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
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
Adolescence is the critical phase when one is extremely excited about experimenting and exploring anything and everything. Smoking is one of the habits that teenagers tend to pick up quite early in their life due to peer pressure. A number of evidences suggest that smoking increases the proclivity of abusing drugs and alcohol among teenagers.
While drinking and smoking are closely associated with teens, drug abuse as a practice has also emerged as a rising trend among teens. Therefore, it would not be wrong to say that drinking, smoking and drug abuse often go hand in hand. Continue reading
With the rising trend in rampant drug abuse, researchers are constantly exploring new ways of controlling the epidemic that continues to affect millions of people in the United States. Those who are willing to cure their addiction problems enter into a rehab facility or consciously practice abstinence on their own. The traditional approaches to treating addiction-related problems include individual or group counseling, inpatient and outpatient treatments, detox services, medication and post-recovery care. Amid all these, a new strategy is also currently garnering attention among the medical fraternity. It is the harm reduction approach, which involves reducing harm to the body and mind by reducing the drug intake. Continue reading
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