Category: Mental Health

Pregnancy and Medicines

A couple of weeks ago, I saw this article and I had bookmarked it to write on it. And I’m doing it now. It’s a fascinating idea. Read on.

They call 888-30-CRACK to reach the organization and provide evidence of their drug use such as arrest records or letters from social workers. Drug addicts can earn up to $300. (Barbara) Harris runs her organization on donations and is not afraid to advertise in a very bold way. She drives around in a motor home with a large image of a dead baby, a razor blade, line of cocaine, pacifier, and the saying “Some things just don’t belong together.

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It’s a fascinating idea really, giving monetary compensation to someone, who uses drugs, so they won’t get pregnant. Does this mean if someone takes the cash and gets knocked up, they have to pay the money back? I wonder what sparked this 57-year-old woman to decide this was the way to cull the drug addict baby boom.

Harris started Project Prevention 1997. Here’s some stats:

  • Worked with 3,371 addicts in the U.S.
  • Of those, 1,253 have opted for tubal ligations or vasectomies.
  • Permanent procedures received $300.
  • Those opting for IUDs or surgical implants receive $100 when the device is inserted and $100 more six months and a year later if the device is still in use. Yahoo News

I checked out the web site, and it seemed to be targeted more toward men then women.  I’m unsure of as to why. I understand that ultimately, the mother intake of substances has a lot of influence, but what about genetics: kids from parent(s) who are addicts are eight times more likely to become an addicts. And cost efficiency of it all.  According to Planned Parenthood, a vasectomy runs from $300 to $1000, tubal sterilization (for women) runs from $1,500 and $6,000. In other words, it’s cheaper to neuter a man than to spade a woman.

Is this just more socially acceptable type of social engineering? Is it an unfair or unnecessary cause that Project Prevention is taking up? Is there another way to try to get this accomplished? What do you guys think about this?


Pot Makes Mental Illness?

As posted on Indyposted

Long-term use of marijuana can lead to increased risk of developing hallucinations, delusions and psychosis, a new study shows.

Australian researchers asked nearly 3,100 young adults averaging about 20 years of age about marijuana use.  Among the participants, 65 had been diagnosed with a “non-affective psychosis” such as schizophrenia, and 233 had at least one positive item for hallucination on a diagnostic interview conducted for the study. The researchers found there was an association between length of marijuana use and mental health.

“Compared with those who had never used cannabis, young adults who had six or more years since first use of cannabis [i.e., who commenced use when around 15 years or younger] were twice as likely to develop a non-affective psychosis and were four times as likely to have high scores on the Peters et al Delusions Inventory [a measure of delusion],” wrote Dr. John McGrath, of the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research, Park Centre for Mental Health in Wacol, and colleagues. “There was a ‘dose-response’ relationship between the variables of interest: the longer the duration since the first cannabis use, the higher the risk of psychosis-related outcomes.”

[Yahoo News]


I think there’s a few dangers here. Saying marijuana is directly the cause of the mental illness seems faulty. It could be a case of the kids self-medicating, because they realized there was an issue there before adults did. Also where is the mention of amounts in this article? Are you telling me that a kid who smoked a bowl at 14 and a kid who smoked ounces from 14 until yesterday have the same risk of damage to the brain? A kid who smoked a joint at 13 is likely to develop schizophrenia? In the world of mental health, where all things considered, the science is fluid at best, it seems to me using one solitary study as an indicator of Truth seems faulty at best.

Btw, just to be clear, I am not endorsing that teenagers should all start ripping bong hits and smoking big doobies.