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How Your Addiction Is Devastating Your Kids

Posted on September 1, 2015 in Research & News

How Your Addiction Is Devastating Your KidsKids are resilient, but that doesn’t mean your addiction isn’t having a terrible effect. They may be resilient, but your kids are also sensitive and malleable. What you do and say (or don’t do and don’t say) affects them deeply. You may think that your addiction only hurts you, but you are completely wrong. It affects everyone around you, especially your kids who need you to be a loving, protective parent. Ask yourself, how does addiction affect the family? How does it affect my kids? With the answers you may finally be ready to get help and to get sober. 

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Online Drug Dealers Stay Under the Radar

Posted on May 21, 2015 in Research & News

Online Drug Dealers Stay Under the RadarThe Internet, and in particular social media sites, has been a boon for drug dealers. They have been using sites like Instagram to market their products, find new customers, arrange buys and make the final deals. As law enforcement agencies catch up to the dealers, they just burrow further into the anonymous online world, coming up with new and creative ways to stay under the radar and continue selling their products.

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Carl Hart Changes Thinking About Addiction

Posted on May 10, 2015 in Research & News

The more researchers tackle the disease of addiction, the more complex it turns out to be. The important thing we have discovered in recent years is that it is a disease of the brain. Drugs and alcohol change the brain in chemical and physical ways, making it extremely difficult to stop using these substances. But we haven’t completely figured this disease out, and a researcher and professor at Columbia University, Carl Hart, is changing the story in a significant way.

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Dumb Craze of Snorting Smarties Spreads Across U.S.

Posted on May 4, 2015 in Research & News

A young girl uses the outer casing of a tampon to crush the candy into a powder, forming the crumbled mixture into a cocaine-like line. After confirming that her friend was recording the event, she leans over with the tube to her nose and snorts it. This isn’t a parody of drug use; it’s from a YouTube video that is merely one of many featuring teens demonstrating the baffling craze of snorting Smarties. Although there is nothing to “gain” from the activity, the candy—never particularly popular before—is still being used in the drug-like ritual by kids. Unsurprisingly, in addition to the complete the lack of benefit, there are also risks associated with snorting Smarties and parents are being encouraged to warn kids about the consequences. 

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Music Festivals, Other Drug-Fueled Celebrations May Be Putting Water Supplies at Risk

Posted on April 24, 2015 in Research & News

Music Festivals, Other Drug-Fueled Celebrations May Be Putting Water Supplies at RiskIllicit drugs and pharmaceutical medications are contaminating our water supplies at an alarming rate. The problem can be especially acute in areas adjacent to music festivals, youth celebrations and beach parties, where young people flush shocking amounts of illegal substances down drains and into rivers, aquifers, reservoirs and other vulnerable waterways.

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Japan Drowning under a Deluge of Addiction

Posted on April 23, 2015 in Research & News

Japan Drowning under a Deluge of AddictionWaves of addiction are a public health crisis that all nations must deal with from time to time. For example, in the United States there is currently much concern about the shocking growth in heroin consumption. It is feared this disturbing development may lead the country into a new sordid age of excess, reminiscent of the crack and methamphetamine plagues of the ‘80s and ‘90s.

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New, Deadly Crystal Meth Fuels Epidemic in Australia

Posted on April 21, 2015 in Research & News

New, Deadly Crystal Meth Fuels Epidemic in AustraliaIn a storyline that seems straight out of a movie, outlaw biker gangs have been invading the rural areas of Australia, recruiting local children and adolescents to produce and sell methamphetamine on the illegal drug market. The Australian hinterlands are seen as safe territory for these criminal organizations, and they are working hard to spread the infection of meth addiction all across the land. These Hells Angels-style wannabes have also formed cooperative relationships with international drug cartels operating out of China, Iran and West Africa, importing even more crystal meth into a nation that has suddenly found itself in the middle of a drug-related public health calamity.

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Synthetic Drug ‘Sass’ Blamed in Illinois Woman’s Death

Posted on April 20, 2015 in Research & News

Synthetic Drug ‘Sass’ Blamed in Illinois Woman’s DeathA formerly obscure synthetic drug called “sass” is back in the news after a tragic death in suburban Chicago. At 2 a.m. on Nov. 11, a 21-year-old woman named Cristina Villasana was rushed to a hospital emergency room suffering from acute distress apparently related to drug abuse. Her situation continued to deteriorate and she eventually lost her fight for life, joining the ranks of all the unfortunate souls whose futures have been ended far too soon because of illicit drugs.

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Does Contingency Management Work for People With a Dual Diagnosis?

Posted on April 15, 2015 in Research & News

Does Contingency Management Work for People With a Dual Diagnosis?Dual diagnosis is the term addiction specialists and mental health specialists use to identify people who have diagnosable problems with drugs or alcohol, as well as a separately diagnosable mental health condition. Typically, affected individuals are significantly more difficult to treat than people who only have substance-related problems or separate mental health issues. In a study published in August 2014 in the Journal of Dual Diagnosis, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh assessed the effectiveness of a behavioral therapy called contingency management in helping people affected by a dual diagnosis achieve improved outcomes in addiction treatment.

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Does Prescription Opioid Abuse Increase Risks For HIV Exposure?

Posted on April 9, 2015 in Research & News

Does Prescription Opioid Abuse Increase Risks For HIV Exposure?In the U.S., prescription opioid abuse is a relatively common phenomenon. Unfortunately, for a number of reasons, people who abuse opioid medications have a significantly increased chance of initiating use of the street drug heroin and ultimately participating in heroin injection. In a study published in July 2014 in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, a team of American researchers examined the impact of this drug-using progression on the odds that a young-adult prescription opioid abuser will eventually be at-risk for exposure to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and/or the hepatitis C virus (HCV).

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