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Study Finds Former Prisoners are at a High Risk of Death from Substance Abuse

prisonerA newly published study featured in The Lance Psychiatry reports that in the population released from prison, around half of deaths amongst women and about one-third of total deaths amongst men are due to alcohol and drug abuse.  In the United States, study researchers estimate that about 9 percent of externally-caused deaths such as accidents and suicides could be preventable if former prisoners were treated for drug and alcohol abuse. Continue reading

New Study Among First to Examine Prevalence of Hashish Use by High School Students

hashExtracted from the cannabis plant, hashish (hash) contains concentrations of psychoactive (affecting the mind) resins.  The female flowers of the cannabis plant contain the stored resinous secretions, used to make a paste.  Marijuana, in comparison, is a mixture of the leaves, flowers and stems of the cannabis plant.  A much higher concentration of THC, the main psychoactive cannabinoid in the cannabis plant, is found in hashish.  As a rule of thumb, some estimates place the THC concentration of hashish at four times that of marijuana. Continue reading