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From alive to living: disabilities treated with medical marijuana

From alive to living: disabilities treated with medical marijuana | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
Chris was a carefree, 18 year-old man when he moved into his first apartment. He didn’t have a lot of money but he had his freedom and independence. But one fateful night took away his beloved freedom and independence in an instant.

Via Beckley Foundation, Julian Buchanan, Courtney Wyche
Zayd El-Ali's insight:

This is an example of a particular case in which an illegal drug should be allowed to be used. This gives further evidence to people against the restriction on marijuana. And that the bad effects conceal the good effects of the drug. And I included this so that people can become aware of the usefullness of the drug and that it should be legalized for medical usage only. 

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Courtney Wyche's curator insight, December 9, 2013 10:04 AM

I think this adds to the many reasons why people believe that marijuana should be legalized.

Dallas Thompson's curator insight, December 15, 2013 11:32 PM

This article should catch the eye of many scientists doing research trying to find treatments and cures for accidents and diseases. When it comes to drugs everyone thinks of all the bad things that are associated with them, yet no one seems to keep in mind all the good that drugs can do as well. Although there are some bad drugs out there, people can't say, "this drug ruined my life." It's not specifically the drug that ruined your life, it's the unsafe overuse of the drug. In this case you can clearly see that some drugs do in fact help you, so what can you say when a drug really does help you, but because you choose to continue to help yourself to it when it is no longer needed, you end up becoming addicted and your life gets flipped? Do you blame the drug or do you blame yourself for not being as responsible? All of us should become more open minded to the good that drugs do and not only focus on all of the bad.

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Region of brain identified that is responsible for nicotine withdrawal symptoms

Region of brain identified that is responsible for nicotine withdrawal symptoms | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it

Headaches, anxiety, irritability—these and other symptoms of nicotine withdrawal can significantly deter smokers from being able to kick the habit. Now, in what may be a significant step toward alleviating those symptoms, UMass Medical School neuroscientist Andrew R. Tapper, PhD, and colleagues have identified the region of the brain in which they originate.

“We were surprised to find that one population of neurons within a single brain region could actually control physical nicotine withdrawal behaviors,” said Dr. Tapper, associate professor of psychiatry and interim director of the Brudnick Neuropsychiatric Research Institute at UMMS.

 

The Tapper lab discovered that physical nicotine withdrawal symptoms are triggered by activation of GABAergic neurons (neurons that secrete GABA, the brain’s predominant inhibitory neurotransmitter), in the interpeduncular nucleus, an area deep in the midbrain that has recently been shown to be involved in nicotine intake. Their study was published in the Nov. 14 issue of the journal Current Biology.

 

“Most of the work in the field has been focused on the immediate effects of nicotine, the addictive component in tobacco smoke, on reward circuits in the brain,” Tapper explained. “But much less is known regarding what happens when you take nicotine away from someone who has been smoking for a long time that causes all these terrible withdrawal symptoms. Our main goal was to understand what brain regions are activated—or deactivated—to cause nicotine withdrawal symptoms.

 

They did this through a series of experiments performed in mouse models with sophisticated neurochemistry and brain imaging methods, including recently developed optogenetics techniques in which specific neurons can be activated by light.

 

Most surprising was their discovery that nicotine withdrawal symptoms can be activated or deactivated independent of nicotine addiction. “When we activated the GABAergic neurons in the interpeduncular nucleus, mice suffered withdrawal symptoms even if they had no previous nicotine exposure,” Tapper noted.

 

These findings are promising because existing treatments intended to help people quit smoking are not always effective. “There are very few treatments to help people quit smoking,” Tapper said. “If you can dampen the activity of this brain region chemically during nicotine withdrawal then you would hopefully be able to help someone quit smoking because you could reduce some of the withdrawal symptoms that they are experiencing.”


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One population of neurons in a section of the brain controls the symptoms of withdrawal. If this, based on the article, is true. Then a drug could be used to contain this area of the brain with these specific neurons in order to prevent the effects the withdrawal.  I included this article because the Importance of this new research can lead other scientist to build on the foundation provided, and even get one step closer for a cure to the effects of withdrawal. 

