Pot Legalization – Like it or not, it’s here

Legal marijuanaWashington and Colorado are paving the way to notable change in the country and its drug laws. In Washington State, the legalization of marijuana went into effect on December 5. In Colorado, pot became legal on January 5. The new laws legalize recreational use for adults age 21 and up. In Washington, adults may possess up to an ounce of marijuana and smoke it in private.

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Psychiatrists Approve New Manual of Mental Disorders

DSM 5The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has just finalized the new version of its Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the most important reference for mental health disorders. The changes included in this new version of the manual have the potential to impact anyone who is diagnosed with a mental health disorder.

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Substance Abuse Counselors Change View on Abstinence

According to a study recently published by the American Psychological Association, about 50 percent of substance abuse counselors believe that it's acceptable for some alcohol abusers* to have an occasional drink as an intermediate or final treatment goal. When it comes to drug abusers, about half of counselors accept moderate drug use as an intermediate treatment goal, while only one-third of counselors accept it as a final goal.

 

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2012 Opiate Babies

 

Similar to the cocaine-exposed babies of the 1980s, many children in today's world are born dependent on prescription opiates.crack babies

 

Very little is known about the effects opiates have on their development, but obviously it does not affect them for the better.

 

A very small percentage of licensed professionals are even willing to care for and treat pregnant women that are addicted to opiates.

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For Teens – Marijuana Can Have Lasting Effects on the Brain

 

The majority of marijuana users believe the myth that it’s a harmless, non-addictive drug. They may even extol the medicinal value of the drug, despite the fact that the FDA has never approved its use for the treatment of any medical conditions. They may not be aware that recent research indicates that marijuana use can have a lasting effect on the brain.

 

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