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Who Caused the Opioid Crisis?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were over 70,000 drug overdose deaths in America in 2017. 47,000 were from opioids and 36% of those were from prescription opioids. Most of these prescription pain medication overdose deaths were a result of drugs like fentanyl, codeine, Vicodin, and Oxycontin; all of which

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How To Handle A Drug Addict Child

It is important to be aware of the changes in the people around you; especially those you take personal responsibility for, such as a child. These changes could be an indication of something worse than just hormones or a bad day. With the wide-spread drug culture in America, it’s important to trust your gut and

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How To Stop Cell Phone Addiction

Nomophobia is the fear of being without your phone for any period of time. I am a proud Millennial, but I’m also, not-so-proudly, on my phone more than I probably should be. In fact, most people in this generation are addicted to their cell phone to some extent. In a study by King University, about

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The Drug Epidemic: History Repeating

Opium has been used as a pain reliever for centuries. The ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and Persians are all known to have used it medicinally and, most likely, recreationally. It is questioned whether or not people in those times knew how addictive it was, although as far back as Alexander the Great and Aristotle there

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Can Marijuana Kill You

We’ve heard marijuana described as a “gateway drug”, and “the Devil’s lettuce”, especially by overbearing mothers… but can marijuana actually kill you, though? Considering that marijuana was, until recently, considered a Schedule 1 drug by the DEA, comparable to some of the most dangerous and addictive drugs in the world, there must be extreme risk

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Can Cocaine Cause Depression?

Cocaine is a stimulant drug that increases dopamine production in the brain for short periods of time, creating a sense of euphoria and a burst in energy. This can be an extreme high, but the side effects can be exponentially worse, and permanently detrimental to your happiness. Depression is a mental illness frequently co-occurring with

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The Stages of Addiction

Most people who use drugs don’t become addicted. For those that do, it doesn’t happen overnight. It might take weeks, months, or years depending on the person and the drugs of choice. Heredity, gender, access to drugs, and socioeconomic status all play a part. It’s different for everyone. I started out as a binge drinker

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How to Be Happy After Opiate Addiction

Addiction is destructive and anyone who has an actively addicted loved one knows the pain and devastation that it causes. With opioid addiction specifically, more than 115 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids every day. With statistics like these, chances are that almost everyone within the US knows someone who has

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Complications of Alcohol Abuse

Alcoholism and drug addiction are the same disease. Alcohol is a drug just like every other substance under that broad umbrella. So why do drugs and alcohol always seem to be classified differently? Why do opiates, pills, stimulants, and marijuana get lumped together as drugs but alcohol does not? People that I meet in recovery

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