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Crack vs Meth

What is the Difference Between Crack and Meth? Crack cocaine and methamphetamine (meth) are both stimulants that affect the central nervous system. These drugs work by increasing the number of neurotransmitters (chemical messengers) in the brain.  However, while both illicit (illegal) substances share similarities, differences do exist.  For example, the high produced by smoking crack […]
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How Long Does Oxycontin Stay in Your System?

What is Oxycontin? Oxycontin, also known as oxycodone, is a prescription opioid medication. It is used to manage ongoing, severe pain.  When used properly, the drug is effective. But there is a high risk for addiction. This is partly due to its long-term use for pain. Using the drug for any reason not based on […]
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How Long Does Molly Stay in Your System?

What is Molly (MDMA)? Molly, MDMA, Ecstasy, or X, all nicknames for 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, is a mood- and perception-altering synthetic illicit drug.  Molly is chemically similar to hallucinogenic and stimulant drugs. All of these drugs produce an energy boost and feelings of pleasure and distorted perception. Molly is best known as a “rave” or “club” drug. […]
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How Long Does Methadone Stay in Your System?

What is Methadone? Methadone is most known for its use in treating opioid addiction. Methadone is an opioid, but it lacks many of the risks associated with other opioids. It’s a synthetic drug that impacts the body in much the same way as codeine, fentanyl, oxycodone, and hydrocodone, but is less potent. Methadone also remains […]
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How Long Does Norco Stay in Your System?

What is Norco (Hydrocodone/Acetaminophen)? Hydrocodone/acetaminophen combination is also known as Norco, Vicodin, Lortab, Elixir, and Lorcet. It is a drug combination of two pain relief medications: hydrocodone (Vicodin) and acetaminophen (Tylenol).  Like Percocet, a narcotic analgesic, Norco contains acetaminophen, which is the non-narcotic constituent of the drug. Oxycodone is the opioid found in Percocet, while […]
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How Meth Affects Your Throat and Mouth

What is Methamphetamine (Meth)? Methamphetamine, also called crystal meth or meth, is an addictive drug that is snorted, smoked, or injected. It’s a white, odorless crystal-like powder that has a bitter taste. In extremely rare cases, doctors prescribed low doses of meth or Desoxyn to treat ADHD. Meth produces a euphoric high which varies in […]
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Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome

What is Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome (SSD)? Sudden sniffing death syndrome (SSD) occurs from inhalant use, leading to cardiac arrest or heart failure. This can happen the first time a person tries inhalants or any time after that. Young people are the most common users of inhalants and are therefore the most at risk of […]
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Most Addictive Drugs in the World

What Makes a Drug Addictive? Most drugs affect the brain’s reward system, causing euphoria and flooding the brain with the neurotransmitter dopamine. Increased dopamine levels cause the reinforcement of pleasurable but unhealthy behaviors like taking drugs, which leads people to continue the behavior. Why Do People Get Addicted to Drugs? As a person uses drugs, […]
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How to Tell if Someone Is High

If you do not know what to look out for, it can be challenging to determine if someone is high on drugs. However, when you learn the signs of drug use, it can be easier to identify when they are under the influence. Different drugs lead to various symptoms of use in individuals. Here are […]
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Intravenous Drug Use

What is Intravenous Drug Use (IV Drug Use)? Intravenous (IV) drug use and substance use typically refers to illicit drug use via injections. However, prescription medications may also be delivered this way.  IV drugs are injected directly into the bloodstream with a sterile syringe and hypodermic needle through veins. This is different from intramuscular injections, […]
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