Parents Would Never Guess That Prescription Drug Abuse Abetted By Family And Friends

*+-Parents may spend plenty of time talking to their children about the dangers of drinking and driving and some may warn their kids against smoking marijuana. But few take the time to advise their children to stay away from prescription drugs. One survey from April 2011 showed that 81% of parents were talking to their kids about alcohol, 77% about marijuana, but only 23% about the dangers of abusing prescription drugs [ref: http://www.justice.gov/dea/speeches/120301_testimony.pdf] And since prescription drugs are legal substances when prescribed by a doctor, teens largely have the attitude that they must not be as harmful as street drugs…

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Conversion From Prescription Drugs To Street Opiates Means Heroin Abuse Worse With First Time Users Younger

*+-As amazing as it might seem, there are some heroin users who maintain their addictions over decades. They become accustomed to dealing with the varying potency of heroin and any overdoses that occur are never bad enough to kill them. A heroin addict may manage to maintain a habit for forty years although he or she will probably live a marginal life of homelessness and criminality. There are other heroin addicts that, once they get going, decline into an unhealthy state quickly and then there are those who overdose and lose everything. The Switch from Prescription Drugs to Street Drugs…

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Surprise For Parents When Study Finds Most Alcohol Drug Abuse Starts In Teen Years

*+-It’s so common for teenagers to cleverly hide their substance abuse from their parents that those people who should be the first to know may be among the last. Parents are not on the lookout for a study that finds most alcohol, drug abuse starts in teen years. Many parents feel unprepared to educate their children on underage drinking or drug use. One survey found that 28% of parents felt that there is very little parents can do to prevent their children from using alcohol, for example. But still, most parents try. At least they do when it comes to…

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Opiate Addiction Now Takes Many Forms But Cannot Successfully Be Treated with More Drugs

*+-Thirty years ago, opiate addiction had a very limited range. Most opiate addicts were simply using heroin. A few might be abusing morphine and in a few regions, addicts might have access to opium. In recent years, this landscape has changed entirely. In the last couple of decades, there has been an enormous swing to prescription opiates but the effects of the addiction that results is little different from the earlier ones. Opiate addiction now could involve fentanyl, a painkiller said to be 50 times stronger than heroin, or the well-known and widely abused Oxycontin. Oxycontin abuse has been so…

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Teen Deaths Related to Prescription Drug Abuse Skyrocket

*+-In April 2012, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released some startling statistics on the number of teens being lost to prescription drug abuse. Between the years 2000 and 2009, the number of children losing their lives to poisoning went up 90%. The CDC stated that the major reason for this increase is the growing abuse of prescription drugs by teens. It’s doubtful that parents perceive that teen deaths related to prescription drug abuse skyrocket. They may only see that their child died, or perhaps they were lucky and their child was simply rushed to an emergency room…

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Saving Our Youth: Study Finds Most Alcohol, Drug Abuse Starts in Teen Years

*+-Recent surveys of teens and young adults have turned up a startling new fact. More than one study finds most alcohol, drug abuse starts in teen years. Just when our young people should be getting educations and preparing for their lives, many are starting to abuse alcohol and drugs and risking addiction. There are several situations that increase a teen’s risk for abusing drugs or alcohol. These are when: The young person is depressed He or she suffers from low self-esteem The young person manifests early signs of aggressive behavior He or she feels rejected socially Parents do not provide…

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Marijuana Use Among Teens More Common than Cigarette Smoking While Alcohol Use Goes Down

*+-What parents want for their children and what children are doing with their lives still seem to be on divergent paths. Parents generally want their kids to learn job skills or to prepare for careers, and to proceed safely through life until they develop enough experience to have good judgment. But more teens are now smoking marijuana, not exactly on the path that parents might choose. In fact, marijuana use among teens is more common than cigarette smoking according to the most recent survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, there are a couple of good signs.…

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It’s No Surprise that Drug Use Goes Up as Jobs Go Away

*+-Reports from Florida show that when economic stresses mount related to unemployment, more people may be reaching for a pill. Particularly, in this region, OxyContin obtained illicitly, as from a drug dealer or by theft. Or it could be obtained by doctor shopping or prescription fraud. Whatever the method a person uses to get the drug, one thing is certain. The drug is seriously addictive. Speed of addiction does vary somewhat from person to person. Some people may dabble in OxyContin for awhile without being trapped but for many people, it may only take a few uses before the cravings…

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Why it’s Not Surprising that Heroin Use Soars for Suburban Teens

*+-Recent news reports are describing the increases in heroin abuse among American teenagers. These are not urban teens but suburban ones. Heroin rates in large Northeastern cities have always been higher than in suburbs or rural areas but that trend has been changing. Parents who moved their children out to the suburbs where they thought their kids would be safer are finding that heroin seems to have followed them to their new homes. But if you have been tracking with the changes in drug abuse in the last few years, it’s no surprise that heroin use soars for suburban teens.…

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Chronic Alcohol Abuse is an International Problem that Just Won’t Go Away

*+-Alcohol abuse and addiction could be the world’s oldest drug problem. But excessive drinking and alcohol abuse continue to be serious problems that cause illness and kill people every year. The World Health Organization estimates that more than two million people lose their lives each year for reasons that relate to their chronic alcohol abuse. Accidents, illness and direct overdoses contribute to these deaths. In April 2012, the World Health Organization encouraged communities to pay more attention to chronic alcohol abuse, as it contributes to so many deaths. In fact, in the Western Pacific region, alcohol is considered to be…

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