Addiction Article Recap: Week Of Nov 7
This has certainly been a newsworthy week! With unpredictable elections and all kinds of California propositions going through, article junkies have gotten their fill of breaking stories and impactful headlines. In our world, that rings true as well. In the past seven days, we have seen a wide variety of recovery pieces in our Google feeds and we wanted to make sure our readers saw them too. Issues like energy drink alcoholics, heroin parents and (as you expected) the legalization of marijuana.
We’ve rounded it all up for another Addiction Article Recap. Enjoy the stories and make sure to send your own ideas to email@example.com.
Headline #1 – Pot Becomes Legal In California
We’re pretty sure this story didn’t escape your radar. Amid the Donald Trump news, local Angelenos awoke Wednesday morning to discover that marijuana has now become legal in the state. Interestingly enough, we weren’t the only area to de-criminalize the drug. Both Massachusetts and Nevada voted to legalize recreational pot. Arkansas, Florida and North Dakota took a step closer to the measure this week as well, allowing for medical marijuana to be available in their respective states. We’ve reported on this issue before and have are own reservations about its easy accessibility (especially with the gateway drug statistics that have become available). But, of course, we respect the people’s will and are hopeful it doesn’t become a problem for local residents. On that note, if you do sense some weed addiction tendencies happening to you or a loved one, we encourage you to reach out.
Headline #2 – Dangerous Energy Drink Cocktails
It’s no secret that energy drinks like “Nos” and “Monster” have become popular chasers or even mixers for alcohol. But researchers at Purdue University are discovering that these type of combos can lead to dangerous consequences. Their study showed that blending booze with highly-caffeinated beverages can create the same brain effects as using cocaine. The scary conclusion there is that it can actually numb a person’s reaction to cocaine and make them abuse more of that drug to achieve their “perfect high.” Data director Richard van Rijn told TheFix.com that they drew this analysis after using mice as test subjects. “Mice that had been exposed to alcohol and caffeine were somewhat numb to the rewarding effects of cocaine as adults,” he explained. “Mice that were exposed to highly caffeinated alcoholic drinks later found cocaine wasn’t as pleasurable. They may then use more cocaine to get the same effect.” Something to certainly think about, the next time you reach for an extra large can.
Headline #3 – Heroin Households
Cincinnati made headlines this week for their annual Silent Victims Conference, which is focused on the children of heroin abusers. State senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown were in attendance, as were medical professionals and recovery advocates, all united to help curb the country’s growing epidemic. Event organizers shifted the focus to children this year, showing the extreme psychological damage having a heroin user in the home can cause. Not only does it influence more young to become addicted, it creates an abusive environment and leads to more adolescent runaways.