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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 »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Latest News, Mental Illness, Research, Substance Abuse

A Pain Medication as Potent as Morphine without the Risk of Dependence?

A Pain Medication as Potent as Morphine without the Risk of Dependence?

  The need for prescription opiate medication (pain medication), such as morphine, may arise for just about anyone.  For most, it serves it purpose post-surgery or post-injury, but for some it is the start to addiction and dependence, and for others, specifically addicts in recovery, it can be the cause of a terrible period of relapse.  Some addicts in recovery, so afraid of the potential danger in opiate therapy, harrowingly opt to treat severe pain post-surgery … Read entire article »

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Street Children Have Staggering Rates of Drug Abuse

Around the world, there are some 150 million children who are considered “street children” – children who work in the streets as their only way to get money, children who only return to a home at night, and children who live, work, and sleep in the streets (UNESCO.org). A new collaborative review of studies done on street children and drug abuse found that the rates of these children who abuse drugs, particularly inhalants, are astronomical; especially in low-to-middle income countries. These statistics are potentially devastating to these societies; as it hinders not only individual potential for productivity, but their societies. Unfortunately, this issue is largely ignored in many of the countries where it occurs. Researchers from Moi University in Kenya, Indiana University and Regenstrief Institute in the US, and University of … Read entire article »

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‘Glee’ Star Cory Monteith Checks into Rehab

  Cory Monteith, who plays Finn Hudson on the hit Fox series Glee has entered rehab for substance addiction. Although this is not his first attempt at getting sober, everyone—including his girlfriend, and fellow cast member, Lea Michele—is strongly supportive of his decision to try at it again. “I love and support Cory and will stand by him through this,” Michele, 26, says in a statement. “I am grateful and proud he made this decision.” The actress and singer tweeted to her 2.48 million followers, “Feeling so grateful today Going back a bit, to a 2011 interview with Parade magazine, Monteith explained that, by the age of 13, he was already skipping school to smoke pot and drink. He went on to express that his teenage years were uneasy, including attending 12 different schools, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Celebrity News, Substance Abuse, Treatment

Bruno Mars Discusses His Former Drug Abuse and Moving On With Life

  With such a successful career already unfolding and countless hits under his belt, including “Grenade,” “Locked out of Heaven,” and most recently, “If I Was Your Man,” Bruno Mars seems like the perfect rock star with no cares in the world, but he has had anything but a “perfect” past, having recently come clean about his earlier drug abuse and mostly forgotten nights. During an interview with GQ, Mars recalled the evening he was arrested for possession of drugs In Las Vegas in 2010. “I was really drunk. So a lot of that is a big blur, and I try every day to forget and keep pushing.” In an interview on Piers Morgan Tonight back in January of 2012, Bruno Mars recalled his stint in Vegas, saying, “I feel like it happened. … Read entire article »

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

FDA Concerned over Growing Rate of Prescription Opioid Abuse

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration are becoming alarmed at the increasing rate of prescription drug abuse in the United States, specifically opioid painkillers. Opioids are chemical compounds that bind to specific opioid receptors in the brain, the central and peripheral nervous system, and other tissues in the body. Opioids are found in prescription painkillers such as hydrocodone (Vicodin,) oxycodone (Oxycontin) and hydromorphone (Dilaudid) and are typically prescribed by doctors following a physical injury or surgery. Used as a painkiller, the analgesic effects of opioid use include decreased perception and reaction to pain, as well as feelings of euphoria. These affects, combined with the high potency of many of today’s opioid painkillers, gives them a high potential for abuse and dependence. The current data on prescription opioid abuse and addiction is … Read entire article »

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A Prescription for Prescription Medication Abuse in the Military

A Prescription for Prescription Medication Abuse in the Military

  In a little over a decade, the number of prescription medications prescribed for service members—including painkillers, tranquilizers, muscle relaxants, stimulants, and barbiturates—has risen from fewer than one million to nearly five million. There has been an ever-prevalent issue of alcohol abuse in the military, but prescription drug abuse has become more prominent since the Afghanistan War began in 2001. Many soldiers who have come back from the war with injuries or PTSD easily get handed … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Substance Abuse

Genetics and Addictions: What Predisposition Really Says About Becoming an Addict

  Addiction is a touchy topic, especially when it comes to the relationship of genetics causing a dependence of any sort. Recent studies have proved that while genetics can play a large role in predisposition, they cannot prove that someone will or will not become an addict, as addiction is a complex disease related to the interaction of both genetics and environmental factors.  After all, someone can be the only addict in their family, or they can be the only non-addict. No matter what role genetics play in a person’s likelihood of addiction, the focus should be on progress in terms of both the science of genetics and the treatment and prevention of addiction based on this available information. While genetics are not 100% responsible for a person’s descent into addiction, they … Read entire article »

Filed under: Substance Abuse

The Crystal Meth Epidemic

The Crystal Meth Epidemic

  In 2009, crystal meth re-surged as a major problem for the U.S.. Homegrown meth labs—and their disastrous consequences—multiplied across the nation as Mexican cartels got their stronghold in the Southwest. Crystal meth users, while varying in age and demographics, tend to be young and engage in high risk—even criminal—behavior, which is associated with this drug. Crystal meth causes serious health complications and is a public health concern, from the erratic behaviors seen while under the influence of methamphetamine … 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 »

Filed under: Addiction, Substance Abuse

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