Opiate painkillers are widely used and highly helpful in managing pain. However, there’s the risk of addiction. Case in point: the opioid addiction problem that is considered epidemic in Western countries, particularly in the United States. Here in the Philippines, there are many who take opiate painkillers, and some may become dependent or addicted to the drugs.
While shabu or meth remains as the number one drug of choice for many in the country, there’s no denying that there are those who are also addicted to opiate painkillers such as Fentanyl, Hydrocodone, Vicodin, and many more. And as such, there are also myths surrounding opiate painkiller addiction, which makes it hard for people struggling with it to get the help they need. Read More
There is an opioid epidemic in the United States, as many people are addicted to opioid painkillers. After all they are easy to get and readily prescribed. Here in the Philippines, not everyone has access to these opioid painkillers–but that doesn’t mean the threat isn’t there.
Let’s take a look at the most dangerous side effect of opioid painkillers and why you should be on a lookout if you see someone abusing this. Read More
All across Europe and North America, people turn into real-life zombies because of this drug: Spice. Those who take this drug can be seen on the streets slowly staggering to nowhere, looking lost and incoherently mumbling to other people. Then they pass out wherever their legs take them, when their minds and bodies become overwhelmed.
What is it about addiction? Many people end up becoming addicted to alcohol and drugs such as meth, cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and even prescription pills, do so because they don’t know the truth about addiction–that it destroys lives.
There are certain professions that have been found to have more people struggling with substance abuse. These people are using drugs or alcohol more commonly than in any other profession or industry, also making them at high risk for developing addictions.
There are many factors that bring a person to use drugs or alcohol. Genes, environment, and early introduction to these substances are just some of the factors. However, one of the biggest reasons why they turn to these substances is to cope with high level of job-related stress and anxiety. Read More
A high functioning addict is a breed of its own. They don’t fit the stereotype portrayed in the media. In fact, you may be looking up to someone in your workplace who turns out to be hiding a deep secret centered on substance abuse and addiction. You can never tell–until you read up on these signs.
Here in the Philippines, the term “addict” is often associated with disheveled, emaciated-looking person in tattered clothes living like a zombie from day to day. However, this image, while not untrue, is a stereotype. People tend to lump the term addict together to show one face, one look, which is the one typically shown by the media. Read More
People who are addicted to drugs like shabu (methamphetamine), marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, and other substances are everywhere. It doesn’t matter what their economic status, educational background, location, age, job, or physical appearance. You can’t judge a drug addict by looks alone, nor by superficial stereotypes.
Addiction can come to anyone regardless of status, job, education, religion, or gender. And this is why it’s hard to see if someone you know is already addicted to drugs or a high-functioning addict. In fact, you may have someone in your workplace who is already a drug addict and is bringing grief to you or your organization. Read More
Many who use drugs end up selling them, most probably because it’s the only way they know to support their addiction. They may have lost their current job and have no steady way of earning income. Furthermore, looking at their own drug dealers, they may think that it’s a fairly easy way to make money.
However, there’s more to drug dealers than meets the eye. While there are drug addicts that turn out to sell drugs, there are those who don’t use drugs and are relatively successful drug dealers.
Date rape drugs are used prior to sexual exploitation and sexual assault. It is illegal, but unfortunately common all over the world. Sexual assault refers to any sexual activity that the person, or victim, doesn’t consent to or, in this case, unconscious and can’t therefore put up any defense.
What’s dangerous about date rape drugs is that it is usually colorless, odorless, and tasteless. A person who is being drugged can’t often tell until it’s too late. Read More
What is Ketamine and how do you know if someone close to you is abusing it? Find our more about Ketamine abuse.
Ketamine is also considered as a date rape drug. It is because it’s a highly powerful anesthetic that makes people feel like they’re detached or dissociated from their body. It was widely used in the hospital, especially veterinary, setting. However, it’s now widely abused as a party drug in clubs in many parts of the globe.