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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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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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Pope Francis Takes Firm Stance against Drug Legalization

  Pope Francis took the opportunity to speak out against the legalization of drugs while on a landmark trip to Brazil in July. During Francis’ first trip to back to South America, where he is from, the Pope urged regional leaders to take a firm stance against drug legalization plans in Latin America. Pope Francis denounced the illegal drug trade as well, condemning drug dealers and drug traffickers. “How many dealers of death there are that follow the logic of money and power at any cost! The scourge of drug trafficking, that favors violence and sows the seeds of suffering and death, requires of society as a whole an act of courage,” he said. He also urged people to overcome the roots of the drug epidemic while on the third day of his … Read entire article »

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“That 70’s Show” Star, Lisa Robin Kelly Dies at 43 in California Rehab

  Lisa Robin Kelly, who starred in the hit comedy series “That 70’s Show,” passed away on August 14, 2013, while staying in a California drug and alcohol rehab facility after battling with alcoholism for several years. She was determined to turn her life around in rehab after being arrested several times in the last few years for DUIs and other charges, but at only 43 years old, the actress reportedly died from a cardiac arrest in her sleep at the rehab facility, although the certainty of her cause of death has not been officially released to the public. In a report by The Daily Beast, Lisa Robin Kelly’s agent, Craig Wyckoff, said that he “…spoke to her on Monday, and she was hopeful and confident, looking forward to putting this part … Read entire article »

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Boston Mayoral Candidate Proposes Recovery Services Office to Treat Addiction

  There are many problems politicians hope to fix when running for office; candidates in all levels of politics hope to make changes that will help solve societal woes. These “fixes” can range from mental health to public transportation and everywhere in between; but we don’t often see candidates harp on the growing problem of substance addiction in our country. That is, except for Martin Walsh, a mayoral candidate in Boston, who is seeking to make it easier for alcoholics and addicts to receive the help they need; he proposes forming an Office of Recovery Services devoted to helping those in need to navigate the system and get treatment (Ryan). For Walsh, this is not only a political move but a very personal quest. Walsh is a recovering alcoholic with 18 years … Read entire article »

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Faces of Addiction

Faces of Addiction

  Addiction can happen to anyone, regardless of social position, age, race, job, or any other boundary that is put up. But behind every addict is a story, a struggle. The devastating physical, emotional, and spiritual effects have taken their toll or are in the process of doing so, and there lies a fork in the road. At the end of the day, every addict’s story comes to the same basic choices: continue on the road … Read entire article »

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Whatever happened to the playground?

Whatever happened to the playground?

In today’s age, it seems like kids are starting to do things younger and younger, from wearing makeup to using cell phones. It seems that this trend of “younger, younger, younger” has pushed itself knee deep into the bog of drinking, drugs, and potential addiction. Kids are starting to use dangerous drugs regularly at the beginning of their teen years. Is this because the easy access, the fact that so many of them see this … Read entire article »

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Top Five Athletes Whose Careers Were Ruined By Drugs

Top Five Athletes Whose Careers Were Ruined By Drugs

Josh Hamilton, Baseball The first overall draft pick in 1999 by the then Tampa Bay Devil Rays, who promptly signed him to a then-record $3.96 million signing bonus.  At the beginning of the 2001 season his career began falling to ruins right in front of his eyes due to drugs and injuries.  During the 2001 and 2002 seasons he played only a total of 83 games.  At the start of the 2003 season, Hamilton took six … Read entire article »

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More Homeless People Die of Drug Overdose than HIV

More Homeless People Die of Drug Overdose than HIV

The homeless are a part of our society that, sadly, seems to go unnoticed by the majority of the population until something drastic is discovered. In the 1980s and ‘90s, when HIV was a largely inexplicable phenomenon, many homeless people were suffering and dying; society took notice. Well, it isn’t HIV anymore. According to a five year study conducted by the Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, the number one … Read entire article »

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Medbox Wants to Install Medical Marijuana Vending Machines

  It seems like Medbox, a California based company is in the business to make all the adult stoners in Colorado and Washington State happy. Their ultimate goal is to use a vending machine style method of sales distribution, which would require a fingerprint scan linked to a patient’s prescription for marijuana and dispense their desired strain. Would that be a business savvy idea? Yes. Would it be a moral and feasible concept to actually carry out? No. For one, from what I’ve found, the majority of people who do drugs don’t care whether or not it’s legal; never mind whether or not they can get it from a vending machine. So, as to the topic on marijuana vending machines helping to eliminate the illegal drug trade, I believe that is a … Read entire article »

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