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” »

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” »

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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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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Is Your Teen on Spring Break? Watch Out for These Risks

Spring Break is a fun-filled week, but it also has its share of risks far worse than sunburns, lost baggage, and hangovers.

If you or your college-age child is planning to party during Spring Break, be on the lookout for these dangers.

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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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Drugged Teen Drivers: A Growing Threat

Drunk drivers are not the only risk on the road. There has been a significant uptick in drugged drivers causing fatal accidents, and many of these drivers are testing positive for prescription drugs.

To complicate the issue further, the rate of prescription drug abuse among teens is rising, with 14.8% of high school seniors reporting that they used prescription drugs for non-medical purposes.

The combination of inexperienced drivers and prescription drug use could prove to be deadly. Here’s what you need to know about this disturbing trend.

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Summer Break is Here – Watch Your Kids for Signs of Drug Use

Summer’s in full swing! For many teens, this means days at the lake or the pool, afternoons at the mall, and nights with friends. But for some, break from school can also include drug use.

As parents, it’s your job to be vigilant about your teen’s drug use, especially during the summer when your kids are home from school and have more free time (and potentially less supervision).

Here are our tips for spotting signs of drug use in your teens this summer!

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American Academy of Pediatrics Announces Recommendations for Teen Drug Testing

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently released a policy statement that offered new guidelines regarding drug testing in teens. Of course, parents never want to have to think about testing their teens for drugs, but the teenage years are a common time for experimentation, including experimenting with drugs, alcohol and tobacco. Therefore, there are some situations that call for teen drug testing. However, before revealing those reasons, understanding how each test is best utilized is wise.

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Parents, Do You Know How to Dispose of Prescription Drugs?

Prescription drug abuse is on the rise nationwide, and many communities, public health officials, and parents are expressing concern over the increase.

As a parent, it’s your job to monitor your child to make sure that they’re not turning to prescription drug abuse to get high. One of the best ways you can do this is by properly disposing of your prescription drugs.

Here’s the how-to on getting rid of your outdated or unwanted medications in a safe way.

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