There’s Drugs In My Muffin?

In today’s society we often want to have straight forward answers and prompt results when it comes to our health and well being. When we visit the doctor or family physician we expect answers and direction. When it comes to medications, we put our trust in doctors to provide us with the best and most…
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Opioids: Medicine Or Recreational Drug?

Everyday people all over the world are using drugs, whether medicinally or recreationally. Opioids have been the drug of choice for relieving intense pain and a drug that many people choose to abuse. Known for its addictive traits, opioids have a long history of use. Since the time of the Egyptions and even the Sumerians,…
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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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