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Feb
28

Important Things to Know to Help You Overcome Addiction

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If you’ve identified that you have a problem with drug or alcohol abuse, made a decision to do something about it, and made a solid, specific plan of recovery, congratulations - you’ve put yourself on the path. Honestly, both to others and to yourself, is crucial at this moment. It’s important to be honest about the process as well, which means that you know this: putting yourself on the path to recovery, though brave and commendable, does not mean your work is over. It’s called a path to recovery for a reason - you must walk down it and avoid the pitfalls that arise along the way. Now that you’re on the path, here are some helpful things to know as you begin. Identify, familiarize yourself, and prepare for you triggers Throughout your journey to recovery, it’s likely you’ll face many triggers, or circumstances that tempt one into relapse. Triggers are...
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Oct
13

DEATHS AND POISONINGS FROM SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA

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Big increase in deaths, poisonings from synthetic marijuana Synthetic marijuana is back in the news, with some frightening revelations. New figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show synthetic marijuana killed 15 people in the first half of 2015 -- three times as many as the same period in 2014. Poison control centers across the country have also seen a 229 percent increase in phone calls related to use of the drugs since January. Synthetic marijuana is a class of designer drugs made up of psychoactive chemicals or a combination of chemicals that are sprayed onto plant material and then smoked or eaten to produce a high. They mimic the effects of THC, the compound naturally found in marijuana, and can be far more potent. Consumers don't know what chemical compounds are in them, so toxicity and health effects vary widely. Synthetic marijuana can be purchased online or at...
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Jun
11

USE OF ILLICIT DRUGS ON THE RISE

Use of illicit drugs, including marijuana, has been rising steadily among college-aged young adults. In addition, non-medical use of stimulants, including Adderall and Ritalin, has more than doubled in the past few years. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has created a new section on its website featuring the most recent Monitoring the Future (MTF) national survey results on drug use among students enrolled full time in a 2- or 4-year college as well as young people of the same age group not attending college. It also includes links of interest to parents, educators, dorm supervisors, counselors, clinicians and researchers who work with this age group. Additional resources include infographics, statistics and trends, treatment guides, information about careers in addiction science as well as related videos, publications, articles, and other relevant materials. For more information on NIDA’s College-Age and Young Adults web page, go to: http://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/college-age-young-adults For more information on...
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May
14

ER Visits for Synthetic Marijuana Rising

There were 11,406 emergency room visits associated with synthetic marijuana in 2010—75 percent were among the ages of 12-29. Synthetic marijuana currently holds second place in teenage popularity behind marijuana. Researchers claim the allure is the ill-perceived safety and legality of synthetic marijuana as compared to other drugs, the National Institute on Drug Abuse said in 2013. Soon after the 2011 FDA ban of synthetic pot, a DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart told Gothamist that "young people are being harmed when they smoke these dangerous ‘fake pot’ products and wrongly equate the products’ ‘legal’ retail availability with being ‘safe.'" A Think Progress report explains that the use of synthetic marijuana decreased after 2011 in response to health officials warning consumers. Despite of the notice, the drug maintained its relevance amongst young adults, with one in 20 high school students using the drug in 2014, one in 30 during 2013. Males make up...
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Sep
26

TALK TO YOUR KIDS

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It is always important to talk to your kids about important issues. HAVE YOU SPOKE TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT UNDERAGE DRINKING?   GO TO WWW.SAMHSA.GOV FOR MORE INFORMATION SAMHSA's underage drinking prevention campaign helps parents and caregivers start talking to their children early--as early as 9 years old--about the dangers of alcohol. Start the Talk is like a video game that helps you learn the do's and don'ts of talking to kids about underage drinking. Using avatars, you'll practice bringing up the topic of alcohol; learn the questions to ask; and get ideas for keeping the conversation going.      
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Aug
01

WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF K2?


  What are its short term effects? Short term effects include loss of control, lack of pain response, increased agitation, pale skin, seizures, vomiting, profuse sweating, uncontrolled / spastic body movements, elevated blood pressure, heart rate and palpitations. The onset of this drug is 3-5 minutes, and the duration of the high is 1-8 hours. In addition to physical signs of use, users may experience: dysphoria, severe paranoia, delusions, hallucinations and increased agitation. What are its long term effects? Unknown http://www.drugfree.org/drug-guide/k2-spice
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Apr
10

K-2 Crackdown

An industry leader in U.S. for DOT compliance services, DOT regulated testing, personal drug and alcohol testing, background checks, court ordered tests, and DNA Testing In Texas. Lots of changes have happened locally with the designer drug, K-2. Law enforcement is cracking down on the many cases of reports of use resulting in medical attention. Learn about some the media reports of synthetic Cannabinoid usage and the dangers that goes along with it. To Learn More about Drug Testing you can Contact us at: Drug & Alcohol Testing Compliance Services 450 E. Loop 281, Ste. C-2 Longview, Texas 75605 (903) 234-1136 Drug & Alcohol Testing Compliance Services 4807 Old Jacksonville Hwy Tyler, TX 75703 (903) 534-3893 Drug & Alcohol Testing Compliance Services 2207 Brook @ Kell, Ste. B Wichita Falls, Texas 76301 (940) 264-8805 Drug & Alcohol Testing Compliance Services 1701 Old Minden Rd, Suite 14C Bossier City, Louisiana 71111 (318)...
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Mar
24

