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Small set of genes may predict likelihood of heroin addiction, identifies study

Small set of genes may predict likelihood of heroin addiction, identifies study

According to the 2016 World Drug Report published by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), heroin is the most lethal drug globally. The report highlighted the concern that heroin use is skyrocketing in the United States, with nearly one million heroin users in 2014, an almost three-fold increase from 2003. Heroin-related deaths […]

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Marijuana use affects different parts of the brain

Marijuana use affects different parts of the brain

The controversial drug marijuana is a psychoactive substance that affects the central nervous system (CNS) and alters the brain’s chemistry. The increasing acceptance of marijuana like alcohol further spikes the health risks. Although marijuana is derived from the hemp plant, one of its active chemicals tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is responsible for altering the normal functioning of […]

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Tips to prevent an addiction relapse

Tips to prevent an addiction relapse

Although relapses are counted as a part of the recovery process, it is crucial to be aware of such phases and their repercussions on the users. The occurrence of a relapse tends to differ from person to person. In fact, many patients going through the phase of recovery are likely to witness one or more […]

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Health risks of certain drugs – Part 4: Ingesting meth

Health risks of certain drugs – Part 4: Ingesting meth

Methamphetamine is a stimulant drug used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and sleep disorders. However, it becomes dangerous when one abuses it. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 5.40 percent Americans aged 12 years or older abuse methamphetamine at least once in their lifetime, including 0.30 percent […]

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Health risks of certain drugs – Part 3: Shooting heroin

Health risks of certain drugs – Part 3: Shooting heroin

Heroin is the perfect example of a wonder drug going wrong, thanks to the people who used it as a recreational drug rather than a therapeutic medicine. Heroin is an opioid drug prepared from morphine, a natural product extracted from the seedpod of the Asian opium poppy plant. According to the 2015 National Survey on […]

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