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Top 5 Scariest Drugs on Earth

  It seems that over time the media reports one scary new drug over one scary addiction. Here is our take on the 5 scariest substances out there today. Illicit methamphetamine use has been increasing throughout America since the 1980’s. From production of the drug to its comedown, it devastates users and sometimes entire communities. The production of methamphetamine may be the drug’s scariest aspect. Using highly explosive chemicals, often in tight quarters, meth can be made in any home or trailer. There are countless stories where houses have exploded within residential neighborhoods. Once the drugs are synthesized via dangerous methods, the violent chain of distribution begins. Traffickers are often organized gangs with ferocious reputations. By purchasing methamphetamine one is directly supporting violent-criminal acts.  The methamphetamine user experiences intense mania, paranoia, … Read entire article »

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Crystal Meth Can Cause a Life-Threatening Form of Meningitis

Crystal meth brings a plethora of health problems to its regular users, including decreasing the ability of the immune system to fight off infections. Recent studies have suggested that when users inject crystal meth, the drug accumulates in certain parts of the body; namely the lungs. In a study that examined the relationship between injecting crystal meth and susceptibility to infection, researchers found that users are more likely to become seriously ill from a fungal infection that can cause life-threatening meningitis. Conducted by Long Island University-Post and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, this study used mice to view how immune systems fought off the fungus Cryptococcus neoformans in animals that had been injected with crystal meth versus a control group (Associated Press). Researchers proceeded to inject one group of mice with … Read entire article »

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The Staggering Methamphetamine Problem in North America

  Globally, the drug problem has caused concerns for authorities and communities for years. The 2013 World Drug Report, presented at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna, sheds light on the growing methamphetamine problem and specifically, its concentration in North America (2013 World Drug Report notes stability in use of traditional drugs and points to alarming rise in new psychoactive substance). While government seizures of methamphetamine have increased worldwide, 61% of all seizures were reported by North America; which points to an alarming and dangerous trend for our local societies: North America seems to have the highest consumption, production, and trafficking of crystal meth in the world (Kelley). As the World Drug Report reveals, government seizures of methamphetamine grew by 73% from 2010 to 2011, and the majority … Read entire article »

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Jesse James Admits Daughter Chandler went to Rehab for Substance Abuse

  Jesse James is addressing the buzz surrounding recently surfaced photographs that depict his 18-year-old daughter, Chandler, inhaling methamphetamine at a party. Chandler checked into a rehab center in April to battle her addiction to several substances; including meth. According to her dad, she is now actively sober, and participating in 12-step programs. Following her dad’s footsteps, I guess: James also revealed that he has been clean and sober for 13 years. The video and photographs that surfaced showed a wired Chandler either snorting or smoking the highly addictive, highly potent drug methamphetamine. Apparently, it was no secret in her Texas hometown that the 18-year-old liked to party hard and get high; going so far as to huff keyboard cleaner to get a high. Thankfully, the teenage daughter of biker icon Jesse … Read entire article »

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Ibudilast: The Cure for Meth and Opiate Addiction?

Ibudilast: The Cure for Meth and Opiate Addiction?

  Methamphetamine and opiate addiction are some of the most difficult addictions to kick. Meth relapse rates are enormous, and medical treatments for opiate addiction involve substituting one opioid for another, thereby only switching the addiction rather than treating it. There seems to be a potential light at the end of the tunnel, as a drug called Ibudilast has just passed the preliminary safety test in a move towards treating meth addiction in a new way: by … Read entire article »

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Crystal Meth Causes Permanent Brain Damage

Crystal Meth Causes Permanent Brain Damage

  Past methamphetamine use certainly takes away the ability for one to experience pleasure in early sobriety, but is the damage permanent? The highs of meth are very high; however, the lows of coming down from the drug are arguably the lowest of lows. Many addicts wonder if they are doomed to depression forever if they quit the habit. The unfortunate reality is that those addicted to crystal meth must work extra hard to be “happy” without … Read entire article »

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Profile of a Meth User

Profile of a Meth User

  You may think that you have a general idea of what a typical meth user looks like. Many have the impression that they have peered into the world of meth addiction through the popular television program “Breaking Bad.” Although there are many factual aspects used in the production of the series, there are also many stereotypes that depict a fallacious portrayal of the particular drug culture. I believe there are many facts that would surprise … Read entire article »

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The Crystal Meth Epidemic

The Crystal Meth Epidemic

  In 2009, crystal meth re-surged as a major problem for the U.S.. Homegrown meth labs—and their disastrous consequences—multiplied across the nation as Mexican cartels got their stronghold in the Southwest. Crystal meth users, while varying in age and demographics, tend to be young and engage in high risk—even criminal—behavior, which is associated with this drug. Crystal meth causes serious health complications and is a public health concern, from the erratic behaviors seen while under the influence of methamphetamine … Read entire article »

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Faces of Addiction

Faces of Addiction

  Addiction can happen to anyone, regardless of social position, age, race, job, or any other boundary that is put up. But behind every addict is a story, a struggle. The devastating physical, emotional, and spiritual effects have taken their toll or are in the process of doing so, and there lies a fork in the road. At the end of the day, every addict’s story comes to the same basic choices: continue on the road … Read entire article »

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Top Five Athletes Whose Careers Were Ruined By Drugs

Top Five Athletes Whose Careers Were Ruined By Drugs

Josh Hamilton, Baseball The first overall draft pick in 1999 by the then Tampa Bay Devil Rays, who promptly signed him to a then-record $3.96 million signing bonus.  At the beginning of the 2001 season his career began falling to ruins right in front of his eyes due to drugs and injuries.  During the 2001 and 2002 seasons he played only a total of 83 games.  At the start of the 2003 season, Hamilton took six … Read entire article »

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