Parenting and Drug Use: The Worst Mix in the World

With just a quick look around, it would be far too easy to collect a stack of stories that prove that parenting and drug use are not only a terrible idea, it can be deadly. In the case of marijuana use, it’s common for intoxicated parents to lose track of time. This is a characteristic of this drug’s effects. When children are involved, however, time is very often of the essence and a child’s life can be – and has been – lost when time passes unrecognized. As reported by Parents Opposed to Pot, a Colorado woman parked her SUV…

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Risks of Marijuana Use During Pregnancy

Ten years ago, it would have been unthinkable: Pregnant women advising each other to smoke marijuana. But now, take a look at just about any pregnancy forum and you’ll find posts on this topic with strong opinions on each side. For some women, early pregnancy is a grueling time. They go through severe nausea and vomiting for several weeks. The world learned more about this problem as, in the UK, Princess Kate would disappear from view for days at a time during her early pregnancies. She was hospitalized multiple times to prevent damage to her baby due to her inability…

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Go-Kart Challenge Utilized Impaired Vision Goggles to Show Dangers of Alcohol Abuse

Few individuals truly understand the full and damaging effects of alcohol abuse, and many may believe that it is honestly quite safe to consume moderate amounts of alcohol and then proceed to do things they’d normally do. Many individuals even believe that it is perfectly safe to drive a motor vehicle after consuming some alcohol. However, the truth is that the sedative effects of alcohol consumption can come on gradually and subtly, which is one of the primary reasons for why it is so dangerous – the individual himself is somewhat oblivious to its true nature. However, as much as…

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Teens Should be Warned about Deadly New Drug MXE

Zachary Grazier was an attractive, dark-haired young man living in a classic American town on the Pamlico River in North Carolina. When he was 20 years old, he died as a result of his use of a new drug on the market, MXE or methoxetamine. A contributing factor in his death was the fact that his friends convinced him that this drug was harmless because it was legal to sell North Carolina. To find justice for her son, Zachary’s mother launched a website called Justice for Zach to help promote the danger of MXE, noting that emergency medical technicians don’t…

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Should the Legal Drinking Age be Raised to 25?

In the last few years, new studies have shed light on the age that young people reach physical maturity and it’s not 18. It’s also not 21. It’s 25. Numerous scientists studying the effects of alcohol or drugs on teens and young adults have made the statement that physical maturity, especially of the brain and nervous system, does not occur until a person reaches 25. While a person is still growing and developing physically, it’s understandable that drugs or alcohol could have a more profound effect on the body than when they are older. After all, when alcohol or drugs…

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Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton Vows to Tackle Substance Abuse Epidemic in the U.S.

The problems of drug abuse and addiction are on the rise in the United States, with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimating that over twenty-three million Americans suffer from drug abuse and addiction problems and need professional treatment. Unfortunately, many of the individuals who need help addressing and overcoming these problems don’t receive the help they need, for any number of reasons. It may be that they don’t understand what drug abuse and addiction actually are, and therefore don’t believe they are suffering from it.

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18 Signs You May Be Addicted to Opiates

Although it might seem strange to a person who doesn’t use drugs, some people using heroin or other opiates may feel they are not addicted. Denial can be a problem as a person wants to believe they can quit using the drug any time they want. But if they try to quit, they discover a different truth. They suffer from withdrawal pain and sickness and also suffer such strong cravings that they may abandon the attempt to get sober and go back to the drug they were using. To help the person who wants to know if they are addicted to…

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New Smartphone App Will Allow Doctors and Pharmacists To Track Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription drugs can be wonderfully helpful in limited medical situations, but their help comes at a steep price. Despite the fact that they are FDA approved and doctor recommended, these medications are not entirely safe for regular use, and they have the same risks of abuse and addiction as many other dangerous drug substances. In an effort to prevent these problems, doctors will often strive to recommend the lowest possible dose, and will usually caution their patients against abusing their medications in any way. However, the simple fact is that an individual who truly desires to abuse their prescription drugs…

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Threat from Synthetic Marijuana is Not Over Yet

We haven’t been hearing about synthetic drugs as much as we did a few years ago. But the problem is far from over. Associated Press just reported that 160 people were seen in New York State hospitals in just over a week as a result of their synthetic marijuana use. More than 120 of those hospital visits occurred in New York City alone. Alabama health officials chimed in, adding nearly 100 more hospital visits from their state. In Virginia, one person died and two more were hospitalized after they overdosed on this drug. In Maryland, more than 15 people were…

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How Can You Help Someone With a Drinking Problem?

In this country, there are millions of individuals struggling with a drinking problem, and many more family members and other loved ones trying to help them. If you are in this situation, you are definitely not alone. It’s very often difficult to help a person who is drinking too much or who has become an alcoholic. It seems like the use of alcohol itself blinds a person to the problems it is creating. One of the biggest barriers to helping a person who is experiencing alcohol-related problems is their denial of the problems. Rather than seeing it as a problem,…

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