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Silicon Valley California Seeing Increased Drug Usage Crime
The United States is facing a drug problem on a national scale. Over the past several years, drug overdoses have become the leading cause of accidental deaths in the country, overtaking motor vehicle crashes’ long-held number one spot. The reasons for this epidemic are many, and while prescription opioid painkillers and heroin are most often responsible for these overdoses, there are several other illicit substances responsible for the nationwide rise in drug-related deaths. Drug Abuse in Silicon Valley California’s Silicon Valley (including San Mateo County and Santa Clara County) takes up a small portion of the San Francisco Bay Area, but the ...

Opioid Prescription Painkiller Use and Its Link to Depression
When it comes to treatment for opioid painkiller abuse, Americans coping with mental health issues like depression typically face a more challenging road to recovery. Behavioral health counseling can help drug users to manage their addiction and depression simultaneously, but solutions that ignore the interactions between substance abuse and depression may not properly treat a patient’s condition. Excessive use of prescription opioids such as hydrocodone and oxycodone can cause or exacerbate depression. Likewise, individuals suffering from depression naturally have a stronger inclination towards addictive behaviors. A deeper understanding of these symptoms and their interactions will make it easier for individuals struggling ...

How Group Therapy Aids in Addiction Treatment
Illegal drug use in the United States is on the rise. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), an estimated 24.6 million Americans – 9.4% of the population aged 12 and over – used illicit substances in 2013. This is a major shift from 2002, when just 8.3% of the population was estimated to have used illegal drugs. The rise in drug use has not been limited to younger generations. The same NIDA study reported that drug use is also on the rise among aging baby boomers in their fifties and early sixties. These startling trends underscore a need ...

Drug-Related Crime on the Rise in Salinas, California
The United States is currently in the midst of a widespread health crisis. Drug overdoses have now overtaken motor vehicle collisions as the leading cause of accidental deaths in the nation. Prescription opioids and heroin have claimed the most lives, followed closely by methamphetamine. Each of these substances is extremely dangerous, capable of killing users and encouraging violence in users and dealers alike. Drug-Related Crimes in Salinas, California California is currently the largest point of entry for methamphetamine into the United States, with roughly 70% of the illegal substance entering the state from Mexico through ports in San Diego. Drug traffickers work ...

Diseases and Ailments Linked to Intravenous Drug Use
Education is a key factor in reducing the growing number of overdoses and drug-related deaths. Sharing information with the community is paramount because substance abuse takes many forms and people can consume drugs in several different ways. For example, illicit drugs like cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin can be smoked, snorted or ingested. In cases where increasingly large doses are required to achieve their desired high, those struggling with drug addiction with often turn to taking drugs intravenously, injecting chemicals directly into the bloodstream. Intravenous drug use poses multiple, potentially fatal health risks to drug users. Understanding these risks more fully makes ...

Alcohol Abuse and Its Link to Atrial Fibrillation and Cardiac Arrhythmia
Alcohol and Heart Conditions Most Americans are familiar with alcohol’s negative impacts on the brain, liver, and kidneys, but many do not understand the risks that alcohol abuse carries for the heart. These risks are exacerbated by the amount of alcohol a user consumes and the frequency of consumption. Healthy Heart Functions In order to understand the way alcohol abuse affects the heart, it’s important to understand how the human heart is constructed. The heart is comprised of four chambers: two upper chambers known as atria and two lower chambers referred to as ventricles. These four chambers allow blood to flow through the ...