DATCS Interviews a Recovering Meth Addict

Could you describe the circumstances that led you to trying meth in the 1 st place? I was in the middle of a divorce, and I was up for anything…different.  My husband had left me, I was 19 years old and I was devastated.  I was living in my house by myself so I started spending more time with my girlfriends. They were all into meth but I didn’t know it at first.  But I did notice they could stay up all night when I could only make it to 2 am.  This is when they were all drinking (alcohol) as well.  They used to all whisper to each other and go to the bathroom together which I thought was odd.  When my ex and I used to go to parties with these friends they kept it from me because they thought I was a goody two shoes.  So your friends...
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Jan
29

K 2 Synthetic Marijuana - Cheap High | Parent Zone

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Dec
26

"Pump It Powder" The new bath salts

  Pump It Powder is a new drug that is getting negative attention among drug treatment, law enforcement, and school personnel. The designer drug, reported to be similar to amphetamines, has been seen as a replacement for the drugs known as Dragonfly, Glass Cleaner, Spice, K2, and Bath Salts. Because the ingredients are sold under the indication of being a plant vitamin and clearly labeled as "not for human consumption," they are once again creating a new craze among teenagers and people in their 20's who prefer designer drugs over the ones made halfway around the world and smuggled in unique ways into the US. The Pump It Powder drug, given that it is similar to amphetamines, can create anxiety, heart palpitations, and other adrenal problems that can throw off your metabolism. In the same way that over the counter drugs can have bad effects in some people, taking Pump It...
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Sep
30

"Krokodil" has hit the US! Follow-up on the Designer Drug Krokodil

We have received reports that this drug has finally hit the U.S. Two cases involving the drug has surfaced at the Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix are alarming anti-drug advocates and medical personnel who fear use of Krokodil might spread.
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Jul
13

Inhaled alcohol bypasses the liver and goes directly into the lungs & brain.

A relatively new practice among mostly young adults, who want to avoid the calories associated with drinking alcohol, is to "smoke" or inhale alcohol vapors. The growing trend is considered highly dangerous by experts because it bypasses the body's ability to protect itself from too much alcohol, increasing the risk of alcohol poisoning. The alcohol goes directly into the lungs and the brain, circumventing the liver which metabolizes alcohol. According to Dr. Harris Stratyner, Regional Clinical Vice President of Caron Treatment Centers, "One of the things that prevents alcohol poisoning is that you usually vomit…When you circumvent the stomach and go straight to the lungs, you don't have that ability." Inhaling alcohol can also dry out the mucus membranes in the nose and mouth, increasing the risk of infection. Source: www.ncadd.org/index.php/in-the-news/748-inhaling-alcohol-dangerous-trend
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May
20

DEA Makes Three More “Fake Pot” Drugs Temporarily Illegal Today

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  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: DEA Public Affairs  (202) 307-7977   Press Release DEA Makes Three More “Fake Pot” Drugs Temporarily Illegal Today MAY 16 (WASHINGTON) –Today the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) made the synthetic cannabinoids UR-144, XLR11, and AKB48 Schedule I, illegal drugs under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) for the next two years.  These cannabinoids are often seen in so-called “fake pot” products that are falsely marketed and sold as “herbal incense” or “potpourri” products on the Internet and by a variety of retail stores.    Synthetic cannabinoids refer to a family of substances that act on the brain similar to delta-9 THC, the main psychoactive constituent of cannabis.  The actual chemical names of today’s controlled cannabinoids are: •         (1-pentyl-1H-indol-3-yl)(2,2,3,3-tetramethylcyclopropyl)methanone (UR-144); •         [1-(5-fluoro-pentyl)-1H- indol-3-yl](2,2,3,3-tetramethylcyclopropyl)methanone (5-fluoro-UR-144, XLR11); and •         N-(1-adamantyl)-1-pentyl-1H-indazole-3-carboxamide (APINACA, AKB48). This action is based on a finding by DEA’s Deputy Administrator Thomas Harrigan that the placement...
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May
13

Hospital treats drug-dependent babies in Knoxville, TN

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[caption id="attachment_4203" align="alignleft" width="307"] In this March 29, 2013 photo, Baby Liam receives a dose of morphine at East Tennessee Children's Hospital in Knoxville, Tenn. The baby is one of many infants born dependent on drugs being treated at the facility. In most cases seen at the hospital, mothers had abused prescription painkillers or anti-anxiety medicines while pregnant. (AP Photo/Wade Payne) The baby is one of many infants born dependent on drugs. He is being treated at East Tennessee Children's Hospital in Knoxville, where doctors and nurses are on the front lines fighting the nation's prescription drug epidemic. Drug abuse in the state is ranked among the nation's highest, according to some estimates, a fact underscored by the number of children born with signs of drug dependence . In 2008, East Tennessee Children's Hospital treated 33 infants at the hospital for drug dependence, known as neonatal abstinence syndrome. Officials there expect...
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May
08

