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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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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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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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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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Denver leads in legalizing marijuana

On Jan. 18, 2017, Denver will become the first ever state in the United States to give a green signal for the public use of marijuana. Recreational marijuana is, however, legal since 2012 in Colorado. In November 2016, the people of Denver voted for the use of marijuana in social settings. Denver has now legalized […]

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Halloween sees increased drug and alcohol use among youngsters

Holidays are not just about social gatherings, but also about feelings of loneliness, stress and depression. People suffering from loneliness and depression during holidays are more likely to abuse alcohol and drugs. An increase in social activities during holidays can also cause social anxiety and peer pressure that can aggravate the problem of drug and […]

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Suboxone: a lethal drug abused by drug addicts

Suboxone is a drug made by intermixing buprenorphine and naloxone and it is used to treat the addiction of heroin and other opiates. Buprenorphine is used to prevent the withdrawal symptoms of opiates, and naloxone blocks the euphoric effects of the opiates. However, suboxone can become addictive when used without a prescription or in a […]

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Commonly abused licit drugs: Prescription and OTC drugs

The dangers of getting addicted to controlled drugs are well-known. However, it is also possible to get addicted to over-the-counter (OTC) drugs or certain non-controlled prescription drugs that treat medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and other bacterial infections. To an extent any medication that has psychoactive effects, i.e., mind-altering properties can be […]

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Legalizing marijuana for recreation leading to increased pediatric exposure cases: Study

More than half of the states in the U.S. have legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes, while four states, including Colorado, have also allowed recreational use of the cannabis since 2015. In July 2016, JAMA Pediatrics published a study titled, “Unintentional Pediatric Exposures to Marijuana in Colorado, 2009-2015,” which revealed the high level of unintentional exposure […]

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