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?” »

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 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” »

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” »

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” »

Help Keep Your Kids From Using Drugs & Alcohol Over Spring Break

You can’t watch your kids every second of every day, but for the most part, school and other activities keep them out of trouble. However, if you are a parent who works and cannot be around to supervise during your child’s Spring Break, then there are some things that need to be considered. Continue reading “Help Keep Your Kids From Using Drugs & Alcohol Over Spring Break” »

A New Approach to Preventing Continued Drug Abuse

Teen drug abuse has been a difficult problem to prevent for a while. Drug abuse in adolescence often results to a continued dependency in adulthood. New research from a long-term study done by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia suggests that programs geared towards improved impulse control are the best method to prevent teen substance abuse. Continue reading “A New Approach to Preventing Continued Drug Abuse” »

How Iceland Curbed Teen Substance Abuse

Twenty years ago, Icelandic teenagers were some of the heaviest drinking kids in Europe. People were even afraid to walk down the streets of Reykjavik on a weekend because “There were hordes of teenagers getting in-your-face drunk.” Now, the streets are all but abandon because Iceland figured out how to help their youth population. Continue reading “How Iceland Curbed Teen Substance Abuse” »

A Guide for Parents: Preventing Alcohol Use During the Holidays

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On an average day in June, July and December, over 11,000 teens will use alcohol for the first time. This is about double the amount in other months. One thing these months have in common is that these are school-free vacation times. If you have teenagers, you might be worried about leaving them home alone while you are at work, out shopping or a party at night. Whether your child has had drug and alcohol trouble before or not, you want to make sure they are safe when you’re away. Continue reading “A Guide for Parents: Preventing Alcohol Use During the Holidays” »