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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

Prescription weight-loss pill helps in opioid addiction recovery, confirms study

Prescription weight-loss pill helps in opioid addiction recovery, confirms study

In what may be considered a big step forward in the efforts to control the opioid abuse epidemic in the United States, researchers from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) have confirmed that a prescription drug used in weight-loss treatment can reduce cravings for opioids. Results of the study, published in the journal ACS Chemical Neuroscience on Jan.20, 2017, show that the anti-obesity drug lorcaserin potentially inhibits the usage and urge for oxycodone, an opioid painkiller, in preclinical studies. Continue reading

Ins and outs of OxyContin abuse

Ins and outs of OxyContin abuse

OxyContin, the brand name of the opioid drug oxycodone, is a popular synthetic opiate painkiller that is commonly prescribed to people witnessing moderate-to-severe pain caused due to cancer, heart attack, severe burns, etc. By alleviating pain, OxyContin helps a person in leading a pain-free life. Continue reading

Spotlight on treatment: Contingency management

Spotlight on treatment: Contingency management

People receive incentives for good behavior and performance throughout their lives. Children get toys or ice cream from parents for cleaning their rooms or getting good grades, and professionals get bonuses or promotions for doing well at their jobs. Addiction recovery should be no different. Contingency management helps addicts stick with their recovery by providing tangible incentives for achieving goals. By rewarding positive change, the therapy helps addicts become accustomed to healthy behavior and less beholden to their drug cravings (National Institute on Drug Abuse). Continue reading

Over-the-counter drugs of abuse: Nasal spray

Over-the-counter drugs of abuse: Nasal spray

Most people don’t think of nasal spray as a dangerous drug, but abuse can lead to surprisingly serious medical consequences. Nasal decongestants are used to temporarily relieve congestion caused by allergies. These sprays, including brand names such as Afrin, can be purchased over the counter at any drug store. Over-use of the sprays, however, can cause major damage to a person’s nasal pathways (Over the Counter Drug Addiction, “OTC Nasal Spray Abuse”). Before using nasal sprays, one should understand the consequences of abuse.

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Over-the-counter drugs of abuse: DXM

Over-the-counter drugs of abuse: DXM

DXM is one of the most common drugs in America as well as one of the most commonly abused. Dextromethorphan, typically called DXM, is the active ingredient found in most over-the-counter cough and cold medicine. Almost half of all over-the-counter drugs sold in America contain it, making it extremely cheap and easy to acquire, particularly for teens. According to a 2008 study, about 10 percent of American teens have abused DXM to get high (WebMD, “Teens and DXM Abuse”). Unfortunately, the drug can be surprisingly dangerous when abused.

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Over-the-counter drugs of abuse: Ephedrine diet pills

Over-the-counter drugs of abuse: Ephedrine diet pills

Prescription drug abuse is the most deadly type of addiction in the United States. Contrary to popular belief, however, even medication sold over the counter (OTC) can result in addiction or cause other serious problems. One commonly abused type of OTC drug is diet pills containing ephedrine. Many people might take ephedrine to lose weight or for recreational purposes without realizing how powerful the drug really is. Using too much of the drug or using it too often can have surprisingly dangerous consequences.   Continue reading

FDA has released new goals to curb opioid abuse

FDA has released new goals to curb opioid abuse

While prescription painkillers were designed to heal, they have rapidly become the most dangerous drug in American society. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more people are killed by opioid overdose than by heroin and cocaine combined. In fact, the FDA’s findings state that more than 15,000 Americans died from prescription painkiller abuse in 2009, a figure that has tripled over the last 20 years. Continue reading