Most Juveniles in Chicago Detention Center Have Had Drug or Alcohol Problems

March 24, 2016 0

Most teens who have gone through the juvenile detention center in Chicago have been diagnosed with drug or alcohol abuse or dependency at some point in their lives, a new study finds. Northwestern University researchers found more than 90 percent of males and almost 80 percent of females who went through the detention center had substance use problems during their teen years or in young adulthood, the Chicago Tribune reports.  The study tracked 1,829 youths […]

Study Links Marijuana Use to Greater Risk for Developing Addiction to Other Drugs

March 1, 2016 0

A new study suggests marijuana smokers may be significantly more likely to develop an addiction to other drugs and alcohol than people who don’t use marijuana. People who used marijuana were not more likely to develop a mood or anxiety disorder,HealthDay reports. “This new finding raises the possibility that the recent rise in marijuana use may be contributing to the coincident rise in serious harms related to narcotics and other drugs of abuse,” said lead […]

FBI Video, “Chasing the Dragon,” Illustrates Opiate Addiction’s Toll

February 22, 2016 0

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has created a documentary this week that illustrates the toll of opiate addiction, The Kansas City Star reports. The film, called “Chasing the Dragon,” will be distributed to school districts nationwide and can be downloaded for free. High school students are a principal target audience of the film. The documentary is designed to send a message of deterrence to young people thinking of trying drugs, or who are just […]

Rate of Alcohol-Induced Deaths Increased 37% Since 2002

January 11, 2016 0

The rate of alcohol-induced deaths has increased 37 percent since 2002, reaching 30,700 U.S. deaths in 2014, The Washington Post reports. The alcohol death rate is the highest in 35 years, the newspaper notes. Alcohol-induced deaths included those from alcohol poisoning and cirrhosis. There were 9.6 deaths from alcohol-induced causes per 100,000 people in 2014. These deaths do not include those from drunk driving, other accidents and homicides committed under the influence of alcohol. If […]

More Than 47,000 Americans Died of Drug Overdoses in 2014, Setting Record

January 5, 2016 0

More than 47,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2014, setting a new record, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Drug overdoses increased 6.5 percent from 2013. The states with the highest overdose death rates were West Virginia, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Kentucky, and Ohio, Reuters reports. Deaths from opioids, including painkillers and heroin, accounted for 61 percent of overdose deaths in 2014. Opioid deaths increased 14 percent from the previous year. […]

Smoking Most Prevalent Mode of Lifetime Marijuana Use Among Adults; 30% Report Consuming in Edibles and 10% Report Vaporizing

December 7, 2015 0

Slightly more than one-third (35%) of adults reported ever using marijuana in 2014, according to data from a nationally representative consumer panel survey. Among those adults, smoking was reported as the most prevalent mode of marijuana use. A majority of users reported smoking joints (89%), around one-half reported using bongs, waterpipes, or hookahs (49%) or bowls or pipes (48%), and one-fourth (25%) smoked marijuana in blunts. Other modes of marijuana use included ingesting marijuana in […]

Experts: Merger of World’s Two Largest Beer Manufacturers is Global Health Threat

November 20, 2015 0

The impending merger of the world’s two largest beer manufacturers represents a global health threat, experts warned this week. They said the merger could worsen the growing epidemic of alcohol-related harm in low- and middle-income countries. Last month, Belgium-based Anheuser-Busch InBev and London-based SAB Miller announced they have agreed in principal to merge, MedicalXpress reports. The new company will produce an estimated one-third of all beer sold worldwide, Professor Jeff Collin and colleagues at the […]

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