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5 Good Things That Happened to Celebrities Who Got Sober

Posted on July 11th, 2016

One of the great things about overcoming an addiction to alcohol or drugs — beyond the main fact of no longer being held hostage by a physically and emotionally devastating illness — is that it can spark a cascade of good effects. Instead of things spiraling down, they spiral up. It’s certainly true for these celebrities, all of whom got sidetracked by substances at some point in their journey but discovered good things waiting for them when they found their way back. Each found help in their own way, but their stories share the same theme: Life is better sober.

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Calculating the High in Higher Education

Posted on June 23rd, 2016

It’s the rare parent who can send a child off to college without at least some trepidation. After all, this is usually the first time their young adult will be making decisions without Mom or Dad looking on — and this decision-making will happen in an environment that has come to seem virtually synonymous with drugs and alcohol.

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‘Chasing The Dragon’ Shows Ugly Reality of Opiate Addiction

Posted on May 24th, 2016

Just how addictive are opiates such as prescription painkillers and heroin?

Consider Melissa’s story. After regaining consciousness in the hospital after a heroin overdose, the young mother unhooked her IV from its pole, walked out and went straight to her dealer, still in her hospital gown. “And he sold me heroin, the same heroin that just killed me.”

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Rideshare Services Give MADD Reason to Be Glad

Posted on May 16th, 2016

Thanks to technology-based rideshare services such as Uber, it’s never been easier to get from point A to point B. Pull out your smartphone, link to the appropriate app, and you can order and pay for a car and driver to be at your side within minutes, usually at rates much lower than a traditional taxi. And that has Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) smiling.

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Number of Young Children Exposed to Marijuana Skyrockets

Posted on April 4th, 2016

A new study has found that the rate of marijuana exposure in children younger than 6 increased by 147.5 percent from 2006 to 2013 across the U.S., with a much larger increase—of around 610 percent—in states where marijuana was legalized for medical purposes prior to 2000. Although the results of these exposures were usually mild, in some cases the children—who were primarily under 3 years old—suffered serious effects such as comas or seizures. The study is particularly relevant with the growing trend toward legalization of marijuana for medicinal or recreational purposes and underlines the importance of ensuring that any such moves include provisions to minimize the number of unintended exposures to the drug.

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DMT Abuse in Teens

Posted on March 28th, 2016

In terms of substance abuse, teen statistics show that many young people are trying more different types of drugs than ever before. Among these is one called DMT, an abbreviation for dimethyltriptamine. This isn’t exactly a new drug, as it is a natural compound that has been used by natives of the Amazon region for many years. However, it is new to many Americans and it can be dangerous. Parents of teens should be aware of this new drug and how it could impact their children.

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