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Opiate Abuse and Mental Illness

The term "opiate" refers to a number of different substances—both legal and illegal—originally synthesized from the poppy plant and sharing certain chemical properties. Read More

Stimulant Abuse, Cocaine and Mental Illness

The term "stimulant" refers to a number of different substances—both legal and illegal—originally found in various plants including the coca (cocaine) and the ephedra plants (ephedrine, amphetamine). Read More

Alcohol and Mental Illness

Alcohol is legal for adults over the age of 21 in most states, and the majority of people who drink alcohol do so responsibly and without experiencing significant adverse effects. Yet, alcohol is one of the most commonly abused substances in America... Read More

Marijuana and Mental Illness

Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug in America: approximately one in 10 adult Americans report having used marijuana in the past year. In recent years, laws addressing the use and possession of marijuana have been changing, and many states—including Colorado, California, Massachusetts and others—have passed regulations either legalizing marijuana for medical purposes or decriminalizing the non-medical use of marijuana. Read More


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