Some newsworthy developments on the subject of opioid overdoses have been published recently. On the one hand, recent reports indicate that overdose deaths from most opioids have dropped slightly. But those same reports also suggest that fentanyl-related opioid overdose deaths are continuing to increase. Alarmingly so in some areas.
People understand that abusing drugs or drinking to excess has an immediate, instantaneous, negative effect on the user. But what a lot of people do not know are the long-term repercussions of drug use, the extensive health complications that can occur later on in life as a direct result of an individual’s partaking in substances.
After years spent in relative disuse, hallucinogenic drugs are growing in popularity once again. Much of this increase has come on the coattails of increased efforts to legalize hallucinogenics, not only in the United States but in other countries too. The increases in interest in such drugs have been most prominent amongst young people, but all age groups have shown interest in hallucinogenic drugs.
Let’s talk about heroin and the effect that this powerful narcotic has on the brain of a user. According to new research, long-term heroin use actually changes how genes are activated in the brain…
When we first hear that strange, almost alien name, the first thought that comes to mind is “crocodile.” This is no coincidence.
We’ve all heard the negative stories and stigma that surrounds marijuana use. “Marijuana makes you lazy.” “Marijuana will make you unintelligent.” “Marijuana will prevent you from achieving your goals.” The list goes on and on. But for the longest time, there existed no real, stable, evidence-based studies that showed certain legitimacy in such concerns. The above negative phenomena were always just the stigma that surrounded marijuana.
In 2016 more people died from drug overdose than the 58,209 soldiers who died in the Vietnam War. Think about that! Drug-related deaths in 2016 reached an estimated 64,000 people and those numbers are expected to continue to rise!
Over the past few days, I have read many articles circulating through Facebook and the news media about ecstasy infused candy and Halloween. I thought it couldn’t be true. After research I was shocked to find that this was common, even in my small town.
Carfentanil is an opioid drug that packs a powerful wallop. So powerful, in fact, it’s used to sedate elephants, rhinos, hippos and other huge animals. But now it’s being found in heroin supplies and is killing dozens of people in multiple states.
The State of Oklahoma has long struggled with exceptionally high rates of prescription drug abuse – high enough to keep the state in the number one spot nationally. With so many people trying to help, why is it so hard to make inroads into this problem?