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Marijuana Legalization Looms - Suncoast Rehab Center Says “Gateway Drug” Could Lead to Harder Narcotics, Burden Criminal Justice System
Date:11/1/2013

rescription drug epidemic, for example:

“We still have not proven as a country that we can monitor the use of prescription drugs by ensuring that they are used only by the people who need them, so why would marijuana be any different?” said Strickling. “Legalizing marijuana sets a dangerous precedent and opens the door for another wave of drug use that we can’t control—and if that happens, it’s likely that we won’t be able to contain the potentially rampant drug use.”

As a drug treatment facility that treats clients from across the nation, Strickling says that a large percentage of Suncoast’s clients tried marijuana first before using other drugs, and an overwhelming majority list marijuana as being used currently with another drug of choice.

Strickling maintains that the key to stemming the rise of a potential epidemic is by limiting, rather than increasing, access to drugs such as marijuana. Furthermore, public education about the potential dangers of drug abuse is critical. For people currently struggling with addiction, treatment is the first step in helping them to reclaim their lives from substance abuse and return to being contributing members of society.

Suncoast enables its clients to take the first step in conquering addiction with long-term residential treatment programs, which include:

?Sauna detoxification that removes drug residues and toxins that cause cravings and relapse; and
?Life skills and cognitive therapy that get to the bottom of the addiction, discovering what caused the drug use in the first place.

Suncoast’s medical team designs treatment programs to physically address the malnutrition created by drug abuse, and the SRC counseling team tailors client therapy to help provide insight into the pa
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