HHS chief bats for medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction

HHS chief bats for medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction

Looking at the worsening opioid epidemic ravaging the United States, the federal government has been formulating various policies and plans to combat the situation. With over 64,000 Americans succumbing to drug overdose deaths in 2016, as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is time to expand effective treatment options for addiction. One such option promoted by the Donald Trump administration is medication-assisted treatment (MAT) Read more

Anti-smoking groups sue FDA for delaying e-cigarette review

Anti-smoking groups sue FDA for delaying e-cigarette review

Even as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made a “historic move” recently to reduce nicotine content in cigarettes, it seems not doing enough to regulate and curb the electronic cigarette use. Read more

Glorification of molly by hip-hop musicians spikes drug abuse among Afro-Americans, claims study

Glorification of molly by hip-hop musicians spikes drug abuse among Afro-Americans, claims study

The problem of drug abuse is not new in the United States, with many already dealing with its effects. A number of factors trigger drug-seeking behaviors, such as genetics, biological and environmental factors, a co-occurring mental disorder, etc. Moreover, people, exposed to crime and violence early in their life, begin to abuse substances at a young age. In addition, many abuse drugs and alcohol merely for recreational purposes like feeling high and boosting mood. Many youngsters passionately follow the footsteps of their favorite actors and celebrities; hence, they run the increased risk of developing drug-seeking behaviors. Read more

Ways LSD affects human brain

Ways LSD affects human brain

An estimated 32 million American residents in 2010 reported the lifetime use of psychedelics, including lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), psilocybin (magic mushrooms), mescaline and peyote. Unlike other drugs, psychedelics often evoke the awareness of subconscious thoughts and feelings, such as repressed memories, feelings about life circumstances, fantasies or deep fears. People high on psychedelics experience hallucinations, vivid images and intense sounds. Read more

Higher potency pushing marijuana demand for drug treatment programs

Higher potency pushing marijuana demand for drug treatment programs

Marijuana is a mood altering (psychoactive) drug derived from the Cannabis plant, its two main varieties being Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica. People consume cannabis by smoking, inhaling through vapor, brewing as a tea, with food, as a balm, or eating in the form of brownies or chocolate bars.

Cannabis is the most commonly abused illicit drug globally, popular for its psychoactive properties. Although originally classified as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act, several states in the United States have started making it a legal drug. It has a slew of street monikers, including grass, pot, hash, weed, reefer, dope, herb, mull, Buddha, ganja, joint, stick, buckets, cones, skunk, hydro, yarndi, smoke and hooch among others. Read more

10 surefire ways to stay away from alcohol

10 surefire ways to stay away from alcohol

Quitting alcohol is never easy, and for some people, it might be a lifelong struggle owing to the painful withdrawal symptoms. However, it is important to understand that alcohol addiction can cause extreme distress and complications in one’s life. Therefore, one must be determined in his/her resolve to quit alcohol. Read more

Researchers develop digital pills to track opioid abuse

Researchers develop digital pills to track opioid abuse

The plight of opioid crisis continuous to be a major problem across the United States. In spite of the authorities taking innumerable steps to curb the menace, the crisis has emerged as a major public health issue or an epidemic in the U.S.

According to various studies, a large number people are suffering from opioid addiction. Some of the key populations affected by opioids are teenagers, women and older people. In the light of the growing menace of opioids, President Donald Trump has declared it as a nationwide public emergency. Read more

Cocaine can make cells commit suicide

Cocaine can make cells commit suicide

The problem of cocaine abuse has massively affected the world. An extremely potent and addictive stimulant used for increasing the level of alertness and energy, cocaine is one of the oldest known psychoactive substances in the world. Repeated exposure to cocaine leads to the acclimatization of the brain to its repercussions. Read more

Why people with alcohol use disorder love drinking

Why people with alcohol use disorder love drinking

Alcoholism refers to chronic consumption of alcoholic beverages, or developing a dependence on alcohol to such an extent that it impairs control over drinking, often leading to a loss of control over one’s life. Alcoholism does not comprise a single factor, rather a result of numerous genetic, psychological, environmental, and social factors.

Some people view alcohol as a way of relieving themselves from quotidian distress. They feel that it helps them deal with the various stressors of life, such as work pressure, academic issues, relationship hassles, financial stress, etc. Whereas, there are many who drink to deal with a subtle peer pressure, a sense of inadequacy driving them to project themselves as ‘in vogue’ and not the odd one out. Another reason people drink alcohol is to satiate their curiosity. Read more

Depression in teens drives them to cannabis use in later adolescence

Depression in teens drives them to cannabis use in later adolescence

Depression is a common mental health condition affecting millions of people worldwide. Between 2005 and 2015, major depressive episodes among young American adults ages 18 to 25 have grown from 8.8 percent to 10.3 percent. While several studies have ascribed depression as an outcome of traumatic life events like rape, violence, war, terminal illness, bullying, etc., substance abuse is also a prime cause of it. Read more