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” »

When is Your Teen Ready to be Home Alone?

At some point, all parents are confronted with the question of whether or not their teen is ready to be left at home alone.

While some adults might think that good grades are an indicator that their child is ready to be more independent, there are actually other things to consider. That’s because being home alone is often a precursor to engaging in risky behavior.

If you’re considering whether your teen is ready to stay at home unsupervised, be sure you consider the following factors.

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Adolescent Alcohol Use & Chronic Stress

Adolescent alcohol use and chronic stress go hand in hand. That’s what researchers at Binghamton University discovered during one of their recent studies. The National Institute of Alcohol and Alcohol Abuse funded the research headed by Linda Spear, a psychologist at the University. What she found while testing on rats was alarming.

Read on to find out the connection between stress and alcohol use for adolescents!

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What Drug Abuse Does to a Teen’s Brain

Drug Abuse Teen Brain

Since the brain continues to develop throughout a person’s twenties, it’s important to understand what that means for drug abuse and alcohol abuse in teenagers. Through the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study, experts are able to determine how substance abuse affects a young man or young woman’s development.

This study aims to find similarities in brain functioning among substance abusers so researchers are able to formulate a plan that discourages and reduces risky behavior in teenagers.

Here’s what parents should know about the researchers’ findings thus far.

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Teen Substance Abuse Can be Dangerous Over the Holidays

Teen Substance Abuse

For most teens, the holiday season is a major cause for celebration – mostly due to getting a much-needed break from school. And while for many, it is all innocent fun, for some teenagers, there are more dangerous plans on the agenda, including substance abuse.

As a parent, here’s what you should watch for this winter break.

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Family of Overland Park Man Sues Allegedly Drunk Teen Who Hit and Killed Him

Kevin P. Moroney of Overland Park, KS was tragically killed on August 7, 2014 after a car driven by 17-year-old Conner Estrella struck him.

In September, Estrella was charged with involuntary manslaughter as well as one count of aggravated battery — his girlfriend was seriously injured in the crash, too. Prosecutors filed a special motion requesting that Estrella be charged as an adult.

Now, Moroney’s adult children have also filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Estrella and his parents, highlighting the need for parents to pay more attention to their teens’ substance use.

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Is Staying Up Late Upping Your Teen’s Risk for Substance Abuse?

It turns out that grogginess, excessive naps, and wearing PJs all day aren’t the only side effects that occur when teens don’t get enough sleep — a recently-released study connects teens’ poor sleep habits with more high-risk behavior, including drug and alcohol use.

Here’s what Kansas City parents need to know about how a good night’s sleep can affect their teen’s behaviors.

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Watch Out, Parents: Your Teens Face Risks at New Year’s Eve Parties

2015 is just around the corner, parents — and if you haven’t already, it’s time to talk about your teen’s New Year’s Eve plans.

Kansas City area parents may think that they don’t have much to worry about in suburbs like Overland Park, Lee’s Summit, or Liberty, but this isn’t true: New Year’s Eve parties can be dangerous for teens no matter how safe the area seems.

Here’s what parents should chat with their teens about before they ring in 2015!

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Synthetic Drug Use Among Teens a Growing Problem Nationwide

Though we wish all news this time of year were merry and bright, unfortunately, there is nothing joyful about synthetic drug use — especially when it results in the death of teenagers.

It’s happened before in Kansas City, and now, other cities, states, and parents are experiencing the tragedy of teen fatality and overdose due to synthetic drugs.

Here’s what KC parents need to know about the spread of synthetic drugs.

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What Over-the-Counter Drugs are Contributing to Teen Drug Abuse?

Most parents would say their child’s health and wellbeing is their #1 concern. That’s why when children or teens have anxiety issues or difficulty sleeping, most parents will ask the child’s health care provider about treatment options.

It’s common for doctors to prescribe anti-anxiety and sleeping medications to address these issues — but a new study has found that though parents’ and physicians’ intentions are good, when these medications are provided to teens, their risk of illegal prescription drug abuse increases.

With the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration estimating prescription drug abuse among teens at 3%, these findings should concern any parent. Here’s what Kansas City parents should know about how these medications contribute to prescription drug abuse by teens.

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