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You Can Recover from Heroin

Heroin Addiction

As a derivative of opium, heroin is a drug that has been plaguing people for thousands of years. It’s been used ritually and religiously, but in today’s world, its use is anything but religious. Now it is part of international drug trafficking and drug dealing, some of the most insidious forces on earth.

Drug traffickers moving heroin have no desire other than the making of money. Those using heroin suffer addiction, illness, degradation and sometimes death unless they can find help recovering from the addiction. Narconon centers around the world have been helping heroin addicts recover for more than four decades.

There are many heroin drug rehabs other than Narconon, but what makes Narconon unique is that the program is completely drug free. Many other heroin drug rehabs employ synthetic opiates that prevent withdrawal pains and sickness and enable a person to live a law-abiding life but do not bring the freshness and clarity of a fully drug-free life.

The heroin drug rehab offered by Narconon centers on six continents start by providing nutritional support during withdrawal. There are two reasons for this. The first is that heroin addicts are normally in rough physical condition when they arrive because they have neglected their person needs, often for a very long time. The second reason is that drugs such as heroin burn up nutrients in the body so they are likely to be ever further depleted than they otherwise would be.

When they go into withdrawal, the body discomfort that is being covered up by the heroin use is going to show up very uncomfortably without this support. The nutrition provided as soon as the person walks in the door begins to work its way into muscles and tissues, helping to alleviate the worst of the sickness, reduce cramps and spasms and lift the person’s mood.

When the person has successfully completed withdrawal, their heroin drug rehab will continue by practicing communication skills that once again engage them with the environment and the people around them – abilities normally lost during addiction. A thorough detoxification process follows, employing a low-heat sauna, moderate exercise and the exact supplements that enable a body to flush out residues of past heroin use. Once these residues have been eliminated, those completing this step say they can think more clearly, have more energy and that their cravings are much less noticeable. Some people even say that their cravings for more heroin are gone.

Recover from Heroin

Heroin drug rehab can result in a drug-free life without cravings and with a restoration of drug-free life skills, morals, personal integrity and positive values. Heroin drug rehab at Narconon proves that recovery does not have to involve the use of synthetic opiates administered for years.

For forty-five years, heroin addicts have been finding clean and sober lives at Narconon centers. If you or someone you love is seeking heroin drug rehab, you can do no better than to contact your closest Narconon center and let them help you on your road to recovery.

Heroin Use Soaring Suburban Teens Most At Risk

A new trend is happening with teens concerning drug use; and it’s not underage drinking, marijuana or synthetic drug use. The drug of choice for teens has just become heroin. And the number of teens using the drug is shocking.

Many might think that heroin is a drug only taken by the homeless or those from inner cities or that “grew up poor.” Heroin use, however is affecting middle class suburban teens all over American with the result being devastation for users and families alike.

If you are a parent, you should be concerned. The drug is popping up in schools and throughout social media conversations and across America. This article will give you the tools you need to determine if you need has been exposed to this problem. It will also give you directions on what do to if your child is using the drug.

How Do I Know If My Teen Is Using Heroin

The first thing as a parent that you want to know is how to determine if there is a problem happening with your teenager. There are specific characteristics will start showing up which include:

1.    Your teen will experience dryness of mouth.
2.    Their pupils will be noticeably smaller or constricted.
3.    There will be behavioral changes in the teen’s mood.
4.    The individual will be breathing heavy like seems to be out of breath
5.    He or she maybe forgetting where they were or have spotty memory while high on the drug.
6.    They will have kind of a drooping appearance.

There are certain tell tail signs that you will start noticing.  The first might be the appearance of your teen certain changes in your teens face such as dark circles under the eyes like they haven’t been sleeping for long periods of time. Another might be the teens overall posture. If they start to slump over instead of having a good posture and suddenly they seem to be weak or have been losing a lot of weight in a short period of time but not from exercising. Your teen might also start wearing more cloths that hide and cover up the marks that might be source of where they are injecting. This includes wearing long sleeves in summer month, during hot weather to cover up IV use.

