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 …

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 …

Volunteering Reduces Risk of Teen Addiction

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If you want to protect your children from the dangers of drug addiction, get them involved in community volunteering, researchers say. According to the US National Survey on Drug Use and Health, teenagers and young adults have the highest rates of substance abuse and dependence. By the time they reach 12th grade, nearly half of all teenagers have used drugs …

Past Drug Use Predicts Ecstasy Use Among Teens

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The use of Ecstasy by teenagers and adolescents is still notably popular. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s 2016 Monitoring the Future survey, approximately 1 out of 20 high school seniors and 1 out of 35 10th-graders has tried Ecstasy. And that usage then leads to future drug use, because the number of Ecstasy users between the ages …

The Twelve Steps of Recovery and You, Part 3

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For generations of addicts, the Twelve Steps of Recovery are a life-saving “how-to” guide. They guide struggling substance abusers through the process of transforming their lives—from unmanageability and despair to health, hope, and balance. Twelve Steps: The Fifth Step “Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.” Both alcoholism and drug abuse …

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 …

Stoned Behind the Wheel: Teens Troubling Views on Marijuana and Driving

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“Driving under the influence of marijuana significantly impairs motor coordination, judgment, and reaction time. It’s important for parents and teens alike to understand the importance of not smoking marijuana and driving to help keep everyone safe on the road.” ~Mike Sample, Driving Safety Expert and Technical Consultant, Liberty Mutual Insurance After a new survey conducted jointly by Students against Destructive …

October 28 Is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in Southern California

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“A lot of these drugs are not obtained by the end-user through prescription, but someone is obtaining a prescription for way more than they need and maybe doing so on a regular basis and selling the drug and that’s where we see a lot of addiction start.” ~ Long Beach Councilwoman Suzie Price This October 28, from 10 AM until …

Depression and Teen Substance Abuse

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“These afflicted teens are being driven by something that makes them act in ways that hurt themselves and those around them. That “something is what we call “ depression…” ~ Gary E. Nelson, A Relentless Hope: Surviving the Storm of Teen Depression What is the relationship between depression and substance abuse among teenagers? As it turns out, the relationship may …

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” …