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Mar
19

Don't Give ADHD Meds to Undiagnosed Kids, Experts Urge

Tuesday March 19, 2013 -- Some people call it "brain doping" or "meducation." Others label the problem "neuroenhancement." Whatever the term, the American Academy of Neurology has published a position paper criticizing the practice of prescribing "study drugs" to boost memory and thinking abilities in healthy children and teens. The authors said physicians are prescribing drugs that are typically used for children and teenagers diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) for students solely to improve their ability to ace a critical exam -- such as the college admission SAT -- or to get better grades in school. Dr. William Graf, lead author of the paper and a professor of pediatrics and neurology at Yale School of Medicine, emphasized that the statement doesn't apply to the appropriate diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. Rather, he is concerned about what he calls "neuroenhancement in the classroom." The problem is similar to that caused by performance-boosting...
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Mar
11

Family issues warning after teen suffers severe brain damage from synthetic marijuana

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  by Kevin Reece / KHOU 11 News HOUSTON -- On December 7th Emily Bauer began to slur her speech, stumble, complain of massive migraine headaches and began to turn violent, psychotic, and too difficult for her frightened family to control. Her family called for an ambulance to take her to the nearest hospital. But within 24 hours she was being life-flighted from a Cypress-area hospital to the Texas Medical Center, the victim of a massive series of strokes. She suffered severe brain damage. She was only 16 years old.  And the culprit was synthetic marijuana . “She actually had swelling on her brain that they had to drill into her head to relieve the pressure,” said her father Tommy Bryant.  “They didn’t even know if she’d make it through that procedure. But they had to do it.” Emily has turned 17 since she has been hospitalized at Children’s Memorial Hermann. ...
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Feb
14

Designer Drug "Smiles" or 2C-I Potent & Deadly

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      2C-I is a psychedelic phenethylamine of the 2C family. It was first synthesized by Alexander Shulgin. The drug is used recreationally for its psychedelic and entactogenic effects and is sometimes called "smiles" in the media.2C-I is commonly sold in its hydrochloride salt form, which is a fluffy, sparkling-white powder, which can sometimes be pressed into a tablet form. Like all the 2C drugs, it’s a psychoactive, hallucinogenic chemical that alter the brain’s balance of dopamine and serotonin. Smiles are particularly powerful, binding to serotonin receptors in the brain at 20 times the rate of another drug used in schizophrenia research. The effects of 2C-I, like those of LSD, can last up to eight hours. But because the effects can take time to appear, users may think they haven’t taken enough to get the desired high, and so take more, risking overdose. The drug can be taken as small...
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Feb
11

"Krokodil" This Outrageously Insane Designer Drug Kills It's Junkies

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      Desomorphine--Permonid is an opioid invented in 1932 in the United States that is a derivative of morphine. It has sedative and analgesic effects, and is around 8-10 times more potent than morphine. It was used in Switzerland under the brand name Permonid, and was described as having a fast onset and a short duration of action, with relatively little nausea or respiratory depression compared to equivalent doses of morphine. The drug's sinister nickname -- also known as Krokidil -- refers to the greenish and scaly appearance of a user's skin at the site of injection as blood vessels rupture and cause surrounding tissues to die. According to reports, the drug first appeared in Siberia and parts of Russia around 2002, but has spread throughout the country in recent years. To produce the potentially deadly drug, which has a comparable effect to heroin but is much cheaper to make,...
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Feb
08

Synthetic marijuana is still huge problem for area law enforcement

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By Sarah Thomas sthomas@news-journal.com Synthetic marijuana is back in the spotlight after recent incidents in Texas and Louisiana. A Cypress teen suffered a series of strokes that left her brain-damaged, blind and paralyzed, and a Louisiana man said he cut his pregnant wife and killed his unborn baby while under the influence of synthetic marijuana. Despite this past year’s ban on the substance, area law enforcement and drug specialists said manufacturers have found an end-run to the law, and young people are still using the dangerous cocktail of chemicals. “They just keep changing the formula to stay ahead of the laws,” said Longview Police Department spokeswoman Kristie Brian. “When K2 was outlawed, they just created another substance. That’s what makes it so hard to arrest and prosecute people.” Texas lawmakers banned a version of the drug — which was previously available at gas stations, tobacco shops and online — setting penalties...
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Feb
07