A Synthetic Drug Called Benzo Fury - “The Legal Killer”

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Benzo Fury' may harbor addiction risk
Today there are many different synthetic drugs which are created to simulate other illegal drugs, displaying a myraid of effects due to its toxic properties and its “unknown source.” FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 8, 2013 -- Today there are many different synthetic drugs which are created to simulate other illegal drugs, displaying a myraid of effects due to its toxic properties and its “unknown source.” There is no standard in the creation of synthetic drugs because it is all up to the “illegal chemist” to decide how much of what goes into their product—not caring for the unpredictable reactions it causes to its user. Common forms of synthetic drugs may be synthetic marijuana called spice and bathsalts, which aim to mimic the effects of cocaine or methamphetamine. Another type of synthetic high called “Benzo Fury” is still legal for sale in both the United States and the United Kingdom. It is...
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Mar
22

Drug Testing News: Pre-Employment Drug Test Positives Increase More Than 5%

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Marijuana Remains Most Commonly Detected; Oral Fluid Finding More Positives MADISON, N.J., March 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Job candidates subject to pre-employment drug screening tested positive for illicit drugs at a greater rate in the first six months of 2012 than in all of 2011, according to Drug Testing Index™ (DTI) data released today by Quest Diagnostics (DGX), the world's leading provider of diagnostic information services. The positivity rate from pre-employment urine drug screening in the U.S. general workforce increased by 5.7% in the first half of 2012 compared to 2011, while the positivity rate from random urine drug testing in the U.S. general workforce was down 5.8%. The positivity rate in pre-employment urine drug screening for the federally mandated, safety-sensitive workforce remained unchanged from 2011 through the first half of 2012, but the positivity rate from random testing among these workers was down 6.7% in the first six months of 2012...
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Mar
19

Don't Give ADHD Meds to Undiagnosed Kids, Experts Urge

Tuesday March 19, 2013 -- Some people call it "brain doping" or "meducation." Others label the problem "neuroenhancement." Whatever the term, the American Academy of Neurology has published a position paper criticizing the practice of prescribing "study drugs" to boost memory and thinking abilities in healthy children and teens. The authors said physicians are prescribing drugs that are typically used for children and teenagers diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) for students solely to improve their ability to ace a critical exam -- such as the college admission SAT -- or to get better grades in school. Dr. William Graf, lead author of the paper and a professor of pediatrics and neurology at Yale School of Medicine, emphasized that the statement doesn't apply to the appropriate diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. Rather, he is concerned about what he calls "neuroenhancement in the classroom." The problem is similar to that caused by performance-boosting...
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Mar
11

Family issues warning after teen suffers severe brain damage from synthetic marijuana

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  by Kevin Reece / KHOU 11 News HOUSTON -- On December 7th Emily Bauer began to slur her speech, stumble, complain of massive migraine headaches and began to turn violent, psychotic, and too difficult for her frightened family to control. Her family called for an ambulance to take her to the nearest hospital. But within 24 hours she was being life-flighted from a Cypress-area hospital to the Texas Medical Center, the victim of a massive series of strokes. She suffered severe brain damage. She was only 16 years old.  And the culprit was synthetic marijuana . “She actually had swelling on her brain that they had to drill into her head to relieve the pressure,” said her father Tommy Bryant.  “They didn’t even know if she’d make it through that procedure. But they had to do it.” Emily has turned 17 since she has been hospitalized at Children’s Memorial Hermann. ...
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Feb
14

Designer Drug "Smiles" or 2C-I Potent & Deadly

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      2C-I is a psychedelic phenethylamine of the 2C family. It was first synthesized by Alexander Shulgin. The drug is used recreationally for its psychedelic and entactogenic effects and is sometimes called "smiles" in the media.2C-I is commonly sold in its hydrochloride salt form, which is a fluffy, sparkling-white powder, which can sometimes be pressed into a tablet form. Like all the 2C drugs, it’s a psychoactive, hallucinogenic chemical that alter the brain’s balance of dopamine and serotonin. Smiles are particularly powerful, binding to serotonin receptors in the brain at 20 times the rate of another drug used in schizophrenia research. The effects of 2C-I, like those of LSD, can last up to eight hours. But because the effects can take time to appear, users may think they haven’t taken enough to get the desired high, and so take more, risking overdose. The drug can be taken as small...
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Feb
11

"Krokodil" This Outrageously Insane Designer Drug Kills It's Junkies

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      Desomorphine--Permonid is an opioid invented in 1932 in the United States that is a derivative of morphine. It has sedative and analgesic effects, and is around 8-10 times more potent than morphine. It was used in Switzerland under the brand name Permonid, and was described as having a fast onset and a short duration of action, with relatively little nausea or respiratory depression compared to equivalent doses of morphine. The drug's sinister nickname -- also known as Krokidil -- refers to the greenish and scaly appearance of a user's skin at the site of injection as blood vessels rupture and cause surrounding tissues to die. According to reports, the drug first appeared in Siberia and parts of Russia around 2002, but has spread throughout the country in recent years. To produce the potentially deadly drug, which has a comparable effect to heroin but is much cheaper to make,...
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