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Link between bullying and substance abuse

Link between bullying and substance abuse

Bullying is a common practice in schools and colleges. It comprises three major elements – unsolicited aggression, power inequality whether perceived or observed and likelihood of repetition. It could be direct (when targeted youth is present) or indirect (through rumors). Bullying can be physical, verbal, sexual or relational (affecting relationships of the targeted youth). Continue reading

Opioid epidemic: FBI, DEA collaborate to create awareness on drug abuse

In an endeavor to disseminate awareness about the opioid epidemic and make people aware of the perils of addiction, FBI special agent Eric Birnbaum and DEA special agent William Sherman, recently held the screening of an impactful documentary “Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict” on October 2, 2017, at Mission Hills High School in California. The aim was to draw attention towards the prescription drug and heroin epidemic. The movie was specifically targeted at educating young adults, including high school students, who might have just started using drugs or are ruminating about the same. Continue reading

Understanding the role of experiential therapies in addiction treatment

In one’s lifetime, a person undergoes many negative and positive experiences. Some people learn to cope with the negative influences and emerge victorious while others find coping mechanisms to deal with everyday stress. Alcohol and drugs seem to be some of the easiest options to relax the mind.

Substance abuse might leave an indelible mark on someone’s personality. In addition, one might also be harboring feelings of sadness and hopelessness, suffering from painful memories, or reeling under the burden of unresolved conflicts and strained relationships. Sometimes, the conventional talk therapy might not help a person to give vent to his or her pent-up emotions. Continue reading

Hospitals overprescribing cosh to sedate dementia patients

It has been difficult for Susan to constantly run to and fro from her high profile job in New York to the quaint backwaters where Jack Strafford lives with his old German Shepherd in the ancestral house. Ever since her 60-yr-old dad, whom she lovingly called “Grizzly” because of the unruly hair, lost his wife and partner of 40 years, he had increasingly become aloof. A sense of filial love brought Susan to her home after a long drive every weekend. But this time, she noticed that he looked different, was gruff and kept forgetting important things such as taking medications. His neighbors informed that he often stays on the front porch for long, staring at nowhere. Susan was alarmed. She got him medically tested. Then came the medical report – Strafford had been diagnosed with a neurodegenerative disorder – dementia. “It will only get worse,” suggested the doctors. “Better get him into a senior’s home. He needs constant attention.” Continue reading

Accidental overdosing responsible for steep rise in prescription drug overdose

Since the last few decades, the number of fatal prescription drug overdose has escalated at a rapid pace causing an epidemic. This has been primarily due to a rise of drugs like opioid analgesics as a part of pain management.

Along with alleviating pain and other symptoms, these drugs have at the same time elevated the risk of abuse and dependence. The nonmedical use of prescription drugs has become a leading cause of overdose deaths every year in the United States. Continue reading

Subtle signs indicating susceptibility of children to drug abuse

Discovering that their child is into smoking weed, snorting heroin, taking alcohol-spiked Red Bull, or any other form of substance abuse can be earth shattering for parents. Addiction is a chronic illness and coming out of it is an arduous task, besides, there is always a risk of relapse.

Addiction not only ruins an individual’s personality, career prospects, health and social circle, it also badly affects the loved ones of the patient. During the transition from childhood to adolescence, the brain undergoes changes, which might be responsible for making him or her susceptible to addiction. Continue reading

Pain linked to nonmedical prescription opioid use in young adults

Nonmedical prescription opioid (NMPO) use in America has witnessed a significant rise over the past decade. According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), in 2015, there were 20,101 overdose deaths related to prescription pain relievers, while 12,990 people succumbed to heroin overdose in the country. Young adults who frequently used NMPOs were more likely to overdose. Continue reading

Maintaining database of opioid prescriptions helpful in preventing misuse, finds study

Researchers from the Cornell University have supposedly come up with a simple way of tackling the menace of opioid misuse in the United States. They suggest that if the doctors check the prescription history of their patients, it can help them assess their patient’s chances of misusing an opioid. They can accordingly prescribe further opioids. Since almost every state has prescription database, doctors and pharmacists can utilize it to detect any stains of dependence or addiction. Continue reading

Precision medicine opens horizons to predict prescription opioid abuse

Out of the total fatalities in the United States during 2008–2010, the largest number of deaths were attributed to five diseases, which included cancer, cerebrovascular diseases (stroke), chronic lower respiratory diseases, heart diseases, and unintentional injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It was found that at least one in three premature heart disease deaths, one in three stroke deaths, one in five premature cancer deaths, two out of five chronic lower respiratory disease deaths, and two out of every five unintentional injury deaths could be prevented by managing the contributing risk factors, such as poor diet, obesity, high blood pressure, smoking and inadequate physical activity. That is when the idea of ‘precision medicine’ gained further ground. Continue reading