E-Cigs and Drug Use

 E-Cigs and Drug Use   The use of tobacco products can lead to nicotine addiction and prolonged use can result in lung disease, cancer and cardiovascular disease.1 Electronic cigarettes or e-cigs are perceived safer than traditional tobacco cigarettes and their use is on the rise.2 “In 2012 adolescent ever-use increased to 6.8% and, among high[…]

What is “High”? A Look at the Legalization of “Marijuana” Part II

What is “High”? A Look at the Legalization of “Marijuana” Part II A recent survey found that 6.8 percent of drivers, mostly under age 35, who were involved in accidents tested positive for THC; alcohol levels above the legal limit were found in 21 percent of such drivers.”-National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) In the[…]

Abuse of Over-the-Counter Drugs

Abuse of Over-the-Counter Drugs                                             When we think about drug abuse in the era of marijuana legalization (circa February 2014), it along with illicit drugs  like cocaine or heroin may be the first things that[…]

Size Matters-Dose Size That Is… Prescription Drugs

Size Matters-Dose Size That Is… Prescription Drugs   Legal cases involving the use of the compound zolpidem, a drug used to induce and/or maintain sleep, have made the news with the rare “sleep driving” scenario-where an individual unknowingly operates a car while they should be asleep in bed. Nevertheless a more common situation exits and[…]

Prescription Medication Use in the Elderly

Prescription Medication Use in the Elderly Per the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 3 out of 10 people between the ages of 57 to 85 use 5 prescription medications or more.1 What is alarming about this statistic is over the next decade, individuals over 50 abusing prescription drugs could increase 190% to[…]