Drug Spotlight FAQ: Kratom


Kratom and kava bars became a hot topic in August 2016 when the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced that it intended on listing kratom as a Schedule 1 drug. The question of whether it fits under this definition—having “high potential for abuse” while also having no existing research to prove acceptable medical use—sent the […]

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Pet Meds Can Fuel Opioid Addiction

Drug addiction is driving some people to use pet meds for themselves, authorities say. Ketamine, tramadol, and Valium are some of the drugs they seek out from veterinarians, who prescribe the medicine to help the animals in their care. “They’ve gotten very sophisticated in how they obtain drugs and go about their activities,” said Jim Arnold, chief […]

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Six Disturbing Facts About Carfentanil

Carfentanil, a powerful elephant tranquilizer, has recently been found in trace amounts in illegal drugs, most commonly heroin. The potent drug has been linked to a spike in drug overdose deaths in the past year. Here are some carfentanil facts that illustrate why law enforcement officials and healthcare professionals are concerned that carfentanil-laced drugs will […]

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Sex, Drugs, and Ozzy: Opiate Abuse Up Among Baby Boomers


As the general US adult population ages, more people will find themselves battling addiction in their golden years. Who the “typical addict” is and what he or she looks like is rapidly changing, and the issue is far more complex than older people using their post-retirement free time just to get high. It is estimated […]

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Crackland Olympics: Gang Run Brazil and the Crack Plague

As the 2016 Olympics continues to proceed, pregnant women are smoking crack in Rio de Janeiro. Children are drug dealing, trafficking, and holding assault rifles in the favela—a Brazilian shantytown or slum. Gangs are running the streets and the city with police control having little to no effect on bringing order. This is a day […]

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What Does Xanax Do to Your Body?

woman passed out on xanax

There are many different substances to which a person could become addicted. In fact, there are even a number of behaviors that have shown to be similarly addictive, but most associate addiction with alcohol and drugs due to those being the most concerning forms of dependency. Drugs like cocaine, heroin, and crystal meth are illicit […]

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The 6 Hardest Drugs to Quit

man who cant quit using drugs

It goes without saying that no addiction is easy to kick. The very nature of addiction suggests that an individual can fallen under the thrall of a substance or behavior that is causing them harm. And there are many things to which an individual can become addicted that can cause them profound harm. Although there […]

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