How does the vicious cycle of drug abuse and alcohol misuse end? Every time a new generation comes of age, a certain percentage of those individuals experiment with drugs and alcohol. It seems inevitable, but it certainly does not have to be. If young people receive a good, open, supportive, communicative, and fact-based education with ongoing, revisited conversations with parents and teachers about drugs, they are far less likely to experiment with substances.
Recent studies suggest that teenagers who use marijuana are more likely to use other drugs later on in life. These findings make it all the more important for parents to have conversations with their kids about cannabis.
The nation is suffering a pandemic of epic proportions. But before COVID-19, the U.S. was already struggling with the addiction crisis. How are addicts affected by the developing COVID-19 crisis?
Parents sitting down to educate their children on the dangers of drug use may miss the fact that their own homes may abound with dangerous and even deadly abusable substances. The vast majority of parents want to protect their children from drug-related harm.
Most people know that overdoses of opioids like heroin, oxycodone or fentanyl can kill on the spot. But the use of these drugs, especially injecting them, can cause many other deadly conditions. Understanding the risk an addicted person faces every day should include knowing about these less obvious risks.
Overdoses are probably the most discussed and the most focused-on effect of drug use, particularly when it comes to opioid drugs. We see news headlines about drug overdoses all the time.
The ravages created by fentanyl may not be obvious to you as you walk down the main street of your town. But factually, in some strata of life in America, fentanyl is creating unprecedented devastation. This drug (actually a family of drugs) is taking as many as 78 lives every day.
“How do we talk to our kids, even young kids, about drugs and alcohol?” “And should we do so?” “What is the right age to start talking to my child about drugs and alcohol?” “How do I communicate to a nine-year-old what drugs are and why they’re bad?” These questions and many others like them are at the forefront of parents’ minds. As we continue to live through what might be the worst drug addiction epidemic that this country has ever seen, such questions are becoming even more prominent.
Addiction is the health crisis of the century for millions of Americans and their families. A cursory examination of the addiction epidemic timeline reveals that pharmaceutical opioids played a huge role in the creation of the epidemic.
A healthy lifestyle is always preferred over an unhealthy one. As we go through life, we try to be as healthy as we can. Those intentions are, of course, strongly affected by a wide variety of factors. These include socioeconomic condition, genetic endowment, upbringing, geographic location, peer environment, available resources, etc. Still, we do the best that we can with the resources available.