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Addiction

The Risks of IV/Injection Drug Use

IV drug use commonly occurs in those who use opiates, sedatives, crack/cocaine, or methamphetamine. Opiate drug use has significantly increased over the last decade, and often, IV drug use begins because of opiate use. Intravenous drug use indicates high risk for viral infections, such as HIV or Hepatitis B & C. Unsafe injections commonly occur… Read More

When do I seek help?

Addiction is a growing problem in society, and with the growth of both prescription medicine and street drugs, it’s become an even more daunting problem in society. For those who use substances or alcohol frequently, it’s often hard to discern if you truly need to “get help.” Here are some important questions you should ask… Read More

How does detoxification work?

It seems counterintuitive to give drugs to people suffering from substance addiction, but this is often necessary to ensure the patient’s safety. Withdrawal symptoms can be so severe that it results in seizures, hyper-excitability, cessation of breathing, and sometimes death. Delirium tremens is said in the medical community to describe severe alcohol withdrawal symptoms that… Read More

An overview of synthetic cannabinoids

Synthetic cannabinoids were first created as legal substrates to be used only in scientific research, not for human consumption. As such, this brings about problems of integrity of the drug, especially when sold and consumed in the streets. Synthetic cannabinoids actually do not bear similarity to THC (the psychoactive chemical present in marijuana), however, the… Read More

The effects of opioids

Opioids, despite the fact that they are originally based on the natural poppy plant containing opium, do have dangerous side effects. For one, despite the fact that they’re frequently prescribed by doctors for pain relief, they have a pretty high potential for chemical addiction. For heroin, one study says that 23% of people who have… Read More

How do opioids work?

Opiate naturally comes from the opium poppy. Opioids, on the other hand, are synthetically created drugs, and encompass things like morphine, codeine, or heroin. Usually, opioids are used to treat pain. They work by acting like natural endorphins in our body and binding to the receptors that endorphins usually bind to, directly produce feelings of… Read More

Can marijuana be addicting?

Often, users of marijuana make the assertion that marijuana “isn’t addictive” citing reasons like the plant is natural, or that not many users of marijuana get addicted to the drug. Despite this, evidence has shown that there is certainly a possibility that users of marijuana can have endocannabinoid receptor regulation, or cannabis receptor dysregulation in… Read More

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

The genetics of chemical dependence

Typically, physicians and clinicians point to the mesolimbic dopamine system as the area that makes somebody chemically addicted to a substance. Why do some people get addicted to certain drugs, while other people who have used the drug before do not? The answer is complex, but the vast majority of researchers on addiction do agree… Read More

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