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Hydrocodone Withdrawal

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Aug 16, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

Hydrocodone is an opioid agonist that is the primary ingredient in many common prescription pain killing medications, the most common being Vicodin. Hydrocodone, similar to Oxycodone, impacts the central nervous system by binding to opioid receptors and flooding the body with pain killing pleasure feelings of euphoria. It is typically taken in the oral form either as a liquid or pill and is primarily prescribed in the U.S., which is where 99% of the world’s supply was consumed in 2007. Some of the most common brand names that Hydrocodone is sold under are:

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What Are Track Marks?

Posted by Rachel Vandel on Aug 14, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

According to the World Health Organization, there are an estimated 13 million people around the world that inject drugs, and of these 13 million people, 1.7 million of them are currently living with HIV. Doing drugs through injection into your veins is referred to as intravenous drug use, which is the method of getting drugs into your system by using a needle and syringe to insert the drugs directly into your blood flow. This method for taking drugs, while incredibly dangerous and risky for contracting disease, is predicted to continue growing in popularity. As the opioid epidemic continues to be a national concern, researchers at USC have found that those abusing opioids are more likely to begin intravenous drug use than those abusing other drugs. Therefore, it is hypothesized that drug use through injection will increase as younger generations continue using opioids. For those that inject drugs, it isn’t very easy to be discrete about, for your body develops track marks where the injection is made. What exactly are track marks, and why are they a significant cause for concern? Keep reading to find out. 

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Valium Addiction & Recovery

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Aug 9, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

Valium, a form of benzodiazepine, is a Schedule IV Controlled Substance with muscle relaxant, anti-convulsant, sedative properties. The drug is one of the more well-known prescription medications on the market for treating anxiety and other mood disorders. It’s also one of the most commonly sold pharmaceutical drugs in the United States and has a substantial share in the black market drug trade.

 

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Scientists Discover Addiction Gene For Cocaine In Lab Rats

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Aug 8, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

Cocaine can have devastating effects on the human mind and body. Every year, cocaine and other illicit stimulants are abused by millions of Americans. The United Nations Office on Drug and Crime reported that nearly 140 tons of coke were seized in America in 2015 alone. Cocaine is addictive because it directly stimulates the brain’s reward centers and triggers addictive behaviors. Over time, cocaine use can create long-term impacts on the brain’s reward circuitry, leading to short and long-term withdrawal symptoms when the drug is discontinued.

 

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HIV Rates Soaring in Kentucky

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Jul 20, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

In 2015, Austin, Indiana faced one of the worst plagues to ravage the rural America in years. The disease? HIV. In the years leading up to the outbreak, two signals were starting to crop up in patients across the state. Scott County in Austin was seeing some of the highest rates of hepatitis C in the state along with a rise in intravenous opioid and methamphetamine drug usage. By the time health officials could organize an adequate response, the total number of cases had peaked at a little over 200 confirmed instances of HIV. The ratio of infections was only slightly lower than some countries in Africa.

 

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Drug Laws Around The World

Posted by Sara Niemiec on Jul 19, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

Federal drug policy in the United States has long favored the punitive approach to drug laws. In fact, nearly half (47%) of sentenced federal prisoners in 2016 were serving time for a drug offense. The United States current approach to drug laws can be traced back to Nixon’s war on drugs campaigning in the 1970’s, but one could argue that it extends even further back to the Puritanical roots of our forefathers. However, we can see a change in attitudes surrounding decriminalization in states such as Colorado, Alaska, Oregon, Washington and others leading the charge to make recreational and medicinal cannabis legal. Today we’ll take a look at some different laws around the world surrounding recreational and medicinal uses of drugs. First, we’ll take a brief look at why our current system favors the punitive approach.

 

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The Truth About Prescription Drug Abuse

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Jul 18, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

Prescription drug abuse is one of the most significant health problems in the United States. According to data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an estimated 54 million people have used a prescription medication for reasons outside of medical requirements at least once in their lifetime, and an estimated 2.1 million used these types of drugs within the last year.

 

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Kentucky Is Ground Zero For The Opioid Crisis

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Jul 13, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

We know that more Americans are dying annually from drug overdoses than car accidents and gun homicides combined. Opioids have been behind a majority of these fatalities, and nowhere is the problem more prevalent than the Appalachian area, especially in regions in Kentucky. We’ve traced the journey of opioids from the historical usage of the opium poppy for medicinal purposes to the modern day pharmaceutical cash cows of OxyContin and OxyCodone. To understand how the Appalachian region became so particularly devastated by opioid addiction requires a more detailed examination of the regional economy and the pharmaceutical industry’s efforts to push the drug.

 

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The 7 Biggest Cartels in Mexico

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Jul 12, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

Drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) in Mexico are responsible for importing the majority of illicit substances in the United States. In recent years they have increasingly gained control of the retail level distribution of drugs. These organizations formerly coalesced under four significant organizations, but former Mexican president Felipe Calderon initiated an aggressive campaign to eliminate cartel leadership that resulted in even more splintering and drug-related violence in the region. South America and Mexico, in particular, are prime locations for producing and exporting drugs because of the climate and lack of jurisdiction governing the growth of drug-related cultigens such as cocaine and opium. 

 

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Everything You Wanted To Know About Heroin

Posted by Jackson Bentley on Jul 10, 2018 8:00:00 AM
 

What is Heroin?

Heroin is a highly addictive substance processed from morphine, a naturally occurring opiate derived from opium poppy seed. These plants are typically grown in South America, Afghanistan, and Southeast Asia and the product is trafficked around the world. The drug is a chemically modified version of partially purified morphine, a process which is carried out in refineries near opium fields. It is usually sold on the streets in small bags of loose powder, ranging in color from white to brown to black. The purest form available is white, while highly impure heroin, sold as black tar, is sticky and black.

 

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