Marijuana use lowers verbal memory in middle age: Study

Marijuana is by far the most commonly used illicit drug in America, says the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The drug affects the process which helps the brain build connections and its lifetime exposure worsens verbal memory in middle age. In other words, marijuana users may remember only a fewer words from a long list by the time they reach middle age, says a recent study published by the JAMA Internal Medicine in February 2016. But apparently, the overall cognitive function doesn’t get much affected by the regular drug use, the study added. Read more

Spurt in overdose deaths from common sedatives; America faces new threat

Nearly half a million Americans died from drug overdoses between 2000 and 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Opioid overdose deaths, including opioid pain relievers and heroin, hit record levels in 2014, with an alarming 14 percent increase in just one year, the agency says. Read more