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” »

Think Teen Substance Use is OK with Parental Knowledge? Not So Fast…

Teen Drug Use

If you’re a parent of a teen, you may think that your teenager’s substance use, including drinking and recreational drug use, is inevitable.

You may even think it’s safer for your teen to use drugs or drink with your consent, rather than doing it behind your back.

While it’s true that there is some reduction of negative consequences when teens use substances with their parents permission, there are still issues with allowing your teen to use drugs and alcohol.

Here’s what parents need to know about letting teens drink and use drugs.

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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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