Category Archives: Alcohol and Drugs

Pandemic Changed College Drug Use

The coronavirus pandemic changed our lives in many ways, but one change that surprised researchers occurred in colleges across the country. College students altered their substance use last year. A recent study discovered that alcohol use among college students declined, while marijuana use increased. The “Monitoring the Future” study, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), has been

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Effect of Pandemic on Teen Substance Abuse

The pandemic has impacted almost everyone’s mental health in some way. American teens are no exception, and many in the public health sector worried how the loss of school, social activities, and milestone events might impact adolescent substance abuse. Reasons substance abuse might decrease. With teens spending more time at home during the pandemic, they have less opportunity to obtain

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Vaping Marijuana

In just one year’s time — between 2018 and 2019 — the percentage of high school seniors who reported vaping pot within the past month rose from 7.5% to 14%. This is particularly worrisome because vaping has been linked to more than 2,000 recent cases of severe lung illnesses called EVALI (e-cigarette or vaping associated lung injury). Most of these

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Help Teens Enjoy the Holidays Without Alcohol

Sadly, our culture promotes drinking as a way to celebrate Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and other holidays. For example, you cannot find an advertisement or movie about New Year’s Eve that doesn’t include champagne glasses. Unfortunately, as our teens get older, they want to imitate what they see as the “fun way” to celebrate. Drinking alcohol is always a concern

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Latest News on Vaping

Vaping, the act of inhaling vapor produced by an electronic cigarette (or e-cigarette) or vaporizer, is very popular among youth. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in November 2018 that vaping had increased nearly 80% among high schoolers and 50% among middle schoolers since the year before. Teens like using e-cigarettes because they love the flavoring, it’s easy to

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Research Shows Binge Drinking a Major Problem for Teens

Binge drinking is defined as having four or more alcoholic drinks during a two- to three-hour period. Typically, someone who is binge drinking is not looking to just relax or have fun at a party; they are seeking the “high” of intoxication. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that almost 60% of high school students who drink alcohol

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Teen Marijuana Use Raises Risk of Adult Depression

A new study published February 13, 2019 in JAMA Psychiatry found that marijuana use during the teenage years was associated with a nearly 40% increase in the risk of depression and a 50% increase in the risk of suicidal thoughts in adulthood. These findings are especially important because marijuana use is high among teenagers. The latest data on adolescent use

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Marijuana causes long-lasting damage to teen brains

New research released this month in the American Journal of Psychiatry has found that marijuana causes long-lasting damage to an adolescent’s developing brain. Drug and alcohol use during adolescence has always been a health concern because the human brain continues to develop into young adulthood. Drugs have been proven to cause problems with learning, attention, decision-making, and academic performance. This

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Is Vaping that Bad?

The short answer is yes. Here is the longer answer: What is vaping? Vaping is the act of inhaling vapor produced by an electronic cigarette (or e-cigarette) or vaporizer. The vapor is usually produced from a liquid in a cartridge, called e-juice or e-liquid. The liquids have names and flavorings that make them sound like candy—like mint chocolate and frozen

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Third of Teens Have Ridden with Impaired Driver

A recent study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs reported that one-third of teens who recently graduated from high school say they have ridden with a driver impaired by alcohol or drugs in the past year. Interestingly, these teens said they were more likely to ride with a marijuana-impaired driver than an alcohol-impaired driver. Experts believe

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Recreational ADHD Drug Use

Prescription stimulants, such as Ritalin and Adderall, are medications that are used to treat people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Prescription stimulants have a calming and “focusing” effect on individuals with ADHD. Unfortunately, there is a rumor going around schools that these medications will help students without ADHD learn quicker, focus better, and provide extra energy to study longer.

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Actions Families Can Take Regarding the Opioid Epidemic

In 2016, 33,000 people lost their lives to opioids. Dependence on opioids (heroin and prescription painkillers) has more than tripled during the last 10 years, and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down. Opioid use has become so widespread that a growing number of high schools across the country are stocking Naloxone, the opioid overdose antidote. Unfortunately, as the numbers

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Reasons Youth Try Drugs

We are reprinting this excellent article from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids because we believe it provides parents with very valuable information: There is no single reason why teenagers use drugs or alcohol. But here are some of the core issues and influences behind the behavior of teenage drug and alcohol use. It’s important that you, as a parent, understand

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