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Safe Spring Break Alternatives For Teens

Spring break is generally just a time for teens to hang out at home for a week and treasure their time not sitting in class. Whether they decide to go on a road trip, play video games, or just watch movies, your teen could be tempted to party at a friend’s house where alcohol and other drugs are present. Continue reading “Safe Spring Break Alternatives For Teens” »

Should Teen Athletes Be Prescribed Painkillers?

Young athletes at the peak of their performance are often told to push through the pain of an injury. This usually means popping more and more prescription painkillers every day. Experts believe that the 22,000 Americans dying each year due to painkiller addiction (National Safety Council) are athletes who got hooked after suffering injuries. Continue reading “Should Teen Athletes Be Prescribed Painkillers?” »

Teen Suspended for Unidentified Illness

A Pasadena Independent School District student was suspended for allegedly using drugs. Police officers came to the school and administered the pen test and a balance test, concluding that the student was under the influence of an unidentified substance. Continue reading “Teen Suspended for Unidentified Illness” »

High Schools Stock Up On Life-Saving Drug

Northern Highlands Regional High School in Allendale, New Jersey draws students from four affluent towns in northwest Bergen County. The school has seen how widespread the opioid crisis is in their county and decided to be prepared. The school has been approved to administer the lifesaving drug Narcan (the commercial name for naloxone hydrochloride) to any student who overdoses on an opioid on school grounds. Continue reading “High Schools Stock Up On Life-Saving Drug” »

More Children in Foster Care Due to Opioid Crisis

You may think the fact that there is an opioid epidemic taking thousands of lives is bad enough, but consider the toll on children. There are so many negative points of opioid abuse but the effects on children have to be one of the worst. Continue reading “More Children in Foster Care Due to Opioid Crisis” »

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” »