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While each generation of recreational drug users feels they invented the behavior, the substances they’re ingesting are rarely new. In fact, the use of hallucinogens dates back at least 2,500 years. On islands in the Lesser Antilles, archaeologists have discovered ancient bowls used for huffing hallucinogens. Other cultures also have long histories of using mind-altering […]

Recent news of a brutal attack in Miami that has been attributed to the use of bath salts has many showing new interest in these dangerous synthetic drugs. A naked Florida man with only a minor arrest record was reportedly found chewing on the face of an elderly homeless man. When police arrived, he growled […]

Chances are you’ve taken acetaminophen in the past year. After all, it’s a common medication found in a host of popular over-the-counter products, including cold and flu medications. While these seem harmless (they’re available over the counter, after all!), acetaminophen overdose is currently the leading cause of liver failure in the US. The problem isn’t […]

If you develop an after-hours toothache and head to the emergency room in search of relief, you may have a hard sell on your hands. What’s the problem? ER docs are being inundated with fake patients complaining of tooth pain in hopes of scoring some prescription narcotics to feed their drug habit. This growing trend […]

Drugs are dangerous enough when we know exactly what’s in them, but what if the pills you’re buying aren’t what you think they are? Because they are not regulated, street drugs don’t come with a guarantee. Those manufacturing them have plenty of incentive to cut their expensive illegal substances with cheaper ingredients—despite the health risks […]

This tragedy reminds parents and teens that the manufactured version has all the risks of the natural version of pot – maybe even more. To many teens, pot seems harmless. Smoking a little marijuana is almost a right of passage. But drugs are dangerous in any form, as the recent death of a 13-year-old reminds […]

International authorities bust an international drug ring, reminding us that this dangerous problem is widespread and continuing to grow. While we continue to report on drug addiction and offer cocaine treatment, hoping to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals sinking in the quicksand of addiction, large cartels are working just as hard […]

Experts know there is a significant link between sex work and drug use. Sometimes sex traffickers use drugs to keep young girls under their control or men share drugs with sex workers as a way to enhance their encounters. Depending on the country, approximately 0.1 percent to 7 percent of an area’s population may include […]

It’s a well-known and established fact that a high percentage of street cocaine is laced with levamisole, a veterinary drug used to deworm animals. It’s not just odd: it can be deadly, literally eating the flesh of those who use it. In fact, the Drug Enforcement Administration reported that 82 percent of the cocaine it seizes has […]