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The difference between malt liquor and beer

The difference between malt liquor and beer

Malt liquor is a carbonated alcoholic beverage that is similar to beer, but stronger. Typically served in large containers, the beverage is heavily associated with binge drinking, especially among the young and the poor. Malt liquor is known by a number of telling nicknames, such as “liquid crack,” “ghetto juice,” “crazy juice” and “death in a bottle.” Understanding the difference between malt liquor and beer can help people make more intelligent decisions about drinking and avoid serious risks to their health.

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Are hallucinogens dangerous?

Are hallucinogens dangerous?

Hallucinogens are drugs that produce hallucinations, causing users to feel, hear and see things that aren’t really there. Common hallucinogens include LSD (also called “acid), psilocybin (also called “mushrooms”), peyote, DMT and ayahuasca (National Institute of Drug Abuse). Many drug users do not see hallucinogens as “hard” drugs and do not consider them to have any particularly negative side effects. However, these drugs affect the body dramatically and have the potential to cause extreme states of physical or emotional duress. Before taking any hallucinogens, it’s vital to understand the potential dangers. Continue reading

Heroin overdoses have quadrupled since 2002

Heroin overdoses have quadrupled since 2002

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have announced troubling new information about the current state of America’s heroin epidemic. According to their studies, heroin use has exploded since 2002, with large increases across both genders, most age ranges and all income levels. This highly addictive and harmful drug has caused upwards of 8,200 deaths by overdose in 2013 alone. A close examination of the CDC’s research can provide valuable insight into the problem as well as reveal opportunities to reverse the trend.

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The danger of long-term cocaine use

The danger of long-term cocaine use

Cocaine is a highly addictive narcotic that can have a wide range of effects on the human body. Addicts typically snort, smoke or inject the drug to cause temporary feelings of heightened euphoria, alertness, energy and sensitivity. However, sustained use of cocaine can have serious and potentially deadly health consequences for users.

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Why is the minimum drinking age 21?

Why is the minimum drinking age 21?

Many people have wondered why the national minimum drinking age is set at 21 years in the United States. Young Americans are able to drive, own a firearm and even serve in the military before they can legally purchase an alcoholic beverage. While this contrast might seem counterintuitive, our nation’s high minimum drinking age helps save thousands of lives each year.

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Pills Don’t Have a Free Pass – The underreporting of prescription drug deaths in Texas

Pills Don’t Have a Free Pass – The underreporting of prescription drug deaths in Texas

Prescription drugs are a hidden epidemic. It’s easier to let the abuse of prescription medications go under the radar because of their many legitimate uses. When used responsibly, drugs such as sedatives and painkillers help many people deal with the aches and discomforts of life. That said, the statistics behind the abuse of prescription substances have gone underreported in the state of Texas. Continue reading

The Ache of Anxiety – The connections between anxiety disorders and drug abuse

The Ache of Anxiety – The connections between anxiety disorders and drug abuse

Pressure on the chest. Heartbeats heard in the ears. A cold sweat glistening on the forehead. Anxiety disorders, dysfunctions of the fight or flight response, can prove traumatic for people just trying to live their day-to-day lives. The toll this anxiety takes can wear on a person, leading to dysfunctional coping machines such as abusing drugs to the point of addiction. Continue reading