Cannabis and pregnancy do not go together

New information shows a direct link between negative health outcomes in newborns and mothers who used cannabis during pregnancy. But even as this information is making its way into the mainstream, other research suggests that more women use cannabis during pregnancy than in recent years. To ensure health and well-being for babies and their mothers, […]

Overdoses are on the rise and it’s not just opioids anymore

With the exception of 2018, the death toll from drug overdoses was higher each year than last year. This trend has continued since the turn of the century. Now the overdose crisis isn’t just being fueled by opioid drugs. Cocaine and meth overdoses have risen sharply lately. Many of these overdoses have been fatal. Today […]

Talk to young people about marijuana

Recent studies suggest that marijuana use in the teenage years acts as a predictor of drug addiction. It’s not that marijuana is consumed causes Youngsters using other drugs. Rather, researchers have shown that adolescents who use marijuana are more likely to use other drugs, especially in their young adult years. The importance of these findings […]

Still a drug of abuse, still readily available, still dangerous

Photo by EvgeniyShkolenko / iStockPhoto.com Parents, lawmakers, and law enforcement agencies go to great or extreme lengths to keep hazardous materials out of the hands of children. Laws are passed, drug dealers are arrested, schools give lectures on drug prevention, parents sit down with their children at home to educate them. But there is one […]

My darling has an overdose … now what ?!

Overdose, it’s a scary word that nobody likes to consider passing to someone they love. For millions of people living with addiction themselves or loving someone with an addiction, this is a constant and legitimate fear, especially with so many people across the country overdosing on drugs. Far too many people die from drug overdoses. […]

Synthetic drugs are more addicting, illegal and available than ever before

Drugs have been a problem in the US for decades. Addiction is not a new human condition. However, addiction has gotten much worse in America. Several factors have triggered the rise in addiction statistics over the past two decades. A determining factor has been an increase in illegal, synthetic, highly addictive, extremely dangerous drugs that […]

Isolation can lead to an increase in opioid deaths

A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that the number of deaths from opioid overdoses in Chicago, Illinois increased during a Covid-19 lockdown in March, April and May 2020. The deeper problem behind the story is that prolonged periods of isolation can lead to an increase in overdose deaths among […]

Drug Addiction, a Growing Crisis in Urban America

Drug addiction is so widespread that it is a serious problem for both rural America and urban centers. Indeed, rural America saw an unprecedented surge in drug overdose deaths in the first 15 years of the 21st century. Some rural areas were so overrun by drug addiction that much of rural America had higher per […]

The number of deaths from drug overdose reaches 80,000 in a year

A December 2020 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recorded more than 80,000 deaths from overdose between May 2019 and May 2020. That’s a significant increase considering the total number of deaths from January 2019 to January 2020 was around 70,000. The May 2019 to May 2020 record is the highest death […]

How COVID-19 Affected Alcohol Abuse

COVID-19 induced alcohol abuse The COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in the death of many people, deteriorated physical health, and changed mental health. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, fear, anxiety and depression have increased. Given that people are losing their jobs, adjusting to public health recoveries to keep everyone safe, there are frequent reports […]