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The designer drug "Ecstasy," or MDMA, causes long-lasting damage to brain areas that are critical for thought and memory, according to new research findings in the June 15 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience.
Alcohol is a DOWNER that reduces activity in the central nervous system. The alcohol intoxicated person exhibits loose muscle tone, loss of fine motor coordination, and often has a staggering "drunken" gait.
Morphine is a narcotic analgesic. Morphine was first isolated from opium in 1805 by a German pharmacist, Wilhelm Sertürner.
Today Ecstasy is most often distributed at late-night parties called "raves", nightclubs, and rock concerts.
Hydrocodone is an effective
antitussive (anti-cough) agent, and as an opiate it is also an effective analgesic
for mild to moderate pain control. Five mg of Hydrocodone is equivalent to 30
mg of codeine when administered orally. Early comparisons concluded that Hydrocodone
and morphine were equivalent for pain control in humans. However, it is now
considered that a dose of 15 mg (1/4 gr) of Hydrocodone is equivalent to 10
mg (1/6 gr) of morphine. Hydrocodone is considered to be morphine-like in all
Hydrocodone abuse is an
increasing trend in non-chronic pain suffering persons. The abuser of these
drugs has been shown not to be the inner city youth, but instead a famous actor,
a suburban real estate agent, or your next door neighbor. First time abuse of
these drugs has been surging, most commonly with the oxycodone and Hydrocodone
type painkillers. The two differ slightly in their chemical makeup but have
a similar effect on the body.
Hydrocodone side effects
include but are not limited to:
- decreased mental &
- difficulty breathing
- difficulty urination
- dry throat
- emotional dependence
- exaggerated feeling of
- extreme calm (sedation)
- exaggerated sense of
- mental clouding
- mood changes
- nausea & vomiting
- tightness in chest
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