Although Americans represent only 5 percent of the world’s population, they consume 80 percent of the world’s supply of opioids. In 2015, over 22,000 deaths occurred due to prescription opioids, an increase from around 19,000 deaths in 2014. One of the major reasons behind such a massive increase in deaths is the involvement of synthetic opioids like fentanyl. This translates into an average of 62 deaths per day. Since 2000, the rate of drug overdose deaths has increased by 137 percent, including a 200 percent increase in deaths due to opioids. Continue reading
The United States is in the throes of an unprecedented opioid epidemic that has been making its presence felt for almost two decades beginning 1999, when prescription opioids first started becoming readily available. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 183,000 people have died from opioid overdose between 1999 and 2015. In 2015, deaths from opioid overdose reached a record high when more than 33,000 Americans died, which was more than the previous years. Continue reading
Ongoing research on substance abuse and its impact on the neural pathways of pleasure and pain in the human brain has vastly improved understanding of substance abuse, dependence and addiction. This, in turn, assists in comprehending the effect of substance-seeking behavior on the human behavior and psyche. Continue reading
Addiction is characterized by an uncontrollable urge to use a substance. Substance addiction is a major public health concern that costs thousands of lives to the United States and inflicts a huge cost on the nation and causes a number of problems – to the addicted individual, his family and community. People suffering from an addiction witness a number of disabilities and impairments that affect their daily functioning. Continue reading
One can never determine a person’s proclivity toward illicit substances based on his or her personality. If it would have been easy to determine which personality types were more prone to develop an addiction to drugs or alcohol, then half the problem of the researchers would have been successfully solved. However, with an ever-increasing number of research and studies, it has been possible to identify the indicators that can predict what kind of individuals are more prone to addiction. However, it appears that the answers are still pretty sketchy and not quite so “cut and dried.” Continue reading
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
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).
“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” – Walt Disney Continue reading
One of the biggest topics regarding addiction and family is the question whether addiction can be passed down to children. Years of study and countless research have proven that addiction does in fact run in families and can be passed down through generations (National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, “Family history and genetics”). Knowing one’s family history of substance abuse should be a major factor in determining what substances people choose to put in their bodies. Continue reading
Americans tend to view marijuana in a different light than most other narcotics. Due to the prevalence of the “stoner” subculture and a growing push for marijuana legalization, people tend to see marijuana as a drug that has few, if any, negative consequences. In reality, marijuana can cause addiction as well as a number of health problems, particularly when use starts in adolescence. It thus becomes troubling to hear a recent study showing that most adolescents perceive marijuana as harmless, making them more likely to give it a try without a full understanding of the consequences. Before any young person tries marijuana, they should get all of the facts.