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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

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

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

Drug abuse and criminality a problem among young refugees, says study

Drug abuse and criminality a problem among young refugees, says study

The human rights groups across the globe are rightfully taking up the cudgels for refugees against what they perceive as the inhumane treatment. Now, there is an increasing evidence that denying the refugees their due not only violates their human rights, but may cause a larger problem for the society they are trying to survive in. It points to the unholy nexus between rising crime rates and substance abuse in youngsters and the refugee influx. Continue reading

Time to embrace change – 3: Drug treatment imperative for overdose survivors post emergency room visits

Time to embrace change - 3: Drug treatment imperative for overdose survivors post emergency room visits

An incident of drug overdose caused accidently or unintentionally can be an onerous experience for the victim’s family and friends, especially if it takes a precious life. Mostly, other victims of a drug overdose who survive the gruesome encounter with death may remain devastated and dependent on the drug. As drug overdose deaths continue to rise in the United States, its life-threatening repercussions on the millions of Americans cannot be overlooked. Continue reading

Tips to prevent substance abuse in teens

Tips to prevent substance abuse in teens

Teenagers born in this decade have their own set of challenges and benefits since they have unparalleled access to information, opportunities, and sadly drugs. As parents, discovering the fact that their teen is into drug addiction is heartbreaking. No matter what strategy is applied, there is always a risk of relapse. Therefore, as the saying goes “prevention is all about persuasion,” it is always sensible to start educating teens about the hazards of substance abuse at an early age. Continue reading

Causes of liver cancer-1: Alcohol

Causes of liver cancer-1: Alcohol

Liver is the largest organ in the body. It is responsible for performing essential tasks such as storing nutrients, removing waste products (food and damaged cells from blood), processing and filtering chemicals released by ingested food, drinks and medicines. Additionally, the organ produces a solution called bile, which helps in digesting fats and eliminating waste products from the body. Continue reading

What are the symptoms of meth withdrawal?

What are the symptoms of meth withdrawal?

Chronic use of methamphetamine can make an addict become chemically dependent on the drug, which will cause unpleasant side effects when the addict quits using it. All addiction treatment programs begin with detoxification, so experiencing withdrawal is a necessary part of the recovery process. Symptoms of withdrawal are at their most intense in the first 24 hours of the last use, but they usually fade over the next two or three weeks. During that time, meth addicts must resist powerful cravings to use the drug (About Health, “What to expect from meth withdrawal”). Some of the most common additional symptoms include the following: Continue reading

The dangerous new designer drug “N-Bomb”

The dangerous new designer drug “N-Bomb”

A new synthetic drug called “N-Bomb” is gaining popularity, with fatal results. The synthetic drug is a variation on the NBOMe class of drugs, which were originally designed to map serotonin receptors in the brain for medical research (United National Office on Drugs and Crime). This new strain, however, has been developed and marketed as a “legal” version of LSD.

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Get the facts about salvia

Get the facts about salvia

Salvia divinorum is an herb native to Southern Mexico that produces mind-altering effects when smoked or consumed. The drug has a complicated legal status in the United States because there is no federal law prohibiting its use. Although some states list the drug as a controlled substance, many states do not regulate its use or distribution. This has caused many people to consider salvia to be a “safe” drug. In reality, salvia use can cause a number of physical and mental problems. Continue reading