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  1. Benzodiazepine Abuse

    Benzodiazepines are a type of medication known as tranquilizers -- familiar names are Valium and Xanax -- that are easily abused. Learn more about the effects, symptoms, and abuse of these drugs.

  2. Treatment of Barbiturate Abuse

    If you suspect someone has abused barbiturates, medical attention is needed. Find out what to expect at the emergency room.

  3. Benzodiazepine Abuse Treatment

    Find out what to do if you suspect someone is abusing benzodiazepines, a class of drugs also known as tranquilizers.

  4. Substance Abuse

    People abuse substances such as drugs, alcohol, and tobacco for varied and complicated reasons, but it is clear that our society pays a significant cost. Get the latest statistics and facts here about drug and alcohol abuse in the U.S.

  5. Drug Overdose

    Learn how to recognize a drug overdose - either intentional or accidental - and what to do about it.

  6. Heroin - Topic Overview

    Heroin is an illegal,highly addictive drug. It is a white or brown powder or a black,sticky substance (black tar heroin). It can be sniffed,snorted,smoked,or injected into a muscle or vein. It is often mixed (cut) with other drugs or substances,such as sugar or powdered milk. It may also be cut with poisons,such as strychnine. Other names for heroin are dope,big H,Dr. Feelgood,...

  7. 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). ...

  8. Signs of Drug Addiction

    Worried that you or someone you love has a drug addiction? Here are some signs to look out for.

  9. Alcohol Abuse and Dependence - Topic Overview

    Alcoholism and alcohol dependence and abuse can be devastating. Alcohol abuse means having unhealthy or dangerous drinking habits, such as drinking every day or drinking too much at a time.

  10. 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

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