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Medications can ease the symptoms of such things as anxiety to attention deficit disorder. But the long-term effects of prescription pill-popping by kids are still unknown. Some physicians' argue it is out of control.
Although teen smoking rates have fallen, more than 2,000 American children between the ages of 12 and 17 become cigarette smokers every day. The author argues that three factors: stress, boredom, and too much spending money are to blame.
Almost 80 percent of drugs have not been approved for pediatric use, but recent studies are providing important information about drug safety and effectiveness for children. Pediatricians say “it's about time.”
Elite athletes always have and always will pursue every competitive advantage—health and the law be damned. Is genetic manipulation next?
Is it possible that the drug war has not been the principal reason for recent prison population increases? Could it be that one of the most infamous eras of incarceration in U.S. history is coming to a close? The authors examine the possible causes of the trends.
As matters of economic analysis, alcohol and tobacco carry high societal price tags. But in California and other states, alcohol companies are immune from product liability. Many argue it is time for this to change.
Most people who take prescription drugs use them in a responsible manner. More than nine million Americans, however, use prescription drugs for non-medical reasons.
More people quit addictions than maintain them, and they do so on their own. This article discusses what it takes to overcome bitter addictions.
Drug abuse produces long-term changes in the reward circuitry of the brain. Knowledge of the cellular and molecular details of these adaptations could lead to new treatments for the compulsive behaviors that underlie addiction.
A controversial new anti-addictive drug is being studied. Made from the root bark of an African shrub, it may signal the end to craving.
The approval by the FDA of a new medication may reshape the landscape of opiate addiction treatment. Can it help the more than 1 million Americans who need it?
Scientists generally attribute nicotine's power to the activity it stimulates in the brain. This article discusses some of the latest scientific discoveries relative to this powerful drug.
Paxil has made life worth living for people around the world; but for those who want off, this wonder drug can be frightening.
Scientists may soon be able to identify children who are likely to become alcoholics. But Will society be able to prevent their addiction?
Why is it that some people seem to handle their liquor better than others? Recent findings shed new light on mankind's favorite drug of abuse.
For people with chronic pain, synthetic opioids are a wonderful gift; for other people, they are a prescription for abuse.
Women get addicted faster, seek help less often, and are more likely to die from the bottle. This article addresses the specific health issues related to women's use of alcohol.
One person's therapeutic nip may prove to be another's mistake. “With dozens of conflicting reports spilling out each year, is it any wonder that the public is confused about alcohol and health?”
In spite of numerous programs targeting drinking by college students, the rate of binge drinking has stayed consistent for the past 10 years. This article discusses the forces that have long propelled this phenomenon.
If you can buy it at a clean, well-lighted store and it's “all-natural,” it's not going to hurt you, right? This article discusses that some dietary supplements are just too dangerous to be on the market.
Although for many patients Paxil, a top-selling anti-depressant, works amazingly well. Others say that getting off the drug has involved true withdrawal. Why weren't they warned?
It's not your parent's marijuana: today's drug has nearly five times the level of THC than was in the pot of the 1970s.
Canada's 7 billion dollar marijuana production exceeds profits generated by cattle ranching, wheat farming, or forestry products. Only oil and gas are bigger.
This account of how the drug trade and drug addiction can destroy family life in a small Ohio town is just one snapshot of the rising tide of heroin abuse in small towns in the Midwest. Police in a 10-county area of northern Ohio blame it on proximity to larger cities.
In this article family practitioners discuss basic observations associated with the use of popular club drugs such as Ecstacy and GHB.
Many argue that an epidemic of performance enhancing drug use is at the heart of sports culture from pro sports to almost every Olympic venue. This article discusses how one raid on a California laboratory has changed sports history.
Another steroid probe involving top players threatens to blight the game, anger fans, and alter the record books.
Designer steroids are in the news and many athletes are running for cover. This collegiate strength and conditioning coach says the situation is getting uglier by the minute.
This past year has provided ample evidence that “doping” in sports is rife. This article presents details on how athletes at the summer Olympics in Athens were tested for drug doping.
Methamphetamine—a powerful form of speed—delivers a euphoric high, much like that of heroin and cocaine. Known as “crystal meth,” it is just as destructive and its use is growing among gay men.
