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Poly Drug Use Impact on Grade Point Averages

Poly Drug Use Impact on Grade Point Averages

For many college students, college is a time to be away from home for the first time, learn responsibility, make new friends, experience new things and more often than not, drink alcohol and smoke marijuana. While the majority of students refrain from developing addictions to these drugs, they are common at parties and get togethers. The frequency of use though has some researchers concerned. This is because a new study, published in Plos One, shows that students who use large…

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Exploring Effective Intervention Techniques for America’s Most Vulnerable

Exploring Effective Intervention Techniques for America’s Most Vulnerable

Preventing alcohol and drug addictions among teenagers is perhaps one of the most important missions within drug prevention community. This is because research has shown that early abuse of drugs and alcohol increase the likelihood of addiction as adults. There are, however, some groups of teenagers that may be more at risk than others. Studies have shown that teenagers living in rural areas and American Indian teenagers may have increased chances of developing an addiction to alcohol. Because of this,…

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Early Intervention Vital Before Addiction Worsens

Early Intervention Vital Before Addiction Worsens

Oftentimes addiction is most painful for friends and family of the addict. They are forced to witness the downward spiral of their loved one, while the addict is avoiding reality with drugs and/or alcohol. The feelings of hopelessness and helplessness can be overwhelming and many people struggle with the making the right decisions on how to best handle the addict. This question is not unique to families struggling with addiction, in fact, researchers are asking the same thing. What is…

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Is Random Drug Testing a Good Approach?

Is Random Drug Testing a Good Approach?

Random Drug Testing to Start at a Middle School Middle schoolers in Lacey Twp, New Jersey, will be asked to submit to random drug tests starting in January 2017. Superintendent Craig Wigley said he expects that about 700 of the school’s 1,000 students are expected to participate in the program. This initiative is noteworthy, since these types of efforts are not usually directed at such young people. Parents must enroll their seventh and eighth graders in the program, which is…

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Another Study Seeks More Drugs to Treat Addiction

Another Study Seeks More Drugs to Treat Addiction

Researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) Okanagan have suggested an unusual use for medical marijuana after reviewing the results of several studies. The study’s lead investigator, Zach Walsh, an associate professor of psychology, said the research “suggests that people may be using cannabis as an exit drug to reduce the use of substances that are potentially more harmful, such as opioid pain medication.” The researchers, who worked with a team from Florida State University, also indicated that marijuana…

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Economic Interventions Needed to Reduce Substance Abuse

Economic Interventions Needed to Reduce Substance Abuse

Transitioning from teenager to young adult has always been tricky. Gone are the days where the biggest concerns were friends and school. Young adults are expected to work, save money, pay bills and make adult decisions. However, the current climate in the United States has made it difficult for young adults to flourish and transition into adulthood. The economy has not quite recovered and millions of young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 are unemployed. This unemployment problem…

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