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Time to curb steroid abuse among youth

Sports personalities often become the source of inspiration for many teens in their growing up years. They always yearn to get a body like these sportspersons. And in an attempt to do so, they often end up using steroids without understanding their harmful effects on them. Changes experienced during puberty also force many teens to use anabolic steroids to get that perfect shape hey had longed for, pushing themselves toward addiction and other adverse health effects. According to a study conducted by Youth Risk and Behavior Surveillance System, an estimated 5 percent of high school students in the United States…

Cocaine users turning to smart devices to thwart fatal overdoses

An increasing number of individuals using illicit drugs like cocaine are turning to smart devices to monitor their heart rate, revealed recent media reports. Drug users who engage in repeated cocaine abuse are beginning to depend on wearable heart monitors to make sure their heart doesn’t give out. Experts say using technology to keep a watch on activities that could cause potential harm to the heart rate and body temperature is gaining popularity among millennials. Users of cocaine, which is capable of triggering an extreme surge in heart rate, feel that this new technology could help prevent overdose deaths. The…

Survey identifies rise in stimulant use; can escalate dual diagnosis problem

Survey identifies rise in stimulant use; can escalate dual diagnosis problem In this era of competition where every individual is striving to win a race of its own kind, many individuals are on a constant look out for methods that can help them boost their performance and increase their mental strength and ability. More often than not, their search leads them to performance-enhancing drugs like stimulants. Concerned about this rising trend, a recent survey found that nearly 30 percent of the American population reported using stimulants at least once in the preceding 12 months in 2017. This was 10 percent higher than the 20 percent usage recorded in 2015. According to…

3 years on, most pharmacies in New York City not ready to sell naloxone sans prescription

April 18, 2018 Drug Rehab

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3 years on, most pharmacies in New York City not ready to sell naloxone sans prescription In a bid to combat the growing opioid crisis, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray had announced in 2015 that people would be able to gain access to naloxone, the overdose-reversing drug, at chemist shops sans a prescription. However, according to a recent survey by The New York Times, out of the 720 pharmacies authorized to provide naloxone, only one-third of them were ready to sell the drug without a medical prescription. The pharmacies instructed to always keep naloxone handy are situated only at certain locations of the city. The list of such locations…

Is enough being done to help the youngest victims of the opioid crisis?

The horrors of the opioid epidemic are not restricted to adults. The lives of innumerable children whose parents suffer from addiction to prescription painkillers or other opioids are put in jeopardy. In December 2016, an infant perished from dehydration and starvation three or four days after her parents were found dead in their home in Johnstown, Pennsylvania from suspected drug overdose. For most of the hapless children, the inevitable consequence of parents’ addiction is being placed in foster care. The Johnstown incident is one among a growing number of cases where children, including infants, are becoming unwitting victims of their…

Mental illness and drug abuse common in pregnant women misusing opioids

Opioid use and misuse are a big health concern among the American population, including pregnant women who take prescription medicines during gestation period without consulting any certified medical practitioner. While these women continue to abuse painkillers notwithstanding their disastrous effects, a recent research revealed that pregnant women using opioids for non-medical reasons were at a higher risk of suffering from mental illnesses and co-occurring substance abuse problems. The study, titled “Nonmedical Use of Prescription Opioids among Pregnant U.S. Women,” by the School of Public Health suggested how non-medical use of opioids during gestation phase can result in harmful effects for…
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