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Drug Addiciton SignsIn many cases, family members and friends may already see signs of their loved one’s drug dependency early on, but choose to ignore it. This can be a big mistake. Never ignore the warning signs of drug addiction.

It is very important to catch an addict before he or she falls deeper into the vicious cycle of addiction, and to get them the necessary help. The signs of drug addiction are often more obvious than you think and must not be taken lightly.

Drug addicts are usually in denial of their situation; they tend to downplay their problems and justify their symptoms. But no matter how much they try to hide their addiction, warning signs of drug abuse will show in their behavior, physical appearance, and psychological state. Here are some things to be on the lookout for: Continue Reading

In USA TODAY, they reported that nearly half of over 5 million college students abuse drugs or drink alcohol, at least once a month.  It was reported that this is an increasingly urgent problem across the nation.

Abuse of prescription drugs and marijuana was reported as “increasing dramatically”.

Amazingly it was reported that in a study by CASA, 22.9% of students “meet the medical definition for alcohol or drug abuse or dependence”.

USA TODAY.com
April 2008

 
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In case you wonder why your teens think that drug abuse is not really a bad thing, read some excerpts from the UN report below.

The International Narcotic Control Board Annual Report  —  Press release #2:

CELEBRITY “ENDORSEMENT” OF DRUG-RELATED LIFESTYLES IS PARTICULARLY RELEVANT WHEN IT COMES TO THE ISSUE OF DETERRING DRUG USE AMONG YOUTH, WHO ARE OFTEN MOST VULNERABLE TO THE CULT OF CELEBRITY AND ITS ATTENDANT GLAMOUR.

Under section I  of the Annual Report – The principle of proportionality and drug-related offences.  Point #49 on page 11 of the the report states:

Celebrity drug offenders can profoundly influence public attitudes, values and behaviour towards drug abuse, particularly amoung young people who have not yet taken a firm and fully informed position on drug issues.  Cases involving celebrity drug offenders can also profoundly affect public perceptions about the fairness and proportionality of the response of the justice system, especially if there is a less lenient response to similar or lesser offences committed by non-clebrities.

Under Section F – Recommendations – sub secton (e) on page 14:

Offences by public celebrities.  The authorities of criminal justice and treatment programmes should ensure that public celebrities who violate drug laws are made accountable for their offences.  Cases involving drug-abusing celebrities who are treated more leniently than others breed public cynicism and may lead to youth adopting a more permisssive attitude towards illicit drugs.

March 5/08 — Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director  of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime wrote in a posting called Rebels without a clue:

Coke snorting fashionistas are not only damaging their noses and brains – they are contributing to state failure on the other side of the world.  Amy Winehouse may adopt a defiant pose and slur her way through songs like ‘Rehab’.  But does she realize the message that she sends to others who are vulnerable to addiction, and who can not afford expensive treatment? Are such stars who flaunt their drug use aware of the damage caused by the trafficking of cocaine from South America via Africa to Europe?  One song, one picture, one quote that makes cocaine look cool can undo millions of pounds worth of anti-drug education and prevention. Yet why is this behaviour socially acceptable? If Ms. Winehouse or Kate Moss advertised fur coats or blood diamonds, there would be a backlash. And yet when they are poster girls for drug abuse nobody seems to care.

The media deserves much of the blame. The entertainment industry puts a gloss on the latest drug scandal and uncritically spins the story for all its worth. Notoriety sells.

To read more of Mr. Costa’s comments go to: http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/costas-corner/index.html

http://incb.org
March 17, 2008

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