Beating The Addiction

Papaver somniferum, otherwise known as the opium poppy, has been in medical use for centuries. The sap can be extracted from the poppy to make drugs to treat a variety of problems. There’s evidence that as far back in history as the ancient Sumerians and Greeks used the plant to treat illnesses in their day.…
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Pain Killers And Addiction!

Opioid analgesics are both a blessing and a curse. Being well-known pain killers, there is no doubt that they are very effective in alleviating pain but at the same time, their high potency makes the users susceptible to overdose and expose the users to high addictive potentials. Most common pain killers are used to treat…
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Dear Dad, I Want More. The Basis Of Addiction.

What makes certain drugs more or less addictive?  Why do patients often become addicted to morphine?  This week in class we discussed opioids and what causes their addiction.  You may recognize the term opioid from the drug opium, but it is actually a higher classification of drugs that also includes morphine, codeine, heroin and even…
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What’s Up With Nitric Oxide?

http://www.badasssupplements.com/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=271 If you are one of those dietary supplement followers, you may have heard of nitric oxide. It’s rumored to have healthy effects concerning weight loss, sports nutrition, heart disease prevention, increased blood flow, and building muscle mass. Although I seriously doubt the scientific evidence in some of these areas (what happened to good old…
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Addicted Babies

Opioid addiction is the topic of this week’s discussion and whenever addiction is mentioned so is withdrawal and rehabilitation. Early symptoms of withdrawal include but not limited to: agitation, anxiety, muscle aches, insomnia, abdominal cramping, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting. These withdrawal symptoms can begin to take place anywhere from 12 to 30 hours after the last…
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