According to guidelines from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), women should not have more than one drink per day and men should not have more than two. A standard drink by NIAAA guidelines is: If you are consuming more than this amount, you may have an alcohol problem or be on […]


Cocaine is an exceedingly dangerous street drug that can lead to addiction almost from the very first use. Approximately 1.5 million people in the U.S. used cocaine in 2013, according to statistics from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).


Crack is a more potent form of cocaine, which means it is even more dangerous and addictive than the traditional white powdery substance. Crack produces a faster and more intense “high,” which can lead to addiction even after the very first use.


People that get addicted to these drugs may eventually turn to heroin because the street drug tends to be cheaper and easier to get. Changes to guidelines in prescriptions for opioids have been recommended as a means to curb heroin use as well. Heroin is derived from the seeds of the Asian poppy plant. It […]


The legalization of this drug, both for recreational and medicinal purposes, has spread across the country, concerning many about the potential effects legalization could have on potential users of all ages. Contrary to popular belief, marijuana is not the “safe” substance many are advocating for, as the effects of the drug can be long-lasting and […]


The “high” produced by meth is intense and short, increasing a person’s risk of addiction to the drug even after the very first use. Meth comes in a white or brown powder that can be snorted, smoked or dissolved in water and injected. Crystal meth, characterized by its crystalline appearance, can be taken in a […]


The most serious long-term effect of opiate use is the likelihood of addiction, particularly when the drugs are taken for non-medical purposes. Tolerance to the drug builds rather quickly, as users will require higher amounts to achieve the same effect. Cravings for the drug are also common and when the drug is stopped uncomfortable withdrawal […]

Prescription Drugs

The truth is that when these drugs are taken for non-medical purposes, they can be addictive and highly dangerous. Unfortunately, there are a number of different types of prescription drugs that are commonly abused today. Prescription drugs that are commonly abused fall into the following categories: Central Nervous System Depressants – Valium, Xanax Opioids (painkillers) […]

OTC Drug Abuse

There are a number of OTC drugs that may be abused: Cold and Cough Medicines – The active ingredient dextromethorphan (DSM) is a substance that is commonly abused, particularly with the younger crowd. This ingredient is designed to minimize symptoms of a persistent cough. However, taken in higher amounts, DSM causes changes to sensory perceptions […]