Also you notice that teens will become a little more anti-social than usual always wanting to spend time by themselves. When they are out of the home and you might ask, “where have you been” and they get very defensive and start lying about where they’ve been. These are all signs of where to start when looking to see if your teen is a heroin user.

What To Do With A Teen Who Has A Heroin Problem

The first thing to do is to find out for sure that your teen is using heroin. Drug testing could also be used to determine if there is a problem. Then review the signs above and also look for paraphernalia like:

•    Bags of light brown powder
•    Needles
•    Spoons
•    Razor blades and straws or rolled up dollar bills that indicate that the teen is snorting the drug.
•    Belts or straps to tighten the arm for IV use.

As heroin hits the suburbs, data shows that an alarming number of teens are using it. Your teen could be among the 3% of teens who end up using heroin and get hooked on this terrible drug. Contact Narconon Hawaii right away.

The site offers information and ideas on what you need to do to help your teen if they are struggling with heroin use or if they need education or prevention so they don’t start using in the first place.

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Early Drinking Puts Kids at Greater Risk For Alcohol Abuse Later In Life

Let’s face it. Alcohol is a recreational drug that is socially accepted. There are commercials for it that play on every commercial break of every American sporting event dating back to our Grandpa’s days. It is served at parties, weddings, holidays, and almost every social gathering these days. It’s what draws people into dance clubs on the weekends.

However, the fact remains that it is a dangerous drug and highly addictive. There are a great deal of people in the US that are binge drinkers and do so often. What leads to binge drinking? A recent study shows that one factor is drinking at a young age. People are much more likely to be become alcohol abusers because a parent or friend bought them alcohol at an early age.

Are Parents To Blame

Parents are actually fueling the problem by allowing or even assisting their children in drinking alcohol. It has become so socially acceptable that this is the new norm. In Decades past, parents would often explain to their kids the dangers of alcohol and statistics show the difference.

Even though underage drinking is illegal, 11 percent of America’s alcohol is consumed by people ages 12 to 20 years of age. Of those underage drinkers, 90 percent are binge drinking.

Another recent survey showed that 42 percent of high school students drank alcohol in the past 30 days. That 24 percent were binge drinking in the past 30 days. Another 10 percent drove after drinking, while 28 percent rode in a car of someone who had been drinking.

Drinking Leading To Other Dangers

An English paper recently reported the link to alcohol and violence in young women. The number of teenage girls involved in gangs and other violent actions in Britain has been on the rise and it has been linked to early alcohol use by these young girls.

Another problem that the paper report is that gangs are sexually exploiting these young girls. According to the story, 6,000 girls were being sexually exploited by gangs in Britain last year. Alcohol played a key role in that number being as high as it is.

There are other varying degrees of problems associated with alcohol. Here are some of the dangers that parents should be informing their children about. Alcohol abuse can cause any of these issues:
•    Academic issues like poor grades and trouble concentrating.
•    Social problems, such as fighting with peers.
•    Arrests for drunk driving or hurting someone while drunk.
•    Sickness, like hangovers or illnesses.
•    Unwanted sexual experiences.
•    Physical and sexual assault.
•    A higher risk for suicide and homicide.
•    Alcohol-related car accidents and other injuries, like burns, collisions, or drowning.
•    Gateway to other drugs.
•    Changes in brain development that can have effects later in life.
•    Death from alcohol poisoning.

The bottom line is just this: people who start drinking before age 15 years are five times more likely to have alcohol dependence and/or abuse later in life than individuals who begin drinking at or after 21 years of age, according to studies.

Please contact Narconon Hawaii or one of our other locations if you or anyone you know is struggling with an alcohol problem. We have people standing by to answer any questions you have on how to get on the path to recovery.


Pot Use During Development Teenage Years May Lower IQ Study Shows

Most of us have heard of “Stoners” or “Pot Heads”, the slang terms for frequent marijuana users. Along with these names comes the image of a person that seems burnt out on life and not achieving much or reaching their goals. Though this may be the picture drawn in the minds of those of us that don’t use this drug, what about the claims from America’s youth that smoke marijuana and say that it doesn’t negatively affect them? What is true?

