The Many Reasons for Drug Abuse among Teenagers – and One Solution

The Many Reasons for Drug Abuse among Teenagers – and One Solution

Alcohol use among American teens is very high, and drug use is not low – one survey states that 42.5% of teens tried drugs, and 16% were classified as drug abusers. But why do so many teenagers feel the need...
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Drug Abuse: Disease or Choice?

Drug Abuse: Disease or Choice?

Official organizations such as the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse call drug abuse a disease, and there is some evidence to support this. A researcher at Harvard University exposed fish in a tank to cocaine. The fish seemed to...
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Author of “Unbroken Brain” Speaks out on Addiction

Author of “Unbroken Brain” Speaks out on Addiction

Author Maia Szalavitz says that 12-step programs and “Tough Love” may do more harm than good – and she should know what she’s talking about after having been a cocaine and heroin addict from the age of 17 until she...
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Addicted? What does it really mean, and is your personality to blame?

Addicted? What does it really mean, and is your personality to blame?

The word “Addicted” gets thrown around with abandon these days. People will say that their latest smartphone app is addictive, or that a TV show is addictive, and weirdly enough, that doesn’t mean anything negative. On the contrary, it’s seen...
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Your Doctor May not Know How to Treat Addiction

Your Doctor May not Know How to Treat Addiction

If you suspect you have a drug addiction problem, the first advice generally given is that you should consult your doctor. But will he or she know how to deal with your issue? PBS News Hour reports that many doctors...
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Society has to recognize the real people and real problems behind drug addiction

Society has to recognize the real people and real problems behind drug addiction

A columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald, Australia says that society can learn lessons from the conviction of Harriet Wran, daughter of former New South Wales premier Neville Wran. In 2014, the young woman, an “Ice” addict joined two male...
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Drug Abuse Among Healthcare Workers: An Unseen Trend

Drug Abuse Among Healthcare Workers: An Unseen Trend

Healthcare professionals are supposed to follow the highest ethical standards. However, the global wave of drug abuse leaves no sector of society unscathed, particularly in America. USA Today reports that more than 100,000 people who work in healthcare are abu...
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3,000% increase in demand for opioid addiction treatment medical services between 2007 and 2014 says CNN

3,000% increase in demand for opioid addiction treatment medical services between 2007 and 2014 says CNN

Just about anyone who is up to date with the news will know that the problem of opioid addiction is repeatedly mentioned, but a new study by databank corporation Fair Health has produced a devastating finding: a 3,000% increase in...
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Marijuana and Cannabis Aren’t as Harmless as You Think

Marijuana and Cannabis Aren’t as Harmless as You Think

As the drive to legalize marijuana becomes more successful worldwide, both for medical and recreational use, it’s important to remember that it is not a risk-free drug. Psychotic episodes are associated with usage, and now that there is a highly...
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The Ice Epidemic in Australia

The Ice Epidemic in Australia

Australia is known to the world as a happy, friendly and prosperous country, but its problem with crystal meth, or “ice,” is so profound that a former prime minister called it a menace to the nation. This issue manifests among...
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