Drug Addiction

cocaine, marijuana, meth, opium, heroin, crack cocaine, speed

Cocaine Addiction and Treatment

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Memory may draw addicts back to cocaine

Nostalgia may be a recovering drug addict's worst enemy. A memory center of the brain acts as an ignition switch for relapse into cocaine addiction, scientists suggest in the May 11 SCIENCE.

The researchers electrically stimulated the hippocampus in the brains of formerly drug-addicted rats. The treatment reignited powerful cravings for cocaine.

Pot, Weed, Ganja, Marijuana Addiction

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Marijuana use leads to other drugs. It's not uncommon for marijuana use to lead to other drugs

This column is written by Dr. Robert Peterson with the help of staff at the Poison Centre at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario. These questions are based on calls received at the poison centre

QUESTION: I'm unhappy with the response you gave on the question of marijuana addiction. My son became addicted to marijuana and went on to use other drugs.

Narcotics Anonymous

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Narcotics Anonymous bases its 'treatment' on Hugs Not Drugs

They meet every Monday night at the Credit Valley Hospital but in this place of healing, the only medicine they need is each other.

They are the Mississauga "fellowship" of Narcotics Anonymous. Formed in July, 1986, the group of four or five regulars has mushroomed to a weekly attendance of more than 30.

Drug Abuse

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Awareness kit helps parents fight drug abuse

Tragic memories brought tears to Pat Tyrell's eyes this week as she watched local school board officials unveil their latest drug-prevention strategy -- an awareness kit for parents.

''There was nothing like this when my son got involved in drugs,'' she said softly during a break in the presentation. ''There were no support groups, nothing available in the schools, and very little from the police. We were totally alone, and we had no idea what to do.''

Crystal Meth: Pain, ecstasy, addiction Series

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Considered a plague in most of the U.S and Western Canada, Crystal Meth use in Ontario is on the rise. While not yet the problem it is elsewhere, the drug can still destroy lives, such as the life of a 19-year-old St. Catharines woman struggling to get clean.

The first sensation was the white-hot, paralysing pain, as though jagged shards of glass were trying to burst from behind her eyes.

She could do nothing but sit still, moan and pinch the bridge of her nose.

"I couldn't believe how much it hurt," she says. "I just prayed for the pain to go away. I didn't like it."

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