Gasoline is a liquid refined from crude oil that contains more than 500 chemical compounds. In terms of its potential for intentional abuse, it belongs to a varied group of substances known collectively as inhalants. People abuse inhalants in order to gain access to cheap “highs” that are commonly available within the limits of existing [...]
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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 [...]
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 [...]
The word medicine usually invokes thoughts such as “getting healthy,” “recovering” and “healing”. For most it invokes healthy thoughts. Could this be what is misleading adolescents into thinking that the pills and liquids found in their home medicine cabinets cannot really hurt them that much? They are medications, after all.
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 [...]
Freon, a refrigerant used in most air conditioning units has become a popular method of getting high with today’s youth because of its availability. But what some teens might not know is that the decision to “huff” one time might be their last.
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 [...]
With the first days of autumn upon us, the sounds of the snap of a football and cheering fans aren’t the only reminders that football is hugely important to millions of people. For the individual with a penchant toward betting, football season triggers more than just fan enthusiasm.
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 [...]
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 [...]