For thousands of years, inhabitants of South America have chewed or brewed coca leaves in tea for increased energy and alertness. German chemist Albert Niemann isolated the active ingredient from the leaves in 1859 and published his findings the following year, calling it cocaine.
By the 1880s, cocaine was used in numerous medicines in the U.S, and even in Coca-Cola, which contained about 60 mg of cocaine in a 250 ml bottle. Two of the oldest and most popular nicknames for cocaine are Coke or Cola.
Known as meth, ice, blue ice or glass, crystal methamphetamine resembles shiny blue-white “rocks” or fragments of glass of various sizes. Meth is an odorless, blue or colorless form of d-methamphetamine, a synthetic psychostimulant.
Have you ever wondered what meth does to you physically? While there are many harmful physical effects of using meth, one of the most well known is “meth mouth.”
The most recent drug abuse statistics in San Antonio reveal some changes in patterns of usage, as drugs illegally imported from Mexico have transformed local markets. This has led to increases in drug consumption overall, and three drugs in particular have seen use levels spike in the San Antonio area: marijuana, methamphetamine and heroin.
Methamphetamine (meth) addiction is a serious condition with an extremely negative impact on your ability to function and avoid life-threatening health problems. Any signs of meth use in men and women may also be signs of diagnosable addiction. These indications often impact mental function and behavior rather than physical well-being.
Methamphetamine (meth) is a powerful stimulant drug known for its ability to produce severe addiction—usually requiring treatment—and change the physical appearance of its habitual users. Some of this physical change comes directly from the effects of the drug itself, and some of it stems indirectly from serious alterations in long-term users’ mental health. Let’s briefly explore these issues and see exactly what meth does to your face.
Many people ask, what is Ritalin used for? Is it safe to take? Is it OK to take Ritalin if I take other prescriptions or drugs? If you’ve been asking these questions, here is what you need to know about combining Ritalin with other drugs.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drug overdoses accounted for 52,404 U.S. deaths in 2015, the most recent year statistics are available, including 33,091 (63.1%) that involved opioids.
The tragic increase has been “driven in large part by continued sharp increases in deaths involving heroin and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl,” the CDC said in its latest report.
Naloxone (brand name Narcan) is a medication administered to those who have overdosed on opioids such as:
With substance abuse stress is always a major concern, since drug and alcohol abuse is often a coping mechanism for people who feel stressed or overwhelmed by life’s challenges and are looking for a way to escape.
Recent studies have shown that the family and school environments can both protect Hispanic teens from and put them at risk for substance abuse. Many factors go into the initiation of substance abuse, including individual factors. However, the latest research is helping to pinpoint how external, social factors affect young Hispanics and may either lead them to substance abuse or prevent them from experimenting. Understanding these factors can help schools and communities develop strategies for preventing substance abuse in young people.