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Decoding substance abuse in women

Decoding substance abuse in women

Effects of substance use and abuse depend on various factors – gender being one of them. In the United States, while prescribing medications to their patients, doctors did not stress on any such factor in the last quarter of the century. However, lately, doctors are keeping gender differences in mind while prescribing medications. Continue reading

New mode of trafficking drugs into prisons: Drones

New mode of trafficking drugs into prisons: Drones

Drug abuse is one of the important factors responsible for an increased rate of criminal activities. Most of the times, such crimes are undertaken to finance and traffic illegal drugs. Moreover, substance abuse is quite prevalent among a large number of criminals. As a result, there has been increased smuggling of drugs from outside to prisons. In order to smuggle drugs into prisons, people indulge in activities ranging from concealing drugs in breads to using drones. In fact, a number of experiments are being undertaken to devise innovative ways to smuggle drugs. Continue reading

Impact of criminalizing personal drug use in America

Impact of criminalizing personal drug use in America

According to a report published by the Human Rights American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), in the U.S., in every 25 seconds, someone is arrested for possessing drugs for their personal use. Moreover, one in every nine arrests is made on the charges of drug possession, leading to more than 1.25 million arrests every year. Although the law enforcement officials claim that the laws are enforced to mitigate drug sale, the number of arrests for drug possession are four times higher than the corresponding sales. Continue reading

Rise in level of brain molecule hypocretin triggers cocaine addiction: Study

Rise in level of brain molecule hypocretin triggers cocaine addiction: Study

The United States has long been fighting drug abuse. With the ever rising addiction rate, drug abuse qualifies for one of the top public health concerns of the country. The number of patients complaining about various physiological and psychological disorders, resulting from their addictive habits, is growing with each passing day. Dependence on different substances induces different effects which demand customized treatments depending on the nature and gravity of addiction.

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Growing popularity of synthetic opioid U-47700 causes concern in Texas

Growing popularity of synthetic opioid U-47700 causes concern in Texas

The number of drug overdose deaths in Texas gives only a glimpse of the larger picture of the drug abuse problem that America is facing today. Though lawmakers and healthcare providers in Texas are implementing the necessary guidelines and drug prevention and treatment programs, they still have a long way to go with drug U-47700 becoming popular among addicts. Continue reading

The Ache of Anxiety – The connections between anxiety disorders and drug abuse

The Ache of Anxiety – The connections between anxiety disorders and drug abuse

Pressure on the chest. Heartbeats heard in the ears. A cold sweat glistening on the forehead. Anxiety disorders, dysfunctions of the fight or flight response, can prove traumatic for people just trying to live their day-to-day lives. The toll this anxiety takes can wear on a person, leading to dysfunctional coping machines such as abusing drugs to the point of addiction. Continue reading