Any drug you take will affect your body — that is how they are designed. Some drugs speed up the central nervous system (CNS), and other drugs slow it down. Some drugs heighten your attention, while others make you drowsy or sleepy. Even prescription drugs have side effects, which is why you should only take…

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Morphine is a naturally occurring substance found in the Asian poppy plant. It has been used for over 6000 years as a way to treat pain and for its euphoric effects. Morphine is highly habit forming. Using the drug recreationally or in larger amounts or for longer periods of time than prescribed by a physician…

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By Patti Richards Any dog lover knows how a pair of big brown eyes and a wagging tail can immediately boost your mood. And there’s nothing like a happy bark and puppy kisses waiting to greet you after a long, hard day. Pets are forever faithful and grateful just to be in your presence. Knowing…

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By Alanna Hilbink A lot of people work while balancing, or learning to balance, their mental health. Nearly two-thirds of Americans are part of the labor force.1 Nearly one-fourth of Americans experience symptoms of at least one mental illness each year. Even people who don’t have diagnosable mental health issues still face a lot of…

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Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a condition which can lead those affected by it to make poor coping decisions. Drugs, alcohol and other means of distracting oneself in times of distress aren’t suitable coping mechanisms and do nothing to help mitigate or alleviate the symptoms of PTSD. There are numerous alternatives that can present…

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By Christa Banister With all the preparation that goes into planning for college — where to go, how to pay for it, what to major in — it’s not uncommon for something crucial like mental health to be overlooked in such a busy season of life. But those sudden life changes that come with going…

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By Stephanie Thomas “You’re so lucky to be a teenager! Best years of your life right here!” Those are the words that, on several occasions, produced in me an overwhelming sense of dread the moment they left a well-meaning adult’s lips. This is as good as it gets? This? Don’t get me wrong; I had…

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It is now widely known how dangerous drinking and driving can be. For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 29 people in the United States die, every day, in crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver.1 As public consciousness becomes more sensitive to this problem and laws become stricter for violators, more…

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Morphine has been around for a long time. It is made from the opium poppy, which is also the source of highly addictive opium, the original drug that many modern and dangerous opioid drugs mimic. Morphine was first marketed in the early 1800s as a treatment for extreme pain, severe coughs, and even chronic diarrhea.…

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Morphine is in a group of drugs called narcotic pain relievers and is derived from the opium poppy. It is used to treat moderate to severe pain after surgery, injury, or pain that is caused by a chronic condition. Morphine is a potent analgesic drug and works by changing the way the brain and body…

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