Cannabis before school and whisky during lessons—students in London reveal all regarding their drug habits.
When 19-year-old Kyle Moores of Manassas, Virginia, discovered that his abuse of the pain reliever oxycontin had left him in debt and unable to hold a job, he finally sought help for his addiction. He serves as one example in the government's new effort to control prescription drug abuse. Can it work?
Oxycontin, a powerful prescription pain reliever, has become a popular alternative to street drugs such as heroin. It is the number one prescribed Schedule 11 narcotic in the U.S. The authors discuss how kids get involved with it.
DXM, Dex, Skittles, Red Devils, Triple C, Robo—teens find a dangerous, cheap high in over-the-counter cough medicine.
Since 1996, the police seizure of meth labs has gone up 500 percent to 9,368 last year. Meth is ravaging the Midwest. Why is it so hard to stop?
Think steroids are just about making it in the pros? This high school user reveals how his search for speed and strength ended with a needle.
The number of children in the U.S. exposed to the inherently dangerous process of manufacturing methamphetamine has increased alarmingly. This article discusses the growing problem of children forced into association with methamphetamine.
Research is shedding new light on the complex relationships between fetal exposure to drugs and mental illness later in life. As few as two drinks may kill fetal brain cells.
Dr. Andrew Mosholder, an epidemiologist in the Office of Drug Safety, reported that some antidepressants doubled the risk of suicide in children. Do physicians have the necessary information to adequately consider the risk to children when prescribing antidepressants.
Roofies, saltwater, and Special K are not the ingredients to make a low fat, diet breakfast or the name of a new rock band. They are terms for drugs used to render a victim defenseless to sexual assault. This article discusses the relationship between these drugs and rape.
The author of this article argues that historical policy analysis evolves as a reciprocal tool of policy makers—what every policy maker should consider.
This article argues that criminologists have failed to recognize many significant implications of the drug war while others argue that such negative implications have occurred in spite of the drug war, not becuase of it—which is correct?
James Gray argues that unless we change our approach, we will not be able to halt the use and abuse of drugs.
A pro-marijuana reform organization argues that neither George Bush nor John Kerry are for marijuana reform—does this article address marijuana reform, or something else?
Philosopher Douglas Husak, in support of legalizing drugs, asserts that none of the standard arguments for criminalizing drugs are any good and that there is little evidence that drug laws deter drug use. Do you agree?
Philosophy Professor George Sher argues against the theories expressed in the article by Douglas Husak. Sher asserts that the reasonable theories of criminalization do allow governments to criminalize some drug using behavior simply on the grounds that the behavior is risky, not only for the individual but for society. Do you agree?
In this third related article, philosopher Peter De Marneffe states that with respect to heroin, the social burdens associated with prohibition are justified—do you agree?
The Bush administration is hinting at sanctions if Canadian lawmakers do not act to prevent more potent Canadian marijuana from entering the United States.
In drug treatment, everyone including the client must realize that drug abuse is a personal issue. For addicted inmates, however, accepting blame for one's plight has many connotations. This article discusses how one innovative treatment program is making progress in the treatment of offenders with drug problems.
Economic costs associated with the incarceration of drug-related offenders are in the billions. Many argue that not treating an offender's addiction produces a virtual guarantee for recidivism. This article discusses new strategies for addressing this costly problem.
The mantra “Just Say No” became a national punch line for a reason: it didn't keep kids away from drugs. This article reviews current thinking on drug education for teens.
“Binge drinking” is a term commonly used to describe problem drinking by college students. The authors assert that students don't identify with this term and that new ways of defining problem drinking are needed.
A New York program that focuses on the family is a revolutionary new model for drug treatment.
Results of a groundbreaking survey find overwhelming public support for addiction treatment.
Henri Cauvin discusses some innovative ideas to address the difficult situation of drug-dependent mothers who wined up in Superior Court because they have neglected their children.
Alcohol, drug prevention, and treatment communities tend to be program-centered rather than person-centered. This article argues that it is time to rethink this position.
This article explains how the concept of harm reduction, as administered through the St. Ann's Corner of Harm Reduction in the Bronx, New York, exists as a viable option for deterring and treating drug abuse. Is this a successful role model and should it command wider attention in drug policy decision making in the U.S.?