Underage drinking is not a new development in the United States. Each year, approximately 5,000 young people under the age of 21 die as a result of underage drinking, including 1,900 from motor vehicle collisions, 1,600 homicides, 300 suicides, and hundreds from injuries sustained through reckless alcohol consumption. According to a report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, there were an estimated 10 million underage drinkers in 2010. Among those 10 million, roughly 5.5 million were binge drinkers and 2 million were heavy drinkers. These statistics are astounding.
The Senate recently passed by 99-1 a piece of bipartisan legislation that is meant to address the opioid epidemic at a federal level. The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 was the result of more than 70 proposals and will set aside an approximate $7.9 billion for the CDC, Department of Health and Human Services, and other agencies. From 2017 to 2018, the nation lost an estimated 71,000 people to drug-related overdose, marking a 5.1% increase over the previous year. The act comprises multiple provisions including some to stop illegal drugs from crossing the border, establish comprehensive recovery centers, and support research for training. The White House has praised this bill as a significant step forward for the government in combating the drug and opioid crisis in America. The next step is to get the bill finished and in front of the president. Here are the provisions and the various departments that the legislation will affect.
Angelina Jolie, actress and humanitarian, is no stranger to addiction. Born in California in 1975, the daughter of actor Jon Voight and actress Marcheline Bertrand, Jolie began acting a young age. She first appeared in short film and television roles that gradually landed her larger roles in feature films, such as 1995’s cult classic “Hackers”. Jolie gained acclaim for her acting skills as well as her renowned beauty. Jolie has revealed little about this time of her life, but in interviews and excerpts from books she has alluded to struggling with addiction.
Substance abuse is one of the most pressing issues facing the state of Oklahoma. Within the past couple of decades, prescription painkillers, methamphetamine, and heroin abuse, as well as deaths from overdose have all steadily increased year over year. In 2017, overdose deaths throughout the United States jumped 10%, reaching roughly 72,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to data from the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Department of Oklahoma, the state has some of the highest rates for mental illness and substance use disorders.
When identifying prescription drugs it’s imperative to understand the difference between barbiturates and benzodiazepines. While they are both painkillers that contain similar symptoms and effects these prescription medications are actually used for two different treatments. Misidentifying these drugs are easy, and in certain cases an honest mistake could also be a deadly one. Without further ado, let’s get into the differences between barbiturates and benzodiazepines and how it can affect you.
Raised by his grandparents in a small English town in the 1950’s, Eric Clapton would first encounter a guitar at the young age of 13. The shy young man was moody and distant for his age, possibly as a result of being raised in a split household. Eric grew up in his grandparents household as an illegitimate child between his 16 year old mother and 24 year old father, a Canadian soldier who abandoned the family to return to his wife in Canada. Guitar and playing and blues became the young man’s obsession over the next decade, one that would consume his life and ironically lead him to his next greatest obsession: drugs and alcohol.
“My hands shake uncontrollably. I am unable to write with a pen. Fever. Chills. Nausea. No appetite. I am getting 300-500 calories a day from food I force myself to eat. I am confused and have random thoughts running through my head. The other day I kept thinking I was dead and this was my afterlife. Stuttering Speech. Insomnia. Pain and soreness throughout my entire body. within 2-3 days of not drinking I cave because drinking is the only thing that alleviates my symptoms.” - Anonymous
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 23 million Americans struggle with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, with only about 10% receiving any clinical treatment. There are many reasons why someone may avoid seeking the help they need for substance dependency, but one of the most common is that they believe they cannot afford adequate treatment. Finding an affordable rehab option can be challenging, and addicts are often forced to overcome addiction on their own.
Topics: Drug and Alcohol
Yeah, it's been a ride
I guess I had to go to that place to get to this one
Now some of you might still be in that place
If you're tryin' to get out, just follow me
I'll get you there
Addiction is an insidious disease that permeates all levels of society and cultures. It is especially scary to come face to face with the addiction of a loved one. It can seem like they are slowly being swallowed by their substance of choice, being twisted into an entirely different person when they are using or coming down from the high. It can feel like they no longer care about you or themselves and despite all the negative consequences, continue their substance abuse. You probably wish to help or convince your loved one to seek treatment, but there are a few things you need to know about helping an addict.
Topics: Drug and Alcohol