11 major research findings on the use of marijuana

The greater acceptance and availability of marijuana for medical purposes has led to substantial improvements in the treatment of conditions such as chronic pain, neuropathic pain and spasticity due to multiple sclerosis. On the other hand, evidence shows negative consequences of marijuana use, including marijuana abuse and dependence, which affects

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How illicit drug use affects the brain

Dopamine and serotonin are what “make the world go ’round,” or at least in the brain of an addict. Addictive substances — from heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines and even alcohol — specifically act on the addiction pathway in the brain triggering the release of dopamine and serotonin, two neurotransmitters that are

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5 signs a patient is doctor shopping

Prescription drug abuse is rampant in the United States, killing more people than cocaine and heroin combined, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. In 2013, almost 2 million Americans abused prescription pain relievers, and the top 10 percent of prescribers are providing 50 percent or more

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