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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Opiate Addiction on the Increase Now that Prescription Drugs are Harder to Get

*+-For the last decade or so, agencies like the National Institute on Drug Abuse have reported on increases in prescription drug abuses by America’s young people. By the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, prescription drug abuse among young people was second only to marijuana abuse. And of prescription drug abuse, opiate pain relievers was in first place. This means that these highly addictive drugs are contributing greatly to the number of young people seeking rehabilitation for their opiate addictions. Opiate addiction is not likely to start trending down unless these people can find an effective rehabilitation program…

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Fake Marijuana May Be Endangering Young People Who Think it is Safe and Natural

*+-Today’s young people are forced to make complex decisions regarding drug use and most of them lack the knowledge to do so wisely. To make matters worse, the list of drugs being offered to them keeps getting longer. Once it was marijuana, cocaine, heroin, alcohol and a couple of prescription drugs that young people might choose from. Now chemists around the world keep adding new substances they’ve cooked up in the lab to the existing substances that one can abuse. Some of these substances are pharmaceutical drugs like hydrocodone and OxyContin. And some are what are termed “club drugs” –…

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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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Heroin Addiction Can Transform a Productive Life into a Disaster

*+-How does heroin addiction start? Usually by one person who already uses heroin telling a non-user that they really need to try this drug. It might start out with smoking because most people attach less stigma to heroin used this way. But then it so often progresses to shooting heroin, injecting it. And once down this road, so many people find themselves lost in an addiction to this drug. The problems connected with heroin addiction are only partly connected with the damage done by the drug itself. Heroin addiction tends to create collateral damage as well. Heroin users may live…

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Could LSD be Offered as a New Treatment for Alcoholism? Is That Even a Good Idea?

*+-Those trying to overcome alcoholism may struggle with this problem for years before they find the right treatment to help end the battle. But along the way, they could encounter treatment that does more damage than the disease. In a new report, LSD has been tested in Norway as a treatment for alcoholism and is being touted as a solution to the chronic, relapsing nature of the problem. In this study, more than 500 alcoholics were studied to determine their response to treatment with the hallucinogenic drug LSD. Two-thirds received LSD while the others received different treatments, and then their…

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While Crack Cocaine Initiates Have Dropped Dramatically, this Addictive Drug is Still Ruining Lives

*+-Between the mid-1980s and 2002, hundreds of thousands of Americans started using crack cocaine each year. This number finally began to decline and by 2010, fewer than 100,000 people were starting to use crack cocaine each year. This is one of the best things that could happen in this country because of the ravages created by crack, both to the body and to the user’s life. The changes that occur in the life of a habitual crack user are rather staggering. Crack symptoms include: Cardiac and vascular damage Cardiac arrest Stroke Stomach perforations Birth defects Lung problems including what’s called…

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Cocaine is Popular as a Party Drug but Use Can Still Result in Disaster

*+-While cocaine has been around for many decades, abuse of this drug in the US really kicked into high gear in the 1980s. It took a little longer for usage rates to climb in Europe because of the distance from the major cocaine manufacturing countries in South America. But it didn’t take very long for the damaging physical effects of cocaine to start showing up. The first cocaine-induced stroke was diagnosed in 1977, and the death of basketball star Len Bias let plenty of people know about the damage that can be done to one’s heart by cocaine abuse. This…

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Crack Cocaine Creates Urgent Need for Cocaine Addiction Rehab

*+-  Every drug that creates addiction has the potential to be highly destructive, but crack cocaine stands among the worst. According to the Medical University of South Carolina, the use of crack cocaine is often associated with more severe and frequent symptoms than cocaine use alone. Paranoia occurs in two-thirds or more of crack users. Violence shows up in 55% of crack users and in some areas, 31% of homicide victims were killed by a crack cocaine user. Crack was also found to be present in a fifth of suicides. Users usually develop a tolerance to this drug quickly which…

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New Study Reveals Alcohol is Never Safe During Pregnancy

*+-Opinions have varied widely on when it’s acceptable for a pregnant woman to drink. It wasn’t until 1973 that researchers identified Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), that collection of symptoms that show up in newborns when mothers drink, usually heavily, during pregnancy. FAS symptoms can include physical deformities to the head and face plus behavioral and learning problems. And it wasn’t until 1981 that there were definite warnings about drinking during pregnancy issued by the Surgeon General. One of the problems with collecting study data on the problem was that it was difficult to carry out a study that involved pregnant…

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