Colorado Lawmakers Aim to Provide Addiction Treatment in County Jails

Detoxing in prison is an unfortunate reality for many inmates. Seventy percent of the more than 20,000 Coloradans that end up in jail each year have an addiction. Managing addiction is a major ordeal in prison, and many inmates end up detoxing in prison alone. Four inmates have died while detoxing in Colorado jails in the last five years, and … Read More

Polysubstance Abuse

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Polysubstance abuse is defined as the use of three or more types of substances to achieve intoxication. Polysubstance abuse is differentiated from other types of substance use disorders by the defining factor of the use of multiple substances to achieve a high rather than abusing one substance. Diagnosing Polysubstance Abuse As with any medical or mental health condition, polysubstance abuse … Read More

Triglycerides and Alcohol

There are two measures of your health that your doctor will routinely consider, and both are important to overall health. These measures are your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. However, there is something else that may also be monitored, which are triglycerides. Triglycerides are a type of fat that is found in the blood. When you eat, your body takes … Read More

National Prescription Take Back Day 2019

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day occurs twice a year and is a day that is designated for people to drop off and dispose of prescription drugs that are expired or are not needed any longer. The next National Take Back Day will be held on April 27, 2019 between 10:00am and 02:00pm. This will be the 17th National Take Back … Read More

What is Black Tar Heroin?

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Because of its distinct name, many people wonder, “What is black tar heroin?” Black tar heroin has most of the same effects as other types of heroin. The primary differences between black tar heroin and powder heroin include the drug’s appearance as well as the potential risks that can come with using it because black tar heroin is often less … Read More

What Is Synthetic Heroin?

What is synthetic heroin? Synthetic heroin isn’t one specific drug. It’s several different drugs falling into the larger umbrella of synthetic opioids. Synthetic opioids are opioids derived partially from a natural source which is the poppy plant or they have opioid effects but are not naturally-occurring at all. Opioids, whether naturally-derived or synthetic are psychoactive substances like not only heroin … Read More

The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous

The basis of the 12-step program Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is abstinence from alcoholic beverages. Someone who has an alcohol use disorder begins the process with an admission that they cannot control their drinking. Someone with an alcohol addiction must also be ready to review their shortcomings and have a willingness to make amends with the people they’ve hurt during their … Read More

What Is Adderall Used For?

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Adderall is a prescription stimulant that combines dextroamphetamine and amphetamine. What is Adderall used for? Adderall’s primary use is for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD. Less commonly, this central nervous system stimulant may be prescribed to treat narcolepsy. Adderall is available as an extended-release capsule, and as a tablet. What Is Adderall? Adderall combines two different … Read More

How Long Does Oxycodone Stay in Your System?

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The length of time oxycodone stays in your system varies from person to person based on individual factors. There are a few reasons to wonder how long oxycodone stays in your system. One of the common reasons is due to safety: if a dose is taken before a previous dose has fully left the system, there is an increased potential … Read More

How Long Does Heroin Stay in Your System?

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Heroin is an illegal opioid. Heroin comes from morphine and when someone uses it they experience a euphoric high. Drowsiness and even sedation follow that high. Heroin is a central nervous system depressant. The drug crosses the blood-brain barrier quickly and binds to opioid receptors. Using heroin can cause addiction to develop quickly. Unfortunately, the drug is popular due to … Read More