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Myths About Ecstasy

Ecstasy or MDMA, commonly known as ‘club drug’, is a nervous system stimulant and psychedelic drug. It is one of the commonly abused drugs despite of the evidence of its harmful effects. It has got a deceptive reputation as a safe drug among its users. It is medically proved that it causes brain damage, particularly damages the neurons. Even a single dose of Ecstasy can cause a major damage to neurons. Ecstasy causes irreversible brain damage. There are many side effects of ecstasy including confusion, depression, sleep problems, drug craving, severe anxiety, paranoia etc.

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Myths and Facts about Nicotine Addiction

Tobacco use is the highly preventable cause of death in America. Approximately 440,000 Americans succumb to diseases related to tobacco use each year (Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse).  Smoking harms almost every organ in the human body, causes many diseases, and compromises smokers’ health in general. According to NIDA, cigarette smoking accounts for 90 percent of lung cancer cases in the U.S., and about 38,000 deaths per year can be attributed to secondhand smoke. Nicotine, a component of Tobacco is one of the most heavily used addictive drugs. It is also the primary reason that Tobacco is addictive.

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Dangers of Synthetic Marijuana Abuse

JWH-018 is an analgesic chemical, often described as a pain-killer from the naphthoylindole family, which acts on the cannabinoid receptors in the brain. In animals, it produces effects very similar to those of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive chemical in Marijuana. The substance is commonly known as ‘Spice’, ‘K2 drug’ and ‘Synthetic Marijuana’.

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Myths and Hard Facts About Marijuana

Marijuana is the most commonly abused illegal drug in US. According to NSDUH, there were 15.2 million Marijuana users aged 12 years and more in 2008. It also reported that around 2.2 million people used Marijuana for the first time in 2008. This averages more than 6,000 initiates per day. This may be primarily because of the comforting false information spread about Marijuana.

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Adverse Effects of Opioids on Health and its Classification

Opioids are narcotic analgesic drugs commonly prescribed for treating severe to chronic pain. Opioids work by binding to the opioids receptors and blocking the pain signals from reaching upto the brain. Although opioids have strong analgesic and pain relieving properties, they have a strong potential to cause addiction. Mainly abused for the sense of euphoria they cause, opioids are broadly classified into four types; Natural, Semi-synthetic, Fully synthetic, and Endogenous.

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Types Of Tests Performed By Insurance Companies To Detect Nicotine

Smokers usually have less life span than non-smokers and are prone to various diseases like heart diseases, respiratory diseases, lung cancer, COPD etc. Due to the severe health risks associated with smoking, the health and life insurance companies charge higher premiums from smokers than non-smokers. The insurance companies perform various types of tests to effectively detect nicotine use among applicants.  Nicotine use can be effectively detected through urine, blood, saliva, and hair test.

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Negative Effects Of Vicodin On Human Body

Vicodin is a hydrocodone and paracetamol combination prescription drug and mostly prescribed by physicians to cure moderate to severe pain that is chronic, acute, or post-operative. When consumed in prescribed dosages, Vicodin causes relaxation, calmness, and pain relief that ensures healthy and quick recovery of the patient. Vicodin is a strong addictive drug as it causes sudden high, euphoria, and a sense of well-being. Prolonged exposure to Vicodin can cause harmful health effects on health like cardiac arrhythmia, blurred vision, confusion, and hallucinations.

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Myths About Teen Prescription Drug Abuse

The teenage years are times of major transition. Teenage offers an exciting, new, independent life for many kids. They can be vulnerable to many risky behaviors such as abusing prescription drugs. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), about 1.9 million youth aged 12 to 17 years abused prescription drugs in 2008. Abuse of prescription drugs is dangerous as well as illegal, but many teens are not aware of the risks involved. Instead they are getting incorrect information from their peers.

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Warning Signs Of Drug Abuse

Drug abuse poses a major threat to the health of individual and to entire society. Abuse of any kind of illegal drugs or prescription drugs for non-therapeutic and non-medical use is harmful and causes physical, social, and psychological damage to individual. Many drug abusers try to cover up the signs of drug abuse. However, as these warning signs of drug abuse may indicate possible dependence or addiction to drugs, effectively understanding or recognizing those helps in early detection and avoid further complications. Some of the commonly abused drugs are Amphetamine, Ecstasy/MDMA, Methamphetamine, Cocaine, Opiates, Phencyclidine (PCP), Cannabinoid etc.

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Know About Crack Cocaine

Crack cocaine, often called as ‘Crack’, is a smokable form of Cocaine and processed by mixing Cocaine powder with baking soda or ammonia and water and then heating the mixture till crystals or rocks are formed. Crack cocaine is abused as a person experiences a sudden high or euphoria in a short span. It is strongly addictive substance and causes harmful effects like paranoia, depression, lethargy, mood swings etc. Crack cocaine is affordable at low prices as it is inexpensive to manufacture.

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