Two coinciding factors are currently worrying public health experts regarding teen and adolescent health. First off, marijuana use among young people is growing. Second, it is becoming increasingly apparent that marijuana use among young people is particularly harmful to them.
There is no mistaking that the massive push to manufacture, distribute, and prescribe opioid pain relievers in the late-1990s and early-2000s was a huge mistake. It’s known that opioid pharmaceuticals have caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Americans. But what about the more sinister, under-reported harmful effects of the prescription opioid epidemic, like the surge in heroin addiction?
While opioid prescribing has declined slightly in recent years, Americans still receive far too many of these drugs—and way too easily.
There is no denying that 2020 has been a challenging year for many Americans. For those who struggle with addiction, this is even more true.
Despite evidence of long term consequences, psychedelics are becoming more accepted in many countries around the world.
Public reports indicate the U.S. drug overdoses declined slightly in 2018. Was this the result of public policy, or was it the result of foreign nations cracking down on drug trafficking?
Though alcohol consumption has been all but completely normalized in American society, every year it seems we find more harmful effects connected to drinking. For example, research shows that heavy drinking in one's youth can lead to dementia in one's elderly years, only one of a host of other mental and physical problems that can occur.
One of the harmful side-effects of addiction is that being hooked on drugs and alcohol makes one more susceptible to contracting various illnesses. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, that puts addicts at even greater risk.
Common drugs found in over-the-counter cough medicines can easily be abused. Do you know what to look for?
When addicts try to get off drugs and alcohol, they often find themselves coming up against challenges and difficulties. Getting rid of an addiction is not an easy thing to do. Sadly, the COVID-19 pandemic is making conditions even more challenging for addicts.