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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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Substance abuse – Part 3:  How to deal with children who abuse drugs

Substance abuse – Part 3: How to deal with children who abuse drugs

December 20th, 2016

Substance abuse is a common problem that can happen to anyone. In order to dissuade children from developing this habit, both guardians and parents need to be careful during their growing up years. It is during this time that they are the most vulnerable to influence from others and can develop the habit of abusing […]

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Substance abuse– Part 2: Short and long-term effects of drug abuse

Substance abuse– Part 2: Short and long-term effects of drug abuse

November 30th, 2016

While it is well-known that drugs are harmful to both the body and the brain, the effects caused by various drugs may vary depending on their potency and quality. However, all drugs affect the brain adversely and those who resort to long-term drug use may face serious health problems. In the first article of the […]

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Tackling substance abuse problem in elderly

Tackling substance abuse problem in elderly

November 24th, 2016

As per the 2014 report published by the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2012, there were approximately 43 million adults above the age of 65 years and by the end of 2050, this number is expected to double, reaching as high as 83 million. A large number of this population belongs to the baby boomer generation, […]

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Substance abuse– Part 1: Understanding the problem

Substance abuse– Part 1: Understanding the problem

November 23rd, 2016

Substance abuse is rampant in the United States. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) highlights that nearly 7 million people above 12 years of age abuse some type of substance in the U.S. Moreover, nearly 17 million people either abuse or are dependent on alcohol. That is almost about 6.4 percent of the population. […]

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Arizona votes against legalization of recreational marijuana use

Arizona votes against legalization of recreational marijuana use

November 18th, 2016

Refusing to follow the leads of California, Nevada, Maine and Massachusetts, Arizona voted against Proposition 205 that aimed at legalization of recreational marijuana in the state. At present, under the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, the state only permits medical marijuana use under a medical card. Those who opposed the proposition were concerned that the initiative […]

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Heroin epidemic in the U.S.: Causes and cure

Heroin epidemic in the U.S.: Causes and cure

November 18th, 2016

In recent times, various agencies have reported that heroin abuse is rampant throughout the length and breadth of the United States, irrespective of the gender, age and level of income of the people abusing it. Ironically, while the purity of heroin has been rising since the last few years, there hasn’t been any proportionate increase […]

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Drug crimes- Part 4: Government efforts to curb heroin trafficking

Drug crimes- Part 4: Government efforts to curb heroin trafficking

November 11th, 2016

Drug trafficking is booming in the United States with Mexico alone doing drug business worth over $50 billion per year, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). The DEA Intelligence Report 2016, observed that the threat posed by heroin in the U.S. is serious and has been on the rise since 2007. Comprehending the seriousness […]

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