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Month: January 2017

Social media: A powerful tool to prevent substance abuse

Social media: A powerful tool to prevent substance abuse

January 31st, 2017

The Internet has changed the way we access, comprehend and share information. News and updates are shared in real time, and it often becomes difficult to keep up with the frenetic pace. Social media has brought about a new dimension to information dissemination. It is interactive, allows sharing of photos, videos and emoticons, and most […]

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Addicted to a lethal euphoric rush – 2: Truth about crystal meth

Addicted to a lethal euphoric rush – 2: Truth about crystal meth

January 23rd, 2017

Crystal meth is a highly addictive substance that has the characteristics of turning a normal human being into a terrible-looking zombie within a short span of time. Meth decreases the brain’s capacity to indulge with the real world. Users become aggressive as the drug increases annoyance and decreases the brain’s function, enabling a person to […]

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Addicted to a lethal euphoric rush – 1: A historical approach to crystal meth

Addicted to a lethal euphoric rush – 1: A historical approach to crystal meth

January 17th, 2017

Drug abuse has been paralyzing America since the 18th century. In the 1960s, several new drugs such as marijuana, hallucinogens and amphetamines penetrated into the market, leading to a widespread availability of such drugs. The 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) estimated 569,000 people used methamphetamine out of the estimated 1.6 million people, […]

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By 2030, number of tobacco-related deaths likely to touch 8 million annually: Study

By 2030, number of tobacco-related deaths likely to touch 8 million annually: Study

January 13th, 2017

The rate of smoking in the United States has declined to an all-time low of 15.1 percent, as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, cigarette smoking remains the leading cause of preventable disease and death. According to a recent study by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United States National […]

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Medication-assisted treatment might help combat America’s opioid epidemic, say experts

Medication-assisted treatment might help combat America’s opioid epidemic, say experts

January 3rd, 2017

Looking at the data pertaining to deaths involving opioids that continue to worry the nation, treatment experts across the United States are exploring sophisticated solutions to combat the epidemic. A powerful tool that has emerged to fight addiction to opioids and other substances is medication-assisted treatment. This is a comprehensive treatment method involving FDA-approved medications, […]

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