Xanax is one of the most frequently prescribed medications in the U.S. However, just because it’s prescribed by doctors doesn’t mean it’s safe for recreational use. Like other prescription drugs, misusing Xanax can cause dependence and addiction, and once you’re addicted, it can be difficult to stop. Xanax withdrawal symptoms can be very uncomfortable and […]
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The current U.S. opioid crisis began back in 1999, as prescription opioid drugs were being rampantly over-prescribed for chronic pain. By 2010, heroin had also made its mark in the ongoing crisis with a rapid increase in overdose deaths. Three years later, synthetic opioid deaths, especially those involving fentanyl, also began to increase significantly. Ultimately, […]
Benzodiazepines are some of the most commonly prescribed drugs in America today. Valium and Klonopin are two common types of benzodiazepines that are used for similar purposes medically. Both of these drugs are also frequently abused and can be highly addictive. Here’s what you need to know about the differences between Valium and Klonopin.
Many addictive drugs cause harmful long-term effects when they are abused over and over again. However, quitting is often a double-edged sword due to the uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms they can also cause.
What is a Speedball?A “speedball” is a mixture of stimulant and depressant drugs, most commonly heroin and cocaine. The mixture is typically injected into the veins but may also be snorted simultaneously. Known for the intense high it produces, this drug combination is especially dangerous and can cause serious side effects, overdose, or death.
Adderall and Vyvanse are classified as Schedule II drugs and both are stimulants that are commonly prescribed to treat ADHD. But what’s the difference between Adderall and Vyvanse? Here are some of the main differences and similarities between these two drugs, as well as a side-by-side comparison of their side effects, withdrawal, addiction symptoms, and […]
Updated on August 7th, 2020 Polysubstance abuse is a common practice. Although any type of drug use can be detrimental to a person’s health and well-being, polydrug abuse is associated with a significant number of negative health and societal issues.
America’s opioid crisis has recently intensified with an increase of deadly synthetic opioids like fentanyl being smuggled into the country. While some of these opioids are being manufactured in criminal clandestine laboratories in the U.S., much of the illegal opioids contributing to the drug crisis in America are shipped in from other countries.
Drinking and driving isn’t the only drug-related danger on the road. Over the last decade, prescription drugs have increasingly become another threat on Texas and U.S. roads. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 12 percent of the 39,252 fatal car crashes in 2005 involved a driver who tested positive for drugs. Ten years […]
Prescription drug abuse is much more common than you might think. In 2016 alone, 3.3 million people ages 12 and over abused prescription painkillers (narcotics) and 2.9 million people ages 12 and over abused prescription psychotherapeutics excluding pain relievers. But narcotic abuse is not the only common form of prescription drug misuse. Tranquilizers like Valium […]