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CA Supreme Court allows Cities, Counties to Ban Marijuana Dispensaries

  The supreme court of the state of California has ruled that the state’s cities and counties rightfully have the power to ban medical marijuana dispensaries within their respective territories. The state’s highest court made this ruling in a unanimous fashion less than two decades after California first adopted the bill permitting medical marijuana. The court said neither that bill, Proposition 215, nor any “companion measure” prevents local governments from passing their own legislation to outlaw storefront dispensaries. Justice Martin Baxter explained why the court made its ruling, saying, “While some counties and cities might consider themselves well-suited to accommodating medical marijuana dispensaries, conditions in other communities might lead to the reasonable decision that such facilities within their borders, even if carefully sited, well managed, and closely monitored, would present unacceptable local … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alcohol and Drugs, Latest News, Substance Abuse

Hepatitis C on the Rise in Young Drug Users

Hepatitis C on the Rise in Young Drug Users

Hepatitis C is a viral infection that attacks the liver, leads to inflammation and can be deadly.  Public knowledge concerning hepatitis C is much lower than other transmittable diseases, such as HIV (Mayo Clinic Staff). Researchers from the University of California-San Francisco recently released six new guidelines for preventing hepatitis C in young drug users. Since 1997, UCSF has been conducting a study of young drug users, particularly those who inject drugs, called “U Find Out”, … Read entire article »

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The Mind of a Murderer: Mental Health, Addiction Correspond to Two Types of Killers

The Mind of a Murderer: Mental Health, Addiction Correspond to Two Types of Killers

  Murders are a point of interest in all aspects of society; they inspire television channels, books, and heated discussions. They also provide interesting insight for the scientific and psychological communities, as it has long been thought that killers differ mentally and emotionally from general society. A new study conducted by Dr. Robert Hanlon from Northwestern University examined the differences in mental illness, substance abuse, and cognitive impairments between impulsive and premeditated killers (Associated Press). In this … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Conditions and Disorders, Mental Illness, Research, Substance Abuse

Fewer States Uphold Commercial Host Liability Laws

Fewer States Uphold Commercial Host Liability Laws

  A new legal review study from the Alcohol Policy Consultations and Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that fewer states are adhering to commercial host liability policies. Their study suggests that this declining number of states presents a public health concern because these are areas that underage or intoxicated individuals get served alcohol, and oftentimes proceed to engage in reckless and dangerous behaviors. Commercial host liability is … Read entire article »

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Arizona has Higher Rates of Teen Substance Abuse than National Average

Around the country, there are millions of teenagers who binge drink or abuse drugs. However, there are some states that seem to be more affected by this problem than others. Reports from the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that Arizona has a higher rate of teen substance abuse than national averages in almost every area surveyed (Padilla).  In order to combat this, some schools are now implementing support groups for teens who are struggling with substance abuse. When it comes to marijuana, inhalants, cocaine, and pain pills, the rates of teen substance abuse in Arizona are higher than national averages. The average for teenagers who have used marijuana is 40%, as compared to 43% in Arizona.  Additionally, of the Arizona students … Read entire article »

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Needle Exchange Programs Benefit Entire Community

Needle Exchange Programs Benefit Entire Community

  When drug addicts take a step deeper in their addiction, they may begin to shoot up their drugs of choice intravenously. IV drug users are at a very high risk for contracting HIV/AIDS or other transmittable diseases, especially if they are sharing and reusing needles. In the late 1980’s, needle exchange programs started to pop up around the country in order to combat the HIV epidemic among drug users by providing clean needles and a … Read entire article »

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My Path to Sobriety and Gratefulness

  After being in rehab for over five months and achieving sobriety, I have finally turned my cell phone back on. However, my old friends and connections back home where I was involved in the drug scene were unaware of this. This is not to say I haven’t been in contact with my friends. I am the type of drug addict who compartmentalizes his addiction. I have some really good friends whom I will always stay in contact with no matter what. On the other hand there has always been another area of friends who I am solely involved with due to drug use.  As much as I try to compartmentalize these two aspects of my life, they occasionally cross paths. This happened today. About thirty minutes ago I received a phone call … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Life, Recovery, Spirituality, Substance Abuse

Mindfulness Meditation and Addiction

Mindfulness Meditation and Addiction

  New research suggests that mindfulness meditation helps people to reduce tobacco use and manage stress, according to scientists Michael Posner and Yi-Yuan Tang. It has long been established that addiction to drugs, alcohol, and even cigarettes involves a specific area of the brain related to self-control. This area, which is located in the fronto-median cortex, has been studied by researchers using brain scans and other brain imaging methods. In a recent study conducted by scientists at … Read entire article »

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The Past Meets the Present in My Recovery

The Past Meets the Present in My Recovery

  In recovery, we work hard to acknowledge our past, make peace with it, and move forward. Despite all of our efforts, there are times when our pasts will show up uninvited into our lives. This can be a very jarring experience, because it brings together two very different aspects of our lives: our lives in recovery and our lives in active addiction. We can choose to react to these situations rationally or emotionally; we can … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Life, Recovery

Addiction Treatment in America throughout History

  Approximately ten percent of the human population is addicted to mind-altering substances. Most of these people cannot stop using on their own and need help. Since the birth of America as a colony, addicts have sought help to stop using through various treatment methods, and some have remained viable for centuries. The first known self-help groups in America were conducted by Native Americans, who had been living on American soil for thousands of years prior to white settlement. Europeans brought a flurry of new ideas, technology, and culture with them to the new world. Unfortunately, these settlers also brought alcohol with them. The introduction of colonists and their alcohol in the lives of Native Americans proved to be devastating. Today, some theories suggest Native American people are genetically susceptible to addiction. … Read entire article »

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