By Stephanie Thomas “You’re so lucky to be a teenager! Best years of your life right here!” Those are the words that, on several occasions, produced in me an overwhelming sense of dread the moment they left a well-meaning adult’s lips. This is as good as it gets? This? Don’t get me wrong; I had…

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It is now widely known how dangerous drinking and driving can be. For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 29 people in the United States die, every day, in crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver.1 As public consciousness becomes more sensitive to this problem and laws become stricter for violators, more…

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Morphine has been around for a long time. It is made from the opium poppy, which is also the source of highly addictive opium, the original drug that many modern and dangerous opioid drugs mimic. Morphine was first marketed in the early 1800s as a treatment for extreme pain, severe coughs, and even chronic diarrhea.…

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Morphine is in a group of drugs called narcotic pain relievers and is derived from the opium poppy. It is used to treat moderate to severe pain after surgery, injury, or pain that is caused by a chronic condition. Morphine is a potent analgesic drug and works by changing the way the brain and body…

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Morphine is one of the most effective medicines available for pain relief. Over the years, the addictive qualities of morphine have forced physicians and the United States government to take a hard look at how available the drug is for treating pain and carefully regulate its distribution. The benefits of pain control vs. the risk…

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  Marijuana is a unique drug when it comes to legal status, statistics and use. It’s labeled a Schedule I substance by the Drug Enforcement Administration. This means the federal government considers marijuana to have “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.”1 Yet some states and healthcare providers disagree. Recreational marijuana…

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Crack was first introduced in the 1970s. Its use peaked in the 1980s, but it certainly hasn’t disappeared from the black market since then. It was created as a cheaper alternative to cocaine. Drug dealers specifically targeted inner city and minority users. However use is no longer limited to those areas or demographics. And the…

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By Melissa Riddle Chalos While the tragedy of the opioid epidemic continues to capture the national spotlight, methamphetamine use is on a serious, life-threatening comeback. Back in the 1990s, we were used to seeing media reports of hidden meth labs exploding across the country. Then Sudafed moved behind the pharmacy counter as the government cracked…

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Your teen seems moody and withdrawn. He or she says unexpected things and acts in unpredictable ways. Is it just the usual teenage angst, or is your child high on LSD? Look for some common signs of LSD use, and learn how to start a conversation about drugs and addiction. What Is LSD? LSD is…

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In the world of marketing or advertising, the word “paraphernalia” is often used to describe things like brochures, books or stickers that promote a specific brand or a particular type of product. While this sort of material is certainly in use in the world of drugs, the word “paraphernalia” has a completely different connotation in…

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