Heavy metal testing - The Difference Between Blood and Hair

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Some heavy metals, in trace amounts, are beneficial to the body; these include iron, zinc, copper and manganese. Other heavy metals can be poisonous or toxic to the human body; these include arsenic, lead, mercury, cadmium, iron, and others. These metals manifest themselves within the soft tissues of the body and may cause gastrointestinal, neurological, and other serious illness if left untreated. More people are undergoing heavy metal testing, via Live Blood Cell Analysis or Hair Mineral Analysis, to seek answers to some of their acute or long-term health issues. Still others ask for testing to get ahead of any potential health problems. Heavy metals become poison to the body when the elements deposit in soft tissue and remain there due to the body's inability to metabolize them. Toxic metals enter the body via consumption of food or water; inhalation of polluted air; or absorption through the pores of the skin....
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Feb
06

Fingernail Drug Testing The Window of Detection Using nail Clippings For Drug abuse!

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Fingernail, a keratinized protein like hair, is emerging as a popular specimen type for drug and alcohol testing . Using fingernail samples for toxicological analysis and pharmacokinetic studies has been around for decades. However, many people do not have as much experience interpreting the results as they do hair and urine and there is confusion of whether to use a clipping or scrapings. One of the most frequent questions to the laboratory concerns the window of detection. How far back does the fingernail test go? To answer this, we need to discuss the anatomy of the fingernail and how compounds are incorporated into the nail. Nail is keratinized protein very similar to hair. It is porous and compounds become entrapped and bind within the structure. For this discussion, we need to know 4 anatomical features: the germinal matrix, the nail plate, the nail bed, and the free edge (Figure 1). The...
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Jan
29

DNA Paternity Testing

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From the beginning of time, doubts about the paternity of a child have fueled family strife. Until recently, those doubts could not be resolved with any certainty. DNA testing has changed that.. The technology has advanced over the last few years, the price of the test has come down, and business is booming. The process is straightforward: The lab needs a blood sample, a cheek swab, or a strand of hair pulled from the scalp with the roots and follicle attached. DNA testing costs less than $500, and results are available usually in two weeks. "With DNA, we can prove that he either is the father or he's not," said Gayla with DATCS.com/dna . "It is completely definitive." The consequences of such tests can be less straightforward for the families. Just as DNA testing has had a profound impact on the judicial system, releasing innocent prisoners who have spent years behind...
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Jan
29

Suspect Infidelity? Have you Thought of Infidelity Testing?

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Infidelity testing is a DNA test that can help you draw conclusions and answer questions about the faithfulness of your partner. Infidelity DNA testing relies on testing the stains found on a garment or any items and seeks to determine either or both of the following: You might want the laboratory to determine whether there is just a single DNA profile or more than one DNA profile. The multiple gender profile DNA test for infidelity will not only tell you that there are 2 different DNA profiles present in the stain but also tell you whether the profiles are male or female. One would be surprised with the results of such a test. The second option is to actually provide a comparison DNA sample for the infidelity test. For example, once the lab confirms the presence of female DNA on you and your husband’s bed linen, you might wish to confirm...
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Jan
03

Parents Key to Preventing Alcohol, Marijuana Use by Kids

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  Jan. 3, 2013 — New research from North Carolina State University, Brigham Young University and the Pennsylvania State University finds that parental involvement is more important than the school environment when it comes to preventing or limiting alcohol and marijuana use by children. "Parents play an important role in shaping the decisions their children make when it comes to alcohol and marijuana," says Dr. Toby Parcel, a professor of sociology at NC State and co-author of a paper on the work. "To be clear, school programs that address alcohol and marijuana use are definitely valuable, but the bonds parents form with their children are more important. Ideally, we can have both." The researchers evaluated data from a nationally representative study that collected information from more than 10,000 students, as well as their parents, teachers and school administrators. Specifically, the researchers looked at how "family social capital" and "school social capital"...
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Jan
02

