A Probation Officer Supports The Narconon Of Georgia Program

*+-Drug related crime is something that has caused a major problem in the U.S. The Narconon program has, over the years, worked with many in different enforcement groups to help those who have fallen into crime because of drugs, to get them help through treatment. One of the main groups we work with on a daily basis are probation officers. Sometimes we take to our blog to share good news or “wins” from our program success, graduates or supporters in the community. We recently had a very interesting win from a probation officer that worked with a client who was…

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Marijuana As A Gateway Drug Could Be Causing Nationwide Epidemic

*+-A recent Yale study, which may be viewed online in the Journal of Adolescent Health, concluded that marijuana is definitely a gateway drug. The study focused on data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health from the years 2006, 2007 and 2008 of young adults age 18-25 years old. It found that out of the 12 percent that admitted to abusing prescription drugs, 34 percent said that they had used marijuana in the past. It also showed that alcohol and cigarettes proved to be gateway substances as well. In addition, it found that those who had previously used…

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Why Are Nearly Twenty Percent Of Students Getting High During The School Day

*+-The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse recently conducted a study focused on drug and alcohol use among high school students during the school day. The results were surprising: 17 percent of American high school students are smoking cigarettes, drinking or using drugs during the school day. In addition, 86 percent of the 1,003 students surveyed, said that they knew of classmates who were using drugs or alcohol during the hours of school, while more than half admitted that they knew of places on or close by campus where students could go to smoke, drink or get high. Marijuana…

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A New Kind Of Peer Pressure That Is Fueling Addiction

*+-There is a new kind of peer pressure that teens are faced with today. It is appropriately referred to as digital peer pressure. Social networks such as Myspace, Twitter and Facebook have become so popular that nearly every teen holds accounts with at least one of these websites. Parents may be surprised to hear what their teens are talking about through the use of these networks. In fact, a recent study of more than 10 million online messages, composed by teens within the past year, showed that they commonly talk about partying, using drugs, drinking alcohol and hooking up. Another…

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Problem Of Drinking Amongst College Freshman Not Going Away

*+-College symbolizes independence, higher education, widening horizons.  But for a freshman crossing the campus for the first time, it can be intimidating.  When the stress of the first semester gets to be too much, drinking appears to be the way out. A recent study of 77,000 freshmen at University of North Texas revealed that students tend to drink more coming into fall than in the summer, and they are inclined to drink more in a shorter period of time.  Also, they seem to “move up” in categories–those who were non-drinkers start drinking; those who drank moderately become binge-drinkers. Is It…

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Which Are More Dangerous Synthetics Or Illicits

*+-The international drug epidemic can add synthetic drugs to the top of their list of flare-ups.  Though touted as safer alternatives, these new and increasingly popular substances may in fact be more dangerous than their traditional alternatives. The most obvious crisis is how accessible these drugs are.  In many cases, they are legal.  Although bath salts was recently labeled an illicit drug, even an amateur chemist can change the formula and sell it as something else under the guise “Not for human consumption”.  Synthetic drugs have long been sold this way in convenience stores across the country–making it available to…

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A Brief History Of Painkiller Abuse

*+-Americans’ problems with pain meds go back a century or more for medicinal purposes as well as recreational. The primary ingredient in the substances comes from the poppy plant which has been around for thousands of years. The active ingredient in painkillers is the drug Morphine. The majority of the drug comes from the continent of Asia. Painkillers have a rich history as one drug, opium has been the substance forming many others. Nearly every prescription painkiller and illicit opiate is derived from the drug. What is most interesting is that there are legal forms of the substance used in…

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Why Suburban Teens Are Most At Risk For Heroin Use

*+-Heroin use and suburban teens are two terms that don’t feel like they belong in the same sentence. When many think of suburban teens they think of soccer, video games, driving tests and even the problem. They don’t think of a full blown heroin addiction that is in need of treatment. Unfortunately, the heroin abuse problem with suburban teens is astounding. But what many don’t know is that the problem didn’t begin with heroin. There is a major epidemic going on with teenagers across the country and it is starting with something that is promoted as “safer” and given to…

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Link Found Between Mental Health Disorders And Long Term Opioid Use

*+-According to a recent study a link has been found between those suffering from mental health disorders and the long term use of opioid drugs. The study, featured in a magazine called Pain reported that those that suffered from, or who were diagnosed with some type of mental health issue were more susceptible to developing a long term abuse problem with opioid drugs later in life. While less of a link was found with young people [likely because they had not yet been diagnosed] there was a connection between the two. Many reasons could be formulated for this link but…

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How Underage Drinking Is Gateway To Drug Use: Understanding Symptoms

*+-If you are a parent of a teenager today, you face challenges in keeping your teen safe from dangers that may not have been there for your parents. For example, while there have been alcohol abuse and underage drinking as well as drugs on college campuses in the 1970’s, the pervasiveness of underage drinking and drugs in our culture now is unparalleled. Parents must be constantly aware that their own child could be facing a barrage of drug abuse options today. And many of these options start with underage drinking. One article states that drugs which are commonly abused by…

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