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DEA Targets New Drug, Kratom, Schedule 1 Substance like Heroin
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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has added another drug to its controlled-substance list. This drug, which is growing acclaim for its various uses, is also still relatively unknown to most of the general public. Kratom, or Ketum, is a plant species Mitragyna speciosa which is most related to the coffee plant. Kratom has been promoted on many websites as a “safe and harm free” herbal supplement to treat aches and pain.   What does the DEA think?   Well, on September 30, 2016, the DEA will include kratom on its Schedule 1 Controlled Substance List. This classification will put kratom...

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How an Obituary Can Help Save Others from Addiction
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img source: public domain   Being addicted to drugs is becoming more of a reality, especially for those who have endured a loss of a loved one. This happened in the town of Burlington, VT.  Sean Tyler Stem passed from his addiction to heroin at the young age of 26. Although this occurrence seems all too common, his family wanted to make a more lasting mark.  The Stem family used this experience to combat drug abuse and reach for donations to kick start a campaign supporting drug abuse victims. The family’s efforts didn’t stop there, engraving a sentimental, yet hopeful,...

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Heroin Injection Sites, Coming Soon...
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Ithaca, New York, a sleepy upstate town that faces an increasingly high death rate due to heroin overdose -- Mayor Svante Myrick proposes a radical approach in fighting this epidemic. Instead of taking the needles out of addicts' arms immediately, Myrick wants to create designated "injection sites" that let people shoot up at-will, with medical professionals standing by to prevent a fatal overdose and counseling services to help them eventually kick the habit. Supervised injection sites (SIS) have popped up around the world, in countries like Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, Canada, and Norway — many finding great success in...

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Most Addictive Substances In The World
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Nutt et al.'s experts have created a ranking system (out of 3) for a drug harmfulness hierarchy.   Topping the charts, heroin was classified as the most addictive drug, receiving a score of 2.5 out of a maximum score of 3. Heroin is an opiate that causes the level of dopamine in the brain’s reward system to increase by up to 200% in experimental animals. In addition to being arguably the most addictive drug, heroin is dangerous, too, because the lethal dose amount is only 5 times greater than the dose required for a high.Heroin also has been rated as...

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Virtual Reality World to Combat Heroin Addiction
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img src: rt.com A virtual reality world to simulate cravings and desires may help in long struggle with addiction treatment, say researchers. For heroin addicts, this is becoming a near reality. Creators have built virtual heroin environments, such as a house party packed with users who snort and inject the drug. This virtual world took nearly a year to complete to ensure realism, said the creators. The study from the University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work, uses an eight-camera infrared system that projects life-sized 3D avatars and digital environments where individuals can interact in a virtual reality chamber known as the "heroin cave”....

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