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  1. Heroin: What You Need to Know

    Heroin use is on the rise in the U.S. – and so are deaths from heroin overdoses. Here's what you need to know if you think a family member or friend is using it.

  2. Signs of Drug Abuse - Topic Overview

    What are the signs of drug abuse and dependence?The signs of drug abuse and dependence depend on the drug and the person using the drug. Behaviours that may be signs of a drug problem include: Changes in sleeping or eating habits, less attention to dressing and grooming, or less interest in sex. Up and down moods, a mood or attitude that is getting worse, or not caring about the future.Anger toward others or treating others badly.Sneaky behavior, lying, or stealing.Poor family relationships, or relationships that are getting worse.New problems at work or school, or problems with the law.Dropping old friends and activities, finding new friends, and not wanting old friends to meet them. Having these signs doesn't always mean a person is using drugs. The behavior could be because of work or school stress, or it could be a sign of depression or another medical problem. But behavior changes like these are common in people who abuse drugs.Physical signs of drug abuse and dependence include:

  3. Marijuana - Topic Overview

    Marijuana is a commonly abused drug. It is often called pot,grass,weed,reefer,Mary Jane,or buds. Marijuana cigarettes are commonly referred to as joints or spliffs,and the butt of a marijuana cigarette is called a roach. Marijuana can be eaten,brewed in tea,or smoked. In the United States,it is most often smoked in rolled joints,in pipes,or in hollowed-out cigars (blunts). ...

  4. Drug Abuse and Dependence - What Increases Your Risk

    Not everyone who uses a drug develops a drug problem. Certain things make abuse and dependence more likely. These are called risk factors. Risk factors you can't change include: Genes. People with drug problems often have a family history of drug use. Studies report that genes may influence whether you use drugs and whether you move from drug use to drug abuse and dependence. 1 Gender. ...

  5. Drug Abuse and Dependence - Medicines

    Your doctor may prescribe medicine during detoxification to ease withdrawal symptoms or during treatment to help you move away from dependence. These medicines are mainly used for dependence on heroin or other opiates. Medicines that can help include: Buprenorphine,such as Subutex. Buprenorphine works by targeting the same places in the brain that opiates do. This relieves drug cravings ...

  6. Alcohol Abuse and Dependence - What Increases Your Risk

    You are more at risk for developing alcohol abuse and dependence if you:2, 3Have a family history-this includes a genetic link-of alcohol abuse and were exposed to alcohol in your home as you grew up.Use alcohol at an early age. The younger you are when you first drink alcohol, the higher your risk of developing alcohol use problems later as an adult.Are male. For every woman who develops alcohol

  7. Teen Alcohol and Drug Abuse - Health Tools

    Health tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Responding to teen substance use ...

  8. Teen Alcohol and Drug Abuse - Prevention Strategies

    Teens who do not use alcohol, cigarettes, and other drugs are less likely to use them as adults. Efforts to prevent teen substance abuse should begin early in a child's life with drug education, encouragement of healthy behaviors, and good family communication. While teens are more likely to use alcohol or drugs if their parent does, parental attitudes towards substance use also influence teen ...

  9. Acamprosate for Alcohol Abuse and Dependence

    Drug details for Acamprosate for alcohol abuse and dependence.

  10. Alcohol Abuse and Dependence - Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about alcohol abuse and dependence: What is the difference between alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence? What is the cause? What are the symptoms? What should I know about alcohol? Do older adults have problems with alcohol? What about alcohol abuse and the military? What happens if someone has a mental health problem and an alcohol problem? Being diagnosed: Do I have a drinking problem? ...

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