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Ketamine addiction and its associated struggles

Ketamine addiction and its associated struggles

Ketamine was developed in 1962, promoted and used as a fast-acting general anesthetic. In 1970, the government approved the use of ketamine for human use, and it soon become a powerful anesthetic. Following shortly were reports of illicit use of the drug, initially originating on the West Coast. Meanwhile, various forms of the drug had started hitting the market in forms of pills, capsules, powder, crystals and solutions. During the mid-1980s, ketamine was linked to different dance cultures and settings, making it popularly known as the “club drug.” In the face of this increasing recreational use, the government classified ketamine as a Schedule III controlled substance in 1999.

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Addiction and the importance of forming a support system

Addiction and the importance of forming a support system

Drug addiction affects a person psychologically and socially. Addiction is analogous to casting a net that ensnares friends, family members, employers, clinicians and society as a whole. Addiction disrupts attendance at work or school, may contribute to criminal activity and subsequent trouble with the law and can result in financial ruin when money for necessities is being spent on drugs.

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The hazards of discarded needles, syringes and medical refuse

The hazards of discarded needles, syringes and medical refuse

Safe disposal of medical refuse is essential to prevent the spread of disease. Incineration or burning of medical refuse is an effective way to destroy contaminated items but, due to environmental concerns, industrialized countries are finding other ways to dispose of the detritus. Medical waste typically includes sharp items like needles and scalpels, pathological waste from laboratories, anatomical parts from surgeries and autopsies, chemical and pharmaceutical waste and even radioactive waste from therapy and research. Read more

MDMA’s effects on depression

MDMA’s effects on depression

MDMA (3, 4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine), commonly known as Ecstasy, has been studied to confirm its therapeutic potential. A national survey revealed that psychedelics, despite their legal status, may hold promise for fighting depression and anxiety.

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Nonviolent crime may mean less severe punishments

Nonviolent crime may mean less severe punishments

Criminal prosecution for possession of drugs for personal use was overturned in California in November 2014 with the passage of Proposition 47. The new law reduced six classifications of nonviolent drug and theft-related crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. The “kinder, gentler” approach to punishment for minor crime seems to be spreading across the U.S., reducing prison populations and the cost involved in managing them. Read more