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Top 4 Drugs Abused by Teens
We’ve all heard the unfortunate stories of parents losing a child as a result of a drug overdose.  Below you will see a list of the four most common substances that are abused by teens.  A major factor that is seen in many of these substances is that teens don’t see the use of them as being all that serious are harmful.  With teens still...
Crack Cocaine Addiction
Defined as a highly addictive and powerful stimulant, crack cocaine is derived from powered cocaine using a simple conversion process.  Emerging as an abuse drug in the mid 1980s, it is abused due to the ease of access, cheap cost and the immediate high it produces. Typically available in rock form, and in varying colors from white to off-white to tan, crack is almost always smoked,...
Club Drugs
A pharmacologically heterogeneous group of psychoactive drugs, mainly abused by teens and young adults at bars, nightclubs and concerts, consisting of GHB, Rohypnol and Ketamine, are known as club drugs. GHB is a central nervous system depressant originally approved by the FDA in 2002 for the treatment of narcolepsy.  Rohypnol started gaining popularity in the US in the early 1990s due to its inclusion of benzodiaizepine...
Meth Addiction
Known as the largest pandemic currently gripping the nation, at least 1.5 million people are addicted to crystal meth in the United States alone.  As a result, the government is attempting to implement legislation and enforce tough sentencing to reduce this number and prevent its growth. Unlike cocaine, meth directly affects the brain’s release of dopamine and the frequent spikes of dopamine that lead to a...
Heroin Addiction Treatment
An opiate drug, synthesized from morphine usually appearing as a white or brown powder (in some cases, a black sticky substance known as black tar heroin), heroin is seriously addictive.  Whether it is injected, snorted or smoke, all three methods are rapidly delivered to the brain and can lead to severe health problems. Once heroin enters the brain, it is converted to morphine and binds itself...
Prescription drugs & alcohol
The 3 most common types of prescription drugs combined with alcohol: 1)    Opiates (Oxycontin, Vicodin, etc.) 2)    Stimulants (Ritatlin, Adderall, etc.) 3)    Anti-anxiety (Xanax, Valium, etc). With approximately 70% of the adult population consuming alcohol at least occasionally and more than 2,800 prescription drugs available in the United States it iss easy to see why nonmedical use of prescription drugs combined with alcohol abuse is a growing problem. Studies show...
Cocaine Dependence
With popularity dating as far back as 1859 and characterized as a powerfully addictive stimulant, cocaine negatively affects the body’s central nervous system as well as the brain. Whether snorted, injected or smoked, all three methods can lead to addiction as well as several other health problems.  Regular intranasal use can lead to the loss of the sense of smell, problems with swallowing, nosebleeds and hoarseness. ...
Drugs & the Brain
Drug: something, and often an illegal substance, that causes addiction, habituation, or a marked change in consciousness Drugs, be it cocaine, marijuana or LSD, are all chemicals.  As such, they tap into the brain’s communication system and interfere with the way nerve cells normally send, receive and process information. While some drugs (heroin, marijuana) are made up in a way so that their chemical structure mimics that...
Prescription addiction
A well known problem, prescription drugs are the second most commonly abused drugs. Both the ease of accessibility, be it an online pharmacy or simply taking them from a friend or relative, and the misconception that prescription pills are non-addictive and safer than street drugs make it easy to see why it is a growing problem. Side effects of this growing addiction include; an increased risk of...
Inhalant abuse
Alarming facts: -       The National Household Survey on Drug Abuse reported primary abusers to be in the 12-17 age group, with the 18-25 age group coming in second. -       Additionally, 18% of eighth graders admitted to using inhalants at least once in their lifetime. More commonly known as “huffing”, inhalant abuse is defined as the intentional inhalation of chemical vapors to attain a mental “high” or euphoric effect. Most...