Could Maine Be First State to House Supervised Injection Sites?

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Officials in Maine held a public hearing on April 1st of this year for a bill proposing the creation of two supervised injection sites. The bill launched speculation into whether Maine will be the first state to house supervised injection sites. Supervised injection sites are places where recreational and illegal drugs can be used under supervision. These sites would have … Read More

Brazil to Allow Drug Users to Be Committed Involuntarily

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In May 2019, lawmakers in Brazil passed legislation forcing rehab for people who use drugs. The move to require rehabilitation at private or religious treatment centers is part of broader legislation aimed at curbing drug trafficking and drug use in the country.  The policy changes include harsher penalties for traffickers, which raises the maximum penalty from five to eight years … Read More

What are the Long-Term Effects of Adderall Use?

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Adderall is a prescription drug used primarily for the treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Adderall is a combination of active ingredients, which are dextroamphetamine and amphetamine. This medication is classified as a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant. There are potential long-term effects of Adderall to be aware of, and the risk of these effects and their severity tends to increase … Read More

How Long Does Heroin Stay in Your System?

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With a half-life of approximately three minutes, heroin can leave the system in about a half hour. However, the chemicals it breaks down to can be detected for months in some cases. After using heroin, it typically takes four to six hours before the substance will be registered by most drug tests. From the time of usage, it will be … Read More

Lessons to Learn From 2019 Drug Trends in Florida

Drug trends in Florida appear to be similar to those seen in other states. There are several state agencies and task forces that not only collect data about substance misuse in the Sunshine State but also make policy recommendations to lawmakers to expand treatment resources and stem the flow of illicit substances. According to several recent reports, there are several … Read More

National Prescription Take Back Day 2019

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day occurs twice a year and is a day that is designated for people to drop off and dispose of prescription drugs that are expired or are not needed any longer. The next National Take Back Day will be held on April 27, 2019 between 10:00am and 02:00pm. This is the 17th National Take Back Day. … Read More

Overdoses Rise as Benzodiazepine Prescriptions Increase

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Benzodiazepines are psychoactive drugs that can treat anxiety and insomnia. Benzodiazepines are among the most widely prescribed medications, especially among older adults, in the United States. These medications are intended to be short-term treatments because there are risks associated with long-term benzodiazepine use, including addiction and dependence. Benzodiazepines work by increasing the effects of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) which is a … Read More

How Long Does Coke Stay In Your System?

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Cocaine — informally known as “coke” — is a potent stimulant drug, derived from the coca leaves of a plant native to South America. Cocaine is an addictive drug that’s illegal in the United States. When someone uses cocaine, the effects of the drug occur almost instantly. In small amounts, cocaine can lead to euphoria, increased energy and better mental … Read More

Temazepam Overdose

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Temazepam is a prescription medication used to treat insomnia. It is usually used for short-term treatment, between seven and 10 days. Temazepam is part of the benzodiazepine drug class. Benzodiazepines have sedative effects on the central nervous system. The benzodiazepine drug class treats conditions like anxiety, seizures, insomnia and muscle spasms. Benzodiazepines can be addicting so it is important to … Read More

The Restoril Pill: Addiction and Dependence

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Restoril is a brand-name, benzodiazepine prescription sleep aid. The generic name for Restoril is temazepam. Restoril is meant to be a short-term insomnia treatment for people who have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. When someone takes Restoril, it works by increasing the effects of a natural neurotransmitter called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which is an inhibitory neurotransmitter responsible for calming … Read More