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Steroid abuse raising cardiovascular risk among users, warns British Cardiovascular Society

Steroids – chemicals produced naturally by the human body to support the normal functioning of various organs, cells and tissues – are also available as manmade medicines. As such, steroids can be broadly categorized as corticosteroids (steroid hormones produced in the adrenal gland) and anabolic-androgenic steroids (also known as anabolics and the synthetic variant of […]

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Pitfalls of discarded drug paraphernalia

Heroin, a highly addictive illegal opioid, is listed as Schedule I drug and has no accepted medical use in the United States. Despite the dangers associated with heroin abuse, there has been a significant rise in the number of users in the U.S.  In 2016, an estimated 948,000 people aged 12 or older were heroin […]

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Emphasis on punitive measures rather than treatment worsened America’s opioid crisis

Opioid overdose deaths have been climbing by thousands for years now. Drug overdose deaths more than tripled in the United States between 1999 and 2015 from 16,849 to 52,404. In 2015, 33,000 people died due to overdose of opioids (including prescription opioids, heroin and analogs of fentanyl). In 2016, the overdose deaths are estimated to […]

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Recovery schools prove successful in helping students stay sober

The recovery high school movement has received unprecedented attention and credibility in the United States. As a result, such recovery schools have mushroomed across the country, with the total reaching 31 high schools in 10 states. With the unbelievable surge in substance abuse treatment among youngsters, the demand for continuing care has also massively increased. […]

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Cocaine abuse over the years in the US

According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an estimated 1.9 million people (0.7 percent of the population) aged 12 and above were the current users of cocaine. Among these users, nearly 432,000 were the current users of crack (0.2 percent of the population). The largest group of 552,000 users (1.6 percent […]

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Brain injury in kids may lead to alcohol abuse

Being one of the legitimately accessible substances around, the abuse of alcohol has become widespread across all age groups. It is responsible for the increasing level of morbidity and mortality by inflicting a number of problems on the users, society and economy. Moreover, the problem of drinking, especially among teenagers, has turned into a public […]

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Why are narcotics so addictive?

Drug abuse continues to be a growing menace that has taken a significant toll on human lives. With the increased practice of over-prescription, a number of drugs that affect different parts of the brain have emerged in the market. Narcotics are one such life-threatening drugs that have devastated millions of lives. These are usually taken […]

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Dangers of LSD microdosing

10-04 | By Rachael

Dangers of LSD microdosing

Certain psychedelic drugs, such as lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), magic mushrooms, Ayahuasca, etc., have their own benefits. However, in recent times, microdosing on these mood-altering drugs has become a fad among students and professionals to enhance their performance. As per a Forbes report, microdosing has been popular among smart and young entrepreneurs.

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5 personality traits to avoid to achieve sobriety

The decision to fight an addiction is a major development in a patient’s life. For him/her, the entire phase of recovery is full of overwhelming emotions that can effortlessly swing the person back to the same place from where he/she had started the journey of sobriety. Besides such emotions, even toxic relationships and people can […]

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Popularity of crack cocaine on city streets: An alarming trend

Cocaine is derived from the leaves of the coca plant (Erythroxylum coca), which is indigenous to some parts of South Americas. Though originally used as a natural painkiller, it soon became a substance of abuse because of its potent stimulant properties. Besides triggering a number of euphoric effects, it has the potential to inflict negative […]

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