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  1. The Kratom Debate: Helpful Herb Or Dangerous Drug?

    Americans know the dangers of drugs such as morphine and heroin. But what about a supplement that acts in the brain a bit like an opiate and is available in many places to kids — even from vending machines. Kratom, an herb that's abundant, legal in most states and potentially dangerous, is the subject of an ongoing debate over its risks and benefits. Usually, the leaf, which comes from a tropical Southeast Asian tree, is chewed, brewed or crushed into a bitter green powder. The chemicals...
  2. How a hallucinogenic brew makes the brain live in a dream

    How does the main active ingredient of ayahuasca impact what happens in the brain? A new study investigates. Ayahuasca is a psychoactive brew that people from the Amazonian regions traditionally use as a spiritual medicine. This brew reportedly induces strong hallucinations, but what, exactly, does it do to the brain? How does the main active ingredient of ayahuasca impact what happens in the brain? A new study investigates. Researchers have discovered evidence of ayahuasca — also known...
  3. Does nicotine cause cancer?

    The safety and long term health effects of using electronic cigarettes or other vaping products are still not well known. In September 2019, federal and state health authorities began investigating an outbreak of a severe lung disease associated with e-cigarettes and other vaping productsTrusted SourceTrusted Source. We are closely monitoring the situation and will update our content as soon as more information is available. Nicotine is the primary substance in cigarettes that causes...
  4. DOJ Takes Down 'Pill Mill' Network for Millions of Opioid RXs

    The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has charged 41 people in nine indictments for their alleged involvement in a network of "pill mills" that allegedly resulted in the diversion of roughly 23 million oxycodone, hydrocodone, and carisoprodol pills.
  5. Magicmushrooms could replace antidepressants within five years, says new psychedelic research centre

    ‘People on antidepressants long-term say they feel blunted, with psychedelic therapy it’s the opposite, they talk about an emotional release, a reconnection’ Hallucination-inducing drugs like magic mushrooms could be about to break big pharma’s stranglehold on the hugely lucrative market for antidepressants, according to the head of the world’s first centre for psychedelic research. Antidepressant prescriptions have doubled in England in a decade with around seven million adults taking the...
  6. MAO inhibitors: An option worth trying in treatment-resistant cases

    By Jonathan O. Cole, MD and Alexander J. Bodkin, MD Current Psychiatry. 2002 June;1(6):40-47 Many fully trained psychiatrists, even psychopharmacologists, have rarely prescribed a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI), afraid of the possible consequences. One Boston-area psychiatrist who plans to retire soon has 12 patients who have been doing well for years on MAOIs. Before he called us, no psychiatrist in the area was willing to accept these patients who intended to stay on MAOIs. Despite...
  7. Epigenetic Effects Induced by Methamphetamine and Methamphetamine-Dependent Oxidative Stress

    I found a really interesting review article in the Hindawi Open Access Journal Database. The file was too large to upload as a study and my subsequent attempts at screenshotting the pages and inserting into a word document to be converted into a PDF were unsuccessful for upload. So I thought I'd self-compose a little article that draws on the abstract from the pertaining review, as well as explore Epigenetics for those unfamiliar with this biological field of study. Epigenetics refers to...
  8. A Young Chemist Explains Research Chemicals

    by Andreas Digens From [URL="http://www.Vice.com"]www.Vice.com[/URL] Oct 6 2014, 7:15am A Young Chemist Explains How Legal Highs Work Mathias develops and synthesizes potentially psychoactive chemicals for research purposes, but he says that you're better off taking mushrooms than anything he's cooked up. As long as there are governments that don't want young people to go around indiscriminately hoovering up drugs, there will be chemists tirelessly working to create new ones that haven't been declared illegal yet....
  9. CDC Clarifies Guidelines for Chronic Pain Treatment with Opioids

    Insurers' Denials of Opioid Coverage Spurs CDC to Clarify Guidelines April 9, 2019, at 12:00 p.m. Insurers' Denials of Opioid Coverage Spurs CDC to Clarify Guidelines More By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- People with severe pain from cancer or sickle cell anemia should not be denied coverage for opioid painkillers, a new clarification on federal guidelines states. In the wake of the national opioid epidemic, various medical societies had...
  10. Housing Project Unites Addicted Moms and Their Babies

    Healthiest Communities Housing Program Unites Addicted Moms, Babies In a quiet San Antonio neighborhood, drug-addicted moms are working to get their lives – and the lives of their babies – back on track. By Gaby Galvin Staff WriterFeb. 14, 2019, at 5:00 a.m. Housing Program Unites Addicted Moms, Babies San Antonio, home to 1.5 million people and one of America's largest cities. Drug users have been living and dying in the area for generations, hooked on heroin that comes cheap and easy in...
  11. The Evolving Nature of the US Drug Epidemic

    The Evolving Nature of the U.S. Drug Epidemic A new CDC study underscores the fact that opioids aren't the only drug to blame for overdose deaths in America. By Katelyn Newman, Staff Writer May 2, 2019, at 1:03 p.m. The Evolving Nature of the U.S. Drug Crisis A new report provides more evidence of the evolving nature of the U.S. drug crisis, showing increases in overdose deaths among people who used either cocaine or a psychostimulant like methamphetamine, whether alongside an opioid or...
  12. Treating addiction: Cryo-EM technology enables the 'impossible'

    Scientists used a compound found in a shrub native to Africa to reveal the three major shapes of the serotonin transporter, a protein in the brain linked to anxiety and depression. Using cryo-electron microscopy, the scientists examined the protein binding to ibogaine, an alkaloid that alters brain function and occurs naturally in the shrub iboga. Using ibogaine, researchers reveal the structure of the serotonin transporter in its outward-open, closed and inward-open shapes. The discovery...
  13. Faith

    Faith Wanted to share some thoughts and ideas. ~ “Out beyond ideas of infidel and faith there is a field, I'll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about. Ideas, language, even the phrase "each other" doesn't make any sense.” ~ - Our Master Mowlana (مولانا) Jallaludin Rumi. Later versions use the words wrongdoing and rightdoing instead of the words Rumi used. Faith means iman (ایمان) in Arabic and infidel kafr (كافر). . I believe that...
  14. Dozens of Doctors in 7 States Charged in Opiate Fraud Bust

    Dozens of Doctors in 7 States Charged in Opioid Fraud Bust By Gabriella Borter Published in Reuters April 17, 2019 (Reuters) - Dozens of medical professionals in Appalachia, a region hard-hit by the U.S. opioid crisis, have been charged with writing hundreds of thousands of illegal prescriptions and committing healthcare fraud, federal prosecutors said on Wednesday. Sixty people, including 31 doctors, were accused of illegally prescribing opioid drugs in exchange for cash and sexual favors...
  15. Scientists identify brain circuit responsible for cocaine seeking behavior during relapse.

    I always thought cocaine was garbage anyways, yet it's something that is hard to turn down. I came across this article and thought it should be shared with the DF community. Hope it helps! I attached a PDF also of these findings. Approximately 1.5 million Americans use cocaine in a given year, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Many are repeat users. Unfortunately, there are currently no FDA approved medicinal treatments for cocaine addiction. Behavioral therapy is the...
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