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Mehmet Aslan: An Alliance against Drugs

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Preventing drug use by informing young people about the risks of taking them: For two and a half years, that has been the strategy of Mehmet Aslan, actor, businessman, public speaker and candidate for the MHP or Nationalist Movement Party in parliamentary elections. This community project is called “Gel Kardeşim”, which could be translated as “Come, my brothers and sisters” – or stand up and say no to drugs. When…

The Many Dangers of Solvent Abuse

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It’s a cheap, widely available and legal high, and therefore especially attractive to young people who may find it difficult to get hold of illicit drugs. But make no mistake, solvent abuse is extremely dangerous. It can kill, quickly and without warning. Solvents can be found in most homes, in such everyday products as lighter fluid, nail polish remover, correcting fluid, paint thinners and glue. The vapours from such preparations…

Cannabis as part of everyday life

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The trivialisation of cannabis – would you like a little joint? Of all the psychoactive substances, cannabis is one the most often tried by young people, with a first experience around the age of 14. Easily available, it has already attracted 17 million people in France, and it has become commonplace. Today, smoking a joint is almost an everyday act, but it carries certain risks. Most young people seem unaware…

Overcoming Addiction: A Modern Phoenix and Addiction Role Model

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To help others who are overcoming addiction, it helps to have been an addict yourself. Like the Phoenix, Tara arose from the ashes of her former life—a life she had nearly thrown away—to become an inspiration, role model, and counselor. Today, she helps prevent others from sliding down the same slippery slope that she once found herself on and assists addicts in overcoming their addictions. Tara’s story begins in an…

Fifty Shades of Addiction – Which Shade are you?

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Could it be that every one of us is addicted in some way? If addiction is as old as humanity, new research has shown that addiction is not only drug-related, it can also sneak into our everyday lives. The subject of addiction is a controversial one. There are those who suggest that some behaviours are addictive, and others who argue that it is difficult to assess addiction. I’ve picked fifty…

Psychoactive Substances – When Pleasure Gives Way to Nightmare

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According to Wikipedia, a psychoactive drug is any substance that affects the brain. There’s a very long list of them, which unfortunately gets longer all the time. Some are legal (alcohol, tobacco, etc) and some are medically prescribed (codeine, for example), but some are forbidden or controlled (including cocaine and cannabis). This post is about the risks of using and abusing substances in the third category, the illegal drugs. Drugs…