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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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Signs of a relapse around the corner

It is quite natural for a person who has taken up the challenge of recovering from substance abuse to face painful symptoms while trying to leave behind a life of drugs or alcohol. To be able to cease one’s habit of abusing substance abuse is far from any easy goal, it can be considered as […]

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Are there similarities between video games addiction and substance abuse?

Substance abuse is a common problem among teenagers. Lately, a lot of American teens are getting hooked on abusive substances owing to factors, such as wide exposure, peer pressure and easy availability of drugs. Reportedly, there has been a downward shift in the minimum age of developing addiction among American teens. Addiction is a chronic […]

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Children born dependent on opiates experience withdrawal symptoms, finds study

The birth of a child is a cause of joy, but in certain labor rooms in the U.S., the high-pitched inconsolable screams of newborns drown every other emotion. Babies born to mothers who had abused opioids during their pregnancy experience withdrawal pangs. Known as neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), this condition is becoming increasingly common in […]

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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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Smoking likely to slow down recovery from drug abuse, finds study

It is a well-known fact that a persistent tobacco use contributes to many diseases. In the United States, the situation is highly critical with more than 480,000 tobacco-related deaths each year, highlights the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Studies have shown that cigarette smoking increases the risk of illegal drug use, which results […]

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Cyber hacking produces same euphoria as substance abuse, says study

A study undertaken by researchers from the University College Dublin on behalf of Europol, the European Union’s law enforcement agency, has indicated a connection between the euphoric highs associated with cyber hacking and addiction to substances. Although hacking does not lead to a physical dependency like drugs or alcohol, it has a similar effect on […]

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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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Kratom: A herb shrouded in mystery

Kratom is believed to hold the key in providing relief from pain, depression and anxiety. Some scientists advocate the use of kratom as an effective tool to combat addiction to opioid medications. However, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) of the United States considers kratom to be an imminent hazard to public safety. In August 2016, […]

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Many adults with addiction witnessed traumatic events during childhood

“It’s often said that a traumatic experience early in life marks a person forever, pulls her out of line, saying, “Stay there. Don’t move.” ― Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex Some of the traumatic childhood experiences, such as domestic violence, maltreatment and sexual abuse, has adverse developmental, behavioral and emotional repercussions that continue into adulthood.  As a […]

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