Statistics for Substance Abuse

ecstasyEcstasy, or MDMA, has a reputation for being a party drug, but the short and long term risks and side effects can be anything but a good time. Prolonged use of Ecstasy is also associated with the risk of longer-term problems with memory and learning.

A commonly used drug today and regarded as a party-starter, MDMA (methylenedioxy-methamphetamine) is a synthetic, mind-altering drug that acts as both a stimulant and hallucinogenic. Sometimes other chemicals, such as caffeine, amphetamines, PCP, or even cocaine, are added to or substituted for MDMA, so purity is never guaranteed. You may hear this drug referred to by various names, including: Molly, XTC, Adam, Eve, clarity, hug, beans, love drug, lovers’ speed and uppers.

Aftereffects of Ecstasy Use:

Once the initial effects of Ecstasy wear off, aftereffects reported by some users are both psychological and Continue Reading

Heroin Addiction Although heroin isn’t as popular among teenagers in comparison with other drugs, it is still a significant problem. Heroin substance use and abuse gravely affects all users, regardless of age, and it is important that parents and other family members of teenagers and young adults are aware of this.

Statistics for substance abuse compiled by the National Institute on Drug Abuse show that in 2010, the average age for first time users was 21.3. This is significantly lower than 2009, when the average age was 25.5 years. The data shows that in 2011, 1.6% or 42 million Americans age 12 and above had tried heroin at least once during their lifetime.

How is Heroin Used and How Can Addiction be Treated?

Heroin can be used in many ways. Some choose to inject it, while others opt to inhale it through smoking, sniffing, or Continue Reading