SUBSTANCE ABUSE & HIV/AIDS

Substance abuse is the excessive use of a substance, such as drugs or alcohol, which results in clinical and functional impairments. This loss of function can include detriments to professional, academic, and social interactions. On-going substance abuse can cause severe health problems over time, even in previously healthy individuals. These health complications include increased disease…

THE TRUTH ABOUT ESTACY AND METH

MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine) is a synthetic drug that alters mood and perception (awareness of surrounding objects and conditions). It is chemically similar to both stimulants and hallucinogens, producing feelings of increased energy, pleasure, emotional warmth, and distorted sensory and time perception. MDMA was initially popular in the nightclub scene and at all-night dance parties (“raves”), but…

THE DANGERS OF SELF MEDICATION

Self-medication is the usage of drugs without a proper prescription from a doctor or medical personnel. It is commonly practised in Nigeria where we constantly have to deal with the menace of malaria. It is actually very dangerous when dealing with complex and sensitive drugs. Every drug must be prescribed by a specialist before being…

WHAT IS MARIJUANA?

Marijuana is the word used to describe the dried flowers, seeds and leaves of the Indian hemp plant. On the street, it is called by many other names, such as: astro turf, bhang, dagga, dope, ganja, grass, hemp, home grown, J, Mary Jane, pot, reefer, roach, Texas tea, weed, green, Hashish is a related form…

HOW DOES TOBACCO AFFECT THE BRAIN

Cigarettes and other forms of tobacco including cigars, pipe tobacco, snuff, and chewing tobacco contain the addictive drug nicotine. Nicotine is readily absorbed into the bloodstream when a tobacco product is chewed, inhaled, or smoked. A typical smoker will take 10 puffs on a cigarette over a period of 5 minutes that the cigarette is…