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Association between childhood trauma and substance abuse as adults

Association between childhood trauma and substance abuse as adults

12-30 | Rachael

Traumatic childhood experiences can impact a person’s mental health. It can affect the way the child interacts with the world, his/her ability to trust others, regulate emotions and the overall development. In the United States, the rate of traumatic life experiences has been rising substantially and it is considered a major public health concern as […]

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Commonly abused drugs and their effects

Commonly abused drugs and their effects

12-23 | Rachael

The easy availability of various drugs, including prescription drugs, and the increasing trend of misusing and abusing such drugs are causing devastating effects in the United States. According to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of deaths from opioid overdose between 2001 to […]

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Differentiating between drug use and abuse

Differentiating between drug use and abuse

12-14 | Rachael

Drugs have become an important part of many American’s lives. Using any form of drug by snorting, smoking, injecting or absorbing has an effect on an individual’s brain and physical health. Drugs are available in the market in various forms such as prescribed and non-prescribed that are again available in different types such as opioids, […]

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Five factors causing high methamphetamine abuse

Five factors causing high methamphetamine abuse

12-09 | Rachael

Methamphetamine, commonly known as meth or crystal meth, is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant drug which is much more potent than other stimulants such as cocaine. Similar in structure to amphetamine, the drug is often available as a crystal-like powdered substitute and can be abused by individuals orally, snorted intra-nasally, smoked or injected directly […]

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Need to understand chemistry of addiction to rein in the epidemic

Need to understand chemistry of addiction to rein in the epidemic

12-01 | Rachael

Addiction involves changes in a person’s lifestyle and habits involving a particular substance or activity (nicotine, alcohol, gambling, shopping, sex). Exposure to these substances or activities can stimulate the brain in pleasurable ways. Experts say prolonged exposure can lead to overindulgence and as the involvement with the particular substance or activity gets stronger over time, […]

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