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Drug Abuse

Should Drug Addicts Be Allowed to Get Organ Transplants?

Organ transplants remain unreliable in America with thousands of wait-listed people dying each year before they get a transplant. For people with a history of addiction, the ability to get an organ is even more uncertain as many hospitals and states interpret rules for getting a transplant in different ways. The medical science behind organ … Continue reading Should Drug Addicts Be Allowed to Get Organ Transplants?

March 11, 2010

Drug Addiction

Anonymous Tips Help Fight Drug Addiction and Drug Related Crime

Have you ever wished there was something more you could do for a loved one who is caught in a cycle of drug addiction? Could making an anonymous tip to the DEA help? Since 2004, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has been operating an international, toll-free hotline for callers to report the illegal sale, distribution, … Continue reading Anonymous Tips Help Fight Drug Addiction and Drug Related Crime

January 11, 2010

Drug Addiction

Painkiller Addiction: Self-Medicating Emotional Pain

Painkillers, especially opiate painkillers, are extremely addictive. It doesn’t matter who you are: if you take prescription medications like OxyContin, hydrocodone, Xanax, Vicodin, Fentanyl or codeine, you will build up a tolerance to opioid drugs. Eventually, you will need more of the opioid substance to achieve the initial painkilling effects. Opioid painkillers (also known as … Continue reading Painkiller Addiction: Self-Medicating Emotional Pain

August 15, 2009

Drug Addiction

Why Don’t People Get the Drug Addiction Treatment They Need?

Drug addiction is one of the biggest problems we face today. In 2013, an estimated 24.6 million Americans aged 12 or older were current (past month) illicit drug users.[1] This statistic doesn’t include prescription drug abuse. Based on these statistics, it is clear that millions of people need help for drug abuse. Drug use creates … Continue reading Why Don’t People Get the Drug Addiction Treatment They Need?

November 27, 2008

Drug Addiction

5 Most Commonly Abused Drugs by High School Students Then and Now

In the forty years since the seventies, bell bottoms morphed into skinny jeans, disco gave way to electronic dance music and teens smoked less pot. But trend watchers know, there’s nothing like time to make something old seem new again. The Monitoring the Future survey, which has tracked teen substance use every year since 1975, … Continue reading 5 Most Commonly Abused Drugs by High School Students Then and Now

August 13, 2008

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