Drug Addiction: No Victim, No Crime? Evening Sun (subscription) (blog) As someone who has been personally affected by addiction through family, friends and boyfriends, I know it's just not that simple.
This is very interesting. Before, I was leaning more towards the 'say no" side of the drug war, but now that I read a personal testimony of a girl affected by people with drug addiction in their life, it's changed my mind.
Fatal overdoses have reached epidemic levels, exceeding those from heroin and cocaine combined, according to the CDC. Prescriptions for painkillers in the United States have nearly tripled in the past two decades and fatal overdoses reached epidemic levels, exceeding those from heroin and cocaine combined, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
At the same time, the first-ever global analysis of illicit drug abuse published this month by The Lancet, a British medical journal, found that addictions to heroine and popular painkillers, including Vicodin and OxyContin, kill the most people and cause the greatest health burden, compared to illicit drugs such as marijuana and cocaine.
High-income nations, such as the United States, United Kingdom and Australia, had the highest rates of abuse, 20 times greater than in the least impacted countries, according to The Lancet study.
In the United States, enough painkillers were prescribed in 2010 to medicate every American adult around-the-clock for one month.
Dr. Andrew Kolodny, president of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing, told Al Jazeera that the United States is facing a dangerous epidemic of overdoses and addictions related to painkillers. "According to the CDC, this is the worst drug epidemic in U.S. history," he said. "CDC has data demonstrating that around the same time doctors began aggressively prescribing these medications in the late 1990s, there have been parallel increases in rates of addiction."
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Kolodny said, is "failing miserably" at curbing the epidemic.
"The way to turn this epidemic around is for doctors to prescribe painkillers more cautiously," he said. But that can only happen, Kolodny said, when the FDA changes labeling requirements for painkillers, "making it easier for medical schools and the larger medical community to prescribe these meds more cautiously." He called current FDA-approved labeling "very broad," because the drugs have no suggested maximum dose nor suggested duration of use.
Kolodny is part of a group of health officials who signed a citizens' petition (PDF) in 2012 urging the FDA to change labeling requirements on how and when doctors should prescribe painkillers. The group called on the FDA to limit the drugs' approved use to those suffering from "severe" pain, as opposed to the current FDA-approved standard of "moderate to severe pain."
FDA spokeswoman Morgan Liscinsky, however, said that prescription painkillers are an important component of modern pain management. The FDA, she said, is working to balance the dual responsibility of addressing misuse, abuse and addiction with continuing to ensure appropriate access to effective pain management for patients who need these medications.
The FDA "is extremely concerned about the inappropriate use" of painkillers, she said, "which has become a major public health challenge for our nation," and the agency "is committed to ongoing efforts to address the problem and supports broader initiatives to address this public health problem, including regulatory, educational and scientific activities."
This is crazy. I thought it was bewildering when it said that perscriptions and overdoses from painkillers have tripled. I feel like the FDA should change labeling on painkillers as soon as possible to stop this epidemic.
Iowa refines drug control strategy Quad City Times Lukan remains skeptical of most medical marijuana use and said the Food and Drug Administration, not the state legislature, should be marijuana's route into mainstream medicine.
Courtney Wyche's insight:
This article refutes the argument in one of my previous articles about saying no to the drug war. Iowa is definitley fighting the drug war, and though it's a slow process, they're starting to get a decrease in drug abuse by refining drug control and laying down the law.
Chris was a carefree, 18 year-old man when he moved into his first apartment. He didn’t have a lot of money but he had his freedom and independence. But one fateful night took away his beloved freedom and independence in an instant.
Oswego police officer looking to crack down on drugs becomes K-9 handler Syracuse.com Oswego, NY -- Oswego police Officer James LaDue's new partner has lots of energy, and already has started to sniff out criminals and illegal drugs in the city.
Courtney Wyche's insight:
Training a K-9 could really help the war on drugs. They made an interesting comment, that narcotics are a big problem which I didn't expect.
Information and help to quit prescription drug abuse and addiction using the SMART Recovery 4-Point Program. SMART Recovery's approach is secular and science-based.
Courtney Wyche's insight:
The four step process to battling addiction is interesting.
This article says to battle addiction one needs to keep their motivation to say no, they need to learn to cope with the urges of wanting hte drug, they need to control their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and they need to live a balanced life. I wonder if people actually went by these steps if it would help the addiction problem in America.
I think it's interesting that there is a bill out there that would legalize marijuana. I don't think there's anything wrong with this if they treat it like they treat alcohol, with a lot of supervision and rules. It would bring down the crime rate, too.
Ever since President Nixon proclaimed the start of a War on Drugs some 40 years ago, prison populations in this country have grown far faster than the population as a whole. The United States now i...
Courtney Wyche's insight:
This article brings up really good points on why the drug war should end. The main points I got out of this is that the drug war wastes a lot of resources, basically only targers minorities which could get into discrimination problems, instead of getting drug users treatment, we're putting them in jail which is actually more expensive for the people that are paying taxes. Basically, the drug war ultimately hurting our economy.
Oxford University researchers believe there is a biological predisposition to drug addiction, following their examinations of the brains of drug addicts and their non-addicted brothers and sisters. The research indicates that both siblings showed the same abnormalities in brain biology, while over the course of their lives, one became a drug addict and the other did not. This suggests that the abnormalities in the brains of addicts are not caused by the drugs they ingest but are, instead, markers of a genetic predisposition toward addiction.
I think this explains a lot. Basically, they think drug addiction is biological so addiction is genetic, it doesn't really matter what the drug is an how addictive it can be. They make a point about nurture and nature, and want to gain a better understanding of the biological causes of addiction to tackle the problem.
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