Drug use has been glorified in the media since as early as the 1980’s, and continues to be a theme for movies despite evidence of the strong impression this leaves on viewers.
Being physically dependent on a substance means that your body has adapted so that it now requires drugs or alcohol to keep functioning normally. Suddenly quitting your drug of choice cold turkey can cause drastic physical changes in all of your organs, especially your brain and heart. It’s therefore natural, and even smart, for a …
Opioid addiction remains a major public health crisis in America, and was linked to 33,000 deaths in 2015. Drug overdoses are the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S. — the majority of which are being caused by opioid use. In 2015, over 63 percent of all drug overdose deaths were caused by either …
The onset of addiction is a gradual process that can take weeks, months, or years. Addiction works differently for each individual person, but generally begins with experimentation, followed by regular use of drugs or alcohol, and physical dependence on those substances. Many times, dependence leads to psychological addiction, followed by one or more relapses that …
Although recent studies have shown marijuana to have medicinal properties, abusing this drug can still lead to addiction and other health complications.
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