America Finally Discovers One In Eight US Teens Misuses Pain Drugs

A new analysis of surveys done between 2007 and 2009 among American teens shows that one in eight US teens misuses pain drugs. This survey shows also that the age at which teens started abusing these drugs was younger than anticipated, that many start at 16 or 17, instead of 18 and older as was previously thought. At 16, a small number of students begin to abuse these drugs and then the numbers grow through the rest of the teen years. The report concluded that there needs to be more drug education provided to students at an earlier age than…

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New Trend Toward Abusing Hand Sanitizer for Alcohol Content Lands Some Teens In Hospital

Yet another product off the grocery stores shelves has developed a new life as something to be abused to get high. Now, hand sanitizer joins glue, compressed air for cleaning computers, spray paint and other innocent products as an item that needs to be locked away. In April 2012, a wide variety of news sources carried the story about a handful of teens in Southern California who arrived in emergency rooms over a period of weeks. These teens had taken advantage of the high alcohol content of the product and drank it to get high. But they got so drunk…

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Saving Our Youth Study Finds Most Alcohol Drug Abuse Starts In Teen Years

Recent surveys of teens and young adults have turned up a startling new fact. More than one study finds most alcohol; drug abuse starts in teen years. Just when our young people should be getting educations and preparing for their lives, many are starting to abuse alcohol and drugs and risking addiction. There are several situations that increase a teen’s risk for abusing drugs or alcohol. These are when: Someone or multiple people in the family abuse drugs or alcohol. The young person is depressed. He or she suffers from low self-esteem. The young person manifests early signs of aggressive…

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Synthetic Drug Use Outweighs Meth and Heroin In Some Towns Creating Entirely New Set Of Dangers

Heroin and methamphetamine have long been scourges on our communities, taking lives, creating moral deterioration and stealing away loved ones. Now there’s a new set of drugs that may be even more dangerous. These are the new synthetics. These new synthetics may be sold as Spice, K2, Ivory Bliss or a dozen other names. They reach from Europe to every corner of the US. Their chemical compositions may change from day to day as manufacturers try to stay one step ahead of the law. State legislatures are trying to meet the challenge of these new synthetics but it takes time…

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Skittles Party By Teens Is Not What It Seems

A Skittles Party could take the form of a home filled with teenagers where everyone brings all the prescription medications they have on hand and pool them. Then anyone at the party who wants to abuse a pill just dips in and grabs whatever they want. This practice could be life-threatening but with a deceptive name like a Skittles Party, it could be discussed right in front of a parent without them realizing anything was wrong. Anyone who knows what Skittles are knows why this term came into use. Skittles are small, round candies that come in an assortment of…

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Half of Young Cigarette Smokers Also Smoke Pot Survey Reveals Real Story

Social media turned out to be a better medium for surveying marijuana use than earlier types of research conducted by the University of California, San Francisco. Using a Facebook-based survey, researchers found that more than half of those who reported smoking cigarettes every day also smoked marijuana. The incidence was greater among those who were Caucasian, living in the Northeastern United States or rural areas, or if they were not students. All those surveyed were between 18 and 25 years of age.   Prior surveys seemed to indicate that only a third of daily smokers were also marijuana users. The researchers…

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Do You Ever Hear Your Child Talk About A Skittles Party

Most people know that Skittles are small hard candies that come in multiple colors and flavors. Oddly enough, Skittles have become associated with drug use by youth in not just one but actually several ways. When youth gather together and pool a supply of prescription drugs, it’s said that they are all placed in a bowl that anyone can sample from. That’s called a Skittles Party. Those wanting to get high take out one or a few pills without regard for the type of drug they contain. They could be stimulants (uppers) like Adderall, Ritalin or Concerta. Or they could…

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Is Our Future In Danger As Study Finds Most Alcohol Drug Abuse Starts In Teen Years

When we think about our future generation, about the last thing we would want to contemplate is losing our teens to addiction. But now, a French university study finds most alcohol, drug abuse starts in teen years. At this time, as many as three million teens meet the criteria for alcohol abuse, meaning that they are experiencing damage due to their drinking but they continue to abuse the drug. This and other statistics included in this study indicate the degree to which drug education in schools, churches and the home has failed. This study and others before it have found…

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Is There A Solution As Painkiller Sales Soar Around US Fuel Addiction

The problem has been brewing for years. Sales of painkillers began to make an unusual climb in 2000 and by 2010, had reached levels far beyond anything reasonable. Certainly painkillers like Oxycontin and Vicodin help people after serious injuries. Surely Percocet and Percodan may be the only thing that enables people with crippling diseases or cancer to face each day. But the growth statistics for painkiller distribution across the US have not lined up with reasonable levels of use. The only explanation that fits the situation is that many of the painkillers are being diverted to supply those who are…

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Narconon Warns that Teen Deaths Related to Prescription Drug Abuse Skyrocket

In April 2012, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released some startling statistics on the number of teens being lost to prescription drug abuse. Between the years 2000 and 2009, the number of children losing their lives to poisoning went up 90%. The CDC stated that the major reason for this increase is the growing abuse of prescription drugs by teens. It’s doubtful that parents perceive that teen deaths related to prescription drug abuse skyrocket. They may only see that their child died, or perhaps they were lucky and their child was simply rushed to an emergency room…

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