Treating Heroin Addiction

Beyond traditional treatment programs (see Treatment) that help heroin addicts quit altogether, three alternative methods exist. These less conventional treatments are less ambitious in their ultimate goal, recognizing the fact that the vast majority of heroin addicts who try traditional...

/ January 1, 2017

A Short History of Cocaine

In the early 1500s, the Italian explorer, Amerigo Vespucci, introduced Europeans to the Inca’s use of coca leaves. The Andean region’s indigenous cultures had been chewing the leaf for centuries as a remedy to alleviate hunger, fatigue and sadness. While...

/ January 8, 2017

Modern Cocaine Use

Unfortunately, America’s collective memory from its first experiences with cocaine addiction would fade into the recesses of history. Decades later in the 1970s when the U.S. drug culture was flourishing, mostly through marijuana and less so with LSD, cocaine’s sudden...

/ January 7, 2017

Enter the Colombian Cartels

Before cocaine became illegal in the first decade of the 20th century, its raw material came from countries over 10,000 miles away. Yet, since the 1970s, getting cocaine to the U.S. has been as short as a 1,400-mile flight from...

/ January 6, 2017

Cocaine on the Decline in the U.S.?

Much has been made of the recent decline in cocaine consumption in the U.S. by 50% from 2007 – 2012. The most compelling arguments of cocaine’s decline attribute the reduction to better strategies by the U.S. and Mexican governments to...

/ January 5, 2017

Legal Cocaine, Again?

Unlike heroin users who will not respond to changes in the price of the drug, cocaine users will consume less as the price increases. This has led some legalization proponents to follow the logic applied to marijuana, suggesting that cocaine...

/ January 4, 2017