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Uruguay leads the way on cannabis regulation. Maybe one day, Britain will follow

Uruguay leads the way on cannabis regulation. Maybe one day, Britain will follow | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
Funnily enough, as Uruguay passed its historic legislation last night – becoming the first country in the world to make the production, sale and possession of cannabis legal, under a strict and sensible regulatory framework – I was at an event in ...

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A long as the production and possession of cannabis is regulated and under control, it should be legalized. People that need cannabis for treatment should be able to acquire this drug under sensible regulations. Hopefully Australia could set the tone for the whole world to follow in its foot steps in regulating cannabis and allowing its legal/Medical distribution.

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, December 11, 2013 7:35 AM

Uruguay and cannabis regulation. 

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The Out Of Control War On Drugs: How Sentencing Rules Force Defendants To ... - Forbes

The Out Of Control War On Drugs: How Sentencing Rules Force Defendants To ... - Forbes | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
The Out Of Control War On Drugs: How Sentencing Rules Force Defendants To ...
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A recent report from Human Rights Watch highlights the tremendous pressure that mandatory minimum sentencing laws put on defendants like Kupa to plead guilty.
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The prosecutional power to put away a convicted drug user is great. The minimum mandatory sentence is about 10 years for a person that has been convicted. These mandatory sentencing causes many judges to put away many convicted for many year even if pleading guilty. This article provides awareness to the punishments of using drugs. And the missuse of the federal courts powers to put away convicted drug abusers rather then sending them to rehab centers.

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Woman tells police she sold drugs to make money for Christmas shopping - WPXI Pittsburgh

Woman tells police she sold drugs to make money for Christmas shopping - WPXI Pittsburgh | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
Woman tells police she sold drugs to make money for Christmas shopping
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Pennsylvania police arrested a woman Tuesday who said she was selling drugs to make money for Christmas shopping.
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Social factors affect many peoples choice to deal with drugs or not. Many find no where to go and have no idea to be a success other than entering the drug industry. People that read this article will under stand the consequences of selling drugs and would most likely convince people to not engage in this type of bussiness. This is relative to drug addiction because people that engage in drugs tend to be users of them as well. So ending the trade of drugs would prevent the spread of addiction from one person to another. And the seller will have to acustom to not dealing with drugs in general.

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Demi Lovato Talks About Revealing Her Cocaine Addiction: "I Want to Be the First Person to Say It" | Cambio

Demi Lovato Talks About Revealing Her Cocaine Addiction: "I Want to Be the First Person to Say It" | Cambio | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
Demi Lovato has opened up a lot in the public eye this year. After X Factor's live show last night, Demi sat down with us to explain what made her decide to share her revealing story about her past cocaine and alcohol addiction.
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Many people in our society look up to famous celebrities. So it is important that people are educated the Demi Lovato regrets her decision to become a persistant drug user. If people understand the consequences and regrets of someone they look up to, people would most likely not do drugs. Many teens that are her fans would benefit. They will understand that drug addiction is a path no one wants to take, not even famous people such as demi Lovato. Part of the treatment for drug addiction is coming out with the claim of an addiction. The consequences of her drug addiction could  affect all those around her.

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Nature wins the war on drugs: Low-cost, super-potent plants prevent addiction and treat withdrawal safely

Nature wins the war on drugs: Low-cost, super-potent plants prevent addiction and treat withdrawal safely | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
Nature wins the war on drugs: Low-cost, super-potent plants prevent addiction and treat withdrawal safely

Via #BBBundyBlog #NOMORELIES Tom Woods #Activist Award #Scoopiteer >20,000 Sources >250K Connections http://goo.gl/ruHO3Q
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New research has led to the discovery of Avidekel which can help protect brain cells in the process of getting "HIGH". This new research can help prevent the further negative effects of certain drugs and decrease the amount of brain cells affected by the drug. I included this so that more people can become aware of Avidekel and its usefull effect on preventing addiction and the harsh symptoms of withdrawal. 

