We need to educate young people and empower them to make smart choices. We can’t stop this problem entirely through enforcement and treatment. We have to be proactive, not reactive.
(PRWEB) March 18, 2014
A look at the latest drug trends is the focus of a new blog post from Best Drug Rehabilitation, which offers addiction recovery geared to the personalized needs of each client.
“While the combined efforts of law enforcement, parents, medical professionals, community leaders and others have helped create awareness that drug abuse is dangerous and sometimes fatal, the reality is that as soon as one drug becomes unpopular, there are new ones that rise up and take its place,” commented Per Wickstrom, Best Drug Rehabilitation’s CEO.
According to the blog post, the latest substance abuse trends include:
- An increase in mixing drugs, especially those involving prescription opioids. Other common drugs that are being mixed include cocaine and amphetamines.
- Speaking of prescription opioids: prescription painkiller abuse is one of the fastest-growing substance abuse problems, especially among teens.
- While cocaine use has dropped over the last several years, marijuana use has skyrocketed.
- Synthetic drug use is increasing dramatically, partly as a result of the myth that synthetic drugs are not harmful – which is blatantly untrue. In fact, there is a growing body of evidence that suggests synthetic drugs are even more harmful.
- The US is not the only country grappling with increased drug use and abuse – many countries worldwide are in the grips of a drug epidemic, including Britain, where cocaine and amphetamine abuse are considered by experts to be out of control.
“What we have to realize here is that the so-called war on drugs, which has been waged for over 40 years, isn’t working,” added Per Wickstrom. “That’s not to suggest that we should fly the white flag of surrender. Rather, it means that we need to change our approach by focusing our resources on programs that prevent drug and alcohol abuse from happening in the first place. We need to educate young people and empower them to make smart choices. We can’t stop this problem entirely through enforcement and treatment. We have to be proactive, not reactive.”
The full text of Best Drug Rehabilitation’s latest blog entitled “Substance Abuse Trends” is available at http://www.bestdrugrehabilitation.com/blog/addiction/substance-abuse-trends/.
For additional information or media inquiries, contact Amber Howe, Executive Director BDR, at (231) 887-4590 or ahowe(at)rehabadmin(dot)com.
About Best Drug Rehabilitation
Best Drug Rehabilitation offers treatment programs, and believes that having family close by during a stay in rehab can make a big difference in whether or not the process is successful. Led by CEO Per Wickstrom, Best Drug Rehabilitation also understands that recovering from an addiction is an intense emotional and physical challenge, and as such provides clients with a comfortable and private space that is safe and free of anxiety. Ultimately, Best Drug Rehabilitation offers recovery geared to the personalized needs of each client, which is an option that makes the chance for long-term success much more likely.
Learn more at http://www.bestdrugrehabilitation.com/.