It goes by many different names – Spice, K-2, No More Mr. Nice Guy, Black Mamba, Bliss, Blaze, Skunk, Moon Rocks, and many more. Formulated for research purposes, synthetic cannabinoids – popularly known as synthetic marijuana – are often sold in retail outlets, gas stations and via the internet as herbal incense products or potpourri. Read more
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Substance abuse is dangerous and harmful for everyone, but pregnant mothers who use drugs run a greater risk: damaging their unborn child. Substance abuse can have lasting effects on an unborn child, leading to birth defects – a key cause for infant deaths. When pregnant mothers smoke, drink alcohol, take drugs or ingest caffeine, so does the fetus. Read more
Moderate drinking – two drinks per day for men and one a day for women – is linked to decreased rate of mortality, according to studies. While moderate drinking may be good for health, excessive alcohol can ruin one’s health. According to experts, antioxidants in red wine increase good cholesterol level and thus prevent heart disease. Read more
No year could ever be said to be good for a heroin addict, but 2014 was worse for the addicts in Florida. According to the data released by Florida’s Medical Examiners Commission, the state saw 447 heroin-related deaths in 2014.
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.
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