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Chalk talk on substance abuse – Part 2: List of substances added to the controlled substances list in 2016

The United States government actively screens and monitors potent compounds and drugs that can potentially harm its citizens. New compounds or drugs, sometimes advertised under different names, are often used by drug users that lead to negative health consequences. In extreme cases, this can lead to overdose and death. The Controlled Substances Act (CSA) of […]

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Chalk talk on substance abuse – Part 1: Cigarette and its impact on public health

Cigarette smoking is one of the most prevalent forms of substance abuse. It is highly addictive and there is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke. Smoking, along with secondhand smoke, is the leading cause of death due to lung cancer in the United States. Cigarettes along with other tobacco products like hookah, pipes, […]

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Handling relapse after an addiction treatment

Addiction is not a new thing. Processing fermented beverage from grain mash that has an intoxicating effect is an age old tradition. In ancient Greece, honey and water were used to create a popular fermented beverage. For thousands of years, people in South America chewed coca leaves to experience a certain addictive feeling. But when […]

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Impact of substance abuse on children

Overindulgence in addictive substances can have a terrifying effect on a person’s life, including his/her relationships. Due to an increase in the rate of substance abuse or drug addiction, a number of noteworthy changes have been witnessed lately in the dynamics of relationships among the American population. Especially when it comes to children, every stage […]

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Decrease in perceived risk spikes increase in marijuana use among college students: Study

Marijuana, also known as weed or pot, is one of the commonly abused illicit drugs across the globe. Though it is being legalized in several states across the United States (U.S.) due to the decrease in the perceived risk of marijuana use, its ill-effects are highly dangerous and risky. Therefore, it is advisable to refrain […]

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Substance abuse and mental health – 4: Unveiling the relationship between substance abuse and schizophrenia

Schizophrenia, a mental health disorder that affects the way an individual feels and behaves, is both chronic and disabling. The condition generally begins when an individual is in the age group of 16 to 30 years. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the condition has affected approximately 1.1 percent of the adult […]

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Substance abuse and mental health – Part 3: Divulging relationship between substance abuse and bipolar disorder

Often individuals with a mental health disorder develop an addiction to substances. The same is true vice-versa when a person who is addicted to alcohol or drugs develops some form of mental health disorder. These co-occurring conditions are known to impact an individual’s life severely, often leading to conditions that are hard to deal with. […]

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