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It creates a potent, long-lasting high—until the user crashes and, too often, literally burns. Discussed in the article 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?
Violent urban legends have always surrounded Mexican drug traffickers, but few have acquired such a reputation for viciousness as Heriberto Lazcano. For residents of Mexican and American border towns,
living with drugs means almost daily reports of brutal violence.
Drugs provide Colombia’s biggest source of foreign income, nearly 36 percent of its gross national product.
Narco-trafficking moves between 20 and 30 percent of the world economy. The biggest buyer of this product is still the U.S. as we remain inextricably connected to the illegal drug trade.
Joe Clarke lived undercover for two decades as the top snitch in the government’s war on drugs. Now the Feds won’t touch him, and the Hell’s Angels want him dead. One man’s story of
the reality of living withdrugs.
Even after extensive research, sometimes drug approval occurs before all possible risks have been determined. Post-approval monitoring is often minimal. All drugs carry risks that must be evaluated against the expected benefits. This article provides some guidelines to help
protect you from drug dangers.
In one of the great examples of the mixed messages of science, the same study that killed the blockbuster arthritis drug Viox, also determined that the drug prevented pre-cancerous colon polyps in some patients.
Is it possible to safely calculate the realities of a drug’s risks and benefits?
Some argue that in psychological healing today, patients are no longer attached to their therapists but to their medications.
Can pills alone cure the blues?
Lynn Harris reports on the ‘New Girl-Next-Door Addicts’ and asks whether doctors are to blame for the disproportionate rates of
women addicted to prescription drugs. This article discusses what women need to know about the drugs they use.
The debate about using stimulant medications such as
Ritalin to manage a child’s difficult behavior has been raging across North America for 30 years. Is it because increased class sizes cause inevitable distractions, or is it because children find it difficult to adapt to classroom routines because of their constant connection to fast moving computer games and television?
As the abuse of methamphetamine increases across the U.S., the strain on public and private resources worsens. Author Carol Falkowski suggests some solutions.
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.
With the human genome mapped, a new era in medicine is underway. Fast and powerful ways are transforming how drugs are discovered and developed. Some believe that this new science may initiate a golden age of drug discovery. What are the implications of these
discoveries for understanding addiction?
Over the last decade, Scott Weiland established himself as the quintessential junkie rock star. Now 37, he has to his credit several platinum albums, five drug arrests, six months in jail, and uncountable attempts at rehab—think Kurt Cobain minus the shotgun. The
biography of an addict.
Bob Ramsay, a Toronto communications specialist, was beyond treating his own addiction when friends stepped in. This article provides some
good advice for helping dependent friends who can’t help themselves.
Dr. Oliver Ameisen, a 51-year old cardiologist, is an alcoholic. After numerous hospitalizations, years of failed rehabs, and thousands of AA meetings, Dr. Ameisen began a scientific search he hoped would save his life. New research confirms
how difficult recovery is and how medications may help addicts.
More people quit addictions than maintain them, and they do so on their own. This article discusses
what it takes to overcome bitter addictions.
Data shows that inhalant abuse among children is growing in all parts of the country. Experts warn that a hidden epidemic is gaining momentum across America.
Drinking is a buy-now, pay-later proposition. Here’s how to cut your interest rate.
Some lawmakers are waging a drug war against
abusers of prescription painkillers; but are they fighting for an unjust cause? For those with chronic pain, prescription painkillers may provide the only opportunity to lead a normal life.
The cheapness of illegal drugs isn’t just a sign of police failure. It’s also evidence that the drug business has become more competitive.
Is the cocaine market opening up again?
In this article family practioners discuss basic observations associated with the use of
popular club drugs such as Ecstacy and GHB.
Crystal meth, multiple partners, and unprotected sex: it’s a deadly mix that is stirring
new fears about the spread of HIV.
Are Canada’s relaxed drug laws fueling a boom on marijuana exports to the United States? John Walters, White House Drug Czar, refers to it as
the crack of marijuana.
More colleges are creating programs for
students who are recovering alcoholics and drug addicts. Does ‘social norm’ strategy reduce drinking at colleges?
