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Why drugs’ impact on men and women vary

Just like different drugs trigger varied effects on the brain, their impact also differ based on gender. Despite being an important factor that needs to be taken into account to understand the problem of drug abuse, the latter factor has not gained much attention. As per trends, while males are prone to marijuana and alcohol […]

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How proximity to Mexico contributing to Texan drug crisis

While the drug epidemic has spread across the United States, its presence in felt more in the states bordering Mexico, particularly Texas. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the number of drug overdose deaths in Texas for the 12-month ending January 2016 was 2,593, which increased to 2,799 a year later. […]

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Determining repercussions of early exposure to substances

Substance abuse has emerged as a terrifying phenomenon that has inflicted substantial damages on young people. Though the problem of drug abuse has existed since time immemorial, it has become a rage among a large proportion of youngsters. The abuse and misuse of drugs by teenagers and young adults have become a global issue, with […]

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Addictive personalities: Are some people more prone to addiction?

James Franco, nominated for his iconic role in the movie “127 Hours,” in a recent interview has opened up about his “addictive personality” and how he has finally come to terms with it. Acting was something he turned to when he got over certain addictions as a teen. After 10 years in the industry, the […]

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Concentration of iron in brain directly linked with duration of cocaine use

As with all drugs, an addiction to cocaine negatively affects a user psychologically, socially and emotionally. With cocaine, the downslide happens much faster and harder compared to other drugs. Since cocaine triggers a relatively short-term high, it leaves users craving for more. The tolerance for the illicit drug also develops very quickly that leads to […]

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Influence of opium on romantic, Victorian English literature

“In Xanadu did Kubla Khan A stately pleasure-dome decree: Where Alph, the sacred river, ran Through caverns measureless to man Down to a sunless sea.” Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Addiction treatment approaches – 3: Hospitals’ emergency rooms act as saviors to drug addiction cases

“With approximately 50 percent of the USA population on prescription drugs and 10 percent on antidepressants, it is clear that things are going seriously wrong with human health in the modern world.” – Steven Magee, Health Forensics

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Addiction treatment approaches – 2: Advantages of family inclusion while treating addiction

The overall impact of addiction extends considerably beyond just the user. It affects not only the user but also the entire family in several ways. The entire family dynamics can take a turn for the worse when the members discover that a loved one has developed a drug addiction. Some of the impacts of drug […]

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Addiction treatment approaches – 1: Challenges confronting voluntary treatment compared to coercive treatment

The need to have efficient treatment approaches for substance abuse and ways to attract patients with substance use disorders (SUDs) to addiction treatment facilities remains a moot point among both policymakers and medical practitioners. Research suggests that effective addiction treatments are congenial, accessible and supportive in nature. However, the norm governing the approaches to treatment […]

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Identifying drug paraphernalia that may invoke intense cravings

The saying, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way,” can’t be truer than in the case of drug lovers who find ways and means to satisfy their cravings. They even use equipment to produce, consume or conceal illicit drugs and have a safe route to pleasure. The use of such equipment is known as drug […]

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