DEA Bans Kratom: Pros and Cons

In August 2016, the Drug Enforcement Administration declared its intention to classify chemicals contained in kratom, a drug with effects similar to oxycodone and other opiates, as Schedule I substances. After protests broke out in front of the White House and Congress pushed back, the DEA announced its reconsideration of the ban in early October.…

Symptoms of Liver Damage From Alcohol Abuse

Whether you participate in binge drinking or some other form of alcohol abuse, you can trigger both short- and long-term damage to systems throughout your body. One of the most dangerous potential consequences of long-term excessive drinking is liver damage. Liver damage from alcohol typically happens in three stages as the health of this crucially…

Facts About Bath Salts Drug Abuse

“Bath salts” are synthetic cathinones, a group of illegal, manmade stimulants designed to resemble the active ingredient in a plant called the khat plant. These stimulants get their name because, when they first entered wide use in the early 2010s, distributors often marketed them as Epsom salts and other legal products in order to avoid…

How to Tell If Your Teen Is Sleep-Deprived

Teenagers are notoriously long sleepers, and rightly so: their developing minds and bodies require plenty of rest. But sometimes busy schedules and other health concerns can lead to sleep deprivation. There is a correlation between a lack of sleep and anxiety, so being able to recognize sleep deprivation and knowing how to remedy it can…

Alcohol and Weight Gain: The Freshman 15

It has been witnessed at colleges across America for decades. Students attend their first year of college and inevitably gain the “freshman 15.” Although some articles claim to debunk the myth of the freshman 15 (shifting the blame to school cafeteria buffet-style food) the phenomenon actually can be explained. There is in fact a link…

Can Lack of Sleep Cause Anxiety?

The average adult needs about seven hours of sleep a night to feel fully rested and functional. Teenagers need to get an additional two hours of sleep to maintain their normal function during the day. Unfortunately, if you fail to get enough sleep, you may experience significant feelings of anxiety. At the same time, people…