Does long-term marijuana use lower IQ and cause harm to a person’s intelligence?

The Study Done On Long Term Marijuana Use

The results of a new study show that frequent and long-term use of marijuana beginning in the teenage years can potentially lead to lower IQ. Specifically, the study has found an eight-point decrease in IQ in those who begin using marijuana before the age of 18 and continue to use it frequently. This eight-point decline was not observed in marijuana users who started smoking pot in their early adulthood or later on in life. The study shows that long-term use of marijuana can cause harm to some thinking abilities, like memory, attention span, intelligence, etc.

Experts believe that many young people are under the impression that using marijuana is not as bad as using other illegal drugs because it is risk free. This problem is compounded by the fact that experts also believe that teens are particularly vulnerable to the long-term damage caused by the use of this drug. Is the false idea among youth that this drug does not cause negative effects caused by the fact that they have not yet directly experienced the long-term damage for themselves?

More Specifics From The Study

The study was conducted in New Zealand as part of a health study on 1,000 adult participants that were followed from birth. IQ tests were performed at ages 38, 13, 11, 9 and 7 years. The IQ scores taken of the participants at age 13 (before most of the participants had ever used marijuana) was compared to those at 38 (when many of the participants had used the drug). Also used as data in the study was questionnaires taken by family members or close friends when the participants were 38 years old. The purpose of the questionnaires was to see if the participants had any difficulty with memory, attention, etc.

Though the average of an eight-point decline in IQ could not be explained by the use of alcohol, other drugs or having any less education. However, what was observed was this average drop of IQ in those that began smoking marijuana in their teenage years and then continued to use the drug for many years thereafter.

Unfortunately, the questionnaires in the study also showed that frequent and early use of marijuana in participants also proved to cause those participants to have more problems with attention and memory.

Narconon Discusses The Necessity Of Youth Education

Nobody dreams of one day being less intelligent, less able to remember things or think through the problems they are handed in life. Who wants more difficulties and smaller chances of success? The organization and the site states that teenagers need to be informed of the results of this study and the dangers of smoking marijuana if they wish to lead happy and productive lives.

The idea behind this is if our youth are more informed, they will be less likely to try this drug and suffer the damaging effects.

For more information on marijuana or other illegal drugs, visit

College Drinking Spikes Among Freshmen

When teens first make their way off to college, they are often filled with an overwhelming sense of liberation and freedom. They are taking their first steps in the world on their own, away from mom and dad.  They are ready to try new things, taste life. One of those things that they will most likely be trying a lot of is alcohol.

Most adults understand that excessive drinking can lead to death caused by alcohol poisoning, as well as injuries, assaults, date rapes, arrests, academic failure and many other problems.  Good luck convincing an 18 year old freshman that college is not all about drinking, though.

Experts report that during the first few weeks of college freshman are much more likely to be harmed by something alcohol related. The likeliness is especially high in college freshmen, most of which feel that excessive drinking is typical behavior in college and so behave that way.

College Alcohol Related Statistics

Parents of college students have good reason for worry. According to one study, 44 percent of college students binge drink often, many of which end up with alcohol related injuries or accidents.  Another report indicates that every year over 1,800 college students between the ages of 18 and 25 die due to alcohol related incidents. Alcohol is also responsible for nearly 600,000 injuries, 700,000 assaults and 100,000 rapes annually.

There are also lots of dollars being spent due to alcohol on campus. Each year, for every college of about 40,000 students, emergency rooms are spending $500,000 on alcohol related injuries and blackout victims.

One college with an enrollment of 59,000 students reported 679 students cited for alcohol violations. 49 were taken to the hospital for excessive drinking while another 29 were arrested for drunk driving.  There are spikes in these activities at the beginning of each semester.

