Addiction

Researchers conduct study to test effectiveness of psilocybin in treating cocaine addiction
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In a bid to fill the gap in treatment for cocaine addiction, researchers at the University of Alabama, Birmingham are conducting trials to test the effectiveness of psilocybin in treating people hooked on the drug. Psilocybin is the active compound present in psychedelic mushrooms. Earlier, the compound was found to be effective in treating alcoholism […]


Medical marijuana doesn’t help in pain but induces sleep, says longest study on weed
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Conventionally, people believe medical marijuana gives relief from pain. However, the common perception was rejected by the world’s longest study on the effect of marijuana on pain. The study, conducted by researchers from Australia’s National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) at the University of New South Wales and published in the Lancet Public Health […]


Understanding consequences of anabolic steroid abuse among youngsters
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The tendency of youngsters to buff up their muscles in response to the demand of the times for a sculpted body has led many adolescent boys to tread the desperate path of steroid use. Instead of working out or finding solace in a happy healthy body, youngsters, desiring a body akin to their favorite celebrity, […]


Florida police arrest man for giving Xanax to 10-year-old in his mother’s absence
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The Florida police recently arrested a man accused of giving Xanax to a 10-year-old boy. According to the police, the man reportedly coaxed the boy to have the drug along with a nacho chip to overcome its bad taste. The man allegedly fed Xanax to the boy to make him feel “chill,” following a sugar […]


‘Fake MDMA,’ a growing problem at concerts
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Cautioning about what could become a massacre of a big level, narcotics experts had warned the enthusiasts attending the Parklife Music Festival in Manchester, United Kingdom, on June 9-10, 2018, of the sale of fake 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA) at the event. According to drug safety charity The Loop, the fake drugs resembled MDMA in terms of […]


FDA to employ new strategies to monitor changing patterns in drug use and abuse
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The premature deaths from opioid-related issues across various demographics in the United States is posing an enormous health as well as economic burden on the nation. According to a recent study published online, opioid overdose has become the leading cause of mortality across the U.S. with a 345 percent increase in opioid-related deaths from 2001 […]


Operation PayDirt results in seizure of drugs worth $7 million in Okaloosa County
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A multi-agency probe into drug trafficking landed 15 people behind bars in Okaloosa County recently. The investigation also resulted in the seizure of illegal drugs worth more than $7 million. Calling the bust the largest in history of the county, authorities said a considerable amount of illicit substances like heroin, and fentanyl are now off […]


Columbus woman sentenced for toddler’s death warns parents of dangers of addiction
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Columbus resident Erica M. Barley was sentenced to five years in prison in May 2016 for involuntary manslaughter of her 14-month-old daughter Annabella Sagstetter who died of exposure to heroin and fentanyl in May 2015, when Barley carried her to purchase heroin and Xanax at a drug house. Now, confined within the walls of the […]


Former Connecticut nurse pleads guilty to drug trafficking and money laundering charges
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A retired Connecticut nurse recently pleaded guilty before a U.S. District Court in New Haven to drug trafficking and money laundering for over a decade. On May 15, 2018, 59-year-old Christine Miles pleaded guilty to conspiring to possess and distribute heroin, opioid pain relievers hydrocodone and oxymorphone sold under various brand names, and alprazolam, a […]


Palm Beach County resident with mental illness will not get death penalty for killing her mother
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A young woman residing in Palm Beach County is an example of how untreated mental illness can destroy lives. Camilla Balla (32) who brutally killed her mother and took her eyes out, is held in the County jail’s mental health unit without bond on first-degree murder charges. However, she is likely to be absolved of […]


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