Society and Addiction

Opioid Use in the Suburbs and Rural Areas 

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Years ago, heroin use was primarily an inner-city problem. In the 21st century, however, opioid use has increasingly moved to suburban and rural areas. The effects are just as devastating when heroin hits the suburbs as they are in large cities. Opioid drugs, such as heroin, oxycodone, OxyContin, and other painkillers and narcotics can destroy lives, families and communities. Has Opioid Abuse Moved Out of Cities? It is important not to dismiss opioid abuse in large cities—the inner city drug problem is still prevalent and booming. However, rural areas such as West Virginia, Ohio, Alaska, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and more are […]

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Looking Ahead to Addiction Awareness in 2017

Looking Ahead to Addiction Awareness in 2017

It’s been an extremely important year for addiction and recovery. We learned quite a bit about the disease, including how alcohol and drug abuse are significantly causes of the shorter life expectancy of Americans. As well, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines that will help to minimize the misuse and diversion of pharmaceutical drugs. In early 2016, President Barack Obama brought much awareness to the state of opioid addiction in the United States by pushing for additional funding for medication-assisted addiction treatment programs. Later in the year, Obama encouraged remembrance of those lost to addiction and […]

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Building a Support System During and After Treatment

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Recovering from an addiction is a long process that involves physical and mental withdrawal, long-term cravings, and lifestyle changes that will help you to combat the original causes of your addiction and your addiction triggers. While the first step to overcoming an addiction is always seeking out professional help for addiction treatment, you will have to begin to build a support group around yourself while you are in treatment so that you can rely on people to help you once you no longer have the support of a clinic or facility. Your therapist or counselor will no doubt discuss building […]

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Marijuana Vending Machines

Marijuana Vending Machines

Marijuana is already easier to get in several states, having been legalized in Colorado and Washington. Now, vending machines may make procuring pot even easier. A machine called ZaZZZ has been installed in Avon, Colorado and is the first public, automated dispenser of marijuana. Unlike the snack and soda machines we’re so familiar with, though, these machines are said to have the ability to verify age. The single machine installed so far is inside a Colorado medical marijuana dispensary, but these “automated, age-verifying climate-controlled” vending machine could soon be allowed in recreational pot shops in Washington state, according to Randy […]

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DEA Chief Speaks Out About Legal Pot

DEA Chief Speaks Out About Legal Pot

When Colorado and Washington state legalized marijuana, it led to a lot of joking on social media and the late night talk shows, but one high ranking government official doesn’t think it’s a laughing matter. The DEA’s Chief of Operations James L. Capra called the legalization of marijuana at the state level “a bad experiment” and “reckless and irresponsible,” the Washington Post reported. He went on to warn that the move will have severe consequences. (Colorado pot sales began in January 2014 with Washington slated to follow soon after.) Officials in several other states are contemplating similar changes to their […]

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