More on the Spike

Experts conducted a survey on 77,000 college freshmen coming onto their campuses for the first time.  It was found that not only were they drinking more in the fall than in the summer, but that they were also drinking more in a shorter period of time.
It was found that generally freshmen generally shifted up one category. That is, non-drinkers became light drinkers and light drinkers became binge drinkers.  In fact it was found that only 8 percent were heavy drinkers at the beginning of summer and that the number grew to 28 percent heavy drinkers by the end of fall.

Parents Can Help With Drug Rehab Meetings

Studies have shown that parents talking to their kids about these dangers can greatly reduce the chance that your child will become one of those statistics. It is an important thing to get involved with you kids on this subject rather than let them fend for themselves. You can even set up drug rehab meetings in your family or drug awareness talks that give real information on the dangers and side effects of most drugs. Using videos is also a good tool or even having your son or daughter speak to someone who struggled with a substance abuse problem. The more information and communication amongst family members the less of a chance that your child will start down the road to drug abuse and addiction.

If you have a child that is already struggling with alcohol abuse, you can contact Narconon International for advice or any of our residential treatment programs. We are professionals that help thousands and thousands of people yearly and we can answer any questions that you may have to help you or a loved one recover.


Opana Overtakes Oxycontin As Prescription Abuse Surges In US

Humans adapt. This has been proven over centuries of history. They adapt and they survive. This shows to be just as true for the drug abusers in society. When drug enforcement agencies and the pharmaceutical companies make changes to increase the difficulty in obtaining prescription pain medication and altering it to get high, drug addicts find new ways to get their fix. This has been the case with the increase in popularity of Opana as drug abusers found more difficulty in using Oxycontin.

Pharmacy Hold Up

In June of this year, a man walked into a Fort Wayne, Ind., drugstore on a Saturday morning. He was masked and after approaching the pharmacy counter and seeing that it was closed, he left. The man returned an hour later and entered the store across the street, wearing the same mask. The police were waiting as the employees from the first drugstore had reported the occurrence. According to police, he handed the pharmacist a list of drugs written on a napkin and informed the pharmacist that he would kill him if he didn’t give him the drugs. A police officer caught the suspect as he fled from the store, holding the prescription painkillers.

According to a police spokeswoman, the June incident was the 11th pharmacy robbery in Fort Wayne this year, which is an unusually high number of occurrences for a city of 250,000 citizens. In almost every case, the robbers have asked specifically for Opana, a powerful prescription painkiller.

So why the new demand in the use of Opana over Oxycontin in prescription painkiller abusers?

The Change In The Oxycontin Formula

Purdue Pharma, Oxycontin’s manufacturer, changed its formula in an attempt to stop abusers from breaking, crushing or dissolving the pill so that it would be injected or snorted to achieve a high. In fact, with the way the drug has been reformulated, it is nearly impossible to crush, inject or dissolve. Some OxyContin addicts can still abuse the drug by taking larger quantities. However, some users prefer the ability to inject the drug to get high and when the formula changed, they panicked. Internet chat rooms became flooded with addicts trying to find ways to overcome the barriers of the new formula. Opana entered in as the new drug of choice.

No Matter The Brand Prescription Abuse Still Surges In The US

The fact of the matter is, per the White House Office on National Drug Policy, prescription drug abuse is the United States fastest-growing drug problem. The abuse of powerful painkillers has even been classified as an epidemic by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To be blunt, 1.3 emergency room visits related to powerful painkillers took place in 2010, a 115% increase since 2004. In 2008, there were 20,044 overdose deaths from opioid pain relievers, surpassing not only deaths from heroin and cocaine for the first time, but reaching a number greater than all other illicit drugs combined.

Experts from the Narconon drug help program predict that when a new and harder-to-abuse Opana formula is released to deter addicts from abusing the painkiller, addicts may once again turn to heroin. Or another painkiller may be released and will be the next major drug of abuse in the country.

No matter the changes in trends and new drugs, one thing is for certain. That is that those addicted need immediate and professional help. And, more educational efforts need to be made to warn people of the dangers of prescriptions. For more information prescription abuse contact Narconon drug help today.


