There is a correlation between substance use disorders and HIV . Research shows that this correlation may be due to increased risk-taking behavior while intoxicated or the transmission of bodily fluids through intravenous drugs . Given the potential for serious medical complications, it is important to decrease the transmission rate of HIV. Treating substance use [...] Read More
Mitragyna speciose or Kratom is a plant in the coffee family (Rubiaceae) native to Southeast Asia and Thailand . Their leaves have caused opioid-like and stimulant responses upon ingestion. Kratom is also known as Biak, Ketum, Kakuam, or Ithang or Thom. The principle pharmacologically active compounds present in Kratom are the indole alkaloids, mitragynine, and [...] Read More
Medical professionals (firefighters, police officers, and emergency medical technicians) are 10% more likely to have mental health and substance abuse issues compared to the general population . First responders are exposed to highly stressful situations, including witnessing violence, death, injuries, natural disasters, and pain. These exposures are often in addition to threats to their personal [...] Read More
The Opioid Epidemic Opioid addiction is an epidemic in the United States . While all opioids have similar impacts on the body and brain, there are prescription and non-prescription. An example of prescription opioids is pain killers, while heroin is an example of a non-prescription opioid. While prescription opioids can be used safely for a [...] Read More
The stigma attached to addiction is extensive and shameful for those who struggle with substance use particularly for professionals with addiction. Society has a way of seeing people as labels. When someone is faced with addiction, there is the fear of being labeled as an “addict” or “junkie,” rather than a person who is struggling [...] Read More
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