Community Events Being Held in Observance of National Drug Facts Week

When it was first launched in 2010, National Drug Facts Week was observed by people across the United States, but it was at that time limited to 92 events scattered throughout the country. Now, five years later, the annual event has ballooned in scope and size, to the point where it has spread far and wide and in 2015 it was observed at a total of 1,557 events nationwide, an average of more than 30 per state. The event was held this year from January 26th through February 1st, and as in every year it was sponsored by the National…

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Saving Our Youth: Study Finds Most Alcohol, Drug Abuse Starts in Teen Years

Recent surveys of teens and young adults have turned up a startling new fact. More than one study finds most alcohol, drug abuse starts in teen years. Just when our young people should be getting educations and preparing for their lives, many are starting to abuse alcohol and drugs and risking addiction. There are several situations that increase a teen’s risk for abusing drugs or alcohol. These are when: The young person is depressed He or she suffers from low self-esteem The young person manifests early signs of aggressive behavior He or she feels rejected socially Parents do not provide…

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It’s No Surprise that Drug Use Goes Up as Jobs Go Away

Reports from Florida show that when economic stresses mount related to unemployment, more people may be reaching for a pill. Particularly, in this region, OxyContin obtained illicitly, as from a drug dealer or by theft. Or it could be obtained by doctor shopping or prescription fraud. Whatever the method a person uses to get the drug, one thing is certain. The drug is seriously addictive. Speed of addiction does vary somewhat from person to person. Some people may dabble in OxyContin for awhile without being trapped but for many people, it may only take a few uses before the cravings…

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Study Finds Quarter of Suicide Victims are Intoxicated at Time of Death

After reviewing 58,000 suicide cases from across the US, researchers concluded that alcohol played a definite – and tragic – role in these deaths. While numbers varied by gender and ethnic background, on average, nearly a quarter of those who killed themselves were legally drunk when they did so. The legal limit for drunkenness is .08% blood alcohol concentration (BAC). This is the limit that can get one ticketed or arrested, if caught driving. While the report did not describe upper limits of drunkenness involved in suicide, certainly some victims would have had much higher BACs. Groups that had higher…

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Teenage Drug Abuse Reveals the Inadequacy of Drug Education Outreach

There are some signs of improvement in recent surveys of teenage drug abuse, but those improvements are offset by areas in which the situation is worse. When the situation is viewed as a whole, what is obvious is that our young people are not getting the message that drug use is destructive. For example, alcohol abuse by teens is down. But marijuana and Ecstasy abuse are higher, in fact, marijuana use has been increasing for the last four years straight. The latest news shows one specific teenage drug abuse statistic that is even more shocking. A new survey has found…

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Advice for Those Seeking Work: Spit Test for Drugs Speeds Hiring Process and Weeds Out Those Abusing Drugs

Drug or alcohol abuse in the workplace is a concern for employers for obvious reasons. Intoxicated employees have more accidents and are gone from work more often. It’s estimated that 65% of all job-related accidents are related to substance abuse. The total cost of substance abuse by workers runs between $75 billion and $100 billion each year. Therefore weeding out those who are abusing drugs, either during the hiring process or as employment continues, is of vital concern to employers. In the past, employers had to send their staff to labs to have urine collected but this process was subject…

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Adolescent Drug Abuse Grows into Addiction Requiring Rehab Treatment

America’s young people continue to experiment with drugs in increasing numbers and at increased risk. The annual survey on adolescent drug abuse, the Monitoring the Future survey, shows that while alcohol consumption is declining slightly, more youth are abusing marijuana. And today’s marijuana is far stronger and more dangerous than the marijuana used by their parents or grandparents. In the mid-1980s, the active ingredient of marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, existed at a 3.6% level on average. But by 2009, the average THV content was close to 10 percent. The highest THC content detected in 2009 was 32 percent THC. Hydroponic…

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With More than Half of All High School Students Abusing Drugs, Should Parents be Using More Drug Tests?

Parents should take note of recent reports on drug abuse among teens and young adults and also those that find that when parents speak out against drug abuse, drug abuse statistics are lower. According to the most recent Monitoring the Future report on drug use among our schoolchildren, by the time they graduate from high school, more than half have abused an illicit drug or prescription drug. Is there anything parents should do to prevent drug use among their children or should they just rely on home or school drug tests? Certainly parents come in all shapes and sizes. Some…

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John’s Drug and Alcohol Use

John is clean-cut and athletic, with short blond hair and sharp features. His quick movements and speech reveal his alert intelligence. But through all of his teens and young adulthood, he was headed for complete self-destruction through drugs. And it all started when he was just seven years old. At that age, after a short multiple-choice test at his school, he was diagnosed with ADHD and prescribed Ritalin, a strong stimulant drug. His small initial dosage kept growing over the years until it had multiplied to six times his original dosage by the time he was 21 years old. His…

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Drug Addiction Program

The beautiful young woman had glowing eyes and very long, shiny black hair. Her smile was bright and ready. She claimed a French and Czech background but could have passed for Native American. She had just completed with the Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program and was making plans for her future life. She paused to answer a few questions about how she had ended up needing drug rehab. The drug that started her downfall was cocaine – shared with her mother when she was just thirteen years old. She progressed on to opiates, abusing OxyContin and Opana. After several…

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