How To Treat Addiction As It Is Driven By Brain Cells That Control Hunger

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the wave of the future might be to treat drug addicted people with an array of drugs as some think at drug addiction driven by brain cells that control hunger. As featured on NIDA’s website, there are tests being carried out on two new combinations of drugs intended to treat marijuana addiction and cocaine addiction.

Some people question whether or not it’s possible to become physically addicted to marijuana. It is, and the withdrawal symptoms include irritability, sleeplessness, increased appetite and drug cravings. In addition to these symptoms, a person who is addicted to marijuana has grown accustomed to using this drug as a way of dealing with stress, boredom, shyness or other personal problem. In short, he or she is psychologically dependent on the drug.

The proposed medical treatment is to combine lofexidine, a drug to reduce high blood pressure, and dronabinol. Dronabinol is also known as Marinol. It supplies tetrahydrocannabinol – THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. Thus the treatment plan is to give an marijuana addict more marijuana.

This is a similar strategy to methadone or buprenorphine treatment for heroin or opiate addicts. Some people do experience a better quality of life because they are not living criminal lifestyles and injecting contaminated drugs. But neither do they learn what itÕs like to wake up in the morning without any drugs in their bodies. Nor do they learn how to decide to stay sober when faced with temptation.

More Tests for Cocaine Addiction As More Drug Are Actually Considered Solution To Addiction

The more the medical industry can come up with pharmaceutical treatments for addiction, the more customers they will have. In other tests, doctors are using buprenorphine and naltrexone to see if they can treat cocaine addiction. Buprenorphine is an opiate drug, usually used to treat heroin or prescription opiate addiction. Naltrexone is another drug, intended to block the euphoric effect of the buprenorphine.

But every person being treated this way will still be unable to experience life free from drugs; which is also the think that will help them the most to get permanently sober.

Find Out How to Achieve True Recovery With Narconon Drug Rehabilitation

When someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol, what families want most of all is for their loved one to be able to live a productive, enjoyable and drug-free life. When a person who would like to recover from addiction is chained to drugs like dronabinol, lofexidine, buprenorphine or naltrexone, they are not able to enjoy that drug-free life.

No matter if drug addiction driven by brain cells that control hunger or something else, if there were no way to bring about sobriety, these drugs might be an acceptable choice. But forty-five years of bringing addicts back to full sobriety is convincing evidence that recovery is possible without the use of drugs.

At Narconon drug rehabilitation centers around the world, people are recovering from addictions to all types of drugs. From the strongest, most addictive ones to milder drugs that are yet addictive all types of people find lasting sobriety through this long-term program.

While no drugs are ever used as part of treatment at a Narconon center, nutritional supplements are valuable. They help lift mood and support a person’s energy when they first arrive, then more nutritional supplements are used during the sauna detoxification portion of the program.

Seven out of ten graduates of this program stay sober for at least two years after they go home. When nutritional supplements, sauna, exercise, counseling and life skills training do the job, why give drugs?

There are Narconon centers on six continents around the world. The website tells the story of how addiction recovery can be achieved. Visit Narconon drug rehabilitation today to learn how this program can bring your family back together again, free from addiction.


Bath Salts Addiction

Just as addictive as cocaine but you can buy it on line or at a specialty store that is a dangerous combination. The salts contain Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) and mephedrone, psychoactive drugs with stimulant properties. Users snort or smoke the substance to produce a cocaine or meth-like high.

One of the ingredients in bath salts Mephedrone is of particular concern as it presents a high risk for overdose. These chemicals act in the brain like stimulant drugs thus they present a high abuse and addiction liability.

“Bath Salts” (also sold under the guise of plant food) are a threat to human health and public safety, as evidenced throughout the nation in recent months.  Classifying the synthetic drugs marked as bath salts under Schedule I control of the Controlled Substances Act is necessary, detailing health risks and the rise in bath salt ingestion and related medical emergencies through the nation. Some steps are being taken as of July, about 21 states including New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Florida have bans against the so-called bath salt drugs. However there is definitely a lot more work that needs to be done.

