Stimulants – Abuse and Addiction

Stimulants – Abuse and Addiction

Stimulants both prescribed and street drugs are highly abused drugs as well as addictive which is why they are on the class II list.  Prescription drugs (Adderall and Dexedrine), Methylphenidates ( Concerta and Ritalin), diet aids (Didrex, Bontril, Preludin,...

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Fentanyl Abuse and Addiction

Fentanyl Abuse and Addiction

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid drug similar to morphine but 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. It is a class II prescription drug used for pain relief after surgeries or for those with chronic pain that has become tolerant to other opioid drugs. ...

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THE DIFFERENT CLASSES OF ALCOHOLICS

THE DIFFERENT CLASSES OF ALCOHOLICS

There is a very prominent stereotype in the United States of what a typical, everyday alcoholic looks like. However, studies from the  National Institute of Health (NIH), National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), and the National Epidemiological...

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A BENZO CALLED KLONOPIN

A BENZO CALLED KLONOPIN

Klonopin is a powerful drug known as a benzodiazepine; some people become addicted to it in as little as a month. Many people have formed an addiction to Klonopin by simply taking the amount prescribed by their doctor. Klonopin blocks special receptors in the brain to...

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WHY IS DRUG CLASSIFICATION IMPORTANT?

WHY IS DRUG CLASSIFICATION IMPORTANT?

Classifying drugs by chemical similarities is helpful because drugs that are chemically similar often have similar risks and impacts. A person who is addicted to a drug is also more likely to abuse and become addicted to other drugs if they are chemically similar....

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HOW CODEINE ABUSE IS HARMFUL

HOW CODEINE ABUSE IS HARMFUL

Codeine is a prescription pain medication used to treat mild to moderate pain. It comes in the form of a tablet and is the main ingredient in prescription grade cough suppressants. Tylenol 3, another popular pain reliever, is a mix of codeine and acetaminophen....

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THE TRUE DANGER OF STEROIDS

THE TRUE DANGER OF STEROIDS

Anabolic steroids are prescribed or illegally obtained by people who desire a stronger physical appearance and to develop muscle mass in a short period of time, usually resulting in boosted confidence and self-esteem. There are more than 100 kinds of anabolic...

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HOW DOES CAMPRAL WORK?

HOW DOES CAMPRAL WORK?

Campral is used to efficiently treat alcoholism, though scientists still don't completely understand how it works in the brain. This drug stops alcohol cravings and decreases interest in drinking (even in chronic alcoholics). Campral is believed to also address...

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THE POWER OF MORPHINE

THE POWER OF MORPHINE

The power of morphine as a narcotic painkiller, used to manage moderate to severe chronic pain, is a well known fact. It binds to opiate receptors in the brain and changes the body’s perception of pain. However, morphine can also carry a strong potential for abuse,...

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WHAT IS ANTABUSE?

WHAT IS ANTABUSE?

Antabuse is not an addictive medication; it is a part of a group of medications called “antidipsotropic medications” that are designed to have an anti-drinking effect. When combined with alcohol, Antabuse produces unpleasant and severe reactions: lowered blood...

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