Smoking marijuana doesn’t only get you high, it can also cause meningitis!

Smoking marijuana doesn’t only get you high, it can also cause meningitis!

Not long ago, a 48-year-old California woman who smoked up to six medical marijuana strains a day was admitted to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (CSMC) in Los Angeles. She showed symptoms like dizziness, tiredness, aggressive behavior and difficulty in remembering her own name. She was diagnosed with a potentially deadly meningitis infection.

Owing to her problem, the woman’s behavior had become so erratic that she not only lost her job but also assaulted a nurse at a medical center. Unable to figure out her ailment, the staff at the CSMC emergency room referred her to the psychiatric department. “We thought it might be catatonia (abnormal movement triggered by mental issues), and it took us some time to rule out a psychiatric illness,” said Dr. Bryan Shapiro, who treated the woman. Read more

Bath salts more dangerous than perceived

Bath salts more dangerous than perceived

The abuse of illicit drugs has become a serious and multifaceted problem in the United States, with millions of people falling in the vicious cycle of addiction. Despite tough laws and regulations, there has been an incredible increase in mortality rate due to illicit drug abuse. The escalation in the mortality rate has been attributed to overdose deaths, adverse health effects, poor socioeconomic condition, etc. Read more

Substance abuse among nurses: Risk factors and treatment

Substance abuse among nurses: Risk factors and treatment

Substance use disorder (SUD) is rampant across the length and breadth of the United States, afflicting millions of people regardless of their culture and occupations, including the world of nursing. According to the official journal of the American Nurse Today (ANT), approximately 10-15 pertcent of the nursing population or one in 10 nurses is struggling with a drug or an alcohol addiction or are in recovery. Compared to the general population, nurses develop dependence and addiction to substances because of easy access to drugs. Read more

Hooked to addiction treatment medication- Suboxone

Hooked to addiction treatment medication- Suboxone

The desire to get high often compel people to do ludicrous things that often leave others baffled, to say the least. The increased experimentation and use of drugs often lead to a dependence on drugs.

In a bid to try a range of drugs, people start abusing a variety of substances, such as paint thinners, snake venom, mothballs, hand sanitizers and mouthwash. The length to which some individuals can go to seek euphoria is truly mind-boggling. Read more

Dangerous new street drugs- Part 2: Kratom

Dangerous new street drugs- Part 2: Kratom

Many new drugs, such as kratom, have come up on the horizon due to increased experimentation and demand, particularly among the youngsters. Despite being promoted as a legal and safe drugfor long in the United States, it is highly addictive and triggers opioid-like psychoactive effects that last between five and seven hours quite. As a result, it is one of the popular recreational drugs among the users. Read more