Ins and outs of drug abuse - 3: Interlinking drugs, brain and behavior

Ins and outs of drug abuse – 3: Interlinking drugs, brain and behavior

Drugs, brain and behaviors are intertwined. Drugs affect the brain and the altered brain, in turn, changes the behaviors. These changes in brain make people who are into drugs stick to the habit for a long time. Once the brain gets altered, the pleasure is derived only from continuous use of drugs, making it hard for one to quit the addiction. Read more

Marijuana more effective for pain in men than in women

Marijuana more effective for pain in men than in women

Marijuana legalization in almost half of American states has prompted the need to study the risks and benefits associated with its use. The potential impact of marijuana on memory or conditions of the heart has already been looked into in prior studies. Now, in a recent study, a team of researchers found that pain-alleviating effects of cannabis are higher in men than in women. Read more

Ins and outs of drug abuse – 2: Treatment approaches to drug addiction

Ins and outs of drug abuse – 2: Treatment approaches to drug addiction

Drug addiction is a chronic illness characterized by cravings for drugs at regular intervals. The disease affects the brains and behavior of addicts. The changes that occur in the brain due to drug abuse can be harmful and long-lasting. However, a person may not be able to stop taking a substance even if he/she wants to. Read more

Drug abuse rate higher in LGBT community

Drug abuse rate higher in LGBT community

Amidst the struggle to curb the surging rate of substance abuse, studies have focused on segment-wise consumption of illicit drugs to develop a mechanism to fight the epidemic. Apart from analyzing the consumption on the basis of gender, color and creed, the studies have also taken into considerations the sexual orientations of people addicted to drugs. Read more

Ins and Outs of Drug abuse-1 : Testing for drug abuse

Ins and Outs of Drug abuse-1 : Testing for drug abuse

Drug tests, which involves an examination of the biological specimen of an individual, are common in many fields, ranging from sports to medical to the armed forces to even being part of some employment checks. In fact, it is one of the most effective ways to determine whether a person is taking illegal drugs or not. Read more