Substance Abuse

man holding bag of cocaine

Posted on August 6, 2018 in Substance Abuse

Cocaine Slang Names and Signs of Abuse

For thousands of years, inhabitants of South America have chewed or brewed coca leaves in tea for increased energy and alertness. German chemist Albert Niemann isolated the active ingredient from the leaves in 1859 and published his findings the following year, calling it cocaine.

By the 1880s, cocaine was used in numerous medicines in the U.S, and even in Coca-Cola, which contained about 60 mg of cocaine in a 250 ml bottle. Two of the oldest and most popular nicknames for cocaine are Coke or Cola.

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Boy teenager in despair

Posted on November 6, 2017 in Substance Abuse

How Meth Sores and Meth Mites Ruin Your Face

Methamphetamine (meth) is a powerful stimulant drug known for its ability to produce addiction and change the physical appearance of its habitual users. Some of this physical change comes directly from the effects of the drug itself, and some of it stems indirectly from serious alterations in long-term users’ mental health. Let’s briefly explore these issues and see exactly what meth does to your face.

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photo of narcan rx

Posted on June 7, 2017 in Drug Abuse, Drug Addiction, Substance Abuse

How to Administer Naloxone/Narcan

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drug overdoses accounted for 52,404 U.S. deaths in 2015, the most recent year statistics are available, including 33,091 (63.1%) that involved opioids.

The tragic increase has been “driven in large part by continued sharp increases in deaths involving heroin and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl,” the CDC said in its latest report.

Naloxone (brand name Narcan) is a medication administered to those who have overdosed on opioids such as:

  • heroin
  • morphine
  • oxycodone
  • methadone
  • fentanyl
  • hydrocodone
  • hydromorphone
  • buprenorphine

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Teen Drinking and Substance Abuse

Posted on December 22, 2016 in Adolescents, Substance Abuse, Teen Drug Addiction

How the Social Environment Impacts Substance Abuse in Hispanic Teens

Recent studies have shown that the family and school environments can both protect Hispanic teens from and put them at risk for substance abuse. Many factors go into the initiation of substance abuse, including individual factors. However, the latest research is helping to pinpoint how external, social factors affect young Hispanics and may either lead them to substance abuse or prevent them from experimenting. Understanding these factors can help schools and communities develop strategies for preventing substance abuse in young people.

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