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Awareness of warning signs keeps opioid abuse at bay

Awareness of warning signs keeps opioid abuse at bay

Posted on April 25th, 2018

Opioids, a class of drugs that include heroin, synthetic opioids like fentanyl and pain relievers like oxycodone, are medically prescribed by doctors for the management of pain. These drugs are highly addictive and often lead to increased physical dependence and withdrawal symptoms on persistent abuse. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), approximately 21 to 29 percent of the patients prescribed opioids for chronic pain misuse them. Another statistics reveal that over 115 individuals die after overdosing on opioids every day in America. Continue reading

Drug field tests being abandoned due to opioid dangers

Drug field tests being abandoned due to opioid dangers

Posted on April 9th, 2018

Fearing that officers may get exposed to deadly opioids like fentanyl, law enforcement agencies in several states have largely abandoned the field tests of drugs recovered during traffic stops or arrests. Agencies, including the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), have decided to send suspected drugs to crime laboratories for tests.   Continue reading

Xanax and Valium: Giving rise to an epidemic

Xanax and Valium: Giving rise to an epidemic

Posted on March 27th, 2018

Steve had started taking Xanax with his friends to get a high and witness adrenaline rushing through his veins. The best part was that he could experience this excitement at a low price and at times for free. It wasn’t too long when he started using it on a regular basis. He had to take time off work to get off it. He did not know he was addicted to Xanax, so when he went off it for four days and nights, he was bedridden. He couldn’t eat or sleep. He had hallucinations. Without Xanax, he became uncoordinated and unbalanced, always bumping into things. What started out as fun soon became life-threatening for Steve. Continue reading

Scientists find a correlation between prefrontal cortex and aggressive behavior after drinking

Scientists find a correlation between prefrontal cortex and aggressive behavior after drinking

Posted on March 19th, 2018

For years, it has been believed that alcohol changes the way one behaves by making him or her aggressive. However, there has never been any concrete proof to substantiate this fact, particularly neuroimaging evidence. However, the researchers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia have found a substantial proof that alcohol consumption can make an individual aggressive. Continue reading

Unsuspecting energy drink may fuel drug addiction

Unsuspecting energy drink may fuel drug addiction

Posted on December 20th, 2017

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

5 severe health problems caused by inhalants

5 severe health problems caused by inhalants

Posted on December 13th, 2017

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

Sporting culture encouraging substance abuse shoves athletes to the path of addiction

Sporting culture encouraging substance abuse shoves athletes to the path of addiction

Posted on November 22nd, 2017

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