OxyContin Addiction

Stock Images OxyContin’s stunning success masked a fundamental problem: The drug wears off hours early in many people, a Los Angeles Times investigation found. OxyContin is a chemical cousin of heroin, and when it doesn’t last, patients can experience excruciating symptoms of withdrawal, including an intense craving for the drug. The problem offers [...]

By |2016-05-09T13:27:14+10:00May 6th, 2016|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Stress Is ‘Barrier To Feeling Empathy For Strangers’

Stress is the reason why we find it hard to empathise with someone we do not know, researchers suggest. In separate tests in mice and people, empathy towards strangers increased when stress hormones were blocked by a drug. Playing a fun video game with a stranger was found to have a similar effect to the drug. [...]

By |2020-10-30T17:57:02+11:00February 2nd, 2015|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol, Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

The Rise of All-Purpose Antidepressants

Antidepressant use among Americans is skyrocketing. Adults in the U.S. consumed four times more antidepressants in the late 2000s than they did in the early 1990s. As the third most frequently taken medication in the U.S., researchers estimate that 8 to 10 percent of the population is taking an antidepressant. But this spike does not [...]

Teen Alcohol Use

Despite what the media might tell us, it appears that our teens may not be as out-of-control as some of us believe - or at least not in the ways we think they are. Try Googling “teens out of control.” At the time of writing that search query returned 58,200,000 results (in 0.29 seconds if [...]

Schools struggling to teach binge-drinking, drug-taking students, according to principals surveyed by National Council on Drugs

Teachers are spending a significant amount of class time dealing with problems related to weekend alcohol and drug abuse, according to the results of a national survey. The report by the National Council on Drugs reveals an education system where teachers are battling to get students to pay attention in class after weekends of partying. [...]