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Postby Azrael » Wed Apr 15, 2015 2:42 am

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Mood-Altering Drug Use Highest in West Virginia, Lowest in Alaska
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- West Virginians are most likely to report near-daily use of drugs or medications that alter their mood or help them relax, followed by residents of Rhode Island. Southern states make up six of the top 10 highest drug use states, while Alaskans, Wyomingites and Californians are least likely to say they use such drugs almost every day.

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These data are based on interviews with at least 450 residents of each state from January to December 2014, as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. While the question specifically refers to drugs that "affect your mood or help you relax," the interpretation of that description is left up to respondents and could include prescription drugs, recreational drugs, alcohol or nicotine.

More than one in five residents of Kentucky, Alabama, Louisiana, South Carolina, Mississippi and Missouri report using a drug or medicated substance to alter their mood or relax on a near-daily basis. Indiana and Oregon round out the top 10.

An analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that Southern states are among those with the highest rates for prescribing narcotic painkillers. Southern states also house the most frequent cigarette smokers, according to prior Gallup-Healthways research.

Lower rates of drug and medication use were in a regionally diverse group of states. After the three states that have the lowest drug use rates (Alaska, Wyoming and California), about one in six residents in Illinois, North Dakota, New Jersey, Colorado, Texas and Utah say they use such drugs almost every day.
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Interesting that California, the state of hippies and Hollywood, is one of the states with the lowest rates. I would imagine that a lot of the drug use in the South is in the form of pills: Percocet, OxyContin, Valium, Xanax, etc.
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Re: Drug Culture News - Marijuana and More

Postby Azrael » Wed Apr 15, 2015 2:46 am

Typhoon wrote:Economist | The great American relapse

The spread of heroin to a new market of relatively affluent, suburban whites has allowed the drug to make a comeback, after decades of decline.


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It's likely that prescription narcotics, like Percocet and OxyContin, are the gateway drug to Heroin for a lot of these relatively affluent people.
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Re: Drug Culture News - Marijuana and More

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Re: Drug Culture News - Marijuana and More

Postby Typhoon » Fri May 29, 2015 4:48 pm

Drug Overdose, On The Rise, Cropping Up As Campaign Issue

Drug overdoses now kill more Americans than traffic accidents.


A dose of heroin is now cheaper than a six pack of good beer, said Ted Gatsas, the mayor of Manchester. "There is no simple fix. We are not going to arrest our way out of this," he said. Gatsas is a prominent Republican in the state and bends the ear of every presidential candidate he meets. It turns out that's a lot of them — seven so far this cycle.


The failure of the US so-called War on Drugs summed up in fourteen words.
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Re: Drug Culture News - Marijuana and More

Postby Nonc Hilaire » Fri May 29, 2015 6:37 pm

Typhoon wrote:Drug Overdose, On The Rise, Cropping Up As Campaign Issue

Drug overdoses now kill more Americans than traffic accidents.


A dose of heroin is now cheaper than a six pack of good beer, said Ted Gatsas, the mayor of Manchester. "There is no simple fix. We are not going to arrest our way out of this," he said. Gatsas is a prominent Republican in the state and bends the ear of every presidential candidate he meets. It turns out that's a lot of them — seven so far this cycle.


The failure of the US so-called War on Drugs summed up in fourteen words.

Good beer. Americans are safe in the immediate future.
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Re: Drug Culture News - Marijuana and More

Postby Typhoon » Fri May 29, 2015 6:59 pm

Nonc Hilaire wrote:
Typhoon wrote:Drug Overdose, On The Rise, Cropping Up As Campaign Issue

Drug overdoses now kill more Americans than traffic accidents.


A dose of heroin is now cheaper than a six pack of good beer, said Ted Gatsas, the mayor of Manchester. "There is no simple fix. We are not going to arrest our way out of this," he said. Gatsas is a prominent Republican in the state and bends the ear of every presidential candidate he meets. It turns out that's a lot of them — seven so far this cycle.


The failure of the US so-called War on Drugs summed up in fourteen words.

Good beer. Americans are safe in the immediate future.


Ouch.
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Postby Heracleum Persicum » Thu Jul 09, 2015 7:55 am

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Demographic and Substance Use Trends Among Heroin Users — United States, 2002–2013


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http://rt.com/usa/272566-cdc-survey-heroin-epidemic/

CDC health officials said that the US is in the grip of a heroin epidemic, with abuse of the drug doubling among 18-25 year olds, doubling for women, and rising among white people by 114 percent over a decade from 2002 to 2013. The survey also found heroin use to have increased across America within most demographics – men, women, most age groups and all income levels.

