Teen Drug Use

The Dangers of E-Cigarettes for Teens

The Dangers of E-Cigarettes for Teens

Electronic cigarettes have exploded in popularity in recent years, and they now comprise a $1.5 billion market that’s expected to grow nearly 25 percent by 2018, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics Julius B. Richmond Center of Excellence. In 2015, ten percent of...

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5 Activities to Keep Your Teen Off Drugs

5 Activities to Keep Your Teen Off Drugs

Parenting is fraught with uncertainty. We want to keep our teens safe, but we can’t be by their side every minute of the day helping them make the right choices. While the bad news is that according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 13 percent of eighth graders, 30 percent...

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What You Should Know About Kratom

What You Should Know About Kratom

Kratom is a relatively new drug of abuse that acts on delta and mu opioid receptors in the body, which are the same ones that heroin and prescription opioid painkillers like OxyContin activate. Kratom is gaining increasing popularity in the United States, particularly in South Florida...

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Teens and Prescription Painkiller Abuse

Teens and Prescription Painkiller Abuse

Opiate pain relievers are the most commonly abused prescription drugs, particularly among adolescents. The National Institute on Drug Abuse found that around one in 12 high school seniors used Vicodin for non-medical purposes in 2010, and one in 20 used OxyContin recreationally. Why...

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Molly: The “Love” Drug

Molly: The “Love” Drug

Molly is the pure, crystalline form of MDMA, also known as ecstasy. MDMA, short for 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine, is a psychoactive drug that has properties similar to both amphetamine, a stimulant, and mescaline, a hallucinogen. Molly is particularly popular among adolescents...

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Is Your Child Struggling With Addiction?

Is Your Child Struggling With Addiction?

If you suspect your child may be addicted to drugs or alcohol, you’re probably feeling a lot of overwhelming emotions, including fear, anger, disbelief and frustration. It’s not easy watching your teenager make poor choices and struggle with the consequences of addiction...

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Helping Your Teen to Overcome Addiction

Helping Your Teen to Overcome Addiction

Learning that your teenager has an addiction to drugs or alcohol probably feels like a nightmare come true. Adolescent drug abuse is a serious problem in the U.S., affecting millions of teens and their families. Of high school seniors, 39 percent reported drinking alcohol in the past...

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The Dangers of Ritalin Abuse

The Dangers of Ritalin Abuse

Ritalin is a brand name for the drug methylphenidate, which is prescribed to treat narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. A central nervous system stimulant, Ritalin works by increasing the activity of the neurotransmitter dopamine, which is associated with...

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Has Your Child Had a Relapse?

Has Your Child Had a Relapse?

Although “lapse” and “relapse” are terms that are used interchangeably, they aren’t the same thing. A lapse is a slip-up, or an instance of using drugs or alcohol again once in recovery. A relapse, on the other hand, is the recurrence of an addiction, characterized by compulsive...

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