Colorado Struggling with Marijuana Field Sobriety Testing

A bottle of CBD oil and a pouch of marijuana used in a field sobriety test

Recreational marijuana use became legal in Colorado in 2014. Since then, there have been different struggles related to the legislation. One of the biggest issues police officers face is how to handle people suspected of driving under the influence of marijuana. Marijuana use is growing across the state, and several other states are moving to legalize marijuana use at varying … Read More

What Is Wet Brain?

A man with Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome aka wet brain drinks alcohol due to an addiction

Many people wonder, “What is ‘wet brain’?” Wet brain is a slang term for Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome (WKS). It’s important to note that WKS is two conditions, and both are a type of brain damage that happens because chronic alcoholism causes a person to absorb less vitamin B1 (thiamine). People who drink a lot of alcohol over a long period stop … Read More

Legal Marijuana Becomes a Concern In Teens

A teenager hold a jar of potent marijuana that is harming her health

Colorado and Washington were the first two states in the country to legalize the use of recreational marijuana for people aged 21 years and older. Despite the legal purchase age restriction, both states are starting to see increasing problems relating to youths and teens using marijuana. Increasingly Potent Marijuana There are reports from doctors, educators and parents pointing to the … Read More

Pregnant Women Death Rates Increase in Colorado

A pregnant woman sits in despair face due to her depression and suicidal thoughts

The state of Colorado may have one of the nation’s most progressive views on the legalization of certain kinds of drugs, but the opioid epidemic and other substance abuse issues persist. One group of people affected who need immediate attention are pregnant women. While opioid-related deaths in the state of Colorado are modestly declining, the death rates among pregnant women … Read More

The Risks of Edible Marijuana

Edible marijuana on a stick, next to lollipops to represent their danger

With many states in the U.S. legalizing not only medical marijuana but recreational marijuana as well, the country has recently taken a more accepting stance on marijuana use. However, there are also health concerns that become more apparent as states adopt less rigid attitudes towards the legality of marijuana. One example is the growing number of visits to the emergency … Read More

Aspen, Colorado, Bans Sale of Flavored Nicotine Products

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Aspen, Colorado, recently became the first city in Colorado to pass an ordinance banning the sale of flavored nicotine products. Enforcement begins on January 1, 2020. The ban includes flavored cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes, vape pens and chewing tobacco. The Aspen City Council passed the ordinance approving the ban in June, increasing the scope of a partial ban enacted May 20. … Read More

How Long Does Ambien Stay in Your System?

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Ambien is a prescription, brand-name sleep aid. Many people wonder how long does Ambien stay in your system? Ambien has an estimated half-life of around two-and-a-half hours. It can take several half-lives for a drug to leave the system fully — usually, it takes five to six half-lives for a drug to clear the system. Based on this half-life estimate, … Read More

Dangers of Loperamide High

User about to take Loperamide to get high due to addiction

Dangers of Loperamide High Loperamide is an over-the-counter drug used for the treatment of certain gastrointestinal symptoms and conditions, yet when used in large doses people can experience a loperamide high similar to that of an opioid high. Using loperamide as a way to get high can cause serious risks like problems breathing and heart complications. Death can also occur … Read More

Treating Opioid Addiction with Ibogaine

Ibogaine pills in a cup being used as a treatment for opioid addiction

Opioid addiction and dependence are significant problems across the United States. According to the NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 130 people die every day in the United States from opioid overdoses. This statistic includes heroin, fentanyl and prescription pain medications. The opioid epidemic is described as a national crisis affecting public health along with the economic and … Read More

What Are Amphetamines?

Amphetamine pills displayed on a table due to a person with an addiction

What Are Amphetamines? People often wonder what are amphetamines, what are their effects and can you become addicted to them? Amphetamines are central nervous system (CNS) stimulators that vary in legality. For example, some amphetamines are used as medical treatments while others are illegal. Regardless of their classification, these substances can be addictive when used medically or recreationally. What Do … Read More