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How Government Policy Fails Young People

How Government Policy Fails Young People | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
He explores the worrying fact that by focusing health campaigns so intensely on illegal drugs, we ignore the obvious but often unspoken dangers and harms from legal drugs (namely alcohol and tobacco).

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http://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/nov/04/drugs-legislation-david-nutt-john-maddox ;

Visit the above website to read more about Professor David Nutt. 

In the UK, illegal drug research is difficult to perform due to governmental interception. Nutt has fought for evidence in the scientific field to help win the war against drugs. He claimed that when the government bans a street drug, it prevents and deters scientists from studying the drugs' potential health benefits. 

 

Today, more and more once illegal drugs are being recognized for their recreational uses (marijuana). 

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Drug Addiction Is Likely A Pathology Of Decision Making

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Addiction may result from abnormal brain circuitry in the frontal cortex, the part of the brain that controls decision-making. Researchers from the RIKEN Center for Molecular Imaging Science in Ja

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In another study performed by RIKEN Center for Molecular Imaging Science and Montreal Neurological Institute of McGill University found that decision making in the frontal cortex had a great impact on the onset of drug addiction. The major "criminal" responsible for addiction is decision making, which we control and is used in everyday activities. 


This study, along with many others, provide interesting insight into the process of addiction and what actually occurs in our brain during addiction. 

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Is Sugar A Drug? Experts Weigh In On The Science Of Addiction

Is Sugar A Drug? Experts Weigh In On The Science Of Addiction | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it

In the most recent headline-grabbing research, a study in rats found that a brain region important for pleasure was activated more strongly when the animals were exposed to Oreos compared to cocaine. A 2011 study found that the brains of people with "food addiction" reacted to junk food the same way that the brains of people with drug addictions react to drugs.?


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Caffeine, a psychoactive drug, ranges from cocaine to your regular cup of coffee. Like coffee, sugar may seem to have a lot of people addicted to it. However, this is not addiction, more like cravings for sugar. Usually when people are addicted to drugs, it has negative impacts on their lives. Therefore, the normal craving for sweets is not addiction. 

 

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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, October 30, 2013 3:19 AM

What we have classed as 'drugs' has little to do with addiction or with the pharmacological nature of the substance - but has everything to do with social, cultural, economic and political concerns.

So now the questions begin.

 

New Beginning's curator insight, October 4, 2014 12:58 PM

DON'T WE ALL KNOW THIS ALREADY?  COMMON SENSE!  --RevKev

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Mixmag | MDMA COULD BE A PRESCRIPTION DRUG BY 2021

Mixmag | MDMA COULD BE A PRESCRIPTION DRUG BY 2021 | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
#MDMA-assisted psychotherapy may become a prescription treatment for #PTSD by 2021: http://t.co/Og7xdHU1sI via @Mixmag #medicine #science
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MDMA, an ingredient in Molly, may become legalized by 2021 due to its discovered help in the field of mental wellness. It is currently undergoing medical trials to determine if it is safe and if it works. 

   Drugs are often misused by those who don't really need it, leading to tolerance and dependence. Those who have serious disorders may find that MDMA is the solution to their problems. If carefully prescribed, the patient may not become addicted and tolerant to the drug. 

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Study: Fewer Workers Using Cocaine and Marijuana, But Prescription Drug Use Is Up (USA)

Study: Fewer Workers Using Cocaine and Marijuana, But Prescription Drug Use Is Up (USA) | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it

Fewer workers than ever are testing positive for illegal drugs at work.

A new study found that the rate of U.S. workers testing positive for cocaine  and marijuana has fallen sharply since 1998, but prescription drug abuse may be  on the rise, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Quest Diagnostics study found that use of  amphetamines, found in drugs like Adderall, among workers has more than doubled  since 2002. Vicodin use on the job rose 172% and OxyContin rose 72%. since  2005.

 


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Due to the media's attention towards the recreational use of marijuana, more workers are using illegal drugs on the worksite. Prescription drug abuse and overdose has also become an increasing issue in the US. 

This article brings up two issues in America's war against drugs. Patients are often unaware of the seriousness of taking prescirbed drugs in excessive amounts. This will be brought up in the media and PSA in future years, for sure. 

The controversial issue of the recreational uses of marijuana will also be more of a research and legal issue due to the negative and positive ways marijuana has on people. 

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Drug addiction and abuse will not stop if drugs are legalised - The Guardian

Drug addiction and abuse will not stop if drugs are legalised - The Guardian | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
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Drug addiction and abuse will not stop if drugs are legalised
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Sigrid Rausing, sister of Hans Rausing, has written movingly of her thoughts on drug addiction, following the death of his wife, Eva.

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After observing drug addiction in her family, Sigrid Rausing described drug addiction as a disease, not a crime.

This brings into question the way in which drug addiction and legal drugs should be treated not only in the US, but around the world. Drug addiction may be a "mental illness," causing the individual to continue to inflict harm upon himself/herself. 

