Naloxone: Should It Be Available or Not?

Naloxone, also known as Narcan or Evzio, is an antidote to an opioid overdose. When someone overdoses on drugs like heroin or hydrocodone, breathing slows down and can stop altogether. Naloxone is known as an opioid antagonist. Opioid antagonists bind to receptors in the brain, reversing and blocking the effects of the drugs. The drug…

The New Drug Epidemic: Prescriptions

Prescription drugs are now second among the most commonly abused drugs in the nation, according to a recent statement by the US Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control. Called the country’s “fastest growing drug problem” by the White House, prescription drug abuse is now the #1 cause of overdose deaths in the U.S. – more…

Even Low Doses of Alcohol Disrupt Sleep Patterns

Even low doses of alcohol can keep you from getting a good night’s sleep, according to a new study by Trinity College of Dublin in Ireland. The researchers found moderate drinking reduces the quantity of sleep, while heavy drinking reduces the quality of sleep. The Study The week-long study monitored 33 college students with special…

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: Who is at Risk?

Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) occurs to newborns whose mothers use opiates during pregnancy. The newborn is born with symptoms of drug withdrawal, which can include increased irritability, respiratory distress, tremors and seizures. The newborn is also at greater risk for low birth weight and mortality. Rates are Rising The Center for Disease Control reports that…

Can an Herbal Treatment Curb Binge Drinking?

An extract of the Chinese herb kudzu root has been shown to help curb binge drinking, according to a study by Harvard Medical School. The research could prove useful in designing alcoholism rehabilitation programs, particularly for those seeking more natural, holistic treatment strategies. Understanding Binge Drinking Binge drinking is defined as consuming at least 4…