I hear people say: “America should legalize all drugs because Portugal did it and everything was fine.” Actually, that’s not true. It’s time to look at exactly what Portugal did in relation to their drug problem and what the result was.
There are many loudly-vocal advocates who claim that the only solution to our drug problem is to make drugs legal, or to at least decriminalize them. Why would this be a disastrously bad idea?
Most people have some kind of understanding of the idea of a gateway drugs—drugs that that are likely to lead to the use of more dangerous, deadly and addictive drugs. But some people argue that the gateway concept does not exist. Is this true or is this claim a dangerous muddling of the truth?
As we work to solve America’s problems with drug addiction and overdoses, there’s an intense focus on opioids alone. Letting ourselves develop this kind of tunnel vision could result in our overlooking some truly vital aspects of our nation’s problems with drugs and addiction.
There are hundreds of social norms shaping the way we think about alcohol and drug use use. But are norms dangerous? Useful? Rational? Are some of them leading to a loss of life? Should we re-evalute the norms we accept without even thinking about them?
Arkansas is a very rural state with widely scattered population centers. These remote areas permit the infiltration of Mexican drug cartels who bring addictive, deadly substances into the state.
Guns and addiction to alcohol or drugs could be a very bad mix. Should states allow a person using or addicted to drugs or alcohol to possess or use a gun?
Red Ribbon Week occurs every October, offering communities a consistent anti-drug message to deliver to youth. It’s also a good time for parents to take a look at how to increase the effectiveness of their anti-drug messages to their children.
Across the country, marijuana is being legalized. State by state, it’s legalized for medical use first and then later, recreational use. Now, it appears that Americans did not know the truth about this drug as they voted for legalization.
A new report reveals that for the first time, a higher number of drivers who recently died in car crashes were drugged than were drunk. Forty-three percent of these drivers had used a legal or illegal drug compared to 37% who exceeded the legal limit for alcohol.