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Nathaniel Moreland's comment, January 27, 2013 3:51 AM
I'm surprised by the Guardian's story on this issue. They let a journalist write an entire issue citing only her brother and personal thoughts. I expected a lot more professionalism. The headline is attention grabbing, but I'm not aware of such a large push to legalize class A drugs to the degree that the article implies.
Mari Freitag's comment, January 28, 2013 2:33 AM
I had a very interesting conversation with one of my good friends who wrote his senior thesis on the legalization of all drugs. We had a long discussion about it, and eventually came down to the difference in opinion that we have about the most basic assumption. My friend has a tremendous amount of faith in humanity that I do not have. He's an anarchist, and really believes that if all drugs were legalized, a lot of the societal problems associated with drug abuse would disappear. I agree with him that organized drug rings would be crippled, and many latin american nations would be released from the grips of cartels. I absolutely do not agree with him that drug abuse would go away. Sure, there's some allure to doing something illegal that I think a lot of people are motivated by at first, but I really don't feel like there's much benefit at all to legalizing drugs like heroin, meth, and cocaine. No matter the legality, people will continue to abuse these drugs, and if they were to become legal it would be a heck of a lot easier for people to get them.
Mona Brown's comment, January 29, 2013 1:55 AM
My sister is a recovering heroin addict. I have battled in my head many times about what I could have done to prevent it from happening. The reality is there was nothing I could have done. She was a beautiful woman, married to a great guy, with two beautiful boys. They were wealthy and had the perfect marriage. But my sister wasn't happy inside and battled demons from her past that eventually took her on the downward spiral of drug addiction. She didn't get addicted to Heroin overnight. She started with Oxycotin and pain meds from a back injury. The drugs helped her escape the physical pain as well as the emotional/mental pain she was battling. Eventually she was introduced to Heroin. She became an addict, left her husband and kids for another crack head. About two years ago, my sister hit rock bottom and we (our family) flew her out of the state for good for rehab. My sister is not the same anymore, in fact I am not sure she will ever be the same again. She is always finding excuses for why she made the decision to do drugs. The top one being that we were abused as kids. True we were, but I decided to take the higher road and not destroy my own life, because someone tried to ruin mine as a child. We all have the choice to be something phenomenal or nothing at all.
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Cocaine addiction could begin within hours of drug use (USA)

Cocaine addiction could begin within hours of drug use (USA) | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
An addiction to cocaine could begin within hours of taking the drug, scientists find.

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A study in "Nature Neuroscience" found that addiction of drugs could begin within hours, not days or the number of times the drug was taken. Laboratory mice brains' showed that more dendrites formed (memories were made) shortly after the drug was injected. This study could help provide more objective observations on how addiction occurs in our brains. 

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Andrew Lokantsov's curator insight, December 12, 2013 10:01 PM

This article shows how a cocaine addiction could start, literally, within hours of its use. This could be a powerfull tool to show those who think "i'll just give it a try, no harm". This, of course, relates in that it could curb the firs timers use rate. 

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More Schools Reconsidering Zero Tolerance Policies And On-Campus Law Enforcement | Techdirt.com

More Schools Reconsidering Zero Tolerance Policies And On-Campus Law Enforcement | Techdirt.com | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it

We've written several times about the ridiculous and tragic outcomes of school zero tolerance policies, especially when enforced by "resource officers" (the more child-friendly term for law enforcement officers deployed in schools).

Zero tolerance policies have been on the rise since the mid-90's, thanks to the War on Drugs. High profile school shootings over the past decade have only made these policies worse, as did tying school funding to certain enforcement measures. The problem with these policies is they remove any nuance from discipline, leading to a pop tart bitten into the shape of a gun being treated with the same severity as an actual weapon.



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The zero tolerance policy has negative effects; students who are caught with illegal drugs are arrested and kept out of school due to this offense. However, school administrations have now learned that keeping arrested students out of school is making the situation worse than better. If these students are kept in school, they can be offered counseling and tutoring classes. 

This has become as a better solution in some schools (Broward County) where arrests declined. 

 

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Personality Is Key to Chances of Developing Addiction | Drug ...

Personality Is Key to Chances of Developing Addiction | Drug ... | Drug Addiction | Scoop.it
According to the results of a study published in November 2013 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, the effects of certain gender-specific personality traits may help explain why substance addiction has such ...
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A study published in "Drug and Alcohol Dependence," suggested that gender and personality may contribute to the effects psychoactive drugs have on individuals. With different drugs, women may be more quick to suffer from the health problems than men do. Individuals who are impulsive and often experience negative emotional states are more likely to abuse drugs and become addicted. 

This study could help provide more insight into the toll psychoactive drugs take on certain individuals. Scientists and counselors could maybe use these differences in gender and personality to help drug addicts. 

 

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Christina C's curator insight, December 10, 2013 9:22 PM

This article is about how  developing substance addiction might be connected to "gender-specific personality traits". Substance addiction is a term doctors use to describe "substance abuse that results in chemical dependence and a strongly dysfunctional pattern of substance-related behavior." Such as, alcohol, nicotine, marijuana, and cocaine. Studies show that people are affected by drugs differently based on the fact that they are male or female. In the U.S., males tend to become addicted to substances more than women, but women face problems more severe than those encountered by men. The common personality traits that have a connection to increased chances for substance abuse and substance addiction are the heightened tendency to be in situations and environments that house substance use, a heightened tendency to act impulsively without considering the consequences of one’s action, and an increased tendency to experience negative emotional states that disturb one’s sense of emotional well-being. People would benefit from seeing this article on my page because some of them might have these personality traits and they can learn to check themselves before they reck themselves. 

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Iowa refines drug control strategy - Quad City Times

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Iowa refines drug control strategy Quad City Times Iowa's 2014 drug control strategy seems a mix of old-school crackdown, a surprisingly progressive emphasis on job training for addicts and their families, and the prospect of more treatment the...
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Iowa has developed the 2014 Drug Control Strategy in which they hope to use to help fight the drug war. Despite the slow process the United States has had to fight drugs, it has decreased drug usage. Steve Lukan (Officer of Drug Control Policy Coordinator), pictured above, supports the D.A.R.E. program and believes that publicizing a healthy lifestyle rather than warnings against drug usage would be more effective. To fight the drug war, there isn't just one way to attack the problem; there are several ways. Iowa's strategy is another angle to attack the drug usage problem.
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