Alcoholic beverages and the problems they produce have been recorded in societies since the beginning of human history. This article discusses alcohol in terms of three important topics.
Smoking is a no-brainer, right? Everyone knows it’s a bad thing. It’s just a matter of education and will-power. This article describes the
dark side of a deadly industry determined to stay alive.
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.
Substance abuse experts are reporting the results of a new survey that one in five teenagers have misused the painkiller Vicodin, and an alarmingly high number of others have tapped the
family medicine cabinet.
Are antidepressants killing teens or saving their lives? A father searches for answers.
Five hundred thousand teens attempted suicide in the United States last year. Is a combination of pills and talking the best
remedy for depression?
teenage drinking just a rite of passage in a culture where alcohol use is the norm among adults? Or is it a serious problem demanding attention? Is keeping teens away from alcohol possible?
The headlines about
illegal steroids have focused on professional and Olympic athletes. The most vulnerable users, however, may be the
kids in your neighborhood.
college students are taking prescription drugs like Adderall to help them study. How are colleges and universities addressing this? Several important issues are discussed.
Ecstasy remains one of the most prominently used drugs by college students and young adults. This letter discusses one recent study comparing the relationship of
Ecstasy use and depression within a collegiate population.
Addicts of all ages have similar problems, but seniors have some distinguishing ones. This article discusses a growing concern about
Illegal pills have sparked a wave of thefts and criminality that rural towns just can’t handle. In Tazewell County, Virginia,
oxycontin reigns as public enemy number one.
Manufactured in homes, motels, cars, and boats,
meth and its toxic precursors are leaving a trail of toxic waste sites across the United States. What started as a police problem is now an issue for the Environmental Protection Agency.
This personal narrative reflects the reality of life for many contemporary Native American women:
violence, addiction, and fear.
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.
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.
This article gives an indepth look at the relationship of
substance abuse and demographics. The costs are staggering.
Criminals and terrorist organizations are profiting from
illegal trade in contraband cigarettes at a great cost to society.
Angel Raich, who has a brain tumor, and Diane Monson, who suffers from chronic back pain, sued to prevent the federal government from blocking their use of marijuana. This article describes some of the issues that surround the
medical use of marijuana.
In response to California’s
medical use of marijuana, the Supreme Court lays down the law relative to
federal authority over state marijuana laws.
When four young Royal Canadian Mounties were cut down while guarding a crime scene containing a marijuana growing operation, many Canadians began to question Canada’s liberal attitudes toward marijuana.
Is pot really to blame?
Researchers, clinicians, and observers in the fields of substance abuse and public policy have repeatedly expressed concern over the mass
imprisonment of drug offenders. What have we learned?
Ignorance of the actual patterns of illicit drug abuse and drug distribution cripples policy making. The
axing of a key data collection program may be a major setback for effective policy making.
To search or not to search is a perplexing issue facing school leaders.
Students’ rights versus a safe and orderly learning environment—is there a middle ground?
drug testing and education program in Polk County, Florida, is serving as a statewide model. What are the costs associated with programs like these?
Bruce Howard says
drug testing spurred him to rethink everything. How a policy that sounds tough can turn into a lifeline for some.
John Walters, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy and Ethan Naldelman, director of the Drug Policy Alliance, provide opposing viewpoints on the
war on drugs.
Native Americans have the highest rate of addiction of any group in the U.S. and the poorest rates of recovery. Traditionally, the federal response has been incarceration, not treatment. Finally, some
new thinking is shedding light on addressing this serious problem.
Over the past decade, scientists have come to understand how the addicted brain works. An
epilepsy drug may help addicts to stop drinking.
One innovative program is making progress in turning around troubled youth. This article tackles some hard issues in respect to
teens, drugs, and delinquency.
Most ex-smokers triumph over cigarettes only after experiencing numerous failures. This article discusses some
alternative treatment methods that are providing new hope
for smokers wanting to kick the habit.
Journalist Renee Moilanen states that new twists on old ways of addressing
drug education and prevention are not working. Do you agree?
Harvey Shrum asserts that America has become so focused on prisons as the answer to social ills that today, one in thrity-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.
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.