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How Drugs Affect Women’s Brains

The differences between men’s and women’s bodies make certain drugs riskier to use While both men and women experience addiction, withdrawal and psychological dependence upon drugs, recent discoveries reveal significant differences in the way women’s bodies respond to foreign substances. According to a June, 2014 article in Scientific American, the way the female body processes, metabolizes and...

How Do Opiates Differ from Opium?

Opium has been used as a pain medication since at least the Neolithic age Opiates and opium are closely related chemical cousins with many pharmacological and addictive similarities and several important differences. Although opium has been a part of the human experience for thousands of years, and opiates for hundreds, there are still many misunderstandings about these drugs and the risks they present. Opium: The...

Acetaminophen’s Role in Vicodin

Taken together, acetaminophen and hydrocodone is very effective in reducing moderate to severely moderate pain Vicodin is a combination medication containing hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Many wonder why a pain reliever like acetaminophen is in Vicodin, since hydrocodone already acts as pain reliever. Both elements in Vicodin affect the body in distinctly different ways, but work together to provide effective pain...

What are Drug Schedules?

Each schedule has been determined based on addiction potential and associated medical use With all the talk about drugs in the news nowadays, you might be hearing a lot about drug schedules, but aren’t really sure what that means. You are not alone, as many people have the same question – what are drug schedules? According to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), drug schedules are simply classes of drugs that are...

Is There Such a Thing as a Minor Addiction?

Minor addiction might best describe the use of occasional users and social users When an addict compares his addiction to another person’s, he is ultimately making an excuse to allow him to feel better about his use. Minor addiction might best describe the use of occasional users and social users. However, even occasional and social users face dangerous side effects and life altering choices, which can affect them...

4 Reasons Why You Should Follow Your Prescription

Not following your prescription may lead to serious consequences to health and happiness Any time you take a prescription drug other than exactly as prescribed by your doctor, you are abusing that drug. The National Institutes of Health describes prescription drug abuse as doing any of the following: Taking medicine that was not prescribed to you Taking a drug in greater doses than prescribed Taking a drug more...

What Makes Prescription Drugs So Addicting?

Prescription drugs can be addicting Many people mistakenly think that prescription drugs are safer than illegal drugs. People who received drug awareness classes in grade school may recall all of the anti-drug awareness information about street drugs like cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamines. But very few people have received much information about the very real dangers of prescription drugs. Prescription drugs are...

How Does the Internet Affect Process Addiction?

The National Institute of Health lists process addiction as a compulsive behavior on which someone becomes dependent. People may develop process addictions to any of the following acts: Eating Gambling Surfing the Internet Watching videos or movies Sex or viewing pornography Video games or online gaming Shopping Working One of the main forms of process addictions comes through the Internet, a repository for...

What are Painkiller Analogues?

When discussing drug chemistry and pharmacology, drug terminology is particularly important. The term drug analogue is unfamiliar to many, but is important to understand when discussing the creation of new drugs. What is a Drug Analogue? Drug analogues, sometimes called designer drugs, are those that are synthetically created to closely model the chemical structure of another drug through the rearrangement of a...

How Cost and Availability Influence Prescription Drug Use

Prescription drugs are used by a wide variety of people. In the United States, billions of prescriptions are written each year, giving multiple prescriptions to single patients. In fact, in 2011, over four billion prescriptions were written in the United States. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), prescription medications are within the top ten most heavily abused drugs in the country. Of the...
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