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Consequences of Dug Addiction

Answer these questions:


What are possible consequences of drug addiction for the individual addict?


What are the possible consequences of drug addiction for the family members of addicts?


What are the possible consequences of drug addiction for the greater society?


What are the related costs of drug addiction for (think outside the box...I want you to find $ amounts, and other numerical data to support your cost analysis):


The individual:


The family:


The society:


Finally, what is the difference between “treatment” based policies for drug addiction and “criminal justice” based policies for drug addiction?


Where and what countries prescribe “treatment” based policies and “criminal justice” based policies?


What policy do you feel is better at addressing the societal concerns of drug addiction? Explain using specific evidence.
Amberley Donahue's insight:

The possible consequences of drug addiction for and individual addict are drug dependence, which could cause death, illnesses, weakened immune system, seizures, brain damage, strokes, abnormal heart rate and heart attacks, and more. 

 

The possible consequences of drug addiction for the family members of addicts are that they could lose someone their close to because of their addiction. This could be from them dying, or getting so addicted that they stray away from the family because they know they don't apprve. 

 

An example of a possible consequence of drug addiction for the greater society is that a lot of money that could be used for important things could be wasted on drugs. Also, the drug war that is occuring right now is costing many people money. It also takes money out of certain people's pockets to make rehabilitation centers, and for people to put their loved ones into rehab.

 

The related costs of drug addiction for an individual who is addicted can be very costly because all their money is going to drugs, increasing their debt with bills and other people. If they decide to get clean, paying for rehab isn't cheap either. The family of an addict suffers money wise because they may have to pay to support their drug habits if they are inablers, pay for hospital bills, and possibly pay for rehab. Society suffers because a lt of people's money goes to helping addicts. 

 

The difference between “treatment” based policies for drug addiction and “criminal justice” based policies for drug addiction is that treatment involves helping the addicts, and criminal justice involves incarcerating the addicts. Either way, this can help the addict can get clean. In my opinion, treatment is better because it can help them deal with withdrawal much better. 

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Addiction Files: Recovering From Drug Addiction, Without Abstinence | TIME.com

Addiction Files: Recovering From Drug Addiction, Without Abstinence | TIME.com | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
In this installment of Healthland's series on addiction, we speak with Howard Josepher, a former heroin addict who has been an energetic and committed advocate for people with addictions for more than 40 years.
Amberley Donahue's insight:

This article could be beneficial to anyone suffering from addiction cause they could see how this person made a turn around and saved their own life. This article appears on my page because it's about heroine, cocaine, and addiction, which is what we've discussed in this section of  States of Consciousness. 

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Study: Fewer Workers Using Cocaine and Marijuana, But Prescription Drug Use Is Up | TIME.com

Study: Fewer Workers Using Cocaine and Marijuana, But Prescription Drug Use Is Up | TIME.com | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
New study shows increased use of prescription meds in workers
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This article is also about the increase in the abuse of prescription drugs caused by addiction. People who could benefit form viewing this are the people who distribute prescription drugs, or, like I said before, anyone noticing a smaller amount of their own prescripton if it is being stolen and abused. This is relative to what we are learning in class because it is about addiction. 

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Whistle Blower Tells Of Threats, Retaliation In State Criminal Justice ...

Whistle Blower Tells Of Threats, Retaliation In State Criminal Justice ... | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
A state employee claims that she has suffered retaliation in the workplace for blowing the whistle on problems that have hampered development of a new, computerized criminal justice information system.
Amberley Donahue's insight:

This article is relevant because it talks about a student who is addicted to prescription drugs, which could be happening to any student at our school. This would be beneficial for an addict to read so they could see how that they should change. This relates to what we're learning in class because it's about addiction. 

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Ecstasy overdose: How much amount of ecstasy to OD? | Addiction ...

