One in two Americans are taking prescription drugs right now. Driven by profits the reality is the vast majority of prescribed medication won’t help and might even hurt you. Learn more about an over medicated America and its greedy drug companies in this infographic from Cannabis Seeds.
Drug addiction is a major overarching health concern in the United States with an estimated nine percent of Americans over the age of 12 being illicit drug users. Marijuana contributes the largest number of drug users with psychotherapeutics and cocaine ranking as the second and third most common. Alcohol treatment was the number one most common reason patients received drug treatment in 2012, with pain relievers and marijuana at second and third, and cocaine at fourth.
Recently, you may have heard a lot about so-called designer drugs, and how they’re commonly available to teenagers. Although those certainly pose dangers, young people are often able to find drugs in a location that’s much more accessible: The home medicine cabinet. That’s not a reason to be paranoid and avoid keeping prescription drugs on hand when they’re needed, but it’s a good idea to at least store them securely to prevent misuse by teens who feel compelled to conform to behaviors encouraged by peers.
It’s true that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. This is mostly due to genetics. What your parents pass down to you in your genetic code can define your personality, hobbies and appearance. Some common traits that are genetic include blood type, height, smell and obesity. This infographic takes a look what role genetics play in drug use and addiction.
This infographic was designed for September’s National Recovery Month to help raise awareness about drug and alcohol abuse in the U.S. and spread a message of hope to those struggling with addiction. Learn about the abuse of heroin, cocaine, crystal meth, marijuana, spice and other drugs.
Here is a video infographic entitled “The Anatomy of a Drug Cartel” which is both educational and raises awareness about current global issues (war on drugs & drug addiction). It is actually more of an animated short-film but I found it quite interesting and as such, thought I’d share it here.
Oftentimes, relapse seems like a revolving door – an endless cycle of addiction, intervention, treatment, recovery, and relapse. The vicious cycle begins again. But why does it have to be that way? Why can’t your friend, child, or relative just quit? Learn more about this issue in the following infographic from Clarity Way.
We have been fighting a War on Drugs since 1971, but what do we have to show for it? Millions of addicts, and to support them, there are millions of people who farm, produce, and distribute the drugs they use. We often don’t think of these poor families because they are not here in the United States – they are in other parts of the war.
This video infographic by 12 Palms Recovery Center highlights the shocking and sad statistics regarding the amount of drug-related pregnancies occurring in the U.S. The video also shows how using each illegal drug can harm an unborn child, putting them at risk for developing health defects that may follow them around throughout their entire lives.
One in 10 Americans are addicted to alcohol and other drugs. But how does this happen? Check out the infographic below presented by BestRehabCounselingDegrees.com to learn about how our brains react to drugs and addiction.
Crack cocaine is an extremely addictive narcotic that has widespread use in the United States not only due to its addictive qualities but its relative cheapness. Using this drug results in a strong high, with an equally strong low afterwards. These severe ups and downs increase the risk of heart attack and stroke due to high blood pressure. Delray Recovery Center has created this infographic to help one learn more about the characteristics and risks of this drug.
OxyContin is a prescription drug that has become one of the most abused legally obtainable drugs in the US. The addictive substance in Oxycontin is called oxycodone, which is an opiate pulled from poppy plants. In fear of people crushing the pills to make them easier to take, pharmacies placed a warning on the label that this should not be done. Unfortunately, this had the opposite effect; curious people who curiously crushed the pills often became addicted because of the tremendous high that’s obtained in powder form.
The issue of doping is central to modern sports. Since the beginning of time, wherever and whenever the outcome of sporting competition involves status, money or rewards, attempts are made to seek an advantage through doping. But what are the long-term effects? Is sports doping really worth it? Agilent takes a look at this issue in the following infographic.
The number of babies prescribed acid suppression drugs such as H2 blockers and PPIs grew 8-fold during 2002 to 2009, but fewer than 10% received any diagnostic testing for GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease). Some pediatricians are growing concerned that the “epidemic” of infant GERDcases is actually due to over-diagnosis, especially since clinical trials show acid blockers work no better than a placebo and can actually lead to short term and long term side effects. The FDA has not approved PPIs for treatment of GERD in children younger than one year. Learn more in the following infographic from Colic Calm.