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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Protecting Your Teen from Drugs May Mean Being a Detective

Really, just about no one wants to think of their kid using drugs. But being the parent of a drug-free child may include learning how to be a good detective. Among the young, there is a greater and greater acceptance of drug use, particularly of marijuana and pills. Even if parents instruct their children on the dangers of using these drugs, it is possible that many teens think they know more than their parents and that their parents’ advice is wrong or stupid. It may take being a good detective to find out if young people are starting to use…

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Why Are We Writing about Ketamine?

We have just released a new educational booklet on ketamine, a drug that people abuse and become addicted to. You may not have heard much about this drug so why are we writing about it? In some circles, it’s quite a popular drug. Young people who attend raves or nightclubs are very likely to know about it and have tried it.  Ketamine is also heavily abused in urban areas in the US and Canada, in the UK and especially in Southern Asia. In Hong Kong and Taiwan, many people are becoming addicted and suffering great physical harm from abusing this…

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How to Keep Teens Safe From Drug Abuse as School Year Ends

From your point of view as a parent, it probably seems like the school year just started. But in the eyes of your teenaged children, it has been an eternity since the year began, and the last day of school cannot come any sooner. The older that kids get, the more likely they are to become consumed by the boredom and ennui of the end of the school year. This is especially true of 12th graders who more often than not develop a case of “senioritis,” the “who cares?” attitude that characterizes many students who are coming into the final…

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What Are the Economic Costs of Drug Abuse

How much do drugs really cost the United States? We all know that drugs are taking a major toll on society, but what is the real impact that they have on our country? It’s difficult to answer this question with any type of certainty, since it would be almost impossible to tally up every one of the many different types of costs and the total value of lost potential as a consequence of drug abuse and addiction. In 1990, however, an attempt was made to find an answer, in a study sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).…

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