According to the Oklahoma Department of Education, Drug Abuse is a Factor in the Rising Number of Homeless Children

According to data collected by school districts and reported to the state, thousands of Oklahoma children fall asleep each night on the couches or beds of friends or relatives, hundreds more stay in a hotel or motel, and some even sleep in a shelter or on the streets. Obviously, this surge in homeless students is a great cause for concern among school officials, lawmakers and child advocates, who seek to find answers. According to recent information, it seems that drug abuse and addiction problems may partly be to blame.

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University of Buffalo Reports that Drug Abuse Could Triple Annual ER Visits

The purpose of regular health check-ups with a primary care physician is for an individual to take the opportunity to maintain good health throughout their life. Obviously, emergencies do happen, but the overall goal of maintaining one’s good health is to greatly reduce the chances of this happening. Unfortunately, health care is not usually at the forefront of a drug abuser’s mind. In fact, they may have little attention on their overall health and well-being until something dramatic occurs, at which point their health requires emergency care.

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Oklahoma Urging Pharmacies to Join Efforts in Curbing Prescription Drug Abuse

One of the most troubling drug abuse and addiction problems that currently affect our nation is the problem of prescription drug abuse. This includes the misuse of prescription drugs that are given by valid prescription – either by taking more than recommended or by taking them in ways other than recommended – as well as the illegal use of prescription drugs without a valid prescription. Like every other state in the country, the state of Oklahoma suffers their fair share of these problems. In fact, prescription drug overdose deaths in the state of Oklahoma kill more residents each year than…

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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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Will “Non-Addictive” Painkillers Help Prevent Drug Abuse?

The past several years have seen an appalling trend, as massive numbers of Americans have become addicted to opiate painkillers. Hydrocodone (Vicodin) and oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet) are at the forefront in this, as the two most widely prescribed painkillers on the market, and also as two of the most commonly abused pharmaceutical drugs. Upwards of 15,000 people per year now die from painkiller overdose, and many others struggle on in the torture of opiate addiction.

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Contraband Users Susceptible to Drug Abuse

The use of contraband cigarettes among young adults may be a reliable indicator of illicit drug use, according to a new study out of Canada. A team of researchers working at the University of Alberta evaluated data collected from 2,136 high school students in the 9th through 12th grades, using information gathered during the 2010-2011 Youth Smoking Survey conducted by Statistics Canada, a division of that country’s federal government. The major finding of the University of Alberta study was that teenagers who smoke contraband cigarettes are several times more likely to also be found using illicit drugs. Cigarettes in Canada…

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Clubbing and Drug Abuse

Do you have a son or daughter or maybe a friend who spends a lot of time going to nightclubs or dance clubs? Then the chances are very good that they are using drugs as well. Probably a combination of drugs which increases their risk of harm or even death.   The drugs used at these clubs, similar events like music festivals and especially Spring Break trips include: • Alcohol • Marijuana • Ecstasy • Methamphetamine • LSD • Ketamine • GHB • Cocaine • And the many different new synthetic drugs on the market. What makes things even worse…

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Our Dreams for Kids Just Don’t Include Drug Abuse

There’s a current news release from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) on the subject of youth and drug abuse. It is more than a little dismaying. The report gives the numbers of young people who are abusing different types of drugs. The report only includes people aged 18 to 25, the ages of heaviest drug abuse, generally speaking. Here’s what an analysis of drug use statistics showed about the drug use of our young adults on any average day: 3.2 million of them used marijuana 57,304 used heroin 51,319 used cocaine 46,179 used hallucinogens 17,868 used…

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Fourteen Rules When Dealing with Addiction

When you’ve got a loved one who is addicted, it seems like all the rules change. The ways you have learned to care about and be patient with them just don’t work any more. The problem is that it often takes family a very long time to learn this lesson. It’s very hard to shift gears this thoroughly – after all, as we learn to be parents, aunts, uncles, sons and daughters or grandparents, we learn to forgive and trust. When drug or alcohol addiction enter the scene, either the rules must change or everyone may lose the game. It…

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“What’s the Problem with Drug Use?”

Your kids probably will not come right out and ask you this question. Most kids are going to believe what they hear from other kids and see happening right in front of them: Their friends are smoking pot or drinking and seem to be having fun. Or maybe a friend suggests that they sniff some markers and get goofy or someone has some pills that they say help you “chill out.” It’s unfortunate that in today’s world, keeping kids safe from drug abuse is very close to the top of the list of a parent’s responsibilities. Many parents may not…

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