How can I help my friend who is addicted to drugs?

How can I help my friend who is addicted to drugs?

Teenage is a time when an adolescent is curious about many things. Unfortunately, it is also the time when experimentation with drugs, alcohol and sex also begins. Therefore, as a friend it is important to be careful about your friends and keep an eye out for any sign or symptom that might indicate an addiction.

According to the Australian Secondary Students’ Alcohol and Drug survey, around 46 percent of teenagers aged between 12 and 17 years had consumed alcohol within the past year whereas 25 percent of them had consumed alcohol within the past month. Another survey observed that the average age of first-time alcohol consumption was around 15-16 years. In fact, alcohol was the first preferred choice of drugs among adolescents. Read more

Prelim studies show cholinesterase inhibitors can help treat opioid addiction

Prelim studies show cholinesterase inhibitors can help treat opioid addiction

Alzheimer’s is a continuing nerve related disease which gradually worsens over time. The nervous system, especially the neurons in the brain of an individual, degenerate over time in this disease and the most common symptom is memory loss. Galantamine, a cholinesterase inhibitor, is one of the most promising drugs used for the treatment of central nervous system (CNS) disorders including Alzheimer’s. Read more

US Senators introduce bill to include job training in recovery programs for drug abuse

US Senators introduce bill to include job training in recovery programs for drug abuse

People often tend to perceive individuals seeking addiction disorder treatment as incompetent to perform a task or take up a job. As a result, such individuals find it difficult to sustain their lives even after attaining sobriety. In turn, this becomes a potential trigger for a relapse. Hence, United States Senators recently introduced a bill to incorporate job training into drug abuse recovery programs as a move to remedy this concern. Read more

Santa Rosa Jail offers free Vivitrol shots to inmates to encourage sober living after release

Santa Rosa Jail offers free Vivitrol shots to inmates to encourage sober living after release

In the wake of an increasing number of people being incarcerated for opioid addiction, Santa Rosa County Jail has initiated a program to give free Vivitrol treatment to the inmates at the time of their release. Grant-funded through the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse, the program aims at helping the inmates kick their addiction and lead a sober life once they leave the prison.

The risk of overdose and drug-related death usually increases once an individual addicted to substances is released from prison. It is primarily because individuals using opioids experience a decrease in tolerance level when out of the captivity. Hence, while it is essential to offer a recovery treatment during their imprisonment, it is also important to provide them with equivalent facilities after their release so that they continue being sober. Read more

Hound Labs’ plans to launch roadside pot breathalyzer

Hound Labs’ plans to launch roadside pot breathalyzer

Drug abuse has been a matter of concern for individuals and policymakers across the United States. Over the past few years, the number of individuals falling trapped in the habit of addiction has incredibly risen. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), approximately one in four young adults aged 18 to 25 were the current users of illicit drugs in 2016. Read more