Drug Use Related Posts

By Wesley Gallagher The American opioid epidemic is at crisis levels, and it seems like the government and other organizations are finally taking steps to address the crisis. In order to do this effectively, we must understand the root of it — from the individual problem of addiction to the history and reasons behind the […]

By Thomas Tjornehoj “By my first year in high school, I had graduated to … ketamine … to get me out of my own head,” recalls Meagan F. in her HeroesinRecovery.com story. “To make all my racing thoughts, all my negative built up emotions to subside or at least relax for a little while … […]

By Tamarra Kemsley From Memphis to Bristol, Tennessee’s opioid crisis is increasingly fueled by fentanyl, a drug 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine.1 This is according to multiple reports2,3 put out by the state’s department of health that warned against the misuse of the drug typically used to ease the suffering of patients with advanced cancer […]

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 Lance Armstrong or baseball players such as Mark McGuire or Barry Bonds. However, the rampant abuse of steroids seems to be taking a backburner to another drug problem in the athletic community–prescription opioid abuse. Once internally […]

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 […]