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May

Breaking up with a significant other isn’t an easy thing, but if you’re feeling heartbroken, you actually have the power to make yourself feel better just by changing your perception. According to a recent study, just believing you’re doing something to help yourself get over your past significant other can “influence brain regions associated with…

21

Jun

Fentanyl is an opioid typically used for surgical anesthesia or severe pain relief. Recently, there has been much more recreational uses for the drug, and abusers often use it as an analogue (drugs similar to other drugs). Since “fentanyl is roughly 80 times more potent than morphine and 50 times more potent than heroin,” many…

02

Apr

A part of the human brain, orbital frontal cortex, is thought to represent emotion and reward in decision making. A study conducted on individuals who never smoked marijuana and those who were regular smokers, found less gray matter in the users. This means that region is better connected than nonusers and flow of traffic is faster…

11

Feb

Most of us are aware that drugs can allow you to make more bad decisions, but now we have a better understanding on why! It’s very simple: constant usage of drugs, such as cocaine, alters the way your brain is hardwired to learn! This means, that each time a drug addict makes a mistake, they…

12

Jan

After years of declining heroin usage, there was a sudden spike in 2014. Uses have begun to move all across the country, causing a higher death rate. The dangers come from the drug’s highly addictive and potential overdose qualities, and now the dangers are becoming more readily available to younger people, or even being combined…

07

Feb

President Obama signed the Synthetic Drug Abuse Prevention Act of 2012 into law on July 9 as part of S. 3187, the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act. The legislation bans synthetic compounds commonly found in synthetic marijuana (“K2″ or “Spice”), synthetic stimulants (“Bath Salts”), and hallucinogens, by placing them under Schedule I…

01

Feb

Addicts enjoy the the feeling of getting high, weather it be drugs or alcohol. They also enjoy the function it may serve(feeling more comfortable in social settings, enjoying the escape, etc.). It is safe to say that a good portion of addicts would continue to use if outside influences(family, legal, employment)didn’t make it more uncomfortable…

04

Jan

Containing over 400 chemicals, the cannabis plant is the source of marijuana, which has been labeled a Schedule 1 controlled substance since 1970. Once treated and dried, marijuana can be smoked (or even eaten!) to induce an altered mood, caused primarily by THC (delta 9 tetrhydrocannabinol). The terms “medical cannabis” and “medical marijuana” refer to the use of the chemicals…