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Karen in Drug Education
March 19, 2018

Is There Really Such a Thing as a “Gateway Drug”?

Most people have some kind of understanding of the idea of a gateway drugs—drugs that that are likely to lead to the use of more dangerous, deadly and addictive drugs. But some people argue that the gateway concept does not exist. Is this true or is this claim a dangerous muddling of the truth?

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Karen in Drug Rehab
March 9, 2018

7 Reasons We Must Avoid “Tunnel Vision” as We Fight Addiction

As we work to solve America’s problems with drug addiction and overdoses, there’s an intense focus on opioids alone. Letting ourselves develop this kind of tunnel vision could result in our overlooking some truly vital aspects of our nation’s problems with drugs and addiction.

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Karen in Peer pressure
December 26, 2017

The Social Norms We Must Change to Save Lives

There are hundreds of social norms shaping the way we think about alcohol and drug use use. But are norms dangerous? Useful? Rational? Are some of them leading to a loss of life? Should we re-evalute the norms we accept without even thinking about them?

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Karen in Prescription drug abuse
December 3, 2017

Is Our “Pill-For-Everything” Mentality Damaging Our Young Adults?

On college campuses, the misuse of prescription painkillers, stimulants and alcohol has forced schools to rally around those in recovery. But why are so many students having this problem?

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Karen in Drug-Related News
December 1, 2017

Latest Figures on Drug and Alcohol Deaths Reveal Surprising Statistics

The Centers on Disease Control and Prevention just released figures on the number of Americans we lost to drugs or alcohol in 2015. How much worse were these numbers compared to 1999?

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Karen in Addiction
November 13, 2017

Should Drug Addiction Prevent Someone from Buying a Gun?

Guns and addiction to alcohol or drugs could be a very bad mix. Should states allow a person using or addicted to drugs or alcohol to possess or use a gun?

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Karen in Red Ribbon Week
October 18, 2017

For Parents: A Lesson in Effective Prevention for Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week occurs every October, offering communities a consistent anti-drug message to deliver to youth. It’s also a good time for parents to take a look at how to increase the effectiveness of their anti-drug messages to their children.

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Karen in Drug overdoses
August 8, 2017

Salvation: Heroes on the Front Lines of the Drug Battlefield

The American epidemic of opioid addiction hits millions of people hard every day, including first responders. Two grateful individuals whose lives were saved went out of their way to thank their saviors.

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Karen in Drug Prevention
July 9, 2017

We MUST Teach Our Young People: DEATH is a Side Effect of Drug Abuse

It’s so much more pleasant to be loving, trusting and supportive. But you must know when to change gears to prevent the destruction of a person’s future, hopes and even their life. It starts with your own education on drugs and addiction and the education of your teens. Even with young adults, you can still initiate conversations that could save their lives.

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Karen in Impaired driving
May 13, 2017

In Fatal Traffic Accidents, More Drivers Are Drugged Than Drunk

A new report reveals that for the first time, a higher number of drivers who recently died in car crashes were drugged than were drunk. Forty-three percent of these drivers had used a legal or illegal drug compared to 37% who exceeded the legal limit for alcohol.

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