by CBS
October 3, 2019

A new report from the Mayo Clinic finds that whatever these e-cigarette users inhaled burned their lungs with chemicals as toxic as an industrial accident.

by Beth Mole
July 17, 2019

Between 2006 and 2012, opioid drug makers and distributors flooded the country with 76 billion pills of oxycodone and hydrocodone - highly addictive opioid pain medications that sparked the epidemic of abuse and overdoses that killed nearly 100,000 people in that time period.

by Drug-free World

The best way to convey the truth about drugs is through the words of those who have “been there.” By telling their stories, they can pass on what they have learned so others avoid going down the same path.

by Drug-free World

Some consider kratom just as dangerous as heroin and meth. But what is it?

by notodrugs

Vaping - the inhaling of aerosol through devices- is intended to solve old problems, but is creating new ones. The aerosol contains fine particles with varying amounts of toxic chemicals.

by drugabuse.com

Fifty times stronger than heroin, the synthetic opioid fentanyl is flooding the drug market – and heightening the danger of overdose. In search of cheaper mixes and stronger highs, dealers now lace heroin and cocaine with this potent drug.

by drugfreeworld.org

Heroin is highly addictive and withdrawal extremely painful. The drug quickly breaks down the immune system, finally leaving one sickly, extremely thin and bony, and, ultimately, dead.

by drugfreeworld.org

Crystal meth is used by individuals of all ages, but is most commonly used as a “club drug,” taken while partying in night clubs or at rave parties. Its most common street names are ice or glass. It is a dangerous and potent chemical and, as with all drugs, a poison that first acts as a stimulant but then begins to systematically destroy the body.

by drugfreeworld.org

Mixed with alcohol, Ecstasy is extremelydangerous and can, in fact, be deadly. So widespread has been the harm of this “designer
drug,” that emergency room incidents have skyrocketed more than 1,200% since Ecstasy became the “club drug” of choice at all-night
“rave” parties and dance clubs.

by James de Villiers
September 18, 2018

The Constitutional Court of South Africa, the country’s highest court, on Tuesday morning ruled that the personal use of cannabis is not a criminal offence.

by Know The Risks

E-cigarette use poses a significant – and avoidable – health risk to young people in the United States. Besides increasing the possibility of addiction and long-term harm to brain development and respiratory health, e-cigarette use is associated with the use of other tobacco products that can do even more damage to the body.

by Calvin College

Although viewing pornography is often dismissed as a rite of passage into adulthood, Michael Leahy,author of Porn Nation and Porn University, hears a different message from thousands of college students. Many are not prepared for the guilt, altered perspective, and addiction that often follow in pornography's wake. Leahy describes the destruction from first-hand experience, and suggests ways to begin rebuilding.

by wikiHow

Computer addiction has been described as being just as powerful as a drug addiction and your child’s excessive computer usage could lead to more serious problems down the road. Help your child overcome their own computer addiction by placing limits on their computer use, talking to them, and helping them find alternative activities.

by Dr. Brent Conrad

No one will display all of these signs of video game addiction. But obviously, a greater number of signs, more frequent occurrences, and more intense presentations would be more indicative of problematic video game habits.

by Linda Nathan
November 10, 2017

What do we know about marijuana? Is it good for our health? Or can it be harmful and even lead to psychosis? But, most important, how does the Bible deal with it?

by Stephen Arterburn and Jim Burns

Alcohol is a dangerous drug even though our society mistakenly views it as separate from other drugs. Some parents are actually relieved to discover their kids are “only” drinking and not smoking pot or swallowing pills. But alcohol is a drug and a depressant, and it causes more deaths among young people than any other drug.

by Phumulo Masualle
July 30, 2017

The link between substance abuse and violence cannot be underestimated. Police Minister Fikile Mbalula reported recently that children who abuse drugs were being used to fuel tensions and carry out violence in volatile communities.

by Blvd Treatment Centers

Fentanyl is regarded as the most powerful opiate available for medical use, with a strength that is 50 to 100 times that of morphine.

by drugfreeworld.org

Inhalants” refers to the vapors from toxic substances which are inhaled to reach a quick high. Of more than 1,000 household and other common products that could be abused as inhalants, most often used are shoe polish, glue, toluene, gasoline, lighter fluid etc.

by drugfreeworld.org

Drinking is more harmful to teens than adults because their brains are still developing throughout adolescence and well into young adulthood. Drinking during this critical growth period can lead to lifelong damage in brain function, particularly as it relates to memory, motor skills and coordination.

by drugfreeworld.org

Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal  drug in the world. A survey conducted in 2015 found that 30 million individuals in the US alone had smoked marijuana at least once during the previous month.

by Dr. Sanjay Gupta
June 2, 2016

There is no other medication routinely used for a nonfatal condition that kills patients so frequently. The majority of those deaths result from prescription opioid medications, such as hydrocodone, OxyContin and Percocet.It is so common that specialists even have a profile for the most typical victim: non-Hispanic Caucasian male, mid 30s. Initial diagnosis: back  pain due to trauma, surgery or degenerative arthritis.

