Addiction in America will not be resolved until we break away from stigma and start looking at addicts as people worthy of help.
When people think of prescription opioids, one of the first images they might get is of a doctor in a lab coat, handing a patient a bottle of pills. And yes, medical doctors are a common source of opiate prescribing. But they are not the only source. Dentists also prescribe opiates.
Many adults today might look at marijuana legalization as inevitable, but the marijuana of today bears little resemblance to marijuana at the turn of the new millennium.
The Food and Drug Administration recently added new warning labels to common anti-anxiety prescription bottles. The highly addictive drugs are commonly abused.
Decades of stigma has led to the mistreatment of those who struggle with drugs and alcohol. America's drug crisis will not improve until the nation focuses on treating addicts, not criminalizing them.
The rise of social media has brought with it an entirely new world in which the teenagers of today were born into a life of apps, internet, smartphones, and online social experiences that can sometimes be harmful.
Every year it seems, there is a new way to use drugs that is even more dangerous than the last. As electronic cigarettes (also called vaporizers) have grown in popularity, young people are now using them to consume marijuana products.
Parents-to-be want to have complication-free pregnancies and to raise healthy babies. It's no mystery that this means an expecting mother should be as healthy as she can be. However, new data now shows that even the expecting father may need to make some changes in his life in order to rear a healthy child.
As cannabis legalization efforts have increased across the U.S. more youth begin to see marijuana as non-threatening and usage rates have begun to climb, creating serious problems for this nation's young people.
Drug addiction is growing in the United States, and it's growing across the world, too. Every year, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime releases a world report, a document that highlights drug-related issues across the planet.