People affected by major depression and other depressive illnesses are known to smoke on a greater number of days than their non-depressed peers, and also go through more cigarettes on any given day. In addition, depressed people commonly have an unusually hard time when trying to stop smoking.
Heroin is an illegal street drug synthesized from morphine. Once a very popular illicit drug, heroin took a back seat to prescription drug abuse. Now the pendulum is swinging back, with an alarming rise in the number of Americans reportedly addicted to heroin.
People across the globe were shocked and saddened by the untimely death of Canadian-born Glee actor Cory Monteith. On July 13, staff at a Vancouver hotel found his body after he failed to check out on time. Monteith was only 31 when he died, and his death was determined to be the result of a deadly mix of alcohol and heroin.
Cocaine and ecstasy have for years been at the top of the list of frequently taken drugs in the rave and club culture. But other drugs are sneaking up on that turf. Full Story
For decades, the messages in television and print advertising have advised audiences about the dangers of substance use. Images of frying eggs, blackened lungs and rotted teeth have been used as a way to convince student and adult populations of the negative consequences that can come with unhealthy choices. Full Story
In Spain, youth meet for the “botellón,” or social drinking in the streets; in the UK parents are letting their teens have a “tipple” before they are the legal drinking age. Full Story
Places of employment should be safe and healthy environments in which to work. Employers manage safety teams for security, hazardous waste, and other possible problems that might endanger their workers. But some employees are bringing their personal hazards to work. The American Council For Drug Education reports that employees who suffer from substance abuse are causing workplace accidents, higher medical expenses, and are negatively impacting employee morale and productivity at work. Full Story
The number of young adults dabbling in marijuana, prescription drugs and alcohol is on the rise. Before they graduate high school, more than half a million American teens will try illegal drugs at least once. A recent news article highlights the many reasons behind drug use and alcohol abuse among teens today. Full Story