Monthly Archives: May 2012

Family and Friends Aid in Prescription Drug Abuse

In most households across America, stuff filling the kitchen cabinet is free for the taking. This homey, “up-for-the-grabs” mentality is seeping into the fabric of our drug culture—especially in the arena of painkillers and other prescription drugs. More than 70% of people experimenting with painkillers receive the drug from a friend or family member according to … Read More

What Does Proof Mean In Alcoholic Beverages?

Question: What does proof mean when referring to alcoholic beverages? Answer: Proof is defined as twice the alcohol (ethanol) content by volume. For example, a whisky with 50% alcohol is 100-proof whiskey. Anything 120-proof would contain 60% alcohol, and 80-proof means 40% of the liquid is alcohol. What’s the History of Proof in Alcohol? The word proof came about … Read More

Prescription Drug Abuse: Up 430%

A Tennessee judge was having sex and buying pills during courtroom breaks from convicts he had previously sentenced, read an article from the Associated Press last week. Published the same day, an article from Press-Citizen revealed how a former Iowa City nurse was charged with stealing her patient’s medications from the hospital’s drug dispensing machine. These are only two … Read More

Top 10 Most Commonly Abused Drugs and Their Effects

Update: the content in this blog has been modified as of January 2018 to reflect the most recent national survey.* Although it is impossible to measure the extent of drug use, drug use is everywhere. From bathrooms and refrigerators to cars and street corners, alcohol and drug use touch every part of our culture. Recent national data from the Substance … Read More

Top 5 Most Common Designer Drugs

Designer drugs are drugs created by changing the chemical structure of a pre-existing drug often bought for recreational uses. Because there are no laws against these newly synthesized drugs, many designer drugs are considered legal—until law enforcement catches up. Over the years, certain designer drugs have have grown in popularity and now rank among the most … Read More

Shopping Addiction

“Anyone who believes the competitive spirit in America is dead has never been in a supermarket when the cashier opens another checkout line.” (Ann Landers) We know it. Shopping is among the most favorite hobbies of Americans. From Macy’s to Sears, everyone has their favorite department store. But some people say that shopping is becoming … Read More