Substance Abuse

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 […]


Replacement of plant-based drugs with synthetics can alter illegal drug trade, say experts
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The illegal drug trade across the world could witness a radical change if plant-based substances like heroin and cannabis are replaced with synthetic analogues (fentanyl or spice/K2). For example, in Myanmar, heroin derived from opium has been a major source of funding for the perpetual civil war between rebel guerillas and pro-government militias that has […]


K2 kills 2, causes severe bleeding in 56 people in Illinois
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The Illinois Department of Public Health has issued warning notices to health agencies in the state after consumption of synthetic cannabinoid products led to the death of two persons and hospitalization of 56 others in the greater Chicago area in recent weeks. The affected people complained of excessive bleeding, including coughing up blood, urinating blood, […]


Florida Senate approves 3-day limit on opioid prescriptions
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Florida Governor Rick Scott’s efforts to combat the opioid crisis in the state finally seems to have taken a concrete shape. The four best practices he had proposed earlier this month got its first approval from the Senate. As per the legislation, medical practitioners cannot prescribe opioids for more than three days to Floridians struggling […]


Governor Rick Scott’s efforts to combat opioid crisis lacks support
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Florida Governor Rick Scott has found little support for his opioid bill. Of the 200-odd lobbyists that the legislature has drawn, most seek to counter it. This is surprising considering that Florida is one of the worst hit states by the opioid crisis. According to data from the Florida Department of Health, physicians had given […]


Cocaine worth $300 million seized from Pacific Ocean
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In yet another drug bust at sea, Coast Guard Cutters (CGC) seized 10 tons of cocaine and 23 kilograms of heroin along Mexico and Central America. The hoard was offloaded at Port Everglades in Florida. According to the Coast Guard, the traffickers could fetch nearly $300 million for the drugs. However, NarcoticsNews.com evaluations of the […]


Microdosing: The new trend
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People believe that microdosing, a technique that involves administering minute quantities of any psychedelic drug, every few days, helps them perform better. Though different drugs can be micro-dosed upon, one psychedelic drug that has caught the fancy of people across the U.S. is lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). People have reported enhanced creativity, a more productive […]


Breaking the cycle of addiction in your 20s
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“If you’re spending your entire early 20s chasing the next party, what are you running away from?” ― Demi Lovato One’s 20s are typically expected to be wildest years of a person’s life. The combination of freedom and youth encourage young adults to seek out and indulge in new forms of pleasure and excitement. This […]


Synthetic marijuana is not harmless, says research
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Synthetic cannabinoids (SBCs), such as K2 and Spice, are designer drugs and their composition is different from that of cannabis. They enjoy the reputation of being safe substitutes for marijuana. However, they are not, says a recent research. “Synthetic cannabinoids produce a number of adverse effects like neurological, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular and renal toxicities as well […]


Clean needle program aims to reduce heroin use

Providing heroin users with sterile needles to reduce heroin use may appear to be a self-defeating step. However, many major cities in several countries have been doing just that with surprisingly good results. People who are addicted to heroin might share their needles and even their syringes with others, which facilitates the transmission of HIV […]


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