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Study: Disorders from Marijuana Use Doubled Since 2001

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As U.S. policies have become more tolerant of marijuana, and have received more media attention, the proportion of adults using and abusing the substance at least doubled between 2001 and 2013, according to a new study released by Reuters.

Although marijuana dependence and abuse was found to be increasing, it is  is largely due to the overall increase in new users, researchers note, while existing marijuana users experienced a 15 percent decline in pot-related disorders.

Almost 4 percent of adults between 2001 and 2002 reported having used marijuana in the past year, compared to about 10 percent between 2012 and 2013. Similarly, 1.5 percent had abuse or dependence problems – marijuana use disorder – at the start of the 21st Century, compared to about 3 percent from 2012 to 2013.

23 U.S. states legalize medical marijuana use, and four also allow recreational use, and that number is likely to increase in the future the researchers write in JAMA Psychiatry. More Americans also favor marijuana legalization than before, and fewer see the substance as harmful.

For the new study, they compared data in-person interviews with over 43,000 U.S. adults between 2001 and 2002 to data from over 36,000 people collected between 2012 and 2013.They found that reports of having used marijuana in the past year more than doubled between the two time periods with especially large increases among women, blacks, Hispanics, southerners and middle-aged and older people.

Between the two generations, the researchers found that such disorders were about twice as common during the 2012 and 2013 interviews. About three of every 10 marijuana users – about 7 million Americans – were diagnosed with a marijuana use disorder in the latter survey.

Past studies have tied marijuana use to mental health issues, poor quality of life, use of other drugs and withdrawal after heavy use.

The researchers write that if the amount of U.S. adults using marijuana increases, so will the number of those with marijuana use disorders undoubtedly.

“People should consider this information when they’re making choices about using marijuana, and the public should consider the information as they consider legalization,” Hasin said.

Alexandra Balevre is a creative writing student at Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts. An admirer of coffee, music, and poetry, her middle name is not Starbucks. However, you could probably find her inside one writing one these articles.

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“Human Trafficking The Silent epidemic”

Atrocities rob people of all walks of life of their civil liberties and personal freedoms.

billions of people are sold in to human trafficking, their identities blotted out and altered.

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“The Silent Epidemic”

                                                                                                                                                                                          Atrocities rob people of all walks of life of their civil liberties and personal freedoms.

billions of people are sold in to human trafficking, their identities blotted out and altered. Brainwashed

they are oppressed by their attackers .this problem will not  go away, we must

face it head on attack the problem at its source. this heinous crime exposes our most sensitive

vulnerabilities, families are broken left with out closure. driven by desperation they seek  help from

law enforcement and private investigators. this epidemic affects men, women, and children.

leaving a painful wound , that affects every aspect of their lives.

this  gaping wound is filled with pain, and emptiness. their eternal vision is

distorted by mistrust, anger, worry, anxiety. a deep spiritual unrest that permeates the

the very core of who they are. their self image, and  eternal perception of self is warped

and twisted. their spirits are broken, they are hardened, and apathetic.

the nature of this crime is cold and calculated. deception skews the victims concept of love.

Recovery numbers are hundreds of children per year typically the recovery rate is less then

1% of the actual trafficked population. this nightmare has no boundaries. it robs many nations of

its youth. damaging the  structure of the family keeping it divided and dsyfunctional  the loss of

the structure of the family negatively impacts the world. causing our society  to lack  sensitivity

care, and consideration  desensitized by the depravity of this enormous problem, innocence, awe

and wonder is replaced with speculation,indifference,apathy  no one wants to take responsibility,

no one wants involvement. this erodes love. the capacity to give love and  to receive love is marred by anger mistrust a painful emotional experience that compounds the problem affecting every one

that is suffering from the ill effects of despondency.

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OPINON: Why I’m Glad Trump is the President

Even though President Trump is striving to divide us, in reality, he’s actually bringing us together powerfully. Although hate crimes have exceeded the standard level, protests have also been rapidly increasing.

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OPINON: Why I'm Glad Trump is the President

Even though President Trump is striving to divide us, in reality, he’s actually bringing us together powerfully. Although hate crimes have exceeded the standard level, protests have also been rapidly increasing.

