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Study First of Its Kind to Track Age Trends in Heroin Deaths

heroinIt is commonly known that there are only three possible outcomes for addicts.  It is going to be sobriety, prison—or death.  A new study published in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment reported the death rate for heroin and cocaine users as 14.3 times higher than the general population average.  The study highlights the mortality risks associated with using these illicit drugs. Continue reading

Study Says It’s Easier to Study Heroin Than Marijuana

girlThe 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) reports 20 million people in the United States used marijuana in the month prior to survey, making pot America’s favorite illicit drug.  Medical marijuana has been legal in California since 1996, and half a million Californians have prescriptions for its use.  ProCon.org, a non-profit organization that promotes critical thinking, education and informed citizenship on critical issues, estimated there would be nearly 2.5 million regular medical marijuana users alone if every state in the nation legalized medical marijuana.  Why, with such a high level of use, is marijuana regarded as difficult to study? Continue reading

Heroin Abuse: US versus Afghanistan

flagThe Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Dr. Nora D. Volkow, identifies heroin as a highly addictive opioid drug having devastating social and medical consequences in our society.  She further notes that its consequences of violence, crime, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, and ill-effects on the environments of family, education and workplace cost our nation billions of dollars every year.  Continue reading

Statistics Point Out That Heroin Deaths are Still on the Rise

heroinThe Centers for Disease Control (CDC) data reveals that while prescription painkiller related deaths are down, heroin deaths are up.  And while the recent CDC data does not specifically show a link between prescription painkillers and heroin, it is suspected that painkiller addicts can and will switch to heroin for a cheaper and easier-to-get high. Continue reading