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Study Shows that ADHD Drug Abuse Being During the Teen Years

adhdKiddie Cocaine it’s called.  More formally, Ritalin; and commonly prescribed to children and youth as a chemical “solution” to study difficulties in school.  According to the Drug Enforcement Administration,  Ritalin (the drug methylphenidate), is a Schedule II narcotic.  It is in the same drug classification as amphetamines, cocaine and morphine.  It begs the question, why are we starting our children and youth on the path to drug addiction by giving them a Schedule II narcotic? Continue reading

Drug ‘Drop Off Box’ Seeks to Aid in the Fight Against Prescription Drug Abuse

prescriptionPrescription drug abuse is a problem that few individuals fully comprehend.  After all, in order to obtain prescription drugs most individuals have to go visit their medical doctor, an individual who is highly trained and whose opinion is therefore highly trusted and rarely even questioned or second-guessed.  This trusted professional reviews the individual’s condition and recommends the use of medications that are FDA-approved.  This can leave the individual with the idea that these medications will solve their problems for them, and they may unknowingly step forward onto the path of prescription drug abuse and addiction. Continue reading

Illicit Drug Abuse Becoming More Prevalent in Seniors

seniorThe Baby Boomers are the American generation born between the end of World War II in 1946, and 1964.  The Boomers are the largest American generation in U.S. history.  Numbering 77 million as of 2011, they make-up 24.3 % of total U. S. population as of 2012.  On January 1st of 1996, the first of the Baby Boomers turned 50 years-old.   On January 1st of 2011, the first of the Baby Boomers turned 65.  The Baby Boomers are becoming America’s seniors. Continue reading

New Study Outlines Drug Abuse and Alcoholism in Pregnant Women

pregnantMedical doctors have always recommended abstinence from drug and alcohol use during pregnancy, except for medically prescribed substances recommended during the pregnancy.  Prior studies into the relationship between substance abuse and instances of stillbirth mainly relied on the pregnant woman’s self-reporting, but new research has based its more precise findings on actual measurements of drug chemicals found in umbilical cords.  Research funded by the National Institutes of Health has indicated that smoking tobacco or marijuana, taking prescription medications, or using any illegal drugs during pregnancy can lead to complications, including damage to the fetus and an increased risk of stillbirth. Continue reading

What Does Drug Abuse Cost The United States

american flagOne of the common lies told by substance abusers is that their drug or alcohol use is their own business.  In fact many substance abusers believe that they are alone in suffering from their addiction and that they are the only one affected by it.  Nothing can be further from the truth.  Continue reading