The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has issued stern warnings about N-Bomb, the designer drug often called “legal LSD,” voicing support for legislation designed to make the substance illegal to possess under Massachusetts law. The drug has been linked to overdose deaths, with some who died being as young as 15.
Morphine is a powerful opioid medication commonly used to treat certain forms of moderate and severe pain. Like all other opioid medications, it creates changes in normal brain chemistry that can potentially lead to the onset of drug addiction. In a study published in September 2014 in the journal PLOS One, a team of American researchers explored the usefulness of an epilepsy medication called carbamazepine in lowering the amount of morphine given to the average patient. Such a reduction in morphine doses could substantially diminish the risks for morphine addiction and, consequently, the need for treatment for morphine addiction.
All opioids carry inherent risks when abused, from illicit heroin to the OxyContin you may be prescribed by your doctor. Prescription drug abuse is at epidemic levels in the U.S., and when users can’t get high using their typical opioid of choice, previous experience shows that they’ll switch to other prescription opioids or even heroin. In this climate of widespread opioid addiction, new dangerous opioids like acetyl fentanyl pose immense risks to the population’s health. Experts have warned emergency physicians to be on the lookout for what appears to be ordinary opioid overdose, but might actually be attributed to acetyl fentanyl, a drug that’s five to 15 times more potent than heroin. Finding out more about this substance and its dangers helps you understand why public health officials are concerned about the upsurge in overdose cases.
Online shopping has hit brick and mortar retailers hard. From books to clothes to vitamins and even pet supplies, Americans are finding it easier and cheaper to make their purchases online. Ads that market online prescription sales from outside the U.S. offer low prices and quick delivery. But medicines are one item that could prove dangerous to buy over the Internet.
The illicit drug heroin has been in America for well over a century and has been associated with crime, poverty, and inner-city neighborhoods for decades. But heroin addiction, on the rise from the Pacific Northwest to the East Coast, is now claiming a new set of victims: teens and adults in the suburbs.
No one sets out to develop an addiction. Yes, the individual may be searching for an escape, but we truly don’t yearn to give up control over our situation. But this is the impact addiction can have, taking away the choice for that individual. With the right treatment, however, that choice can return.
A recent Huffington Post report looked to research from Brown University that could help create opportunities for new treatment methods. Researchers involved in this project discovered the exact brain regions within test rats where the neutral steps to a relapse in drug use occur. If the researchers can then stop a crucial step in the process, they may be able to stop a relapse that occurs due to stress.
There comes a point in many people’s recovery journey when they just “need a dose of Terri.” They need someone who cares unconditionally, who won’t be repelled by their anger or give up on them even in the most difficult situations. At The Right Step Hill Country, that person is Terri Edwards.
Determined and direct, Terri helps clients identify their feelings and express them in healthy ways. If they’re feeling raw and angry, she doesn’t run away. Instead, she meets them where they’re at.
Enzymes are specialized proteins that power a vast array of chemical reactions that keep us alive and functioning properly. One of the chief responsibilities of these proteins is the molecular breakdown of various substances such as drugs and medications; without the actions of enzymes, these substances would stay in the body indefinitely. In recent years, researchers have begun developing enzyme-based therapies designed to address issues surrounding the use of cocaine, including a therapy that could potentially prevent and treat cocaine addiction and another that could potentially reverse the effects of a cocaine overdose.
Drug use is estimated to cost $6,120 per second in the U.S. In the time it took you to read that sentence, more than $12,000 vanished in lost productivity, criminal justice costs and drug-related crimes. Since 2007, the National Drug Intelligence Center estimates that drug use has cost the country $193 billion. In the current economic climate, it seems as though any measure to remove these mounting losses should be carefully considered and implemented as soon as possible. Although the solution is as simple as replacing ineffective prison sentences with rehabilitation for substance abuse, these losses continue to mount with startling regularity.