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Prescription Drug Abuse is Nation's Fastest Growing Drug Problem ...

Prescription drug abuse continues to be the nation's fastest growing drug problem, according to a new report by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Americans are abusing prescription drugs at a higher prevalence ...
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If you want to learn about how and why Americans are abusing so many drugs, this article is good for that!

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Andrew Lokantsov's curator insight, December 12, 2013 10:08 PM

I have a freind suffering from this, pain killers to be precise, after she had her wisdom teeth removed. This is a growing problem in the nation and should be addressed. This is for those people who can help someone before its too late.

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Hope for drug addiction – Five (5) short messages and exercises for hope

Hope for drug addiction – Five (5) short messages and exercises for hope | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
Addiction does not have to be a life sentence. Life as a recovering person can be exciting and rewarding. Getting clean and sober is not easy, but you can do it! There is hope. All you must do is begin.

Via in-recovery.com
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For anyone wanting to recover from drug addiction, this article gives good tips!

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Drug abuse: newly-emerging drugs and trends.

Drug abuse: newly-emerging drugs and trends. | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it

Davis GG.Clin Lab Med. 2012 Sep;32(3):407-14. doi: 10.1016/j.cll.2012.06.002. Epub 2012 Jun 27

 

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Drug abusers have access to new, more potent compounds that evade existing laws by virtue of their novel chemical structures. These drugs are available for purchase at stores and over the internet. The drugs are not illegal because they are so new that laws have not yet been passed to ban them. These drugs are leading to emergency department visits for cardiovascular, neurologic, and psychiatric complications. Standard drug screens are not designed to detect these new substances. The internet provides access to drugs for substance abusers but also provides physicians speed of access to the habits of substance abusers.


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It was interesting to read about what kinds of new drugs are emerging. I wonder what will happen to them in the future with criminal laws and things like that. 

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War on drugs hitting poorest women hardest: Huge number in Thai prisons 85% for drugs

War on drugs hitting poorest women hardest: Huge number in Thai prisons 85% for drugs | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it

War on drugs hitting poor women hard. The Thai government's notion of a war on drugs has done little to solve the actual problem and has led instead to a larger number of women in prison.

About 85 per cent of female inmates are being held for drug-related offences and Thailand is said to have the world's highest number of women prisoners - almost 19,000 - after the United States....


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People may be accusing other people of drug abuse, especially women. Interesting article!

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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, May 16, 2013 2:19 AM

It's a disgrace - across the world it's the poorest people and the poorest countries who bear the brunt of the war on drugs

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Drug addiction: The complex truth « Mind Hacks

Drug addiction: The complex truth « Mind Hacks | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
We're told studies have proven that drugs like heroin and cocaine instantly hook a user. But it isn't that simple – little-known experiments over 30 years ago tell a very different tale. Drugs are scary.
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I scooped this article because it clearly explains how drugs like heroin and cocaine can hook people who obtain them. It is good to be educated in this because people can start being more careful.

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Andrew Lokantsov's curator insight, December 12, 2013 10:17 PM

This was an interesting article in that it explains how certain drugs, such as cocaine, can hook you on them. The is a very good deterent to people who may be considering trying it and should be shown to them. 

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Cannabis use in fighting alcohol and drug addiction

Cannabis use in fighting alcohol and drug addiction | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
Years of practical experience, confirmed by recent research, have shown that the so called ‘stepping stone theory’ is wrong and that cannabis can in fact support treatment for alcohol and drug addiction.
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Cannabis is a certain drug treatment. This article is great for people who want to learn about Cannabis as a drug treatment. 

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Prescription drug deaths overtake state road toll (Vic)

Prescription drug deaths overtake state road toll (Vic) | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
More Victorians died of prescription drug overdoses last year than in road accidents, new figures show.

Via ReGenUC, Sandra Fuller
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It is sad to see that death from drug overdose happens more than road accidents. This article is interesting because you can see how drug overdoses can affect you in the long run. 

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How Childhood Trauma May Make the Brain Vulnerable to Addiction, Depression | TIME.com

How Childhood Trauma May Make the Brain Vulnerable to Addiction, Depression | TIME.com | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
Childhood trauma has long been known to raise a child's odds of developing depression and addiction later on. Now, a small but intriguing new study links these risks to specific changes in the brain

Via Kathryn Elkins, Sandra Fuller
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This article is interesting because it shows how different kinds of trauma, especially in children, can lead to depression and even drug use. 

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Alexandra S. 's curator insight, January 14, 2014 6:38 PM

There has always been a link between childhood trauma and the increase in chances of developing depression and addiction later on in life, however now this artcile suggests there are specific changes in the brain  that are disrupting certain neural networks. Research using brain-imaging technique measured differences in teen's brains where they found the right hippocampus was affected majorly. This portion of the brain plays a big part in emotional processing which has a major impact on a child's outcome and life. Making sure that as clinicians we understand how stress and trauma can lead to addictions is imperative to our client's success and well-being. 

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Where do Drugs Come From Poster

Where do Drugs Come From Poster | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it

Infographic poster


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I scooped this poster because it shows good statistics of where drugs come from. People that are interested in knowing this can read this poster. 

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Nigella Lawson: “I Have Never Been a Drug Addict”

Nigella Lawson: “I Have Never Been a Drug Addict” | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
lawson Nigella Lawson admitted Wednesday morning in a British court that she has used cocaine and marijuana. But she brushed off accusations of cocaine addiction as “absolutely ridiculous.” In court proceedings made ...
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I scooped this article because it talks about Nigella Lawson, a famous cook, obtaining cocaine a couple of times in her life for several different reasons. This is for people to read to determine if her reasons were valid and if she is considered to be a drug addict because of it. 

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