Teen Drug Use Continues to Fall

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has released its annual numbers on US teenagers and substance abuse. In the past year, use of illicit drugs (except marijuana) has held steady at its lowest levels in over two decades. The biggest news of all is that opioid misuse by teens is at historic lows. However, NIDA has also found that teens really like to vape. Continue reading “Teen Drug Use Continues to Fall” »

Millennials and Their Parents Hit Hardest By Opioid Crisis

Recently, Columbia University discovered that Millennials and Baby Boomers appear to be the age groups hardest hit by the opioid crisis. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), over 2 million Americans were abusing opioids in 2015, including heroin and prescription opioids, such as painkillers like Vicodin (hydrocodone), OxyContin (oxycodone) and codeine. Continue reading “Millennials and Their Parents Hit Hardest By Opioid Crisis” »

Opioid Abuse in North Carolina’s Middle Schools

It is shocking that students are abusing drugs at younger and younger ages. Students in middle and high school across North Carolina’s Piedmont region are addicted to powerfully potent drugs. So much so that school resource officers said they’ve caught them getting high in class with their teacher in the room. Continue reading “Opioid Abuse in North Carolina’s Middle Schools” »

Scientists May Have Found a Way to Prevent Drug Relapse

A team of researchers at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has recently identified what may be the brain circuit involved in a drug use relapse when an effective behavioral treatment for drug addiction (contingency management) is discontinued. Continue reading “Scientists May Have Found a Way to Prevent Drug Relapse” »

Teen Drug Abuse & Delinquency Drop Over the Past Decade

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have analyzed over a decade of data and come to a surprising conclusion. The results of the national survey indicate that teens have become far less likely to abuse alcohol, nicotine, and illicit drugs; they’re also less likely to engage in delinquent behaviors, like fighting or stealing. Continue reading “Teen Drug Abuse & Delinquency Drop Over the Past Decade” »

Students: Be Aware of Date Rape Drugs

With high school and college parties going on all over the country and headlines about sexual assaults in the news, it’s scary to image the statistics on date rape and drugs. So, before going to a party, club, concert or letting your child go, learn the facts here and know how to stay alert. Continue reading “Students: Be Aware of Date Rape Drugs” »

Is Your Teenager Abusing Opioids?

As the opioid epidemic rages on teens remain at a higher risk. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), seven out of ten teens who abuse prescription opiates will mix them with other drugs and alcohol at one point. Besides the obvious danger, each substance enhances the effects of the other, including the liver’s ability to manage the process of detoxification.  Continue reading “Is Your Teenager Abusing Opioids?” »

Drug Abuse, Risky Sexual Behavior & STDs

As teenagers and college students settle back into the school routine and make new friends, they may begin to have new interests. While sports and art are great activities to participate in, a portion of teens and young adults will engage in using drugs and alcohol. Continue reading “Drug Abuse, Risky Sexual Behavior & STDs” »

Modern Teen Drug Use: Signs & Slang

 

You are never going to know every term for drugs or recognize all of the signs of abuse, but it is important as a parent or guardian that you stay as up-to-date as you can. Parents: this is important information, keep reading. Continue reading “Modern Teen Drug Use: Signs & Slang” »

A Closer Look Into Synthetic Marijuana

Many of us have heard of synthetic marijuana, going under the names Spice and K-2. The news often does small pieces on the trend but they don’t go into detail. What exactly is synthetic marijuana and why does it appeal to teenagers so much? Continue reading “A Closer Look Into Synthetic Marijuana” »