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The Uses and Dangers of Prescription Opioids

June 15, 2020

Pain takes many forms including minor aches, temporary bouts of sharp pain, or chronic pain. For those pains beyond the norm, doctors may prescribe medication that is stronger than typical over-the-counter pain relievers. Opioids are a class of prescription painkillers that help blunt severe pain and can be very helpful for those recovering from physical trauma including surgery. Opioids, such as methadone, have also been used to treat those with an opioid addiction. However, using any opioid medication may also carry risks.

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How to Tell if Someone is on Cocaine

October 3, 2017

Cocaine is an extremely alluring and addictive substance. It can completely take over the body and mind, and change the way the abuser acts in their day to day life. If you believe someone close to you may be abusing cocaine, there are signs to watch out for that could possibly be a side effect of the drug. Cocaine is an extremely powerful stimulant. It boosts feelings of happiness, energy, excitement, and confidence. If used often, it can make the user feel invincible – like anything is possible. However, soon after the drug wears off, the user will experience an…

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Heroin and Its Effects on Women

May 5, 2016

In our country's fairly recent past, heroin abuse was primarily associated with young, inner-city males. In the past decade, it's moved out of the urban jungle and into the suburbs, where it's affecting more women than ever before. While men are more likely than women to develop an addiction to heroin, women are affected by it differently than men are, partly due to biological differences between the sexes and partly due to culture-based gender differences. Women, Heroin and Mental Illness A survey by the Caron Foundation found that women were more likely than men to abuse heroin to relieve psychological…

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Your Body on Meth: Physical Effects of Methamphetamine

May 2, 2016

Methamphetamine, more commonly known as meth, is an illegal and highly addictive central nervous system stimulant that's often sold as a white, bitter-tasting, odorless crystalline powder. Originally used as an ingredient in nasal decongestants and other medications that act on the respiratory system, methamphetamine is more powerful than other stimulants. Meth causes an increase in heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature. Meth is abused for its stimulating effects, which include increased activity, a reduced appetite and euphoria. Trends in Meth Abuse Federally funded admissions for treatment of meth addiction among pregnant women rose from 8 percent in 1994 to…

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What is Kratom?

April 8, 2016

Kratom is a plant in the coffee family that's native to Southeast Asia, and it acts as a stimulant in low doses and as a euphoric sedative in higher doses. The dried leaves can be smoked, used to make a tea or powdered and made into capsules. Kratom is also known as ketum, kakuam and thom. Kratom acts on the delta and mu opioid receptors of the brain, which are the same areas that heroin and prescription opioid pain relievers activate. The Effects of Kratom Kratom leaves were traditionally chewed by Thai and Malaysian farmers and other workers to increase…

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High on the Runway: Drug Abuse in the Fashion Industry

January 29, 2016

It comes as no surprise to most people that the fashion industry is a hotbed of drug activity, from designers using illegal or prescription stimulants like diet pills to pull all-nighters before a runway show to models using them to avoid gaining weight. Cocaine abuse is rampant in the industry, particularly during New York Fashion Week, when a typical work day exceeds twelve hours and is followed by a robust assortment of cocaine-fueled after parties. George Cortina, a veteran stylist who has seen his share of Fashion Weeks, told The New York Times in 2005 that if you don't see…

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