Parents and Media Reveal Drug Overdose Losses to Save Other Young People

When America’s children are in middle school, high school or college, this is when parents’ hearts should be swelling with pride. This is when these young citizens should be gaining the education that will prepare them for life and for contributions to their communities and country. Instead, too many of our families are dealing with the addictions of their beloved children or, worse yet, their deaths due to overdose or drug-related accident. While this situation has existed for quite some time, it’s just now coming to broad public view. For years, obituaries of teens and young adults who died from…

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Athletes Abusing Stimulants Warned of Summer Overheating Dangers

One of the classes of drugs popular among teens is stimulants. While this class includes illicit stimulants like synthetic cannabis (referred to as Spice, K2 or many other nicknames), it can also include drugs prescribed for what doctors call attention problems. Drugs like Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta and Vyvanse are sought illicitly by some students who think it may give them an edge in their studies. Other teens or young adults who aren’t concerned about studies may want them for an increased ability to party into the night. Ritalin and Concerta are similar chemically to cocaine and Adderall is combination of…

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According to the Oklahoma Department of Education, Drug Abuse is a Factor in the Rising Number of Homeless Children

According to data collected by school districts and reported to the state, thousands of Oklahoma children fall asleep each night on the couches or beds of friends or relatives, hundreds more stay in a hotel or motel, and some even sleep in a shelter or on the streets. Obviously, this surge in homeless students is a great cause for concern among school officials, lawmakers and child advocates, who seek to find answers. According to recent information, it seems that drug abuse and addiction problems may partly be to blame.

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Are There Dangerous Side Effects Connected with Use of Suboxone?

If you’re not familiar with it, Suboxone is the brand name of a drug that is used in the treatment of opiate addiction. It was recently in the news because the young man who shot and killed several people in South Carolina had been recently arrested for possessing Suboxone that wasn’t prescribed for him. Could Suboxone have been involved in mental problems that contributed to his shooting these people? To determine this possibility, it’s necessary to take a closer look at this drug and its side effects. What’s in Suboxone? The primary drug in this formula is buprenorphine, a synthetic…

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DEA Struggles As Production of Street Drug “Moon Rocks” Soars

When considering the extensive and difficult war on drugs, one thing that has always proven to be a challenge for drug enforcement officials is staying abreast of new developments in the manufacture of drug substances. There are, of course, naturally-derived drug substances like heroin, cocaine and marijuana, but there are also a wide variety of synthetic drug substances, like methamphetamine, that must be combated in order to bring about a healthier society. But what happens when the drug manufacturers constantly make subtle shifts to their formulas in order to stay ahead of drug enforcement efforts?

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Is a Drug User Only Hurting Himself?

When pinned down by his family and told that he (or she) needs to go to rehab, many addicted people will complain that the family just needs to leave him alone because, after all, “I’m only hurting myself.” How could the addicted person even say this? After all, it’s obvious to the family that he’s hurting them. Their hearts are breaking. They worry every time the phone rings. Their pocketbooks are emptied after having to cover medical and legal costs of the addicted person, time after time. But to the addicted person, it seems true at that moment. That’s the…

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Support Groups Around the Country Helping Parents of Drug Addicts to Shed the Shame

While few people truly understand the effects of drug use, abuse and addiction, even fewer people consider the full extent of damaging effects these problems can have on an addict’s family members. True, they may not themselves be directly suffering from the physical, mental and emotional effects caused by the ingestion of drug substances, but there is no doubt that they are suffering mental and emotional effects as a result of their loved one’s drug abuse and addiction. Not the least of these effects is a feeling of guilt or shame – that perhaps one either drove their loved one…

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Four Marijuana-related Deaths Reveal the Dangers of High Potency

Marijuana is a controversial subject any way you look at it. On one side, NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) and other pro-marijuana groups claim that the drug is pretty harmless. On the other side, prevention groups describe its dangers. Some groups even say that the potency of marijuana hasn’t really increased all that much. Has it or hasn’t it? Below are a couple of charts that show this increase.     The first chart shows the average percentage of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC, the primary intoxicating ingredient) of seized marijuana samples from the 1970s through 2008.

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University of Buffalo Reports that Drug Abuse Could Triple Annual ER Visits

The purpose of regular health check-ups with a primary care physician is for an individual to take the opportunity to maintain good health throughout their life. Obviously, emergencies do happen, but the overall goal of maintaining one’s good health is to greatly reduce the chances of this happening. Unfortunately, health care is not usually at the forefront of a drug abuser’s mind. In fact, they may have little attention on their overall health and well-being until something dramatic occurs, at which point their health requires emergency care.

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Is a Hospital Survey Worsening Our Addiction Problem?

When we see a doctor, we want to think that the doctor is deciding on the best care to make us healthy again. But what if that doctor was under pressure to change what he recommends for us? Surely that could not be good for the patients of any doctor under that kind of pressure. Perhaps it could even make some patients worse instead of better. A news story from Tennessee shows that something as simple as a survey the federal government requires for Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement could set up a series of events that result in more addictive…

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