The Effect of Ketamine on the Teenage Brain and Body

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“Our biggest concern is the use of ketamine among adolescents, whose brains are still developing. The toxin may inflict more damage to the brain, and without early intervention, we are afraid it may result in permanent brain damage.” ~Dr. Mohammad Hussain Habil, Director of the University Malaya Centre for Addiction Science Research Ketamine is listed by the World Health Organization …

Dual Diagnosis – Your Questions Answered

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One of the biggest challenges facing teenagers with addictive disorders is when their substance abuse problems cooccur with another psychiatric or emotional condition – a dual diagnosis. When a teenager is struggling with both illnesses, it can complicate successful recovery from either. What Is a Dual Diagnosis? A dual diagnosis is when an addictive disorder such as: Alcoholism Prescription medication …

Xanax Candies – the Newest Teenage Drug Trend?

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Xanax candy? They are called Xanie Tarts, and they represent a deceptive and dangerous new drug trend among American teenagers. Parents across the country are warned to be on the lookout for drug-laced candies that appear to be the popular “Sweet Tart” candies. In reality, these innocuous treats have been laced with Xanax, a benzodiazepine-class prescription medication. Xanax is typically …

April 29 — Prescription Drug TAKE BACK DAY in Orange County

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“Nearly half of all overdose deaths were due to accidental overdose of prescription drugs. This highlights the importance of focusing prevention efforts to address the rising opioid consumption among residents.” ~Orange County Health Care Agency, Drug & Alcohol Morbidity & Mortality in Orange County Get ready to “spring-clean” your medicine cabinets – April 29, 2017 10 AM to 2 PM …

Teen Drug Slang 101 – Prescription Opioids

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“Opioids are ubiquitous now. Enough opioids are prescribed every year to put a bottle of painkillers in every household. They’re everywhere, and kids are getting into them.” ~Dr. Julie R Gaither, PhD, MPH, RN, Postdoctoral Fellow in Biostatistics at the Yale school of medicine In 2015, over 55,000 Americans died because of fatal drug overdoses. The American Society of Addiction …

420 – Psychosis and Marijuana

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“It’s not sensible to wait for absolute proof that (marijuana) cannabis is a component cause of psychosis. There’s already ample evidence to warrant public education around the risks of heavy use of cannabis, particularly the high-potency varieties. For many reasons, we should have public warnings.” ~Sir Robin Murray, Professor of Psychiatric Research, King’s College, London According to drug experts around …

Addiction Starts Early

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“… teenagers often experience a far more rapid progression from experimentation to addiction than is true for adults. Denial manifests differently, too, in that young people are more likely to glorify their use, while adults are more likely to minimize theirs.” ~John Daily, LCSW, CADC II, Adolescent and Young Adult Addiction: The Pathological Relationship to Intoxication and The Interpersonal Neurobiology …

Teenage Substance Abuse by the Numbers

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“Adolescent patterns of substance abuse are very different from drug use patterns in adults. The uniqueness of adolescent drug abuse means that drug-dependent teenagers usually are not successfully treated with adult-directed therapy.” ~Dr. Ken Winters, Adolescent Substance Abuse: New Frontiers in Assessment Today’s teenagers face drug and alcohol dangers that did not exist in generations past – synthetic drugs, powerful …

Teenagers and Weed – Why it IS a Big Deal

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“We found that people who began using weed in their teenage years and then continued to use marijuana for many years lost about eight IQ points from childhood to adulthood, whereas those who never used marijuana did not lose any IQ points.” ~Dr. Madeline Meier, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Arizona State University For better or worse, the marijuana laws are …

“My Teen is Addicted”— 7 Books That Can Help

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“One of the most important things you can do to help your teen is to educate yourself about alcohol and other drug abuse and dependence and what treatment for abuse and dependence is.” ~the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids When you are the parent of a are the parent of a teenager with a substance abuse disorder, it’s easy to feel …