Few states have been hit as hard by the nation’s opioid addiction epidemic as Tennessee. The state has the second highest rate of prescriptions per person, next to West Virginia. Over a million Tennesseans (one in six) abused opioids or suffered from opioid overdose in 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]
Shining laser lights on a certain part of the brain in rats can eliminate compulsive cocaine seeking, according to a study published in Nature. Testing of a similar approach in humans may begin soon, although it will most likely involve electromagnetic stimulation from outside the scalp rather than direct stimulation of the brain by lasers.
You’ve tried it all. You’ve lectured. You’ve given ultimatums. You’ve staged an intervention. Still, your loved one continues to spiral deeper into drug or alcohol addiction. If you didn’t care about this person so much, you’d have given up long ago. And, as much as you don’t want to give up, it feels like you’ve […]
Hallucinogens are drugs that contain alkaloid compounds that have the effect of making the user think he or she is seeing or hearing things that are not real. In other words, they make you hallucinate. Many people who experiment with hallucinogens do so with the false impression that these drugs are low-risk. Even if they […]
America’s rapid explosion of prescription painkiller abuse has put health officials across the country on the defensive. Nowhere is this truer than in Tennessee, where a virtual epidemic of addiction is stressing the state’s health care system to the breaking point.
Southeast Texas is in the midst of a gumbo epidemic, and it isn’t the Creole classic you may be thinking of. The “gumbo” causing problems is a combination of drugs: usually marijuana mixed with ecstasy, cocaine and PCP (phencyclidine), with some even adding synthetic marijuana into the mix. Although the drug is causing problems in […]
As Veterans Day rolls around, we all take a moment to pay our respects to those who’ve fought for our freedom in both historical and current conflicts, but it’s easy to forget that veterans can’t leave the horrors of war on the battlefield. Drugs have been a part of war for centuries, and although in […]
Treating chronic pain in sobriety can be a slippery slope in which you’re threatened by a double-edged sword. Living with constant pain hurts your quality of life, but giving in to taking narcotics may set you up for a relapse.
Law enforcement agencies around the country are reporting crackdowns on a new and potent form of marijuana called wax. The drug first appeared in California, but is rapidly spreading to other states. Named for its waxy consistency, wax marijuana is concentrated and powerful. Even experienced users of marijuana are impacted by the potency of this […]
Cigarette smoking is one of the leading causes of preventable death in the U.S. Despite this fact, many people still smoke and get hooked on nicotine, one of the most addictive abused substances. A growing sector of smokers, mostly young people, is rejecting cigarettes for the hookah, or water pipe. Research on hookah smoking is […]