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Understanding drug use, drug abuse, and addiction 

Understanding drug use, drug abuse, and addictionPeople experiment with drugs for many different reasons. Many first try drugs out of curiosity, to have a good time, because friends are doing it, or in an effort to improve athletic performance or ease another problem, such as stress, anxiety, or depression. Use doesn’t automatically lead to abuse, and there is no specific level at which drug use moves from casual to problematic. It varies by individual. Drug abuse and addiction is less about... read more
 
Monday, March 24, 2014 9:51:00 AM

Mindfulness therapy helps prevent drug and alcohol relapse 

(Reuters Health) - A treatment program incorporating mindfulness meditation is better over the long term than traditional approaches at preventing relapses of drug and alcohol abuse, according to a new study. One year after treatment for substance abuse, far fewer participants who got relapse-prevention training including mindfulness techniques had used drugs or alcohol compared to those given relapse-prevention therapy alone or a standard 12-step program. "Addiction is really a tough one,"... read more
 
Friday, March 21, 2014 4:00:00 PM

6 die of drug abuse at concert 

3-DAY EVENT: Organisers cancel further shows as 3 people in critical condition KUALA LUMPUR: SIX people died  overdosing on drugs taken  at the Future Music Festival Asia (FMFA) 2014 in Bukit Jalil Stadium while three others are in critical condition. City police chief Senior Deputy Commissioner Datuk Mohmad Salleh said the nine, aged 21 to 28, collapsed about 1.30am yesterday during Friday's event, which continued into the wee hours, after consuming drugs. One person died at the scene while ... read more
 
Friday, March 21, 2014 8:48:00 AM

More marijuana users than cocaine users in U.S. Study 

Findings of a new study have shown that marijuana use in the United States has significantly increased by 30 percent from 2006 to 2010 while cocaine consumption has dropped by about half during the same period. In a study "What America's Users Spend on Illegal Drugs, 2000-2010" published on the website of the U.S. White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), researchers connected with the RAND Drug Policy Research Center reported that use of marijuana in the U.S. has increased... read more
 
Monday, March 17, 2014 12:07:00 PM

A teenager has been arrested after a 16-year-old boy was treated in intensive care as a result of having apparently taken drugs at a party. 

The ill youth was said to have been in a serious but stable condition after taking what may have been a Mortal Kombat ecstasy tablet at a house party in Coatbridge on Saturday. Police said they had arrested another 16-year-old male. He is expected to appear at Airdrie Sheriff Court on Tuesday. A 17-year-old boy was also treated at Monklands General Hospital in Airdrie on Saturday night. He was released after treatment. Warnings about the red pills were issued following the death of... read more
 
Monday, March 10, 2014 3:17:00 PM

Does your workplace have a drinking culture (and problem)? 

Do you hold a number of your business meetings at bars? Do you routinely take new recruits out drinking as part of their rite of passage in the company? Do most of your firm’s social events involve happy hours or alcohol-centered parties? Is it expected that you will take clients out drinking until late at night? If so, your company may have a drinking culture. What encourages such behavior? Culture and availability of alcohol: Some workplaces have a culture that supports drinking during... read more
 
Monday, March 10, 2014 2:13:00 PM

Workplace drug and alcohol problems growing concern 

Workplace drug and alcohol problems growing concern The impact of drugs and alcohol misuse is a growing problem in the workplace, says the BMA in new guidance for clinicians designed to help employers better tackle the issues. Drug and alcohol misuse not only lowers productivity, but it is strongly linked to ill health and early death, says the BMA, which urges employers to make sure that any staff with substance abuse problems have access to an occupational health service. Few currently do,... read more
 
Tuesday, March 04, 2014 11:33:00 AM

ALCOHOL’S DAMAGING EFFECTS ON THE BRAIN 

A number of factors influence how and to what extent alcohol affects the brain (1), including how much and how often a person drinks; the age at which he or she first began drinking, and how long he or she has been drinking; the person’s age, level of education, gender, genetic background, and family history of alcoholism; whether he or she is at risk as a result of prenatal alcohol exposure; and his or her general health status. This Alcohol Alert reviews some... read more
 
Friday, February 28, 2014 2:17:00 PM

Rise in deaths from 'legal highs' in the UK 

The number of UK deaths linked to so-called "legal highs" has risen in recent years - from 10 in 2009 to at least 68 in 2012, figures show. Researchers compiled post-mortem test results for the National Programme on Substance Abuse Deaths. Designed to mimic the effects of illegal drugs, "legal highs" are chemically different enough to not be covered by the law. They are on sale openly on websites and high streets across the UK. The chemicals - known as New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) -... read more
 
Monday, February 24, 2014 3:12:00 PM

'Drunk 'pilot Irfan Faiz jailed for nine months 

  An airline pilot who admitted being more than four times over the legal alcohol limit just before he was due to fly has been jailed for nine months. Irfan Faiz, 55, from Pakistan, was arrested in the cockpit of a Pakistan International Airways Airbus at Leeds Bradford Airport on 18 September. He was found to smell of alcohol and to be unsteady on his feet. Sentencing Faiz at Leeds Crown Court, Mr Justice Coulson QC said the pilot had posed a threat to the public. Read more about this... read more
 
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