You heard the stories of famous people overdosing in hotel rooms. But, then again, so do regular folks. We bet you never thought much about it. Perhaps you never even asked yourself is there a connection.
An Instagram influencer with a degree in biological science gave an explanation, and it is chilling. Also, backed up by research, and you will be surprised when you learn about the connections between the environment and drug abuse.
Meet science freak and Instagrammer Folake Aina
Folake recently graduated from the University of California Irvine. The young woman loves to share fun and strange science-related facts with her Instagram followers.
One of her 32K followers asked for a biology fact that would surprise everyone. And Aina chose to share little-known facts about drug abuse and overdose.
It is not a pleasant topic, but there is no denying that drugs are everywhere. By talking, trying to understand those who use them, we might one day be able to help.
Folake explained that taking drugs every day at the same place gives your body a fighting chance due to something called an automatically compensatory response.
The same response is responsible for building tolerance. Hence, drug users have to upgrade their doses to feel the same effect of getting high.
So, how does hotel rooms fit into all this?
Folake’s theory is based on Texas A&M University study
The influencer/scientist further explained:
“Your body knows what’s going on and is combating the drug. BUT, if you alter the conditions at which you take the drug, your body doesn’t produce that response. A lot of people experience accidental overdoses JUST because they took a drug in a new location, their body didn’t know the drug was coming and the ‘compensatory response’ never happed.”
Folake ended her gloom, yet fascinating fact by stating:
“So, the amount that would usually get them high actually killed them. It’s also why we see a lot of overdoses in hotel rooms!”
Her conclusion came from a study conducted on Texas A&M University.
Location, or more precisely, environment, is responsible since human bodies don’t know how to react when they are not in a familiar place.
Texas A&M psychologist Antonio Cepeda-Benito, who studied the topic, explained to ScienceDaily:
“If the same amount of a drug is administered in one context and later in another different and distinct context, then the effects of the drug are different.”
“The drug has a much greater effect in a novel context rather than in a context that is associated with the administered drug.”
Cepeda-Benito called this “learned tolerance.”
The study is over a decade old, and Folake’s sharing and observing the topic truly is interesting. It all comes down to learning and recognizing the environment, which is the basis of human nature.
We are impressed with the young lady’s thirst for biology and science. Yet, we cannot help but be creeped out by the ways our bodies work.