Cannabis-induced psychosis is lower than previously believed, finds new study

Cannabis-induced psychosis is lower than previously believed, finds new study

A psychotic experience (psychosis) is characterized by hallucinations, delusions and inconsistent behavior. People who suffer from psychosis are unable to distinguish between psychotic symptoms and real-life situations. Although psychosis is frequently believed to be a symptom of schizophrenia, it can be indicative of other mental health issues, such as bipolar disorder and chronic depression. Psychosis may also be triggered by Parkinson’s disease, brain tumors and cerebrovascular accident (stroke), or due to the effect of certain medicines, alcohol and drugs. 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

New psychoactive substances proliferating in drug markets: UNODC

New psychoactive substances proliferating in drug markets: UNODC

The World Drug Report 2016, published by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) stated an emergence of 644 new psychoactive substances (NPS) in 102 countries and territories between 2008-2015. Warning about the proliferation of NPS in the drug market, the report further revealed that 75 new substances were detected in 2015 as compared to 66 in 2014. Read more

National Rehab Awareness Week: Depression and addiction among the disabled

National Rehab Awareness Week: Depression and addiction among the disabled

People with disabilities face a greater number of hardships in their day-to-day lives than the general public. Consequently, many disabled people suffer from depression. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, people with disabilities are more likely to suffer from clinical depression that requires professional treatment. As part of National Rehabilitation Awareness Week, it’s important to understand the dangers of depression and the risks of an associated addiction. Read more

Why being all “Smiles” might not be a good idea

Why being all “Smiles” might not be a good idea

The recently trending designer drug to have claimed several lives is Smiles. Despite its name, the associated effects and results of this drug are anything but pleasant.

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