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Grannies for Grass: More Baby Boomers Smoking Marijuana

Grannies for Grass: More Baby Boomers Smoking Marijuana

When we hear the term “pot smoker,” we usually conjure up images of young kids, not someone’s 80-year-old grandmother or a retired schoolteacher. But a lot of the older generation is coming forward and admitting to smoking marijuana. According to a New York Times article, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that baby […]

Marijuana Use and Driving Impairment

Marijuana Use and Driving Impairment

When most people think about driving under the influence, they likely think about drunk driving. While drunk driving is a chronic, widespread public safety problem, it only represents part of the story regarding impaired driving. Increasingly, drug experts, law enforcement officials, and public health officials have started to focus their attention on the driving risks […]

Effects of Process Addiction

Process addiction is an unofficial term sometimes used to describe addictions that form around certain common behaviors or activities, such as shopping, having sex, eating, watching pornography, gambling or playing video games. On the surface, these types of addictions seem like psychological problems that differ significantly from substance addiction, which occurs when alcohol and/or a […]

Are You Addicted to Your Cell Phone?

Are You Addicted to Your Cell Phone?

Just looking at the undulating lines of shoppers waiting around the clock for the latest iPhone has to get you wondering what the big deal is. And, no, this isn’t a commercial for Apple. What it is, however, is a thoughtful look at a phenomenon that has resulted in otherwise sane and responsible people (for […]

New Trends in Teen Drug Use

New Trends in Teen Drug Use

The adolescent and teen years pile on peer pressure like no other time in life. At the same time, the young adults are coming of age, discovering who they are, and making choices for themselves. This precious time is crucial for parents to stay involved with their newly-independent child. Although their children are taller and […]

Drug Abuse in the Financial World

Drug Abuse in the Financial World

The Controlled Substances Act (1970) is used by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to categorize all drugs within schedules. Schedule 1 and Schedule 2 drugs are considered addictive and prone to high risk of abuse and include heroin and marijuana (S1) as well as cocaine, methadone, and methamphetamine (S2). The main difference, however, is that […]