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Prescription drug use for ‘cognitive enhancement’ is on the rise in UK schools | The Life Works Community Blog

Prescription drug use for ‘cognitive enhancement’ is on the rise in UK schools | The Life Works Community Blog | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
Certain drugs can increase our alertness and may even seem to make us better able to learn but are they really worth the risk?

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Link to Article: http://www.lifeworkscommunity.com/news/blog/prescription-drug-use-for-cognitive-enhancement-is-on-the-rise-in-uk-schools.html

 

Insight: This article provides a different perspective on drug use in society. Students in the article mentioned were consuming drugs that enhanced their learning ability. These drugs to make you smart arise concern for the younger population due to their appeal. This relates to our chapter  in that the societal pressures in the world can take over the decisions that people make. This article is different in that the pressure of education is taking advantage of children.

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Anti-Drug Vaccines On Horizon

Anti-Drug Vaccines On Horizon | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
New vaccines could soon be a part of treating drug addiction. These vaccines help the body fight drugs before they enter the brain and could aid traditional therapies.

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This article is related to the chapter in that it is a treatment for addiction. This article shows a modernized way of treating addiction by vaccines. Although this is still a new project, the future of addicts could be better and also those that may fear becoming addicts.

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Fifth UK drug user has anthrax

Fifth UK drug user has anthrax | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
A drug user in Oxford is recovering from an anthrax infection after injecting heroin, say health experts.

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This article is related to the chapter in that it is one of the effects of drug use. In this particular story, individuals have been getting an infectious disease from the drugs that they are taking. Infectious diseases could spread from the infected person into society. This could be avoidable if people choose to not take drugs.

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Drugs and Their Origins

Drugs and Their Origins | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
A map showing where the most common drugs are produced and which countries produce them.

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This article speaks of the location that drugs are found around the world. Geographically, this give a visualization of what drugs are affecting which countries the most. In relation to the chapter, the article mentions types of the most common drugs and their effect on people.

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LifeWorks Surrey's curator insight, June 5, 2014 11:21 AM

A map of the most common drugs and where they come from. 

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Cannabis Rewires the Brain

Cannabis Rewires the Brain | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
Cannabis use changes the brain according to new research. A study shows even casual cannabis use can have real effects on the brain.

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This article speaks to the point that ingesting drugs can have serious effects on the brain. As mentioned in our chapter, the brain can suffer a great deal from too much use of a drug. In the article, it mentioned that even the use of a drug once a week can cause damage to the brain which will make it crave the drug even more.

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LifeWorks Surrey's curator insight, May 14, 2014 8:43 AM

Cannabis addiction changes the structure of the brain. 

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This article appears on my page because it shows what drugs do to the brain. Teenagers and young adults would benefit from seeing this video because most think it's cool and fun to do but they do not realize the final effects it can have on your brain. This relates to our topic of drug addiction because it shows the issues it causes inside a person and the damage it can do to the brain. 

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UK Cocaine Habit Contaminates Drinking Water

UK Cocaine Habit Contaminates Drinking Water | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
British people are using so much cocaine that it is leaching into the water supply. Cocaine in the UK is the highest in Europe.

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This article provides a different view on the effects of addicts on those around them. According to the article, there has been so much drug use by the inhabitants of the UK that it has begun to contaminate the water. This indicates the sheer amount of drugs that people are consuming. In relation to our chapter, this article portrays the extreme effects of consuming drugs.

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LifeWorks Surrey's curator insight, May 13, 2014 10:06 AM

Cocaine has entered the British water supply. 

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This is shocking that there is so much cocaine just available for consumer use
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NHS Pays Addicts to Stay Clean

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The NHS is paying heroin addicts to stay clean. A new trial is underway to test whether paying opiate users can be paid to stay clean.

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This article is unique in that the treatment for addicts described is by paying people to not consume drugs. This could arise moral dilemmas as well as financial dilemmas for society. This relates to the chapter as it is a method for treating addicts.

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LifeWorks Surrey's curator insight, April 15, 2014 9:35 AM

The NHS has opiate users on the payroll. 

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New Cocaine Treatment Could Kill Cravings

New Cocaine Treatment Could Kill Cravings | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
A new discovery in cocaine addiction could end drug cravings and help people stay clean. This could revolutionist cocaine addiction treatment.

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This article relates to the chapter in that it is about parts of the brain that respond to drugs. However, the article is about a receptor in the brain that, when activated, can eliminate the desire for a drug. This finding could lead to future discoveries that could end addictions. 

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LifeWorks Surrey's curator insight, April 29, 2014 5:09 AM

Cocaine addiction could have a new treatment.

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Brain Shape Affects Cocaine Addiction

Brain Shape Affects Cocaine Addiction | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
New research shows cocaine addiction may be tied to the shape of the addicts brain. Check out what your brain could say about you.

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This article is related to our chapter as it talks about the effects of the brain with drug use. The article speaks to the point that people who consume drugs have a smaller frontal lobe than those that don't. This could imply that as one consumes drugs, their ability to think rationally about their decisions diminishes which could be why those on drugs make poor choices.

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LifeWorks Surrey's curator insight, April 23, 2014 10:38 AM

The shape of the brain may be the cause of cocaine addiction. 

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The Pain of Those Around an Alcoholic

The Pain of Those Around an Alcoholic | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it

Having an alcoholic in the family can be heartbreaking. Most people don’t understand just how debilitating the effect of alcohol dependence can be to an individual, so only those who are truly close to alcoholics can see the gravity of the situation.

 

 


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This article had relevance to me because it talked about those around a person addicted to alcohol rather than the alcoholic. Any individual that has a drinking problem may find a benefit in reading this article. It may make him/her realize that becoming an alcoholic affects those around him/her rather than him/herself.

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