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As diagnosis of once-rare illness soar, doctors say drug companies are disease mongering to boost sales. This article discusses some of the pharmaceutical realities of the free market.
The vast majority of young drug users see drug use as a positive experience. Read this article and discover the views the authors hold regarding the social roles of drug use.
As the abuse of methamphetamine increases across the United States, the strain on public and private resources worsens. Author Carol Falkowski suggests some solutions.
The 1960s are gone, but for some baby boomers, the drugs are not. This article provides a guide to the costs of a forty-year high.
It creates a potent, long-lasting high—until the user crashes and,too often, literally burns. Shown here is how meth quietly marched across the country and up the socioeconomic ladder—and the wreckage it leaves in its wake. Are the Feds doing all they can to contain this epidemic?
The Montana Meth Project—a saturation ad campaign targeting methamphetamine abuse in Montana—has residents talking. As one Montana teenager said, “It’s like watching a car wreck, you can’t take your eyes off it.”
Do home drug-testing kits help or hurt teens? Is this the right way to come clean? Find out how the idea of home drug testing is received.
Parents smoking dope with their kids—what are they thinking? Marni Jackson discusses the reality of children who’s parents used marijuana and the effects this has on them.
This article discusses the legacies of Prohibition from diverse historical perspectives. Is failure the correct work to associate with this complex social process?
How often do the latest scientific discoveries related to addiction get translated into practice when addressing drug abuse? How is the “brain-based” view of addiction changing the way we think about it?
The science of behavioral genetics has used twins and time to decipher the origins of addiction to help learn who is most vulnerable. Some markers of risk are analyzed.
A new understanding of how alcohol alters brain chemistry is providing options for treating alcoholism. Will it help prevent the disease?
This article summarizes the physiological effects of alcohol on adolescents. To what degree is early drinking related to biological changes that influence one’s later liability for addiction?
“All things are poisons, for there is nothing without poisonous qualities. It is only the dose which makes a thing a poison.” Paracelsus (1493-1541). To what degree does a scientific understanding of a drugs pharmacology influence a person’s decision to use it?
Does heavy marijuana use cause structural alterations in the brains of users? This article addresses some impacts of marijuana use at the cellular level.
While most agree that there are links between cannabis use and psychosis and cannabis use and schizophrenia, the verdict is not in. This article discusses some recent findings.
As some states succeeded in reducing the number of homemade meth labs, super labs in Mexico stepped in to supply a purer, more powerful, and more dangerous form of the drug. The dangerous new implications of this are addressed.
A new strategy to curb the rates of college drinking is being discussed as one way to help students responsibly regulate drinking practices. Is this a good approach?
Afghanistan’s drug trade is threatening the stability of a nation the U.S. went to war to stabilize. Sales of opium and heroin comprise more than half of the nation’s economy.
A tragic alcohol fatality brings a crackdown on the time-honored custom of birthday binging. Can these new laws work?
More colleges are creating programs for students who are recovering alcoholics and drug addicts. Does ‘social norm’ strategy reduce drinking at colleges?
New research raises questions about the addictiveness of steroids. Find out why what you don’t know can hurt you.
Despite it being the most common illicit drug in the world, treatment for cannabis use is not readily available. This article discusses some of the most recent thinking on treating cannabis abuse.
The discovery of 22,740 marijuana plants growing on national park land just north of San Francisco wasn’t only the biggest pot seizure ever made in Marin County; it was an environmental mess that will take months and tens of thousands of dollars to clean up.
Inhalant abuse, or “huffing,” is rising again among American school kids, particularly eighth graders. What is refueling this trend?
While overall drug use among young people has gone down the last four years, rates of children abusing inhalants rose sharply. The reasons for this are discussed.
As one teen from Texas states, “prescription drugs are a lot easier to get than street drugs. Kids can get them on the street, from parents and friends, or on the Internet.” Read this article and learn more regarding the comments of this teen.
Reports from around the country indicate that teenagers who abuse OxyContin are switching to heroin and are paying less for it. This article provides a different look into the evolution of the drug economy.
Club drugs such as XTC, GHB, ketamine, Rohypnol, meth, and LSD are typically used by young persons to enhance social interactions. But according to one study, youths are reporting negative consequences.
The latest teen drug trend known as “pharming” is alarming parents and teachers. Do drug advertisements influence this trend?
This study’s findings suggest that students enrolled in the most selective colleges have high levels of past-year stimulant abuse. What variables are contributing to this trend?
Street users call it “drop dead,” “flat-line” and “fefe.” Cops know it as a deadly mix of heroin and fentanyl. Read this article and find out how this lethal combination is affecting users.
