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....)
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....)
Prescription drug addiction is one of the least understood addiction epidemics in the U.S. today. That is because a person can become addicted almost by accident. Most people mistakenly believe that since a doctor prescribes these drugs that they can't hurt you and you can't get addicted to them.
However, the reality is that many prescription drugs are almost identical chemically to illegal drugs. Many prescription drugs are incredibly addictive and incredibly dangerous if used incorrectly.
Not only are many Americans getting hooked on prescription drugs by accident, but also the number of Americans abusing prescription drugs on purpose is rapidly growing.
According to the 2003 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an estimated 4.7 million Americans use prescription drugs non-medically. In particular, the growth of the non-medical abuse of prescription drugs by teens is particularly troubling.
According to a stunning 2007 survey conducted for the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 15 percent of U.S. high school seniors abuse prescription drugs. The type of prescription drugs that are most commonly abused in this manner include codeine-based painkillers such as oxycodone (OxyContin) and those containing hydrocodone (Read More....)