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Tennessee Teen Drug Use on the Rise

Posted on September 1, 2014 in Research & News

Tennessee Teen Drug Use on the RiseTeen substance abuse is rising to alarming rates around the country, but particularly in the state of Tennessee. A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists some disturbing statistics for Tennessee teens. Not only are these young people using drugs more and more, they are also using hard drugs like heroin. Experts and officials are concerned about how easy drugs are to access in Tennessee and the inevitably dire consequences for young people.

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The Most Addictive Drugs

Posted on August 29, 2014 in Research & News

All drugs are addictive to some extent, but some can hook you quicker and more deeply than others. While the use of any drug is a bad idea and risky, very addictive drugs are especially harmful. They can make changes in your brain that lead you to become addicted in a short period of time. Once you’re hooked, you will want to use the drug constantly and your health and all other aspects of your life will suffer. 

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Drugs and Alcohol: Their Relative Crash Risk

Posted on August 11, 2014 in Research & News

Drugs and Alcohol: Their Relative Crash RiskAlcohol and drugs are known for their ability to produce impairments that can seriously reduce a person’s ability to safely operate a car, truck or motorcycle. Each year, significant numbers of people under the influence of alcohol or drugs are involved in some sort of motor vehicle accident. In a study published in January 2014 in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, a team of American researchers compared the chances that a driver under the influence of drugs will get involved in a fatal car crash to the chances that a driver under the influence of alcohol will get involved in such a crash.

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PCP (Phencyclidine) Addiction

Posted on January 28, 2013 in Hallucinogens

PCP AddictionWhen police officers and medical emergency personnel talk about drug addicts, the kind they mention as the most troublesome are those using PCP. People under the influence of angel dust can become violent, appear to have super strength, and behave bizarrely. It can take five EMTs to restrain them.1

They are also known to commit notorious crimes. The rapper Big Lurch is now serving a life term in prison for murdering a woman whose body parts had his tooth marks on them.2 A woman in Camden, New Jersey, beheaded her toddler in August 2012,3 and two weeks later, a New Jersey man slit the throats of two young children.4 All of them had been using PCP.

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Marijuana Addiction

Posted on January 27, 2013 in Marijuana Addiction

Marijuana AddictionEverything about marijuana is caught up in controversy today.

The United States government classifies marijuana as a Schedule I Controlled Substance, which means it is highly addictive and has no medical uses whatsoever.

Yet sixteen states have passed laws legalizing marijuana for medical purposes.

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Cocaine Addiction

Posted on January 26, 2013 in Cocaine

Cocaine AddictionPeople living in the Andes Mountains in South America have been using cocaine as a stimulant to overcome the effects of their high altitude and in their religious ceremonies for thousands of years, but the drug only became popular in Western culture after German scientists isolated it in 1855.

The first American cocaine epidemic occurred between 1880 to about 1915 when millions were taking it in various patent medicines and tonics. Cocaine was an ingredient in the original Coca Cola formula, and added to wine, cigarettes, cigars, gum, and so forth. As people became hooked on these various products, the federal government passed the first laws regulating addictive drugs.

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Pain Killer Addiction is at Epidemic Levels

Posted on December 21, 2012 in Prescription Drug Addiction

As many as 15,000 Americans die each year from prescription pain pill overdose. The problem is growing at such a rate that it’s being called everything from a plague to an epidemic. Patients instructed to take a certain dose to deal with pain find themselves in a death spiral when the addiction isn’t treated. Some patients will go out of their way to hide their addiction and feed it with higher doses to get the same effect they once got off a single dose.

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Even Occasional Cocaine Use Can Put Your Heart at Risk

Posted on November 14, 2012 in Cocaine

Multiple studies have detailed the ways that cocaine use can harm and impair the body. Recently, a few studies have revealed how these harmful effects can hurt the body long term. At the annual American Heart Association (AHA) meeting in Los Angeles, researchers pointed out specifically how regular users of cocaine are damaging their cardiovascular system and setting their body up for a heart attack.

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The Medical Effects of Drug Abuse

Posted on October 23, 2012 in Research & News

People enjoy using and abusing drugs and other substances because they like the alteration in their mood and perceptions. But mood and perception are not the only things altered when chemicals are introduced into the body. Drugs touch most of the body systems and are likely to cause damage when they do.

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What If Colorado Legalizes Marijuana?

Posted on October 11, 2012 in Marijuana Addiction

Medical use of marijuana is already legal in Colorado, and a few other states within the Union. Today, permits are available for those who wish to grow cannabis for the purposes of supplying medical marijuana outlets. Now, amendment 64 is on the ballot and if it passes could make it legal for Colorado adults to use the drug apart from any medical need. What could happen if Colorado actually legalizes marijuana use for everyone?

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