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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

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

Opioid epidemic risky for babies too!

Opioid epidemic risky for babies too!

Posted on October 31st, 2017

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

Waismann Method: Is it an effective detox treatment?

Waismann Method: Is it an effective detox treatment?

Posted on September 7th, 2017

The foremost step in any drug addiction treatment is detoxifying the body of the harmful toxins accumulated due to long-term use. A carefully monitored detox controls withdrawal symptoms and reduces chances of a relapse. The Waismann Method is a form of rapid detox. This controversial therapy is for people hooked to opioids such as heroin, morphine and Vicodin. It is based on the premise that the negative side effects of detoxification such as vomiting, stomach cramps and fever can be countered if the individual is kept under strong anesthesia, while all traces of drug-induced toxins are eliminated from the body using naltrexone, which blocks the opioid receptors. On waking up, the person has no cravings and within a few days is considered fit to return to society. Continue reading

Heroin use in US increased almost 5-fold in a decade, finds study

Heroin use in US increased almost 5-fold in a decade, finds study

Posted on August 9th, 2017

The increasing prevalence of prescription opioid abuse and heroin use in the United States has emerged as a growing concern for health care providers, policy makers and the public. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 33,000 deaths in 2015 from prescription opioids and heroin. Between 2002 and 2015, there was a 6.2-fold increase in the total number of deaths caused by heroin, as reported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Continue reading

Why do smart people take more drugs?

Why do smart people take more drugs?

Posted on July 31st, 2017

Some of the stereotypical ideas pertaining to substance abuse across different communities and demographic groups include that only the people who are illiterate, ignorant and foolish use drugs. On the contrary to such a clichéd idea, an increasing number of people now accept that there is a unique relationship between talent and drugs. Continue reading