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Sex is a (delicious) piece of cake for most young adults so why are they taking Viagra and Cialis? Here, we'll look at how these pills are used illegally and also what it means to abuse the ED drugs.
Transcript: Although it is typically prescribed for older men with erectile dysfunction, Viagra is still readily...
Although it is typically prescribed for older men with erectile dysfunction, Viagra is still readily available on most college campuses. Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis are all prescription medications used to treat erectile dysfunction. In addition to its intended medical use, these drugs are often taken recreationally to prolong or improve a sexual experience. Viagra is also frequently used in conjunction with other party drugs, like cocaine and ecstasy, often to counteract their undesirable sexual side effects. Viagra is usually consumed orally. and works by blocking an enzyme in the body called PDE-5. When that happens, blood flow increases to the areas where PDE-5 is most concentrated-namely the penis. This makes it possible for a man to get and maintain a stronger erection, often for long periods of time. For men, arousal almost always leads to desire. So by improving a man's ability to have erections, Viagra measurably affects his sexual function.Some men without erectile dysfunction report that sex on Viagra is a better sexual experience, though most college-aged men don't need help getting or maintaining an erection. Taking Viagra recreationally has its risks. If combined with amyl nitrate, or "poppers", Viagra can severely harm, or even kill, the user. Because Viagra and Poppers both dilate blood vessels, a life-threatening heart attack or stroke can result if both are taken simultaneously. In fact, this risk is present when any ED drug is taken at the same time as a nitrate. Bottom line? Viagra is a prescription drug and should only be taken when prescribed by your doctor.More »
Last Modified: 2013-03-12 | Tags »
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Hydrocodone, or Vicodin, is a commonly abused and incredibly addicting pain relief medication. Here, we'll examine how this prescription drug works, the consequences of abuse, and how it compares to other drugs, like Tramadol.
Transcript: Eminem and Courtney Love both got hooked out on hydrocodone - and it's almost as easy to get on a college...
Eminem and Courtney Love both got hooked out on hydrocodone - and it's almost as easy to get on a college campus as it is in Hollywood. Hydrocodone is a drug which is similar to morphine, and is legally prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain as well as dry, hacking coughing associated with bronchitis or sinusitis. Recreationally, the drug is taken because it causes euphoria, sedation and numbing mental effects. Hydrocodone is most commonly combined with acetaminophen to form the prescription drug Vicodin, but it is also available mixed with ibuprofen as Vicoprofen, and combined with aspirin as Lortab ASA. Recreational users of hydrocodone usually swallow pills whole or crush them and snort the powder.Once ingested, hydrocodone travels to the brain's central nervous system, where it binds to opioid receptors in the pleasure centers of the brain, producing an euphoria and sedation, which is part of the reason why it is so addicting. In fact, with daily use, most people will become addicted to hydrocodone within one week, experiencing physical withdrawal symptoms without the drug. Unfortunately, hydrocodone overdoses are common, and can lead to slowed breathing, unconsciousness, and even death. Over time, constant abuse of this drug may also result in potentially life-threatening liver failure. Although there are over 200 drugs which include hydrocodone that can be legally prescribed in the U.S., they are still illegal and unsafe for use without a prescription. Be mindful of the risks aif you choose to take hydrocodone recreationally.More »
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Wound up? Then you may seek a sedative to calm down. Whether prescribed by a doctor or purchased on the street, sedatives and barbituates can make you feel intoxicated and sleepy. Here, the real deal on mellow-inducing drugs, from Valium to Xanax.
Transcript: "Wanna be sedated?" A prescription drug in the benzodiazepine family is how many college students achieve...
