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Majority of prescription drugs not safely stored in homes with children, finds study

The rate of prescription drug abuse has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. A 2016 study conducted by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) highlighted that the nonmedical use of prescription opioids doubled in the last decade. More than 10 million Americans used pain relievers in 2012-13, which represented 4 percent of the adult population. Continue reading

Different facets of drug abuse

Deaths arising due to the overdose of heroin and prescription pain pills have climbed sky-high in recent years. Moreover, the use of pills and needles has escalated to such a point that it has become an epidemic that threatens public health. In the light of the above changes, it is essential to discuss the reasons to understand the intricacies of the problem at hand. However, the total number of drug users among women tends to remain low compared to men. Continue reading

Men more prone to relapse after rehab

Though drug addiction can be equally devastating for both men and women, it generally tends to affect both the genders differently. Additionally, they experience addiction and recovery in different ways. A person’s gender can affect his or her response to substances and likelihood of becoming addicted or remaining clean after rehabilitation. Continue reading

External causes of drug upsurge – Part 2: College campuses

College life is one of the most exciting and unforgettable phases of one’s life.  It is a period when one is not only involved in building his or her professional foundation, but also in finding the space to explore the happening elements of adulthood. For many, college means freedom where they can experiment, make friends and indulge in adventurous activities. People grow up fantasizing about the parties and drug culture that are the defining elements of adulthood. Experimenting with new things, new people and new ideas often unconsciously pushes one in the trap of addiction. Continue reading

External causes of drug upsurge – Part 1: Electronic music and dance festivals

Dance festivals and nightclubs have become a breeding ground for drug trade. In fact, there is a significant relationship between the kind of music one prefers and the type of drug he or she takes. Several researches have highlighted the connection between electronic music and 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA or ecstasy) or other stimulant drugs being used in clubs over the last decade. Continue reading

Heroin and synthetic opioids responsible for rising cocaine-related overdose deaths, finds study

The deadly combination of opioids and cocaine is leading to an increase in cocaine-related overdose deaths in the United States, finds a study published in the March 2017 issue of the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH). The analysis by researchers from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) found that heroin and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl were responsible for the rise in cocaine overdose deaths. Continue reading

Can life insurance be denied due to an association with marijuana industry?

In June 2016, the Mutual of Omaha, one of the largest insurers in the United States, refused to provide life insurance coverage to Derek Peterson, the CEO of Terra Tech Corp., a vertically integrated cannabis-focused agriculture company based in Irvine, California. In a letter to Peterson, Mutual of Omaha expressed the inability to accept premiums from individuals or entities that have ties to the marijuana industry. Continue reading

Wonder drug – Part 4: Some addictive drugs also have healing properties

Almost everyone is aware of the fact that illicit drugs are harmful to the body and mind as they can cause several health hazards that have the potential to affect day-to-day activities and even lead to death. Besides causing cardiovascular conditions, nausea, vomiting, heart diseases, impairment of liver etc., these drugs also change the way the brain functions. Continue reading

Wonder drug – Part 3: Addictive cannabidiol may have some therapeutic effects

Cannabis or marijuana has been the talk of the town by being the center of one of the most exciting developments in modern science. Several pieces of research and studies have been carried out to know about its effects in the treatment processes. Often considered as a recreational drug, cannabis includes two compounds, namely tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).
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