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Substance abuse ups risk for schizophrenia later, says study

The physiological and psychological effects of illicit substances are known by all but more research is being conducted in this direction as an increasing number of Americans continue to abuse certain substances known for their psychedelic impact or addictive properties. Previous studies have stressed upon how illicit drugs can increase the risk for schizophrenia. But […]

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Heroin use much higher than a decade ago

By reaching the highest level in the last two decades in the United States, the rate of heroin abuse has spike at an alarming speed. Besides the primary reasons for this spike in heroin abuse, such as drug trafficking and mushrooming of criminal networks, the crackdown on prescription drugs, such as Vicodin and OxyContin, is […]

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Chalk talk on substance abuse - Part 4: Perils of drugged driving

Driving can be extremely hazardous when done under the influence of illicit drugs or prescription medication. This drugged driving can not only put the driver, but also the passengers and others on the road under grave danger. Different drugs have different effects depending on how they interact with the brain. For instance, marijuana causes slower […]

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Hazards of heroin addiction

Heroin is a highly addictive substance commonly available on the streets of the United States. It is an opioid drug derived from morphine, which is a naturally forming chemical extracted from the Asian poppy plant. Although the drug is banned in the U.S. for non-medical purposes since 1924, the epidemic of heroin addiction has been […]

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Chalk talk on substance abuse - Part 3: US states with highest drug-related overdose and death cases till 2016

Lately, there has been an abrupt spike in drug overdose deaths in the United States. These deaths have been rising in many demographic regions of the nation. The sudden rise can be attributed to an increase in abuse of various substances like heroin, designer drugs and fentanyl. According to epidemiologists, such sharp rise in drug-related […]

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