The US Drug Enforcement Agency has classified a new synthetic opioid called ‘pink’ as a schedule 1 substance – the category of substances that carries the most stringent criminal penalties and includes heroin and LSD. This comes in response to the 46 deaths as a result of the drug this November. The substance, U-47700, is one of many manmade, illicit synthetic opioids manufactured in China and sold on the street in the US.
As awareness of sugar addiction and sugar-related health risks rises, soda corporations are fighting back. What does all this mean for consumers? As a growing body of evidence points to the severe health risks associated with sugar, soft drink corporations are hiring their own researchers to conduct studies stating otherwise. Such tactics are reminiscent of those employed by the tobacco industry, prompting some observers to refer to this as the ‘War on Sugar’.
Five per cent of adults are prescribed anti-anxiety medication like Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan and Valium each year. Prolonged use of these benzodiazepines can lead to dependency and addiction. What are the risks associated with benzo dependency, and how can you deal with the withdrawal symptoms? ‘Benzos’ are commonly prescribed by doctors to give temporary relief to sufferers of anxiety and insomnia, but prolonged consumption can eventually make the underlying problem worse. Dependency and addiction are all too common with this growing yet little talked about epidemic, and withdrawal can result in uncontrollable emotional responses and – in acute cases – death.
To say China has a heroin problem would be an understatement. It’s estimated that up to 70% of drug users in China are addicted to heroin. While opium has been used in China for centuries, drug use began to shift toward heroin in the 1990s. Southern China – Yunnan Province in particular – is especially affected by this epidemic due to its proximity to the opium-producing Golden Triangle region of Myanmar, Thailand and Laos.
What’s the difference between amphetamine (Adderall) and methamphetamine (ice)? As it turns out, not a whole lot. ADHD medications like Adderall, Ritalin and Concerta are commonly used as ‘smart drugs’ – most people who take amphetamines don’t have a prescription. They’re popular among students for their focus- and performance-enhancing qualities, but their negative side effects include headaches, nausea, decreased libido, insomnia and agitation.
Gucci Mane’s sobriety has been propelling his success, and he’s been on a roll since his release from prison in May. His most recent album, Everybody Looking, was created in just 6 days following his release; half of it was written while he was in prison. He even shot his video for ‘First Day Out Tha Feds’ in his home, while still on house arrest.
Dopamine agonist drugs used to treat MND and Parkinson’s symptoms have been linked to the development of process addictions like sex and gambling in sufferers of these diseases. With these drugs being essential to living with MND, what are sufferers to do? Motor neuron disease (MND), also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is an incurable medical condition that attacks and kills nerve cells located in the brain and the spinal cord, resulting in paralysis and death after two to five years.
Sixteen people were hospitalized – two of whom were in induced comas – in a wave of ‘zombie drug’-induced overdoses in Queensland’s Gold Coast. The drug responsible is now believed to be flakka, a designer drug also known as a type of ‘bath salt’. This synthetic drug is intended to simulate the effects of cocaine, but is in fact up to 10 times stronger, and hallucinogenic. The drug is sold legally for as little as AUD$5 per hit, with many users who buy it off of others at parties or clubs believing they are taking ‘molly’, or MDMA.
Misconceptions about addiction can serve as a barrier to treatment and much-needed understanding from loved ones. Here, we debunk six addiction myths. Addiction is a complex disorder that functions on multiple levels, encompassing many facets of an addict’s life. It can be difficult for even sufferers themselves to fully understand addiction, let alone those close to them who may be affected by it. However, this often prevents people from seeking treatment, as misinformation is circulated and stigmas are perpetuated.
Overcoming addiction is a long but worthwhile battle. These six powerful mantras have helped sufferers say goodbye to addiction forever. That road to recovery begins with addiction treatment, but it is something that all sufferers soon realise is not going to be achieved overnight; it is a journey that takes you through a whirlwind of emotions and hardships. Indeed, many sufferers can fall into the trap of relapsing in order to relieve themselves of the pain they are experiencing in early recovery.