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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

Benefits of drug testing during rehab

Benefits of drug testing during rehab

When someone takes a metamorphic decision to quit drugs or alcohol, he or she is often unaware of the struggles in the form of the crippling withdrawal symptoms and the increased rate of relapse threatening him or her. Everything may seem perfectly fine until a stressful situation may alter the entire decision and roll back his or her situation to square one. Continue reading

Relationship between meth and sex: Common but disastrous

Relationship between meth and sex: Common but disastrous

Methamphetamine, also known by various street names like meth, crank, ice or speed, is an extremely powerful stimulant known for its “high potential for abuse.” Meth works by interacting with the reward circuits of the brain that releases the “feel good” chemical called dopamine, which is known to produce extreme high and enhanced sexual feelings. In fact, methamphetamine increases the amount of dopamine in the brain at four to eight times the normal level. Continue reading

Tips to help a loved one stay sober

Tips to help a loved one stay sober

Millions of people struggle with substance abuse each year. The results from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health indicate that approximately 20.8 million people in the age group 12 and above had a substance use disorder (SUD) in the past year, including 15.7 million people with an alcohol use disorder (AUD) and 7.7 million people with an illicit drug use disorder. Since the magnitude of this problem is huge due to the life-disruptive consequences, one needs to make sincere efforts toward staying clean and sober. The entire process of recovery begins with the users acknowledging that he or she has a problem and therefore assistance is necessary to fight addiction. Continue reading

Transgender college freshmen likely to drink more, finds study

Transgender college freshmen likely to drink more, finds study

Rejection and isolation are common to the transgender community whether in private or social life. For them, every day is a struggle to live against the norms of the society and carve an identity of their own. In school and university campuses, transgender students experience problems including deprivation of access to health care and education, and problems associated with sex-segregated facilities. Continue reading

How long-term substance abuse can become life-threatening

How long-term substance abuse can become life-threatening

Drug abuse has become an epidemic in the United States. Substances like drugs and alcohol can cause serious harms to the body, from declining one’s physical health to deteriorating one’s mental health. The World Drug Report, released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), reported that about 5 percent of the adult population, or closely 250 million people aged between 15 and 64, have used at least one drug in 2014. Continue reading

Rising trend in prescription drug abuse among women

Rising trend in prescription drug abuse among women

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in 2013 that almost 48,000 women in the United States died due to a prescription drug overdose between 1999 and 2010. It also stated that there was a 400 percent increase in fatalities compared to 265 percent among men. Unfortunately, every day, 18 women are estimated to die due to a prescription painkiller overdose. Continue reading

Study investigates role of alcohol in causing strokes

Study investigates role of alcohol in causing strokes

With 86.4 percent of Americans aged 18 and above accepting to have consumed alcohol at some point in their lifetime, alcohol has indeed become one of the most widely abused substances in the United States. The 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) even suggested that 26.9 percent of people aged 18 or older were involved in binge drinking in the month preceding analysis while 7 percent reported to have engaged in heavy alcohol use during the same time. Continue reading

The addicted brain – Part 3: Pattern of consuming drugs determines spike in psychoactive effects

The addicted brain - Part 3: Pattern of consuming drugs determines spike in psychoactive effects

People have experimented with drugs for many generations and will perhaps continue to do so as a means for activating the brain’s reward center. As drugs enter the body, the bloodstream carries them throughout the system, which reaches the brain as well. One way to check the potency of a drug is by measuring how intense its effects are and how quickly it affects the brain. However, the way the drug is taken into the system can also account for how quickly the drug can travel to the brain and how intense is the level of high experienced. These are known as pharmacokinetic variables reflect the way the body absorbs and distributes a drug. Continue reading