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Helping friend overcome addiction to substances

Helping friend overcome addiction to substances

Addiction is a scourge with debilitating effects. Wreaking havoc and precluding every prospect in one’s life, it becomes fatal under chronic and severe conditions. Drug overdoses regularly kill tens and thousands of people the world over, especially in the United States. According to a New York Times report, the number of Americans who died of […]

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Influence of opium on romantic, Victorian English literature

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 - 2: Advantages of family inclusion while treating addiction

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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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 2: Snorting cocaine

Health risks of certain drugs – Part 2: Snorting cocaine

It may sound unbelievable to many that the popular soft drink brand Coca Cola had coca leaves and kola nuts (a source of caffeine) as its main ingredients when John Pemberton launched it in 1886. Cocaine had just started to gain popularity and there was no better time to capitalize on the opportunity, and probably […]

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Pharmacies’ role in giving naloxone to opioid-addicted patients is beneficial, suggests study

Pharmacies’ role in giving naloxone to opioid-addicted patients is beneficial, suggests study

A new study from the Boston Medical Center (BMC) suggests that pharmacies should take a proactive approach in giving naloxone, a medicine used to block or reverse the effects of opioid overdose, to individuals taking opioids. The study, which was published by the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association in March 2017, advocates a universal […]

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Generic Drugs – 1: Addiction to generic drugs posing threats in America

Generic Drugs – 1: Addiction to generic drugs posing threats in America

Prescription drug abuse has become more rampant than ever in America. As per a recent report by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), most of the accidental deaths in the United States are a result of drug overdoses, with prescription pain relievers being the most widespread cause with 20,101 overdose deaths in 2015 alone. […]

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Marijuana legalization: Hot topic for Texas 85th legislative session

Marijuana legalization: Hot topic for Texas 85th legislative session

While Texas lags in marijuana policy, many are hopeful that the Texas 85th legislative session will put an end to such conservatism. Basis a number of proposals in favor of decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana that were proposed in November 2016, it is expected that the Texas legislative session may take some ground-breaking […]

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Codependence: Challenges of living with a drug-abusing partner

Codependence: Challenges of living with a drug-abusing partner

Drug Addiction is commonplace in the United States these days and cuts across a diverse population including children, adolescents, older adults, LGBT community, etc. A majority of the population is either addicted to drugs, or they are related to someone who is dependent on illegal substances. Living with a person addicted to illicit drugs can […]

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Celebrities who fought drug addiction

Celebrities who fought drug addiction

Celebrities lead a life of grandeur and fame. However, everything comes with a price. The rich, famous and even the struggling celebrities have to scuffle every day with a gamut of emotions such as, anxiety, stress, fear, jealousy, etc. Since everyone has a different threshold level for enduring such emotions, there are some individuals who […]

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