During pregnancy, most women try to provide ideal environments for their babies by stopping use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs. But some women think it’s acceptable to continue (or even start) using marijuana during pregnancy. We take a look at the possible effects of this drug on the baby.
Across America, families are struggling and suffering from the effects of our opioid epidemic. Losses show up in the deaths of our loved ones and an astronomical financial burden. But now, we are seeing signs that our national counterefforts are starting to produce results.
In some ways, it’s the toughest environment ever in which to raise children. In earlier times, there weren’t deadly drugs virtually on every street corner. These days, it’s vital for parents to know how to protect their children from the temptation to reach for opioid painkillers.
There is a very unfortunate belief held by some that a person must “hit rock bottom” before they can be helped. Yet with the type of drugs on the market today, a person can easily be dead before they hit rock bottom.
It seems like a small thing, just letters from a county coroner to 388 California medical doctors, telling them that one of their patients died from a prescription drug overdose. But this simple step subsequently reduced the number of opioid prescriptions handed out by these doctors. Overcoming our opioid epidemic is going to take many of these small steps.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have provided preliminary numbers for deaths from drug overdose in 2017. Rather than showing improvement, they reveal that we have not yet capped our losses from overdose deaths.
A 2018 study revealed that heavy alcohol consumption resulting in liver damage is killing an increasing number of Americans. Deaths among young adults are growing the fastest.
While the American public was busy with other matters, the alcoholic beverage industry and certain scientists conspired to prove that alcohol consumption improves health, ignoring existing science showing a definite connection between alcohol and cancer, among other problems.
One of the most common phenomena I’ve come across is parents who don’t realize that their teenaged or young adult child is using drugs. It’s easy to miss because there are a lot of changes during these years. It’s important for parents to know the subtle and not-so-subtle signs to look for that indicate drug use.
One of the many layers of service to those who are using drugs or addicted is harm reduction. While harm reduction can save lives, as a concept of helping, it can be taken too far. The most important service to offer an addicted person is recovery from dependence on drugs or alcohol.