"Wanna be sedated?" A prescription drug in the benzodiazepine family is how many college students achieve this particular goal. Benzodiazepines are depressants, a group of drugs which relieve anxiety and can induce sleep. Two of the most well known drugs in this group are Xanax,or alprazalam and Valium, or diazapem. You may also have heard these drugs referred to as downers, benzos, or tanks. These drugs can be legally prescribed, and are usually taken to combat insomnia, to promote relaxation, or to ease anxiety. These drugs are taken recreationally for similar reasons. Users also take benzodiazepines to come down from the high of a stimulant, like cocaine. Benzodiazepines are available in short-acting versions designed for use at night, like temazapem, also called Restoril, and in long-acting versions for day, like Xanax or Valium. The drug Rohypnol, which is sometimes referred to as a "roofie," is a powerful member of the benzodiazepine family. Although Rohypnal is not even legal for prescription use in the U.S., roofies can be acquired illegally, and are often used as a date rape drug. After they are consumed, these drugs act on the central nervous system, increasing production of the neurotransmitter GABA, which leads to slowed brain function. Most benzodiazepines act quickly on your system, and while the effects of some will last for just an hour or two, others can have an impact that lasts considerably longer. This class of drugs can be addictive over time, and an overdose can lead to confusion, sleepiness, or even a coma. People who use benzodiazepines over long periods of time can experience amnesia, hostility, and disturbing dreams. For these reasons, all benzodiazepines require a doctor's prescription for use, and should be taken cautiously without a physician's supervision.More »
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Painkiller dependency and addiction are not not quite the same things. Watch this video to learn more about the difference.
Transcript: Many prescription painkillers can be addictive, especially those that belong to the opioid family, like...
Many prescription painkillers can be addictive, especially those that belong to the opioid family, like codeine, morphine, oxycontin, demerol and vicodin. While useful as pain medication, these drugs have also come to be recreationally used and abused. Understandably, many patients who take prescription painkillers worry about their risk of addiction. If one has to be on a pain medication prescription for an extended period of time, like a few months or years, he or she may notice a development of tolerance to the drug. But tolerance is not the same thing as addiction. When one is exposed to substances like prescription painkillers on a regular basis, your body adjusts to them. The liver learns how to process the medication more efficiently. And the brain requires a greater amount of the drug in order to achieve the same pain-relieving results. But just because one needs a higher dose of pain medication does not mean that one is addicted. Having said that, some people are at a greater risk of addiction and medication abuse. That includes: people who have a history of substance abuse; people who have family members with addiction problems; and people with a history of mental illness. You should let your doctor know immediately if you fall into one of these high-risk groups. He or she may try to find a less-addicting alternative medication that works for you. Patients who take opioids for long periods of time will likely develop a tolerance to the drug, and may even develop a physical dependence. What that means is, your body is used to getting a certain amount of drugs, and depends on it for its day-to-day functioning. Abruptly stopping your medication could lead to physical symptoms of withdrawal, like anxiety, insomnia, flu-like symptoms and irritability. While it might sound scary, it's nothing to be alarmed by, so long as you are working with your physician and taking your medication exactly as prescribed. People who take prescribed narcotics are generally under close medical supervision, for good reason. Should you and your doctor decide to discontinue your medication, your physician will help you develop a tapering-off plan, to minimize any uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. If you have developed a tolerance or dependency to your prescription, it is nothing to be ashamed of. Let your doctor know immediately, and don't increase your dosage without consulting your physician. It is extremely important to keep your doctor in the loop on any and all physical or emotional signs of dependence or addiction.More »
Last Modified: 2014-01-21 | Tags »
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Whether you know it by its RX name (oxycodone), or its street one (oxycotton), this drug is abused even more than codeine! Here, we'll look at the varieties of the narcotic, from Perocent to Oxycontin, and examine how the prescription drug works.
Transcript: Oxycodone is a prescription drug, but you don't need a doctor's note to get it --or abuse it -- on most...
Oxycodone is a prescription drug, but you don't need a doctor's note to get it --or abuse it -- on most college campuses. You may know oxycodone by one of its street names, which include "oxy," "oxycotton" and "hillbilly heroin". When taken as prescribed, oxycodone is a powerful pain reliever similar to morphine. When taken, Oxycodone creates a euphoric feeling and is very effective in mitigating pain. Oxycodone is the primary ingredient in prescription painkillers like Percodan, where it is combined with aspirin, and Percocet, where it is combined with acetaminophen. It is also available in an extended-release formula known as Oxycontin. No matter which formulation is taken is used, it is usually swallowed whole or crushed and snorted. Once taken, oxycodone travels to the brain's central nervous system, where it binds to opioid receptors in the pleasure centers of the brain, producing an intense euphoria. Depending on the quantity of Oxycodone consumed, the euphoria and pain relief can last from five to eight hours. Oxycodone is highly addictive, and tolerance to the drug's effects can build up over a relatively small number of uses. An oxycodone overdose can lead to loss of consciousness, seizures, coma, or even death. While oxycodone may seem to offer a pleasurable escape, remember that there can be severe consequences, and know that using oxycodone without a prescription is illegal.More »
Last Modified: 2013-06-27 | Tags »
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When appropriately prescribed by a doctor, stimulants are sure to get you wound up and wired. But abusing a stimulant is never a good idea! Learn about uppers, from amphetamine to methamphetamine, and see how speed really effects the body.
