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  1. Barbiturate Abuse

    Barbiturates, once commonly prescribed for anxiety and sleep disorders, can cause death even in small doses - and their abuse is on the rise among teens. Learn more about the effects of barbiturates.

  2. Drug Overdose

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

  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. 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.

  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 - Cause

    It is not clear why some people develop alcohol abuse or dependence problems and others do not, although experts know that alcoholism often runs in families. People with depression or other mental health conditions also tend to be more likely to abuse alcohol.Over time, if you regularly drink too much alcohol, you might become dependent on it. ...

  10. Alcohol Abuse and Dependence - 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. Helping a person get treatment for alcohol abuse or dependence How to stop drinking alcohol ...

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