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Drug Insights

Our comprehensive Drug Insight pages tell you all you need to know about specific drugs, how they work, street names, symptoms of use, how dependence and addiction occurs, and what to expect in process of detox and withdrawal.

The Rise of Xanax Use

Alprazolam, also known as Xanax, is a benzodiazepine or benzo. Benzos are a class of powerful drugs prescribed to treat anxiety, panic, and other physical and psychiatric conditions. It has also seen a dramatic increase in recreational use over the past two decades and a corresponding spike in overdose rates. Xanax bears the black box […]

The Dangers of Combining Cocaine and Alcohol

Cocaine and alcohol have a long-established association of dual misuse. Between 50-90% of people dependent on cocaine also receive a diagnosis of alcohol dependence. It’s a common sentiment among people who use both substances that the depressive effects of alcohol can help to mitigate the harsher “ups” of cocaine; however, the interaction between the two […]

What is Oxycodone?

Oxycodone is a highly addictive narcotic that is used to treat moderate to severe pain. Oxycodone is an immediate release, short acting opioid. It is a common misconception to describe Oxycodone and Oxycontin as the same drug. However, Oxycontin is the extended-release formulation of Oxycodone. It is typically prescribed to an individual who is experiencing […]

The Dangers of Combining Wellbutrin and Adderall

Adderall is a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine (d-amphetamine) commonly used to treat attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Wellbutrin, generic name bupropion, is an antidepressant that is also used to help quit smoking. There is some evidence that, like Adderall, Wellbutrin improves attention and impulse control in specific populations, though the FDA […]

What is Spice?

Spice is a mix of herbs and plant materials that are combined with strong chemicals that affect the brain. While it is sometimes incorrectly referred to as synthetic marijuana, its effects are much stronger and its potential side effects can be highly dangerous. There are no known health benefits for this drug and because the […]

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (NADFW) is a collaborative effort hosted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) to raise awareness about drug and alcohol use among teens. 2021 marks the 11th annual event, to be held March 22 to 28. It is […]

Can You Overdose on Ativan?

Ativan, the brand name for the drug lorazepam, is a tranquilizing type of medication that is classified as a benzodiazepine. It can be used to treat anxiety disorders, sleep problems, alcohol withdrawal and can prevent seizures. It is typically not used for an extended period of time and research findings reveal that long term use […]

The Dangers of U-47700

Gallus Medical Detox Centers, a nationally recognized Center of Excellence for inpatient medical detox, is launching a new substance use alert to inform providers of new and potentially dangerous trends happening across the country. With ten years of experience treating SUD patients, we have a unique front-line perspective in providing the medical assistance needed to help […]

The Risks of Drinking Alcohol and Using Benzodiazepines

Mixing drugs and alcohol is always dangerous. However, one combination in particular is especially dangerous: alcohol and benzodiazepines (Valium, Klonopin, Xanax, and more). These two substances alone can pose dangerous risks and, when mixed, their effects can be amplified. What Is Alcohol? Alcohol, ETOH, is the ingredient found in beer, wine, and spirits that causes […]

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