Those in Recovery Should Speak Out, Give Hope to Others: Drug Policy Official

April 24, 2014 Posted by

People in recovery from substance abuse should speak out and give hope to others in similar situations, according to the Acting Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Michael Botticelli, speaking at a forum in New Haven, noted 23 million Americans are recovery. Only about one in nine people with a substance use disorder receive treatment, he said. Botticelli said stigma and denial about substance abuse are obstacles to treatment, the Associated Press reports.

Full story of people in recovery speaking out at drugfree.org

Poll Finds Marijuana is Only Drug Majority of Americans Wants Legalized

April 23, 2014 Posted by

A new poll finds while a majority of Americans support the legalization of marijuana, most do not favor legalizing other drugs, such as cocaine or heroin.

The Huff/Post You/Gov Poll found more than 51 percent of Americans are in favor of legalizing marijuana, UPI reports. However, only 11 percent want cocaine to be legalized, while 9 percent support the legalization of drugs such as MDMA, crack and heroin. Only 8 percent support legalizing LSD and methamphetamine.

The poll results suggest that marijuana legalization may not necessarily lead to support of legalizing other drugs, the article notes.

Full story of Americans wanting marijuana legalized at drugfree.org

Kids, Marijuana and Mad Men

April 22, 2014 Posted by

Love it or hate it – advertising works. Proof comes in the form of the annual $70 billion U.S. advertising industry. Everything from potato chips to cell phones to banking and even cancer care is bolstered by a healthy marketing budget.

The truth is that we are all influenced by advertising. Even when we don’t realize it or are unwilling to admit it, effective advertising seeps into our thoughts and influences our behavior as consumers. Advertising drives sales and grows businesses. Especially susceptible to advertising’s wills are the young, open and less cynical minds of kids.

Full story of truth in advertising at drugfree.org

Surge in Heroin and Prescription Opioid Use Has Deadly Consequences, Police Say

April 21, 2014 Posted by

The surge in the use of heroin and prescription opioids is resulting in more deaths than violent crimes and car crashes in many communities, law enforcement officials said this week. They met in Washington, D.C. to discuss the problem and possible solutions.

Many overdose deaths are due to heroin, which is easily available and potent, USA Today reports. Heroin costs between $4 and $20 per bag, depending on the location—much less expensive than prescription opioids.

Full story of heroin surge use at drugfree.org

Introverts With Few Positive Feelings at Higher Risk of Drug Abuse: Study

April 18, 2014 Posted by

Introverts who tend to have fewer positive feelings, or to not be attracted to rewards in life, are more likely to abuse drugs than more extroverted people with positive emotions, a new study suggests.

Studying personality may help scientists better understand and treat substance use problems, according to the researchers from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Researcher Dr. Sergi Ferré said people who are extroverted and have more positive emotions may be more open to rewards other than good feelings that come from using a drug. For instance, they may feel rewarded by certain social situations such as winning a game or receiving a promotion.

Full story of introverts and drug study at drugfree.org