Researchers also noted a 60 percent uptick in the abuse of the drug among people with higher incomes.

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There are currently about 500,000 people addicted to the drug in the US, the CDC stated in its Vital Signs report. The data comes from an annual national face-to-face survey the CDC conducted with 67,000 Americans, and includes comparisons with data from The National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

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Re: Drug Culture News - Marijuana and More

Postby YMix » Sat Jul 11, 2015 9:50 pm

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Re: Drug Culture News - Marijuana and More

Postby Mr. Perfect » Wed Jul 22, 2015 7:05 am

Typhoon wrote:Drug Overdose, On The Rise, Cropping Up As Campaign Issue

Drug overdoses now kill more Americans than traffic accidents.


A dose of heroin is now cheaper than a six pack of good beer, said Ted Gatsas, the mayor of Manchester. "There is no simple fix. We are not going to arrest our way out of this," he said. Gatsas is a prominent Republican in the state and bends the ear of every presidential candidate he meets. It turns out that's a lot of them — seven so far this cycle.


The failure of the US so-called War on Drugs summed up in fourteen words.

Are you suggesting legalizing heroin will reverse these problems.
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Re: Drug Culture News - Marijuana and More

Postby Nonc Hilaire » Wed Jul 22, 2015 8:54 am

Mr. Perfect wrote:
Typhoon wrote:Drug Overdose, On The Rise, Cropping Up As Campaign Issue

Drug overdoses now kill more Americans than traffic accidents.


A dose of heroin is now cheaper than a six pack of good beer, said Ted Gatsas, the mayor of Manchester. "There is no simple fix. We are not going to arrest our way out of this," he said. Gatsas is a prominent Republican in the state and bends the ear of every presidential candidate he meets. It turns out that's a lot of them — seven so far this cycle.


The failure of the US so-called War on Drugs summed up in fourteen words.

Are you suggesting legalizing heroin will reverse these problems.

And fix the obesity problem as well.
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Re: Drug Culture News - Marijuana and More

Postby Simple Minded » Wed Jul 22, 2015 11:23 am

Nonc Hilaire wrote:
Mr. Perfect wrote:
Typhoon wrote:Drug Overdose, On The Rise, Cropping Up As Campaign Issue

Drug overdoses now kill more Americans than traffic accidents.


A dose of heroin is now cheaper than a six pack of good beer, said Ted Gatsas, the mayor of Manchester. "There is no simple fix. We are not going to arrest our way out of this," he said. Gatsas is a prominent Republican in the state and bends the ear of every presidential candidate he meets. It turns out that's a lot of them — seven so far this cycle.


The failure of the US so-called War on Drugs summed up in fourteen words.

Are you suggesting legalizing heroin will reverse these problems.


And fix the obesity problem as well.


FINALLY.... common sense solutions! :)
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Re: Drug Culture News - Marijuana and More

Postby Mr. Perfect » Thu Jul 23, 2015 1:51 am

Nonc Hilaire wrote:And fix the obesity problem as well.

How would legalization lower overdoses.
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Re: Drug Culture News - Marijuana and More

Postby Nonc Hilaire » Fri Jul 24, 2015 3:54 am

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Re: Drug Culture News - Marijuana and More

Postby noddy » Fri Jul 24, 2015 4:49 am

legalization wouldnt change overdoses.

the argument is that more kids are fucked up for life from the legal system than by the chemicals they went to jail for.
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Postby Mr. Perfect » Fri Jul 24, 2015 7:29 am

You guys don't want to lower overdoses?
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Re: Drug Culture News - Marijuana and More

Postby YMix » Fri Jul 24, 2015 7:34 am

noddy wrote:legalization wouldnt change overdoses.


In theory, legalization should also mean product standardization and predictability of active substance content.
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Re: Drug Culture News - Marijuana and More

Postby Typhoon » Sun Jul 26, 2015 4:43 am

Mr. Perfect wrote:
Typhoon wrote:Drug Overdose, On The Rise, Cropping Up As Campaign Issue

Drug overdoses now kill more Americans than traffic accidents.


A dose of heroin is now cheaper than a six pack of good beer, said Ted Gatsas, the mayor of Manchester. "There is no simple fix. We are not going to arrest our way out of this," he said. Gatsas is a prominent Republican in the state and bends the ear of every presidential candidate he meets. It turns out that's a lot of them — seven so far this cycle.


The failure of the US so-called War on Drugs summed up in fourteen words.

Are you suggesting legalizing heroin will reverse these problems.


