Prescription Drugs and America’s War on Drugs

Here’s a surprising and somewhat alarming statistic that was recently released by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an annual survey sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):

Of the 36,450 overdose deaths in the United States in 2008

20,044 were from prescription painkillers,

more than all the illicit drugs combined.

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Does the Military test for Spice?

The Military is taking a serious approach to Spice or synthetic cannaboid use in 2012. The Pentagon recently released figures to the Associated Press that showed in 2011, 497 airmen were punished for spice use, 700 Marines and sailors were investigated for spice use and 119 soldiers received medical treatment after smoking it. Read More

Most Small Businesses don’t drug test

Running a business is difficult, whether your business is large or small. Having trustworthy and drug free employees should not be a worry for business owners, but unfortunately this is not the case. Most large companies have a drug test policy with 80% of Fortune 500 companies drug testing their employees. This fact can deter drug users from applying with those companies. The alternative to applying to big companies for fear of drug testing, is applying to small businesses. Read More

Abundant Supply of Painkillers

According to the Center for Disease and Control, enough prescription painkillers were prescribed in 2010 to medicate every American adult around-the-clock for a month. While prescription painkillers were initially formulated to help people cope with pain—in today’s day and age, more and more people are using them to get high.

Considering that the quantity of prescription painkillers sold to pharmacies, hospitals, and doctor’s offices was four times larger in 2010 than in 1999, it’s no surprise that more and more prescription painkiller overdoses are occurring.  Looking at it from a world view, the United States consumes over 80 percent of the world’s opium which is the active ingredient in painkillers, however we only have 4.6 percent of the world’s population. Read More

Beyond the Red Ribbon

There actually was a time where AIDS did not exist. I vaguely remember when it seemed to just freakishly appear out of nowhere. Back in the 80’s as a young child, I recall hearing about the first cases of this horrible disease that no one knew about or understood and was taking so many lives. Anyone that was diagnosed basically received their death sentence, period, end of story. The disease affected people of every race, creed, color, sexual orientation and financial status. It was, and still is, a global pandemic tormenting all types of people all over the world. Read More

Prescriptions Kill More than Pain

A new form of drug abuse is on the rise. And it isn’t the kind that takes place in dark allies, or street corners, late at night. This new form of drug abuse is prescription painkiller drug abuse and it includes painkillers commonly known as opioids or narcotic pain relievers such as Vicodin (hydrocodone), OxyContin (oxycodone), Opana (oxymorphone) and methadone. Read More