Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid originally developed to treat excruciating pain arising from cancer. Considered to be nearly 50 times stronger than heroin, it provides instant relief from pain. However, it is also used recreationally and often mixed with other drugs like heroin, cocaine, or alcohol to achieve a more dominant high. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) 2018 report, nearly 269,000 people aged 12 years and above have misused prescription fentanyl. Unfortunately, fentanyl has also been reported as the main cause in thousands of overdoses every year in the U.S. Read more
Preschoolers and children in elementary school are young, curious and impressionable. As a parent, one can use these years to lay the foundation of a drug-free life for their children. This can be achieved by interacting with them in a way that holds their interest and at the same time, inculcates in them the perils of using drugs and alcohol.
However, for most parents, talking to young children about such a sensitive topic could be challenging. Given below are some tips which can help one get started about drug talk with their children without feeling awkward or tense. Read more
Historically, people have been using hallucinogenic substances since the ancient times. These substances help in enhancing the psychedelic state of consciousness by triggering significant psychological effects that generate spiritual experiences.
The practice of using psychedelic substances has stretched beyond the indigenous use. Any form of hallucinogenic substances like lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), psilocybin, ketamine, etc. can make the brain enter a higher state of consciousness. As per some studies, the changes in the brain activity are often followed by numerous sensations, including the feeling of floating that induces inner peace. Read more
Popularly known as a date rape drug, flunitrazepam or Rohypnol is a club drug used rampantly in parties, raves, etc. Some other common slangs used for Rohypnol include “forget pill” and “forget me drug.” Despite exhibiting similar properties, it is 10 times stronger than Valium, a drug of the benzodiazepine family that produces a calming effect.
This intermediate-acting benzodiazepine is prescribed for the treatment of short-term insomnia. It is also used as an anesthesia during surgical procedures. Like any other tranquilizers, Rohypnol can induce sedation, relax muscles, reduce anxiety and prevent convulsions. Unfortunately, the key features of Rohypnol are being heavily abused as a tool for rapes and an illegal medium to decrease depression inflicted by stimulants like cocaine. Read more
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
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