Crack was first introduced in the 1970s. Its use peaked in the 1980s, but it certainly hasn’t disappeared from the black market since then. It was created as a cheaper alternative to cocaine. Drug dealers specifically targeted inner city and minority users. However use is no longer limited to those areas or demographics. And the…

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By Melissa Riddle Chalos While the tragedy of the opioid epidemic continues to capture the national spotlight, methamphetamine use is on a serious, life-threatening comeback. Back in the 1990s, we were used to seeing media reports of hidden meth labs exploding across the country. Then Sudafed moved behind the pharmacy counter as the government cracked…

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Marijuana and morphine seem to be everywhere. Marijuana is increasingly legal, widely used and often seen as harmless. Morphine is used in medical settings and can seem like a helpful drug rather than a harmful one. You may not see the harm in using one or both, or you may have trouble convincing a loved…

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On This Page: Side Effects Effects on Sleep Sleep Problems and Addiction Mixing Drugs Finding Help Morphine is an opioid pain reliever derived from the opium poppy plant. It is used to treat moderate to severe pain after surgery, as a result of injury or as part of pain management for chronic conditions. Like other…

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When college kids come home to visit, parents often notice changes from the young person they dropped off at campus. Sometimes those changes are great — a new appreciation for home and family, growth in personal responsibility or a willingness to share what they’ve learned and talk with you as an adult. Other times, however,…

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Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurobehavioral condition involving inappropriate hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattention. It differs from basic immaturity in that it causes functional impairment in normal daily activities. ADHD usually begins in childhood and often continues into adulthood, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)says it is the most commonly diagnosed neurobehavioral disorder among…

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Morphine is an analgesic (pain relieving) medication. It is considered to be the “gold standard” of pain-relievers and is often prescribed for those recovering from surgery or suffering from other painful conditions. Morphine is marketed under various brand names, such as the following: MS-Contin Avinza Kadian Roxanol Developing Dependence on Morphine Morphine is in a…

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  Morphine is a potent painkiller that treats moderate to severe pain. The drug comes in short-acting tablets and liquids, as well as sustained-release tablets and capsules. It works by binding to receptors in the brain and central nervous system to reduce the perception of pain and responses to it. Because morphine slows down the…

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