by Drugfreeworld

The chemicals used in designer drugs are not known and have dangerous toxic effects.  It can cause violent behavior, heart attacks, strokes and death.

by NIDA for teens
Updated June 24, 2016

Prescription drug abuse is when someone takes a medication that was prescribed for someone else or takes their own prescription in a way not intended by a doctor or for a different reason - like to get high. It has become a big health issue because of the dangers, particularly the danger of abusing prescription pain medications. For teens, it is a growing problem.

by Acadiana Addiction Center

Codeine is a short-acting narcotic prescribed by physicians most often used for the treatment of pain relief. Codeine can be highly addictive and provides the user with an overall sense of calm and feelings of pleasure.

by National Institute on Drug Abuse; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
May, 2014

Some over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription cough and cold medicines contain active ingredients that are psychoactive (mind-altering) at higher-than-recommended dosages and are frequently abused for this purpose. These products may also contain other drugs, such as expectorants and antihistamines, which are dangerous at high doses and compound the dangers of abuse.

by Rick Thomas

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders describes a range of disorders caused by the toxic effects of alcohol on the developing fetus. At the severe end of that spectrum it is a condition characterised by stunted growth, abnormal facial features and permanent brain damage that results in impaired intellectual function alongside a range of other neurological, psychological, social and behavioural disorders.

By Patrick Flynn
March 5, 2014

On Thursday, February 27th, The Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy and the Salve Regina student film club screened the 2012 documentary “American Addict.”  The film presented shocking statistics about the overuse of prescription pills and examined the corrupt system that has produced this dangerous situation. America represents 5% of the world’s population but consumes 50% of the world’s prescription pills and the makers of the documentary had a clear mission to explain that this is no accident.

by College Binge Drinking

In the U.S., laws in all local and state jurisdictions set a blood-alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent as the legal threshold for intoxication. However, in May 2013, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced its intent to pursue a lower intoxication threshold BAC of 0.05 percent. In a study review published in June 2014 in the journal Addiction, researchers from the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation assessed the risks of operating a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol content of 0.05 percent and sought to determine if the use of this BAC as the legal standard for intoxication would reduce the general public’s exposure to alcohol-related harm.

by College Binge Drinking

Alcohol consumers make up fully 80 percent of the college and university population in the U.S., according to figures compiled by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. In addition to drinking alcohol relatively frequently, college students often drink alcohol excessively; current estimates indicate that more than 50 percent of all college drinkers at least occasionally consume enough alcohol in one short drinking session to reach a state of legally defined intoxication. In addition to suicide, personal and social problems linked in one way or another to college drinking include physical assaults, sexual assaults, accidental injuries and deaths, homicides, significant short- or long-term health problems and a reduced ability to meet any given college or university’s academic standards.

by news.com.au
November 9, 2014

The dark web poses new and formidable challenges for law enforcement agencies around the world that have been dealing for decades with more conventional international drug trafficking. The reach and anonymity of these 21st century internet operations is difficult to penetrate. Silk Road and copycats on the TOR network are not readily visible through popular internet search sites. The buyers and sellers don’t exchange cash, dealing instead in often untraceable digital currencies, usually Bitcoin. So there are no banking records for investigators to subpoena.


by U.S. Attorney’s Office
February 05, 2015

ULBRICHT created Silk Road in approximately January 2011, and owned and operated the underground website until it was shut down by law enforcement authorities in October 2013. Silk Road emerged as the most sophisticated and extensive criminal marketplace on the Internet, serving as a sprawling black-market bazaar where unlawful goods and services, including illegal drugs of virtually all varieties, were bought and sold regularly by the site’s users.

by Clinton Foundation
January 12, 2014

In the last 20 years, the consumption of prescription stimulants increased from 5 million to 45 million. This epidemic has been particularly widespread on college campuses. The use of stimulants like Ritalin or Adderall increased by 93 percent. As finals week approaches, students will be looking to get whatever help they can to pass their classes, even if this help won’t really benefit them in the long run.

by  Selwyn Duke
October 11, 2014

Opponents of marijuana legalization hope this study review will put the brakes on burgeoning efforts to legalize the drug. Professor Hall asserts that marijuana as a safe drug is a dangerous misconception. Mark Winstanley of the charity Rethink Mental Illness, who opined, “Too often cannabis is wrongly seen as a safe drug, but as this review shows, there is a clear link with psychosis and schizophrenia, especially for teenagers.” He says that smoking marijuana amounts to playing “Russian roulette with your mental health.”

by A Forever Recovery

One of the biggest health related problems in the United States is drug and alcohol addiction. Unfortunately, when it comes to addiction, it does not just affect the individual that is addicted; a person’s entire family becomes affected when dealing with a drug or alcohol dependence. Dependence on drugs or alcohol wreaks havoc on the whole family. It is important to note, however, that long term recovery is possible. With time and the proper medical help, children and families of addicts can heal and put their lives back together. 

