I had a family member ask me several years ago what I thought would have prevented my addiction . In other words, what contributed to me going down this road to becoming an addict? For many who struggle with addiction , abuse and trauma play a significant role.
Today more and more states have begun opening and even endorsing needle exchanges. While in several states, needles have been available over the counter for decades, this is not the case in every state and was definitely not the case in Miami where I grew up. Needle exchanges are controversial.
Over the last year or so, a somewhat unknown over-the-counter drug known as kratom has been widely discussed amongst those both for and against its legality.
Young athletes can face more exposure to substance abuse than many of their peers by being invited to parties on weekends, taking performance enhancing drugs for their sport and using pharmaceutical drugs resulting from an injury.