Thinking About Addiction
A blog about anything related to addiction, treatment, or recovery, all the way from prevention to building recovery-friendly communities. We also welcome guest bloggers here!
One of the key ingredients for a drug epidemic is a false sense of confidence in the safety of drug use.
These are questions that come up with every drug, not just cannabis. And unanswered, they can lead to problems down the road.
We focus on the drug, as if someone who uses heroin, for instance, can’t also have a problem with alcohol, or sleeping pills, or methamphetamine, or this new, more potent form of marijuana that’s showing up everywhere.
Now, with the introduction of fentanyl and carfentanil, the decision to inject heroin or cocaine can easily result in a fatality.
Then there are the users who seek to overcome their own elevated tolerance, which interferes with ordinary drug-taking, by simultaneously consuming a second substance of the same general effect
It’s easy to take too much. When that happens, a coma may result. After waking, it’s common to have suffered memory loss.
Drug dealers at the higher levels of the marketplace are much like other businesspeople in their natural aversion to bad publicity.
We will have to deal with electronic smoking, which has exploded among young people even as cigarette use has declined.