Dopamine: The Key to Addiction?

October 21, 2009 by Emily Battaglia · Leave a Comment 

Researchers nationwide have been focusing a lot of attention on dopamine – a chemical produced by the human brain – in an effort to unlock the riddle of addiction. Read more

Marijuana Use in the United States Debated

September 24, 2009 by Emily Battaglia · Leave a Comment 

Marijuana has been a topic of great debate for the past several years. The federal government continues to list marijuana as a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Schedule I drugs are classified as having a high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States and a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision. Read more

Substance Abuse – An Occupational Hazard?

September 4, 2009 by Emily Battaglia · Leave a Comment 

The likelihood of a substance abuse problem depends on a person’s type of employment or occupation, according to the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Substance abuse among employed individuals varies based on other demographics, such as educational level, age and gender. Read more

Diprivan Abuse Increasing

July 28, 2009 by Emily Battaglia · Leave a Comment 

Diprivan, the strong anesthetic that may have contributed to the death of Michael Jackson, is a growing concern for Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) officials. Read more

Drugs and Crime

July 16, 2009 by Emily Battaglia · Leave a Comment 

Drug and alcohol abuse are strongly linked to crime. Substance abuse has a dual effect of removing an individual’s healthy inhibitions (awareness and/or regard for correct social behaviors) and creating an urgent need to raise significant sums of money to buy more of the user’s drug of choice. Read more