Ways LSD alters the consciousness of self

Ways LSD alters the consciousness of self

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

Dangers of abusing ‘forget pill’ Rohypnol

Dangers of abusing ‘forget pill’ Rohypnol

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 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

Just a single dose of ‘gray death’ may be lethal

Just a single dose of ‘gray death’ may be lethal

A novel drug combination labeled “gray death” is adding fuel to America’s opioid crisis. The drug appears similar to concrete mixture and is available in varying textures, such as rock-like, chunky material or in the form of a fine powder. Gray death is an extremely potent cocktail of several opioids, such as heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil (a fentanyl analog used to tranquilize elephants and large animals) and U-47700, a synthetic opioid commonly known as pink. Authorities have found the drug in Alabama, Georgia and Ohio where it has been linked to some overdose cases. Read more