The man people called “Cutty Sark” behind his back, former USC football coach Steve Sarkisian, checked into rehab in October after he was fired following an outburst at a university booster event where his long-rumored problem with alcohol took center stage. Continue reading
New evidence from Chinese scientists indicates that loss of grey matter in certain key brain areas may substantially account for the impaired functional abilities of people affected by alcoholism.
Missouri is the only state that has not implemented a monitoring program for prescription drugs. As a result, this Midwest state has become the new Florida, attracting pill seekers who are looking for easy access to powerful and addictive prescription medications.
The new trend of inhaling “vaporized” alcohol has come under fire for its health risks, with British addiction and alcohol experts warning of the dangers of inhaling the vapor after it was offered to revelers at a Scottish nightclub. The new trend has the potential to increase the risk of alcohol poisoning, may damage the lungs, could enhance the addictive properties of alcohol and could particularly tempt those who are concerned about their weight. Although the company offering the vaporized shots claims the practice is safe and calls the response “immensely positive,” the facts about the trend don’t look so clear-cut.
Cyclobenzaprine is a prescription drug that is susceptible to abuse. Although cyclobenzaprine addiction is not common, it is possible to become psychologically dependent on this drug if you abuse it. If you have been prescribed cyclobenzaprine, make sure you take it correctly and tell your doctor if you experience side effects or if you feel like you can’t stop taking it.
Marijuana is often in the news because of changing attitudes and changing laws about this federally-banned drug. Many people feel as if marijuana, also known as cannabis, is a low-risk drug to use recreationally or for medicinal purposes. Many also believe there are advantages to legalizing and regulating this drug on a state-by-state basis. However, the cons of legalizing marijuana are great and it is important to be well informed.
A variety of herbs are marketed and sold as legal, safe alternatives to marijuana. They contain shredded plant material and chemicals that cause a mind-altering effect, but it’s often unclear what these products actually contain. There are several hundred varieties of synthetic marijuana, including products sold as herbal smoke or legal buds. Some of the names they are sold under include spice, fake weed, moon rocks and K2.
Butane hash oil (BHO) — also known as “dabs” — has become wildly popular in some areas of the country, especially in certain Western states where recreational marijuana is now legal. It produces an instant, intense high.
With a new school year just around the corner, parents and concerned family members might need to do more than ready their children’s wardrobes, technology devices and sports gear for the year ahead. Parents might consider giving themselves a refresher course in how to protect their children from the temptation to experiment with drugs.
According to a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), some one in 10 U.S. workers aged 18 to 64 reported an addiction to alcohol or drugs in the past year. The report breaks down substance abuse rates by category, suggesting that mining and construction workers are more likely to drink heavily and that those in the accommodations and food service industries are most likely to abuse illicit drugs. As well as offering comparisons with previous years to see how the problem is progressing, the study could help inform prevention activities, with the hope of bringing down the rate of substance abuse among U.S. workers.