Coachella Concertgoer Dies After Apparent Drug or Alcohol Overdose

Another concertgoer appears to have fallen victim to an overdose, this time a 24-year-old university student attending the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio. Kimchi Truong of Oakland, who was taken to a hospital last weekend after collapsing at the festival, died Thursday as the result of an apparent drug or alcohol overdose, according to the Riverside…

Even Casual Marijuana Use Harms Young Brain, Study Finds

Don’t say you haven’t been warned. New research has found that even casual marijuana use causes critical changes in the brains of young people from which they may never recover and should prompt President Barack Obama to rethink a view he expressed in January about marijuana being no more dangerous than alcohol, one scientist said. The first-of-its-kind study on recreational marijuana, published April 16…

Mixing Drugs Can Prove Fatal

Taken alone, narcotics are deadly enough, but when an addict starts mixing drugs, it gets even riskier.  Deaths from mixed drug overdoses date back decades — famously “The Wizard of Oz” star Judy Garland and American icon Elvis Presley. They should serve as cautionary tales, but the addict does not think rationally. A recent string…

Brain Changes Pronounced in Schizophrenics Who Smoke Marijuana

Cannabis use disorder is the standard term for people diagnosed with cannabis (marijuana or hashish) addiction or a pattern of dysfunctional, non-addicted cannabis use that causes serious impairment or life disruption. People affected by this disorder commonly experience changes in their brain function that include significant memory problems. In a study published in December 2013…

ABC News Talks With Promises’ Dr. Greg Skipper About ‘Functioning’ Heroin Addicts

[YT video=”w0NCRDa6QH0″ title=”ABC News Talks With Promises’ Dr. Greg Skipper About ‘Functioning’ Heroin Addicts”] ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer” recently spoke with Promises Treatment Centers’ director of Professionals Health Services Dr. Greg Skipper about the growing use of heroin in the U.S. Nearly 670,000 Americans use heroin, according to a report by the Substance…