Between January and February 2011, there were over 250 calls to U.S. poison centers related to bath salts. This is well over the 236 calls received for all of 2010. That is an enormous increase. Bath salts are a dangerous drug whose full risks and effects are still unknown. What doctors at poison centers have reported is that bath salts can cause rapid heartbeat, high blood pressure, chest pains, agitation, hallucinations, extreme paranoia and delusions.

Bath Salts As Addictive As Their Illegal Alternatives

In an effort test how addictive bath salts can be using a method called intracranial self-stimulation (ICSS) by which lab animals (in this case mice) are implanted with brain stimulating electrodes, researchers have measured the ability of bath salt drug mephedrone (also known as meow meow) and cocaine to activate the reward circuits in the brain.

In the ICSS studies, animals are trained to perform a behavioral task for which they are rewarded by direct stimulation of the brain pathways involved in reward perception. In this instance, the behavioral task was spinning a wheel. Their efforts were measured before, during and after having received various doses of mephedrone and cocaine.
While as expected cocaine increased the ability of mice to be rewarded by self-stimulation, mephedrone does the same thing. It increases the rewarding potency of ICSS just like cocaine does.

The effects of mephedrone on the brain’s reward circuits are comparable to similar doses of cocaine. Research shows that mephedrone likely has significant abuse liability.
Bath salts are dangerous, easily obtainable both in small local stores and online, and the formula used to create the drug can be altered to skirt the law making enforcement and research difficult.

Handling Bath Salts Addiction Through Treatment

Bath salts are a relatively new drug, so it’s hard to know the full long-term effects, but they seem to have many similarities to methamphetamine (meth). Taking a lot of it for a long time can lead to emotional and physical “crash-like” feelings of depression, anxiety and intense cravings for more of the drug.

Since it contains amphetamine-like chemicals, bath salts will always carry the risk of stroke, heart attack and sudden death.

Those addicted have sought relief through treatment. One of the most successful types has been with the Narconon Objectives program which is a drug free, long term part of a residential program offered by Narconon.

For more information on getting someone help who is struggling with bath salts addiction contact us today.


America’s Addiction To Illicit Drugs Declining And Prescription Painkiller Abuse Growing

Regarding America’s drug epidemic, there’s good news and there’s bad news as discovered within the findings of the most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The good news is that we are seeing a decline in the use of illicit drugs. However, as reported by the NY Times, we are now seeing the drug scene move towards the abuse of prescription painkillers. This may or may not come as a surprise to some.

The most current National Survey on Drug Use and Health provides the statistics that back the statement that America is shifting away from illicit drugs and towards prescription painkillers. According to the most current National Survey on Drug Use and Health there were approximately 1.5 million people using cocaine in the previous month, down from 2 million in 2002, and 5.8 million in the mid-1980s. Methamphetamine use followed a similar trend to cocaine. Only heroin, reports the NY Times, was up a little from 213,000 users in 2008 to 239,000 in 2010.

While it’s good news to be actively moving in the direction of cleaning up America’s streets from illicit drugs and there are probably many in the drug enforcement field celebrating this improvement, the increase in the abuse of prescription painkillers is still alarming. The same National Survey on Drug Use and Health found 7 million users of “psychotherapeutics” in the previous month in 2010. Even more startling was the fact that in 2008, there were 36,450 overdose deaths in the United States and of those, 20,044 involved prescription drugs. What you may not realize is that this number is greater than all other illicit drugs combined!