Yes. Treat it as the health problem that it is instead of a criminal activity.

The root of the problem is the over prescription and over use of the synthetic opiod Oxycontin.

People become addicted, but once their private health insurance no longer covers the cost, they resort to street heroin to satisfy their addiction.

The punishment method in the US is one of the greatest policy failures in the history of the USA.
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Re: Drug Culture News - Marijuana and More

Postby noddy » Mon Jul 27, 2015 4:01 am

YMix wrote:
noddy wrote:legalization wouldnt change overdoses.


In theory, legalization should also mean product standardization and predictability of active substance content.


for a small percentage of accidental od's maybe.

the reason for stopping prohibition of alcohol wasnt about reducing alcoholism and if it had of been it would be declared a failure.

its about not creating a billion dollar black market and destroying peoples lives worse than the thing being outlawed manages to do.
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Re: Drug Culture News - Marijuana and More

Postby Mr. Perfect » Mon Jul 27, 2015 9:02 pm

Typhoon wrote:Yes. Treat it as the health problem that it is instead of a criminal activity.

The root of the problem is the over prescription and over use of the synthetic opiod Oxycontin.

People become addicted, but once their private health insurance no longer covers the cost, they resort to street heroin to satisfy their addiction.

The punishment method in the US is one of the greatest policy failures in the history of the USA.

Why can't we have a drug war policy like Japan.
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Re: Drug Culture News - Marijuana and More

Postby NapLajoieonSteroids » Mon Jul 27, 2015 10:46 pm

It's alarming how quickly some people take to prescription opiods. I personally can't stand them. I recently had a small percocet prescription prescribed to me, stopped it after a few days because it wasn't doing anything to blunt the pain while making me feel nauseous and a bit anxious. Thankfully, another doctor suggested over the counter ibuprofen and the effectiveness was immediate and helpful.

The thing was, since I was clearly still in a lot of pain, people would ask me if I was taking anything for it and when I would say, "yes," everyone of them suggested going over the prescribed dosage....

...and that's part and parcel of the problem- people are very insouciant about what they are prescribed. The dosage not working? Just take another one or call the doctor up and have him bump up the mg to the next level. Mix some over the counter substance with it. Do this and that but not a whole lot of concern about following as directed- even for more dangerous chemicals.
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Re: Drug Culture News - Marijuana and More

Postby Nonc Hilaire » Tue Jul 28, 2015 3:13 am

In my experience, Percocet is ineffective and the worst of the bunch. Paregoric works well and codiene based cough syrup works well but Percocet just adds an unneeded addictive component.
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Re: Drug Culture News - Marijuana and More

Postby Typhoon » Tue Jul 28, 2015 5:06 pm

Mr. Perfect wrote:
Typhoon wrote:Yes. Treat it as the health problem that it is instead of a criminal activity.

The root of the problem is the over prescription and over use of the synthetic opiod Oxycontin.

People become addicted, but once their private health insurance no longer covers the cost, they resort to street heroin to satisfy their addiction.

The punishment method in the US is one of the greatest policy failures in the history of the USA.

Why can't we have a drug war policy like Japan.


Because you don't have Japanese.

Japan, btw, has a policy on prohibited drugs as a former foreign board member of Toyota recently found out.

However, Japan does not have a "drug war" policy.
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Re: Drug Culture News - Marijuana and More

Postby noddy » Wed Jul 29, 2015 9:28 am

ive been watching the modern day cowboy thing 'Justified' - its all about rednecks and oxycontin.

seeing as thats as much as i know about the prescription opiate thing, i dare say i know nothing :)
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Re: Drug Culture News - Marijuana and More

Postby NapLajoieonSteroids » Fri Jul 31, 2015 7:06 pm

Nonc Hilaire wrote:In my experience, Percocet is ineffective and the worst of the bunch. Paregoric works well and codiene based cough syrup works well but Percocet just adds an unneeded addictive component.


I received a Tylenol-codeine subscription after ankle surgery and while it did it's job post-hospital, it made me extremely paranoid with this urge to flee as if I were in imminent danger (or I think it did, may have been any of the other chemicals floating through me that day.) Luckily, I felt fine enough the next day to not test it out.

Of course, I'm bringing this up 'cause I just had a root canal which the doctor afterwards handed me another percocet subscription. I told him that I'm sure I'll be fine without it, and that if there's any trouble, I'd be seeing him soon anyway; but he insisted.

Needless to say I'm not going to be going to the pharmacist with it, it's just a waste of money. But it sure seems like they are pushing it on me. :lol:
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