Some over-the-counter cold and allergy medicines are being locked up as pharmacies nationwide are asked to join the fight against illegal drug production.
Addicts of all ages have similar problems, but seniors have some distinguishing ones. This article discusses a growing concern about older addicts.
Meth addicts skilled in identity theft are turning to computers and the Internet to expand their criminal activity. This article examines the inner workings of a ring of addicts as the costs of meth abuse continue to rise.
While the term “meth babies” lacks the name recognition of “crack babies,” meth’s reality exceeds all other drugs in terms of child welfare placements. This article provides examples of the new numbers.
Nearly 89 percent of juvenile arrests involve children and teens who are under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. This article includes some discussion of the variables that influence this.
This personal narrative reflects the reality of life for many contemporary Native American women: violence, addiction, and fear.
Alcohol abuse is the number one drug problem among American teens, and girls are more susceptible to the drug than boys. You can find some advice for confronting this problem.
Even moderate drinking during pregnancy can produce long-lasting effects. Yet research shows that at best 1 in 12 pregnant women still drink. Where do health policies fail at reducing this?
The abuse of alcohol is an international issue. The wider problem of alcohol in the Americas is discussed in this article. Is this a good example of a world-wide epidemic of alcohol abuse?
In February 2006, the FDA voted to recommend a “black-box” warning on stimulant drugs used to treat ADHD. This article adds another dimension to one of America’s most important drug debates.
Drug dealers in the workplace are becoming increasingly common and difficult to identify. This article discusses the impact of drugs in the American workplace.
After months of responding to criticism from congressional leaders about the out-of-control meth problem, the Bush administration says it has a plan to mitigate the plague. Why is this so late in coming and can it work?
The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the federal government’s authority to enforce marijuana laws. Does this mean the end of medical cannabis?
Although cannabis has been used as a therapeutic agent throughout history, is has never been submitted to the FDA for approval. Would it pass the test?
Matthew Mitten argues that imposing drug-testing programs on sports organizations is wrong. The federal government disagrees. Who should police performance enhancing drug use by professional athletes?
Drug testing programs are booming in the workplace as employers fight to keep meth out of the workplace. How much is this costing, and does it work?
Five hundred million people will die of smoking-related diseases in the next fifty years. Poor households in Morocco spend more on tobacco than on health and education combined. Can taxation of tobacco products derail this?
Criminals and terrorist organizations are profiting from illegal trade in contraband cigarettes at a great cost to society.
Cocaine cultivation in Colombia is down dramatically. The price of cocaine, however, is also down. Have cultivation and production simply been displaced, or is cocaine losing its popularity?
In rural Texas, multi-jurisdiction drug enforcement task forces are fighting to stay in business. Is this an example of local drug policy gone haywire?
A grass roots organization of current and retired police officers, judges, and prison wardens says the drug war is costing too much. The government says drug use is down. Who is right?
In response to California’s medical use of marijuana, the Supreme Court lays down the law relative to federal authority over state marijuana laws.
By some estimates, as many as one in ten American adults take anti-depressants. But getting off of them can be tricky. This article provides some new advice on what to do about treating depression.
Historically, justice systems have applied the same drug treatment programs for incarcerated women as for incarcerated men. It doesn’t work. Here are some examples of new thinking relative to female offenders and drug treatment.
Nearly 80 percent of smokers trying to quit relapse within one year. A new program, however, is making progress with this powerful and deadly addiction. Why is treating nicotine addiction so difficult?
Researchers are discovering that supplementing traditional alcohol rehab programs with drug therapy can dramatically improve the odds of escaping from alcoholism. Why do these drugs help?
Adolescents have unique medical issues and physicians have not historically been proactive in engaging young patients in talk about drug use. This article provides some discussion on how that is changing.
Drug treatment for young persons involved with the juvenile justice system is grossly inadequate. This article discusses the trend to change this. But are we still falling short?
Harvey Shrum asserts that America has become so focused on prisons as the answer to social ills that today, one in thirty-seven Americans is or has been incarcerated. Over eighty percent of those incarcerated committed their offense while under the influence of drugs. This article discusses two new ways to prevent drug-related recidivism.
Author Joseph Califano argues that the price for parental pessimism and ambivalence toward drugs is high. This discussion centers on the importance of talking to kids about drugs.
For many parents, talking to their kids about drugs involves difficult decisions about what to say regarding their own past drug use. This article provides some straightforward advice on how to confront some of these difficult questions.
It has long been recognized in the physical education community that physical exercise can play a major role in detoxification and rehabilitation. This article describes a British correctional program proving successful in helping prisoners recover from drug abuse.