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Marijuana and Prescription Pills Cited as Cause in Rise of Shootings in Newark

Marijuana and prescription pill trafficking in Newark

Marijuana and prescription pill trafficking in Newark have led shootings in the city to increase by nearly half in 2015. As of Aug. 9, there were 161 shootings in the city, a 45 percent rise from last year. New Jersey State Police that were sent to Newark two and a half years ago are credited with helping reduce crime in the city last year. However, the state decided to pull police out of the area in November 2014.

It's no secret that marijuana use and dependence can lead to irresponsible actions and crime. Newark, New Jersey drug rehab facilities help people recover from substance every day. Don't let this debilitating drug take over your life.

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What is Marijuana Dependence?

Dependence on this drug is real, even if the drug does have a reputation for being non-addictive. The drug's mechanism of action is through the chemical tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, its active component. The chemical mimics anandamide, an important neurotransmitter in the brain responsible for a number of basic functions including pleasure, logical processing, time perception, focus, coordination and sensory perception.

Prolonged use of marijuana can result in changes to the brain's endocannabinoid system, an action that leads to in marijuana dependence. It occurs in around 9 percent of all users. It tends to be higher with other drugs -- 23 percent for heroin, and 18 percent for cocaine, for example.

Marijuana dependence isn't as dangerous a phenomenon as other addictions, either. Too much marijuana doesn't result in an overdose death the way it does with heroin, for instance.

Why is Marijuana Abuse so Common?

With 20 million reported users each month, marijuana is by far the most commonly used illicit drug. Three out of four of all people who use drugs prefer marijuana exclusively. The drug's millennia-old history of use, its low levels of disruptive action and its availability are together behind the drug's extreme popularity.

A Newark drug treatment center can help you conquer marijuana dependence. In addition, attending a New York City Area of Narcotics Anonymous (http://nycna.org/) meeting will help you bond with fellow and recovering drug users.

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