Abstract #57: An overview on methamphetamine use disorder

Kristie M. Torres, Amanda I. Rodríguez, Isabel Castellanos, Patricia Torres, and Alexander Acevedo University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, San Juan, PR. Methamphetamine is a widely abused psychostimulant with the second-highest prevalence of drug abuse after cannabis, with approximately thirty-five million users worldwide. The molecule was first synthesized from ephedrine in 1893 by a […]

Abstract #56: Alcohol: Una droga de abuso con implicaciones sociales y de salud

Rolon, J., Aran, A., Irizarry, C., Santos, S., Urdaz, J. University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, San Juan, PR. El alcohol como sustancia de uso generalizado ha tenido un largo recorrido histórico, desde sus inicios hace 30,000 años hasta la actualidad. Desde sus usos medicinales y religiosos en culturas antiguas, su uso ha evolucionado […]

Abstract #55: Xanax Addition: A Discussion of its Effects and the Importance of Awareness

G. Rodríguez, P. Carrasquillo, K. Luna, J. Mercado, A. Cedeño University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, San Juan, PR. Addiction and drug abuse are common social problems that are shared across the globe. However, this topic is often limited to certain illicit drugs. Medicines such as barbiturates, benzodiazepines, and amphetamines are prescribed drugs that […]

Abstract #54: Cocaine Use: Knowledge, Treatment, and Prevalent Social Problems at Present

Caroline Casiano-Rivera¹, Ian Díaz-Nieves¹, Ilanis Rodriguez-Torres¹, Paola Rolán-Otero¹, Omaris Vélez- Acevedo¹ 1 Department of Biology, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus Cocaine is a powerful stimulant with a high potential for abuse. Chronic use of cocaine causes changes in the brain’s mesocorticolimbic system. Currently, there is a gap in translating researchbased information to current […]

Abstract #53: History of heroin as a drug of abuse, effects on the individual, and impact on public health in Puerto Rico and the United States

Cristhian Negrón Rodríguez, Ana Figueroa Vázquez, Amanda Morales Rivera, Rosario Loperena, and Marcel De Jesús Vega Heroin addiction is currently a significant health crisis that affects millions of people in the United States and Puerto Rico, for which effective treatments are yet to be developed. Due to this ongoing health crisis and to educate about […]

Abstract #52: Neuroboricuas PUCPR: Neuroscience pioneers in the south of Puerto Rico

Moreu Muñiz, Fabiola; Rivera Avilés, Nilenid; Rivera Vélez, José; Merced Torres, Ivián; Cruz Torres, Emmanuel The southern area of Puerto Rico (PR) has very few opportunities of scientific nature, even less so when it comes to Neuroscience. This lack of neuroscience knowledge is reflected in schools, universities, and throughout the whole population. Due to this […]

Abstract #51: MDMA

Kianie M. Cruz-Rosado, Fernando J. Figueroa-Otero, Courtney A. George-Félix, Krystal Guardiola-Flores, and Rosely A. Malavé-Hernández Department of Biology, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus La droga de abuso 3,4-metilendioxi-metanfetamina o mejor conocida como MDMA o Éxtasis fue fabricada por una empresa alemana en el 1912. Aunque fue originalmente creada para el control de hemorragias, […]