Drug Profile: Peyote

Drug Profile on the Drug Peyote

Though used in religious ceremonies and medicine for several thousands of years among Native Indians in Mexico and North American tribes, peyote and its psychedelic abilities have always sparked controversy. The U.S. government attempted to ban its use but was met with strong resistance from native tribes. Today, the Native American Church uses it legally in its religious… Read More

Drug Profile: LSD

Drug Profile - LSD - Abuse Addiction and Treatment

First developed in 1938 by Albert Hofmann, LSD, or “lysergic acid diethylamide,” was first discovered while Hofmann was working with a fungus. Hofmann experimented with doses and experienced the world’s first intentional “acid trip.” In the 1950’s LSD acid was used as part of the CIA’s MK-Ultra project. Today, LSD is a Schedule I Controlled Substance, as defined… Read More

Drug Profile: Focalin

Focalin Drug Profile - Abuse, Addiction and Treatment

Focalin is a central nervous system stimulant that is manufactured in three different strengths. Doctors prescribe Focalin for the treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Some consumers may recognize the drug by its generic name: dexmethylphenidate ER. When taken as prescribed, Focalin isn’t likely to be habit-forming; however, by increasing the dose without a doctor’s recommendation, individuals run… Read More

Drug Profile: Ultram

Drug Profile of Ultram

Ultram is a synthetic opioid that is prescribed to treat moderate-to-severe forms of pain. Other brand names for Ultram include “Conzip,” “Ultracet,” “Ryzolt,” and “Rybix.” Like other opioids, Ultram can be habit-forming, so prescribing physicians must carefully monitor patients who take this drug, or prescribe it in conjunction with other medications. Because the drug has traditionally been associated… Read More

Drug Profile: Morphine

Morphine Profile

Since the early 19th century, patients struggling with pain have relied on morphine as a powerful pain reliever. Named after Morpheus, the Greek god of dreams, morphine is reported to provide a euphoric experience. By the late 19th century, physicians began to recognize the addictive properties of the opioid. Today, morphine is a Schedule II Controlled Substance, as… Read More

Drug Profile: Kratom

Kratom Drug - Drug Profile

In comparison to other drugs, like cocaine and heroin, kratom is relatively unknown in the United States and, accordingly, is not yet considered a controlled substance and has no official schedule determination. Statistics indicate that only around five million Americans partake in kratom – just 1.5% of the U.S. population. Used both to get high as well as… Read More

Drug Profile: Ephedrine

Ephedrine - Drug Profile

If the name “ephedrine” sounds familiar to you, it may be because you have some familiarity with pseudoephedrine (Sudafed). Pseudoephedrine was a standard antihistamine used to treat sinus colds and allergy symptoms, before becoming heavily regulated due to its potential (as a precursor to methamphetamine) to be abused. Ephedrine is the natural form of Sudafed, with more specialized… Read More

Drug Profile: Tramadol

Drug Abuse and Addiction . - Tramadol

Is Tramadol a Narcotic – Is Tramadol an Opioid? Tramadol is a habit-forming drug that is often prescribed for the purposes of pain management. But tramadol also poses serious side effects and high risks for addiction. The drug is both a type of opioid and a narcotic, abuse of which can lead to overdose and life-threatening complications. Identifying… Read More

The 5th Vital Sign: How Treating Pain Contributed to the Opioid Epidemic

How treating pain contributed to the opioid epidemic

In medicine, there are four key vital signs: temperature, pulse, respiration and blood pressure. However, in many ways, pain is often seen as a phantom fifth vital sign. After all, a doctor’s oath quite literally states “First, do no harm,” and what is more harmful than pain? As such, keeping patients pain-free and comfortable has become a central… Read More

Drug Profile: OxyContin

Oxycontin - Drug Profile - Abuse, Addiction and Treatment

“OxyContin” is a type of painkiller that may be prescribed for the treatment of acute pain as well as some forms of chronic pain. OxyContin is the brand name for the drug “oxycodone hydrochloride.” It’s sometimes referred to as “oxycodone OxyContin” as a result. The drug is an opioid and a narcotic, which means it can be addictive—… Read More