Is Molly Addictive? What You Need to Know About MDMA Dependence

By Amanda Stevens, BS | August 30, 2023

Molly, or MDMA, affects the same neurotransmitters as other Schedule I drugs like heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamines. Due to its effects, it is possible to develop a serious addiction when taking it. “Molly” or “Ecstasy” is slang for MDMA. It is a party drug popular at raves, concerts, and music festivals across North America and…

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What Drugs Cause Dilated Pupils?

By Amanda Stevens, BS | August 15, 2023

Dilated pupils, also known as mydriasis, are a common sign of drug use. Your pupils naturally dilate in response to various external stimuli, but certain drugs can change this reaction. Pupil Dilation & Illicit Substances Pupils dilate when reacting to changes in light, fixation, or external stimuli.[1] When you’re in a dark room, your pupils…

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What is Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) in Adults?

By Amanda Stevens, BS | July 30, 2023

Not so long ago in medical history, doctors didn’t have a complete grasp on the effects of alcohol on a developing fetus. Up until the mid 1970s, it wasn’t uncommon for women to consume alcohol throughout their pregnancy, even up to two drinks per day.[1] Now, we understand the implications of drinking alcohol while pregnant.…

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How Long Does Zoloft® Stay In Your System?

By Amanda Stevens, BS | July 15, 2023

Zoloft® is an antidepressant used to treat depression and other mood and anxiety disorders. The average half-life of Zoloft® is 24-26 hours, and it can stay in your system for 5-7 days. Zoloft® can be detected using a urine, blood, saliva, or hair sample test. What is Zoloft®? Zoloft® is a type of prescription medication…

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Is Tizanidine A Narcotic?

By Amanda Stevens, BS | June 30, 2023

Tizanidine is a centrally-acting alpha-2 adrenergic receptor agonist.[1] It is not a narcotic, even though it reduces pain. Narcotics specifically refer to opioids. Tizanidine brand name is Zanaflex®. The DEA does not consider this drug a controlled substance. Tizanidine is an oral pill or capsule that must be swallowed whole. It must be taken two…

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Meth Addiction Symptoms: a Guide

By Amanda Stevens, BS | June 15, 2023

What Are Meth Addiction Symptoms? Because meth is a stimulant, the most common meth addiction symptoms are increased energy, talkativeness, giddiness, and a fast heart rate. Some people may also experience mood changes, paranoia, anxiety, and dry mouth. Addiction symptoms may change and worsen the longer a person abuses this drug. First: What Is Meth…

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Fentanyl Withdrawal Symptoms

By Amanda Stevens, BS | May 30, 2023

What Is Fentanyl and How Does It Work? Fentanyl is 100 times stronger[1] than morphine and 50 times stronger than heroin.[1] Its purpose is to reduce severe pain. It is often used to help people recovering from surgery, and it may sometimes be used to treat those with painful health conditions, such as AIDS or…

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7 Non-Addictive Anxiety Medication Options

By Amanda Stevens, BS | May 15, 2023

Anxiety is one of the most prevalent mental health disorders affecting people worldwide. Although therapy and lifestyle changes often provide relief, medication is sometimes required. Unfortunately, many anti-anxiety medications carry the potential for addiction or dependence. However, there are safe alternatives that can effectively treat anxiety without the risk of addiction or dependence. The Risks…

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What are the Street Names for Heroin?

By Amanda Stevens, BS | April 30, 2023

As the opioid epidemic continues to grip the nation, heroin has emerged as a popular and dangerous street drug. To avoid detection by authorities, drug dealers often use code names for their products. Heroin, which has been in circulation for decades, is known by many different street names depending on the location. What Exactly Is…

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Is Trazodone a Controlled Substance?

By Amanda Stevens, BS | April 15, 2023

Whether you’ve been prescribed trazodone primarily for a mood disorder or as part of addiction treatment, it is important to understand what trazodone is, what it does, and familiarize yourself with any adverse effects. What is Trazodone? What is it Used For? Trazodone is primarily prescribed to those diagnosed with major depressive disorder. It is…

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