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Inside Alaska Meth Opioid Epidemic

In the remote state, opioids have had a grip on the population — but meth is making a comeback The first time James Savage used meth it was to avoid shooting heroin. Back when he was 19, working as a baker in the remote town of Beluga, Alaska, Savage fell...

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What does it take to quit a meth addiction?

Addiction counsellor Diane Robinson says:  "The meth problem is huge, it's across every strata of society, every age group, it's readily available." It's only getting worse. Ms Robinson says it's the first drug that is starting to catch up with alcohol in...

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Quitting Heroin in the Sunshine State

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. — I live in Florida, where I have been in treatment for drug addiction for the last year, through periods of recovery and occasions of relapse. People have long traveled to Florida to get lost — to convalesce by the beach and get well,...

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An Overdose Left Him With Brain Damage. Now What?

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. — It was a Sunday afternoon, and in the cozy house at the end of the street, Andrew Foote sat in his usual chair while a movie played on the television. The young man’s hands rested on two pillows, wrists bent and fingers contracted...

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Letter: Addiction is complex and demanding

Job well done. The article “Treating the disease, not a character flaw” in The Roanoke Times  on August 5 by Luanne Rife was extremely informative and to the point. We, as a society, cannot close our eyes and turn our backs on this disease state and blame...

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Regulations, shortages keep addicts from getting treatment

RALEIGH — When addicts show up at emergency rooms, there’s a good chance they won’t find help. “I see individuals walk into the emergency department, saying, ‘I’m fed up, I’m done, I want to stop doing heroin. Can you help me?’” Dr. Stanley Koontz of New...

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Drug Resources

Marijuana Concentrates

WHAT ARE MARIJUANA CONCENTRATES? A marijuana concentrate is a highly potent THC concentrated mass that is most similar in appearance to either honey or butter, which is why it is referred to or known on the street as “honey oil” or “budder.” WHAT IS ITS...

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Marijuana/Cannabis

WHAT IS MARIJUANA? Marijuana is a mind-altering (psychoactive) drug, produced by the Cannabis sativa plant. Marijuana contains over 480 constituents. THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) is believed to be the main ingredient that produces the psychoactive...

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Psilocybin (Magic Mushrooms)

WHAT IS PSILOCYBIN? Psilocybin is a chemical obtained from certain types of fresh or dried mushrooms. WHAT IS ITS ORIGIN? Psilocybin mushrooms are found in Mexico, Central America, and the United States. What are common street names? Common street names...

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Peyote & Mescaline

WHAT ARE PEYOTE AND MESCALINE? Peyote is a small, spineless cactus. The active ingredient in peyote is the hallucinogen mescaline. WHAT IS ITS ORIGIN? From earliest recorded time, peyote has been used by natives in northern Mexico and the southwestern...

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LSD

WHAT IS LSD? LSD is a potent hallucinogen that has a high potential for abuse and currently has no accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. WHAT IS ITS ORIGIN? LSD is produced in clandestine laboratories in the United States. What are common...

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Ketamine

WHAT IS KETAMINE? Ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic that has some hallucinogenic effects. It distorts perceptions of sight and sound and makes the user feel disconnected and not in control. It is an injectable, short-acting anesthetic for use in humans...

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Ecstacy/MDMA

WHAT IS ECSTASY/MDMA? MDMA acts as both a stimulant and psychedelic, producing an energizing effect, distortions in time and perception, and enhanced enjoyment of tactile experiences. Adolescents and young adults use it to reduce inhibitions and to...

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Hallucinogens

WHAT ARE HALLUCINOGENS? Hallucinogens are found in plants and fungi or are synthetically produced and are among the oldest known group of drugs used for their ability to alter human perception and mood. WHAT IS THEIR ORIGIN? Hallucinogens can be...

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Rohypnol

WHAT IS ROHYPNOL? Rohypnol is a trade name for flunitrazepam, a central nervous system (CNS) depressant that belongs to a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines. Flunitrazepam is also marketed as generic preparations and other trade name products outside...

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GHB

WHAT IS GHB? Gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) is another name for the generic drug sodium oxybate. Xyrem (which is sodium oxybate) is the trade name of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved prescription medication. Analogues that are often...

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