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Dangers of sedative overdose

Dangers of sedative overdose

The unprecedented escalation in illicit drug trade has tormented millions of lives, families and communities across the world. As per the latest statistics available, it is estimated that almost 28.6 million people in age group 12 and above were the current illicit drug users in 2016. Abusing drugs, whether illicit, prescribed or legal, has a high risk of addiction, numerous side effects and overdose. Generally, the incidents of overdoses are mostly unintended in nature. Individuals suffering from an addiction often meddle with their doses by taking a stronger dose or mixing two or more substances of abuse. Since such drug-abusing practices run the increased risk of turning fatal, a large number of overdose deaths have been witnessed lately. Continue reading

Excessive marijuana may also lead to vomiting illness

Excessive marijuana may also lead to vomiting illness

Even though medical marijuana remains illegal under the U.S. federal law, 29 states and the District of Columbia have legalized it. Whereas 18 of them have only legalized the use of non-psychotic marijuana extract called cannabidiol (CBD), states like Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, as well as District of Columbia have legalized the weed for recreational purposes as well, allowing people to possess and use it without the need for a doctor’s prescription. Continue reading

Former drug users turn life coaches to help addiction patients

Former drug users turn life coaches to help addiction patients

The burgeoning opioid epidemic, now a national emergency, is leading to new approaches to help people overcome addiction and lead a sober life. Known as peer recovery specialists or coaches, people who have overcome a drug habit, are enlisted to help those who are currently in its grip.

There are two advantages of such a situation. In places where there is a scarcity of professional counsellors, peer coaches can step in and offer initial support. Secondly, patients can trust these life coaches as they share common experiences. Their services can be enlisted from the time a person is admitted to emergency department for a drug overdose. Most coaches are expected to stay in touch even after the patients are discharged from the hospital and help them stay sober. Continue reading

“Deaths of despair” spike among White Non-Hispanics, finds study

“Deaths of despair” spike among White Non-Hispanics, finds study

In 2015, a research by Princeton economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton, brought to limelight the fact that the death rates among middle-aged White Non-Hispanics (WNHs) without a college degree was on the rise. After decades of experiencing low mortality, this sudden reversal post the 2008 economic crisis was a cause of worry. Deaton compared this extraordinary turnaround in the mortality rates of WNHs to a “large ship suddenly changing directions.”  Continue reading

Intelligent teens more likely to indulge in drug abuse

Intelligent teens more likely to indulge in drug abuse

Most parents fret over their children’s performance and grades in school. They are paranoid whether their children will grow up to be successful in life. While those blessed with exceptionally intelligent kids can’t stop raving about them, they also have a problem at hand. Because intelligence does not guarantee good behaviour, life practices and health for the whole life. A new study claims that intelligent teens are also most likely to abuse substances. Continue reading

Shocking facts about meth abuse in the gay community

Shocking facts about meth abuse in the gay community

The increased rate of drug abuse has been predominantly associated with homosexuality.  Although this is not a correct portrayal of the gay community, certain drugs have become more popular among them than among their counterparts. Some of the key reasons that have led to the popularity of such drugs are the increased misconception about its psychoactive effects. One of such drugs that has become immensely popular among the gay population particularly living in metropolitan cities is methamphetamine. Continue reading

Legal highs: Risky, intoxicating and addictive

Legal highs: Risky, intoxicating and addictive

The spike in drug abuse and subsequent frenzy created by the media often promulgate wrong information about a range of drugs available in the market. The distorted data shams the public who largely remains ignorant of the drugs’ complex chemistry and tend to fall into the trap of drug abuse. Most of the time, these substances of abuse remain cloaked in mystery and wonder. Continue reading