Common Street Drugs Part 2: Meth, Weed, Heroin

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Common Street Drugs Part 2: Meth, Weed, Heroin This part 2 follow up discusses 3 more dangerous street drugs that are commonly being used in the U.S. today. Although awareness about the dangers of drug abuse has grown considerably over the last few decades, the problem of addiction continues to exist and, in some cases, is on the increase. Meth, Heroin, and Marijuana are spoken about in the news often. With prescription painkiller addictions turning into street heroin addictions on the rise throughout the entire...

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Marijuana Legalization 2016 Election Results

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Marijuana Legalization 2016 Election Results Nine states had measures on their ballots this 2016 election regarding legalizing marijuana. Some were voting to legalize recreational marijuana and some voted to legalize medicinal marijuana. As of Wednesday morning after the election, eight of the nine measures had been approved; just one was rejected. Most significantly, recreational marijuana was legalized in California – this will affect 40 million Americans. With conflicting reports about long-term effects of...

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Marijuana Use Doubled in Past Decade

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Marijuana Use Doubled in Past Decade Shocking new information published in JAMA Psychiatry from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism states that marijuana use doubled from 2001 to 2013. Researchers analyzed nationally representative data from both the 2001-2002 and 2012-2013 National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Condition on marijuana use and marijuana use disorders in the United States. It showed that in 2001-2002, 4.1 percent of study participants used marijuana. The more recent...

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Marijuana Use and Prediabetes Linked?

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Marijuana Use and Prediabetes Linked? A recent study reported in Diabetologia entitled: Marijuana use and risk of prediabetes and diabetes by middle adulthood: the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study, showed that both current and former marijuana users have a higher chance of developing “prediabetes.” Prediabetes does not indicate that an individual has diabetes, but rather is experiencing poor blood sugar control. The researchers (Bancks et. al) report that due to the rise in...

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2016 GOP Presidential Candidates and Marijuana Legalization

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2016 GOP Presidential Candidates and Marijuana Legalization Many are watching, reading and listening to the GOP contenders in the race for the 2016 presidency. Many ideas and views are debated, discussed, and expressed. One of the hot topics in the upcoming run for office will definitely be legalization of marijuana. As The Huffington Post indicates, “with at least 10 more states expected to consider legalization in some form by 2016, the next president of the United States will almost certainly have to reckon...

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WAX – Warning to Teen Parents

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WAX – Warning to Teen Parents A new drug, called WAX, is becoming increasingly popular amongst teens. The drug, which is a based with marijuana plant oils, looks and feels a lot like lip balm and is easy to hide. Teenagers are replacing the lip balm from containers, like Carmex, with the waxy drug and it is going undetected.  The drug has dangerously high levels of THC and is harmful to the growing teenage brain and body. Parents should be aware of this drug and initiate conversations with their teenagers....

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