Illegal Drugs

Illegal Drugs

How quickly a potential drug addict does become addicted to a drug depends on many factors including the biology of their body.

All drugs are potentially harmful and may have life-threatening consequences associated with their use.

There are also vast differences among individuals in sensitivity to various drugs. While one person may use a drug one or many times and suffer no ill effects, another person may be particularly vulnerable and overdose with first use. There is no way of knowing in advance how someone may react.

Here are four questions to help determine if someone is at risk of becoming an addict.Read More

Prescription Drugs

Prescription drugs that are abused or used for non-medical reasons can alter brain activity and lead to dependence.

Commonly abused classes of prescription drugs include opioids (often prescribed to treat pain), central nervous system depressants (often prescribed to treat anxiety and sleep disorders), and stimulants(prescribed to treat narcolepsy, ADHD, and obesity).

Commonly used opioids include oxycodone (OxyContin), propoxyphene(Darvon), hydrocodone (Vicodin), hydromorphone (Dilaudid), meperidine (Demerol), and diphenoxylate (Lomotil).… Read More

Generation Rx

Prescription drug abuse with Generation Rx has become prevalent among high school and college students looking for the ultimate study aid and new ways to get high.

The intentional abuse of prescription (Rx) and over-the-counter (OTC) medications to get high is now an entrenched behavior among today’s teen population, according to a national study released by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America.

The Partnership’s annual study of teen drug use and attitudes confirms that Generation Rx has arrived as an alarming number of today’s teenagers are more likely to have abused Rx and OTC medications than a variety of illegal drugs like ecstasy, cocaine, crack and meth.… Read More

Drug Addiction

Drug Addiction

What Is Drug Addiction?

Addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences. It is considered a
brain disease because drugs change the brain, they change its structure and how it works.

These brain changes can be long lasting, and can lead to harmful behaviors seen in people who abuse drugs.… Read More