Morphine is one of the most effective medicines available for pain relief. That’s why it’s been in high demand since it was first derived from the opium poppy in the early 1900’s and was widely used during the Civil War.1 Over the years, the addictive qualities of morphine have forced physicians and the United States…

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  Marijuana is a unique drug when it comes to legal status, statistics and use. It’s labeled a Schedule I substance by the Drug Enforcement Administration. This means the federal government considers marijuana to have “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.”1 Yet some states and healthcare providers disagree. Recreational marijuana…

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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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Your teen seems moody and withdrawn. He or she says unexpected things and acts in unpredictable ways. Is it just the usual teenage angst, or is your child high on LSD? Look for some common signs of LSD use, and learn how to start a conversation about drugs and addiction. What Is LSD? LSD is…

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In the world of marketing or advertising, the word “paraphernalia” is often used to describe things like brochures, books or stickers that promote a specific brand or a particular type of product. While this sort of material is certainly in use in the world of drugs, the word “paraphernalia” has a completely different connotation in…

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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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On This Page: A General Description Successes in the System Limitations of the Model Inspiring Changes Questions to Ask Winston Churchill once said, “We shape our dwellings, and afterwards our dwellings shape us.” For addicts in recovery, fresh from inpatient rehabilitation programs, this quote has special meaning. These people may have homes full of treasured…

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