Teenage Suicide, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse

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Substance abuse and mental illness are closely connected. Each causes, is caused by, worsens, and is worsened by the other. One of the most serious dangers associated with addictive disorders is an greater risk of suicide. Among teenagers and young adults, ages 15 through 24, suicides are the 3rd-leading cause of death. Alarming Statistics about Suicide in America The Substance …

FDA – Don’t Give Codeine or Tramadol to Kids

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Codeine and Tramadol, two popular opioid medications, have now been identified as potentially life-threatening to children. On April 20, the FDA issued its strongest warning and requires manufactures to immediately change labels to warn parents of the possible danger. What Makes Codeine and Tramadol So Dangerous? All opioids suppress breathing to some degree. Some children have an ultrafast metabolism, and …

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. …

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 …

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 …