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Incan Mummies Reveal Children were Given Drugs and Alcohol before Sacrificial Death

Incan Mummies Reveal Children were Given Drugs and Alcohol before Sacrificial Death

  In 1999, the bodies of 3 mummified children from the Inca Empire were discovered in a shrine on the summit of Llullaillaco, a volcano at the border of current day Argentina and Chile, their bodies incredibly preserved due to the cold.  Throughout the subsequent years, these Incan mummies have gained international fame, especially the eldest child, dubbed “The Maiden.”  Since their discovery, scientists have been testing their hair and bodies for more information regarding the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alcohol and Drugs, Latest News, Research

Poverty More Influential Than In Utero Exposure to Cocaine

Poverty More Influential Than In Utero Exposure to Cocaine

In the 1980s and 1990s, there was a massive sense of hysteria around the nation concerning the outcome of so-called “crack babies” – babies born to mothers using crack cocaine. Experts at the time predicted that this generation of children would be at a permanent disadvantage, both physically and intellectually. However, the conclusion of a 24-year study of babies born amidst the crack epidemic in Philadelphia suggests that poverty actually influenced these children more heavily than … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alcohol and Drugs, Research

Financial Crisis Caused By Cocaine

Financial Crisis Caused By Cocaine

  The financial crisis that has plagued the world for the last several years has had many up in arms. Everybody wants something or someone to blame. From political parties bouncing back and forth, regulations wobbling, and general chaos of the public, it has caused a financial and social problem that reaches all corners of the globe. However, one person—David Nutt, the former Drug Czar of Great Britain—claims that the underlying issue is simple: cocaine. Many bankers … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alcohol and Drugs, Substance Abuse

The Ten Most Addictive Drugs in the World

The Ten Most Addictive Drugs in the World

  Dutch scientists conducted a study recently in order to determine what drugs are the most addictive and why. The researchers used their findings to generate a “dependency rating” for each drug. Those with the highest dependency rating are considered the most expensive. The drugs were rated on a precise scale of 0 to 3. In real life, there are many factors that contribute to the likelihood that you will become addicted to drugs, such as your … Read entire article »

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Cocaine Addiction’s On/Off Switch

Cocaine Addiction’s On/Off Switch

  A new study shows that stimulation of the prefrontal cortex (an area of the brain involved in impulse control and decision making) of rats reduces cravings and compulsive cocaine-seeking behavior.  Scientists at the Intramural Research Program of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) – part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) – performed this groundbreaking study. “This is the first study to show a cause-and-effect relationship … Read entire article »

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Deadly Diet: Using Drugs to Lose Weight

  Most women aren’t strangers to the world of crash dieting and “quick” weight fixes. From diet pills to disordered eating, weight is at the forefront of many women’s minds. The problem is that the diet craze doesn’t stop there; it bleeds into the world of using illegal, addictive drugs in order to lose weight. The sheer number of women who admit to using drugs such as cocaine or speed in a bid to lose weight is astonishing, and the fact is that there are thousands of stories similar to theirs that end in addiction or health consequences. It is well known that drug abuse often causes weight loss. This is largely because drug addicts neglect themselves and their nutritional needs in order to attend to their habits. From its cost to … Read entire article »

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Lil Wayne’s Seizures Due To Drugs?

  Lil Wayne, one of the most famous and successful rap artists of our time, should be enjoying himself and his upcoming LP release, but instead he is recovering from what is reported to be multiple seizures. This is the second time in six months that the rapper has been hospitalized for seizures; in October, his private jet had to have an emergency landing due to his symptoms. These symptoms are certainly startling, but they may not be inexplicable, especially due to Weezy’s heavy involvement in drugs, which are proven to increase and cause seizures and seizure-like symptoms. Drugs, whether they are prescription narcotics or antiepileptics, can increase the likeliness of seizures. Illicit drugs, such as heroin, cocaine, and hallucinogens are proven to cause severe seizures and strokes, especially when they are … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Celebrity News, Latest News, Substance Abuse

Oxytocin a Promising Alternative for Heavy Narcotic Withdrawals

Oxytocin a Promising Alternative for Heavy Narcotic Withdrawals

  Drug companies and treatment facilities are constantly finding new and ground-breaking uses for the astonishing hormone oxytocin. We already know about the potential that the drug has to increase functionality in children and adults who suffer from Autism, but recently, new studies are proving that the hormone also shows signs of helping suffering addicts from withdrawal symptoms and addictive cravings. In one study conducted at the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Center of Harvard Medical … Read entire article »

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Uncle Sam Sends in the Troops to Quell Rampant Drug Smuggling

Uncle Sam Sends in the Troops to Quell Rampant Drug Smuggling

  According to government officials, the United States military is stepping up its role in stopping drug-trafficking in Latin America and the Caribbean Sea because the organizations behind the smuggling have become a matter of national security. The U.S. is now involved in the most expensive operation in Latin America since the Cold War, shelling out more than 20 billion dollars over the last 10 years. The anti-smuggling and anti-cartel strategy is working, says U.S. drug … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alcohol and Drugs, Featured, Latest News

Faces of Addiction

Faces of Addiction

  Addiction can happen to anyone, regardless of social position, age, race, job, or any other boundary that is put up. But behind every addict is a story, a struggle. The devastating physical, emotional, and spiritual effects have taken their toll or are in the process of doing so, and there lies a fork in the road. At the end of the day, every addict’s story comes to the same basic choices: continue on the road … Read entire article »

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