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A virtual image of the human brain is next to a large glass of alcoholic beer and wine represents the effect of wet brain.

What is Wet Brain?

Alcohol use disorder is a common mental health condition characterized by the unhealthy use of alcohol despite repeated patterns of negative consequences. A dangerous illness that often develops due to alcohol use disorder is wet brain. Wet brain, also known by its scientific name Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome (WKS). The degenerative brain disorder is a combination of two different brain diseases: Wernicke Encephalopathy and Korsakoff Psychosis. Although anyone can develop wet brain, it is most commonly occurring in those who abuse alcohol.

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A group of friends in their mid 20s party with drinks in hand. The drinks may contain alcohol or a the substance called lean.

What is Lean? How long does Lean stay in your system?

Purple drank. Sizzurp. Texas tea. Dirty sprite. Purple tonic. The most commonly known name is lean. Lean is a liquid substance mixture of codeine-based cough syrup, an antihistamine such as Promethazine, soda and hard candy for added sweetness. In some cases, alcohol is also added to the mixture. The combination of prescription-strength cough medication and an antihistamine can produce feelings of euphoria and intense relaxation. It is most popular among teens and young people and can become highly habit-forming within a short period of time and lead to addiction.

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On a wooden table, there is spilled over bottle of klonopin pills next to a glass of alcohol representing the side effects of klonopin and alcohol use.

What can happen when you mix Klonopin and Alcohol?

Klonopin is a popular prescription benzodiazepine drug in the US. It is used to treat generalized anxiety disorders, panic disorders and seizure disorders. Those who are on Klonopin are also known to abuse other substances such as alcohol. Both are central nervous system depressants and work to slow down activity in the brain and body. The combination of Klonopin and alcohol can heighten the effects of both substances and cause an unsafe level of respiratory depression and decreased heart rate. Both of those side effects can lead to overdose and death.

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Four students, 2 girls and 2 boys, hanging out on school grounds smoking and considering the benefits of quitting weed.

What are the Benefits of quitting Weed?

Marijuana. Cannabis. Weed. This psychotropic substance is one of the most commonly abused mind-altering drugs among young people ages 18-25. According to a 2021 report from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an estimated 11 million young adults reported using marijuana. With long-term use, weed can begin to cause severe psychological and physical damage to the brain. It can easily become an addictive substance. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports an estimated 30% of people who consume marijuana develop an addiction. What happens when you quit marijuana? What are the benefits of quitting weed?

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On a black background, a spoon filled with white powder cocaine mixed with heroin lays next to an empty syringe shows what is a speedball.

What is a Speedball?

What happens when you mix a powerful stimulant drug with a powerful depressant drug? Speedballing. Powerballing. Snowballing. Screwball. Spaceball. Dynamite. All these different slang names represent a dangerous type of polysubstance drug use most commonly referred to as speedballing. It involves using s stimulant and depressant drug. Cocaine and heroin are the most popular and commonly combined drugs in speedballing. Both drugs are highly addictive and when taken together can cause intense and dangerous side effects.

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A young man in opioid addiction treatment receiving injection of either Sublocade or Vivitrol by a female clinician.

Drug Comparison: Sublocade vs Vivitrol

Opioid use disorder has become a growing epidemic in the US for decades. Two common forms of medication treatment include Sublocade and Vivitrol. According to the American Society of Addiction Medication and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, both drugs are effective for long-term medication management of opioid use disorder. Both drugs are administered as injections after detox and withdrawal during the maintenance phase of treatment to help lessen opioid cravings. What is Sublocade and Vivitrol? What is the difference between Sublocade vs Vivitrol?

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A person stands on a scale at the gym and questions whether or not Xanax causes weight gain.

Does Xanax cause weight gain?

Anxiety disorders are among the most common types of mental health illness that affect more than 40 million Americans. Because of that, antianxiety and antidepressant medications such as Xanax have become popular prescription medications. Xanax, also known by its generic name alprazolam, is a benzodiazepine and central nervous system depressant. Xanax works by reducing activity in the central nervous system, which can in turn interfere with normal brain functions such as sleep, appetite and weight gain and loss.

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Two me in hoodies are exchanging street drugs and wonders what is the street value of adderall.

What is the Street Value of Adderall?

In October of 2022, the FDA confirmed a nationwide shortage of the popular prescription medication Adderall. A surge in demand for ADHD medication during the pandemic lockdown sparked a domino effect on supply problems. Adderall is also a controlled substance, which means there are legal limits on how much of the drug can be produced at any given time frame. Because of the supply shortage, many who depend on the medication were forced to turn to illegal means of obtaining the controlled substances. This caused the already popular drug to shoot up in street value on the black market.

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A young man sitting on a sofa holding a glass of alcohol is experiencing side effects of kratom and alcohol use.

How do Kratom and Alcohol Interact?

Kratom and alcohol are federally legal substances in the United States. However, just because they are legal doesn’t mean they are safe to use especially together. Studies have shown many people who go to the hospital with Kratom-related problems, often also have issues with other substances such as alcohol. The combination of Kratom and alcohol can produce serious adverse effects including an increased risk for respiratory depression, decline in cognitive functions and a higher risk of overdose. The National Institutes of Health strongly advises against co-using both drugs because of their combined risky sedative effects on the central nervous system.

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A prescription bottle of Percocet sits on a bathroom counter as the user wonders how long does Percocet stay in urine.

How long does Percocet stay in your Urine?

Percocet is an opioid medication and is considered one of the most addictive prescription drugs available. Percocet contains a combination of acetaminophen, an analgesic; and an immediate-release oxycodone, an opioid. According to the United States Department of Justice, more than an estimated 13 million Americans abuse oxycodone medications such as Percocet. It is commonly used as a short-term treatment for moderate to severe pain including intestinal pressure pain, severe back pain and gallstone pain. It can also be used for chronic pain.

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