Amytal Abuse

Amytal is a type of barbiturate used in the treatment of severe sleeping disorders. Amobarbital sodium is the active ingredient in sodium Amytal capsules. When used properly, Amytal causes drowsiness in order to induce sleep. The medication works by enhancing the action of a neurotransmitter called GABA in the brain. When used in the treatment…

Buspar Abuse

The trade name for buspirone, Buspar is an anomaly of the anti-anxiety medications as it is not chemically or pharmacologically related to benzodiazepines, barbiturates or sedative drugs. Instead, it activates Serotonin and acts on Dopamine receptors in the brain. Instead, Buspar is part of the azaspirodecanedione class of compounds and is often promoted as non-sedative,…

Adderall Abuse

Adderall is the brand name for a pharmaceutical psychostimulant and is used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The drug is a product of mixed amphetamine salts and achieves its effectiveness from increasing the amount of norepinephrine and dopamine in the brain. When used in the treatment of ADHD, Adderall helps to increase alertness,…

Ambien Abuse & Withdrawal

You have surely seen this popular sleeping drug advertised, with visions of blissful sleep and happy mornings. However, it has come under criticism for the potential for abuse. Ambien is the brand name for the generic zolpidem tartrate, which is known as a sedative or a hypnotic that affects the chemicals in the brain that…

Canada’s Anti-Drunk-Driving Campaigns are Most Successful

A new study found that Canada’s anti-drunk-driving advertisements are more effective than those in some other English-speaking countries. Of the five countries studied, Canada had the highest number of difference anti-drinking-and-driving campaigns and a lower fatality rate than the US. Canada’s annual drunk-driving fatality rate is about 2.61 per 100,000 population compared to the US,…

Facts about PCP

Inexpensive and easy to produce, PCP is a potent threat on the street as users (mostly adolescents and young adults) continue to use the drug despite negative effects ranging from moderate to severe and even potentially lethal. According to the 2007 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 6.1 million, or 2.5 percent, of…