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GHB Addiction: Once an Anesthetic, Now a Club Drug of Abuse

First developed in the 1960s, GHB – gamma-hydroxybutyrate – has gone through quite an evolution. This central nervous system depressant originally held promise as a fast-acting anesthetic, but physicians quickly abandoned the drug because it has no painkilling properties and a tendency to cause seizures. In the 1980s, GHB reemerged as an over-the-counter fitness supplement […]




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What’s the Most Addictive Drug vs. the Most Dangerous Drug?

Amid the ongoing crisis of addiction in the United States, a popular topic of discussion is “what’s the most addictive drug” and “what’s the most dangerous drug?” Of course, the short answer is the most addictive drug is whatever hooks you and the most dangerous drug is, well, whichever one kills you. This may sound […]




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Opioids and the Brain: NIDA Researchers Use Brain Imaging to Study Addiction Treatment

Opioid addiction hijacks the brain’s normal chemical balance, making it nearly impossible for a person to feel pleasure, or even be functional, without the drug. Addiction essentially changes the structure and function of the brain. Now, researchers at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) are using brain imaging to see if different medications – […]




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Drug Deactivation Bags Dispose of Opioids & Prescription Medications

The epidemic of opioid addiction and overdose, largely a result of prescription painkillers, is still one of the country’s most pressing issues, though it might not always be in the headlines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that of the more than 70,000 drug overdose deaths in 2017 alone, 68 percent involved […]




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What is Phenibut and Why Did the FDA Issue a Warning About its Dangers?

Using dietary supplements, such fish oil, multivitamins and other over-the-counter health-related products, is a daily habit for many Americans. In fact, dietary supplements are big business. According to the FDA, there are an estimated 75,000 different products sold as dietary supplements, purchased by more than 150 Americans, generating profits of $40 billion a year. Supplements, […]




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SBIRT – Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment for Substance Use

The prevalence of addiction in the United States, from tobacco use to alcoholism, and the opioid epidemic to other illicit drug abuse, takes a costly toll on the nation’s physical, emotional and financial wellbeing. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) estimates the price of substance abuse-related issues, such as lost work productivity, crime and […]




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Search “Medication Disposal Near Me” and Google Maps Will Show You Where

In early 2019, Google reported that searches for “medication disposal near me” reached an all-time high in January. This represents a spike in public awareness about the dangers of leftover, unused medications that, in many cases, are addictive and even deadly. While that’s good news, more works still needs to be done to raise awareness. […]




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Why is China Refusing to Stop the Flow of Fentanyl Into the United States?

At the end of January 2019, officials at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection declared a seizure of fentanyl powder and pills – 254 pounds in total – the largest in history. It was enough of the deadly synthetic opioid to kill an estimated 100 million Americans. The haul came through Mexico, in a truck […]




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The Gabapentin High – Misuse and Abuse of Neurontin Painkiller on the Rise

The medication Gabapentin (Neurontin) is considered a safe, non-addictive alternative to opioid painkillers. Recently, though, law enforcement and health care professionals witnessed a spike in the number of arrests and hospital visits associated with gabapentin abuse. “We started hearing from pharmacists about people trying to get early refills. That’s usually a sign that something is […]




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Red Ribbon Week in October – Drug Free America

October 23 to 31, 2019 “Life is Your Journey, Travel Drug-Free”   Red Ribbon Week is a national campaign that takes place every October to promote a drug-free America, and is now in it’s 25th year. The movement was born out of the tragic death of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena who […]




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