Energy drinks make a booming segment of the beverage industry. Statistics show that the sales of energy drinks in the United States amounted to approximately 2.8 billion U.S. dollars for the 13 weeks ended on Dec 24, 2016. These beverages are mostly targeted at young people and are promoted as products that increase alertness and enhance physical and mental performance. There has been an explosion of energy drinks in the market with fancy sounding names that exhort the rebellious side of the young. Some of the biggest names among energy drinks include Red Bull, Monster, Amp and Rockstar among others. Continue reading
Although other substances of abuse can also be inhaled, the term ‘inhalants’ is used to refer to those substances that can be misused only by the way of inhaling. Inhalants comprise various seemingly benign household and industrial chemicals sold at stores and supermarkets. Hence, these products are easily accessible at home or the workplace. However, unbeknown to many homemakers, these products contain harmful chemicals that have psychoactive (mind-altering) properties. Continue reading
Considering the close relationship between physical activity and mental health, physical exercises release endorphins that provide relief from stress, anxiety and depression. Being a professional athlete may seem like a dream job to many. Elite athletes, such as Olympians or Ironman triathletes, carry an air of invincibility and portray the image of focus, motivation, determination and strength. However, stardom and fame showered on the successful athletes do not come without its own pitfalls. Continue reading
Numerous statistics have established prescription opioids as a driving factor behind the increasing number of opioid overdose deaths since 1999. Along with the rise in opioids overdose deaths, there has been spike in the sales of prescription opioids concurrently. Continue reading
The fact that opioids can lead to abuse and addiction and a host of side effects is well-established. Children born to mothers addicted to any drug during pregnancy often suffer from negative consequences that can last for a lifetime. This raises an alarm about the long-term side-effects of prenatal drug use of expecting mothers. The most detrimental outcome of this is the occurrence of babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) a cumulative effect of problems that occur in new-borns who were exposed to addictive opioids, among other harmful substances, while in their mother’s womb. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the incidence of NAS, primarily due to the prevalence of opioid addiction, has increased by almost 300 percent from 1999 to 2013, rising from 1.5 to 6.0 cases per 1,000 hospital births. Continue reading
The United States has been suffering from the worst drug crisis ever. The number of lives that drugs have claimed has far exceeded the number of casualties in the Vietnam War or deaths due to AIDS. It has spared no community or age group, not even children, who are equally impacted as the drug epidemic is only worsening.
The term inhalant refers to chemicals found in an ordinary household that can be misused through inhaling, such as gasoline, paint, aerosol sprays, etc. Moreover, many nicknames are popularly used for inhalants like nangs, glue, gas, bulb, sniff, chroming, huff, hippie crack, poor man’s pot, etc. Continue reading
Every individual has his or her own stories associated with the problem of addiction. While some realize the implication of their obsession with substances early, and distance themselves from the menace. They do so by using effective treatment and therapies, however, there are others who tend to endure the consequences for a protracted period until the end. Continue reading
“Everyone can be great, because everyone can serve.” -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
A single act of volunteering not only has direct benefits on the people receiving help, but also on the volunteers. In fact, volunteering has a ripple effect on many people. There are countless people who choose to offer their services by giving up a part of their free time so as to serve at soup kitchens, conserve nature in the marshes of Florida and the mountains of Colorado, develop the youth in the south or clean up the litter in the neighbourhood. In addition to the above, there are various other ways to volunteer. Continue reading
Lortab 7.5/500 is one of the most common analgesics prescribed to people who experience intense pain, generally after surgeries or major accidents. In the market, Lortab popularly goes by the names of Vicodin, Lorcet and Zydone. Lortab pills were commonly dispensed as if it were candies until a directive by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in October 2014 restricted the practice. The DEA thus put Lortab, a Schedule III drug until the order, into Schedule II category. Continue reading