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” »

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” »

Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care Reduces Continued Drug Use

Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care (MTFC) has demonstrated advantages over group residential placement for teen girls. Findings from a follow-up to a NIDA-supported trial (2015) indicate that these advantages extend to a reduction in illegal drug use in early adulthood. Continue reading “Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care Reduces Continued Drug Use” »

Few Young People Get Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioids

Although the United States is going through an opioid crisis, too few pediatricians and family doctors are trained in how to appropriately address and treat opioid addiction. Treating teenagers can be difficult enough, but those addicted to such volatile substances can become an even bigger danger to themselves and others if they aren’t getting to right help to come off the drugs. Continue reading “Few Young People Get Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioids” »

Drugged Driving is as Dangerous as Drinking and Driving

Everybody knows that drinking and driving is dangerous. The legal and often deadly consequences make it very clear that drunk driving is against the law. With more teenagers using marijuana and the opiate epidemic engulfing the country, there has now been a rise in reports of drugged driving.  Continue reading “Drugged Driving is as Dangerous as Drinking and Driving” »

Is Your Teenager Using Meth?

Methamphetamine has been around for a while. It’s an extremely addictive drug known as speed, crank, glass, ice, or crystal, despite the fact that it never physically looks like the latter three terms. In fact, you never really know what can be in meth — there is the pseudoephedrine that is always present but it can contain random household chemicals (i.e. drain cleaner, battery acid, lye, lantern fuel, and antifreeze), dirt, and even animal feces.  Continue reading “Is Your Teenager Using Meth?” »