New Synthetic Opioid, Mixed With Cocaine, Detected in Overdose Cases

Health officials in Illinois and Indiana say a new synthetic opioid appears to be linked to some overdose cases, USA Today reports. The drug, isotonitazene, was mixed with cocaine. Isotonitazene comes in a white or off-white powder form or pressed into counterfeit opioid pills, the article notes. It is not a fentanyl…

Alcohol use during the COVID-19 pandemic

There are claims that drinking alcohol can help protect people from SARS-CoV-2, which is the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. This is not true. According to the European World Health Organization (WHO), alcohol does not protect against infection or illness relating to COVID-19. In fact, it is possible that alcohol consumption may…

Can MDMA treat depression?

MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine) is an illegal drug that affects the mood. Other names for recreational MDMA include ecstasy, X, and Molly. MDMA is a drug that alters a person’s mood by changing the release of chemicals in the body that affect mood and behavior. Researchers are currently looking into the effects…

Acid: What does it do to you?

Acid is a slang term for lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). It belongs to a group of substances called psychedelics. Acid can alter a person’s thoughts, feelings, and the way they perceive the world around them. When a person uses acid, they become disconnected from reality. They may see, hear, and…

Pandemic Increases Hurdles for People Seeking Addiction Treatment

The COVID-19 pandemic is making it more difficult for some people seeking treatment for addiction to find help, experts tell the Cincinnati Enquirer. People who depend on libraries for Internet access are not able to take advantage of telehealth counseling and online sober meetings. In the Cincinnati area, Quick Response Teams…