What Parents Need to Know about Marijuana

Marijuana is the #1 drug used in this country, even among teens. And although there’s a wave of synthetic drugs going around, most teens are still using and experimenting with the traditional form of marijuana. Although many ballot measures may lead you to believe it’s harmless, or “natural” if you will, studies show its detrimental effects on adults and teens alike. This highly addictive drug can have some major consequences.

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Rising Marijuana Legalization Laws Do Affect Teen Drug Use

Laws legalizing recreational marijuana have grown over the last decade. Altogether, 33 states have some sort of legalized marijuana laws on the books. Only a small amount of the states have legalized for recreational use and most of them have only decriminalized possession of small amounts or growing a few cannabis plants. So the question now has to be asked, is it easier for teenagers to get marijuana and will the numbers of teens smoking marijuana rise? Continue reading “Rising Marijuana Legalization Laws Do Affect Teen Drug Use” »

Is Marijuana Use Linked to Testicular Cancer?

A few years ago, a team of researchers at the University of Southern California believed they found a link between marijuana and testicular cancer.  In fact, the study led these researchers to believe that marijuana use amongst teenage males can double the risk of testicular cancer. Continue reading “Is Marijuana Use Linked to Testicular Cancer?” »

Drugged Teen Drivers: A Growing Threat

Drunk drivers aren’t the only thing you need to watch out for on the road. There has been a significant rise in the number of fatal accidents, and many of the drivers responsible are testing positive for prescription drugs.

Unfortunately, the rate of prescription drug abuse among teens is rising. In 2017, 16.5% of high school seniors reported that they used prescription drugs for recreational purposes.

The combination of inexperienced drivers and prescription drugs could prove to be deadly. Here’s what you need to know about this unfortunate pattern.

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What’s The Big Deal about Bath Salts?

Synthetic drugs may seem less serious than their real counterparts, but that’s simply not the case. Teens using bath salts may try to convince their parents that the drug is harmless because it is easy to obtain them in some stores or via online merchants. However, these synthetic drugs are very dangerous, so much so that the DEA has released a ban on bath salts. Continue reading “What’s The Big Deal about Bath Salts?” »

Do You Know What Your Kid is Vaping?

Nearly one-third of seventeen to eighteen-year-olds reported that they used a vape in 2017. While this trend may seem like the height of popularity for some teens, the potential dangers of using a vape aren’t quite worth the risk. Continue reading “Do You Know What Your Kid is Vaping?” »