Child Neglect Due to Substance Abuse is On The Rise

An individual who has turned to drug use has done so because they have encountered something in their life that they feel either unable or unwilling to address and resolve. Drugs provide them with a way to escape their life, temporarily, so that they can experience some sort of relief. An individual may choose to use drugs once a week or once every few weeks – just when things are “getting hard”. However, as time moves on they may discover they are coming up with more and more reasons to use drugs more frequently.

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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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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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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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Study Finds Quarter of Suicide Victims are Intoxicated at Time of Death

After reviewing 58,000 suicide cases from across the US, researchers concluded that alcohol played a definite – and tragic – role in these deaths. While numbers varied by gender and ethnic background, on average, nearly a quarter of those who killed themselves were legally drunk when they did so. The legal limit for drunkenness is .08% blood alcohol concentration (BAC). This is the limit that can get one ticketed or arrested, if caught driving. While the report did not describe upper limits of drunkenness involved in suicide, certainly some victims would have had much higher BACs. Groups that had higher…

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In Some Regions of US, Heroin Abuse Worse, First Time Users Younger

It was bad enough that millions of US teens were abusing prescription drugs in increasing numbers over the last decade. Now, many of them are switching to heroin at a very young age, younger than ever seen before. While this fact may take some people by surprise, it was a completely predictable outcome of the effort to make OxyContin harder to abuse. Purdue Pharmaceutical began to ship a new version of OxyContin that was bound to a plastic-like substance. The drug was supposed to be released over time once it was in the body but the pill could not be…

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Teenage Drug Abuse Reveals the Inadequacy of Drug Education Outreach

There are some signs of improvement in recent surveys of teenage drug abuse, but those improvements are offset by areas in which the situation is worse. When the situation is viewed as a whole, what is obvious is that our young people are not getting the message that drug use is destructive. For example, alcohol abuse by teens is down. But marijuana and Ecstasy abuse are higher, in fact, marijuana use has been increasing for the last four years straight. The latest news shows one specific teenage drug abuse statistic that is even more shocking. A new survey has found…

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Adolescent Drug Abuse Grows into Addiction Requiring Rehab Treatment

America’s young people continue to experiment with drugs in increasing numbers and at increased risk. The annual survey on adolescent drug abuse, the Monitoring the Future survey, shows that while alcohol consumption is declining slightly, more youth are abusing marijuana. And today’s marijuana is far stronger and more dangerous than the marijuana used by their parents or grandparents. In the mid-1980s, the active ingredient of marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, existed at a 3.6% level on average. But by 2009, the average THV content was close to 10 percent. The highest THC content detected in 2009 was 32 percent THC. Hydroponic…

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Mixing Cocaine with Other Drugs Contributes to Higher Adverse Effects

While it’s probably very hard for a non-drug user to understand the possible benefits of mixing addictive drugs, polydrug use is a very common phenomenon. According to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, polydrug use represents a significant proportion of medical emergencies. Simultaneous use of illicit drugs, alcohol and/or prescription drugs can cause interactions that take a toll on the user’s health. New, toxic substances can be formed through these interactions. Also, use of one substance like alcohol can impair one’s ability to keep track of how much of another substance, like cocaine or heroin, was also…

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Parents Can Be First Line Defense Against Teen Prescription Drug Use

By the time American children are through with high school, more than 50% of them have abused an illicit drug or a prescription drug. Approximately 60% of American students have drunk alcohol by the time they graduate from high school, 41% of them binge drinking (five or more drinks in a short time period) in the two weeks before the survey. Europe is seeing some improvements in drug abuse among the young, with decreases particularly in cannabis use. But polydrug use and a proliferating market for synthetics like mephedrone and synthetic cannabis are worrisome. In these geographic regions and others,…

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