Marijuana’s mainstreaming, despite the fact that legal or not, it is still an intoxicant. Like any intoxicant, marijuana can impair senses and make certain activities – like driving – more dangerous. According to a new report issued by the Governors Highway Safety Association, or GHSA, a side effect of more permissive marijuana laws seems to be a higher rate of drivers killed in crashes testing positive for the drug. Read more
It’s the kryptonite of even the resilient drug addict, who’s raised his or her substance tolerance to extreme levels. Heroin and opiate abuse are dangerous enough on their own. Aside from the inherent risks involved in scoring opiates illegally, there are further health risks when the drugs are used, from gangrene and MRSA in injection abscesses to hepatitis and HIV from sharing needles. All of this is in addition to the damage opiate abuse does to the body, including damage to the brain and nervous system. Yet there is one substance is exponentially stronger than these. Read more
Rates for prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are high, and the numbers are alarming. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates nearly 17,000 people die each year from prescription painkiller overdoses as of 2012. According to Pew Research, 37 percent of Americans believe that the country is losing ground on prescription abuse. Plus, there is a known link between painkiller abuse and abuse of street opiates like heroin. Read more
Red wine’s barely a drink anymore. Alcohol? That’s beer, whiskey, mixed drinks. Red wine’s the smart person’s drink, the invigorating, heart-healthy, antioxidant wonder beverage. Our red wine – a combination of water, sugar, ethanol and coloring – is health food, not alcohol!
Okay, you can guess where this piece is going. Any sentence now, and out comes the wagging finger. Raised eyebrows. A long list of all the reasons the preconceived notions about red wine were wrong accompanied by a knowing shake of the head. This is a detox website, after all. The thing is, not all the conventional wisdom about red wine is wrong. But there are a lot of assumptions in that wisdom and not a lot of science, and every assumed health benefit of red wine hinges on one word: moderation. Read more
Florida’s crackdown on prescription painkiller abuse has had an unfortunate side effect: addicts are turning to heroin more and more.
The move to heroin by addicts has had lethal consequences. According to Reuters, a 2014 report issued by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, reported deaths from heroin rose from 62 in 2011 to 117 in 2012 — an increase of 89 percent. In Miami-Dade County, deaths from heroin grew by 120 percent, from 15 in 2011 to 33 in 2012. “It’s the rapid escalation that’s disturbing. This is the mother of all addictions, related to so much destruction and so many serious consequences, particularly death, most of which are preventable. To declare it an epidemic is a public-health responsibility,” Nova Southeastern University epidemiologist James N. Hall told the Miami Herald.
Americans are a nation of problem-solvers. It’s in our blood: meet a challenge head-on, find a good strategy to overcome it and then buckle down and get it done with good old-fashioned hard work. From fast-food meals to same-day purchase delivery, we value the fast, efficient solution above all else. That doesn’t just apply to Americans, either – if you asked, most people probably would find quick, easy and relatively painless solutions very attractive.
It’s easy to dismiss a lot of the stories about “bath salts” that appear in the media. Accounts of drug-crazed “zombies” engaged in cannibalistic violence; stories of violent arrests and accounts of generally insane behavior linked to use of this substance may strain one’s credibility. But make no mistake: bath salts – a catch-all label created as a smoke screen to sell substances containing synthetic cathinone while avoiding police attention – are very dangerous indeed. A designer drug called “flakka” containing synthetic cathinone is becoming increasingly popular across Florida and the southeast. Read more
Recovering from drug and alcohol addiction is a winding road. A patient may undergo physical and mental stress on their struggle towards recovery. Fortunately, professionals have many tools to treat addiction and a form of mental health therapy called cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT. In summary, CBT helps recovering substance abusers recognize and avoid harmful situations, and to cope with the variety of problems that come with substance abuse. Read more
Indian reservations have long struggled with substandard living conditions and a plethora of financial hardships. Some have found great success from building casinos, but some tribes have been seeking alternative means to drive revenue. According to an article featured in Fox Business News, the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe in eastern South Dakota is preparing to open a legal marijuana business on their reservation within the next six months. Read more
New research from the Children’s National Health System, reports that synthetic marijuana, also known as K2 or spice, decreases the oxygen flow to the heart, which can cause some very serious heart problems. Lowered oxygen levels to the heart leads to a series of consequences, such as chest pain, difficulty breathing and even heart attacks. Read more
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