the total number of patients that doctors are allowed to prescribe buprenorphine to. Up until now, physicians certified to prescribe the drug were limited to 30 patients, but that has recently been changed to 100. Buprenorphine is a synthetic opiate agonist/antagonist, meaning in smaller amounts it actually blocks some of more…

What is the most commonly abused illicit drug in the United States?

Posted under Marijuana

According to the 2003 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 3.1 million Americans reported daily use of marijuana. In 2004, about 6,000 people a day used marijuana for the first time, equaling 2.1 million Americans. Of these, 63.8% were under age 18. The 2005 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that, an more…

“I guess that’s what they’re calling it these days”

Posted under Crack Cocaine

I recently spoke to a woman who was telling me about her 15 year old son’s drug addiction to crack. She said, “I guess that’s what they’re calling it these days” in such a way that you could tell she really hadn’t heard the term before. She had been out of the loop, thinking she more…

Methadone – solution or problem?

Posted under Maine, Methadone, West Virginia

Originally posted on Tuesday, February 6, 2007 According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, there are approximately 136,000 current heroin users in the United States. This number has remained relatively even over the last four years. Heroin addicts who want help will try just about anything to stop. Often, after attempting traditional more…

National Methamphetamine Awareness Day

Posted under Methamphetamine

National Methamphetamine Awareness Day – November 30, 2006

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