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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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Practical tips to avert peer pressure for using substances

Peer pressure is a major cause of addiction amongst teens and young adults. It is a fact that, most of the times, it is peers who initiate people into alcohol and drugs. It might appear to be a simple matter to deal with, but in reality it isn’t.

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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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Suicide Prevention Awareness Month: Addiction may trigger suicide

Suicide was the 10th leading cause of death for all ages in 2013 in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control says in its 2015 report. Suicide has been a preeminent reason behind deaths in the country and substance abuse contributes hugely to it. […]

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Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: An emerging epidemic in U.S.

Pregnancy is probably the most cherished stage in a woman’s life. It is not only about giving birth to a new life, but pregnancy brings contentment in the mother as she feels every day’s growth and development of the unborn. A baby who is still inside the womb gets nourishment through the mother. Right from […]

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Kids exposed to parental substance use at a higher risk of medical, behavioral problems: Study

A life with one or both the parents being dependent on substances can be agonizing. Parents’ addictive habits often affect the mental health of their children, usually depriving them of normal childhood. The misguided understanding of substance abuse adds to the risk of development of psychological problems in children. A recent study, titled “Families Affected […]

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Childhood obesity in girls linked to early abuse of substances: Study

Obese people are usually mocked and held in low esteem. This affects their self-esteem and the quality of relationships they share in the society. While obesity may trigger a host of physical and psychological disorders, a recent study revealed a relation between increasing weight in female children and their proclivity to indulge in addictive substances, […]

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Vaping during teens leads to future smoking habits: Study

“Smoking kills,” “cigarettes cause cancer,” and many more warnings often find place on cigarette packets and in their advertisements in most of the countries. The governments make these textual and pictorial warnings mandatory hoping that they would dissuade people from smoking cigarettes. However, most of the smokers hardly take these warnings seriously.

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Drinking during adolescence triggers chronic stress later: Study

Drinking during adolescence has its own share of vices. Brain is still developing during adolescence and the presence of alcohol at this time may result in cognitive impairment. Alcohol, in fact, is the most widely misused substance by the youth, who do not understand the probable adversities attached with its consumption. A recent research by […]

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US Navy bans drinking for all sailors stationed in Japan

The United States Navy has banned alcohol for nearly 18,600 sailors stationed in Japan and told them to remain on base after a U.S. sailor was arrested recently for drunk driving. According to a joint announcement by the 7th Fleet and the Commander Naval Forces Japan, the order covers sailors of all ranks and prohibits […]

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