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Teens and Drugs: Helping Parents Chill Out | The Fix

Teens and Drugs: Helping Parents Chill Out | The Fix | Drug and Alocohol Addiction and Treatment | Scoop.it
Daily website for alcohol and drug addiction recovery news and information. Your source for addiction recovery news, rehab reviews and sober living tips.

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The Drug War And Mass Incarceration By The Numbers

The Drug War And Mass Incarceration By The Numbers | Drug and Alocohol Addiction and Treatment | Scoop.it

NEW YORK — Despite an increased emphasis on treatment and prevention programs in recent years, the Obama administration in its 2013 budget still requested $25.6 billion in federal spending on the drug war. Of that, $15 billion would go to law enforcement, interdiction and international efforts.

The pro-reform Drug Policy Alliance estimates that when you combine state and local spending on everything from drug-related arrests to prison, the total cost adds up to at least $51 billion per year. Over four decades, the group says, American taxpayers have dished out $1 trillion on the drug war.

What all that money has helped produce — aside from unchanged drug addiction rates — is the world’s highest incarceration rate. According to the Sentencing Project, 2.2 million Americans are in prison or jail.

More than half of federal prisoners are incarcerated for drug crimes in 2010, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, and that number has only just dipped below 50 percent in 2011. Despite more relaxed attitudes among the public at large toward non-violent offenses like marijuana use, the number of people in federal prison for drug offenses spiked from 74,276 in 2000 to 97,472 in 2010, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

The punishment falls disproportionately on people of color. Blacks make up 50 percent of the state and local prisoners incarcerated for drug crimes. Black kids are 10 times more likely to be arrested for drug crimes than white ones — even though white kids are more likely to abuse drugs.

A chart produced by the American Civil Liberties Union shows just how staggeringly large the US prison population has grown.


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The Ryno's curator insight, April 10, 2013 1:14 PM

The War on Drugs is an abject failure, pushed on by pharmaceutical companies who want their drugs to be the only legal drugs, private prison industry that wants to keep their beds filled, and local law enforcement that needs the Federal money to pay the bills. Notice how none of those factors is public health and safety. 

Byung Kim's curator insight, December 13, 2013 7:54 AM

This article gives a consequence to what happens to those who abuse drugs. Many go down this path and never look back, which is why this article is geared towards teenagers to warn them.

Rishi Suresh's curator insight, December 11, 2014 12:26 AM

The political viewpoint of this article aside, what it is saying is that in 2010, more than half of all federal incarcerated criminals were arrested for drug crimes. In addition, it shows the social view towards drug abusers, as it says Caucasians are more likely to actually use drugs, but African-Americans are 10 times as likely to be arrested for the crime. 

 

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Rehabilitation units must have the most up to date knowledge about addiction.

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Must Watch Video: How the alcohol ruin the personal and social life?

Must Watch Video: How the alcohol ruin the personal and social life? | Drug and Alocohol Addiction and Treatment | Scoop.it
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dJ97Vwoup4 Alcohol addiction kills feeling and make the social life hell. It's not only destroy the physical part but also the emotional part of the body.
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Depressed with Alcohol Addiction? Time to Re-live Better!

We all make mistakes time to time and that is a part of human life which is inevitable. While some people accept the consequences positively and try to fix the flaws, there are some who are dragged...
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Must Read PDF: Use Of Alcohol And Illicit Drugs During Pregnancy

According to Addiction Advisor - Part of Triage Health Care, the use of alcohol and illicit drugs during pregnancy has been associated with increased mortality and morbidity for the mother, foetus ...
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Dera Sacha Sauda fight against drug and alcohol abuse

You know you need help for addiction, but you don't know where to begin. Drug rehab seems to be the answer, but how do you find the best drug rehab for your ...

