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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

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

Rise in number of rural American babies born drug dependent

Children born to mothers who used or misused prescription opioids during pregnancy are at a greater risk of getting seizures or facing problems related to breathing, feeding and sleeping. Though the opioid epidemic has hit all the parts of the United States, the problem has been found to be particularly acute in rural areas where the treatment programs often lag behind in comparison to urban areas. Continue reading

Scientific report on marijuana confirms its medical benefits

Marijuana advocates have more reasons to cheer. As per the latest report by the United States National Academics of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), released in January 2017, cannabinoids in marijuana had several positive health effects.

According to the report, while uncertainties about their health and safety remains, cannabis can help safely alleviate pain. As per the report, patients who used cannabis to treat chronic pain were more likely to experience a significant reduction in their pain symptoms. Continue reading

Top US organizations opposing marijuana legalization

The acceptability of marijuana as a drug for treating various medical conditions has been on the rise in the United States. In the past few years, several states have adopted more expansive laws legalizing marijuana even for recreational purposes. Interestingly, marijuana legalization in America was the most debated topic in the 2016 elections, with new polls showing that more than half the country was demanding marijuana law reforms. Continue reading

Homeless people: An easy prey for synthetic marijuana dealers

Designer drugs are illegal, synthetic and lab-created drugs, made by chemically changing the properties of natural drugs derived from plants such as marijuana and coca. Synthetic marijuana, known as ‘Spice’ and ‘K2’ among many other names, is also a designer drug. Herbs, incense and other similar materials are coated with lab-synthesized chemicals to copy the effect of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis or the marijuana plant. Also called synthetic cannabinoids because they have properties similar to that of THC, these chemicals have mind-altering properties. Continue reading

Breakthrough in diagnostic test for cocaine: Study

Drugs are never a solution, but a problem instead. There is a pressing need to control the epidemic that has crippled generations. The United States has battled the drug problem for decades now. One of the most prominently used drugs in the U.S. is cocaine, or as it goes by its street name, crack. Cocaine has been one of the constant sources of emotional and mental solace for many people and its continued growth poses a problem, especially for the youth. Continue reading

Medical marijuana: The most sought after prescription medication

In today’s fast-paced world, everyone tries to quickly get rid of an issue, be it related to one’s health, work, or relationship. But, it must be remembered that not all challenges can be solved with “one size fits all” strategy. In fact, in most of the cases, it is important to look at the pros and cons of every solution before embarking on the journey to recovery. Recently, there has been a steep rise in the popularity of marijuana as a prescription drug, which has prompted may people to shift from conventional medicine in a bid to quickly rid themselves of chronic pain. This is why many people consider “marijuana to be synonymous with “a good time.” Continue reading