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Drug Abuse Prevention Programs for Adolescent: Adopting New and Relevant Techniques...

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) alcohol, marijuana and over the counter medications are the most commonly abused drugs by teens (NIDA, 2018). National drug use surveys indicate that some children are abusing drugs by age 12- or 13-years-old (NIDA, 2018). Studies have shown that research-based intervention programs can reduce early use of drugs by teen (NIDA, 2018). Prevention programs try to reduce the risk factors for drug use and increase the protective factors (NIDA, 2018). Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) is an intervention program that uses law enforcement officers as instructors (D.A.R.E., 2018). The program emphasizes how to resist peer pressure...

Purdue Pharma Will Stop Promoting OxyContin to Doctors

Purdue Pharma will stop marketing OxyContin to doctors and has eliminated more than half of its sales force (Jay & Perrone, 2018). Sales representatives will no longer go to doctors’ offices to discuss the opioid drugs (Jay & Perrone, 2018). The company has been criticized for contributing to the opioid epidemic (Correll, 2018). From 1999 to 2016, more than 200,000 people have died in the United States from overdoses related to prescription opioids (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2018). In the United States 40% of all opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription opioid and sales of prescription opioids have quadrupled (Centers for Disease...

Baltimore Police Caught Planting Drugs

A Baltimore police officer was praised for discovering and arresting a man for the possession of illegal drugs, only to be discovered as the person who hid the drugs in the first place. A few months ago a team of Baltimore police officers were investigating an unsuspecting man's yard for drugs. Within moments of their search, one of the officers discovered a soupcan containing the "stash." All of this was caught on the officer's body-cam, as he had turned on the recording moments before retrieving the drugs. What the officer did not know was that body-cams also record the 30 seconds prior to physically turning...

Is Drug Trafficking Impacting Public Health?

Despite the highly controversial talks to create a border wall to prevent illegal immigration, plans devised by the Trump Administration may work to curtail another source of criminal activity closely linked with the war on drugs--drug trafficking. The business of drug trafficking produces an estimated $200-$750 billion annual with our current decade seeing the largest percentage of drug usage among U.S citizens (Recovery Village, 2017). What this means for American citizens is dire consequences in terms of a sense of overall health and well-being and the associated burden of escalating healthcare costs. Drug abuse greatly affects a person’s health and those within the inner...

New Oregon Bill

A new Oregon bill decriminalizes heroin, cocaine and other drugs. If caught, possession of small amounts lead to a misdemeanor, instead of a felony. The bill “aims to curb mass incarceration" (Lewis, 2017, p. 1). Oregon lawmakers seek to encourage drug users to look for help instead of filling up their state’s prisons. The Oregon legislature passed a bill last week that reclassified possession of various drugs, ranging from felonies to misdemeanors. This will hopefully reduce punishments and further expand drug treatment for people without prior charges for drug possession.  “‘We are trying to move policy towards treatment rather than prison beds,’ said state Sen. Jackie Winters...

Cold-Turkey Detox Not a Cure for Addiction

Does detoxification cure addiction? Not according to a new movement within the addiction medicine field. In fact, this movement is challenging the entire notion that when a person cleanses his body of toxic chemicals he is on the road to recovery. “That’s a really pernicious myth, and it has erroneous implications,” (Gordon, 2017, paragraph 9) Dr. Frederic Baurer, president of the Pennsylvania Society of Addiction Medicine, says. Baurer, who has been treating addiction for over 30 years adds, “The focus should be on a stabilizing treatment plan, not on detox” (Gordon, 2017, paragraph 30). Elvis Rosado can testify to the need for such a plan. While he...

Wrongfully Prescribed Medicare Recipients

Nearly half a million people in the United States have been prescribed too many opioid drugs. Individuals that were on Medicare’s drug plan received shockingly large amounts. Of those prescribed, individuals consumed dangerously powerful dosages of opioid drugs. In this past year, 22,000 people had admitted to “doctor shipping” for drugs. Like overprescribing, it put both groups “‘at serious risk of opioid misuse or overdose,’ a government watchdog reported Thursday” (Bernstein, 2017, n.p.). According to the Inspector General’s office of the U.S. Health and Human Services Department, people took drug amounts considered too large under the standards set by the Center for Disease Control and...

President Trump’s War on Drugs

New York Times Best Selling Author, Don Winslow, firmly believes that President Trump would be making a mistake by revamping the War on Drugs. “After five decades of this war, drugs are cheaper, more plentiful and more potent than ever...The so-called War on Drugs quadrupled our prison population (overwhelmingly and disproportionately composed of minorities), handed out life sentences to nonviolent offenders, militarized our police forces, promoted the disgusting concept of for-profit prisons, shredded the Bill of Rights and cost taxpayers upward of a trillion dollars” (Winslow, 2017, n.p.). Many United States citizens think of the War on Drugs as one of the most catastrophic social...

Methadone: Tapering Off and Taking Life Back

“We sometimes take the general idea that people with addiction issues can't choose or think for themselves” (Meyer, 2017, paragraph 4) says Laura Meyer, pioneer of the methadone tapering program. As a mental health professional, Meyer was used to person-centered treatment where clients get final say in how they want to live. She wanted a way to offer the same choices to addiction clients who wanted to taper off methadone. “I to see more choices in medication-assisted treatment,” She explains (Meyer, 2017, p.5). Meyer said that, at first, all she could offer the many patients who wanted to taper was hope. When she met a...

The Creation of a Criminal

Some people are led to believe that the reason the majority of United States inmates are poor African Americans is simply because poor African Americans commit more crimes, but this is a rudimentary assumption. In the book The New Jim Crow, author Michelle Alexander attempts to discover the true cause for the mass incarceration of African Americans. In this essay I intend to use Alexander’s analysis to explain that the mass incarceration of poor African Americans is not simply a race issue, nor is it just an economic issue, but rather a combination of the two. When combine, they create a vicious cycle which...