More people died from drug overdoses in the United States in 2014 than during any previous year on record. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a total of 47,055 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States in 2014.
Look out, the Addicts Comedy Tour could be coming to a town near you. Veteran comedians Mark Lundholm and Kurtis Matthews invite you to “enjoy the deep laughs emanating from surviving life’s darkest moments” in their show about “the journey back to sanity,” as they put it on their website.
The United States continues to experience an epidemic of drug overdose deaths. Around 78 Americans die from an opioid overdose every day. Since 2000, the rate of deaths from drug overdoses has increased 137 percent, including a 200 percent increase in the rate of overdose deaths involving opioids (opioid pain relievers and heroin).
More and more young Americans believe there is little risk involved in using marijuana (cannabis). In 2014, 77.1 percent of teens and adolescents (children between the ages of 12 and 17) stated they perceived "no great risk" from smoking marijuana once a month, according to the Behavioral Health Barometer, which examines trends in substance use and mental health for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Sam Lansky’s memoir The Gilded Razor is a frightening read in many ways. It is the tale of a teenager who tried alcohol and marijuana at 14, then escalated his drug use to cocaine and various prescription medications and almost killed himself using crystal meth at 18.