May 2, 2013
All the recent hoopla is about gun laws. People are worried there are too many guns, too dangerous of weapons, and it is too easy to obtain a weapon. They wants laws created to limit all of these. I am neither in favor or against these laws. If criminals want a gun, I am sure they are readily available – probably a lot easier than a law-abiding citizen obtaining one legally.
Am I the only one who thinks drugs are more dangerous than guns? I think congress needs to put its two cents in on ... [More]
April 25, 2013
There is no doubt that prescription drug use and abuse by our nation’s youth is a serious problem. With statistics revealing that almost as many teens experiment with prescription medication as beer and other forms of alcohol it cannot be denied.
Now the million-dollar question is – what can you do to prevent your child from abusing prescription meds? As reported in trinidad-times.com.
What to Do
Parents need to think about their homes and what prescription and over-the-counter dr... [More]
April 13, 2013
A day probably doesn’t go by where I read a story about the horrific problem of prescription drug abuse among our nation’s youth. If you look at the past 30 blog entries I have written for onlinedrugclass.com, you will notice that prescription medications are taking up a lot of my material. There is a good reason for this.
There is no doubt that more young people are abusing prescription drugs than ever before. As reported in www.mintpress.net.
A recent study published in the Journ... [More]
March 9, 2013
This is the second in a series of blogs looking at the current problem of Adderall addiction facing the United States government and its economy.
Are users to blame? Or are doctors who prescribe these medications to blame?
I prefer not to play the blame game. Let’s look outside the box and see what we can do to curb the use and over-prescription of this dangerously addictive medication.
First, let’s establish a national database for people who are prescribed addicted drugs. Far to... [More]
January 1, 2013
This is the second in a series of blogs examining the abuse of prescription medication by adolescents in America. It is frightening to think that 10% of our nation’s teenagers already suffer from drug addiction.
Just how do we treat addicted teens and help parents prevent this under-the-radar and illicit drug use? As reported in www.philly.com.
The scary thing is how easy prescription drugs are for teens to find. They find them at home, at friends’ houses, even swipe them if the fa... [More]
December 24, 2012
Whether you or a parent of a teen or not, the current epidemic of prescription drug abuse by our nation’s adolescents should alarm you.
Prescription drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin, Ritalin and Valium are the killer new teen high. As reported in www.philly.com.
According to a recent study, one out of every six American teenagers say he or she has taken a prescription drug at least once in the past year. One in 11 is drug-dependent and one in five show signs of dependence.
Those are terrif... [More]
October 25, 2012
Every day I read articles and blogs about our nation’s horrific problem with prescription drug abuse. Could it be that we are beginning to turn the tide?
A recent government study has revealed that the actual percentages of prescription drug abusers is on the decline. As a counselor for both in-class and online drug classes I may beg to differ. As reported in usatoday.com.
The battle to combat prescription medication abuse is being fought on many levels. First are prescription drug monit... [More]
October 22, 2012
I will admit there has been little good news with respect to prescription drug abuse in the United Sates. As a counselor for both in-class and online drug classes I have had more students enter due to prescription medication that marijuana!
Report after report claim that abuse of prescription medications is at nearly epidemic levels. Could it be that we are turning the tide? As reported in usatoday30.usatoday.com.
A recent study showed that the number of people 18 to 25 who regularly abuse pre... [More]
September 29, 2012
A WEEK DOES NOT GO BY WITHOUT A PLAYER FROM THE NFL GETTING IN TROUBLE. WHILE ALCOHOL AND DRUGS AND DUIS GET THE MAJORITY OF ATTENTION, THE REAL PROBLEM IS PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION.
Players like to joke that there's another name for the "minor car crashes" they survived. In football, they're known as "plays." As reported in www.startribune.com.
With violent collisions a key part of America's favorite game; it's clear why so many players leave the field -- and eventually, the sport -- with the l... [More]
September 5, 2012
The hit television show Breaking Bad on AMC portrays a terminally-ill New Mexico chemistry teacher who turns to making crystal meth in order to provide for his family after his death. With the state’s virtually overwhelming drug problem the show must hit a nervous spot.
New Mexico is facing a widespread drug problem that includes prescription drug abuse, as well as heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine. As reported in www.drugfree.org.
Last year New Mexico led the nation in prescription dr... [More]