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Driving Under the Influence

Posted on: June 27th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments

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For the safety of yourself and everyone else on the road, it is a good rule to never drive under the influence of any drug. However, there are many misconceptions among drug users who believe that they may be more capable of driving while using certain drugs. The reality is that every drug can impair your ability to drive safely and some may be even more deadly than others.

People may believe that only depressants like alcohol can impair your driving but operating a vehicle under the influence of stimulants like cocaine and methamphetamines can also be extremely risky. Cocaine may keep you awake but it also causes high risk behavior as users feel the world around them seems frustratingly boring. They might start turning in front of other vehicles, speeding and putting themselves in danger with inattentive driving.

Those who functionally use marijuana on a daily basis may believe that they can safely drive after smoking but the reality is that it can be deadly. To make matters worse, people are increasingly driving with marijuana and alcohol both in their system which can lead to catastrophic accidents. Marijuana is a hallucinogen which can deteriorate your cognitive function and alcohol can increase the absorption of marijuana making it a dangerous combination.

Amidst the opioid crisis people may not realize that driving under the influence of painkillers can be dangerous as well. Low doses of the drugs may not be as harmful but a high dose of opioids in a driver’s system can lead to serious impairments. Other drugs like PCP and LSD can also have fatal consequences while driving.

It is never safe to drive a vehicle while under the influence of any drug, no matter what the effects and your own personal tolerance.

Ecstasy and Memory Problems

Posted on: June 20th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments

 

Ecstasy and Memory Problems

People who frequently use “party drugs” like ecstasy may be causing serious damage to their brain and memory according to a recent study. The club drug MDMA or ecstacy can cause problems to immediate and short term memory even if it is taken less than once a month over the course of a year. Users may not immediately notice the effects and will most often be unaware of their issues with memory until permanent damage has taken place.

Memory issues caused by ecstasy are associated with damage to the hippocampus which is the area of the brain that is responsible for memory. Those involved in the study used an average of 33 ecstasy pills a year but damage was shown to occur after using only 10 pills in one year. The study raised concerns about the negative and damaging effects of MDMA even when used over a relatively short period of time.

Although memory problems are a major concern, there are other issues that can affect the health of ecstasy users. The drug is often taken in combination with a number of other drugs including alcohol and cocaine. Combining these drugs can be dangerous especially when taken in a party environment where people often get dehydrated and are at risk for all kinds of physiological issues.

Ecstasy also often leads people to engage in risky behaviors that can harm their health such as unprotected sex and driving under the influence The drug can also be highly addictive and the more of it the person consumes, the greater risk they have for damaging their body and brain. Even occasional use of ecstasy can be very dangerous and it can be difficult to reverse the damage caused by the drug.

This new study reveals the harmful effects of ecstasy and the need for users to end even recreational use to preserve their memory and cognitive function.

What is an Accidental Overdose?

Posted on: March 18th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments
What is an Accidental Overdose?

Most cases of drug overdose that are not fatal are considered accidental overdoses unless the person was attempting suicide. When a person dies from an overdose the medical examiner will need to determine whether the overdose was intentional or unintentional. If a person’s overdose is determined to be intentional then it can be assumed the individual was committing suicide.

An accidental overdose can come in many different forms depending on the type of drug the person used and their intention in taking it. In many cases if the person is an addict they may have taken more than their own tolerance could handle and end up overdosing. This happens frequently when users attempt to quit for a period of time and then start using the amount that they used to without realizing that they have lost their tolerance.

In other cases of overdose the person may have taken the drug accidentally because it was laced with something else or they mistakenly thought it was another substance. This is also a case where the person does not have a tolerance for the drug and their system cannot handle it. A less common occurrence but equally dangerous situation is when another person gives them a dangerous drug either intentionally or unintentionally and they are poisoned.

The only incidence where an overdose is not considered accidental is when a person purposefully takes too much of a drug because they intend to end their own life or otherwise harm themselves. Being aware of the dangers of a particular drug, always knowing what you are taking and evaluating your own tolerance can help prevent accidental overdose.

Driving Under the Influence