by Drug-free World

It seems so simple at first. A student gets a little behind in his studies. An exam comes up and he needs to prepare. He’ll have to stay up late to have even a chance of making the grade. Coffee gives him the jitters, but many of his friends use these pills to give the extra energy they need. Why not? A couple of bucks; one pill; an entire night of study; a feeling of “focus.” That may be where it starts, but it is very often not where it ends

by Drug-free World

Crack, the most potent form in which cocaine appears, is also the riskiest. Because of cocaine’s high cost, it has long been considered a “rich man’s drug.” Crack, on the other hand, is sold at prices so low that even teens can afford to buy it—at first. The truth is that once a person is addicted, the expense skyrockets in direct ratio to the increasing amount needed to support the habit.

by Addiction and Recovery.org
February 17, 2014

Relapse is a process, it's not an event. In order to understand relapse prevention you have to understand the stages of relapse. Relapse starts weeks or even months before the event of physical relapse. In this page you will learn how to use specific relapse prevention techniques for each stage of relapse.

by Addictions and Recovery.org
August 26, 2014

Opiates produce a sense of wellbeing or euphoria that can be addictive to some people. Opiates are legitimately used for treating pain. When used for pain relief, many people develop tolerance, meaning they need more and more to get the same effect. Some people go on to develop an addiction to opiates.

by Addictions and Recovery.org
February 17, 2014

Post-acute withdrawal occurs because your brain chemistry is gradually returning to normal. As your brain improves the levels of your brain chemicals fluctuate as they approach the new equilibrium causing post-acute withdrawal symptoms.

by Addictions and Recovery.org
February 17, 2014

It's easy to become dependant on tranquilizers. People sometimes become dependent on tranquilizers inadvertently. You can become dependent on them if you take tranquilizers for more than a few months. For example, if you followed your doctor's orders and never abused your prescription, you could still experience significant withdrawal symptoms if you stop them suddenly.

by Addictions and Recovery.org
February 17, 2014

No drug takes you down faster or harder than crack. There are two forms of cocaine, the powdered form that you snort, and crack that you smoke.

by News24
11 April 2014

Nyaope is now officially an illegal drug. But what is it and what are the effects on users?

by Christian Nordqvist
24 April 2013

An alcoholic is a man or a woman who suffers from alcoholism - they have a distinct physical desire to consume alcohol beyond their capacity to control it, regardless of all rules of common sense.

by John Lanagan
February 4th, 2014

Christians in Alcoholics Anonymous are standing in agreement with a belief system that lifts up strange gods. In Alcoholics Anonymous, all gods are considered equal and are called “the higher power,” thus relegating Christ our King to commonality as if He were simply one nameless deity among many.

 by Voice-Out

Cannabis or dagga, as it’s known in South Africa, is synthesised from the leaves and flowering tops of a plant known as Cannabis sativa. It contains simulative, depressant and hallucinogenic properties.  Cannabis is the drug for which most substance abuse treatment is demanded in Africa and globally remains the most widely-used illicit drug. Dagga is the second most commonly abused substance in South Africa, after alcohol.

by Voice-Out

 ‘....The crimes you'll commit for my narcotic charms, will be worth the pleasure you'll feel in your arms (your lungs, and your nose). You'll lie to your mother; you'll steal from your dad. When you see their tears, you should feel sad. But you'll forget your morals and how you were raised. I'll be your conscience; I'll teach you my ways. I take kids from parents, and parents from kids. I turn people from God, and separate friends. I'll take everything from you, your looks and your pride; I'll be with you always − right by your side. You'll give up everything − your family, your home, your friends, your money, then you'll be alone. I'll take and take, till you have nothing more to give. When I'm finished with you, you'll be lucky to live. If you try me be warned − this is no game. If given the chance, I'll drive you insane. I'll ravish your body, I'll control your mind, I'll own you completely; your soul will be mine....’ ‘My Name Is TIK’ (Poem written by a Tik addict)

by Voice-Out

Heroin users in Europe have been known to turn to Krokodil – the ‘poor man’s heroin’, but generally people don’t last long on it. It’s estimated they will die within two years of the addiction beginning.

by Kevin P Daly, MD

People abuse substances such as drugs, alcohol, and tobacco for varied and complicated reasons, but it is clear that our society pays a significant cost.

by Anthony

Overdoses of drugs or chemicals can be either accidental or intentional. Drug overdoses occur when a person takes more than the medically recommended dose. However, some people may be more sensitive to certain medications so that the high end of the therapeutic range of a drug may be toxic for them.

by Douglas C Finefrock

A wave of new drugs has become increasingly popular with today’s adolescents and young adults. These drugs are commonly known as club drugs, a term originating from the rave phenomenon. Raves are all-night dance parties with loud, pounding music and flashing lights stimulating vigorous dancing.

by David E. Pratte

All of these drugs are illegal without a doctor's prescription. Most cannot be obtained even with a prescription.

by www.southafrica.info                 

by Melinda Smith and Joanna Saisan

 Are you struggling with a drug problem that’s spiraled out of control? If so, you may feel isolated, helpless, or ashamed. Or perhaps you’re worried about a friend or family member’s drug use. In either case, you’re not alone. Addiction is a problem that many people face.