The Effects Of Ecstasy On The Brain

The drug Ecstasy has been labeled as one of the most popular drugs for teens, young adults and adolescents and one of the most dangerous and damaging drugs in existence. According to Drug Fact research and statistics from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, when used, ecstasy causes serotonin to rush to the brain, resulting in extreme feelings of happiness and well-being. There is new evidence showing that this drug can actually be neurotoxic, meaning that it can damage cells in your brain. Long-term users of ecstasy have displayed signs of depression and anxiety. This is most likely because of…

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How Should Drug Addiction Be Treated

The United States drug czar, R. Gil Kerlikowske, who is the director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy recently delivered a speech in Little Rock, Arkansas. He spoke before an assembly of around 700 people who were gathered to discuss the issue of prescription drug abuse. Non-medical use of prescription drugs including sedatives, stimulants and opiate painkillers has become an enormous problem in the United States, as highlighted by Mr. Kerlikowske when he reported that drug overdose now kills more Americans than motor vehicle accidents and gunshot wounds combined. Of all types of drugs, pharmaceutical medications…

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The Affects Of Long Term Drug Use On The Brain

Drugs work by changing the brain’s chemistry and by affecting the neuron signaling in many ways. The job of the neurons are to control cognition, muscle movement, sensory information and emotions. They communicate with each other using synapses. As the neurons connect to the synapses, they release special chemicals called neurotransmitters. All of these things work together as part of a normally functioning brain. Some drugs are similar in structure to neurotransmitters and are able to bind to neurotransmitter receptors on neurons. Drugs like cocaine and amphetamines stimulate neurons to release abnormally high amounts of these neurotransmitters. Others cause the…

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Why Helping Others Can Be Best Cure for Addiction

People Magazine recently featured a cover story on actor Matthew Perry. For more than a decade in the 1990s and 2000s, Perry had a starring role in the mega-hit NBC sitcom “Friends,” a position which earned him international fame and a salary reaching as high as $1 million per episode. While most people would assume that such success would mean that he would be living on the top of the world, the truth of the matter was another story entirely. In reality, Perry was struggling with an addiction to the opiate prescription painkiller Vicodin, as well as being an alcoholic.…

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How Drugs Affect Your Sex Life

Believe it or not, but illicit drugs aren’t the only ones that can have a great impact on ones sex life. Many prescription drugs wreak havoc on the bodies sexual system. Statins and fibrates, which are used to treat high cholesterol, are a prime example. These drugs limit the availability of cholesterol, which happens to be a building block of hormones, such as estrogen, testosterone and other sex hormones. It is no doubt that these drugs interfere with the production of these hormones. There are other side effects that don’t affect sexual hormones or organs directly, but may impact ones…

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Better Solution Needed to Addiction when Abuse of Opioid Drugs Hits All Time High

It’s one thing to talk about the problem and completely another to define the solution. Many voices are in agreement that abuse of opioid drugs has hit an all-time high. But few voices define a solution that will have a better result than that which is offered at the moment. Many drug rehab programs define success as retention, or someone who stays in or completes a rehab program. This is one of the defining principles behind the administration of a methadone or buprenorphine-based treatment program for opiate addiction. Both methadone and buprenorphine are opioid drugs (similar to opiates) and both…

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Study Finds Quarter of Suicide Victims are Intoxicated at Time of Death

After reviewing 58,000 suicide cases from across the US, researchers concluded that alcohol played a definite – and tragic – role in these deaths. While numbers varied by gender and ethnic background, on average, nearly a quarter of those who killed themselves were legally drunk when they did so. The legal limit for drunkenness is .08% blood alcohol concentration (BAC). This is the limit that can get one ticketed or arrested, if caught driving. While the report did not describe upper limits of drunkenness involved in suicide, certainly some victims would have had much higher BACs. Groups that had higher…

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In Some Regions of US, Heroin Abuse Worse, First Time Users Younger

It was bad enough that millions of US teens were abusing prescription drugs in increasing numbers over the last decade. Now, many of them are switching to heroin at a very young age, younger than ever seen before. While this fact may take some people by surprise, it was a completely predictable outcome of the effort to make OxyContin harder to abuse. Purdue Pharmaceutical began to ship a new version of OxyContin that was bound to a plastic-like substance. The drug was supposed to be released over time once it was in the body but the pill could not be…

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Eliminating a New Threat: Dangerous K2 Drug Effects and K2 Abuse

It seems like those working in the illicit drug industry are industriously working to keep one step ahead of law enforcement and drug users. It seems they are able to release one new synthetic drug after another onto the market, catching the interest of those who might believe the hype about how “legal” a new drug is and what a great effect it has. One of the latest drugs to appear in this way is a drug being called K2. In some areas, it’s also called “Spice” and it is said to be a synthetic cannabinoid – in other words,…

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Advice for Those Seeking Work: Spit Test for Drugs Speeds Hiring Process and Weeds Out Those Abusing Drugs

Drug or alcohol abuse in the workplace is a concern for employers for obvious reasons. Intoxicated employees have more accidents and are gone from work more often. It’s estimated that 65% of all job-related accidents are related to substance abuse. The total cost of substance abuse by workers runs between $75 billion and $100 billion each year. Therefore weeding out those who are abusing drugs, either during the hiring process or as employment continues, is of vital concern to employers. In the past, employers had to send their staff to labs to have urine collected but this process was subject…

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