Prescription Drug Abuse Statistics

Here are some basic prescription drug abuse statistics outlining the severity of the current problem:

1.    71 percent of the world’s Oxycodone is consumed by the United States
2.    99 percent of the world’s Hydrocodone is used by citizens of the United States
3.    $234.1 billion was spent on prescription drugs in the United States in 2008, which was more than twice as much as what was spent in 1999
4.    The percentage of Americans that took at least one prescription drug in the past month increased from 44 percent to 48 percent over the last decade
5.    20 percent of Americans over the age of 12 that have admitted to abusing prescription drugs
6.    23 percent of stimulant prescription drug abusers experience depression
7.    56 percent of new prescription drug abusers are over the age of 18
8.    In 2007-2008, 9 out of every 10 older Americans reported using at least one prescription drug in the past month

Prescription drug abuse statistics for teens are just as shocking and include:

1.    17 percent of high school seniors have abused amphetamins
2.    9.3 percent of high school seniors admitted to abusing Vicodin
3.    5 percent of high school seniors admitted to abusing Oxycontin
4.    3 million teenagers will become new prescription drug abusers this year
5.    2 million teenagers reported abusing prescription drugs in 2006
6.    In 2007-2008, 1 out of every 5 children reported using at least one prescription drug in the past month

How Does One Not Develop An Addiction To Painkillers

In a country that pumps out so many pain pills and the use of prescription medication is so rampant, it can be easy for a person to find themselves in a situation where they are addicted to painkillers. According to Narconon center the best cure is to prevent the addiction from ever occurring in the first place. When a painkiller is prescribed by a medical professional, do not be shy or uncertain about getting a second opinion to ensure it is really the best course of action for you to combat whatever pain you are experiencing.

Often times, there are other medical routes and solutions available. If you are already abusing prescription drugs or if you know someone who is, get help immediately. For more information on prescription painkiller addiction, please contact a Narconon center now.


Increasing Marijuana Use by Teens More Common Than Cigarettes Impairs Driving Causes Other Problems

It’s bad enough that teens are smoking marijuana at the highest rate in thirty years, outnumbering even those that smoke cigarettes, but they are often willing to drive after doing so constituting a very dangerous combination.

A new study by Liberty Mutual Insurance and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) showed that more than a third of teens are confident that smoking weed has no effect on them when they drive. It’s no surprise then that about one in five teens reported that they had driven after smoking marijuana. The same numbers of teens think that alcohol doesn’t have a negative effect on driving.

These figures provide an estimate of how much work still needs to be done to protect our young people. When young people have inaccurate perceptions of the effects of drugs or drinking and driving or other demanding activities, they can easily put themselves and others at risk.

The Actual Effects Of Marijuana On Driving

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) catalogs the effects of using marijuana and how a smoker performs in tasks similar to driving. They state that the performance-related effects of using marijuana or other cannabis products are:

Problems with memory or learning

Distorted perceptions including time and distance

Difficulty solving problems

Loss of coordination

Difficulty sustaining attention

Difficulty shifting attention to track with changes in the environment

Impairment of hand-eye coordination.

These effects have been said to last two to four hours. The NHTSA states that there are still traces of these effects 24 hours later.

The Drug Itself Can Impair Understanding Of The Danger

Since marijuana impairs memory, judgment and perception, a person may be unable to drive safely and not also be able to perceive the problem. In confirmation of this fact, the British Medical Journal stated that the chances that a marijuana smoker will get into an accident are three times that of a sober person, if they drive within three hours of smoking pot. While some other studies disagree with this result, the Washington Post reported that in 2011, the number of fatal car accidents involving teens increased in the first half of that year.

The Drug Narconon Program Offers A Lasting Solution

Many people who are having trouble with drugs or alcohol go to rehabs according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, nearly two million are admitted to rehabs that receive public funding each year. More go to private facilities. The tragedy is that many of these rehabs fail to provide the service that enables people to live drug-free. Some programs are so short that the person does not have the time to rebuild a broken life. Many programs count their successes by the number of people who stay on methadone or buprenorphine for months or more likely years. But these people never have the chance to learn to live drug-free.

The drug Narconon program also offer drug prevention services to schools, clubs, civic groups and corporations around the world, helping to convince students that drug use leads to adverse results.

Through the drug Narconon program, on six continents, people who had lost everything that was valuable as a result of addiction are able to rebuild, recover their self-esteem and integrity, and learn to operate off morals and honesty once again. You may have a Narconon center near you that can help someone you love climb back out of the despair of addiction and into a sober, productive life once again. To find out, call 1-800-775-8750 today.