There are two government programs that have been under fire from critics inside and outside of the government since their inception. These two government programs are Medicare and Medicaid, both of which provide healthcare services to the disadvantaged and poverty-stricken through the use of taxpayer funds. The programs were created and enacted by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965 as part of the Social Security Act, which was itself a component of Johnson’s “Great Society” program. According to popular belief the two programs are actually very different in various ways, but both Medicare and Medicaid are controlled and ran by the same government organization: the United States Department of Health and Human Services, under the branch called the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services.
In its most basic form, Medicare can be described as a government-run social insurance agency that helps more than 44 million people (as of 2008) and costs about $432 billion a year (as of 2007), according to the information kept by the United States government. The money that is spent by the United States government on Medicare makes up about 3.2% of the entire United States of America’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
On the other hand, Medicaid is more of a social welfare program for people in need. Medicaid (Read More....)
Blackouts are among the most potentially harmful outcomes of consuming alcohol, in part because of their impact on the brain, and also in part because of their tendency to dramatically increase the vulnerability of drinkers. If you asked a random assortment of college students about their feelings toward blackouts, you would receive a set of responses which points to a universal impression of fear and loathing. Recent studies have provided substantial support for the theory that certain people may be predisposed to experience alcohol-induced blackouts; it is very important, therefore, that college students be aware not only of the conditions associated with blackouts but also of their own level of susceptibility.
What are Blackouts?
Blackouts are mental states characterized by severe memory impairment (in many cases amnesia), reduced motor coordination, impaired vision, and other effects. Blackouts represent an extreme version of alcohol-induced intoxication: drinkers who experience blackouts are peculiarly vulnerable to danger and abuse because blackouts often induce (Read More....)
An amphetamine addiction is, by definition, the continued use of a mood-altering substance despite the adverse effects to your physical, emotional, and mental health. Hundreds of thousands of people in America alone struggle with an amphetamine addiction in their daily lives and this problem is continuing to rise with the constant increases of people being prescribed these drugs.
Living with an amphetamine addiction can cause a person to completely lose their sense of self. After several weeks of misuse they will have ruined their entire life, sometimes to the point of no return.
Determining if Your Loved One is Living with an Amphetamine Addiction
Not knowing if someone you care for is addicted to amphetamines is a difficult thing to wonder and in some cases can be a life-altering question. You are probably living everyday wondering about your loved one, and this can cause serious health problems that are associated (Read More....)
As most people know opiate side effects vary from person to person and depend on if that individual is in fact addicted to opiates or using opiates for a medical reason. The opiate side effects also depend on amount of opiates that are being taken and how often they are being taken. When determining what stage of opiate side effects that you are dealing with consider your usage. In any case, living with an opiate addiction is something that needs to be addressed immediately to avoid future problems in your life and possibly suffering from a deadly side effect.
Short-term Opiate Side Effects (prescription and recreational)
The Short-term opiate side effects go hand-in-hand with both usage choices. A person will experience these effects in as little as three minutes after consumption and they can last for several hours. Most all of the Short-term opiate side effects completely leave a person’s system within 24 hours, but their also may be long term damaging opiate side effects if an individual chooses to overuse the drug used. A few of the most (Read More....)
If you are a parent, you know just how real drug abuse can be when it comes to teens. While many of us would like to think they are simply oblivious to these types of drugs, we should perhaps be more concerned with the fact that they do know what they are…they just might not understand the risks that come with them. These are 5 of the most commonly used drugs in the teen population and it may be wise to talk to your teen about them.
Kids today are trying marijuana at much younger ages than the generations before. Pot today is more potent than that of the past and is a major cause for alarm. The excuse "everyone else is doing it", is commonly used among teenagers. Or how about, "come on mom, you probably did it when you were our age", who hasn't heard that one. The difference now is that marijuana is not exactly the type of drug to be taken so lightly. One never knows what else in today's day and age that the pot their smoking is not laced with something else that is potentially even more harmful.
Unfortunately many young people today are caught up (Read More....)
Heroin is an illegal drug that has serious and life-threatening consequences for those abusing it. Heroin is extremely addictive and those who develop this addiction will most often require medically supervised treatment. When an individual has a heroin addiction, he or she will have intense and uncontrollable cravings for heroin and will feel as if they are not able to function without it. This is because the brain becomes dependent on the dopamine produced from heroin, and is no longer producing it naturally. Since the brain is no longer producing dopamine, the person will be depressed and unable to experience pleasure unless he or she uses heroin again. This creates the addiction cycle, however, it is a cycle that one can choose to break with professional treatment.
The need for medical and professional treatment during heroin detox is important, because the serious withdrawal symptoms that occur during the process. Heroin withdrawal symptoms include, but are not limited (Read More....)
The United States is a nation overflowing with junkies and drug dealers. If you doubt this is true, how else can you explain new statistics that show that there is one drug bust in the U.S. every 18 seconds. That means that there are an average of three drug busts every single minute of every single day in America.
Has the war on drugs failed?
The F.B.I. has released the Uniform Crime Report for 2008, and it does not paint a pretty picture. According to the report, there were 1,702,537 drug arrests in 2008, and 82.3 percent of those arrests were for possession of a contraband substance.
What does it say about a nation when there are 1.7 MILLION drug arrests in that country per year?
44 percent of the arrests were for possession of marijuana. This is prompting many pot advocates to once again call for marijuana legalization. For example, NORML director Allen St. Pierre released a media advisory in which he made this statement: "Present enforcement policies are costing American taxpayers tens of billions of dollars, ruining the lives of hundreds of thousands of (Read More....)
Ever since illegal drugs burst onto the national scene in the 1960's, drug addiction has been an epidemic in the United States and in many other western nations. A drug addiction can easily destroy your life and can take from you almost everything that you value - your family, your friends, your money, your job, your health and your self respect.
Drug addiction is very serious. More than 19,000 people a year die from using illegal drugs and it is estimated that over 16 million Americans have a drug addiction problem.
The kinds of illegal drugs that people get addicted to are many, but they are all very dangerous. Some of the most common drugs that Americans get addicted to include marijuana, cocaine, crystal meth, ecstasy, heroin, LSD, PCP and ketamine (special K).
While there are many types of illegal drugs they have one thing in common. They are destroying lives.