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Posted on May 15, 2013
Last modified on May 12th, 2019

Synthetic Drug Use on the Rise in Texas

Synthetic and designer drugs have been in the news because of the harm they have caused and the frenetic law-making that has tried to keep up with the manufacturers of these drugs. Synthetic drugs, also sometimes labeled “designer,” are simply substances that produce a high and that are not naturally occurring. In some cases, they mimic a natural drug, such as marijuana.

Synthetic Marijuana

One of the most damaging, and most prevalent, of the designer drugs has been synthetic marijuana. For a while, these products were sold legally under the brand names Spice and K2. They were being sold mostly in gas station shops, where they were packaged to appeal to young people, even going so far as to use cartoon characters. These drugs were being labeled as harmless products like potpourri and incense. Those using them, however, knew better. K2 and Spice were designed to be smoked and to impart a high to the user.

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cost of drug addiction in Texas

Posted on May 1, 2013
Last modified on May 13th, 2019

The Cost of Rehab Pales in Comparison to Losses from Drug-Related Crime

Drug use is estimated to cost $6,120 per second in the U.S. In the time it took you to read that sentence, more than $12,000 vanished in lost productivity, criminal justice costs and drug-related crimes. Since 2007, the National Drug Intelligence Center estimates that drug use has cost the country $193 billion. In the current economic climate, it seems as though any measure to remove these mounting losses should be carefully considered and implemented as soon as possible. Although the solution is as simple as replacing ineffective prison sentences with rehabilitation for substance abuse, these losses continue to mount with startling regularity.

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Adolescents' Perception of Friends' Drinking Behavior

Posted on April 14, 2010
Last modified on May 8th, 2019

Adolescents’ Perception of Friends’ Drinking Behavior

Peer influence is an important factor in decision-making among adolescents. Parents, teachers, and other adults take a backseat, as tweens and teens start to consult friends their own age about choices and problems.

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