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From alive to living: disabilities treated with medical marijuana

From alive to living: disabilities treated with medical marijuana | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
Chris was a carefree, 18 year-old man when he moved into his first apartment. He didn’t have a lot of money but he had his freedom and independence. But one fateful night took away his beloved freedom and independence in an instant.

Via Beckley Foundation, Julian Buchanan, Courtney Wyche
Zayd El-Ali's insight:

This is an example of a particular case in which an illegal drug should be allowed to be used. This gives further evidence to people against the restriction on marijuana. And that the bad effects conceal the good effects of the drug. And I included this so that people can become aware of the usefullness of the drug and that it should be legalized for medical usage only. 

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Courtney Wyche's curator insight, December 9, 2013 10:04 AM

I think this adds to the many reasons why people believe that marijuana should be legalized.

Dallas Thompson's curator insight, December 15, 2013 11:32 PM

This article should catch the eye of many scientists doing research trying to find treatments and cures for accidents and diseases. When it comes to drugs everyone thinks of all the bad things that are associated with them, yet no one seems to keep in mind all the good that drugs can do as well. Although there are some bad drugs out there, people can't say, "this drug ruined my life." It's not specifically the drug that ruined your life, it's the unsafe overuse of the drug. In this case you can clearly see that some drugs do in fact help you, so what can you say when a drug really does help you, but because you choose to continue to help yourself to it when it is no longer needed, you end up becoming addicted and your life gets flipped? Do you blame the drug or do you blame yourself for not being as responsible? All of us should become more open minded to the good that drugs do and not only focus on all of the bad.

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Drugs to fix "misfolded" proteins could cure a range of diseases

Drugs to fix "misfolded" proteins could cure a range of diseases | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
Researchers have developed a technique using drugs called pharmacoperones, which have the ability to fixes misfolded proteins, allowing them to perform th...
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Drugs have been developed to cure a range of diseases. In particular, these drugs in the article have been articulated to be able to fix proteins and allow them to perform their specific functions. These are the type of drugs that should be used and not hallucigens.

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Antidepressants: Pristiq (Desvenlafaxine) Side Effects & Withdrawal ...

Antidepressants: Pristiq (Desvenlafaxine) Side Effects & Withdrawal ... | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
December 31, 2012 - People's Pharmacy Q. Can you offer me any ideas of how I can ease my withdrawal from Pristiq? My brain is cloudy, I am having brain zaps and I am agitated. I should have never tried it out.
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This article provides insight on to the the symtoms of withdrawal and the side effects of Pristiq( Antidepressant component). People suffering from withdrawal would be able to learn more about what the symptoms they are suffering actully mean and give more information on to what you can do if your suffering from such a matter. The article provides a list of all the side effects of antidepressants and the symptoms of withdrawal. This could be extremely benefitial to those that are suffering from drug addiction and would like to understand the consequences of ending their addiction.

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OxyContin Tops List of Abused Prescription Drugs - WebMD

OxyContin Tops List of Abused Prescription Drugs - WebMD | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
OxyContin Tops List of Abused Prescription Drugs
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Both drugs come in pill form, but almost 64 percent of oxycodone abusers and just over one-quarter of hydrocodone abusers crushed the tablets and inhaled the drug.
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Prescription drugs are used by people from all ages and races throughout the world. Some use it to cure an illness and help them in their daily life, but others abuse these prescribed drugs. And keep using them even when they are not needed. People that think about abusing prescription drugs should understand that it is extremely harmful, by learning the growing number of people abusing prescribed drugs it might help influence yourself to not be one of those people. Drug addiction is very common in people that abuse prescription drugs. Oxycontin can easily be obtained through prescription drugs. Once taken, you will keep taking it and eventually begin abusing the drug with relentless addiction.

Possible consequences of drug addiction:  acetaminophen  acetaminophen : could cause liver failure if used non stop, which is caused by an adiciton to the drug , Many drug addiction lead to biological irritation.

 

 

 

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