Addiction & Drugs

Addiction & Drugs Historically, addiction has been defined as physical and/or psychological dependence on psychoactive substances (for example alcohol, tobacco, heroin, caffeine and other drugs) which cross the blood-brain barrier once ingested, temporarily altering the chemical milieu of the brain.

Designer Drug Explosion: 348 New (And Largely Uncontrolled) Drugs Emerge Around The World

By | Tue, 05/20/2014 - 16:46

The United Nation's latest assessment on synthetic drugs finds an astonishing amount of new, uncontrolled substances, many of which are causing harm to those who take them.

Drug Abuse Rampant Among Emergency Room Visitors

By | Sat, 05/17/2014 - 17:13

Individuals who visit a hospital's ER room more than 10 times a year are likely to be suffering from an addiction problem, according to a new survey.

Almost 120 People Overdose On Synthetic Marijuana In Texas

By | Wed, 05/07/2014 - 11:31

Synthetic marijuana use left 120 Texans hospitalized, including some who had to be sedated to prevent self-harm.

Teens Who Smoke And Drink Drive Recklessly (Even When They're Sober)

By | Mon, 04/28/2014 - 12:38

Teenagers who simultaneously use alcohol and marijuana are more likely to drive recklessly compared to those who use either substance on their own.

Maryland Decriminalizes Marijuana As A Civil Penalty

By | Tue, 04/08/2014 - 12:14

Maryland's General Assembly has approved a bill that will decriminalize the possession of marijuana for people carrying under 10 grams.

The Best Way To Quit Smoking In 3 Simple Steps

By | Tue, 04/08/2014 - 08:30

If you're trying to quit smoking, structure is just as important as motivation.

Men Twice As Likely To Enter Substance Abuse Treatment

By | Sun, 04/06/2014 - 15:35

Although twice as many men seek inpatient treatment for substance abuse, elderly women are nearly three times as likely as men their age to abuse prescription painkillers such as oxycodone.

'License-Plate Profiling' For Marijuana? Colorado Residents Targeted By Police When Driving Out-Of-State

By | Tue, 04/01/2014 - 11:37

Residents of Colorado say they have become targets of "license-plate profiling" after having been pulled over for suspected marijuana possession while driving out-of-state.

What Does Marijuana Do To Your Body And Brain? [VIDEO]

By | Mon, 03/31/2014 - 09:30

Marijuana has become a hot topic in U.S. politics, but what does science have to say about its various effects on users?

Is Ecstasy The Same Thing As Mephedrone (Meow-Meow)?

By | Tue, 03/25/2014 - 00:00

A review on mephedrone, also called meow-meow, finds that while they are both amphetamines that induce similar highs, they affect the brain in different ways.

Love Hormone' In Kids May Influence Later Drug And Alcohol Problems

By | Sat, 03/22/2014 - 18:30

Lowered levels of oxytocin in young children has been implicated in later development of drug and alcohol problems.

LSD-Laced Steak Sends Pregnant Woman Into Labor

By | Sun, 03/09/2014 - 14:59

Round bottom steak laced with the hallucinogenic drug LSD sent an entire Florida family to the hospital, including a pregnant woman who was induced into labor from the drug.

Pills Are Killing Us, But Where Are They Coming From?

By | Wed, 03/05/2014 - 10:46

Prescription pills are responsible for more emergency room deaths than street drugs, but who keeps prescribing them to abusers?

This Is Your Brain On Cocaine

By | Mon, 03/03/2014 - 16:49

Cocaine is responsible for thousands of hospitalizations and deaths in the U.S. each year, but what does it really do to your brain?

Zohydro, The Latest Opioid Painkiller, Causes Controversy

By | Wed, 02/26/2014 - 19:00

Drug overdose death rates more than tripled over the past 20 years, yet that didn't stop the FDA from approving a high-dose opioid painkiller. Now, health groups are fighting back.