Elevated Crime Among Other Problems Is Product Of Drug Use

The hand-and-glove relationship of crime and drugs can be observed in criminal justice statistics across the nation.  For example, in a 1997 survey by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, it was estimated that seventy percent of state and fifty-seven percent of federal prisons used drugs regularly before incarceration.  The problem is similar among juvenile delinquents–approximately half of teens arrested test positive for drugs. This article will explore the intricate connection between drug use and elevated crime.  If rigorous attention were put on the illicit drug epidemic across the nation, what would that mean for our criminal population? The Crime-Drug Relationship…

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What Does Teen Drug Abuse Affect

Teen drug and alcohol abuse affects mind, body and community but the problem is so much more. With the advent of the Internet, teen drug abuse has risen to epidemic proportions.  Digital peer pressure and online drug marketing allows the influence of drugs and alcohol to enter even the most strictly drug-free home.  Even private schoolers and home schoolers are no longer exempt.  What begins as a “good time” or a desire to fit in can quickly escalate to full-blown drug addiction with dangerous, often fatal consequences. This article addresses the various ways that teen drug and alcohol abuse affects…

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What Addiction By Baby Boomers Is A Scary Trend

The sixties were a wild time.  The psychedelic effects of drugs like LSD are reflected in the art, music and clothes of the time.  Not only was drug experimentation acceptable, it was extremely popular. The baby boomers that grew up surrounded by such a drug culture have been swept away again–so much so that the National Institutes of Health have, for the first time, issued a consumer alert on its website, NIHSeniorHealth.gov.  This time their poison is cocaine, heroin and marijuana.  Emergency Room visits for accidents related to these drugs are at a record high for baby boomers.  The dangers…

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