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US government criticized for supplying sub-standard weed for research purposes

With the legalization of marijuana in various American states, patients and doctors are now able to obtain the drug legally to alleviate symptoms of chronic pain or nausea. This has created the need for regulatory efforts to cultivate the crop hygienically to ensure its quality for medicinal use. However,...

Stages of addiction – 2: Regular use of alcohol

Amy was experiencing a turmoil with her parents’ recent divorce. Her break up with her long-term boyfriend further added to her grief. Struggling to overcome the all-consuming inner grief and loneliness, she found solace in alcohol. Gradually, she felt that her routine of drinking, especially after work, helped her...

Stages of addiction – 1: Seeking refuge

Addiction does not develop in a day. Even consuming a drug once or twice does not react slowly to develop into addiction few days later. People go through several stages while developing addiction to a substance, which takes nearly a year. However, it is true the trail of addiction...

Recovering from addiction can be a pleasurable experience

Addiction is often viewed as an offense rather than a disease. However, most people are unaware of the fact that like any other disease, even addiction requires treatment and care. In reality, drug abuse is a primary, chronic disease of the brain leading to biological, social, psychological and spiritual...

How director Scorsese recovered from near-death drug overdose

Hollywood and substance abuse share an old relationship. There have been many cases of film personalities being involved in substance addiction. One such case is of Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese (74), who recently confessed about his near-death experience involving drug addiction and how he recovered from it.

Stages of addiction – 1: Using drugs to seek refuge

Addiction does not develop in a day. In reality, it is difficult to assess exactly how long a person might take to develop an addiction since almost all the drugs work differently, varying from one individual to other. Precisely, an addiction to drugs or alcohol begins with an occasional...

Dental schools in Massachusetts to provide opioid abuse prevention training

Approximately 3.5 million wisdom tooth extractions are done in the United States each year by practicing oral and maxillofacial surgeons, as highlighted by the American Dental Association (ADA) in 2011. Following the procedure, the patients are prescribed with a month of narcotic pain medication therapy when in essence, two...

Drug crisis: State Department official wants to collaborate with Mexico

At a time when the Trump administration’s border wall plan is questioning the effectiveness of joint efforts to deal with the menace of cross-border narcotic trafficking, William Brownfield, the head of counter-narcotics at the U.S. State Department, has expressed the pressing need to work with Mexico to counter the...

New cannabiz strategy ups pot consumption among Americans

Think of marijuana and the mind instantly conjures up stereotype images of red-eyed, skinny sophomores with long unmanaged locks, in baggy pants and Bob Marley T-shirts gearing up to congregate in the discreet basement of an old home, in a tucked-away alley, to share some joints. The mind visualizes...

CDC presents a grim picture of drug overdose in the US

The United States is yet to win its battle against drugs since an increasing percentage of the population is succumbing to the menace. Consequently, casualties due to overdoses are also rising. People may overdose on drugs for many reasons. Some may misuse drugs as a means of self-medication to...