Substance abuse among nurses: Risk factors and treatment

Substance abuse among nurses: Risk factors and treatment

Substance use disorder (SUD) is rampant across the length and breadth of the United States, afflicting millions of people regardless of their culture and occupations, including the world of nursing. According to the official journal of the American Nurse Today (ANT), approximately 10-15 pertcent of the nursing population or one in 10 nurses is struggling with a drug or an alcohol addiction or are in recovery. Compared to the general population, nurses develop dependence and addiction to substances because of easy access to drugs. Read more

Are effects of Adderall and methamphetamine similar?

Are effects of Adderall and methamphetamine similar?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved both Adderall and crystal meth for medical purposes. Adderall is a combination of amphetamine and d-amphetamine mixed salts and often prescribed in case of attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy, a neurological disorder caused by unregulated sleep-wake cycles. Methamphetamine is a white crystalline drug, also known as crystal meth. It is a psychotic stimulant used to treat obesity and to some extent even ADHD. Read more

Famous personalities and their drugs of choice

Famous personalities and their drugs of choice

There is a fine line interconnecting famous personalities and their trail of addiction. Most of them have their own list of addictive substances, ranging from alcohol to ecstasy or crystal meth. While some indulge in alcohol abuse, some prefer to get a euphoric high through psychedelic drugs or stimulants.  Read more

Scientists come up with faster method to identify legal highs

Scientists come up with faster method to identify legal highs

Legal highs are responsible for an increasing number of deaths globally over the past decade. Formally known as new psychoactive substances (NPS), legal highs or club drugs are substances that have similar effects to illicit drugs, such as cocaine and cannabis. These contain one or more chemical substances that can cause serious health risks. Read more