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Dsuvia – Controversial Opioid Painkiller Developed by the DoD

Despite criticism from several members of its own advisory committee, and in the midst of a national epidemic of opioid overdoses, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in late 2018, approved a new opioid painkiller called Dsuvia. Originally developed by the Department of Defense (DOD) for use on the battlefield, the tablet is smaller than […]




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Isotonitazene: A New and Potentially Deadly Synthetic Opioid

The epidemic of opioid addiction and overdose deaths might not be in the headlines as much as it used to be, but the crisis continues to ravage parts of the United States. A deadly new synthetic opioid called Isotonitazene has now been added to the mix and is showing up in the Midwest. The nation […]




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Oxycodone Side Effects and Addiction: What Everyone Needs to Know

It’s important to be aware of Oxycodone side effects and it’s potential to cause addiction. Even though the opioid epidemic is showing signs of slowing down, it still poses a major health issue in the United States. People affected by this are those who need opioids for pain management, and also others who use them […]




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Research Chemicals Like Tryptamines Are High Risk Drugs

Research Chemicals (RCs) are generally psychoactive substances, sometimes referred to as synthetic drugs, designer drugs, or New Psychoactive Substances (NPS). These types of substances have gained the most traction among users who attend large music festivals and even some smaller club-type venues. Unfortunately, they are also popular with college and high school kids who don’t […]




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THCP and CBDP: New Potent Marijuana Cannabinoids Discovered

If you thought that Italy was all about the food and culture, well, you’re only partially right. It’s also about new, potentially more potent strains of marijuana. A team of Italian researchers recently discovered two new cannabinoids, one of which, THCP (tetrahydrocannabiphorol), is thought to be around 30 times stronger than THC, the primary psychoactive […]




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Genetic Testing for Opioid Addiction: Study to Explore Possibility

In keeping up the fight against the ongoing crisis of opioid addiction in the United States, researchers at the University of Cincinnati and Ohio State University announced a new study about genetic testing for opioid addiction. The study will explore how people’s genetic makeup might indicate whether or not they’re predisposed to addiction. For the […]




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Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) in the Age of Addiction and Online Dating

After more than a decade of historically low rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is sounding a troubling alarm. The agency says 2.4 million cases of gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia, the largest recorded number in a single year, were reported in 2018. Experts cite a number of […]




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GHB Addiction: Once an Anesthetic, Now a Club Drug of Abuse

First developed in the 1960s, GHB – gamma-hydroxybutyrate – has gone through quite an evolution. This central nervous system depressant originally held promise as a fast-acting anesthetic, but physicians quickly abandoned the drug because it has no painkilling properties and a tendency to cause seizures. In the 1980s, GHB reemerged as an over-the-counter fitness supplement […]




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What’s the Most Addictive Drug vs. the Most Dangerous Drug?

Amid the ongoing crisis of addiction in the United States, a popular topic of discussion is “what’s the most addictive drug” and “what’s the most dangerous drug?” Of course, the short answer is the most addictive drug is whatever hooks you and the most dangerous drug is, well, whichever one kills you. This may sound […]




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Opioids and the Brain: NIDA Researchers Use Brain Imaging to Study Addiction Treatment

Opioid addiction hijacks the brain’s normal chemical balance, making it nearly impossible for a person to feel pleasure, or even be functional, without the drug. Addiction essentially changes the structure and function of the brain. Now, researchers at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) are using brain imaging to see if different medications – […]




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