The burgeoning global market of illegal drugs

The burgeoning global market of illegal drugs

According to a recent survey on illegal drug use by the World Health Organization (WHO), the United States is the biggest consumer of illegal drugs across the world. Drug addiction is a chronic disease that impairs the functionality of the brain, thereby, triggering compulsive drug seeking. Read more

Horrific Russian Magic: The flesh-eating drug ‘krokodil’

Horrific Russian Magic: The flesh-eating drug ‘krokodil’

Krokodil, medically known as desomorphine, is a relatively new and extremely dangerous drug to hit the streets. It’s been popular in Russia for more than a decade, with nearly 3 million users. The krokodil epidemic began in Siberia and the Russian Far East, but has only recently raised its ugly head in the U.S.  The drug is sometimes called Russian Magic for its country of origin, but its more popular name refers to the disfiguring effects it has on the human body (Drugs, “Krokodil (desomorphine)”). Before anyone considers taking krokodil, they should be aware of the gruesome details. Read more

The harmful effects of methamphetamine

The harmful effects of methamphetamine

Methamphetamine is an extremely addictive stimulant that targets the central nervous system. Also known as meth, crystal and ice, the drug was originally created for use in various medications, but has since become a popular street drug due to its powerful effects. The Foundation for a Drug-Free World reports that as many as 13 million Americans have used methamphetamine. Before anyone tries meth, however, they should be aware of the significant risks to their health and well-being posed by the drug. Read more

Why you must talk to teens about marijuana

Why you must talk to teens about marijuana

Talking to teens about marijuana use can be challenging. According to the 2015 Monitoring the Future survey, first time daily marijuana use exceeds daily tobacco cigarette use among 12th graders. The survey, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), found that popular opinion among young people still holds that the drug is generally safe and harmless. Read more

The effects of MDMA (Ecstasy) on the brain

The effects of MDMA (Ecstasy) on the brain

MDMA, often called Ecstasy or Molly, is a drug that has gained popularity among young people at nightclubs and raves. Common perception holds that the drug is relatively safe and does not have any noteworthy side effects or drawbacks. However, MDMA is a powerful amphetamine that radically affects brain activity. Consequently, it can cause lasting damage to the user and poses a significant health risk. Before using MDMA, it is important to fully understand the effect it has on the human brain.

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