Trump has fed on hate and fear of the American people promising to “drain the swamp”.

He’s instigated a travel ban which clearly discriminates Muslims and favors Christians.

He has mocked a reporter with a disability and has emitted filthy words about females.

He pretty much has the intellectual mind of a five-year-old.

But these are the strong perspectives that resonate to the rural America, people who clearly are not educated on culture and choose to stay in a racist perspective or blame the fact that they are fearful of the unknown.

But what about the fear of immigrants being torn from their families? The fear of Muslims wanting to travel? The fear of gays wanting to marry? The fear of being a person of color?

Little do these people realize that the real majority of Americans are immigrants, Muslims, people of color, Jews, gays, transgenders, etc.

As a Muslim myself, I have always feared that people would view me differently simply for being a Muslim. Because of the media, Islam has been paralleled with terrorism. But now, with Trump as president, people who don’t discriminate based on religion or ethnicity have cleared the fog of uncertainty and have boldly stood up for us and other minority groups.

These protests have eradicated fear and have saturated a powerful form of resistance and unity.

People gather for the Women’s March in Washington U.S., January 21, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

From the Women’s march to the Immigrants March, people have risen to reject racism and discrimination that still vividly exists in 2017.

The Oscars this past Sunday projected a wide variety of awards for a group of diverse people.

Viola Davis is the first black woman to win an Oscar, Emmy, and a Tony award.

An Iranian immigrant who boycotted the Oscars due to Trump’s degrading travel ban won best foreign film.

Anousheh Ansari, center, accepts the Oscar for foreign language film on behalf of Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, who boycotted the ceremony in protest of President Trump’s immigration policies. (Mark Ralston / AFP/Getty Images)

For the first time ever, a whole black cast won an Oscar for Best Picture.

No matter how hard Trump will try to segregate and ostracize groups of people, he has only confirmed the negating perspectives of his supporters and the people will continue to rise in an even more compelling way than ever before.

 

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Before Considering Voting for Trump, Consider how Qualified and Prepared Hillary is to be President!

Recently, it seems Donald Trump has been catching up to Hillary Clinton in the polls. Are people seriously thinking about making Trump president of these United States?

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Before Considering Voting for Trump, Consider how Qualified and Prepared Hillary is to be President!

Recently, it seems Donald Trump has been catching up to Hillary Clinton in the polls. Are people seriously thinking about making Trump president of these United States?

Trump should have been disqualified already as he has made bluntly mean-spirited and endlessly derogatory remarks about many communities, while his running mate, Mike Pence is cited as a notable homophobe. We do not need to go over every single hateful remark Trump has made, but we do need to talk about the bright side of the situation, a Hillary Clinton presidency!

So what will Hillary do as president? Well, she is more qualified, experienced, and fit to be president than Donald Trump, who can bring back racism and even fascism, lies amply, and blamed Hillary on many occasions. She is prepared as she has plans to fight and protect and believes in strength, compassion, and equality. She quoted Abraham Lincoln and said that we are an “exceptional country” and that we “are not a country that cowers behind walls.” She cites a “rock-solid commitment to the values that have always made America great.”

Hillary is ready to invest in innovation and strength and she will secure veterans and their families to apt care and give them access to education and avoid catastrophes to be afflicted on them, such as in economic forms. She stresses substance abuse and mental health as well, showing her genuine concern and compassion for equality and well-being of her constituents and the country’s citizens. She will built a suitable economy for everyone, not for “those at the top.” Her five-point plan involves making college debt-free to all Americans. She wants to make the economy fit for challenges and alleviate families facing such challenges. She will make success accessible, inevitable, and possible. She will fight for equal pay and make changes happen that are simply long-delayed, like paid leave being guaranteed.

As Hillary has already been endorsed by many groups, like labor unions and the Human Rights Campaign, she gained a huge endorsement as, according to Realtimepolitics.com, former Defense Secretary Bob Gates wrote that Donald Trump is “beyond repair.” He also says “Trump is stubbornly uninformed about the world and how to lead our country and government, and tempermentally unsuited to lead our men and women in uniform. He is unqualified and unfit to be the Commander-in-Chief.

Donald Trump’s words about Bob Gates.

Bob Gates.

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