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Toxic Bones Of Meth Heads

Meth Dead Don’t Get Eaten

That’s what 17 year old Daniel Jeffrey Martin from Desert Vista High School heard from his mom one day while driving near a piece of the desert near his home town of Phoenix, Arizona. “Huh?” he asked. His mom, a forensic scientist (think: CSI), explained to him that when dead bodies are found in the desert by animals like coyotes, bobcats, and wolves, these scavengers will usually eat them—except for the bodies of methamphetamine users (proven by an autopsy).


In 2012, of the more than 22,000 deaths relating to pharmaceutical overdose, 72% involved opioid pain relievers.


For Whom the Bong TollsAddict


Regular Pot Smokers Have Shrunken Brains

According to a team of scientists marijuana users had “significantly less volume” to their orbitofrontal cortex, a region of the brain that is critical to how a person processes reward, motivation and addictive decisions. Researchers noted that the IQ of the marijuana-using group was significantly lower than that of the non-using group–not a finding of the study, but an incidental factor that might be indirectly linked to marijuana use.



Dr. Antonello Bonci Q & A: Lighting Up the Brain To Shut Down Cocaine Seeking

Dr. Antonello Bonci, Scientific Director of NIDA’s Intramural Research Program (IRP), talks about switching off animals’ compulsive cocaine seeking by optogenetically activating the prefrontal cortex, and the implications of this work for people.

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10/22/14 That a STAGGERING 90 PERCENT of all addictions start in the teen years?


8/25/14 Regarding legalizing Marijuana – The FDA has not reviewed ANY SAFETY or EFFECTIVENESS data on “medical marijuana” as required by law for it to be approved as a prescribed drug. Both the American Medical Assoc. and the American Psychiatric Assoc oppose it being approved. A study released in 2014 evaluated data in 6 states including California, that routinely performed toxicology tests on drivers involved in FATAL car crashes between 1999 and 2010. They found a 300% increase in marijuana in the drivers over a 10 yr. period and that these percentages were seen in the bodies of the 23,500 drivers who died in car crashes during this time. [HealthDay News, 2/14/14] So much for the erroneous and misleading statements now being made that marijuana doesn’t kill people. Today’s marijuana is at least 3 times more potent than it was just a generation ago. Apart from possible long term changes in the developing brain, there is the proven impact of short term memory loss and diminished motivation. The net effect can lead to declining academic performance and increased drop out rates.

8/19/14 Meditation Calms the Brain – Mindful mediation and zeroing in on your breathing for 20 minutes reduces anxiety by as much as 39 percent. Long term mindful meditation can improve cognitive processes that, in turn, can improve health outcomes. Christians may choose to pray and focus on God. We must understand that thoughts (anxiety) are fleeting but we must realize that the battle is won or lost in your head.

Finding help is hard. Did you know that Nationally there are 32.1 providers for every 1,000 individuals needing substance use disorders?

Addiction to drugs and alcohol affect millions of people and their families every year. Yet, they often go undiagnosed by healthcare professionals. This results in an estimated annual combined healthcare cost, lost productivity, and crime of $365 billion.

7/7/14 – “Nationally, there are 32.1 providers for every 1,000 individuals needing substance abuse help.”

 Did you know that drug overdose death rates in the U.S. have more than TRIPLED since 1990?

“Polypharmacy, or the use of multiple drugs at once, is the newest American epidemic; more than one in five U.S. citizens are using three or more prescription drugs, and more than one in 10 are using five or more,” said Jeffrey Galinkin, MD, chief medical officer of CU Toxicology and professor of anesthesiology and pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.


Since 1980, 3.3 million Americans — young and old, famous and not, rich and poor —  have died from an addiction (comparatively, 600,000 people have died of AIDS).  And millions more have lost their careers, hopes, homes, children, and families  to the disease.


47% of recovering addicts relapse within the first year after treatment begins and the possibility for recurrence is high: of those who relapse, 61% will relapse again. What triggers a relapse? How do these rates compare to other chronic illnesses? One of the persistent challenges of fighting addiction is the risk of relapse, or the full return to an addictive lifestyle after an attempt to quit. Addiction crosses all demographic borders, and it’s possible for anyone recovering from drug or alcohol addiction to relapse, but it’s also possible to never relapse during your recovery. Remember, relapse is a setback, not a failure.

Over a five-year period, 97% of opiate (not including heroin) and painkiller abusers will relapse at least once. Recovering crack, alcohol, and heroin addicts have similarly high rates of relapse over the course of five years, at 84%, 86%, and 87% respectively. The good news is, if you stay clean for more than five years, your chances of relapse drop dramatically.

Although the 5-year relapse rates by drug can be a little scary, the overall relapse rate for drug addiction of 40-60% is comparable to other chronic illnesses such as Hypertension, Type 1 Diabetes, and Asthma. Dual diagnosis and the presence of common triggers such as being in the presence of drugs/alcohol or others who are using can increase your likelihood to relapse.


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