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Alcohol

Alcohol is the most widely used, and abused drug in our society. One hundred million Americans, 70 percent of the adult population, consume in excess of 300 million, gallons every year–roughly 3 gallons per drinker. The price we pay is staggering. Alcohol misuse is responsible for 250,000 deaths in the United States annually. Only cancer […]

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Inhalants

COMMON NAME: gunk Sniffing glue as an intoxicant was a phenomenon virtually unknown in the United States until 1959,. when stories published in the Denver Post served as an unintended introduction and lure. Most of these stories concerned toluene, the active ingredient in model-airplane glue commonly used by youngsters. Newspaper accounts informed readers that sniffing […]

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LSD

COMMON NAMES: acid, barrels, beast, big D, blotter, blue acid, blue cheer, blue heaven, blue mist, brown dots, California’ sunshine, cherry top, chocolate chips, clear light coffee, con tact lens, cubes, cupcakes, domes, dots, 30, flats, haze, heavenly blue, instant zen, Lucy in the sky with diamonds, mellow yellows, microdots, orange mushrooms, orange sun shine, […]

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Methaqualone

common names: French Quaalude, furies, mandrakes, quas, quacks, quads, 714s, soaps, soapers, sopes, super Quaaludes, super soper Pop a lude and you’re off on a boozeless drunk, flying high with the Quaalude Culture of the seventies. ‘Safe and nonaddictive” proclaimed the manufacturers of the magic little tablets. “Let’s have a party!” cheered fun-seekers everywhere. So […]

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Overdose

WHAT IS AN OVERDOSE? If someone takes too much opiates (like heroin) their brain practically grinds to a halt. This can block their breathing. The main danger of an OD is suffocation. Fluid gets into the patient’s lungs, too and this makes it even more difficult for him to get enough oxygen. The OD patient […]

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Nervous System

To be able to understand how psychopharmaca works (the pharmaca that effect our brains thereby influencing the mind), it is necessary to have some insight into the structure of the brain. So, first something about the brain. The brain is often compared to a computer. One common denominator is, for example, that in both information […]

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Pharmacology

From the fact mentioned that pharmacon can mean both medicine and poison, it follows that what we ingest does not always result in the desired effect, the primary effect, but can also result in unwanted side effects on the basis of which we classify that substance as toxic (poisonous). The primary effect is, therefore, understood […]

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Neurotransmitters

The most important neurotransmitters will be handled successively. Acetylcholine Acetylcholine (ACh) was, as we saw, the first neurotransmitter discovered that transmitted signals from the nervus vagus to the heart. ACh is also the chemical that transmits the messages from the peripheral nerves to the muscles so that these contract. The arrow poison of some Indian […]

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Addiction

The word ‘addiction’ that is in general use quite often leads to confusion. Attention lately is focusing more on the ‘new’ addictions such as bulimia, anorexia, gambling (not to mention sex and work addictions). It is the patterns of behavior which are becoming more and more a part of the ‘addiction problem’ as perceived by […]

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Ginseng

Will Oriental wonders never cease? First it was the egg roll, followed by the hand laundry, then acupuncture, and now the miracle of all miracles ginseng! Two distinct schools of thought exist about this drug (pronounced jin-sen or jin-san) from Mother Nature’s medicine chest. Orientals have extolled the virtues of ginseng for practically all of […]

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