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Most High School Seniors Favor Liberal Marijuana Policies

January 2nd, 2015 Drug Addictions, Helpful Articles
As public attitudes on marijuana seem to be in the middle of an important shift, researchers from New York University (NYU) set out to examine the marijuana policy attitudes of high school seniors—the country’s newest voters and almost-voters. The NYU study used data from the ongoing Monitoring the Future Survey, w more...

4 Common Addiction Myths

January 1st, 2015 Drug Addictions, Helpful Articles
Drug and alcohol addiction is a serious disease that impacts millions of people and their loved ones every day. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, (SAMHSA) estimates that there are approximately 22.7 million people over the age of 12 who are currently struggling with an alcohol or drug probl more...

Why Won’t the Addict Stop Using Drugs?

December 26th, 2014 Drug Addictions, Helpful Articles
Loving an addict is a daily lesson in powerlessness. You want the addict to stop using drugs, and it’s completely beyond your comprehension why he or she won’t. You probably have tried everything from begging and pleading to threatening and setting ultimatums. (more…) more...

Screening Tool Identifies Cocaine-Related Brain Changes

December 7th, 2014 Drug Addictions, Helpful Articles
Habitual users of the stimulant drug cocaine can experience a number of brain changes that decrease their ability to do such things as form memories, think logically and use language. Doctors can use tests called screening tools or screening procedures to detect the presence of these and other changes in brain function more...

Lee County, Florida, Microcosm of Heroin Epidemic

October 14th, 2014 Drug Addictions, Helpful Articles
Heroin, the one-time inner city drug, is rearing its ugly head around the country in nearly every city, suburb and rural village. Lee County in southwestern Florida is a prime example of this disturbing trend. Statistics show a sharp rise in heroin use there and law enforcement officials are making a record number of more...

Adolescent Boys Obsessed with Body Image Face Higher Substance Abuse Risks

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The image of the ideal man has changed dramatically over the past 30-40 years, from barrel chested John Wayne types to a muscular, lean man in top shape. The message is not lost on adolescent boys worried about what it means to be a man: manliness is about looking strong and muscular. A study suggests boys who worry a more...

Methamphetamine a Reported Gateway to IV Drug Use

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Methamphetamine a Gateway to IV Drug Use The most popular drug in the United States and Canada continues to be marijuana, but crystal meth and other amphetamines are next in line. A recent study of Vancouver street kids that focused on methamphetamine use showed that its use leads to injecting drugs.   The more...

The Difference Between Alcohol And Drug Addiction

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“I can confidently say that entering addiction treatment saved my life. Because I entered treatment I was given the tools I need to live a purpose driven life; and quite simply, I owe my life to that.” –Joshua K. With the multitude of treatment facilities and treatment options available, making that crucial f more...

The Hidden Dangers of GHB

February 21st, 2014 Drug Addictions, Helpful Articles
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“GHB is the most dangerous drug because of misinformation about it on websites and because people can die so easily from it.”-Trinka Porrata, director of the Project GHB helpline" This past May, police were called to a Vancouver dance party after two teens and a 20 year old friend nearly died as a result of GHB ov more...

The Harrowing Results of PCP Abuse

January 10th, 2014 Drug Addictions, Helpful Articles
The last moments of Shenia Walker’s life were spent terrified on a frantic phone call with her grandmother, telling her that the father of two of her children, Mario Rivera, was in her apartment high on drugs. When police arrived on the scene they discovered Walker dead and Rivera lying next to her. After searching more...

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