The news of pop icon Prince’s mysterious death in April 2016 came as a shock to his millions of fans across the world. But even more shocking was the cause of death, which became official only now with the toxicology report confirming prescription drug overdose behind his sudden demise. He thus joins the list of celebrities who conceded their lives to opioid addiction, which has taken the shape of an epidemic in the United States. …Read more
For some, it is normal to show up inebriated or high on a drug most of the time. This is particularly true of cocaine addicts who abuse it to experience a short-term high, despite knowing the side effects of the drug, such as inability to take decisions and tendency to show compulsive craving and use. …Read more
The United States consumes approximately 80 percent of all the opioids sold globally. A report, titled “Estimates of Pain Prevalence and Severity in Adults: United States, 2012,” by the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health estimated that nearly 50 million Americans are living with chronic pain. As pain affects Americans more than any other disorder, there has been a surge in opioid abuse cases in the country during the past decade. Approximately 300 million pain prescriptions were written by physicians in 2015 alone.Read more
Even as marijuana reform activists across the United States push for the legalization of medical marijuana in the country, it seems not all are aware of the benefits and adverse effects of marijuana use if we consider the increasing rate of cannabis use disorder.
According to a recent collaborative study by the Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University Medical Center, and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), an estimated 6 million adults in the U.S. were suffering from marijuana use disorder in 2015. …Read more
If there is any substance after methamphetamine that has Americans in its clutches, it is surely cocaine that creates a psychological dependence like no other drug. The rewarding effect experienced after cocaine intake subsides quickly, forcing the addict to take increased quantity of the drug to achieve the same effect. Many a times, addicts prefer to combine cocaine with other drugs such as marijuana, amphetamines and heroin which not only aggravates the risk of cocaine addiction but also turns out to be fatal.Read more
America’s biggest problem lies in its prescription, misuse of which is only rising every year. The vicious cycle of prescription drug abuse that has thousands of Americans trapped in is largely attributed to a false sense of security that such medications, taken in any form or dose, are relatively harmless as they bear the seal of approval of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and advised by a doctor.Read more