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  • How do depression and addiction intertwine?

    The definition of addiction is a chronically relapsing disorder that is characterized by a compulsion to look for and take drugs. Loss of control and inability to limit intake is quite characteristic of addiction. Many times, the emergence of a negative emotional state like stress, dysphoria, anxiety, or irritability occurs when access to the substance… Read More

  • The Risks of IV/Injection Drug Use

    IV drug use commonly occurs in those who use opiates, sedatives, crack/cocaine, or methamphetamine. Opiate drug use has significantly increased over the last decade, and often, IV drug use begins because of opiate use. Intravenous drug use indicates high risk for viral infections, such as HIV or Hepatitis B & C. Unsafe injections commonly occur… Read More

  • What should I know about methamphetamine?

    Methamphetamine, otherwise known as meth, crystal, speed, ice, uppers, or crosstops, tina, or glass, is a crystalline white powder that dissolves in water. The effects of methamphetamine are stimulating—upon consumption of meth, heart rate increases drastically and the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) is activated. Often, this comes with elevated blood pressure, rapid… Read More

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