Regular Marijuana Use by Teens Continues to Be a Concern

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  Regular Marijuana Use by Teens Continues to Be a Concern  Jan. 01, 2013 — Continued high use of marijuana by the nation's eighth, 10th and 12th graders combined with a drop in perceptions of its potential harms was revealed in this year's Monitoring the Future survey, an annual survey of eighth, 10th, and 12th-graders conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan. The survey was carried out in classrooms around the country earlier this year, under a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health. The 2012 survey shows that 6.5 percent of high school seniors smoke marijuana daily, up from 5.1 percent five years ago. Nearly 23 percent say they smoked it in the month prior to the survey, and just over 36 percent say they smoked within the previous year. For 10th graders, 3.5 percent said they use marijuana daily,...
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Dec
10

Before and After Pictures Reveal The Horror Of Meth And The Shocking Transformation In Faces Of Users Hooked On This Deadly Drug



The photos, that show a shocking Dorian Gray-like deterioration, were compiled from mug shots of drug users that were arrested repeatedly over the years. The continued drug use caused horrific damage to the drug users' skin with sores and scarring - that can be caused by uncontrollable scratching during a hallucination when the addict imagines bugs are crawling under their skin. Addiction touches nearly every family, ravaging physical and mental health, relationships, and personal finances. Mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, daughters and sons. No one is immune to the frightening long-term impact of hard drug abuse. What follows is a sobering depiction of REAL individuals who  fallen victim to the temptation of drug use - in this case, Methamphetamine - whose devastating effects are all too apparent. What follows is a sobering depiction of REAL individuals WARNING: Disturbing images Scroll Down for Video and Rehab Help. (Click Picture To Expand)    ...
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Dec
05

Synthetic Pot' Sending Thousands of Young People to ER


  TUESDAY Dec. 4, 2012 -- U.S emergency rooms tended to more than 11,400 cases of drug-related health complications specifically linked to the use of synthetic marijuana in 2010, a new government report reveals. Released Tuesday, The DAWN Report from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) attaches a hard figure to the potential health risks associated with the growing use of synthetic marijuana. The report also puts such use in context, observing, for example, that actual marijuana use accounted for far more ER visits (exceeding 461,000) in the same time frame. "It's not an epidemic," acknowledged Rear Admiral Peter Delany, director of SAMHSA's Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. "But it's a growing problem. And people need to be thinking about it, and how we're going to deal with it." Since it first came on the scene in the United States in 2008, synthetic marijuana has...
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Nov
21

Krokodil: Is A Designer Drug That Will Eat Your Flesh In Russia And May Be Headed To The States.





    It sounds like a direct-to-Netflix horror movie plot — a cheap, addictive drug available in a foreign land, that turns the user's skin a scaly green color. Soon it rots the flesh, causing the user's skin to emulate that of a crocodile, leaving bone and muscle tissue exposed to the world. But the Russian drug known as krokodil is real. Warning: Disburbing images of the effects of Krokodil below. This article may be shocking or upsetting for some people. Please proceed with caution. Right image via fritscdejong on Flickr. YouTube videos emanating from Russia displaying the aftereffects of Krokodil use have been available for months. The clips often spotlight the gore factor, displaying the gangrene, exposed bones, and scale-like skin that lent the drug its name. What makes people use a drug that will destroy their body, to the point where their bones are exposed and require amputation? Why...
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Oct
25

Facts about Drug and Alcohol Testing In The Workplace, Texas Laws.



Companies hoping for greater efficiency seek also to cut down the costs associated with abuse Since the 1990s, studies have shown that substance abuse is not only prevalent in the workplace, but that it is extremely costly to employers. About 70 percent of all drug users (including those that drink alcohol heavily) hold a job. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that drug use costs employers between $75 billion and $100 billion each year in lost time, accidents, health care and workers’ compensation costs. The Small Business Administration further determined that employees with substance use issues cost their employers an average of $7,000 annually. Sixty-five percent of all accidents on the job are related to drugs or alcohol, and employees who abuse substances cause 40 percent of on the job injuries. The workers with a high rate of illicit drug use include construction workers, sales personnel, food preparation, wait staff, bartenders,...
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Oct
18

Study Finds Big Pharma Pushes Doctors To Overprescribe Drugs Instead Of LifeStyle Changes




