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

Strategies to curb drug cravings and avoid relapse

Strategies to curb drug cravings and avoid relapse

It is common to experience withdrawal symptoms after quitting any addictive substance. Although signs and symptoms of withdrawal significantly vary from one drug to another, symptoms such as headache, seizures, nausea and a sense of confusion or disorientation are common for almost all types of addictive substances. Read more

Are veterinarians at greater risk of drug abuse and addiction?

Are veterinarians at greater risk of drug abuse and addiction?

On the face of it, the veterinary profession may seem considerably less stressful than the general medical profession. It is commonly understood that pets are cared for by veterinarians (vets) in the same way humans get medical care from physicians. What is perhaps not as well known is that vets experience much higher levels of professional stress, depression and suicidal thoughts. Vets are prone to compassion fatigue, which is brought about by repeatedly facing emotional stress, as well as high rates of burnout. Read more

Drug overdose can have fatal consequences

Drug overdose can have fatal consequences

Drugs, whether legal or illicit, carry a lot of health-related risks. Whether it is alcohol, cocaine, or prescription drugs, each of these have a high potential for abuse. And, when such substances are used over a prolonged period of time and in excessive amounts, it increases the risk of life-threatening substance overdose. Read more

Injected drug use can cause severe heart infections, says study

Injected drug use can cause severe heart infections, says study

Cardiovascular disorders are common in the United States but young whites are now exhibiting symptoms of grievous heart infections caused due to reasons hitherto unknown. Scientists attribute the same to rise in injection drug use among the young white population living in the country. A group of researchers in their study titled “Increasing Infectious Endocarditis Admissions Among Young People Who Inject Drugs” have suggested that people who inject drugs (PWID) face a greater risk of being afflicted with infective endocarditis (IE). Read more