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.

Molly Doesn’t Play Nice: Ecstasy Can Cause Fatal Aneurysms

By | Thu, 07/03/2014 - 18:30

Taking the street drug Ecstasy could lead to a weakening and rupture of the spinal cord artery that might kill you.

Opioid Painkiller Prescriptions Vary Widely Across States, And The South Is The Worst

By | Tue, 07/01/2014 - 15:23

A new CDC report highlights the vast differences of painkiller prescriptions across different states, with some prescribing nearly three times as many as other states.

Americans Are Smoking More Pot, While Ignoring Its Health Risks

By | Thu, 06/26/2014 - 11:01

Prevalence of cannabis use in North America, especially in the United States, has increased over the past five years due to a decline in the perception of health risks.

Pope Francis, True To South American Roots, Condemns ‘Scourge Of Drug Trafficking’

By | Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:19

Pope Francis once again condemned the legalization of marijuana and other recreational drugs when speaking to a drug-enforcement conference in Rome.

Airport Officials Confiscate 118 Cocaine Cookies Worth An Estimated $52,000

By | Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:00

Customs agents at a New Jersey airport find three pounds of cocaine pellets, worth an estimated $52,000, baked into cookies.

Smokers' Brains Just Don't See The Reward In Quitting

By | Sun, 06/15/2014 - 15:20

The reason some smokers quit while others don't has something to do with how their brains' reward systems process the benefits of quitting, a new study finds.

E-Cigarette Calls To Poison Control Centers Are Going Up

By | Sat, 06/07/2014 - 17:56

As the use of e-cigarettes increases in the U.S., so do the calls to poison centers related to their exposure and adverse health effects.

Prescription Opioids: The New Gateway Drug To Heroin

By | Wed, 05/28/2014 - 16:00

Heroin is now a mainstream drug occurring in more suburban and rural areas among white males... and females.

Meth Numbs Your Brain's Risk Centers, Making It Seem Safe

By | Wed, 05/21/2014 - 17:20

Brain imaging reveals that methamphetamine’s effect on the right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (rDLPFC), the area of the brain that controls emotional impulses, causes risky behavior in users.

Texas Teen Could Face A Life Sentence For Baking Pot Brownies

By | Wed, 05/21/2014 - 10:08

Texas teen Jacob Lavoro could face a life sentence for possessing 1.5 lbs. of pot brownies laced with hash oil.

Mexican Youth More Likely To Drink, Use Drugs If They Came To US Before 12

By | Tue, 05/20/2014 - 18:50

Mexican kids who emigrate to the U.S. before 12 years old are two to three times more likely to have drug and alcohol problems in adulthood. Why?

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.