Know anyone taking prescription drugs? The odds are enormous you do. And it's likely they are taking drugs they don't need because their doctors are too quick to fall under the influence of Big Pharma's aggressive drug sales reps. Consider these statistics: almost half of all Americans are currently diagnosed with a chronic condition and 40 percent of those older than 60 taking five or more medications. Is it really possible that many people in the U.S. have illnesses that need to be treated with multiple drugs? This question obviously raises issues about the nature of the relationship between the expanding definition of chronic illness and the explosion of prescription drug use in the U.S. -- issues Michigan State University anthropologist Linda M. Hunt, PhD., decided to research. Dr. Hunt looked into dramatic increases in the diagnosis of common, chronic conditions and the use of prescription drugs to treat these health...
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Oct
16

Scientists Accurately Predict Age With Saliva DNA Sample; SALIVA AS A PREDICTOR OF AGE



ScienceDaily (June 23, 2011) — Self-conscious about your age? Careful where you spit. UCLA geneticists now can use saliva to reveal how old you are. Promising research now shows that DNA Methylation of human saliva can be utilized to predict a person's age with a modest degree of accuracy. No doubt the technique will improve with refinement and ongoing technological advances. Inferential methods like this are invaluable, because they allow forensic investigators to build a suspect's profile without having to rely on database matches (as is the case with fingerprints, DNA, etc.). The June 22 advance online edition of the Public Library of Science (PLoS) ONE publishes the findings, which offer a myriad of potential applications. A newly patented test based on the research, for example, could offer crime-scene investigators a new forensic tool for pinpointing a suspect's age. "Our approach supplies one answer to the enduring quest for reliable markers of aging,"...
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Oct
16

Adolescent Pot Use Leaves Lasting Mental Deficits; Developing Brain Susceptible to Lasting Damage from Exposure to Marijuana

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[caption id="attachment_3332" align="alignright" width="300"] ScienceDaily (Aug. 27, 2012) — The persistent, dependent use of marijuana before age 18 has been shown to cause lasting harm to a person's intelligence, attention and memory, according to an international research team.  ScienceDaily (Aug. 27, 2012) — The persistent, dependent use of marijuana before age 18 has been shown to cause lasting harm to a person's intelligence, attention and memory, according to an international research team. Among a long-range study cohort of more than 1,000 New Zealanders, individuals who started using cannabis in adolescence and used it for years afterward showed an average decline in IQ of 8 points when their age 13 and age 38 IQ tests were compared. Quitting pot did not appear to reverse the loss either, said lead researcher Madeline Meier, a post-doctoral researcher at Duke University. The results appear online Aug. 27 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of...
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Oct
12

Never Feel Helpless


Written By Phil Bauer - Parent Advisory Board Member As a parent who has lost a son to medicine abuse, the past couple of weeks have been truly moving. The Partnership at Drugfree.org showed me some of the stories people shared about medicine abuse over this past week,and as a parent who has experienced the epidemic's effects firsthand, they really resonated with me. In 2004, my son Mark died from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs. We found a bag of loose pills in his room -- none of the drugs had been prescribed for him, or for anyone else in the family for that matter. I wish that I could tell Mark what I've learned about the dangers of abusing prescription drugs, but it's too late. At a time when most of life's experiences should lie just ahead, his life ended and I will always wonder if I could have...
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Sep
28

Gilmer ISD warns of new digital drug


By Richard Yeakley ryeakley@news-journal.com   A drug-like high could be as close as an app on a teen’s smartphone , and that has some area school officials concerned. An official at Gilmer High School warned parents Friday of the digital-drug craze known as “i-Dosing” that claims to produce a narcotic-like euphoria through sound. In an email to parents and guardians, Principal Greg Watson warned of the dangers of getting high through the app, including reports of people going into trances, becoming paranoid and some “extreme reactions that required immediate medical attention.” “These recordings are being called digital drugs because they can produce some of the same effects as illegal drugs,” Watson wrote to parents. “I just wanted you to be aware of what they are doing and to encourage you to be watchful and mindful of the situation.” Officials with Gilmer ISD were quick to state the letter was written to...
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