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Males Twice as Likely to Wind Up in Treatment for Substance Abuse

genderreportOf the many studies and surveys conducted routinely throughout the country regarding drug and alcohol use, one of them includes information on admissions to treatment programs. Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) provides a look at statistics related to people seeking rehabilitation services for drug and alcohol abuse.

A recent TEDS report showed that of the nearly 2 million treatment admissions in 2011, two-thirds of them were for males, making them twice as likely as females to be admitted. The numbers seeking help typically reflect the percentage of overall users as well, though there certainly are variations in use patterns among different age groups.

For example, the report stated that the rate of substance abuse for both genders was similar between the ages of 12 and 17. The primary substances used also varied, with alcohol being more prevalent for female teens while marijuana was cited in a greater number of males. A somewhat surprising statistic included that women over the age of 65 were nearly 3 times more likely to abuse prescription painkillers.

Regardless of the gender or substance, Desert Cove Recovery strives to provide excellent treatment for people in Arizona. Clients come from all over the country for this quality treatment program. If you know someone in need of rehabilitation services, contact us today.

The AMA Amends Policy on Marijuana but Continues to Oppose Legalization

amalogoThe American Medial Association (AMA) recently held its interim meeting in Maryland among its more than 500 House of Delegates. During this meeting the Association recommended and adopted changes to its policy concerning marijuana, while reaffirming its stance against legalization.

As mentioned in the US News & World Report article, the AMA continued its stance against legalizing marijuana by stating that, “cannabis is a dangerous drug and as such is a public health concern.” In addition to some reinforcement came recommendations of change and evaluation by noting that, “federal efforts to address illicit drug use via supply reduction and enforcement have been ineffective.”

Both advocates and opponents of marijuana decriminalization commented on the recent changes, each claiming minor victories since the changes also included recommending a “comprehensive review of the risks and benefits of U.S. state-based drug legalization initiatives.”

In addition to many states allowing for medicinal marijuana use, Colorado and Washington have recently approved measures for legalization and regulation of the drug for personal recreational use. Several more state legislatures are considering or preparing bills to reduce criminalization of the drug as well.

While the general consensus is that alcohol is a more serious threat to public health, the dangers of marijuana use cannot be understated. In addition to the continued increase in potency affecting motor skills and judgment, there is the fact that marijuana still represents the highest percentage of addiction treatment admissions among people between the ages of 18 and 30. According to the Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS), there were nearly 688,000 substance abuse treatment admissions among that age range in 2010. Of these, more than 340,000 reported marijuana abuse, and over 86 percent of those started using cannabis at age 17 or younger, so prevention efforts are essential.

The delicate balance for national drug control policy seems to lie somewhere between allowing people to live their own private lives and make good decisions for themselves vs. enforcing positive influences in public health. Either way, the majority of people who develop substance abuse problems should be given the opportunity to attend a rehabilitation program rather than being incarcerated.

Marijuana Treatment Admissions Increase Along With THC Content

potplantCNN’s Sanjay Gupta made headlines last week when he endorsed marijuana for medicinal purposes, but the network also highlighted some important facts about the drug, such as the rising percentage of THC content in today’s weed.

Experts claim that pot from the 1970’s had a THC content of roughly 1%, while the average potency of the drug now is about 13%, with some blends reaching more than 25%.  This presents a significant factor in the overall debate on the dangers of marijuana.

While anyone would be hard-pressed deny that alcohol is a much bigger problem in America, the treatment admission rate for primary marijuana was 21 percent higher in 2010 than it was a decade ago.  There were more than 330,000 treatment admissions for primary marijuana use in 2011 alone.

Additionally, an article also states that more than 455,000 patients entered emergency rooms with marijuana in their system in 2011, a 19% increase from just two years earlier according to government statistics.

Wo, while the immediate effects of marijuana abuse may not be as severe as alcohol or other drugs, it doesn’t change the fact that there are many people who wind up needing help to stop using it.  If you or someone you love is looking for treatment for marijuana abuse, contact Desert Cove Recovery today.