Marijuana Positive? Many Factors To Consider First

Marijuana Positive? Many Factors To Consider First

“If I smoke pot Saturday, will it show up on a drug screen Wednesday?” This question is probably at the forefront of many minds when facing the possibility of an upcoming drug test. If you’re not a frequent user, the lasting effect may be out of your system by then. But then again, there’s an…

Young people are at increased risk from cannabis use

Young people are at increased risk from cannabis use

Marijuana is perhaps the most commonly abused drug in the United States. Additionally, today’s marijuana is stronger than ever with the risk of potentially permanent negative effects on its users. Marijuana advocates have been given a loud voice through state legislation and legalization rhetoric. In this setting, young people may perceive a minimal risk of…

Bruce Lee Letters and the Drug Use of Young Celebrities

Bruce Lee Letters and the Drug Use of Young Celebrities

Substance use disorders among young celebrities In 1973 actor and martial arts expert Bruce Lee had a mild headache. After taking Equagesic, a prescription pain reliever, Lee fell into a coma and never woke up. The 32-year-old actor’s cause of death was found to be a reaction to an ingredient in the pain relievers he…

What does it mean to be “California Sober”?

What does it mean to be “California Sober”?

Have you ever heard of the term “California Sober”? It’s a phrase popularized by singer / actress Demi Lovato in a recent documentary that describes her battle against addiction. According to the star, the term means avoiding all addictive substances, with the exception of “soft” drugs like marijuana and alcohol. The practice is rooted in…

Khat is abused all over the world and is coming to America

Khat is abused all over the world and is coming to America

Even if a mind-altering drug popular in other countries has not yet gained significant penetration in the United States, that doesn’t mean Americans shouldn’t be made aware of its potential dangers. Much of the drug trafficking problem in this country is that drugs are brought into the US from other parts of the world. Medicines…

Wherever medical marijuana is advertised, youth consumption increases

Wherever medical marijuana is advertised, youth consumption increases

While marijuana remains a hotly contested issue across the country, most parents would agree that they would not want their teenage children to use marijuana. Up to this point, a 2019 study published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence found that the more likely young people were exposed to medical marijuana advertisements, the more…

The cruel health effects of meth addiction

The cruel health effects of meth addiction

Methamphetamines are extremely addicting and the withdrawal symptoms are severe, making it difficult to quit. And as if meth addiction wasn’t bad enough in itself, new research shows that most meth addicts also grapple with many health problems, behavior problems, and sometimes life-threatening hardships. Meth addicts are likely to find themselves in serious and complex…

Vaporizing damaged teenagers;  Now Juul has to pay $ 40 million to settle a lawsuit

Vaporizing damaged teenagers; Now Juul has to pay $ 40 million to settle a lawsuit

There is some compelling evidence to suggest that vaping from e-cigarettes often paves the way for cannabis use, especially among young people. And in recent news, major e-cigarette maker Juul recently lost a lawsuit over its role in the scary marketing of Juul e-cigarettes to teens. Unfortunately, the even worse risk, the link between e-cigarette…

What effects does drug addiction have on the environment?

What effects does drug addiction have on the environment?

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon as a representative of the South American deforestation for cocaine plantations. (Image courtesy Purdom and Nokes 2014) Substance abuse harms the ecosystem. This damage is a researched and documented fact – albeit perhaps little known and surprising. In recent years there has been increased awareness of the deteriorating state of…

Cannabis and pregnancy do not go together

Cannabis and pregnancy do not go together

New information shows a direct link between negative health outcomes in newborns and mothers who used cannabis during pregnancy. But even as this information is making its way into the mainstream, other research suggests that more women use cannabis during pregnancy than in recent years. To ensure health and well-being for babies and their mothers,…

Overdoses are on the rise and it’s not just opioids anymore

Overdoses are on the rise and it’s not just opioids anymore

With the exception of 2018, the death toll from drug overdoses was higher each year than last year. This trend has continued since the turn of the century. Now the overdose crisis isn’t just being fueled by opioid drugs. Cocaine and meth overdoses have risen sharply lately. Many of these overdoses have been fatal. Today…

Talk to young people about marijuana

Talk to young people about marijuana

Recent studies suggest that marijuana use in the teenage years acts as a predictor of drug addiction. It’s not that marijuana is consumed causes Youngsters using other drugs. Rather, researchers have shown that adolescents who use marijuana are more likely to use other drugs, especially in their young adult years. The importance of these findings…

Still a drug of abuse, still readily available, still dangerous

Still a drug of abuse, still readily available, still dangerous

Photo by EvgeniyShkolenko / iStockPhoto.com Parents, lawmakers, and law enforcement agencies go to great or extreme lengths to keep hazardous materials out of the hands of children. Laws are passed, drug dealers are arrested, schools give lectures on drug prevention, parents sit down with their children at home to educate them. But there is one…

My darling has an overdose … now what ?!

My darling has an overdose … now what ?!

Overdose, it’s a scary word that nobody likes to consider passing to someone they love. For millions of people living with addiction themselves or loving someone with an addiction, this is a constant and legitimate fear, especially with so many people across the country overdosing on drugs. Far too many people die from drug overdoses….