VOLUME 9, ISSUE 2 - Summer 2015
The Impact of Substance Abuse on Society
In this edition of the Journal, our theme is “The Impact of Substance Abuse on Society.” It thoughtfully highlights some important issues in substance abuse.
The contributions include an original paper entitled, What Will Legal Marijuana Cost Employers by Sue Rusche and Dr. Kevin Sabet, that analyzes the affect that legal marijuana will have on five key business concerns of safety, compliance, productivity, flexibility and litigation. This manuscript also discusses many additional problems resulting from legalization of which employers must also be aware.
The commentary included in this edition, Studies of Gateway Drugs Have Been Done Throughout Generations of Adolescents, is written by Gerald M Aronoff, MD, DABPM, Medical Director, Carolina Pain Associates, PA. In this piece, the author examines various studies and findings from his own medical practice that indicate that early prevention of gateway drug use, stimulants in particular, significantly alter the risk of drug use in adulthood. He conveys an urgency for physicians to perform routine clinical and psychosocial assessments in patients with a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as a key prevention practice.