Drug abuse: Threat to American society, socially and economically

February 03, 2017 in Addiction, drug abuse, Substance Abuse

The habitual consumption of legal and illegal drugs to experience pleasure and other euphoric effects, has emerged as a major public health problem is the United States. In fact, the impact of drug abuse has been comparatively more damaging on the youngsters, who take up drugs under peer pressure for experimentation and entertainment.

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 Opioid epidemic continues to grow in Wisconsin despite measures

January 30, 2017 in Addiction, drug abuse, opioids, Substance Abuse, Treatment

From “wonder drug” to life-threatening substance, opioids have crossed all boundaries to reach epidemic levels in the United States. With the problem rising alarmingly, the federal agencies are now trying to deal with it in several possible ways. In January 2017, Governor Scott Walker called a special legislative session to pass a dozen additional bills to combat opioid addiction in Wisconsin. However, social justice groups and civil rights advocates objected to the move, saying that it was not enough to address the state’s growing opioid epidemic.

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 Record-breaking pot bust: $9 million worth of marijuana seized in Atlanta

January 20, 2017 in cannabis use disorder, drug abuse, Marijuana

In what is being termed as Atlanta’s biggest traffic bust, on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, the Atlanta Police Department seized an estimated $9 million worth of marijuana crossing the city. As per Deputy Chief Darryl Tolleson from Criminal Investigations Division (CID), Atlanta Police Department, it was a tip that led to the seizure of nearly 6,000 pounds of marijuana. The tipoff call came in the evening saying that a drug shipment was moving through the city in a cargo truck.

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 Philadelphia hospital seeks volunteer cuddlers for newborn opioid addicts

January 18, 2017 in drug abuse, Drug Addiction, opioids

As the week-old restless infant scrunched up her pale face bursting into heartrending sobs, the silver-haired volunteer intensified her embrace and hummed a lullaby. Responding to her touch in a flash, the helpless little one snuggled up blissfully in the warmth of her bosom.

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 Rarely abused but potent prescription drugs

January 13, 2017 in Addiction, drug abuse, Drug Addiction

Overall, the use and abuse of addictive substances, including drugs, to feel ecstasy and a euphoric high is not something new; in fact, it has been prevalent ever since the existence of mankind. Interestingly, addiction, like humans, has evolved significantly, both in terms of the type of substance and methods to abuse substances.

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 Early puberty linked to substance abuse

December 30, 2016 in drug abuse, Substance Abuse

Puberty is an important phase in an adolescent’s life where the body transitions into adulthood. An individual undergoes significant physical and psychological changes upon reaching puberty. However, in the last few years, it has been observed that American kids are hitting puberty at quite a young age.

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 Understanding the relationship between cognitive dissonance and addiction

December 21, 2016 in Addiction, drug abuse, Drug Addiction, Substance Abuse

People sometimes struggle with an uncomfortable feeling, which stems from the fact that their actions are not in harmony with their beliefs. This destructive thought pattern, known as cognitive dissonance, comprising conflicting beliefs, attitudes and behaviors, can become overpowering when an individual does not have a strong reason to behave in a certain way.

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 Types of synthetic drugs – Part 3: Fighting addiction to Molly

November 30, 2016 in Addiction, drug abuse, Treatment

The use of Molly in today’s world is different from what it was initially intended for. On mentioning the word Molly, people usually tend to take it as the pure form of 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA), originally recommended to treat depression. However, today’s Molly is different not only in terms of its constituents, but also in terms of the purpose of its use.

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 Holistic approach needed to fight addiction, says Surgeon General’s substance abuse report

November 23, 2016 in Addiction, drug abuse, Substance Abuse, Treatment

There has been a continuous increase in the number of substance abuse cases in the United States. Those suffering from substance abuse, however, often fail to get the required treatment due to the inability to get access to proper treatment, the shame and misunderstanding tied to these disorders and the lack of screening for substance use disorders (SUDs), says the recent report on substance abuse in America by U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H. Murthy.

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 5 leading causes of drug addiction relapse in the US

November 18, 2016 in drug abuse, Drug Addiction, Substance Abuse

Relapse is the state in which an individual who had undergone the process of recovering from addiction to alcohol or drugs begins to abuse them again. Recovering from an addiction is a lifelong process and not something that can be accomplished in a few days. It demands a firm determination, dedication and commitment to ensure that the person trying to kick the habit does not go back to his/her old habits.

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