Suicide and Meth Use

Methamphetamine, also known as crystal meth or just meth, is a highly addictive and extremely damaging drug of abuse. Many people have become dependent on it and too many have died as a result. The physical effects of this drug can lead to fatalities, but the truly troubling side effects are psychological, leading to the…

Effects of Parent Drug Abuse on Young Children

The effects of parent drug abuse on young children, ages 6 to 12 and younger, are detrimental and lasting. Young children with parents using drugs may experience traumas including abuse or neglect. They may see things that traumatize them or that are hard to understand. They may feel unloved, hurt and frightened. Traumatic events, neglect,…

Veterans’ Risks for Drug Abuse

Recent findings from an American research group point to a connection between drug problems in veterans, depression and emotional trauma exposure that occurs as early as childhood or as late as after the end of military service. Diagnosable problems with drugs or alcohol appear fairly frequently in men and women who have served in the…

Overprescribing, Addiction to Blame for Painkiller Epidemic

A new study has investigated the continuing opioid abuse crisis—largely fuelled by prescription painkillers—and has suggested that overprescribing and addiction are driving overdose deaths rather than non-medical abuse. The opioid problem has been growing for some time across the U.S., with overdose rates more than doubling between 1999 and 2013 and with just over half…

People With History of Substance Abuse More Likely to Misuse Prescription Painkillers

New evidence from a group of American researchers points to drastically increased risks for prescription opioid addiction in people who already have a history of substance abuse related to the consumption of non-opioid substances. Prescription opioid addiction is a pressing and fairly widespread problem in American society. In a study published in February 2015 in…