Do E-Cigarettes Prevent the Production of New Brain Cells?
Most e-cig consumers have been informed that e-cigs contain nicotine and nicotine is an addictive drug. E-cig smokers are not informed that nicotine is the leading gateway drug to other drugs including opioids and methamphetamine. In addition, e-cigs are marketed as a viable detoxification from or way to taper off of traditional cigarettes without any […]
Anabolic Steroid Use: How it Affects Your Brain and Body
What are Anabolic Steroids? Anabolic steroids are derivatives of testosterone. This is the abbreviated version of the full name, anabolic-androgenic steroids. “Anabolic” means it helps build muscle, and “androgenic” means it increases male sex characteristics. Anabolic steroids are frequently referred to as Roids, Stackers, Gear, and Juice. Most people who illegally use steroids are male weight-lifters […]
Who Gets High on Methamphetamine Made from Wasp Spray?
Is wasp spray really the latest pawn in substance abuse? The answer will follow. But first let’s look at a more profound and pertinent answer regarding why reducing availability of a particular drug or alcohol does not often stop or reduce substance abuse. So, for example, a beer lover is more likely to drink wine […]
Big Pharma Company Files For Bankruptcy?
Last month, we reported that Insys Therapeutics executives were facing major criminal charges. Insys Therapeutics is a part of Big Pharma, a term used to label the biggest pharmaceutical companies, manufacturers, distributers, and coincidentally some of the biggest players in the current opioid crisis. Now, Insys Therapeutics is filing for bankruptcy, amidst handling the legal […]
Pressed: Counterfeit Pills Causing Overdoses Around the U.S.
The iconic performer Prince passed away in April of 2016 after taking a counterfeit Vicodin pill, pressed with the synthetic opioid fentanyl. Seeing as today would have been Prince’s 60th birthday, we thought we would bring attention to the dangers of counterfeit pills— just like the pills that claimed Prince’s life and many others. Prince […]
Jon Snow (Kit Harington) Goes to Rehab
Game of Thrones star Kit Harington chose to check himself into rehab, in response to overwhelming stress he felt from the messy character arc of Jon Snow. After playing the character of Jon Snow for eight years on the extremely popular HBO series Game of Thrones, Harington was hit hard with the way his character’s […]
Does the Legality of Purchasing Syringes Enable IV Drug Use?
As we know, IV or intravenous drug use is by far the most dangerous way to use drugs. IV drug use is dangerous because it is the quickest way for drugs to be absorbed into the blood stream, it is the most powerful in its effect, it is the easiest way to overdose— as potency […]
Texting for Mental Health: The Crisis Text Line
The Crisis Text Line is a not-for-profit organization that focuses on providing counseling to people in crisis. People in crisis can reach the Crisis Text Line by texting “HOME” to 741741, and counseling will be available to them 24/7. Texting the Crisis Text Line will result in a well-trained crisis counselor helping you process, evaluate, […]
Eminem’s Recovery Process Through His Albums
It’s no secret that Detroit’s finest rapper, Eminem, has struggled with addiction. As the 10 year anniversary of Eminem’s album “Relapse” just passed a few days ago, we thought it was the perfect time to take a look at how Eminem has changed from “Relapse” to “Recovery” and explore his thoughts and feelings through his […]
Losing Your Balance: How Addiction Affects Dopamine in Your Brain
Why We Didn’t Understand the Dopamine-Addiction Connection Before? Most addiction neuropsychiatry researchers are likely to be awkward if not inadequate substitute elementary school teachers and elementary school teachers are likely to be awkward if not inadequate addiction neuropsychiatry research temps. Each of these two disciplines collectively conceptualizes the dopamine-addiction connection in a similar descriptive manner […]