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Break the ice to dissuade substance abuse

Break the ice to dissuade substance abuse

When parents feel that their child is susceptible to the lure of drugs or is intricately involved in drug abuse, a conversation with him or her on this important subject in an appropriate manner is of utmost importance. Since adolescence is a tricky phase, even the best behaved child may face the challenge at one time […]

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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 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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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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Heroin use rising in white population

Heroin use rising in white population

Heroin use has increased in the American population at an astonishing rate. Interestingly, the biggest jump has been seen among white men with low income and education. Therefore, it is essential to understand the geographic and demographic patterns in case of substance abuse. One of the key findings of the National Vital Statistics System (NVSS) […]

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Americans consume about 80% of world’s opioids: ASIPP fact sheet

Americans consume about 80% of world’s opioids: ASIPP fact sheet

“Opioids are essentially legal heroin,” says Lewis Nelson, who served on a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel to revise the Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) associated with prescription drugs. Drug abuse, both legal and illegal, has become a serious health issue in the United States. The abuse of certain prescription drugs, such as […]

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Strengthen regulations and awareness to curb menace of counterfeit drugs

Strengthen regulations and awareness to curb menace of counterfeit drugs

Counterfeit drugs are taking a toll on the health of the common masses by heralding a range of potentially dangerous health issues. Counterfeit drugs are packaged and labeled as the genuine version of the medication. Though they may look similar, they have different chemical compositions and ingredients. Such a false packaging makes it difficult to […]

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Commonly abused prescription drugs - 4: Clinical characteristics of patients necessary to curb opioid addiction

Commonly abused prescription drugs – 4: Clinical characteristics of patients necessary to curb opioid addiction

The extent to which health care practitioners can garner results in the treatment for opioid and heroin addiction is dependent on the clinical characteristics of the patients that may vary according to the type of opioid being abused and the route of using such drugs (oral or intravenous).

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