I recently wrote a research paper for one of my classes on the problem we are facing with antibiotic resistance. I knew that there was a problem, but only vaguely. I think most of us are acutely aware of the issue. We've have probably all heard of the term "Superbug" and people getting MRSA, but… Continue reading Antibiotic Resistance
While I have been discussing opioids and their effect on the brain I have also been thinking about antidepressants, specifically SSRIs and the role they play within the brain. Prior the 1950s, opioids, amphetamine, and methamphetamines were used to treat depression, until researchers discovered that a lack of the neurotransmitter noradrenaline and serotonin causes depression,… Continue reading Antidepressants
And why are they so addictive? I wanted to take a step back from yesterday's post on the Opioid Crisis to discuss exactly where Opiates come from and how they affect the brain and body. Opiates are drugs that are derived from the Opium plant when the poppy is cultivated, the Sumerians referred to it… Continue reading What are Opiates?
I feel compelled to talk about the mounting opioid epidemic in this country that claimed more lives in one year than the entire Vietnam War. President Trump declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency on October 26, 2017; however, it did not include any additional funds as it was not declared a national emergency,… Continue reading Opioid Crisis