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Pot Smoking May Boost Heart Risk

Posted by familydynamics on May 14, 2008

Marijuana smokers who spend most of their time stoned are more likely to have higher levels of a protein that may raise risks of heart attack and stroke, scientists said.

The study subjects, who reported smoking from 78 to 350 joints a week, had elevated amounts of a chemical that raises the amount of fats in their blood, wrote researchers in the Journal of Molecular Psychiatry. Higher levels of these fats, known as triglycerides, increase risks of cardiac disease and stroke.

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There May Be Help For Drug Addiction

Posted by familydynamics on January 11, 2008

What if science made a pill to protect us from addiction — keeping us from smoking cigarettes, getting fat or abusing drugs and alcohol? According to encouraging results from several lines of study, it seems that day may be closer than we thought.

Researchers in labs around the world are now developing vaccines (not a pill, but an injection) to inoculate people against dangerously addictive substances such as cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine.

Within “one to 10 years, and closer to one year,” says Dr. Frank Vocci, director of treatment research and development at the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), scientists may produce a vaccine against cocaine — one of the more promising areas of research — that can potentially help millions of addicts, two million in the U.S. alone.

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Should Crack Addicts Be Given Free Crack Pipes?

Posted by familydynamics on January 7, 2008

The Vancouver Island Health Authority and its sister agency on the mainland will be offering drug users free surgical tubes sterilized and fitted to plug into the inhaling end of an addict’s crack pipe.

Health authorities speculate that, if popular, the program could reduce the risk of spreading such blood-borne diseases as hepatitis C, which they say currently costs B.C. citizens from $71 million to $143 million a year to treat.

Do you think this is a good idea or will it just add to the problem?

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New Survey Unveils Teens’ Addiction To Painkillers

Posted by familydynamics on December 11, 2007

Keeping our children safe is our number 1 priority but what if one of the major problems facing teens today can be found in our medicine cabinets. According to a new survey, conducted by the University of Michigan, teen drug use has continued to decline, however, there has been an upsurge, in drug use, to powerful prescription painkillers, such as OxyContin and Vicodin.

The report, which President Bush will make public today, found the highly addictive narcotic painkillers that imitate morphine remain as popular as ever among the nearly 50,000 teens surveyed.

Drug abuse destroys lives and we as parents have to make sure that our children live drug free lives in order for them to become the best they could be.

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