The Relationship Between Drug Use and HIV

Most people understand the risks associated with addiction to mental health. Although drug abuse also damages physical health, one overlooked consequence of addiction is sexually transmitted disease. People who abuse drugs and alcohol are far more likely to suffer from STDs such as HIV and more — and not only those who share needles during…

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Adderall Facts & Myths

How much do you know about Adderall? While the number of people abusing prescription stimulants is skyrocketing, few understand their effects and risks. Adderall myths are often confused with facts, furthering the epidemic. Below we will distinguish the facts about Adderall from the common misunderstandings. Common Myths about Adderall 1. Adderall is just another performance…

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The Need for Narcan

Did you know there is a drug that can prevent heroin overdose? Narcan, the heroin antidote, is not for sale to the public, but it does save lives. There are many ways Naloxone hydrochloride can save people from overdose, and many reasons it should be made available for people at risk. The Rise of Heroin…

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Recognizing Signs of Addiction in Yourself

One of the hallmarks of addiction is denial. Even when a drinking or drug problem is obvious to everyone else, the struggling individual is usually the last to know. If you think you need to be homeless or broke to develop a life-threatening addiction to drugs or alcohol, think again. There are various behaviors and…

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The Dangers of Synthetic Drugs

Synthetic drugs are often terrifying proof that using a legal substance has the potential to end in fatal overdose. Although many states ban the chemicals used in the creation of synthetic drugs such as fake LSD or K2, also called “spice” or synthetic marijuana, others have not. Illicit manufacturers make new compounds so quickly that…

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Using Mobile Apps to Stay Sober

Health-related apps do everything from helping people lose weight to training for a marathon. Did you know there are mobile apps that can help you stay sober, too? One new app under development, called A-CHESS, keeps users on the path to sobriety with regular texts, phone calls, and alerts. Today’s best technology may one day…

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Who is the Neighborhood Drug Dealer? You.

If you imagine your loved one standing on a lonely street corner waiting for a drug dealer, your perception may be dangerously wrong. A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report discovered that most people who abuse painkillers get the drugs for free from the people they trust most: friends and family. > Sharing…

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