Santa Rosa Jail offers free Vivitrol shots to inmates to encourage sober living after release

Santa Rosa Jail offers free Vivitrol shots to inmates to encourage sober living after release

In the wake of an increasing number of people being incarcerated for opioid addiction, Santa Rosa County Jail has initiated a program to give free Vivitrol treatment to the inmates at the time of their release. Grant-funded through the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse, the program aims at helping the inmates kick their addiction and lead a sober life once they leave the prison.

The risk of overdose and drug-related death usually increases once an individual addicted to substances is released from prison. It is primarily because individuals using opioids experience a decrease in tolerance level when out of the captivity. Hence, while it is essential to offer a recovery treatment during their imprisonment, it is also important to provide them with equivalent facilities after their release so that they continue being sober. Read more

Early marijuana use can hamper brain function, study reveals

Early marijuana use can hamper brain function, study reveals

Cannabis, the most commonly abused illicit drug, is used by 9.5 percent of the adult population in the United States, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). Read more

Marijuana more effective for pain in men than in women

Marijuana more effective for pain in men than in women

Marijuana legalization in almost half of American states has prompted the need to study the risks and benefits associated with its use. The potential impact of marijuana on memory or conditions of the heart has already been looked into in prior studies. Now, in a recent study, a team of researchers found that pain-alleviating effects of cannabis are higher in men than in women. Read more

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can help provide relief from withdrawal symptoms: Study

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can help provide relief from withdrawal symptoms: Study

People turn to drugs to experience a feeling of “high.” Continuous exposure to substances results in severe dependence which can force the users to experiment with other cheap drugs. While undergoing treatment for addiction, users experience various withdrawal symptoms like anxiety, depression, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. If the symptoms are not managed well, it can result in relapse. Read more

Evolution of recreational drug use towards addiction

Evolution of recreational drug use towards addiction

Unaware of the long-term detrimental effects and the dangers of recreational drug use, most addictive substances including drugs and alcohol are initially consumed in a social setting. Lured by the initial high, the behavior is repeated and eventually escalates to addiction for many. Read more