Transcript: You're probably not familiar with the medication known as methylphenidate, but you almost certainly know...
You're probably not familiar with the medication known as methylphenidate, but you almost certainly know what Ritalin is. Methylphenidate is the generic name for the prescription drug Ritalin, which is known on the street as Vitamin R, Rids, and R-ball. Ritalin is prescribed legally for the treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, as well as for the sleeping disorder narcolepsy. When used without a prescription, Ritalin is taken to stimulate the body, and has effects that are quite similar to cocaine in many ways. Ritalin is very popular on college campuses due to its appetite suppressing, fatigue fighting, and concentration enhancing effects. Ritalin is usually taken recreationally by crushing the drug and snorting the power. Once in the body, Ritalin acts to arouse the brain stem and cortex. The drug also stimulates the release of the feel-good hormone dopamine. Abuse of Ritalin may lead to physical addiction for this reason. A dose of Ritalin lasts three to four hours, while an extended-release tablet will work for up to eight. If you take too much Ritalin, you may experience a rapid heartbeat, blurred vision, and in more serious cases, fainting, or even a seizure. Over time, the insoluble fibers in Ritalin tablets may block small blood vessels, which can lead to potential cardiovascular complications and lung damage. Ritalin is illegal without a prescription, so one should be very careful if using it recreationally.More »
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Using a drug for recreation or pleasure is a big mistake. Watch this video to know about the most commonly abused drugs in America.
Transcript: People have been using drugs for pleasure or recreation for as far back as we can remember. In fact,...
People have been using drugs for pleasure or recreation for as far back as we can remember. In fact, records suggest that ancient Sumerians in Mesopotamia used opium in 5000 B.C., while alcohol dates back to 3500 B.C. Today, in the U.S.A, about 12.8 million people over the age of 12 use illegal drugs on a regular basis. Though it's down 50 percent from the all-time high of 25 million in 1979, drug abuse is still a big problem. Today's most commonly abused drugs are alcohol, nicotine, marijuana and prescription painkillers, such as OxyContin and Vicodin. 90 percent of all people who have used illegal drugs have used marijuana or hashish. While marijuana does not usually lead to physical dependence, it can be psychologically addictive. Nicotine is the third leading cause of death in the United States, and is, by far, the most heavily used addictive drug in the country. Nicotine can be absorbed into the bloodstream from chewing, inhaling or smoking a tobacco product. Quitting can be difficult. Withdrawal symptoms include anxiety, headaches, irritability, depressed mood, hunger and an intense craving for cigarettes. Approximately 8 percent of Americans abuse alcohol or are alcoholics. People who abuse alcohol might not be physically dependent on the substance, but could be on their way to addiction. Alcohol abuse is most rampant among young adults and teenagers. In fact, one in three 12th graders report having five or more drinks on at least one occasion within the past two weeks. Teens who drink are more likely to engage in sexual activity, have unprotected sex, or have sex with a stranger. Drinking excessively may also lead to the use of other drugs, like marijuana, cocaine, or heroin. Statistics show that 20 percent of people in the U.S. have used prescription medication, like painkillers, sedatives and stimulants, for non-medical reasons. And 15 percent of high school seniors abuse them. For teens, they are the second most popular drugs behind marijuana. Some experts believe that prescription drugs are edging out cocaine, LSD and other so-called party drugs because they are much easier for teenagers to come by. If parents have leftover pills sitting in the medicine cabinet, they might not suspect that their kids could want to try them. And kids don't realize JUST how addictive these prescriptions can be. The most common prescription drugs used for recreation are codeine, or hydrocodone-based painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin. People using them recreationally may crush them up and snort them to get a high. And because their street prices are so steep, for instance oxycontin can go for $80 a pill, some people turn to cheaper drugs, like heroin. Because these drugs can be so prevalent, many people make the mistake of thinking that they are not dangerous or addictive. If you, or someone you know, may have a problem with one of these substances, or are having a difficult time trying to quit; talk to a medical professional, who can help you find the help you need.More »
Last Modified: 2013-10-01 | Tags »
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