Are the Negative Effects of Marijuana Really That Bad?

Negative effects of marijuana

By: Joseph Raspolich Marijuana is possibly the most well-known and ubiquitous recreational drug in the United States. Most people have had some experience with the drug, either having tried it themselves or knowing someone who has. In recent years, efforts to decriminalize and legalize it have led to the legalization of possession in seven states […]

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Effects of Ritalin: Can Nonprescription Ritalin Alter Brain Chemistry?

effects of Ritalin

By: Paige Hohmann Nonprescription and prescription Ritalin use is predominant among teens, young adults, and even children. Ritalin is intended to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and teens. Ritalin in children is prescribed and it targets a child’s brain in a way that brings them to a normal state. However, more young adults, […]

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Narcan: The Overdose Reversal Drug | Side Effects & Prescriptions

Narcan side effects

By: Megan Hesse Opioid overdose rates are at an all-time high, with each year’s record breaking the previous one. In 2015, a combination of prescription opioids, heroin, and fentanyl contributed to more than 33,000 overdose deaths. Meanwhile, even as rates continue to skyrocket to the point where the president has declared the crisis to be […]

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Study Drugs: A Gateway to Hard Drugs?

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By: Joseph Raspolich Study drugs like Ritalin or Adderall are widely used on college campuses as a way to focus and get ahead. But is it just a harmless way to stay focused or does it have lasting consequences? Few things are as stressful in the first 20 years of the average American life as […]

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President Trump Proclaims the Opioid Crisis a Public Health Emergency

Trump Opioid Epidemic

By: Amy Jacob President Trump on Thursday declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency. The U.S. must confront “the worst drug crisis in American history, and even if you really think about it, world history,” Trump said during an address at the White House. Trump believes it’s now time to “liberate our communities from […]

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Do Universities Offer Addiction Help to Students?

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By: Elysia L. Richardson College is a time for trying new things and having new experiences. For some students, this willingness to experiment involves using drugs, legal and illegal, and drinking alcohol. But what many college and university students may not realize is that amid the newfound freedom of being on their own away from […]

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How to Stay Sober at Social Events Without Anyone Noticing

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By: Stephanie Torres Every person in recovery will have to face the challenge of how to stay sober at social events at some point. While you may be able to avoid a few parties in the beginning of your recovery, it’s impractical and unrealistic to assume you’ll be able to avoid every wedding, holiday party, […]

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Benzodiazepines and Aggression | Are Benzos Behind the Las Vegas Shooting?

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By: Joseph Raspolich The Las Vegas shooter, who killed 59 people and wounded hundreds more who were attending a concert on Sunday, was prescribed benzodiazepines in June, according to the Las Vegas Journal Review. The shooter, Stephen Paddock, was prescribed the anti-anxiety medication Valium, which has been linked to aggressive behavior. In the wake of […]

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Heroin of the Heart

Heroin of the Heart

Did you ever hear the suggestion to not date in the first year of recovery? I got sober 27 years ago and in those days, it was proclaimed, or “suggested” very often that it would not be safe or good for you to date in the first year of recovery. It was explained to me […]

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Late Rocker Tom Petty Battled Heroin Addiction in the ’90s

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By: Elysia L. Richardson Rock ‘n’ roll icon Tom Petty died Monday, Oct. 2, in Los Angeles at age 66. Petty was found unconscious after suffering full cardiac arrest at his California home early Monday morning. He was rushed to the UCLA Medical Center but could not be revived. He died peacefully while surrounded by […]

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