Talking to teens about marijuana use can be challenging. According to the 2015 Monitoring the Future survey, first time daily marijuana use exceeds daily tobacco cigarette use among 12th graders. The survey, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), found that popular opinion among young people still holds that the drug is generally safe and harmless. Read more
More than 24,000 people die from heroin and prescription opioid overdoses each year (Drug War Facts). Even when addicts overdose in the presence of others, paramedics might not arrive in time to save their lives, and many people are reluctant to immediately call emergency services out of fear of getting the addict in trouble. However, recent developments in drug technology may help reverse this trend. Overdose kits containing naloxone, once limited to hospitals, are becoming increasingly popular in non-medical settings to provide rapid response medical care for opioid overdoses. Read more
Drug addiction is currently rampant in the United States. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, more than 23 million Americans are addicted to drugs or alcohol and more than 43,000 of them die of overdoses each year. These frightening statistics make one wonder how drugs can get such a powerful hold on an addict that he or she will risk his or her life to get high. The answer lies in the fact that drugs fundamentally change the way an addict’s brain functions to make quitting more difficult (The Washington Post, “Brain changes in an addict make it hard to resist heroin and similar drugs”).
Inhalants are drugs that are primarily abused by breathing them into the lungs to produce a mind-altering effect. According to the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health Understanding (NSDUH), almost 800,000 people aged 12 and above had tried inhalants within the past year. Even short-term use of inhalants can cause serious harm or death. Over time, inhalant abuse leads to addiction, which can make quitting extremely difficult. Recognizing the early warning signs of an inhalant addiction is vital to achieving a timely and lasting recovery. Read more
Synthetic marijuana is an addictive drug that is marketed as a safe and legal alternative to marijuana. The drug can be bought in American retail stores in the form of small packets with a variety of colorful names, including K2, Spice, Black Mamba and many others. There is currently a great deal of misconception about what synthetic marijuana is and what it can do to the human body.
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