Pharmaceuticals, Public Health

Antibiotic Resistance

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

Mental Health

Antidepressants

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

Public Health

Opioid Crisis

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