DEA temporarily places fentanyl-related substances in Schedule I

April 13, 2018 in Drug Abuse

To avoid an imminent hazard to the public safety, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has issued a temporary scheduling order of fentanyl-related substances in Schedule I in the United States. Currently, they are not placed in any schedule of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Substances placed under the Schedule I have a high potential for abuse, lack safety for use and have no accepted medical use in treatment. In addition to the above stringent measure, the order will also schedule the isomers, esters, ethers, salts and salts of isomers, etc. of fentanyl-related substances in Schedule I. 

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 Former rugby player John Tobin confesses role in Australia’s biggest drug haul

February 05, 2018 in Drug Abuse

Former rugby player John Tobin has pleaded guilty for being a part of one of the biggest illegal drug busts in the Australian history that happened during Christmas last year. The 58-year-old first-grade player was charged for his involvement in the alleged syndicate responsible for trafficking cocaine from Chile to Australia using a vessel temporarily moored at Sydney Fish Markets’ public wharf.

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 Arrest of comedian Artie Lange highlights the magnitude of drug addiction

January 19, 2018 in Drug Abuse

The life of renowned American comedian and actor Artie Lange has been a rough ride filled with numerous episodes of addiction and relapse. In 2017 alone, he was arrested twice for possessing drugs and once for missing a court date in December. He has witnessed numerous relapses and two suicide attempts due to his constant battle with drug addiction. He has attributed his problems at work to drug addiction.

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 Nutritional requirements during addiction recovery

August 08, 2017 in Addiction, Drug Abuse, Drug Addiction, Substance Abuse

Coming clean about an addiction and resolving to seek treatment can be a life-altering decision. As long as one is associated with a rehab center for treatment, immense support is available through skilled professionals and other facilities. However, at the end of the treatment when an individual is on his own, the timeline of his or her sobriety depends on how strong is his will power to remain sober, conquer cravings and practice extreme self-care. One of the key factors facilitating sobriety is diet.

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 False advertisements fail to nail real repercussions of synthetic marijuana

August 04, 2017 in Drug Abuse, Drug Addiction, Marijuana

Fake weed, also known as synthetic cannabinoids (SCBs) or synthetic marijuana, is an artificially created psychotropic chemical that primarily aims at enhancing and mimicking the hallucinatory effects of marijuana. Although manufacturers claim that the ingredients of SCBs are natural and extracted from various plants, the only thing natural about SCBs is the dried plant on which a number of chemicals are applied. Reportedly, these chemicals cause some debilitating symptoms once taken into the body.

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 As Florida’s opioid crisis worsens, concern over new drug laws rises

August 01, 2017 in Drug Abuse, Drug Addiction, Opioids

The Florida Medical Examiner Commission’s 2016 Interim Drugs in Deceased Persons Report has identified fentanyl as the drug responsible for the highest number of overdose deaths in the state during the first six months of 2016. The report, released in May 2017, presents the most recent and accurate summary of Florida’s lethal opioid crisis. The first half of 2016 saw 704 deaths due to fentanyl overdoses, which is nearly the same as the total number of fentanyl overdose deaths during 2015.

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 Mental and physical scars of drug abuse

July 27, 2017 in Drug Abuse

One of the dangers of early drug abuse is that it deteriorates the brain functioning and makes it vulnerable to psychotic disorders and addiction problems in later life. Apart from the psychological impact, drugs can also wreak havoc on the user’s physical appearance. Wrinkles and skin sags make an early appearance in those who are addicted to illicit substances. Moreover, multiple blotches on the skin are painful reminders of intravenous drug use. Drug users always feel lethargic and face significant challenges in completing day-to-day activities.

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 Importance of teen-oriented treatment programs in rehabs

July 21, 2017 in Drug Abuse

Teens live in a world that is quite different from the world of adults. Even their psychological and physiological yearnings are different from those of adults. Therefore, when it comes to treatment for a drug problem, adolescents and young adults have different needs that cannot be fulfilled by adult-centric programs.

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 Mix music with feelings, not with substance abuse

July 06, 2017 in Drug Abuse, Drug Addiction, Substance Abuse

There is a close association between music and drugs. In fact, taste for a particular genre of music shapes a person’s social and personal behavior, such as sense of dressing, visiting certain pubs, inclination toward certain drugs, etc. Therefore, the kind of music a person prefers to listen in daily life immensely affects his or her personality.

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 Meth attraction in the gay community

June 29, 2017 in Drug Abuse, Substance Abuse

The incidence of drug and alcohol addiction is much higher in gay men than in heterosexual men. The gay community has the highest usage patterns of “party” drugs. Crystal meth, known by several street names including Ice, Glass, Shards and Tina, is the most popular party drug used by gay men, and its use is associated with severely negative repercussions. Despite the drug’s harmful side-effects and studies showing that meth can worsen the condition of HIV-positive people, it is highly sought-after in the gay community.

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