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Substance Abuse

What is ketamine?

Ketamine is typically used as a medication for pain relief and anesthesia; however, a 300-599 mg dose of ketamine is often recreationally to induce psychedelic effects in users. Common in party scenes and nightclub scenes, ketamine can often cause users to feel that they’re in a trance or hallucinating. Some users even state out-of-body or… Read More

What is MDMA?

MDMA is a chemical compound that stands for 3,4 methylenedioxymethamphetamine. It’s a drug often taken at parties, raves, and music clubs because users claim that it creates a strong desire to dance and feel connected to others. In a survey conducted in 2002, about 7.4% of high school students had tried MDMA but only 2.4%… Read More

What are the consequences of cannabis use?

Cannabis is the most commonly used illicit substance in the United States. With marijuana laws and policies changing to allow for increased recreational and medical use, it’s important now to understand the consequences of increased marijuana use. Marijuana users frequently have the notion that the drug is “addictive.” However, 9% of those who use the… Read More

Substance Abuse and PTSD

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder that occurs in some people after experiencing a terrifying, horrific, life-threatening event. Combat veterans are often victim to this mental illness, and may suffer from flashbacks and anxiety upon returning from war. Healing from PTSD can often be a long journey that requires a lot of… Read More

Substance Use and Suicide

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. For individuals between 15-25 years old and 25-34 years old, suicide is the second leading cause of death. In 2014, 9.4 million adults 18 years or older thought seriously about trying to kill themselves in the past 12 months. Of this group, 2.7… Read More

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

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

Marijuana and its effects on the brain

When smoked, marijuana’s THC enters the bloodstream almost immediately. THC travels throughout the entire body and the metabolites of THC gets stored into fat tissues of your body. Since these metabolites can be stored in the fats of the body, people who use the drug frequently and regularly will test positive on drug examinations for… Read More

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