Drug and Alcohol Risk and Cold Weather
Not only do people tend to drink and do drugs more during the colder months, but doing so has increased risk factors. What are these risk factors? And what can the family members of addicts do to help their loved ones get better and avoid risk?
New Warnings on the Addictive Nature of Anxiety Meds
The Food and Drug Administration recently added new warning labels to common anti-anxiety prescription bottles. The highly addictive drugs are commonly abused.
So-Called “Study Drugs” Commonly Mis-Used
Treatment of classroom and behavior problems with stimulants has had a very widespread and dangerous side effect: the diversion of these stimulants to illicit use. This is mostly due to the myth that they enhance a person's ability to succeed academically.
Opiate Addiction Surges in Suburban America
It's no mystery that drug and alcohol addiction statistics surged through the first two decades of the 21st-century. As the drug problem grew (mainly involving opiates), it began to affect demographics that previously had very minimal interactions with such substances. This is speaking of course of suburban, middle-class America, the new ground zero for America's addiction crisis.
New Mexico Faces Unique Threats in Addiction Crisis
Every state has been affected by the addiction epidemic to some degree. New Mexico faces a unique series of challenges that the residents of the state will have to address to create a sober and drug-free environment. What are the unique factors of that state's drug problem and how can locals address it?
Retired Navy Admiral Is Working to Prevent Drug Overdoses
The media is so often filled with unhappy circumstances, lousy news, hardships, and unpleasant events. That’s what sells. So when USA Today featured an interview with a retired U.S. Navy admiral about a non-profit that he and his wife started to counter the opioid epidemic, I was pleased to see a break in the morose news updates I had become so used to.
Why Does the U.S. Prescribe More Drugs than Other Countries?
A striking report from U.S. News revealed that American surgical patients are nine times more likely to receive a prescription for opioid pain relievers than Swedish patients. Even bringing the focus closer to home and comparing U.S. prescribing rates to Canadian prescribing rates, American doctors still prescribe opioids at a rate nearly twice that of Canadian doctors.
“Sober Curious” and “Straightedge”—Dreaming of a Youth Culture Which Supports Abstinence
Last week I saw an article in U.S. News titled, “The Rise of the Sober Curious.” The subheading read, “Alcohol-free events, bars, and drinks are increasing as people explore ways to lower their alcohol intake – and improve health.” Seeing this reminded me of my younger days when the “Straightedge” culture was all the rage. It seems that, with each new generation, young people are consistently looking for a way to popularize abstinence and clean living.
Why Doesn’t the U.S. Treat Overdose Deaths Like Other Preventable Causes of Death?
Though it might be a morbid prospect to do so, one of the reasons why it is so essential to study and analyze causes of death is because doing so sets the stage for creating better health conditions in America.
Taxation of Alcohol Does Not Offset the Costs of Alcohol Consumption
A new report in U.S News shed a concerning light on something many Americans have taken for granted for a very long time. For many years, decades even, people have more or less justified the existence of massive , multi-billion dollar alcohol companies for a variety of reasons.