Category Archives: Drug Abuse

It is important to understand drug abuse and addiction in order to prevent addiction relapse and raise awareness. Learn about the various drug types, substance abuse, recovery and more.

  • Arizona Prescription Drug and Heroin Addiction: Treating the Opioid Epidemic in 2018
    August 16, 2018
    With Arizona’s signing of the Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act, came some new statistics and insights into just how prescription opioid abuse and addiction has affected Arizona. 812 Arizonans died of a suspected opioid overdose in just 6 months (between June 2017 and January 2018). 5,202 Arizonans suffered a suspected...
  • New Mexico Substance Abuse, Addiction Statistics and Addiction Treatment Options
    August 12, 2018
    As substance abuse trends change across the country, so do the substance abuse and addiction trends in the state of New Mexico. Drug abuse and alcoholism rates in New Mexico been higher than the National average for at least the past 35 years. However, with the nationwide rise in...
  • Opioid and Benzodiazepine Abuse: Two Dangerous Drugs are Often Mixed
    July 18, 2018
    Both opioids and benzodiazepines are dangerous drugs in themselves, but a deadly cocktail is mixed when these two drugs are taken together. Even though the dangers of combining these two drugs are extreme, most recreational users do not understand just how dangerous it can be to take both drugs...
  • Crystal Meth Long Term Health Effects: Dangerous Chemicals Found in Methamphetamine
    June 21, 2018
    Crystal methamphetamine is one of the most destructive illicit drugs in the country, with a very high potential for dependency and addiction. Unlike cocaine, heroin, and marijuana, methamphetamine is not a naturally occurring substance. The first step in overcoming any addiction is understanding it, so it’s vital to understand...
  • Everything You Should Know About Fentanyl
    June 15, 2018
    The opiate epidemic continues to rage across America. One of the main contributors to this problem is fentanyl. Unlike heroin, fentanyl may not be widely known to the public, but it is one of the most dangerous drugs to go from the pharmacy to the streets due to its...
  • Addiction and Suicide Rates Soaring in Arizona Cities
    April 10, 2018
    Drug addiction and mental health problems go hand in hand like the circle of love and marriage. We use drugs to numb pain, physical or emotional, real or imagined, and because we have mental health problems. And we sometimes have mental health problems because we use too many drugs....
  • Heroin Overdoses and Deaths an Ongoing Emergency in Virginia
    January 8, 2018
    Most Americans are aware of the ongoing problems in the country related to prescription opioid abuse, opioid addiction and overdose deaths. While prescription opioids represent the majority of accidental drug overdose deaths in the country, heroin is a close second. Many people who develop an addiction to prescription opioid...
  • Does My College-Aged Son Need Rehab?
    December 4, 2017
    When you help your son pack his things and send him off to college and life on his own, it can seem pretty straightforward at first. He’s a man now. Your job as a parent is over. The responsibility for his future rests in his hands. But when you...
  • Meth and Heroin Are Growing Problems in Prescott and Across Arizona
    December 14, 2016
    The Drug Problems in Arizona Drug overdoses are killing Americans at an alarming rate. From 2000 to 2014, there were almost half a million deaths across the country. The rates have been climbing steadily since the 1990s, but 2014 showed a sharp upwards spike, increasing 14 percent in 12...
  • How Illicit Drug Use Contributes to Heart Disease
    November 11, 2016
    Many illegal drugs have negative cardiovascular effects, ranging from simple abnormal heart rates to full-on heart attacks. Using such substances leads to other related problems as well, particularly when injecting. Collapsed veins and infections in blood vessels and the heart are unfortunately common. In fact, they may put users...