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” …

Questions Parents Ask about Teenage Addiction and Recovery

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Learning that your teenager is abusing drugs or alcohol is a stressful and confusing time. Stressful, because of the inherent dangers of teen addiction. And confusing, because you don’t know what you’re supposed to do about it. Teenage addiction is TERRIFYING for parents. To help eliminate some of that confusion, here are some answers to the questions most frequently asked …

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: …

The Dangers of Huffing—What Every Parent Should Know about Inhalants

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The Foundation for a Drug-Free World, reports that 20% of American adolescents – 1 out of every 5 – will experiment with inhalants by the eighth grade. Inhalants are the most-frequently-abused intoxicant by adolescents and younger teenagers, the majority of parents remain clueless about the dangerous, potentially-deadly practice of “huffing”. What is “Huffing” and What Are Some of the Inhalants …

Teen Substance Abuse in South Orange County

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“We tend to see higher rates of substance abuse in South Orange County and along the beach communities. Sometimes, the kids will have more resources, so it’s easier for them to get drugs and alcohol.” ~Amy Buch, division manager of health promotion for Orange County’s Health Care Agency Typically, poverty is cited as a risk factor for teenage substance abuse. …

Social Media and Teen Substance Abuse

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Can social media harm your teen or adolescent? Smart parents know that if they want to help protect their teenagers from the dangers of alcohol and drugs, they have to stay involved with the “4 W’s” of their children’s lives: WHO will you be with? WHAT will you be doing? WHERE will you be? WHEN will you be home? Social …

Do Sports Increase the Risk of Teen Opioid Abuse?

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Can sports injuries lead to opioid abuse among teenagers? According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, participation in high school athletics is more popular than ever. 2015-2016, nearly 7.9 MILLION students played some type of organized sports – the 27th consecutive year of increased participation. Rightly so, playing a sport in high school is viewed as a …

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 …