 

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Rehab Center around the globe are working on different types of the addiction treatment methodologies so that drug addicts can be treated effectively so that they can start leading normal and healthy life.
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Celebrity Rehab Success Stories

Celebrity Rehab Success Stories | Drug and Alocohol Addiction and Treatment | Scoop.it

“Whether I or anyone else accepted the concept of alcoholism as a disease didn't matter; what mattered was that when treated as a disease, those who suffered from it were most likely to recover.” ―...My Comment: Drug Addiction Should Be Treated As A Disease, Not A Crime

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Byung Kim's curator insight, December 13, 2013 6:59 AM

This article gives a motivation to those who are drug abusers and want to rehabilitate. These celebrities are people who were just like the abusers, but managed to push through and triumph. I included this in my ScoopIt because this article would be a good morale booster for drug abusers.

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Afghanistan, the drug addiction capital

Afghanistan, the drug addiction capital | Drug and Alocohol Addiction and Treatment | Scoop.it
Afghanistan produces 90% of all opiate drugs in the world, but was not a major consumer until recently - now, more than a million Afghans are addicted.

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Byung Kim's curator insight, December 13, 2013 6:53 AM

This article shows not it's not only in the western world that consumes drugs, but also in different parts of the world. Aimed at the public to help them be aware of the world, drug addiction occurs anywhere else.

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Addiction is not something we can control

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Byung Kim's curator insight, December 13, 2013 7:52 AM

I included this in my article to give the other side of the story. Many articles talk about how rehabilitation and other ways to control addiction. However, this particular article talks about how we can't control our addictions.

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Side Effects of Cocaine Abuse

Side Effects of Cocaine Abuse | Drug and Alocohol Addiction and Treatment | Scoop.it
Cocaine is a deadly drug that is found to have negative effects on the physical health of the abuser. The effects of cocaine are noticed on brain, heart, throat, lungs, and on other vital body orga...
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Byung Kim's curator insight, December 13, 2013 6:54 AM

This article explains the dangers of using cocaine. Targeted at directly those who depend on cocaine to function, the article relates to my topic of drug addiction by explaning dependence and abuse/side effects.

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Some Scary Facts about Drug Usage in England and Wales

According to Guardian Survey for Drug usage in 2011/2012, some facts has been revealed which is listed below:     According to latest statistics approx 12M people have tried an illegal drug in thei...
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Find Out How to Say No to Drugs and Alcohol

Instead of looking at life from a negative perspective, the alcohol addict must focus on amplifying his strengths. What all he or she might have lost is history but what is left with him is the fut...
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Social Implications of Drug Addiction

According to UNDCP study for the World Summit for Social Development, Social Implications of Drug Addiction come into various ways like: Family and community: Rapid social, economic and technologic...
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Byung Kim's curator insight, December 13, 2013 6:56 AM

I found this article interesting because it argues drug addiction as a social phenomenon. This would be targeted at anyone who wants to be aware (especially teens) of why drug addiction occurs.

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What is Cocaine and Their Dangerous Effects

What is Cocaine and Their Dangerous Effects | Drug and Alocohol Addiction and Treatment | Scoop.it
According to Medical Professional Cocaine is categorized as a stimulant drug which is also known as a recreational drug. Cocaine has a large number of other names such as coke, crack, flake, rock a...
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Byung Kim's curator insight, December 13, 2013 6:57 AM

This article also explains the dangers of drug addiction, but I would assume that this article is directed at teens due to the pictures and more flashing colors. It relates to my topic of drug addiction because it explains what cocaine can do to you physicaly, psycologically, and socially.

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'Friday Night Lights' author in rehab, admits $587K shopping ...

'Friday Night Lights' author in rehab, admits $587K shopping ... | Drug and Alocohol Addiction and Treatment | Scoop.it
Author and journalist Buzz Bissinger spent half a million dollars in less than three years as part of a shopping addiction he writes about in a GQ magazine essay published Tuesday. “I own 81 leather jackets, 75 pairs of boots, ...
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