Link Found Between Mental Health Disorders And Long Term Opioid Use

*+-According to a recent study a link has been found between those suffering from mental health disorders and the long term use of opioid drugs. The study, featured in a magazine called Pain reported that those that suffered from, or who were diagnosed with some type of mental health issue were more susceptible to developing a long term abuse problem with opioid drugs later in life. While less of a link was found with young people [likely because they had not yet been diagnosed] there was a connection between the two. Many reasons could be formulated for this link but…

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Staggering New Report Says Most Men Arrested Test Positive For Drugs

*+-This report comes from the Center for Health and Justice and is based on a compilation of statistics from arrests in monitoring sites scattered across the country. These arrests, all in 2011, were in Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Denver, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, New York, Portland, Sacramento and Washington DC. The smallest ratio of men arrested who were stoned or high was in Atlanta. There, only 64% of the arrestees were intoxicated. But in Chicago and Sacramento, more than eight out of every ten arrestees tested positive for drugs. In response to this report, the US Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske stated: “…too often…

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Are Teens Abusing Prescription Drugs While Parents Remain Unaware?

*+-In reports from multiple sources, the picture is being drawn of increasing teen prescription drug use. One such report comes from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse and Columbia University( CASA). In their annual study published in 2011, CASA findings stated that more than two million student-aged children were abusing prescription drugs. Is it possible that there are two million households where the parents are unaware of their teen’s prescription drug use? Interviews with those who started abusing prescription drugs as teens show that in many cases, the teen prescription drug use went on for quite some time…

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