What Is Fentanyl?

What Is Fentanyl?

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opiate analgesic used to treat pain and is abused for its heroin-like effects

Fentanyl is an opioid analgesic used to treat moderate to severe pain after surgery or as a result of chronic pain that is not well managed by other opioids or non-steroidal analgesics. It is similar to morphine and works by bonding to opioid receptors, changing the way the body perceives pain and reducing the emotional response to pain. Fentanyl is often used when other pain medications no longer work or when there is breakthrough pain. It is often used in cancer patients who are already taking morphine or oxycodone. Read more

When Depressants and PTSD Mix

When Depressants and PTSD Mix

Many people with PTSD self-medicate with alcohol

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that is triggered after a person experiences or sees a traumatic event. When faced with trauma, some people cannot process their thoughts and feelings about the event and stay stuck in the terror of the experience for weeks, months or even years. Common causes of PTSD include:

  • Engaging in battle during a military conflict
  • Being raped or molested
  • Abuse or neglect
  • Physical assault
  • Car accident
  • Natural disaster (tornado, flood, hurricane, etc.)

Read more

The Legal Ramifications of Drug Use

The Legal Ramifications of Drug Use

Drug use may result in prison time

Drug abuse brings many unwelcome consequences – damaged health, strained relationships, diminished finances and disrupted careers are common. Although these natural consequences should be reason enough to avoid drug abuse, involvement with illegal drug use also carries legal ramifications in California. Read more

The Dangers of Abusing Multiple Depressants

The Dangers of Abusing Multiple Depressants

The Dangers of Abusing Multiple Depressants

Depressants come in many forms, like liquids, powders and pills, that all affect the central nervous system. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) labels depressants as sedatives and tranquilizers, because they slow down the central nervous system. This slowed functioning produces the high that many people seek when they abuse depressants. Even though many people abuse depressants to feel good, using many of them at one time can be dangerous. As each drug slows down the body’s functions, users can experience severe complications when they take several of depressants simultaneously. Read more

Why You Shouldn’t Use Adderall as a Performance Enhancer

Why You Shouldn't Use Adderall as a Performance Enhancer

Students sometimes use Adderall as a Performance Enhancer

Increased success, earnings and performance are becoming top demands in people’s lives in societies around the world. While this drive to succeed often results in new companies, new inventions and personal successes, there are times when this drive to succeed begins to impact our lives in unhealthy and even dangerous ways. Read more

The Dangers of Drug-Induced Depression

The Dangers of Drug-Induced DepressionThe Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders considers substance-induced depression to be the “prominent and persistent disturbance of mood that occurs during use of a drug.” Drug use and depression are closely related, and one often causes or contributes to the other. Antidepressants, anticonvulsants, central nervous system drugs, such as benzodiazepines and opiates, and many more substances all may include depression as a side effect of use. Read more

Substance-Induced Bipolar Disorder

Substance-Induced Bipolar DisorderDrug addiction can produce symptoms similar to those of bipolar disorder. Because many drugs of abuse work in the brain to alter brain chemicals, a person who is addicted to drugs may experience both manic and depressive episodes while dealing with addiction. Those who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder have alternating manic, depressive, and mixed times based on their current brain chemistry. Understanding the symptoms of bipolar disorder and how they relate to drug addiction can help those dealing with addiction know what to expect and how to cope with this aspect of their recovery. Read more

Substance Abuse as a Remedy for Chronic Jet Lag

Substance Abuse as a Remedy for Chronic Jet LagDesynchronosis, the medical term for jet lag, is a temporary physiological condition epitomized by fatigue, insomnia, headaches, irritability, anxiety, dehydration and other potential symptoms. Jet lag is classified as a circadian rhythm sleep disorder, and it is triggered by trans-meridian (east to west, or vice versa) air travel over multiple time zones. Each person has an internal clock within the hypothalamus, and rapidly passing through multiple time zones forces the body to adjust. This might take a day or two for the average person, but those who regularly travel for work can suffer chronic jet lag as the body constantly plays catch up. Drinking alcohol the day before, during or after the flight can contribute to jet lag through dehydration and disrupted sleep. Moreover, travelers who use alcohol and drugs to self-medicate chronic jet lag often develop more serious health problems. Read more

Are My Prescription Medications Safe to Take?

Are My Prescription Medications Safe to Take?The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) extensively evaluates prescription medications before approving them for use. Medications are only approved when their adverse effects are expected to be less severe than the benefits they offer, but the FDA’s approval does not ensure that medications cannot cause harm. To safeguard your health while using, you must inform your doctor of all medications you take, and you must adhere to each prescription’s guidelines. In doing so, you may save your life. Read more

Librium Abuse Dangers

Librium Abuse DangersAccording to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Chlordiazepoxide (brand name Librium) is prescribed for the treatment of anxiety, including nervousness or anxiety that happens before a surgery. It may also be used to treat symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. California residents with anxiety may be prescribed Librium by their doctors. However, Librium abuse comes with potential dangers that all users should be aware of. Read more

Next Page »