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Marijuana legalization – things to know

The speed at which marijuana is gaining a legal status in various states can easily confuse a person. If marijuana is being legalized then is it all right to use it? And if it is a drug, then why is it decriminalized? How can a government legalize something that is known as a gateway drug and leads to dependence that has several short- and long-term effects? If it has medical benefits, then how does a person decide if they can use it or not? Continue reading

Challenges faced during addiction recovery

Addiction is a chronic illness which affects every aspect of one’s life. Choosing to seek assistance from a drug treatment center is an act of immense bravado. Life in a rehab is supported by addiction specialists, counselors, fellow inmates and many other people. However, once the treatment at a drug rehabilitation center is over, one enters early recovery. This phase is often challenging because a person is on their own. Re-entering the society as a sober individual is not easy. Some of the challenges faced by newly sober individuals are: Continue reading

Hayver launches app to help people deal with drug and alcohol addiction

Addiction is taking its toll, killing thousands in the United States. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), more than 15 million Americans aged 12 or older had an alcohol use disorder (AUD) in 2016, while an estimated 7.4 million people in the same age group were grappling with an illicit drug addiction. Though a number of measures have already been taken to deal with the addiction crisis, scientists and experts are trying hard to develop an innovative tool for welfare of the mental health care industry. Continue reading

Despite growing support, Florida unlikely to legalize recreational marijuana anytime soon

While medical marijuana was legalized in the Sunshine State of Florida in 2016, there is a buzz around legalizing recreational marijuana in 2018.  Some people think that the refusal of the government to remove prohibitions on recreational marijuana has pushed the masses toward illegal black markets.  As a result, the problem of marijuana abuse has gone beyond control.     Continue reading

Decoding drug cryptomarkets

Cryptomarkets, also known as darknet markets, are trading points that utilize the anonymity of the web for carrying out sale and purchase of goods, drugs and data retrieved through unlawful means. Concurrent with the advent of online shopping sites, there has been a marked increase in the size of cryptomarket in recent times. Continue reading

Anabolic steroid abuse responsible for bad heart health and other conditions

In the 1930s, anabolic steroids were primarily used for treating a condition called hypogonadism, a state when the testes are not able to produce the requisite testosterone for normal body growth, development, and sexual functioning. They were also used as an effective solution for male impotence, delayed puberty, and wasting of the body as seen in people afflicted with the deadly HIV. Continue reading

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

Drive sober: Live and let live

Many of us are familiar with the dangers of drunk driving, but many also don’t know that drugged driving – or driving under the influence of either illicit or legal drugs, such as narcotic prescription medications is just as dangerous. Any drug that acts on the brain can inadvertently impair the motor skills, judgment capabilities, reaction time and sensory perceptions – be it marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines or opiates (including heroin and other painkillers such as Vicodin and OxyContin). Continue reading

Drug use and crime: One road leads to the other

Substance abuse and crime are inexorably linked to one another, the latter being the cause and result of the former. Increasing number of people apprehended for crimes have confessed to drug misuse at some point in their lives. Moreover, addiction to illicit drug use, in the long run, has, in turn, added to increasing crime rates. The kind of offenses that people commit under the influence of drugs includes acts of domestic violence, drunk driving, physical attacks, prostitution and rape. Continue reading

Drug abuse more common in men, suggests studies

Features, vocal depth, and body fat are a few common biological factors that differentiate men from women. However, the difference between the two genders is more than just these biological attributes. Exposure and addiction to drugs and alcohol also influence men and women differently. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) suggests that men are more likely than women to use almost all types of illicit drugs. Moreover, emergency visits or drug overdose deaths are more likely to occur in men than women due to the illicit drug usage. Continue reading