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Local Chef in Recovery Serves Up Message of Hope

Greg Shaffer of Washington Courthouse said his road to addiction began in his early 20s when he enrolled in culinary school and began working in restaurants. He’d been married, become a father and gotten divorced by the age of 22, so he was ready to party...

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Addressing Addiction

Teachers across the Rio Grande Valley are preparing their classrooms to receive students for the new school year. But as the excitement builds, experts warn that also means the availability of illegal drugs. Mendoza has seen that drug abuse amongst kids...

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Drug Resources

Benzodiazepines

WHAT ARE BENZODIAZEPINES? Benzodiazepines are depressants that produce sedation and hypnosis, relieve anxiety and muscle spasms, and reduce seizures. WHAT IS THEIR ORIGIN? Benzodiazepines are only legally available through prescription. Many users maintain...

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Barbiturates

WHAT ARE BARBITURATES? Barbiturates are depressants that produce a wide spectrum of central nervous system depression from mild sedation to coma. They also have been used as sedatives, hypnotics, anesthetics, and anticonvulsants. Barbiturates are...

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Depressants

WHAT ARE DEPRESSANTS? Depressants will put you to sleep, relieve anxiety and muscle spasms, and prevent seizures. Barbiturates are older drugs and include butalbital (Fiorina), phenobarbital, Pentothal, Seconal, and Nembutal. A person can rapidly develop...

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Methamphetamine

WHAT IS METHAMPHETAMINE? Methamphetamine (meth) is a stimulant. The FDAapproved brand-name medication is Desoxyn. WHAT IS ITS ORIGIN? Mexican drug trafficking organizations have become the primary manufacturers and distributors of methamphetamine to cities throughout...

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Khat

WHAT IS KHAT? Khat is a flowering evergreen shrub that is abused for its stimulant-like effect. Khat has two active ingredients, cathine and cathinone. WHAT IS ITS ORIGIN? Khat is native to East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, where the use of it is an...

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Cocaine Drug Information

Cocaine WHAT IS COCAINE? Cocaine is an intense, euphoria-producing stimulant drug with strong addictive potential. WHAT IS ITS ORIGIN? Cocaine is derived from coca leaves grown in Bolivia, Peru, and Colombia. The cocaine manufacturing process takes place...

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Amphetamine Drug Information

Amphetamines WHAT ARE AMPHETAMINES? Amphetamines are stimulants that speed up the body’s system. Many are legally prescribed and used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). WHAT IS THEIR ORIGIN? Amphetamine was first marketed in the...

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V. Stimulant Drug Information

V. Stimulants WHAT ARE STIMULANTS? • Stimulants speed up the body’s systems. This class of drugs includes: • Prescription drugs such as amphetamines [Adderall and dexedrine], methylphenidate [Concerta and Ritalin], diet aids [such as didrex, Bontril,...

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Oxycodone Drug Information

Oxycodone WHAT IS OXYCODONE? Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic narcotic analgesic and historically has been a popular drug of abuse among the narcotic abusing population. WHAT IS ITS ORIGIN? Oxycodone is synthesized from thebaine, a constituent of the poppy...

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Opium Drug Information

Opium WHAT IS OPIUM? Opium is a highly addictive non-synthetic narcotic that is extracted from the poppy plant, Papaver somniferum. The opium poppy is the key source for many narcotics, including morphine, codeine, and heroin. WHAT IS ITS ORIGIN? The poppy...

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