What is most effective at keeping a society safe from addictive substances while minimizing the costs of such efforts? When it comes to the penalties for the use and sales of illegal drugs like cocaine or heroin, each country around the world has its own set of rules and punishments. Today we compare four: the United States, Australia, Germany, and Switzerland.… [Read more]
By now you’ve heard of the 21st Century Cures Act. It’s a 996-page healthcare bill that passed through the House and the Senate in a landslide vote of 392-26 and 94-5 respectively. For those of us not following every little movement in Washington, it feels like the first bipartisan supported bill in ages. President Obama has already pledged to sign it into law.… [Read more]
Opiate addiction is increasingly becoming a big problem in America. Of the estimated 36 million opiate addicts in the world, roughly 2 million reside in the United States alone. Considering the numbers, opiate addiction has caught the attention of local and state leaders alike and has been called an epidemic more than once. This has resulted in an increase of funds for opiate rehab programs, addiction research, pharmaceutical regulations, and more.… [Read more]
Instances of heroin use are skyrocketing in America, and has become an epidemic among many teens and young adults. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 8,000 lives have been taken by Heroin in just the last year. That number is expected to triple as use of the illicit drug continues to spread.… [Read more]
Drug abuse rates have always been a concern for Americans. More specifically, they have been concerned with teen drug use rates. Our culture and social norms have changed from generation to generation and what causes these changes is still mostly up for debate. Since 2008, drug use in teens has gone up and down. But in general, teens have been using less hard drugs, even though marijuana use has gone up.… [Read more]
Recent studies show that drug addiction impacts more than one’s social and economic standing. The idea that addiction affects a single person is long gone, but until recently, there hasn’t been much information on the drug industry’s influence over the well-being of our planet.
In fact, through these latest analyses, we are now able to see that drugs, both legal and illegal, are making major changes in our environment.… [Read more]
Have you ever wondered just how much life drugs and alcohol have taken from us? It turns out that the U.S. Census Bureau keeps detailed records of a statistic called Years of Potential Life Lost, or YPLL. This measures the average life expectancy against premature deaths.
If we were to add up all of the early deaths attributable to drug and alcohol abuse, we’d find that we lose an unthinkable 2,002,016 years of potential human life each year.… [Read more]
One of the fundamental questions about human behavior is whether or not our surroundings can influence our development and our habits. Do our personalities and heredity override everything else, or can we be a product of our environment? More specifically, what factors help create the habits of a drug addict? Does a person’s likelihood of encountering drug abuse – or specific drugs – change depending on where they live?… [Read more]
Americans have come to face the harsh reality that health care isn’t cheap. Prescription medications are no exception. On average, Americans pay $983 per year for their prescriptions. In fact, Americans pay up to 100 percent more on medications than any other country in the world. How can that be? The answer lies in the overwhelmingly high costs of research and development.… [Read more]
The unthinkable happened this past week. A Canadian not named Justin Bieber got more Google search engine action than President Obama, Lady Gaga, or Michele Bachmann – for real.
Rob Ford, our sainted Mayor of Toronto, achieved this remarkable feat. In an age where media attention and draft beer have the same lifespan (leaving aside the rental payments), His Worship appears to be channeling an inner and rather frightening Marion Barry as he fights the persistent allegation that he may have smoked crack with some less than sterling chaps in the darker recesses of Toronto the Good.… [Read more]
Retiring Representative Ron Paul (R-TX) has made his views widely known. Among his most-discussed policy ideas are his views on the nation’s ‘War on Drugs’. Paul’s policy on drugs became a topic of discussion during a recent argument. Quite predictability, Portugal’s success in decriminalizing drugs was claimed as the ultimate proof that Ron Paul’s policy will work in the U.S.… [Read more]
It has been said that politics is a local issue. Given all the attention being paid to this crucial presidential election, it should be remembered that many of the issues affecting us take place on the national level but, as we have seen over the past nearly 4 years of the Obama administration, it is the state-level politicians — the senators and congressmen — who have the ability to support or block efforts that affect the entire nation.… [Read more]
And so my tour continues further south. A day off in Orlando is pleasant but uneventful, like the city itself. I couldn’t find much to do but walk around aimlessly, occasionally getting engaged in conversation by questionable-looking people on the streets, including one dude with what looked like multiple stab scars all over his mid-section and arms.… [Read more]
Welcome to the new face of addiction that outranks heroin, meth and crack. Except it isn’t a new drug and it isn’t illegal. Oxycontin has been around since the mid-1990s and is made from the poppy plant to produce a feeling of euphoria. But wait, isn’t heroin made from poppy plants? Yes, yes it is.
The picture begins to take shape then as to why this drug is such an issue.… [Read more]
I think by now we have all read and heard about the zombie attack, sorry I mean face-eating horror, in Miami. But what you might not be familiar with is a Jeffrey Dahmer-esque murder in Maryland, which I read about in The Huffington Post. Some psycho college student thought it was a good idea to kill his roommate and then dine on part of his brain and all of his heart.… [Read more]
With all of the recent talk about contraceptive pills
and the persistent issue of men attempting to control women’s bodies my thoughts were directed to our access to pills in general. In this country, there’s a pill for just about everything. Years ago if someone felt sick, experienced an emotional setback or needed a little motivation, s/he would call a friend to chat, maybe go out for a drink, get a little kick in the rear-end and/or simply get moving.… [Read more]