Key risk factors responsible for triggering drug-seeking behavior

Key risk factors responsible for triggering drug-seeking behavior

Characterized by compulsive drug-seeking behavior despite knowing the negative consequences, addiction is a chronic brain disease that has paralyzed millions of people worldwide. In the United States alone, an estimated 28.6 million people aged 12 or older were current illicit drug users in 2016.

Despite the tough laws and regulations, the mortality rate due to illicit drug abuse continues to grow. This rise in the mortality rate has been attributed to overdose deaths, adverse health effects, poor socioeconomic condition, etc. 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

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