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Rising prevalence of salvia use in US raises concern among officials
Posted in Addiction

Salvia is a drug that is gradually gaining prevalence in the United States. Although the drug is legal in the country and used for medical purposes, several reports have suggested people using it as a safer alternative for illicit drugs. This has raised concerns among the federal authorities, already struggling to curb the swelling opioid […]

Former mayor of New York City helped OxyContin manufacturer continue its sales, says report
Posted in Substance Abuse

Rudolph Giuliani, former mayor of New York City, secured an agreement to limit further prosecution of OxyContin manufacturer Purdue Pharma and escape prison term for its executives more than a decade ago, according to a report published in The Guardian. Although Giuliani failed to thwart the criminal conviction over the Purdue’s tactics to downplay the […]

Consuming MDMA wrapped in cheese is an emerging trend among partygoers
Posted in Drug

Ecstasy, chemically known as 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), is a drug common among partygoers across the world. The mood-altering effects of the drug make it popular choice of drug among people who wish to open up emotionally, which they might otherwise find it difficult. In a new emerging trend, now, middle-class women in the United Kingdom are […]

Study identifies reasons behind American adults using stimulants
Posted in Substance Abuse

From Hollywood celebrities to university students, from enthusiastic gym goers to stressed-out white-collar workers, a significant number of Americans are finding themselves trapped in the clutches of an epidemic of amphetamine, a prescription stimulant. Now, a recent study published in The American Journal of Psychiatry says people abuse stimulants for different reasons. According to the […]

Moderate drinking is a behavior propagated by alcohol industry
Posted in Substance Abuse

The alcohol industry has sufficiently promoted the message that moderate drinking is good for health. Alcohol companies have gone to the extent of funding and promoting studies related to alcohol use suggesting that moderate drinking increases the lifespan of the user and reduces the chance of suffering from a heart disease, diabetes and even dementia. […]

Exploring psychedelic drugs as potential treatment options for mental illnesses
Posted in Mental Health

Psychedelic drugs, also called psychotomimetic drugs or hallucinogens and known since the early 1950s, were used traditionally in medicine and religion. After being widely popular till the 1970s, the they diminished in popularity and were classified as Schedule I drugs by some countries, as they had no proven medical use but were potential drugs of […]

Cannabis use disorder can cause schizophrenia in people with schizotypal disorder, says study
Posted in Dual diagnosis

Substance use disorder (SUD) is a condition characterized by an increased dependence or likeliness toward alcohol or drugs. Besides the multiple problems triggered due to the abuse of substances, a new research published online in JAMA Psychiatry in April 2018 evealed that SUD, particularly cannabis use disorder (CUD), can convert schizotypal disorder into schizophrenia. Diagnosed […]

Soon, UK researchers to test MDMA for alcoholism treatment
Posted in Alcohol

Recognizing the increasing need to identify treatments for alcohol use disorder (AUD), researchers from the Imperial College, London, plan to start clinical trials to study the role of 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine, also known as MDMA, Molly or ecstasy in AUD treatment. The trial is based on the hypothesis that a few doses of the drug, along with […]

Meth addiction on the rise among borderland mothers of El Paso
Posted in Addiction

Karleth Acosta (name changed) is a young mother addicted to methamphetamine (meth) since teen years. She even took the drug during both her pregnancies. She doesn’t even pay heed to the advice offered by health care workers as she is mostly high. It’s an “urge as big as how much I love my children,” she […]

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