Chris Kelly will likely forever be remembered for his pre-pubescent career as a rap star. As part of the duo Kris Kross, he and partner Chris “Daddy Mac” Smith had a No. 1 hit “Jump” that stayed there for two months in 1992. It’s hard to imagine that the kid ingrained in our minds as [...]
Cocaine is the popular name for the illegal, addictive chemical ethylbenzoylecgonine (known in its powdered form as cocaine hydrochloride and in its modified, rocklike form as “crack”). When inhaled nasally, smoked, eaten or injected, it produces a form of central nervous stimulation that closely resembles the central nervous system effects of legal drugs known as [...]
Cocaine is a highly stimulating drug that achieves its effects by altering the normal brain levels of an important chemical called dopamine. Because of the way it works on the brain and the rest of the central nervous system, the drug presents a serious risk for the onset of physical dependence and addiction. However, not [...]
While prescription medications continue to get the lion’s share of attention in news covering addiction problems, there are still individuals struggling with addiction to street drugs. Cocaine and heroin addictions remain a very real problem for which effective treatment strategies are needed.
A new drug may be on the horizon for treating patients with cocaine dependency. An article shares information about a clinical trial in the works. Catalyst Pharmaceutical Partners, Inc. announces that it has recently reached the number of study participants needed to complete the first round of the drug trials.
Researchers may have an answer in treating cocaine overdose cases. A news release shares information about scientists from Scripps Research Institute who believe they have found a vaccine that could prevent overdoses, specifically those involving cocaine.
An Anatomy of Addiction: Sigmund Freud, William Halsted, and the Miracle Drug Cocaine, by Howard Markel
It may seem that a book detailing the experimentation and addiction to cocaine by two respected men of science, Sigmund Freud and William Halsted, would be a dry account of the obsessive pursuits by long-dead individuals. As such, one could come to the conclusion that there’s nothing new that can be gleaned from such an [...]
People get vaccinated to prevent diseases such as measles, smallpox and the flu. But could there be a vaccine one day that helps prevent people from continuing a life of drug addiction?
Harm reduction is a controversial strategy designed to minimize the negative consequences of drug abuse. The underlying philosophy of harm reduction is that drug abuse is an inevitable part of our world and that there are certain ways to use drugs that are safer than others.
Coloradans and their marijuana usage have grown from previous surveys in 2007-2008 and are up three percentage points from the most recent survey. The number of young adults in Colorado who claim to have used marijuana in the past year was up to 38.5% compared to 29.1% nationally, among 137,000 people interviewed in 2008-2009. Coloradans [...]