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    How the Legalization of Marijuana Has Changed Drug Education

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How the Legalization of Marijuana Has Changed Drug Education

The legalization of marijuana in several states and the drug’s acceptance in much of the western world has changed the way the US school system is approaching drug education. While schools and anti-drug programs in the past tended to use scare tactics and harsh language around drugs and their side effects, program leaders are now incorporating more objective messaging around marijuana use among teenagers.

Drug education today looks much different than it did 20 or even 10 years ago, and includes the following changes.

“Don’t” Is Now “Delay”

Classroom teacher with studentsWith so many adults openly using marijuana both medically and recreationally, it would be hypocritical and potentially more damaging for educators to act as if completely abstaining from the drug is realistic for most people.

The Being Adept curriculum, which has been used in about 20 schools in the San Francisco Bay Area, emphasizes delaying marijuana use, rather than refraining from it. The instructors don’t forbid marijuana, but rather share about the potential brain damage it can cause if used during the adolescent years, and the risk for triggering neurological changes that can lead to addiction.1 Their message is that it may be beneficial for […]

By |October 12th, 2018|Drug Abuse

Pros and Cons of Decriminalizing Drug Addiction

Several US states have recently decided to legalize medical and recreational marijuana.Along the same path,the general population consciousness is moving toward being in favor of decriminalizing drug use in general. Therefore, many people are considering the impact these changes might have on individuals, communities and our the overall culture.

Some compare the change in perception of drug addiction to the end of prohibition in the 1930s. However, many warn that decriminalizing drug use will lead to rampant addiction much worse than the epidemic is now. Because of these polarizing views, discerning the true pros and cons of these changes can be quite challenging.
 

Is Decriminalization the Same as Legalization?

Decriminalization is not the same as legalization. In Portugal, for instance, virtually all drug use was decriminalized in 2001.1 That does not, however, mean that drug use is legal. The distribution and sale of controlled substances is still a criminal offense in Portugal, but possession and use of drugs is handled as a public health problem and not criminal activity. Cases of substance abuse and addiction are handled by counselors, psychologists and social workers instead of police and prison wardens.

This allows people who are addicted to drugs to get […]

By |April 23rd, 2018|Drug Abuse
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    FAQs: Answering Your Biggest Questions About the Opioid Epidemic

FAQs: Answering Your Biggest Questions About the Opioid Epidemic

Here’s a riddle for you: What is killing more Americans each year than either car accidents or firearms? The answer is opioids.

Although opioid addiction is a prominent talking point in all corners of the country, there are still many people who have a number of questions and misconceptions about this deadly class of drug. For instance, some are uncertain of what actually characterizes an opioid and how to differentiate an opioid from other types of painkillers or mind-altering substances. Then there are those who find the term “opioid epidemic” to be confusing and misleading. While there are constantly new reports about the dismaying status of the crisis, there are few resources that address even the most basic questions that a number of people have.
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By |February 2nd, 2018|Addiction, Drug Abuse
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    The Dangerous Combination of Drug Addiction and Eating Disorders

The Dangerous Combination of Drug Addiction and Eating Disorders

A lot of people that struggle with drug addiction feel like their lives are spiraling out of control. In order to regain a sense of stability, some people try to manipulate the parts of their lives that they can control, or they turn to what makes them feel most comfortable in the moment. The desire to feel in control or to engage in a comforting activity sometimes manifests itself in an eating disorder, in which people eat in extremely unhealthy patterns. These disorders rarely give patients any sense of relief from their problems, but they frequently intensify any feelings of powerlessness. Since using drugs and eating food in specific ways only offer temporary relief to someone’s underlying issues, and since both problems can be life-threatening if left untreated, it’s essential for people with both conditions to seek out professional help immediately.
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By |February 5th, 2017|Addiction, Drug Abuse

Initiating a Discussion on Drug Abuse

Drug abuse is a serious problem in the United States. A lot of people abuse drugs, many of them without fully understanding the negative consequences of doing so. One reason many people aren’t aware of the many dangers of drug abuse is because it is often a taboo topic of conversation. Drugs are viewed as bad, but the explanation for why they are bad is not always readily available. This lack of education and confusion about drugs, abuse and addiction can make a person struggling with drug abuse or addiction feel ashamed of his problem and too embarrassed or afraid to seek out help. In order to counteract this ignorance about drugs, and in order to encourage people with drug problems to get the professional help they need, it’s necessary for people to become more able and willing to talk about drugs.
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By |October 19th, 2016|Drug Abuse

What Are Narcotics and Why Are They Addictive?

Thousands of varieties of drugs, both legal and illegal, are available for use. All drugs affect a user’s body in some way, but their exact effects depend in large part on their particular chemical components. Most drugs are classified according to specific categories, such as hallucinogens, stimulants and depressants.

Narcotics are a type of drug that have the potential to be addictive. Because of their addictive potential, this type of drug should only be used according to a doctor’s specific prescription. Any other type of use is considered abuse and can lead to addiction and other possibly life-threatening conditions.
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How Drugs Can Cause Physical Distress

People abuse drugs for many different reasons. Some may abuse them in order to experience the pleasant sensations that a drug creates, others may do so to relieve or lessen pain, and some may even abuse them unintentionally, especially when they are part of a doctor-prescribed medicinal regimen. But regardless of a person’s motivation for abusing drugs, the reality of drug abuse is that it can have both positive and extremely negative effects. These effects, especially the physical ones, can be both unpredictable and life-threatening. It’s therefore necessary to consider these negative physical effects before abusing any drug.
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By |May 24th, 2016|Drug Abuse
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    Differences Between Drug Side Effects and Addiction Symptoms

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Differences Between Drug Side Effects and Addiction Symptoms

Many drugs, whether legal or illegal, have side effects. These are unpleasant, unintended and sometimes dangerous effects that occur in addition to the desired effects of the drug. When a person uses drugs, she may experience several different types of side effects, even if she uses the recommended dosage.

Because some drugs’ side effects can be similar to symptoms of addiction, it’s important to recognize the differences between the two.
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By |February 19th, 2016|Addiction, Drug Abuse

Drug Temptation for Professionals

There are a lot of stereotypes about the types of people who abuse drugs. Many people assume that people who abuse drugs are lazy, weak and morally flawed. The reality of drug abuse, though, is that all different kinds of people abuse drugs, no matter their age, income level, social status, race or personality. Drug abuse is a serious problem in the United States for millions of people, and many of these people are working professionals. Although these people may appear to have everything under control, they have the same potential to abuse drugs as everyone else. What’s more, because of the pressures and demands of a career-driven life, many professionals face an even greater temptation to abuse drugs than non-professionals.
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    The Difference Between an Illegal and a Controlled Substance

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The Difference Between an Illegal and a Controlled Substance

Legal drugs can either be bought over-the-counter or with a prescription from a medical doctor. Illegal drugs cannot legally be manufactured, bought or sold in the United States. And some other drugs are legal in some situations but illegal when abused.

These differences between drugs can be confusing, but the United States government has made efforts to classify drugs in order to clarify the distinctions between their specifics risks and benefits.
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By |November 10th, 2015|Addiction, Drug Abuse