Ecstasy overdose: How much amount of ecstasy to OD? | Addiction ... | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
Although the use of ecstasy alone can result in serious medical complications (including the need to get help for ecstasy addiction), its use in combination with other drugs can exacerbate acute dangers.
Amberley Donahue's insight:

This article is important because it is important to know the effects of this dangerous drug and why you shouldn't do it. People who would benefit from reading this article are people who know someone who have a problem with this drug, or the person who has the problem. This relates to what we're learning in class because it discusses addiction and the dangers of addictive drugs. 

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Drug Addiction Rehab Center in Arizona Applies Yoga | Drug Rehab ...

Child Pose; Chaturanga; Downward-Facing Dog; Warrior One; Warrior Two; Tree Pose; Savasana. These are Yoga terms that guests at The Sundance's drug addiction rehab center become familiar while in treatment at the holistic recovery ...
Amberley Donahue's insight:

I think this is a great idea for any rehab center and that all rehab centers should do this. It would help the people suffering be able to take their mind of their withdrawal symptoms and be able to relax. People who would benefit from viewing this are family/friends of an addict who want to get them help, or an addict who themselves wants help. This relates to our topic of drug addiction because people suffering from drug addiction could go to this rehab center to help get over there addiction and deal with their withdrawal in a calmer, better way. 

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Drug Addiction Facts

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Drug Addiction Facts outlines key information about the difficulties and challenges of drug addiction and alcoholism that may be surprising.
Amberley Donahue's insight:

This article could be helpful to anyone who suffers from addiction because they can learn how to get help, ask questions, or for anyone who is just interested in different drugs and their effects. This relates to what we discussed in class because it has links to pages which information about a lot of different drugs, including some we discussed in this section. 

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What do young people gain from drug use?

What do young people gain from drug use? | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
The idea that illicit drugs could hold value in the lives of young people is bewildering to most people, who tend to assume that illicit drug use is necessarily destructive.
Amberley Donahue's insight:

This article is on my page because it is about drugs and how they're abused. I find this article wrong because in a way, I feel like they're saying it's okay for young people to do drugs, when that is not the case. People who would benefit from viewing this are people who are worried about young people they know doing drugs. This relates to what we're learning in class because it talks about drugs and they're usage over the world. 

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Cigarettes vs. alcohol addiction - SoberRecovery : Alcoholism Drug Addiction Help and Information

Cigarettes vs. alcohol addiction - SoberRecovery : Alcoholism Drug Addiction Help and Information | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
Nicotine is widely considered the hardest drug to quit. Why is it that most regular smokers quit and do so without and support group or medical help?
Amberley Donahue's insight:

This article relates to what we are learning in class because we learnd that alcohol and tobacco are very addictive. Anyone could benefit from reading this article because it includes different people's ordeals and views on cigarette and alcohol addiction, so if someone was interested to see how it affects the person they could read this article. 

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Andrew Lokantsov's curator insight, December 12, 2013 10:23 PM

People always assume nitcotine is the hardest to drop, which is why i found this article to interesting. This could be shown to those who think they can't drop thier smoking habit.

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If You Haven't Heard Of DMT Yet, You Might Soon - Huffington Post

If You Haven't Heard Of DMT Yet, You Might Soon - Huffington Post | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
If You Haven't Heard Of DMT Yet, You Might Soon Huffington Post Working off of answers provided in the ongoing Global Drug Survey, researcher Adam Winstock and his co-authors found in a November article published in the Journal of...
Amberley Donahue's insight:

This is an important article because it's about a new, possibly dangerous drug that many young people are trying. It is important for parents to see so they could possibly stop their child from doing it. This deals with what we're learning in class because it's another drug someone could get addicted to. 

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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 ...
Amberley Donahue's insight:

This article is important because I have heard many times that people are abusing prescription drugs and it is a serious problems. This article could be an eye opener to someone who is abusing prescription drugs, or to somene who is noticing that their amount of pills in their prescription drug bottles has been diminishing (a mother with a child who is stealing from her, for example). This relates to our topic of drug addiction because prescription drugs are stimulants and depressants, which we discussed in class. 

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