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Fentanyl test strips in high demand, but hard to find

Fentanyl test strips in high demand, but hard to find

Dependency on drugs is fast becoming a normal feature. With the number of drug users increasing on a daily basis, there is also a sharp rise in overdose fatalities. In an effort to control an overdose, harm-reduction workers are nowadays using a tool to help drug abusers avoid death. This tool or drug test strips are able to detect the presence of fentanyl.

There have been regular calls to the Ontario-based biotechnology company BTNX, which offers the testing kits, by distraught parents who have lost their children to fentanyl overdose. They have been eager to get their hands on drug testing strips, which are said to detect the presence of fentanyl. However, CEO of the company, Iqbal Sunderani, says he is forced to turn them down. Read more

Tips on safe recreational drug use

Tips on safe recreational drug use

From alcohol to opioids, most adults have tried some sort of a recreational drug. Some of the most popular drugs (including prescription and illicit ones) with high rates of recreational use are marijuana, hydrocodone, amphetamine, cocaine, oxycodone, LSD, methamphetamine, heroin, buprenorphine, morphine, methadone, oxymorphone and ketamine. Often, people do not realize that they might develop an addiction or other health problems. Occasional but reckless use increases the threat to one’s life. If it is hard to quit immediately, it is better to use them sensibly until gaining sobriety. Read more

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

Ways LSD alters the consciousness of self

Ways LSD alters the consciousness of self

Historically, people have been using hallucinogenic substances since the ancient times. These substances help in enhancing the psychedelic state of consciousness by triggering significant psychological effects that generate spiritual experiences.

The practice of using psychedelic substances has stretched beyond the indigenous use. Any form of hallucinogenic substances like lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), psilocybin, ketamine, etc. can make the brain enter a higher state of consciousness. As per some studies, the changes in the brain activity are often followed by numerous sensations, including the feeling of floating that induces inner peace. Read more

Dangers of abusing ‘forget pill’ Rohypnol

Dangers of abusing ‘forget pill’ Rohypnol

Popularly known as a date rape drug, flunitrazepam or Rohypnol is a club drug used rampantly in parties, raves, etc. Some other common slangs used for Rohypnol include “forget pill” and “forget me drug.” Despite exhibiting similar properties, it is 10 times stronger than Valium, a drug of the benzodiazepine family that produces a calming effect.

This intermediate-acting benzodiazepine is prescribed for the treatment of short-term insomnia. It is also used as an anesthesia during surgical procedures. Like any other tranquilizers, Rohypnol can induce sedation, relax muscles, reduce anxiety and prevent convulsions. Unfortunately, the key features of Rohypnol are being heavily abused as a tool for rapes and an illegal medium to decrease depression inflicted by stimulants like cocaine. Read more