A 2012 DEA report revealed that in 2010, US pharmacies dispensed enough Vicodin to give 24 tablets of 5mg each to every single person in the country. The current epidemic in prescription drug abuse is partially to blame on Vicodin, since it’s the most widely prescribed drug in the country. Despite accounting for only 4.6 [...]
A new study finds that educating doctors about potentially inappropriate medications for seniors may be more effective than targeting patients with similar information. The effort among Italian doctors resulted in a significant decline in the prescription of such drugs in a three-year period. The drop in potentially inappropriate medications for those aged 65 and older [...]
It has happened to every addict in recovery. You join a fellowship and begin to make friends among the members. You find the people whom you really respect and seek to emulate their Twelve Step lifestyle. You begin walking through life together. You develop deep, life-changing bonds. You experience authentic relationships unencumbered by food, alcohol, [...]
The Major League Baseball anti-drug policy needs to be revamped – at least that’s the opinion of some of the game’s former players who say that the 50-game penalty is just a slap on the wrist for players caught in violation.
Each year, millions of dollars and thousands of hours go into research about substance abuse and addiction. To some people, it may seem like time and money that would be better spent going directly towards drug education programs, treatment centers, or fighting other battles on the front lines. Just where does addiction research get us, [...]
DARE, short for Drug Abuse Resistance Education, is an international drug prevention education program. The program began in Los Angeles in 1983, and gained nationwide prominence during the late ’80s and ’90s. The curriculum is directed at children between kindergarten and 12th grade. It was originally developed by the Los Angeles Police Department, and today [...]
Nancy Reagan became the First Lady of the United States in 1981 with the election of her husband, Ronald Reagan, to the presidency. During President Reagan’s eight years in office, Nancy Reagan was a key influence and adviser. She also created her own major initiative from her position as First Lady: the "Just Say No" [...]
Professional baseball players are taking a stance in cutting down drug abuse within their profession. According to a Fox News article, officials and players within Major League Baseball (MLB) are toughening rules and regulations regarding illegal drug use.
Mothers who want to keep their children off drugs later in life should start early – very early – suggests a Duke University study in conjunction with Australia’s University of Adelaide. The study results suggest that by being attentive and nurturing early in a child’s development, mothers can cause changes at the brain level that [...]
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) recently released a new smartphone app which it hopes will lead to fewer impaired drivers getting behind the wheel. Called "Show Me My Buzz," the app is currently available for Androids and iPhones.