Teen Marijuana Use Linked to Other Illegal Drug Abuse

There has been much debate in recent years as to whether or not marijuana is a “gateway” drug – a drug that paves the way to the use of alcohol and other addictive substances. And, as marijuana continues to be … Continue reading

The ‘Hidden Costs’ of Heavy Drinking: Problem Youth Drinking Can Leave Lasting Scars

With the heightened level of attention being paid to rising addiction rates and overdoses in the last year or so, most of us have become keenly aware of the most severe and immediate dangers of substance abuse these days. Now … Continue reading

Surgeon General’s Report on Addiction: A Call to Action for the Challenge of Our Time

The sense that substance abuse and addiction issues have reached a bell weather moment in our culture is neither new, nor imagined. For the better part of this year, we have been chronicling a steady, unprecedented recent rise in addiction … Continue reading

A “High” Correlation: Alcohol and Marijuana Use Linked to Increased Risks for Schizophrenia

Individuals who drink excessively or abuse marijuana and other substances may be “messing with their heads” in ways they don’t at all intend.  The question of whether drug abuse increases the risk of developing schizophrenia and other mental illnesses has … Continue reading

The Notion of a ‘Safe’ Drug up in Smoke? Marijuana Smokers 5 Times More Likely to Abuse Alcohol

One of the key arguments forwarded by proponents of marijuana (and, particularly, its legalization) has been the claim that pot is, on the whole, not harmful …to self or society.  As we noted on this blog earlier in the year, … Continue reading