A Brief History Of Painkiller Abuse

*+-Americans’ problems with pain meds go back a century or more for medicinal purposes as well as recreational. The primary ingredient in the substances comes from the poppy plant which has been around for thousands of years. The active ingredient in painkillers is the drug Morphine. The majority of the drug comes from the continent of Asia. Painkillers have a rich history as one drug, opium has been the substance forming many others. Nearly every prescription painkiller and illicit opiate is derived from the drug. What is most interesting is that there are legal forms of the substance used in…

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How Underage Drinking Is Gateway To Drug Use: Understanding Symptoms

*+-If you are a parent of a teenager today, you face challenges in keeping your teen safe from dangers that may not have been there for your parents. For example, while there have been alcohol abuse and underage drinking as well as drugs on college campuses in the 1970’s, the pervasiveness of underage drinking and drugs in our culture now is unparalleled. Parents must be constantly aware that their own child could be facing a barrage of drug abuse options today. And many of these options start with underage drinking. One article states that drugs which are commonly abused by…

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Increasing Marijuana Use by Teens More Common Than Cigarettes Impairs Driving Causes Other Problems

*+-It’s bad enough that teens are smoking marijuana at the highest rate in thirty years, outnumbering even those that smoke cigarettes, but they are often willing to drive after doing so constituting a very dangerous combination. A new study by Liberty Mutual Insurance and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) showed that more than a third of teens are confident that smoking weed has no effect on them when they drive. It’s no surprise then that about one in five teens reported that they had driven after smoking marijuana. The same numbers of teens think that alcohol doesn’t have a negative…

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Studies Show That Bath Salts Are As Addictive As Cocaine

*+-A recreation drug called bath salts which is a synthetic methamphetamine has been gaining popularity over the past couple of years. Up until very recently it was legal and sold in convenience stores. New reports indicate that they have very similar addictive effects as cocaine. Bath salts are composed of different variations of a compound called cathinone, which comes from the khat plant. Presently cathinone is banned in 42 states. Mephedrone is one of the common derivatives of cathinone. In October of 2011 the substance was federally listed as a schedule one controlled substance for one year, pending further study.…

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Teens Now Using Marijuana More Than Tobacco Products

*+-More teens are lighting up a joint than a cigarette these days. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the results of a survey, which found that 23 percent of high school students say that they’ve recently smoked marijuana, while 19 percent of high school students report that they’ve smoked cigarettes recently. This marks the first time that marijuana use has eclipsed cigarette smoking and has raised concerns amongst prevention, enforcement and rehabilitation groups across the country. Could this be that teens perceive marijuana as less harmful than cigarettes? And do some teens think that marijuana smoking is…

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New Trend Toward Abusing Hand Sanitizer for Alcohol Content Lands Some Teens In Hospital

*+-Yet another product off the grocery stores shelves has developed a new life as something to be abused to get high. Now, hand sanitizer joins glue, compressed air for cleaning computers, spray paint and other innocent products as an item that needs to be locked away. In April 2012, a wide variety of news sources carried the story about a handful of teens in Southern California who arrived in emergency rooms over a period of weeks. These teens had taken advantage of the high alcohol content of the product and drank it to get high. But they got so drunk…

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