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Opiate Overdose Timeline

Opiates are central nervous system depressants that slow down your breathing and heart rate, making them especially dangerous to mix with other depressants. Because the opiate overdose timeline is short, experiencing symptoms of an opiate overdose requires immediate medical intervention. The rise in opiate abuse has led to overdoses becoming the leading cause of death…

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What Is THC?

While marijuana can’t cause fatal overdoses, ingesting large amounts can cause symptoms like anxiety and psychosis. Marijuana causes relaxing and calming emotions, as well as intoxication. Intoxication can impair your judgment and coordination, as well as cause negative emotions, like paranoia. THC is responsible for many of the mood-altering effects you experience when using marijuana.…

Words Used to Describe Substance-Abuse Patients Can Alter Attitudes, Create Stigma

A new study finds that changing the words used to describe someone struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction may significantly alter the attitudes of health care professionals, even those who specialize in addiction treatment. Science Daily reports that Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers have found that health professionals’ answers to survey questions about a hypothetical…

Brain Function can Recover after a Year of Abstinence from Methamphetamine

A new study shows that it takes at least one year for brain functions to improve in methamphetamine users. It supports the idea that brain function can recover after a year of abstinence from methamphetamine. These findings should help recovering abusers and their families understand that it can take an extended period of time for…