Depression: Facts, Statistics, and You

Depression during times of lockdowns can lead to sadness, grief and drug and alcohol abuse.  These are normal human emotions. We all have those feelings from time to time but they usually go away within a few days. Major depression, or major depressive disorder, however, is something more. It’s a diagnosable condition that’s classified as a mood […]

Opioid Painkillers Make Your Body Its Punching Bag

Opioid Painkillers Opioid painkillers are very potent drugs that are classified as Schedule II Controlled Substances, which means that they have a high risk of being abused. Opioids are typically used for patients who are suffering from moderate to severe pain – either acute, like pain following surgery, or chronic – when other pain medications […]

Opioid crisis

BOSTON (AP) — The Sackler name is emblazoned on the walls at some of the world’s great museums and universities, including the Smithsonian, the Guggenheim and Harvard. But now the family’s ties to OxyContin and the painkiller’s role in the deadly opioid crisis are bringing the Sacklers a new and unwanted kind of attention and complicating their […]

Would you help a friend stop using drugs?

Would you help a friend stop using drugs? The NIDA Blog Team August 20, 2018 “You Said It” is a periodic series based on real teens’ answers to the NIDA for Teens poll questions. Check out our current poll on theNIDA for Teens homepage.  You can also check out article about Opioid Crisis in America. Drug use among […]

What is Drugged Driving

Drugged driving is driving under the influence of legal or illegal substances. Many people know that it isn’t safe to drive after drinking alcohol. It’s also unsafe to drive after using illicit drugs or after misusing prescription drugs. Driving under the influence of drugs is dangerous not just for the person using drugs, but also for passengers and other […]

What If They Say No During Alcohol or Drug Intervention

Interventions are one of the most crucial components to recovery from addiction. The intervention is an opportunity for the loved ones and friends of a person struggling with drug or alcohol addiction to express how the habit has hurt them and show their strong desire to see him or her seek help. Ideally, the presence of a […]

How to stop Overdoses

How to Stop Overdoses First responders in Pennsylvania — and elsewhere — have been reporting a recurring problem when reviving overdose victims. Often, they’re helping the same people, over and over. So how to stop overdoses? A group of state lawmakers is trying to come up with a plan to help for drug overdose treatment. Doyle Heffley, […]

Pennsylvania Opioid Crisis

The Pennsylvania opioid crisis- Where to find help Every year, opioid addiction impacts the lives of thousands of people across America. Pennsylvania is among the states that have been hit the worst by this crisis. In 2016, a report by the C.D.C revealed that opioid-related overdoses resulted in the death of more than 42,000 in the country. […]

Interventionist in Philadelphia

Interview With Philadelphia Interventionist It was 7:00 AM in Aston, PA located in Delaware County on a cold January morning. The night before I participated in an intense  family education process with the Philadelphia interventionist. A group of 15 of us approached the front door of the home. To our surprise it was barricaded from the inside. He […]