Privilege doesn’t offer protection from addiction, according to a new study of more than 500 teens published in the journal Development and Psychopathology.
In fact, teens at elite U.S. high schools face an even higher addiction risk – with rates twice as high as national norms, noted researchers.
“Results showed that among both men and women and across annual assessments, these young adults had substantial elevations, relative to national norms, in frequency of several indicators – drinking to intoxication and of using marijuana, stimulants such as Adderall, cocaine, and club drugs such as ecstasy,” said study author Suniya Luthar, a professor of psychology at Arizona State University, in a press release.
“Paradoxical though it may seem, these ostensibly privileged youth, many of who start experimenting early and often with drinking and drugs, could well be among the groups at highest risk for alcoholism and addiction in adulthood,” Luthar said.
The study noted the following as possible reasons for the increased risk, including:
- Pressure to succeed or stress about the “right” college
- Having money needed to buy drugs, alcohol and high-quality fake IDs
- Widespread peer approval of substance use
- Lack of awareness from parents
While researchers have long-linked substance use disorders with children growing up in poverty, Luthar noted that there needs to be more studies to identify and treat addiction in well-to-do areas. “We now need the same dedicated research on kids who grow up in pressure-cooker, high-achieving schools,” she said.
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Doctors and police are warning the public about a dangerous synthetic drug called Flakka, which is gaining popularity on the streets of South Florida.
Flakka is a synthetic street drug mixed with bath salts that causes hallucinations, anxiety, psychosis, and paranoia.
A 50-year-old man named James West, high on Flakka, was caught on surveillance camera kicking the glass doors of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department in. Police said West was hallucinating and thought 25 cars were chasing him down Broward Boulevard.
Dr. Nabil El Sanadi said, “we are actually seeing a lot more patients coming in hallucinating. Very fast heart rate, high body temperature, with almost super human strength.”
Dr. Sanadi said the drug can be snorted, smoked, or ingested for a cheap high that results in a “bad reaction.”
“The brain tells them that there’s something going on when there may be nothing going on,” explains Dr. Sanadi.
Other side effects from Flakka are permanent effects on the brain or heart leading to a heart attack or stroke. It can also lead to kidney failure, and a potential lifetime need for dialysis.
Emergency room doctors say many victims do not even know what’s actually in the drug they’re taking.
Flakka, also knows as “gravel” can be mixed with methamphetamine, other drugs, and is a bath salt synthetic stimulant that can be purchased online, and resold by drug dealers.
According to the United Way of Broward County’s Commission of Substance Abuse, around 126 people died from using Flakka in Florida in 2013.
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An intoxicated man named Victor Flores, allegedly slapped an NYPD horse on the rear in Times Square at West 47th and Seventh Avenue around 9:30 pm. The horse was spooked, and almosted tossed the officer riding on him.
Authorities say the horse could have tossed Officer Jabez Kong off his back and into oncoming traffic or into the crowded street.
Flores was charged with disorderly conduct, reckless endangerment, and drug possession after police found a bag of cocaine on him.
Flores told cops, “I don’t get it, tourists pet the horses all the time. I don’t get why I am in trouble for this. I was just saying hello.”
He also said, “I’m really sorry officer. I was drunk. I didn’t hurt the horse. I was petting him.”
Alcohol lowers inhibitions and causes us to make rash decisions. Common sense eludes us when we are under the influence.
Drinking alcohol and making poor choices can have many consequences. We can encounter legal problems, as well as relationship consequences. One poor decision can cost us our freedom, and even our lives.
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Angela R Woodworth, a 45-year-old mother in Gainesville, Florida was charged with drug possession and felony child neglect after four children said they jumped out of her car because she was drunk.
Woodworth was arrested and charged with four felony counts of child neglect, resisting an officer without violence, marijuana possession, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Police said four 11-year-old children, Woodworth’s son and three of his friends ran into a Steak N’Shake saying they jumped from her car because she was drunk.
A witness named Kenisha Drayton said, “it was like a little girl screaming for help. We really didn’t see what was going on, but all we heard was someone screaming.”
Josh Kramer was eating inside the Steak N’Shake when the children ran inside. He said, “one of the boys told me his mom, they just came from Ruby Tuesday, and his mom was really drunk and swerving all over the road. She hit a pole and broke a mirror off her car. They came to a stop. When they came to a stop, the kids jumped out of the car and ran into the restaurant.”
Kramer said he called 911 and while he was talking to the dispatcher, Woodworth came to the restaurant and screamed at the children, ordering them to come with her.
“The kids took off running around the restaurant. She started following them around the restaurant” said Kramer. “I finally got them back up front and told them to stay on the sidewalk, police would be here in a second and they didn’t need to be scared. I was helping them out.”
Police officer Ben Tobias said, “they were not in a parking space, so we could only assume that her driving was so bad at that point that she couldn’t even make it into the parking space. We are very glad that the children were not hurt.”
According to police, the children told them that Woodworth drove them around to several places including a Chinese restaurant, a bowling alley, where Woodworth drank two pitchers of beer, and a Ruby Tuesday, where she consumed four drinks. Police found receipts confirming the purchases of alcohol.
When police searched Woodworth’s car, they found about 2 grams of marijuana and a marijuana pipe under the driver’s seat.
Police notified the Department of Children and Families and Woodworth was arrested. Officers said Woodworth’s son is with relatives and his three friends were returned to their parents.
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Utah’s department of health reported a “400% increase in deaths associated with misuse and abuse of prescription drugs.” Prescription drug overdose is one of the main causes of injury deaths in the Mormon state. It’s reported that an average of 21 residents in Utah die due to prescription pills every month.
Utah created a “Use Only as Directed prescription safety campaign” because it’s reported that 97% of adults in Utah have ingested prescription medication from a family member or friend without getting a prescription from a doctor.
Many conservative Mormons are not allowed to drink tea, coffee, alcohol, smoke tobacco, or take illegal drugs. However, prescription medications are legal, so many see them as being separate from illegal drugs.
In 2013, Utah ranked 8th highest in the U.S. among states for deaths from drug overdoses.
A report conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found that prescription painkillers were being used by many kids in junior high and high school. Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force agent Randy Lythgoe said, “it’s becoming an accepted thing to do in high school, because they (students) don’t associate danger with it.”
During a 2014 visit to Salt Lake City, Deputy White House Drug Policy Director Michael Botticelli said, “from the perspective of the White House, I think we know clearly that we can’t continue to arrest our way out of the problem, that we have to deal with addiction from a public health standpoint.”
It’s important to remember that addiction is a disease, not a failure of morality. People do not choose to become addicted, but sometimes there is a stigma attached to addicts. Some people do not understand why an addict cannot simply stop because he wants to.
Prescription pill addiction can ruin peoples lives, and the lives of the people they love. It can cause relationship losses, social consequences, legal consequences, and death.
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