Posts Tagged ‘Drug Abuse’

On This Page: Abuse and Addiction Signs Effects on Immune System Building Immunity and Fighting Addiction Finding Help Hydrocodone is a narcotic painkiller that contains synthetic opium. It is sold under the names Vicodin, Lorcet and Lortab. Hydrocodone affects dopamine levels in the brain, changing how the central nervous system (CNS) reacts to pain. Although […]

The National Household Survey on Drug Abuse estimates that up to 4.2 percent of teens and young adults 6.2 million people US have experimented with crack at one point in their lifetimes. These are frightening statistics because crack is a devastating drug that can ravage all aspects of a person’s life.1 Crack is considered one […]

While much of the current discussion around marijuana is related to legalization for recreational use, it’s important not to overlook the topic of medical marijuana. While Colorado and Washington State recently passed legislation making pot use legal for casual imbibers without a medical marijuana card, marijuana is already legal for medical purposes in 20 states […]

Doctors should be more aware than anyone of the dangers of certain medications and the many ways that abusing them can be harmful. Despite all their knowledge on how to get and stay healthy, MDs and other healthcare providers are not immune from addiction and drug abuse. A recent news report of a doctor and […]

You may think your children aren’t listening, but research shows that parents play a critical role in preventing their kids from using drugs. Even armed with those statistics, though, it can be hard to have a conversation with your teen or pre-teen about substance use. Fortunately, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has launched […]

While each generation of recreational drug users feels they invented the behavior, the substances they’re ingesting are rarely new. In fact, the use of hallucinogens dates back at least 2,500 years. On islands in the Lesser Antilles, archaeologists have discovered ancient bowls used for huffing hallucinogens. Other cultures also have long histories of using mind-altering […]

Recent news of a brutal attack in Miami that has been attributed to the use of bath salts has many showing new interest in these dangerous synthetic drugs. A naked Florida man with only a minor arrest record was reportedly found chewing on the face of an elderly homeless man. When police arrived, he growled […]

We’ve all heard the expression “sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.” From the foundations of rock, there have been references to drug use and speculation that lyrics were referring to using drugs. Veiled (or not so veiled) references to drug use appear in songs by everyone from Jefferson Airplane and The Doors to The Rolling […]

Experts know there is a significant link between sex work and drug use. Sometimes sex traffickers use drugs to keep young girls under their control or men share drugs with sex workers as a way to enhance their encounters. Depending on the country, approximately 0.1 percent to 7 percent of an area’s population may include […]

Those in stressful careers need to be even more vigilant about signs of alcohol or drug dependence. Addiction can happen to anyone in any profession, but some high-stress jobs can put you at higher risk. Law enforcement is one, dangerous jobs like the type of crab fishing featured on the show Deadliest Catch is another. […]