National Recovery Month: Celebrities, drug addiction and rehab

National Recovery Month: Celebrities, drug addiction and rehab

Addiction is a chronic disease and it can happen to anybody irrespective of class, gender, society, culture, religion or region. Hence, a large number of people across the world are grappling with addiction. According to a study conducted by the Columbia University, nearly 40 million Americans aged 12 years and older are living with addiction, be it to nicotine, alcohol or various prescription as well as illegal drugs. Read more

Horrific Russian Magic: The flesh-eating drug ‘krokodil’

Horrific Russian Magic: The flesh-eating drug ‘krokodil’

Krokodil, medically known as desomorphine, is a relatively new and extremely dangerous drug to hit the streets. It’s been popular in Russia for more than a decade, with nearly 3 million users. The krokodil epidemic began in Siberia and the Russian Far East, but has only recently raised its ugly head in the U.S.  The drug is sometimes called Russian Magic for its country of origin, but its more popular name refers to the disfiguring effects it has on the human body (Drugs, “Krokodil (desomorphine)”). Before anyone considers taking krokodil, they should be aware of the gruesome details. Read more

The harmful effects of methamphetamine

The harmful effects of methamphetamine

Methamphetamine is an extremely addictive stimulant that targets the central nervous system. Also known as meth, crystal and ice, the drug was originally created for use in various medications, but has since become a popular street drug due to its powerful effects. The Foundation for a Drug-Free World reports that as many as 13 million Americans have used methamphetamine. Before anyone tries meth, however, they should be aware of the significant risks to their health and well-being posed by the drug. Read more

Why you must talk to teens about marijuana

Why you must talk to teens about marijuana

Talking to teens about marijuana use can be challenging. According to the 2015 Monitoring the Future survey, first time daily marijuana use exceeds daily tobacco cigarette use among 12th graders. The survey, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), found that popular opinion among young people still holds that the drug is generally safe and harmless. Read more

What makes drugs so addictive?

What makes drugs so addictive?

Drug addiction is currently rampant in the United States. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, more than 23 million Americans are addicted to drugs or alcohol and more than 43,000 of them die of overdoses each year. These frightening statistics make one wonder how drugs can get such a powerful hold on an addict that he or she will risk his or her life to get high. The answer lies in the fact that drugs fundamentally change the way an addict’s brain functions to make quitting more difficult (The Washington Post, “Brain changes in an addict make it hard to resist heroin and similar drugs”).

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