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 …

Marijuana and Violence: The Connection You Didn’t Know about

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“People may think of hashish and marijuana as tranquilizers, but according to some studies, cannabis users may be more likely to act violently.” ~Ineborg Rossow, the Norwegian Institute for Alcohol and Drug Research (SIRUS) Mounting research suggests what addiction professionals already know through experience – there is a link between chronic marijuana use, withdrawal, and violent aggression. McLean Hospital’s Biological …

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 …

The Impact of First-Time Marijuana Use

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Perhaps reflecting society’s changing attitudes, teen marijuana use is on the rise. Approximately 6% of American 12th-graders admit to smoking marijuana daily –THREE TIMES the rate over the last decade. 6 out of 10 high school seniors believe the drug to be safe. Available research shows they are wrong. Arizona State University Professor Madeline Meier, who led a Duke University …

Vaporizers Hiding Teenage Marijuana Use

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Are vaporizers putting your teenager at risk for marijuana abuse? According to a recent study published in the May 2015 edition of Pediatrics, the increased use of electronic vaporizers by American teenagers is allowing them to better disguise their use of marijuana. Because the vapor emitted by the devices is so different, there is no marijuana smell to alert parents. …

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 …

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 …