Drug and Alcohol Rehab Blog 2018-03-02T22:22:38+00:00
1004, 2018

The Surge of Prescription Drug Abuse in Florida

April 10th, 2018|Tags: , |

The Surge of Prescription Drug Abuse in Florida Prescription Drug Abuse in Florida is an ongoing problem. Drug use throughout the state of Florida is a wide spread problem, but the majority of the problem stems from prescription pill abuse. According to an article published in the Sun Sentinel, “Prescription drugs killed more people in Florida last year than heroin and cocaine combined, according to the latest state figures". Prescription drug abuse is a large contributor to annual deaths throughout Florida, and in numerous other states. In the past illicit drugs such as cocaine, and heroin were the culprit, but now drugs prescribed by doctors are being abused and leading to thousands of deaths annually. In fact, “ Prescription drugs accounted for 61 percent of all the narcotics found in drug-related deaths last year when alcohol was excluded, according to the report”( Sun Sentinel, 2017). What are Prescription Drugs? [...]

2803, 2018

Is the Funding Budget Enough to put an End to the Opioid Epidemic?

March 28th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

Is the Funding Budget Enough to put an End to the Opioid Epidemic? Opioid use and abuse has long been a problem in the united states. However, the problem has become a major crisis that has called for additional funding. Published earlier today by SFGATE, “The federal government will spend a record $4.6 billion this year to fight the nation’s deepening opioid crisis, which killed 42,000 Americans in 2016”. Regardless of the increased budget, it may not be enough. SFGATE goes on to mention the fact that, “By comparison, the Kaiser Family Foundation found the U.S. is spending more than $7 billion annually on discretionary domestic funding on AIDS, an epidemic with a death toll that peaked in 1995 at 43,000”. The Aids epidemic is receiving more twice as much funding as the opioid epidemic with the peak occurring in 1995. The persistent and current problem with opioid abuse [...]

1803, 2018

What is a Lean Drink? Purple Drank Dangers

March 18th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

What is a Lean Drink? Purple Drank Dangers A Lean Drink is a mixture of codeine cough syrup with a soda. The mixture of Codeine cough syrup, Promethazine, and sodas come in various forms, and go by different names. There are numerous slang terms for a lean drink which include, purple drank, Sizzurp, Syrup, Drank, barre, purple jelly, Texas tea, Dirty Sprite, and Tsikuni. Regardless of the mixture it produces the same effects. Which are similar to using other opioids such as prescription medications, and heroin. Where did Lean Drink Originate? According to Elite Daily, “For well over a decade now, the influence of prescription cough syrup has been a highly glamorized and extremely dangerous part of hip-hop”. The lean drink began as a form of getting high with the trend of southern hip hop, and is still a prominent part of hip hop culture. “ Rappers like UGK, [...]

1003, 2018

Huffing Household Products? Are you Addicted to Inhalants?

March 10th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

Huffing Household Products? Are you Addicted to Inhalants? The brain damage caused by using inhalants is irreversible. According to Drugfreeworld.org, “ More than 22.9 million Americans have experimented with inhalants at some point in their lives”. A significant portion of people have used inhalants at some point in their life. People are more focused on the opioid epidemic and other categories of drugs. Regardless of weather they are ignored, they are highly addictive, and can lead to serious impairments. What are Inhalants? According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, “Inhalants are volatile substances that produce chemical vapors that can be inhaled to induce a psychoactive, or mind-altering, effect. Inhalants come in many different forms, and can even be regular household items. These include volatile solvents, aerosols, gases, and nitrates. These can be found in hair spray, deodorant, air fresheners, paint, cleaning solutions, paint thinners, degreasers, gasoline, glue, nitrous [...]

803, 2018

Devastating Effects of the Heroin Epidemic. Who is Affected?

March 8th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

Devastating Effects of the Heroin Epidemic. Who is Affected? According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), “In 2012 about 669,000 Americans reported using heroin in the past year, a number that has been on the rise since 2007”. Heroin use is on the rise and it is affecting millions of people through dealing with a family member who is an addict, society, overdoses, and deaths. When it comes to addiction everyone suffers. What is Heroin? According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, “Heroin is an opioid drug made from morphine, a natural substance taken from the seed pod of the various opium poppy plants grown in Southeast and Southwest Asia, Mexico, and Colombia. Heroin can be a white or brown powder, or a black sticky substance known as black tar heroin. Other common names for heroin include big H, horse, hell dust, and smack.” [...]

2402, 2018

The Benefits of Professional Detox. Is Professional Detox Right for you?

February 24th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

The Benefits of Professional Detox. Is Professional Detox Right for you? Overtime Drug and Alcohol use wreck havoc on your body. Then when the addict has had enough, and decides they want to quit, quitting cold turkey is nearly impossible. For that reason, a professional detox facility can be of tremendous help to someone trying to recover from addiction. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, “21.5 million American adults (aged 12 and older) battled a substance use disorder in 2014”. For the majority of those who have failed to seek professional care remain on a substance until the time that they do. The NSDUH goes on to state that, “There are an estimated 23.1 million people that are currently in need of intense treatment, such as counseling and detox programs, while only 2.6 million are receiving help. What is Professional Detox? When deciding on long-term [...]

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