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Cheapest countries in world to buy narcotics

Cheapest countries in world to buy narcotics

May 23rd, 2018

With the cost of maintaining drug-seeking habits becoming more expensive, a new report by Bloomberg has come out with a list of countries where one can find both inexpensive legal and illegal substances. The ranking of the countries was determined based on the share of income needed to maintain the weekly habit of cigarettes, alcohol […]

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Medicines with anticholinergic properties increase mortality rate due to stroke

Medicines with anticholinergic properties increase mortality rate due to stroke

April 5th, 2018

Common prescription medicines for the treatment of allergies, Parkinson’s disease and angina can increase the chances of dying from a stroke. Several studies suggest that prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs like painkillers, antianxiety drugs and beta-blockers raise the risk of stroke. The easy accessibility of these medications from chemists has further compounded the problem.

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Mobile app can help patients with addiction problems in primary care settings, finds study

Mobile app can help patients with addiction problems in primary care settings, finds study

March 26th, 2018

Individuals with substance use disorders usually get benefit from integration of mental health services into primary care settings. Such a system allows people to receive a variety of health care services at one place that substantially help them deal with co-occurring conditions often associated with substance abuse. Initiatives like telehealth, which uses technology to provide […]

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Substance abuse problem rising among elderly

Substance abuse problem rising among elderly

March 8th, 2018

Substance abuse is a rapidly growing health problem in the United States. The condition is not only affecting adolescents and youngsters, but also senior citizens. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), approximately 1 million individuals above 65 years of age had a substance use disorder (SUD) in 2014. This included […]

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Dating someone recovering from an addiction

Dating someone recovering from an addiction

February 21st, 2018

Relationships can be complicated, and when it comes to having a relationship with someone who is recovering from an addiction, it can get even more complex. However, one must be sensitive towards the fact that every human being has a normal desire to love and a reciprocation of love. Simply because someone is in recovery, […]

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Reduction in amount of opioids postsurgery ensures similar effectiveness, says study

Reduction in amount of opioids postsurgery ensures similar effectiveness, says study

December 29th, 2017

With the dramatic surge in the prescription rate of opioids for pain, opioid addiction has emerged as one of the major health issues affecting the population of the United States. According to statistics shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), prescribers wrote around 66.5 opioids and 25.2 sedatives for every 100 Americans. […]

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Cannabis linked to changes in oxygen 'traveling’ through the brain

Cannabis linked to changes in oxygen ‘traveling’ through the brain

November 14th, 2017

According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), the most commonly used illicit psychoactive drug in the past 30 days in the United States was marijuana (also known as cannabis).  Reportedly, around 4 million people aged 12 or above were suffering from marijuana use disorder. This corresponds to 1.5 percent of […]

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FDA chief bats for medication-assisted treatment to control opioid crisis

FDA chief bats for medication-assisted treatment to control opioid crisis

October 31st, 2017

It is the primary responsibility of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to safeguard public health and it does so by ensuring the safety, efficacy, quality and security of the nation’s food supply, cosmetics, products that emit radiation, human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and medical devices. Even prescription and non-prescription (over-the-counter) drugs are traditionally […]

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Ways addiction affect the brain

Ways addiction affect the brain

October 25th, 2017

The struggle to break free from addiction and restore normalcy in the lives of affected people are uniquely challenging. The personal and family struggles due to addiction are quite heartrending. In the U.S., substance abuse is a huge problem, not only taking an emotional, psychological and social toll on the Americans, but also inflicts a […]

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It’s important to understand difference between tolerance, dependence and addiction

It’s important to understand difference between tolerance, dependence and addiction

October 17th, 2017

The menace of drug and alcohol abuse has become a major public health concern. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), approximately 20.1 million people aged 12 or older had a substance use disorder (SUD) in the past year. When a person repeatedly abuses substances like alcohol or drugs, he or […]

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