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Can Ambien Cause Racism? Roseanne Says ‘Yes,’ Ambien Maker Says ‘No’

Valerie Jarrett was an advisor to Barack Obama during his presidency. She was also the focus of an offensive tweet posted by Roseanne Barr, where the star of the highly...

Why Does Ecstasy Cause Dehydration, Increased Temperature, & more?

Ecstasy (MDMA) goes by various street names, including Molly and XTC. The drug produces stimulant effects similar to the effects produced by amphetamines as well as hallucinogenic effects similar to...

7 Common Health Conditions Caused by Substance Abuse

Addiction to any substance, whether legal or illegal, can in some cases lead to serious health conditions. Unfortunately, substance abuse and addiction have reached epidemic proportions in many parts of...

How to Recognize the Presence of a Mental Health Problem

Everyone goes through physical and emotional changes throughout life. Part of being human is dealing with the way our feelings about things change as we get older and go through...

How to Help Someone on a Bad Trip or High

Bad Trip People often use drugs in order to feel good. However, sometimes, a person who is using hallucinogens or other drugs can experience a condition known as a “bad...

What Are the Steps to Take if You or a Friend Consumed a Spiked Drink?

No one ever thinks it’s going to happen, but there have been increases in incidents of spiked drinks – people consuming beverages that, without their knowledge, are drugged or have...

Is it Drug Addiction or Abuse?

There are a number of different ways that drug use can become a problem for an individual. The one that most people hear about is addiction; another term tossed around...

What Are the Reasons for Addiction?

Misconceptions about substance abuse and addiction are common across the US. Many people believe that addiction is a choice or a result of deviant or criminal behavior. This has created...

How Addiction and Dependency Set In

Many people assume that becoming addicted to drugs or alcohol is a matter of choice – a decision to continue chronic, habitual use of a substance. However, the process of...

A Complete List of Drug-related Paraphernalia

For family or friends trying to determine whether or not a loved one is abusing drugs, there are many challenges. One of these is recognizing the elements of drug use...

The Difference between Withdrawal Symptoms and Side Effects

One of the signs that a person is abusing or addicted to drugs is that the person will experience withdrawal symptoms when use of the drug is stopped or the...

Scale of Addiction: What Drugs Are More Addictive than Others?

There is no straightforward answer to the question of which drug is most addictive. The subject of addiction in general does not come in black-and-white terms. There’s a lot of...

Cause of Addiction: Nature vs. Nurture

Does an addiction begin due to a signal from the genes? Or does an addiction begin due to something a person encounters in their environment? These are questions that researchers...

Physical addiction vs Psychological addiction

What is Physical Addiction? Addictive substances can change chemical levels deep inside the brain. Most of those changes concern chemicals that produce a feeling of pleasure or reward. When those...

Injecting Drugs Compared Smoking Them

Some addictive substances are meant to be taken in one way only. Alcohol, for example, is designed to move from the mouth and into the stomach and then into the...

What Are All the Date Rape Drugs to Be Concerned About?

Date Rape Drugs “Date rape drugs” are substances that are sometimes used to facilitate sexual assault. When used in this way, these drugs are often given to the victim without...

What Types of Cutting Agents Are Used in Drug Manufacturing?

Drugs of abuse are remarkably powerful. One hit of certain drugs can alter chemical processes inside the brain, and with those changes, a person might move from feeling slightly unhappy...

How to Spot Addiction in a Friend or Loved One

Addiction is characterized by the inability to stop using a substance despite negative consequences. Addiction differs from other drug or alcohol use in that it causes significant impairment in the...

The Path Drugs Take Through the Body

Substances can enter the body through various means. Drugs can be smoked, snorted, injected, swallowed (pills, capsules, liquids), or applied through transdermal means (applied to the skin).1,2 Some substances can...

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