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

Harms of using antidote amyl nitrite as party drug

Harms of using antidote amyl nitrite as party drug

Back in the 1930s, amyl nitrite was the most common antidote for cyanide poisoning. Amyl nitrite, along with other agents like sodium thiosulfate, was used by people working in conditions where the risk of cyanide poisoning was high. Read more

Has racial segregation shaped America’s current opioid crisis?

Has racial segregation shaped America’s current opioid crisis?

The current opioid epidemic in the United States claimed over 52,000 lives in 2015, of which over 33,000 deaths involved an opioid. The epidemic has not impacted people from all ethnic backgrounds equally – white Americans have suffered significantly higher overdose deaths than African-Americans and Latinos. This is in stark contrast to the disproportionately high number of African-American drug users impacted during the crack cocaine epidemic during the ‘80s and ’90s. Read more

Stereotyping of drug use: Major impediment for users

Stereotyping of drug use: Major impediment for users

In the United States, a mark of disgrace has consistently overshadowed the outlook on individuals indulging in drug use for decades. Those who earnestly wish to put an end to their addictive behavior or try silently reaching out for help in hopes to escape from the vicious cycle of addiction are left with very limited constructive options to address their problem. Read more