The real dangers of smoking dagga

2015-06-24 09:57

The possession and use of cannabis (dagga) is illegal in South Africa, but despite this the country is ranked as one of the top cannabis producers globally and it is the commonest illicit drug abused in South Africa. Its use can lead to multiple health and psychiatric complications.

Legalising medical marijuana won't up teen consumption

2015-06-18 11:16

The findings of a new study provide strong evidence that marijuana use by teenagers does not increase after a state legalises medical marijuana.

Ritalin abuse runs riot in South African schools

2015-06-12 10:52

As a parent, you may never have considered that your child may be abusing prescription medication, but South African students as young as 16 are snorting and swallowing Ritalin to get high.

Ecstasy may reduce anxiety in terminal patients

2015-05-28 15:00

Cancer patients suffering from debilitating anxiety, fear or depression may find some peace during Ecstasy-influenced psychotherapy sessions.

Drug company will help to find Aids cure

2015-05-12 11:17

GlaxoSmithKline will collaborate with US scientists to develop a cure for Aids, after deciding to keep its HIV drugs business.

New bone-building drug could offer hope to osteoporosis sufferers.

2015-04-17 10:55

A new, once-a-year drug could help reverse some of the negative effects of osteoporosis, offering hope to millions of sufferers worldwide.

Criminalisation of dagga is racist - Cannabis Working Group

2015-04-09 21:16

Keeping the use of cannabis criminalised is racist and deprives people who grow it of an income to support their families, the head of the Cannabis Working Group has said.

100kg of cocaine found in bananas destined for supermarket

2015-04-03 14:58

Czech police have seized a record amount of cocaine in a shipment of bananas.

Mother Kelly Smith-Miller posts about her son Brayden's overdose on Facebook

2015-03-20 10:24

Kelly Smith-Miller of St Louis in Missouri is the mother of a teenage boy who overdosed on heroin and Xanax on 12 March. She wrote an emotional Facebook post to warn other parents and teenagers about the dangers of drug addiction in our teens and the post has gone viral.

It's a fact: we get drunker when we drink with others

2015-03-11 10:24

A new study confirms that the number of friends in your drinking party influences how much you drink and men are particularly guilty of the peer pressure to drink more.


Two arrested after drugs found in bread

2015-06-22 13:20

Two men have been arrested after a customer found drugs hidden in a loaf of bread bought at an informal shop, says Strandfontein station commander Captain Lulama Qavana.

Synthetic dagga is on the rise in the US where it poisons and kills users

2015-06-12 11:28

Synthetic cannabinoid products mimic the active ingredient in marijuana and are sold in the US as herbal products.

Toddlers increasingly exposed to marijuana

2015-06-10 11:36

Kids younger than 3 may accidentally ingest marijuana when it's baked into brownies and cookies.

Flakka: why you should be terrified by this deadly new street drug

2015-05-27 14:51

The man-made drug 'flakka', which is blamed for the deaths of at least 18 people, is probably the most dangerous since the peak of cocaine, warns an epidemiologist.

Substandard drugs undermine fight against malaria

2015-04-21 15:27

Researchers found substandard malaria drugs in 12 percent of samples in Tanzania and in 31 percent in Cambodia, an epicentre of resistance to the drug artemisinin.

Placebo effect works better for some

2015-04-16 10:42

There is evidence that some people's genes may make them more prone to the placebo effect than others – which might change the way medications are prescribed.

Which is the right erectile dysfunction drug for you?

2015-04-08 14:35

There are many erectile dysfunction drugs on the market but do you know which ones are more effective and which have the most side effects?

How to avoid medication overdoses in children

2015-03-30 15:35

An expert offers tips on how to safely administer drugs to kids and preventing accidental overdoses.

New cholesterol drugs may cut heart attack risk by half

2015-03-17 15:08

A new class of experimental cholesterol-lowering drugs may reduce the risk of heart attack and other major cardiovascular problems by half.

13 ways to spot drug use

2015-03-05 12:03

Do you suspect your child of drug abuse? Every parent should know the signs.

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