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What Does Decriminalization Mean?

Many states are moving to decriminalize marijuana usage. What does decriminalization mean? This type of legal change may seem like a good thing to a person who is using drugs. For instance, it may make it easier for you to obtain those substances. However, those substances are still not safe to use. Addiction is possible…

woman getting sick due to xanax overdose

Signs of a Xanax Overdose

Xanax is a prescription medication used to treat conditions such as panic disorders, anxiety, insomnia, and seizures. Used properly, it is safe. However, it is a highly addictive substance and, if misused, it can also lead to life-threatening complications, including Xanax overdose. If you believe your loved one is overdosing, call 911 immediately. If your…

Women experiencing signs of heroin abuse

Signs of Heroin Abuse

The City of Houston is taking steps to curb drug and alcohol use. The city offers several programs designed to coordinate projects in the area for just this purpose. They also work to raise awareness about heroin addiction and other forms of drug abuse. That starts with providing information to the public. For example, what…

women holding pill in one hand and glass of alcohol in the other, Mixing Adderall And Alcohol

Dangers of Mixing Adderall and Alcohol

Mixing Adderall and alcohol is a risky habit. Adderall, often used to treat Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), is a stimulant. Alcohol is a depressant. When taken together, each drug cancels out the effects of the other. When this happens, the person who’s mixing the two may accidentally overdose on one or both. If you’re currently…

Holding pill bottles for Prescription Take-Back

What is a Prescription Take-Back?

April 24th is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, but what does that mean? For many, it is about going to their medicine cabinets and clearing out all the expired and unused medication. The goal of the day, though, is to address an increasingly troubling public health problem, prescription drug abuse. If you’re suffering from an…

Woman laying her head down showing signs of opiate abuse

Signs of Opiate Abuse

Opiate and opioid abuse continue to be a growing problem in Houston and the surrounding area. In 2018, there was a spike in drug poisoning deaths. Opiates like opioids are highly addictive. Knowing the signs of opiate abuse can be the first step in getting you or someone you love the help they need, like…