Dreaded fentanyl reaches California

Dreaded fentanyl reaches California

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid originally developed to treat excruciating pain arising from cancer. Considered to be nearly 50 times stronger than heroin, it provides instant relief from pain. However, it is also used recreationally and often mixed with other drugs like heroin, cocaine, or alcohol to achieve a more dominant high. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) 2018 report, nearly 269,000 people aged 12 years and above have misused prescription fentanyl. Unfortunately, fentanyl has also been reported as the main cause in thousands of overdoses every year in the U.S. Read more

Talking to young children about drug abuse

Talking to young children about drug abuse

Preschoolers and children in elementary school are young, curious and impressionable. As a parent, one can use these years to lay the foundation of a drug-free life for their children. This can be achieved by interacting with them in a way that holds their interest and at the same time, inculcates in them the perils of using drugs and alcohol.

However, for most parents, talking to young children about such a sensitive topic could be challenging. Given below are some tips which can help one get started about drug talk with their children without feeling awkward or tense. Read more

US Senators introduce bill to include job training in recovery programs for drug abuse

US Senators introduce bill to include job training in recovery programs for drug abuse

People often tend to perceive individuals seeking addiction disorder treatment as incompetent to perform a task or take up a job. As a result, such individuals find it difficult to sustain their lives even after attaining sobriety. In turn, this becomes a potential trigger for a relapse. Hence, United States Senators recently introduced a bill to incorporate job training into drug abuse recovery programs as a move to remedy this concern. Read more

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

Injected drug use can cause severe heart infections, says study

Injected drug use can cause severe heart infections, says study

Cardiovascular disorders are common in the United States but young whites are now exhibiting symptoms of grievous heart infections caused due to reasons hitherto unknown. Scientists attribute the same to rise in injection drug use among the young white population living in the country. A group of researchers in their study titled “Increasing Infectious Endocarditis Admissions Among Young People Who Inject Drugs” have suggested that people who inject drugs (PWID) face a greater risk of being afflicted with infective endocarditis (IE). Read more