Marijuana is the dried aerial tops of the plant Cannabis sativa L. The compound leaf of five to seven leaflets with serrated edges has been reproduced on so many posters, books, papers and T-shirts as to be recognizable by almost everyone. Other features of the plant, such as the fact that the male and female
Ritalin is helping millions of children (and their parents) face the problem of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and it has been doing so for more than 75 years. We use the term “helping” very loosely. Perhaps it would be more accurate to say that a drug like Ritalin helps counter the symptoms of Attention
Medically supervised detoxification and rehabilitation therapies are respectively short, medium and long-term strategies for overcoming addiction. Detox units treat physical addiction by medically managing withdrawal to minimize discomfort and the temptation to relapse. Rehab is a program of education and workshops to help people affected by a drug problem manage psychological addiction and prevent relapse.
Serepax, Valium, Ativan, Murelax, Frisium, Xanax, Ducene. These are just a few of the trade names for the tranquilizers marketed by several pharmaceutical companies. Tranquilizers, or anxiolytics (anti-anxiety drugs) are excellent medications if used correctly. Unfortunately, they have received bad press in recent years because of their abuse by a small number of patients. Doctors
Who wouldn’t sympathize? According to WorldVision Canada, 14,000 people die from treatable infectious diseases every day. 5 million people with HIV/AIDS in developing countries need antiretroviral drugs, but only 300,000 people can access them. Whilst poor countries and non-government organizations (NGOs) demand the right to produce cheaper generic versions of patented pharmaceuticals, the big pharmaceutical
The accident of the discovery of penicillin (the first antibiotic) has been described as one of the luckiest that ever occurred in medicine. Since the discovery of penicillin other antibiotics, such as streptomycin, aureomycin, chloromycetin and terramycin, have been discovered. Each play their part in the service of doctors attacking infections due to bacteria in man.
Some doctors now believe that aspirin can be used to treat many disorders, even heart disease. They say it could be medicine’s most important drug. Simple, old-fashioned aspirin, much maligned, much abused, and certainly over-used, may be heading for unprecedented medical stardom in the 1980s. Indeed, some doctors predict it may become the most important
Do you know what psychiatric drugs can do to you? Because you may not be aware of some of the side effects of your treatment the Mental Patients Union has produced a list of the most commonly used drugs and their side-effects. Don’t be fooled into thinking that they are the symptoms of your illness,
In most workplaces, employees are not at risk from transmission of HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. However, in workplaces where employees have contact with blood or body fluids there is a potential for transmission of these viruses. This code of practice applies to those at highest risk – health care workers, police, prison officers
For many years, we have heard a good deal about the economic and health threat of pesticides in meat. This is the tip of an ever-growing iceberg. Our widespread use of chemicals foreign to the human body, xenobiotics, is a problem that could reach catastrophic proportions unless we learn to live with them sensibly. It