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Noticeable gender divide in substance abuse

Noticeable gender divide in substance abuse

There is an apparent gender divide in the way men and women use drugs. According to a 2014 report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 54.1 percent men, aged 12 years or older, experiment with illegal drugs once in their lifetime as compared to 44.5 percent women. The gap is most glaring when it comes to hard drugs. Men are twice as likely to experiment with hard drugs like cocaine. It was also found that for 27 men who had experimented with heroin only 10 women had taken the drug. This disparity could be attributed to a variety of reasons including the ease or the difficulty with which hard drugs can be obtained or the body’s absorption capacity. Men because of their extensive social circles can procure drugs with ease. Continue reading

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

The addicted brain – Part 2: Repercussions of substance abuse on brain pathways

The addicted brain - Part 2: Repercussions of substance abuse on brain pathways

The effects of addictive substances on the human brain follow one particular pathway known as the brain’s reward system. A brain pathway connects different regions within the brain or to the nervous system by a bundle of neurons through which information is relayed back and forth. Some parts of the brain, such as ventral tegmental area (VTA), nucleus accumbens (NAs) and prefrontal cortex, are involved in this reward pathway. Continue reading

Partial hospitalization programs ensure faster recovery from substance abuse

Partial hospitalization programs ensure faster recovery from substance abuse

Substance abuse is a global concern with a worldwide prevalence of 185 million illicit drugs and two billion alcohol users, according to the reports of the World Health Organization (WHO). The situation is no better in the United States.  The 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) reported nearly 27 million people aged 12 years and above using illicit drugs, which is approximately 10 percent of the total American population; 22.2 million in the same age group using marijuana and 3.8 million misusing prescription drugs. The situation for alcohol users was worse with 138 million aged 12 or older using it. Continue reading

Long-term effects of methamphetamine abuse

Long-term effects of methamphetamine abuse

Methamphetamine, commonly known as crank, chalk, crystal, meth, ice and speed, is the second most abused illicit drug in the world after cannabis. A synthetically produced central nervous system stimulant, methamphetamine is used by 0.4 percent of the global population, with reportedly higher prevalence in North America, Asia, and Oceania. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) reported in 2015 that 0.3 percent people aged 12 years and older were using methamphetamine in the United States. 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

Legalization of medical marijuana leading to lower Medicare prescriptions, finds study

Legalization of medical marijuana leading to lower Medicare prescriptions, finds study

According to the Wall Street Journal, drug prices increased by almost 10 percent on an average during the period of May 2015 and May 2016. The increase in prices of prescription drugs is putting pressure on public health spending as well as consumers. Individuals are finding relief in non-traditional treatment methods, according to findings of a recent study published in February 2017 issue of the journal Health Affairs. The research shows that Medicare prescriptions for drugs have declined in states where marijuana has been legalized for medical purposes. Medical marijuana may be prescribed for symptoms of nine conditions, including depression, anxiety, nausea, chronic pain and sleep disorders. Continue reading

Veterans are a high-risk population in America’s opioid epidemic

Veterans are a high-risk population in America’s opioid epidemic

As an aftermath of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, there has been large-scale deployment of U.S. troops in war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan. Several soldiers suffer significant injuries and permanent damage resulting in amputations. Nearly 60 percent of returning soldiers and 50 percent of older veterans suffer from chronic pain, which is almost double the percentage of general U.S. population afflicted with chronic pain.
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Time to embrace change – 4: Integrating recovery support services with educational institutions to curb addiction

Time to embrace change - 4: Integrating recovery support services with educational institutions to curb addiction

The early use of substances, such as alcohol, drugs, etc., particularly among adolescents, is considered one of the primary risk factors for developing the problem of addiction. The use of substances before the brain fully develops causes a multitude of problems in the long run. Therefore, it has become exceedingly important for family members, friends and health care providers to support and spread education on the available recovery support services to aid America’s battle against the growing problem of addiction. Continue reading