Underage drug and alcohol abuse continues to remain a large problem in the United States. Among today’s youth, alcohol continues to remain the most widely used drug with roughly six out of every ten 12th grade students having consumed alcohol at least once, and 25% having done so before 8th grade. Here are some more shocking statistics about the scope of underage drug and alcohol abuse in the United States.
Opioid overdoses kill tens of thousands of people annually in the United States and with the rise of drugs like oxycodone, heroin, and fentanyl, the problem doesn’t appear to be going away. In 2016 alone, those three drugs combined to kill more than 40,000 people and the number of fentanyl deaths has increased by more than 300% from 2014 to 2016.
It is well known that substance use disorders and suicide are significant problems among our nation’s military veterans. Many studies indicate that the rates of alcohol use, suicide, and PTSD are higher in Veterans than that of the non-Veteran population. Considering these alarming statistics, it is important that clinicians and federal policymakers identify targeted care options to help Veterans whom may be struggling with these issues. Here is what we know about the scope of the problem:
Substance abuse among Native American tribes in the U.S. presents a serious problem. Factors such as social isolation, poverty, and lack of adequate healthcare resources have contributed to higher than average levels of drug addiction and alcoholism.
If you’ve ever quit a habit or discussed someone else quitting, you’re likely familiar with the phrase cold turkey. Whether your vice is Netflix binges, oreo cramming, or cigarettes, to quit them cold turkey means to swear off them completely, no ifs, ands, or buts. With New Year’s behind us, the phrase may be cropping up more and more. But where does it come from?
Detox can be one of the most challenging parts of recovery. Fortunately, detox centers and rehab facilities offer patients the opportunity to detox from substances in the least painful and safest way possible.
Jason Mewes, known for his beloved character Jay from Jay and Silent Bob, has reinvented himself in the last several years. After suffering from a relapse in 2010, the actor launched a podcast with his longtime collaborator Kevin Smith entitled Jay and Silent Bob Get Old. In it, the two discuss their friendship, past misadventures, and how getting sober has helped improve Jay’s life immeasurably. While today Jay is a prominent figure in the recovery podcaster network, it wasn’t an easy road to get to.
No matter what holiday you celebrate, this time of the year can be very stressful if you are recovering from drug or alcohol addiction. From visiting family, to packed airports, to pricey expenditures and more, the end of the year brings unneeded stress that can potentially trigger a relapse.
In a statement posted to Twitter on this morning, Patriots Wide Receiver Josh Gordon said that he would be taking time away from football in order to focus on his mental health.
N.Y. Police found the body of Colin Kroll on Sunday morning, co-founder of Vine and HQ Trivia, in his apartment after they received calls from his girlfriend whom was concerned about his whereabouts. The young tech entrepreneur was only 34 years old.
Kroll was pronounced dead on the scene by first responders, and although medical examiners have yet to pronounce an official verdict, it is believed that the cause of death was drug overdose. Police say they found his body face down on his bed nearby drug paraphernalia, with what appeared to be cocaine and heroin.