Drug Use Related Posts

White man in white shirt with hand on face

During the past decade, white Americans have been the driving force of the heroin epidemic that grips our nation.1 That’s according to an original investigation just published in JAMA Psychiatry. In the massive study of almost 80,000 respondents, heroin prevalence increased five-fold over an 11-year span, to about 1.61 percent of the American population. But […]

Every year, more than 1.5 million drug arrests are made in the United States. The majority of these arrests are specifically for drug possession, which is the crime of having one or more illegal drugs in possession for personal use, sale or distribution. Because of this serious problem, many areas are decriminalizing drugs such as […]

Painkillers in the NFL

When we think of sports and drug abuse, we typically think of performance-enhancing steroids – the kind notoriously used by cyclist Floyd Landis, baseball greats Alex Rodriguez and Barry Bonds, and bodybuilder-turned-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Fascinating and highly controversial, infamous tales of anabolic steroid use have been making headlines for decades. Interestingly enough, however, the rampant […]

Two studies published in JAMA Internal Medicine in June, while not without limitations, offer insight into the making of America’s opioid epidemic. The studies, an original investigation and a research letter, bring several disturbing, though not surprising, facts to light. The investigation by Harvard public health researchers examined new opioid prescriptions to Medicare recipients who […]

Man getting prescription pills

In a March 14, 2014 article titled “Overmedicated America,” American Spectator writer Daniel J. Flynn took a look at the frightening statistic from the Mayo Clinic that roughly seven in 10 Americans take a prescription drug, calling it “surely a symptom of a sick society,” and asking, “who will diagnose the diagnosticians?” More than a […]

United States flag and pills

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released the findings from its annual survey on drug and alcohol use in the US. The report presents detailed results from the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), which is the primary source of information on the use of illicit drugs, alcohol, […]

While much of the current discussion around marijuana is related to legalization for recreational use, it’s important not to overlook the topic of medical marijuana. While Colorado and Washington State recently passed legislation making pot use legal for casual imbibers without a medical marijuana card, marijuana is already legal for medical purposes in 20 states […]

It sounds perfectly nice: A natural plant that is said to be a safe, legal substance that produces a high similar to that of marijuana. But the truth is far from the reality. In fact, spice is anything but nice. The term “spice” refers to a wide variety of herbal mixtures that produce effects similar […]

Experimentation has always been popular, especially among youth who have turned to household substances, cleaning products, prescription medications and even horse tranquilizers when looking for the next cheap, powerful high. Adventure seekers and bored young people have sampled everything from bath salts and misappropriated painkillers to gas fumes, canned air and hand sanitizer, turning themselves […]