Cocaine Changes the Brain from the FIRST Use

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Cocaine is making a comeback. A recent National Institute on Drug Abuse survey revealed that greater than 1 in 7 Americans over the age of 12 will experiment with cocaine at some point in their lives. That is especially true in Southern California – between 2010 and 2012, cocaine seizures at the US-Mexico border DOUBLED. Why is this significant? This …

Transgender Teens and Substance Abuse

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“Transgender students face discrimination and prejudice, with 1 in 9 pupils receiving death threats. Coping mechanisms when living in a hostile environment will be many and varied, and unfortunately, the use of drugs and alcohol is a route that many young people turn to in times of stress.” ~ Susie Green, CEO of Mermaids, a UK charity supporting gender-diverse youth …

Teen Substance Abuse 2018, Part 2

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This is the second of a 3-part series about teenage substance abuse trends for 2018, as released by the Monitoring the Future project. Is Teen Substance Abuse REALLY That Big of a Deal? It would be an easy mistake to minimalize some of the MTF’s findings. Some parents may even think, “Why is it such a big deal – isn’t …

Teen Substance Abuse 2018, Part 1

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Right now, teen substance abuse is a bigger concern than ever. Moving into 2018, teenagers are faced with a variety of challenges that simply didn’t exist for previous generations. For concerned parents, keeping a watchful eye is no longer enough.  Today, to keep your adolescent and teenage children safe, you now must also educate yourself about serious drug threats that …

Synthetic Marijuana Increases the Risk of Further Drug Use

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They are sold online or out in the open, misleadingly labeled as other products – herbal incense, “all-natural” smoking blends, potpourri, etc. – but what they are in reality are synthetic cannabinoids – potent and dangerous designer drugs. The most well-known designer synthetic cannabinoids are “Spice” and “K2”. In 2011, California outlawed the specific individual chemicals used to make these …

Teen Drug Slang 101— Heroin

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“They’re so shocked that it’s a celebrity that has died of a heroin overdose when we lose people every day even in Orange County to the same exact thing. The face of heroin is our children.” ~Natalie Costa, Behind the Orange Curtain Cheap, powerful heroin – most of it flowing in over the Mexican border – is a major cause …

The Link between Energy Drinks and Addiction

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Can popular energy drinks be “gateway” drugs that lead to harder, more dangerous substances? Recent research conducted by the University of Maryland says “YES”. A study conducted by the University’s School of Public Health suggests that teenagers and young adults who regularly drink energy-promising beverages such as Monster, Red Bull, and Rockstar are at increased risk of  future drug and …

Dopamine and the Teenage Brain

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“… it shouldn’t surprise us that behaviors such as eating or sexual behavior are linked with increases in dopamine and in the same areas that drugs do it.” ~Dr. Nora Volkow, M.D., Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse Whenever you read about the biological processes that drive addiction, you come across phrases about the “rush”, “flood”, or “surge” …

Teen Alcoholism – Just like Any Other Addiction

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“The problem isn’t just too much to drink; it is the fact that alcohol addiction happens before our very eyes, even under the conditions of success. And we don’t recognize it. That’s what is scary. Our son was killing himself in our presence, over several years’ time, and we didn’t see it.” ~Chris and Toren Volkmann, From Binge to Blackout: …

Amphetamines – the #1 Drug Problem for California Teens

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Does it surprise you to know that amphetamines are the most-abused drug in California? This should be of particular concern to the parents of teenagers, because amphetamine-class drugs include prescription Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) medications, as well as illicit methamphetamine. ADHD and Amphetamines Over 10% of all children between the ages of 5 and 17 are diagnosed as having …