Rarely abused drugs – 3: Venlafaxine

May 19, 2017 in Addiction, drug abuse, opioids, Substance Abuse

The use of pharmaceuticals for non-medical purposes has become more common than ever before, especially among college-going students. The surge in prescription drug abuse in the United States is largely driven by the easy availability of such drugs in medical stores, or at times, even at homes. Prescription drug addiction is a grave problem since most people do not hesitate from sharing these drugs openly among friends and family, as well as other near and dear ones. But, the worst part is that most people perceive such medications to be safer than other illegal drugs, primarily driven by the fact that most of them are prescribed by doctors and are also legally sold in pharmacies.

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 Rarely abused drugs – 2: Dicyclomine

May 15, 2017 in Addiction, drug abuse, opioids, Substance Abuse

Taking medicines without doctor’s recommendation or consuming more than the prescribed dosage can lead to serious health repercussions. A prolonged use of such prescription medications may lead to a dependence on them, owing to their ability to cause a euphoric “high”. However, one of the major causes of prescription abuse, especially among teenagers, is the illegal sharing of prescribed medicines among peers and friends. But, when it comes to women and the elderly people, the primary reason behind the high rate of prescription drug abuse is the tendency to over use and misuse the prescribed medication (usually the painkillers).

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 Weed weddings: New trend in cannabis-legalized states in US

March 16, 2017 in Marijuana, Substance Abuse

Although the Drug Enforcement Administration continues to identify cannabis as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act, certain states have legalized it for medicinal purposes and some also permit its recreational use. With the new stand on the subject, a new market has opened up making the drug accessible to more and more people. One such market is the use of cannabis during wedding ceremonies which is a now a trend being picked up by young couples.

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 Fake pot caused ‘zombie’ outbreak in NYC last summer

February 27, 2017 in Addiction, Marijuana, opioids, Substance Abuse

The rate of abuse of synthetic cannabinoids has seen a rapid increase across the United States. Banned in the U.S., these compounds are produced in underground labs in South Asia and China. Their non-detectability in most drug tests and low price make it so popular with the masses.

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 Exploring most common reasons for substance abuse

February 22, 2017 in Addiction, Substance Abuse

Today, drug use and abuse have become a very common phenomenon worldwide. Everyone goes through a gamut of emotions, such as sadness, happiness, contentment, frustration or anxiety, etc., which emerge in response to various incidents taking place in daily life. While some people have strong coping strategies, there are many others who have a very low threshold level. As a result, those who are unable to combat the emotional upheavals resort to illegal substances, such as alcohol or drugs, to achieve solace, but, on the contrary, get hooked on to them and suffer more problems. Once an addiction develops, it gets difficult to come off its reigns because the mind and body get highly accustomed to the effects produced by the mind-altering substances.

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 Synthetic Drugs: Where dangers lay hidden

February 13, 2017 in drug abuse, opioids, Substance Abuse

Synthetic drugs, also called club or designer drugs, are chemical, lab-created substances that mimic natural drugs such as marijuana, cocaine or morphine. Although they are similar to cocaine, methamphetamine and cannabis, they are not derived from plants. These drugs have varied effects on the brain or behavior of users. The New York Department of Health defines synthetic drugs “with properties and effects similar to a known hallucinogen or narcotic but having a slightly altered chemical structure….” Basically, the term ‘synthetic drug’ covers a wide, ever-changing range of substances.

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 Marijuana ring busted at Burger King drive-through in New Hampshire

February 09, 2017 in cannabis use disorder, Marijuana, Substance Abuse

As the light clears the dark clouds looming over Rockingham County, Jeremy (name changed), a 45-year-old backpacker, scans the surroundings for signs of a Burger King outlet.

On spotting one in the distance, he heads straight to the outlet and pulls up to the speakers at the drive-through window and asks for “nasty boy.” At once, the assistant on the other side answers in confirmation. “Extra crispy French fries please,” says an impatient Jeremy sitting inside his car. The Burger King employee returns with a pack of French fries and a coffee cup. After making the payment, a smiling Jeremy zooms away in his car. He’s got what he wanted.

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 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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 Trump administration inauguration celebration surprise: Free marijuana for all!

January 27, 2017 in Marijuana, Substance Abuse

While President Donald Trump was taking an oath of office on January 20, 2017, the DC Cannabis Coalition (DCCC) – a pro-weed organization – was handing out free joints near Dupont Circle in Washington D.C. to advocate legalization of marijuana at the federal level.

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