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

Impacts of inhalant abuse on brain

Impacts of inhalant abuse on brain

Over the years, substances like alcohol, marijuana, heroin and cocaine have drawn a lot of attention from the media and the government due to the substantial damages caused to people. Though people have started taking warnings related to these rather seriously, many still tend to ignore the consequences of inhalants that usually contain a number of potential substances capable of altering the brain’s functions and hormones. The practice of inhaling volatile chemical compounds is popularly known as huffing. Read more

Emotional abuse of children results in adult PTSD and opioid misuse

Emotional abuse of children results in adult PTSD and opioid misuse

During their journey from an infant to an adult, children transverse through different life stages, which need both physical and emotional nourishment for healthy growth and development. Children who are either deprived of their necessities or are exposed to any kind of abuse during childhood tend to develop both physical and mental abnormalities.

In the United States, childhood emotional abuse is defined as an “injury to the psychological capacity or emotional stability of the child as evidenced by an observable or substantial change in behavior, emotional response, or cognition” and injury as evidenced by “anxiety, depression, withdrawal, or aggressive behavior.” In short, emotional abuse refers to actions and behaviors of parents, caregivers or other people from the society, which may have a negative impact on a child’s mental health. It includes insulting, neglecting, threatening and name-calling. Read more

Why crystal meth abuse gives one a gaunt look

Why crystal meth abuse gives one a gaunt look

Scientists have probably figured out why methamphetamine (also known as meth or crystal meth) abuse gives people a gaunt look or induces striking changes in their physical features. According to a study by the scientists from the Italian Institute of Technology and UC Irvine, published in the open-access online journal PLOS ONE, meth abuse leads to stark abnormalities in the fat metabolism of cells.

This malfunction triggers a rise in a type of molecule in the cells that causes premature aging and cell death. Further research has revealed that crystal meth by damaging the brain and other body organs causes diseases related to aging, such as coronary atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and pulmonary fibrosis (scarring of the lungs). Therefore, it is essential to understand the consequences of abusing crystal meth to avert the above-mentioned adverse effect. Read more

Is it safe to detox during pregnancy?

Is it safe to detox during pregnancy?

There are contrary viewpoints on the issue of detoxing during pregnancy. On the one hand, some argue that it is dangerous to detox during pregnancy due to the increased chances of harming the fetus in the process. On the other hand, some claim that medical detox is a good choice to get rid of the stored toxins due to substance abuse during pregnancy.
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Drug users hoodwinked into experimenting new psychoactive substances

Drug users hoodwinked into experimenting new psychoactive substances

New psychoactive substances (NPS) are a range of drugs designed to mimic illicit drugs, such as cocaine, cannabis, etc. Overall, they are known by a variety of names, such as synthetic drugs, legal highs and designer drugs, and are made of man-made chemicals instead of natural products.

Overall, “synthetic marijuana” (spice or K2), “synthetic stimulants” (bath salts) and a drug known as “N-bomb” are some of the common designer drugs. As these drugs trigger similar psychoactive effects as caused by illicit drugs, it can prove to be dangerous and even lethal, especially in the case of overdoses. Read more

Detox from opiates: Salient factors that must be considered

Detox from opiates: Salient factors that must be considered

The rise of opiate addiction in the U.S. can be attributed to a number of factors. One of which is the growing practice of self-medication. Whether done for medical or non-medical purposes, it can result in a number of unintentional overdose deaths, primarily due to opioids. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), there has been a 2.8-fold increase in the number of deaths due to an overdose of opioid drugs from 2002 to 2015. Read more

Detoxification-eliminating toxins left by drugs and alcohol

Detoxification-eliminating toxins left by drugs and alcohol

According to the 2015 data released by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), in 2014, nearly 22.5 million Americans aged 12 years or older needed treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, however, only 4.1 million people received treatment for substance use disorder during the same period. Thus, there continues to be a large treatment gap in the country, despite a significantly high rate of substance use, abuse and dependence among Americans. Read more

Should parents tell kids about their past drug use?

Should parents tell kids about their past drug use?

The passing thought of revealing your drug addiction past to your children may be terrifying. With such high numbers of drug abusers and teens being among them, parents fear that the kids will imitate what they did. But, is revealing all about their own past is a good idea? Maybe not. Read more

Surprising facts about inhalants

Surprising facts about inhalants

Here’s a quick test: which of these products can be abused – hair spray, Freon found in air-conditioners, felt-tip markers, computer duster, spray paint, glue and propellant in cooking products like whipped cream and cooking spray?

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