Inside the Synthetic Marijuana Epidemic

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From Patriots linebacker Chandler Jones to the residents of upstate New York, synthetic marijuana has affected Americans around the country. Lauded for its affordability and ability to remain undetected in most drug tests, the synthetic substance is wreaking havoc on communities from the East Coast to Los Angeles. Unlike its organic cousin, synthetic marijuana is […]

Illicit Drug Trafficking Contributing to High Addiction Rates

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Illicit Drug Trafficking Contributing to High Addiction Rates The drug trafficking business in Mexico is worth an estimated $50 billion a year — and analysts predict that without it, Mexico’s economy would shrink by 63 percent. With 32 percent of all American inmates either under the influence or in possession of illicit drugs when arrested, […]

The Invisible Drug Abuse Epidemic Among Older Adults

Although it’s common to associate addiction with younger demographics, a new drug addiction epidemic is on the rise among America’s aging generations. Recent research indicates older adults are not only at increased risk for substance abuse, but they struggle with addiction just as much — if not more — than younger generations. As more geriatric […]

Nature vs. Nurture: The Contributing Factors of Opioid Abuse

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Five million people in the United States are affected by opioid abuse every year. The rise in popularity of opioid medications such as Vicodin, OxyContin and Opana for the treatment of chronic pain has played a significant role in the current opioid addiction epidemic. The recent influx in opioid addiction that drug rehab centers from […]

What Makes a Habit So Hard to Break?

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As anyone aiming to lose weight for a New Year’s resolution or give up tanning in Irvine, California for Lent knows well, breaking a bad habit is easier said than done. Humans are creatures of habit — this rule applies to everything from brushing your teeth to less innocuous routines, such as drug or alcohol […]

Opioid and Other Drug Overdose Deaths Hit Record Levels in US

A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released in late December 2015 chronicled the disturbing rise in drug overdose deaths in the United States, particularly those caused by opioid drugs such as heroin. Drug overdose deaths have more than quadrupled since 1999, filling up hospital beds and drug rehab centers from […]

Drug Use and Abuse Around the World

Drug use is prevalent around the globe—no continent is free from illicit substance abuse. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) roughly 5 percent of the world’s population aged 15-64 have experimented with drugs at some point in their lives. While less than one percent of this group will become problematic […]

Does Marijuana Abuse Lead to Schizophrenia?

In 2014, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported cannabis—otherwise known as marijuana—is the most commonly-used illicit drug in the United States. Unfortunately, this drug is being abused by large numbers of youth and adults from Fresno, Calif., to the East Coast. Though drug rehab centers can help treat addictions to cannabis, many […]

The Decades of Drug Abuse in the United States

It seems that problems with drugs and alcohol have been a part of society for decades—which is, in fact, the truth. Even before the days of Prohibition in the 1920s, our culture has recognized that there are inherent dangers in the misuse of alcohol and drugs. But the drugs that seem the most problematic—or popular—can […]