26 Nov 2012
Blood doping is an umbrella term for any technique by which athletes artificially increase their blood’s ability to transport oxygen. While blood doping is generally included under discussions of performance enhancing drugs, this method of performance enhancement need not involve the use of drugs at all. Nevertheless, the competitive advantages that blood doping can confer have led to all blood doping practices being banned by the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) and most international sporting organizations.
With more and more Americans taking powerful medications, it is important for them to be aware of the danger of drug dependency. At the same time, it is also important to recognize that drug dependency is not the same thing as drug addiction. Dependency describes a physiological response to drug use while addiction describes a potential psychological response.
Many individuals try cannabis and soon develop dependence. However, as with many substances, some individuals are able to use the drug without developing an abuse problem. The increased vulnerability of some when it comes to drug use is tied to various factors, both biological and environmental.
27 Oct 2012
British news reports say that as many as one third of citizens there feel that they are struggling with insomnia. Half of that number uses a prescription sleep aid to help them, but they are using them without their doctor’s knowledge. And14 percent of that group used them for at least six months. The problem of sleeping pill abuse is also a concern here in the U.S.
A new drug mimicking the effects of cocaine and ecstasy is making its way onto party scenes worldwide. Mephedrone or what is sometimes referred to as "MCAT" or "meow meow" is very addictive and may pose serious side effects. A new body of evidence suggests that the drug may result in long-term damage to the brain.
28 Sep 2012
When you send your teen off to enjoy a concert with friends, there are probably some worries niggling in the back of your mind. What will they see, hear or do when they are largely free of adult supervision and surrounded by a large group of other young people? Young people who attended music festivals this past summer were definitely confronted with opportunities to use illicit substances. The most popular substance found among kids attending these events has been a substance commonly referred to as Molly.