Posts tagged ‘Substance abuse’

February 2nd, 2010

Statistics Of Prescription Drug Abuse

by Jonathan Cogley

According to a research updated by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, prescription drug abuse is a serious emerging problem in the United States. In 2006, they have found approximately 7.0 million persons used psychotherapeutic drugs non-medically which is 2.8 percent of the U.S. Population. They also found that 5.2 million persons used pain relievers, 1.8 million persons used tranquilizers, 1.2 million persons used stimulants and 0.4 million people used sedatives. Abuse of prescription drugs is more among adolescents.

The prescription drugs are broadly available in the medicine cabinet, on Internet, and physicians.  The misunderstanding about the safety of prescription medications makes them more prone to abuse. It is also reported that people who abuse prescription drugs are also prone to high degree of other risky behaviors like abuse of other drugs and alcohol. So, prevention of prescription drug abuse is an important aspect.

Prescription drug abuse by adolescents is acquiring the attention of parents, educators, and community officials. There are many good approaches for parents, schools, medical professionals, and law enforcement agencies to oppose the abuse.

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Drug Testing In Schools – Good or Bad
Drug Testers – An Issue For Olympic Athletes

October 8th, 2009

How Meth Takes Over An Abused?

by Debbie Harry

Methamphetamine, one of the commonly abused drugs. It is very stimulant and highly addictive compared to many abused drugs.

When a person actually starts being abused to these drugs, he doesn’t understand that it is his initial step to drug addiction. Before he understands the fact, he is deeply addicted to the drug. In addition, in case of drugs like methamphetamine the chances of addiction are very high.

Methamphetamine is a psycho-stimulant. When a person takes the drug, the drug increases the body temperature, blood pressure, respiration, and heart rate. When you look into these affects once, you will understand why a meth-abused person feels stronger and more competent. The drug even boosts the brain levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine, which causes feelings of euphoria and increased energy.

The person first gets addicted to the superior feeling that he gets after taking methamphetamine. Slowly the effectiveness of the drug decreases and the person will crawl to take extra doses of the drug for same superior feeling. When the drug starts capturing the person, he cannot even do his ordinary chores effectively without the support of the drug.

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April 1st, 2009

Drug Testers – An Issue For Olympic Athletes

by Jonathan Cogley

The new Olympic rule of drug testing has become a burden to all the Olympic level players. This left them with no good option, other than protest against it.

The International Olympic Committee had brought a new anti doping rule into existence. According to it, all athletes can be subjected to drug tests any time and any place. Apart from that, they have to schedule their availability, along with the details of hour and place, three months in advance so that drug testers can find them.

Imagine a poor Olympic-level guy, sitting in a restaurant along with his date. Suddenly, you see some people entering into the restaurant and dragging him out of the place in order to conduct drug tests for him. How good do you think it will be?

It is a nuisance for the privacy of those people.

I don’t get the actual idea behind it. Are you testing Olympic athletes for drug abuse or scaring them away from participating into the Olympics?

You may also like to read:
Few Serious Mental Disorders Related To Chronic Drug Abuse
Statistics Of Prescription Drug Abuse
How Meth Takes Over An Abused?
How Drugs Help Athletes?
Marijuana – Most Dangerous Illicit Drug
Drug Testing In Schools – Good or Bad

March 26th, 2009

Government To Tighten War At Mexico

by Edwin Rosenthal

Obama seems to have taken the Mexican drug wars more seriously. In order to support the troops that already set into the Southwest borders to fight against drug crimes, his government pledged for more manpower and financial aid.

The Obama administration has started planning for sending more federal agents to fight against Mexican drug cartels more effectively. The number of federal agents to be deployed for this mission is declared as 500. These include 350 agents from department of homeland security, 100 agents from Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and 16 more agents from Drug Enforcement Agency.

It is not just a fight against $18 to $39 billion illegal drug sales a year. It is also a fight against increased violence in these areas, which claimed around 7,000 lives in past 15 months.

President Obama has announced to visit Mexico by himself and discuss about the drug problems with Mexican president Felipe Calderón.

March 12th, 2009

How Drugs Help Athletes?

by Debbie Harry

We all know that many athletes use drugs in competitions and end up their career in disaster after proving positive in athlete drug testing. I still don’t get the point how those athletes dare to use drugs to enhance their performance, even though they knew that there will be drug testing conducted in competitions. Perhaps the lack of confidence or lack of practice and extensive pressure to win makes them unavoidable in taking those performance enhancing drugs.

Using drugs in sports is generally termed as doping. If an athlete of international competitions is not caught in doping, he becomes an overnight star with lots of fame and money besides winning the competition. But the possibilities of escaping the doping tests are very small. Athletes may have several reasons for using performance-enhancing drugs like building mass and strength of muscles and/or bones, increasing the amount of oxygen in tissues, to mask their injury pain with drugs, etc. Athletes may also misuse drugs to relax, cope with stress or boost their own confidence.

You may also like to read:
Few Serious Mental Disorders Related To Chronic Drug Abuse
Statistics Of Prescription Drug Abuse
How Meth Takes Over An Abused?
Marijuana – Most Dangerous Illicit Drug
Drug Testing In Schools – Good or Bad
Drug Testers – An Issue For Olympic Athletes

February 17th, 2008

Marijuana – Most Dangerous Illicit Drug

by Andrew Veazey

The selling of Marijuana is illegal in most of the countries. But it is the world’s most often used illegal drug available to people in black markets with different names like Blunt, Grass, Herb, Pot, Reefer, Marijuana, Weed, Ganja, etc. Marijuana is common name of cannabis, and is a dry, shredded green and brown mix of flowers, stems, seeds, and leaves derived from the hemp plant Cannabis sativa.

Humans have been consuming cannabis since prehistory, although it is in the 20th century that it was used to its maximum extent for recreational, medicinal and religious or spiritual purposes.

Marijuana is usually smoked as a cigarette (joint) or in a pipe. It is also smoked directly using cigars by emptying tobacco and refilling with marijuana. As an alternative to smoking, cannabis may be consumed orally. However, the cannabis or its extract must be sufficiently heated intoxicate cannabinoid, tetrahydrocannabinolic acid present in it, into psychoactive THC. Marijuana can be easily detected using drug test kits or laboratory methods like most other drugs.

Cannabis smoke contains more toxic substances than tobacco smoke. Marijuana intoxication can cause distorted perceptions, impaired coordination, difficulty in thinking and problem solving, and problems with learning and memory.

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January 26th, 2008

Drug Testing In Schools – Good or Bad

by Edwin Rosenthal

The drug testing is often a controversial issue. There are many number of court cases involved in drug testing. But the usage of drugs among teens and children seems to have increased these days. So, no matter whatever the controversy is, drug testing in schools have to be conducted.

However there are two sides over the issue of drug testing in schools. Firstly I will list out the benefits of drug testing in schools.

  • We can deter from health related issues by providing proper counseling to the kid of he has failed the test.
  • In cases of competitions, usage of drugs is taking place to increase the performance. This can be detected out using proper methods of drug testing.
  • Drug testing may be used to identify and refer for appropriate help to those individuals who may be having problems with the use of drugs.

However there are some drawbacks related to drug testing in schools

  • There are many possibilities of drug testing making people feel guilty until they are proved to be innocent.
  • Schools rarely test for all drugs including tobacco and alcohol (the most commonly used drugs by adolescents). Focusing only on illicit drugs may give the message that these are the only drugs that concern the school.
  • The cost is also a draw back in conducting drug testing in schools.

But the benefits of drug testing seem to be more effective than the drawbacks.

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