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Vaccines display effectiveness in treating drug addiction

Drug addiction has emerged as a major threat to health across the globe. The recent report of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that more than 64,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2016, including illicit drugs and prescription opioids. While people across the globe are well aware about the risks associated […]

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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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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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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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Researchers developing drugs to treat pain, memory and addiction

Though pain, memory problems and nicotine addiction have the same underlying brain-related causes, these three formidable trio elicit a number of harmful consequences that are quite different in nature. Because of this close connection in the functioning of the brain, medical practitioners and experts are trying to find out the most effective treatment that has […]

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Fathoming effects of China White

China White is a potent designer opioid and as the name suggests, was originally produced in China. Being similar to the synthetic painkiller fentanyl, which is a prescription painkiller that is 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) of the United States has classified China White as illegal. Like […]

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Healthier alternatives to address drug abuse problem in teenagers

Teens have a different way of coping with stressful life experiences and subsequent mental disorders that may be an outcome of such experiences. One of the most common ways they adopt to deal with day-to-day stress and anxiety is through illicit drugs or painkiller prescriptions, which often results in addiction, overdose and even death. In […]

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Fentanyl overdose increased by 80% in US between 2013 and 2014

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the rate of drug overdose deaths, including primarily opioid overdose deaths, has skyrocketed by 140 percent since 2000 in the United States. As per the statistics available, deaths caused due to the commonly prescribed natural and semisynthetic opioid painkillers after increasing since the 1990s declined […]

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Study links interpersonal guilt to substance abuse in college students

When a concern becomes overbearing for an individual, he or she tends to change his or her behavior to adapt to the situation. This interpersonal guilt is believed to emanate from childhood events and family dynamics. It also arises due to feelings of being better off than others, especially family members. For example, children who […]

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