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  • What are benzodiazepines?

    Benzodiazepines (benzos for short) used to be called “mild or minor tranquilizers.” They’re typically prescribed to patients who suffer from anxiety disorders, and are a classification of drugs that include Xanax, Valium, and Librium. Rohypnol, although not legal in the United States, is also considered a benzodiazepine that is colloquially known as a “date-rape drug”… Read More

  • The risks in prescription drug abuse

    Drug overdose is the number 1 cause of accidental death in the United States. In any given year, roughly 50,000 people die a year from drug overdose, with more than half of these overdoses related to prescription drugs. The CDC data from 2000-2015 shows that more people die from commonly prescribed opioids than from heroin… Read More

  • A couple drinking while driving

    Why does alcohol change behavior?

    Alcohol is known throughout society to cause “disinhibition,” in which a person’s feelings and thoughts are no longer under the same amount of restraint as they used to be. The cortex, which is considered the “responsible” or “thoughtful” part of the brain, shows less activity when inebriated. More specifically, the frontal cortex, which is responsible… Read More

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