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Calming a newborn with neonatal abstinence syndrome

With the rapid spread of the opioid epidemic in the United States, there has been an unprecedented rise in the number of babies gripped by it. Children born with opioid withdrawal suffer from serious health issues, such as breathing problems, nausea, diarrhea, tremors, rashes, etc. Also known as neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), the devastating symptoms are a result of opioid use by mothers during their pregnancy. Continue reading

Aggression disorder linked to greater risk of substance abuse, says study

Occasional outburst of anger or display of aggressive behavior in response to certain situations may be a normal human trait but repeated occurrence of the same may indicate aggression disorder. Intermittent explosive disorder (IED) is an aggression disorder involving “several discrete episodes of failure to resist aggressive impulses that result in serious assaultive acts or destruction of property,” as defined by the American Psychiatric Association. Patients with IED find it difficult to control their impulses and tend to violate social norms and rights of others with their hostility. Continue reading

Surge in ‘date rape drugs’ ups cases of sexual assault

The illicit manufacturing of a number of drugs that incite euphoric effects has grown manifold. Such drugs, however, are also responsible for the growing assaults, both sexually and physically. In the recent times, there has been a rising trend of discreetly spiking one’s drink with certain drugs classified as “date rape drugs” or “club drugs” to gain unsolicited sexual pleasures. This has, in turn, resulted in an unimaginable rise in rapes. Continue reading

Effects of marijuana legalization on its consumption among American teens

The marijuana market in the United States is witnessing an unprecedented boom in terms of revenue in spite of the fact that the drug can cause adverse effects. The North American marijuana market reported $6.7 billion revenue in 2016, says a report from Arcview Market Research, a leading publisher of cannabis market research. One of the factors for this strong cannabis market is legalization of marijuana in some form or the other in 28 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. Continue reading

Is marijuana use dipping among students?

With most of the states in the United States legalizing medical use of cannabis for adults, an increasing number of parents seem to become comfortable with the use of the drug for their children. However, a report by the American Academy of Pediatrics, published in Pediatrics in February 2017, says that doctors are against the medical and recreational marijuana use for children. Continue reading

Myth surrounding synthetic marijuana use

Most states in the country have consented to using the most debated drug – marijuana. This makes smoking marijuana legal or decriminalized according to the modified regulations. The permission to use marijuana in medicinal form in most states and recreational form in some states has been granted amidst both public support and criticism. While supporters stressed on the benefits of marijuana in treating chronic pain, critics stressed on the need to research in detail about the potential side effects of the drug and warned that legalization could result in more addiction. Continue reading

Making use of hobbies in recovery from addiction

Abstinence from drug or alcohol addiction is the toughest step in the recovery process. Breaking away from addiction demands many adjustments to an individual’s routine life so that sobriety can be maintained and there are negligible chances of relapse. Questions about such adjustments to lifestyle may lead to nervousness and ambiguity about how the days will unfold during recovery. Continue reading

Marijuana use may impair coordination disrupting daily life

Marijuana may affect people’s reaction time, memory and the ability to switch between tasks, according to a February 2017 review published in the journal ScienceDirect. The researchers believe that marijuana affects and changes the corticostriatal networks, a critical brain region involved in motor learning and control. This can seriously hamper the motor and coordination skills of an affected person, even when the person is no longer high. Continue reading

Factors responsible for making Ritalin popular among teenagers

Ritalin, which is the trade name of methylphenidate, stimulates the central nervous system (CNS) and is prescribed by doctors to treat attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Despite being a prescription drug, it can trigger severe side effects, such as nervousness, insomnia, anorexia, loss of appetite, heart problems, etc. Being highly addictive in nature, it has higher chances of misuse, especially when used via injection or snorting. Continue reading

Sharing photos and videos of opioid overdose victims may fuel negative notions

Are photos and videos of people in their most vulnerable moments a correct way of spreading awareness about an issue, especially opioid addiction and overdose? Community leaders, police officers and other first responders in the U.S. seem to believe so; their reasoning is that openly sharing such images and videos will prevent people from misusing opioids and overdosing on them. Another reason is that incarceration is not a solution to curb the opioid epidemic. Law enforcement officials feel that using social media to propagate the miserable conditions of families and children of drug-dependents will leave a much deeper impact and dissuade others from being victims. Continue reading