What exactly is propofol? Why Celebs Are Addicted to the “Milk Shot” KpopNews.com

What exactly is propofol? Why Celebs Are Addicted to the “Milk Shot” KpopNews.com

Actor Yo ah in was recently discovered with a shocking amount of propofol, drawing attention to this mysterious drug.

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Propofol is a common word in the news because many celebrities use it, but what exactly is it and why do celebrities keep using it?

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Also called “milk shot” or “amnesia milk” because of its milky-white appearance, propofol is a drug that is injected into the body to lower levels of consciousness and increase forgetfulness, hence it is a commonly used drug. for general anesthesia and sedation. It causes you to feel drunk, dizzy, stoned and out of control of your body.

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When propofol is injected, the GABA receptor, or a neurotransmitter, in the brain responds by preventing excitable signals and suppressing the central nervous system. It makes the body less sore and induces more sleep. It also increases dopamine in the brain, activating the body’s compensatory system and giving propofol users a great sense of pleasure.

Using the standard amount will result in instant sleep, but using just enough to stay awake will induce euphoria, making it mentally addicting for users who want to feel euphoric.

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Propofol acts very quickly; After injection into a vein, it only takes about 30 seconds to kick in and the recovery time is quick. Even a small application gives the feeling of having slept very well and soundly.

Korean celebrities have been abusing the drug since 2011, including the actress Si Yeon ParkSinger Earnand even singers whistling who was found unconscious after taking the drug. Celebrities tend to turn to propofol as they often suffer from insomnia due to irregular sleep schedules due to the nature of their jobs. Because propofol is believed to be more effective than sleeping pills, troubled celebrities suffering from insomnia may become addicted to the drug.

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However, propofol is not a sleep aid and does not induce deep sleep; It’s more like passing out for a moment when users goad you to sleep. Lee Hyun Mook, Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine St Mary’s Hospital in Seoul he claimed that this swindle could lead to trouble.

Propofol itself is not addictive. However, the feeling of waking up from a “good dream” after taking propofol can be a psychologically addictive drug, which can become a problem in society.

-Professor Lee Hyung Mook

According to an article by National Library of MedicineThere is growing evidence that propofol mimics the effects of other addictive substances such as alcohol and nicotine, posing a risk of addiction and even death.

However, the severity of these risks does not prevent propofol from being readily available to medical workers.

With increasing evidence that propofol poses an increased risk of addiction and abuse, hospitals and regulators should consider certifying propofol as a controlled substance to minimize the incidence of morbidity and mortality from its abuse.

– Ming Xiong, Nimisha Shiwalkar, Kavya Reddy, Peter Shin, and Alex Bekker in “Neurobiology of Propofol Addiction and Supporting Evidence: What is the New Development?” In National Library of Medicine

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Experts say many people in Korea tend to use narcotic pain relievers like propofol and fentanyl instead of illicit drugs like cannabis and cocaine. They also expressed concern about the lack of awareness and education about the dangers of overuse of painkillers and drugs like propofol.

Anesthesiology expert Dr. Steven Shafer demonstrates the use of Propofol | AP Photo/Reed Saxon, Piscine

Propofol abuse is not only a problem in Korea, but has been abused in other parts of the world since 1992. Michael Jackson’s death in 2009 was caused by propofol poisoning, further drawing attention to propofol addiction.

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