Is Drug Addiction Driven By Brain Cells That Control Hunger

There’s new research that is looking into whether or not the same function in the brain that triggers hunger and overeating may also drive drug addiction. This new research, performed at the Yale School of Medicine, motivated researchers to try what they called “genetic approaches” to reducing the interest in cocaine among mice. Researchers tried altering the genetic makeup of the mice by transferring genes from another species into the mice. They were trying to determine if they could manipulate the mouse’s interest in either food, novel items or activities or cocaine. Did they prove whether or not drug addiction…

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Adderall Abuse Becoming More Popular Among Teens But Are Parents Starting To Wake Up

There are plenty of stories covering the phenomenon of students abusing Adderall, the drug that is so often prescribed when a child seems too active or unfocused to a teacher or a school medical staffer. Young people in high school and college are relying on Adderall as a stimulant to help them stay up long hours and focus on studies far beyond their normal limits. Some students who don’t use Adderall by having a prescription or by acquiring it illicitly complain that the drug provides an unfair advantage to those willing to use any tactic to get ahead even a…

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Media Catching Up To The Risky Rise Of The Good Grade Pill

After years of growth in the use and abuse of prescription stimulants by America’s students, major media outlets are finally spreading the word. A thorough article in the New York Times exposed the extent to which America’s youth are relying on prescription stimulants like Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta and Vyvanse to boost their ability to ace tests, finals and placement exams. At highly competitive high schools like those where the students are expected to progress on to Ivy League schools, the use of these drugs has gotten even more prevalent. While surveys like the annual Monitoring the Future survey of 8th,…

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What Are The Signs Of Heroin Use In A Loved One

Heroin is a very dangerous illicit drug. It is an opiate and is classified as a depressant. Heroin is highly addictive and many users have admitted being hooked after the first use. Another danger is that the drugs are not created equal. So users do not know the purity of the heroin that they are using. This greatly increases the risk of side effects, overdose and death. Heroin is most often taken intravenously. However, it can also be smoked, snorted or taken in pill form.  Another method of use is to lace it with other drugs. The side effects can…

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Why California Drug Arrests Have Increased

California is one of America’s largest states. Dozens and dozens of bustling metropolis areas, rural countryside’s, Beautiful wine vineyards, beaches, mountains, redwood forests, snowy peaks, deserts and valleys. Yes, California has a bit of everything. Unfortunately, with the vast numbers of people in America’s most populated state, there are also problems. One of the biggest is drugs. A Look At California’s Numbers A report on California’s drug arrests indicates a 39% increase in juvenile related drug arrests. During that same time period, the adult drug related arrest percentage increased by 11.4%. Felony and misdemeanor marijuana arrests happened to be the…

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What A Parent Needs to Know About Teenage Drug Use During Summer Months

Listen up parents! Ready for some shocking truth to come your way? I’m sure it’s no real surprise that teenage use of drugs during the summer months increases.  After all, its summer break and you probably recall your own teenage parties and memories of crazy youth. To a greater or lesser extent, you most likely have some sort of plan or strategy to keep your kids active in positive activities and supervised. Perhaps camps, lessons, ensuring another parent is supervising during any sleepovers, curfews, etc. But once those things are in place, is that where your plans end and you…

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Studies Show That Bath Salts Are As Addictive As Cocaine

A recreation drug called bath salts which is a synthetic methamphetamine has been gaining popularity over the past couple of years. Up until very recently it was legal and sold in convenience stores. New reports indicate that they have very similar addictive effects as cocaine. Bath salts are composed of different variations of a compound called cathinone, which comes from the khat plant. Presently cathinone is banned in 42 states. Mephedrone is one of the common derivatives of cathinone. In October of 2011 the substance was federally listed as a schedule one controlled substance for one year, pending further study.…

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Teenage Tobacco Use Drops But Marijuana Use Increases

Is it the 60’s all over again, minus the tie-dye shirts and peace signs? A dramatic increase in the use of marijuana among teenagers may beg this question? More importantly, what does this mean for those teenagers partaking in the use of marijuana? What they may refer to as weed, pot, grass, bud and the list goes on. Have drug education programs in our country not focused enough on marijuana? Are parents not as on the ball with doing everything possible to inform their children on the negative effects of this drug and the importance of eliminating its’ use? Whatever…

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Have We Been Ignoring Synthetic Drug Use Amongst Teens?

There are many drugs in use among teens today. Most of them have seen a skyrocketing spike over the past decade. With marijuana, heroin, prescription drug abuse and alcohol all being used by record numbers of young people. There has been the birth of a new breed drug which may have not received the attention it ought to. This is the synthetic drug or designer drugs. Over the past ten years it came into existence and has since been rising in numbers among teens and adults. There are three basic categories of synthetics: synthetic marijuana (called K2 or Spice), synthetic…

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The Recent California Drug Arrest Issues

California is one of the United States’ most beautiful states. It has a little of everything: Warm sunny weather, mountains, valleys, beaches, redwood forests, snowy slopes and even the epicenter for show business. However, California in all its beauty has its problems. One of the main problems it faces in today’s day and age is drugs. Here we will take a look at some of the state’s numbers having to do with drug related arrests. A Real Look At The Numbers A recent report of California’s drug arrests states that there had been a 39% increase in juvenile drug related…

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