Are Certain Workplaces More Prone to Drug Use

*+-A recent online article reported on what may be a relatively little-known side of drug use in the workplace.  Oftentimes, drug use is linked to poverty and lack of an education adequate to gaining anything more than menial employment. It is often linked to hopelessness about the future, and the recognition of a lack of opportunity or the means to make a decent living or live a decent life.  But this side of workplace drug use and abuse is an entirely different arena of life.

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5 Ways to End Drugging in America

*+-Before a less-than-optimum situation can be improved or a problem solved, it must first be recognized and faced for what it is.  Neither the head-in-the-sand approach nor the running away from the truth of it will end-up in a resolution of the problem or an improvement in a bad condition or situation.  So it is with drug and drug use in America.  It is past time for each one of us to take a long, hard look at where the use and abuse of drugs and alcohol is taking us, and where we will ultimately end-up if we don’t pull…

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Does Race Gender or Ethnicity Determine Drug Use

*+-To a large degree, perceptions of drug use and addiction can be affected by racial stereotypes. These types of stereotypes have long been perpetuated, to the effect that people of certain races or ethnic backgrounds are more likely to use drugs than others. For example, a Texas legislator speaking in support of one of that state’s early marijuana laws has famously been quoted as saying that, “All Mexicans are crazy, and this stuff [marijuana] is what makes them crazy.” How surprised would that lawmaker have been to find out that people of Hispanic background are actually among the least likely…

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New Survey Released on Drug Use Trends

*+-Every year, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a division of the National Institutes of Health, publishes its Monitoring the Future survey. The survey presents a valuable insight into the current trends and rates of drug abuse in the United States. It serves as a representative cross-section of the American youth, allowing us to see what is happening in terms of things such as:

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Are Certain Personality Types More Prone to Drug Use

*+-Anyone who is a member of the Millennial Generation and who spent time playing video games in the shopping mall arcades that were common throughout the 1990s can probably think back to the days when the game screens would periodically be lit up with a simple, but powerful, anti-drug message. “Winners Don’t Use Drugs” was displayed prominently below a pixilated representation of the logo for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with all of this presented in stark relief against a plain blue or black background. This message was a powerful one given the context in which it was presented. Children…

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Colleges Turn Out to Offer Dangers as Well as Educations

*+-The image of a young person, eighteen or so years old, heading off to college is one filled with hope and dreams of accomplishments and future careers. Parents look at their child going off to college with pride, but if they are wise, they also feel apprehension. Now more than ever, the college experience places dangerous pitfalls into every young person’s path. And most young people going off for higher education are sadly unprepared. First Pitfall: Heavy Alcohol Consumption Fraternity and sorority row are known for their alcohol consumption but binge drinking is hardly restricted to those zones. According to…

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Ryan’s Drug Use Experience

*+-The first time Ryan tried alcohol, he got a buzz off a drink a family member gave him. He was only ten years old. A couple of years later, he had a large dark beer in Europe that was quite intoxicating for the twelve-year-old. For reasons that are difficult to understand, this second drink was the beginning of a habit of stealing alcohol from friends, neighbors or family. He hit many houses in his neighborhood to steal alcohol, sometimes more than once. At one house where the garage door was left open a few inches for a pet, he found…

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