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Rx Drug Abuse and Lax Parental Attitudes on the Rise

By on May 9, 2013 in Drug Addiction | 0 comments

Drug Abuse and Lax Parental Attitudes One in four teenagers admits to abusing prescription drugs at some point, a 33 percent increase in the last five years. Painkiller abuse remains stable while stimulant abuse of ADD medications has risen 13 percent with one in eight teens confessing to abusing them without a prescription or abusing their own. About half of users get the drugs from their home’s medicine cabinet while the other half obtained them from friends. These startling results hail from the PATS Study under the conduction of The Partnership at Drugfree.org and the Met Life Foundation and evaluates prescription drug abuse stats among teens from 2008-2012. Beyond correlating teen drug abuse data, the PATS Study’s results indicate that many parents are taking a lax attitude about their teens and drug abuse, and the odds are in your favor that you know some parents like this and...

Wendy Williams Flying High in Sobriety

By on May 6, 2013 in Drug Addiction, News | 0 comments

Another Story of Addiction in Hollywood Nothing gets entertainment buffs stirred up like a sensationalized story about celebrity drug addicts, particularly those who struggle year after year of unsuccessful bouts in rehabilitation. Apparently, Wendy William’s prior cocaine and crack addiction barely rated a blip on the paparazzo’s newsworthiness radar, perhaps due to her long-term sobriety thanks to the effectiveness of her own personal version of outpatient rehab, her commitment to being drug-free, and the love of her life. Complacency Only Fuels Addiction Beginning what was to become a successful and lucrative media career in radio and television, Wendy Williams is certain that her larger-than-life personality allowed her to mask an increasing cocaine addiction, which began in college in the 80s. Although drugs were a part of her daily life, those who knew and worked with her were...

Governments Struggle to Legislate Designer Drugs

By on Apr 18, 2013 in Drug Addiction, News | 0 comments

A New Focus for the DEA The U.S Drug Enforcement Administration stays busy synthesizing new drugs in the laboratory, according to Bloomberg Businessweek. The purpose of this research is to curtail the recreational drug market, which is currently worth billions of dollars. Manufacturers are continually synthesizing new drugs that provide the effects of street drugs such as amphetamines, cocaine and marijuana. These synthetic drugs are chemically distinct from traditional street drugs and may legal to use until a national government passes new laws outlawing the synthetic drug. A Never Ending Supply of New Synthetic Drugs The International Narcotics Control Board reports that synthetic drugs such as 2NE1 and STS-135 have entered the recreational-drug market at the rate of about once per week since 2008. Governments routinely outlaw these drugs but window of time always exists during...

Lady Gaga Conquered Her Addiction

By on Jan 28, 2013 in Drug Addiction | 0 comments

Many youth and young adults go absolutely goo-goo for Lady Gaga, and for good reason. Among her most notable talents as a performer, she has become role model to many young people around the globe. But ask her about this responsibility, she just might tell you she was not always optimistic about her foot steps being ones to follow. This, in part, due to her admitted drug use. The Wake-up Call “I was very depressed when I was 19 … I would go back to my apartment and just sit there. It was quiet and lonely. It was still. It was just my piano and myself. I left my television on all the time just to feel like somebody was hanging out with me.” Gaga, whose birth name is Stefani Germanotta, continues to say after kicking her cocaine addiction, that the drug had become her best friend. Gaga says she never used it with others, only alone. She felt that it filled a terrible...

Overcoming Addiction at a Young Age

By on Jan 10, 2013 in Drug Addiction | 0 comments

Drew Barrymore is one of the most beloved actresses of her generation. She started her acting career at a very young age, getting her first role in a commercial when she was only 11 months old. Although the young actress was beloved for her roles in movies, she became involved in drugs and alcohol. Her addictions began when she was young and the fight to overcome the challenges started during her teen years. Early Addiction When Drew Barrymore admitted that she was taking drugs and alcohol, it was a shock to the nation. The beloved star stated that she was smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol from the time she was only nine years old. After her experiments with alcohol, the young actress started trying marijuana at age 10 and began using cocaine at age 12. Those early addictions to drugs and alcohol led the actress into rehabilitation programs. Although she was able to give up the...

Is My Teen Smoking Spice?

By on Dec 19, 2012 in Drug Addiction | 0 comments

The Problem at Hand Most people wouldn’t intentionally harm themselves, but anyone who smokes spice is doing just that. Spice is one of the street names for synthetic marijuana, a dangerous man-made drug that’s sold at convenience stores and smoke shops as incense. Despite public awareness campaigns, the use of Spice among teens continues to rise. A survey conducted in 2011 by the National Institute on Drug Abuse revealed that one out of every 10 high school senior class members has used or experimented with Spice. The synthetic drug appeals to kids and young adults due to its accessibility, low cost compared to street drugs and the variety of flavors. It’s wise to be concerned if you suspect your teen might be smoking Spice; read more to gain helpful information. Learn More About Spice Abuse How is Spice Used? Spice is typically sold under the label of incense and...