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How various substances affect driving

How various substances affect driving

July 13th, 2017

While on road, a driver is expected to be in his or her senses, able to perceive distance, time, space, etc. in a correct way to diminish the chances of road accidents. Despite being aware of such requirements, people tend to dive under the influence of substances that increases the risk of accidents. Alcohol is […]

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Recreational use of Adderall may be detrimental to health

Recreational use of Adderall may be detrimental to health

July 3rd, 2017

Prescription drug Adderall, a composite of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine, is used for treating the chronic sleep disorder narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Being a kind of central nervous system (CNS) stimulant, it has the potential to alter the neurotransmitter receptors and chemicals of the brain. In the group of legally approved drugs for […]

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Americans with addiction miss 50% of their work days: Report

Americans with addiction miss 50% of their work days: Report

June 21st, 2017

Substance abuse at workplaces is a deleterious practice posing negative consequences to not only the user but to the employer and co-workers as well. A recent survey conducted by the National Safety Council, NORC at the University of Chicago and Shatterproof found that people with substance use disorders have nearly 50 percent more absenteeism than […]

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Effects of marijuana use on the brain

Effects of marijuana use on the brain

June 14th, 2017

The relationship between illicit drugs and the human brain is quite complex. Of all such illegal drugs, marijuana is one of the most popular drugs across the world that affects the brain in myriad ways. Some of the reports have highlighted that approximately four in 10 Americans have consumed marijuana at least once in their […]

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American kids become accidental victims of opioid drugs every year, says study

American kids become accidental victims of opioid drugs every year, says study

June 7th, 2017

Parents and family members with kids in the house should be mindful of the possible dangers of leaving their painkillers at the mercy of the little ones. Researchers have been repeatedly emphasizing on the need of safe storage for prescription drugs due to the rising prevalence of accidental and deliberate misuse of these medications.

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Marijuana use increases strain on heart

Marijuana use increases strain on heart

May 24th, 2017

Marijuana, one of the most common illicit drugs being abused in the United States, not only causes long and short-term effects on the brain, but also has the potential to cause other types of physical ailments. However, marijuana’s action on the body and the brain is open to much debate and is in many ways […]

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Parental substance abuse trigger similar tendencies in children

Parental substance abuse trigger similar tendencies in children

May 23rd, 2017

Drug abuse has become a global menace that affects millions of people worldwide. Although it is a common insight that genetics plays a major role in developing the problem of drug addiction and abuse, sometimes the issue can be more than genetics. Certain external factors, such as mental health issues, stress, environment, social surrounding, etc., […]

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Addressing challenges of opioid use disorder treatment in women

Addressing challenges of opioid use disorder treatment in women

May 11th, 2017

Problems related to opioid use have reached epidemic levels in the United States, prevalent in both men and women. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests a higher prevalence of chronic pain and use of prescription opioid pain medications in women than men with nearly 48,000 deaths caused due to prescription painkiller overdose […]

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Vet shopping by owners in dire need of prescription painkillers

Vet shopping by owners in dire need of prescription painkillers

May 5th, 2017

The opioid epidemic continues unabated in the United States. In 2015, over 33,000 Americans died as a result of opioid overdoses. The widespread abuse of opioids has led to a crackdown on indiscriminate prescription of painkillers by physicians and health care providers, making it more difficult for people to obtain drugs. To circumvent this problem, […]

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Lifestyle drugs: Not as harmless as perceived

Lifestyle drugs: Not as harmless as perceived

April 17th, 2017

Besides alcohol and tobacco, there are several lifestyle drugs, such as Viagra, Levitra, etc., which are used for improving life, function and appearance.  Though not used for therapeutic purposes, these drugs might still need a prescription due to its potential to be tremendously addictive and dangerous. In fact, they are harmful and perilous to such […]

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