Follow Chris Christie’s Example – Prioritize Drug Treatment

Prioritizing Drug Rehab is Important to Make a DifferenceWhen New Jersey Governor Chris Christie took the stage for his ‘State of the State’ address, he made it clear that drug-related law enforcement and addiction treatment were two factors that deeply concerned him. Christie heaped praise upon New Jersey’s treatment policies and programs. He also suggested that he wanted to expand drug rehabilitation services to include long-term substance abuse care and employment services.

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Indiana Protecting Babies from Rx Painkillers

Babies Addicted to Prescription PainkillersAccording to recent studies by physicians at the University of Michigan that were printed in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the number of infants that are born with a drug withdrawal syndrome known as neonatal abstinence syndrome have tripled in just a decade. This is a problem throughout the country and the state of Indiana is no exemption.

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New Drug Detection Tool is Making Great Progress

Posted in Drug Addiction

photodune-3457707-analysis-xsA pocket-sized drug test for use in health care settings just recently received a $2.1 million donation from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. This project is going to produce test results within mere minutes, meaning that emergency rooms are going to be able to treat their patient far faster. This device has an accuracy of nanogram-per-milliliter level, which is more than enough time to provide an accurate reading.

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Parents: Marijuana Addiction Can Be a Very Real Problem for Teens

Posted in Drug Addiction

marijuanaEven though popular media appears to ascribe to a differing viewpoint, marijuana is not a ‘recreational drug’ that people can use without consequences. An article in the Journal of Adolescent Health that discussed a recent study completed by researchers at Yale’s University School of Medicine suggested that it might in fact be the dreaded gateway drug. However, before we continue, it is vital that we do not take steps to demonize this illicit substance in such a way that our information seems biased. The study also suggested (in men between 18 and 25, not in women) that alcohol and cigarettes could function as a gateway into prescription drug abuse as well.

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Drastic Increase in Drug Overdose Deaths in Kentucky Show Dangers of Prescription Drug Abuse

Pills from bottleEven though it is disappointing to admit for many people who work in the addiction field, prescription drug abuse has become an increasing problem throughout the nation. Perhaps even more worrisome is the fact that the epidemic does not appear to be slowing down at all. Even though there are a number of different ideas being tossed around and/or implemented that would result in a decrease in the prescription medication epidemic, it only continues to grow. This is not a problem that affects only specific states; Kentucky is clear evidence of that.

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Bobby Brown Finds Himself with another DUI Arrest

Bobby Brown's Alcohol IssuesIn what could only be considered the ‘least surprising bit of celebrity news of the last six months, Bobby Brown was arrested on another DUI charge in October of last year. If that sounds familiar, it may be because it is the second time Brown was arrested on a DUI charge (in March) that year. Even though Brown attended a short-term rehab program and was forced into a three-month alcohol education program, this type of situation makes it painfully obvious that short-term recovery is simply not an option for many patients that are struggling with dependence. In this particular situation, we are dealing with a long-time user who has been arrested before and has gone in and out of multiple treatment facilities for relatively short periods.

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How Cocaine Addiction Managed to Destroy an Entire Society

Posted in Drug Addiction

Effects to Guinea-BissauPeople have heard about the power of addiction before. They have probably heard that drug addiction can ruin a person’s life, tear apart entire families, devastate entire communities, but few will realize that it can manage to affect an entire country. That is the case with Guinea-Bissau. Like most problems that deal with addiction, it started out innocently enough.

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Synthetic Bath Salts May Be the Most Dangerous Drug You Don’t Know About

Posted in Drug Addiction

When you hear names such as “Ivory Coast, “Ivory Soft,” “White Lightning” and Cloud Nine,” it does not automatically make a person feel suspicious. However, those are just some of the names of dangerous synthetic drugs that are popping up throughout the country. It is those innocent names that make them seem harmless; without providing real identifying information to the user, makes them that much more dangerous. These synthetic drugs have some dangerous side effects. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, the first two months of 2011 saw the same number of calls to Poison Control for the use of ‘bath salts’ as they did throughout all of 2010. Because these designer drugs are relatively new, we know very little about the use and long-term effects. We do, however, notice the short-term effects that they cause, because of firsthand accounts from medical professionals and people that have used them.

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A Mother’s Secret Addiction – Adderall

Contrary to what many people seem to think, addiction does not limit itself to the homeless man on the street or the criminal behind bars. There is no one particular socioeconomic group that is exclusively targeted by dependence; addiction can affect people of all ages, ethnicities, sexes and economic status. This is no more evident than in the rise of Adderall abuse amongst mothers across the nation. More and more women are taking Adderall, oftentimes prescribed to one of their children, to keep up with the countless daily activities that they are expected to perform.

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The Pressure on Young Adults and Their Athlete Role Models

There is plenty of pressure on our youth today already. Many high school students are pressured into being popular, athletic and attractive. Even though that pressure has been there for decades, the introduction of social media and smartphones only increases the demands placed on teenagers.

That is why it is disappointing to see the NFL suspend defensive tackle Garrett Brown from the San Diego Chargers for the first four games of the regular season for substance abuse, but still allow him to participate in preseason games and practice. It seems as though our professional sports leagues want the best of both worlds, they want the best dunks, most homeruns and hardest tackles, but also claim that they want players to achieve this without performance enhancing drugs. The unfortunate truth is that most young adults are very much aware of the fact that their favorite player does not become the size of a house solely due to good genetics or eating the right vitamins.

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