Posts tagged ‘drug abuse’

Drug Overdoses Outnumber Fatal Gunshots

There is a constant discussion about gun safety in the home, usually revolving around issues of safety versus security. But what gets lost in the shuffle of our focus on guns and gun laws are other threats that have a potentially larger influence in our lives.

Speaking at the National Institute of Justice conference yesterday, federal drug czar, Gil Kerlikowske, urged law enforcement, mayors, and governors to focus more attention on the country’s drug problem. Kerlikowske pointed out that there are more fatal drug overdoses in American than there are deaths from gunshots.

What is worse, Kerlikowske points out, is that less than 10 percent of the 20 million Americans with substance abuse problems actually receive adequate treatment.

Although there are real threats to our personal safety, there are also threats that do not have a face. If you are protecting your family and neighborhood from intruders, and other bad guys, don’t forget about intruders that don’t have a face and cannot be shot, stabbed, or put behind bars. Make sure to protect your children and family members from substance abuse through education and support. If you know someone with a drug problem, do your best to get them into treatment, so that they don’t become another statistic to be cited by the federal drug czar.


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June 19, 2009 at 1:57 pm Leave a comment

Legal Hallucinogens Pose a Growing Threat to Young People

Unfortunately, current drug laws do not cover all harmful substances. There are still many hallucinogenic drugs that are perfectly legal to buy, sell, and grow in your own backyard. And access is as simple as doing a search on eBay. Drugs like Hawaiian Baby Woodrose seeds, moonflowers, and salvia divinorum give the user a quick hallucinogen high that is cheaper than buying marijuana and has the added benefit of being legal.

The homegrown hallucinogenic are growing popular among teens and college-age students due to a prevalence of YouTube videos and blogs featuring accounts of drug trips and instructions on obtaining and cultivating the drugs.

But just because they are legal does not mean they are safe. Hawaiian Baby Woodrose seeds are know to cause acute psychosis and intensify suicidal thoughts.  The drug is also thought to be a factor in the suicide of a 22-year-old Michigan man.

Some state legislators are attempting to criminalize these drugs and ban them altogether, but progress has been slow.

It is important to know that even if these drugs are legal and can be bought in local headshops, they are not safe to use. Not only can a user injure him or herself during a hallucinogenic trip, but use of harmful substances like alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs by teens has shown to be an indicator for drug abuse and addiction later in life.


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