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Saving Our Youth: Study Finds Most Alcohol, Drug Abuse Starts in Teen Years

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:

  • The young person is depressed
  • He or she suffers from low self-esteem
  • The young person manifests early signs of aggressive behavior
  • He or she feels rejected socially
  • Parents do not provide enough supervision or care
  • The family suffers from poverty
  • There are many drugs readily available, either in the home or close by

To prevent the situation where a survey finds most alcohol, drug abuse starts in teen years, as much as possible these risks should be prevented. The other way to reduce teen drug abuse is to educate the young on the serious problems that can result from substance abuse. When a teen sees his or her friends seeming to enjoy themselves or experience excitement or euphoria, this can look very attractive. Especially if he is bored or stressed by his experiences at home or at school.

The Right Time to Prevent Drug Abuse is Before Addiction Begins

Before a person is addicted, they have a much greater ability to set drugs down and walk away from them. If a person has just begun abusing alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, LSD or prescription drugs, if they can be inspired to leave them behind and create a healthy new life, this relieves the family of endless heartbreak and may even save that person’s life.

But young people so often keep their substance abuse habits secrets from family and school, and even from their sober friends. This is why a young person may change friends rather suddenly. If, for example, a young man associated with athletes and then gradually drops out of touch with them and begins to hang out with young people who are not doing very well in life, dress oddly and perhaps do not seem to care for themselves very well, there is a good chance that he has begun to abuse drugs. It is normal for the new drug user to seek out the company of people who are also abusing substances.

Drug Rehab Services Can Turn this Situation Around

When the young person is on a destructive path, it is likely that drug rehab services are going to be needed to put them back on a productive path. This is the service supplied every day by Narconon drug rehab services. In more than fifty centers around the world, Narconon centers help those who lost the battle with drugs to achieve productive, sober lives again.

Addiction is a terribly dangerous habit. Every day presents the risk of overdose death or accidental injury. Even if a person escapes this kind of harm, the addiction itself strips the individual of all self-esteem. He or she becomes someone who is able to harm loved ones and friends. The addicted person commits acts he or she never would have before.

Trust Narconon drug rehab services to provide a lasting sobriety for your loved one. In seven out of ten cases, Narconon graduates remain sober after they go home. Find out just how this alternative program that uses no drugs in treatment gets this result. Call 1-800-775-8750 today.

Resources:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/teen-drug-abuse/My01099

http://www.drugfree.org/resources/know-your-childs-risk-level-for-developing-a-substance-abuse-problem/

It’s No Surprise that Drug Use Goes Up as Jobs Go Away

Drug Use IncreaseReports from Florida show that when economic stresses mount related to unemployment, more people may be reaching for a pill. Particularly, in this region, OxyContin obtained illicitly, as from a drug dealer or by theft. Or it could be obtained by doctor shopping or prescription fraud. Whatever the method a person uses to get the drug, one thing is certain. The drug is seriously addictive. Speed of addiction does vary somewhat from person to person. Some people may dabble in OxyContin for awhile without being trapped but for many people, it may only take a few uses before the cravings begin to drive them back into more use of the drug whether they want to go there or not.

When drug use is up as jobs go away, it doesn’t solve the unemployment problem. Drug use will only impel a person further into depression and guilt. Most people feel stressed and may become depressed when they are unemployed. Pills, joints or drinks may make that feeling go away for a little while. But they don’t solve the unemployment. Nor do they help a person face the search for a job, employment interviews or the stress of a new job.

In Florida, the social services agencies are trying to help people get free from the drug use so they can look for new jobs. Drug abuse and addiction can lead unemployed people to crime instead of job hunting. In Highland County in Florida, the county clerk estimated that 60% of those who were being arrested had drug problems. It could be asked whether the problems caused people to hide in drug use or the drug use created problems. Probably both paths are correct for different individuals.

Solving the Addiction Problem so People Can Return to Work

It is very common for people to lose jobs when they become addicted. The grip that drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin, heroin, cocaine or alcohol get on people becomes stronger than many people’s grip on their work ethic. Being at work begins to involve explaining absences, making excuses for work that isn’t done, covering up signs of drug abuse, perhaps even shifting the blame to other workers to protect oneself.

The same excuses and shift of blame that occurs at work also occurs at home. A person who is addicted begins to spin tales for a spouse, make excuses to children, siblings, parents. The need for more drugs takes over as a primary concern in life.

Recovery from this obsession to get and use drugs must be thorough and complete for the sobriety to be lasting.

Narconon Services Cover the Many Aspects of Addiction

For rehab to work and for sobriety to last, a recovery program must address the many kinds of injury that result from being addicted. For example, a person must recover their own personal integrity. They must learn how to face people again and communicate clearly – families are all too aware that an addicted loved one has lost this capacity. He (or she) must also have a way to reduce the cravings that threaten him every time his guard is down for a moment. Narconon services cover each of these points thoroughly.

The Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program is a long-term program – one that gives the addicted person time to learn the basics of the life skills that are needed to overcome each of these kinds of damage. Then each person must have time and guidance to apply that new knowledge to themselves. As they do so, they build a new, drug-free life, step by step.

Addiction is not overcome in a month-long rehab. It takes longer than that to repair and rebuild. In fifty locations around the world, the Narconon program guides those who are addicted through this essential process of recovery. Call 1-800-775-8750 to find out more about how it works.

Resources:

http://www2.highlandstoday.com/news/news/2012/may/09/lanewso1-drugs-use-up-as-jobs-go-away-ar-401442/

Chronic Alcohol Abuse is an International Problem that Just Won’t Go Away

Chronic Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol abuse and addiction could be the world’s oldest drug problem. But excessive drinking and alcohol abuse continue to be serious problems that cause illness and kill people every year. The World Health Organization estimates that more than two million people lose their lives each year for reasons that relate to their chronic alcohol abuse. Accidents, illness and direct overdoses contribute to these deaths.

In April 2012, the World Health Organization encouraged communities to pay more attention to chronic alcohol abuse, as it contributes to so many deaths. In fact, in the Western Pacific region, alcohol is considered to be the chief factor in the epidemic of noncommunicable illnesses. It’s estimated that this is the cause of death in four out of five cases, in that region. Cancer, hepatitis, diabetes, pancreatic and heart disease are all associated with heavy alcohol abuse and can result in death.

In areas where alcohol abuse is high, alcohol also contributes greatly to the crime rate, resulting in increases of 1.3% to 3.3% of all crimes in an area.

On a Personal Level, Alcohol is Just as Destructive

It’s one thing to talk about communities struggling with this societal problem but yet another to reflect on the damage to an individual. When families have one of their members abusing and addicted to alcohol, everyone around him or her suffers. Of course, the alcohol addict himself (or herself) suffers health problems, loss of self respect, loss of spouse and children in some situations, loss of job or business and other negative effects. But the family members suffer from worry and despair and often from abuse at the hands of the drinker.

Aside from these problems, it is painful to watch the person lose everything of value. The family wants to help but may not know how. Short term rehabs or support meetings may not be what this individual needs to get clean and sober on a lasting basis.

Narconon Drug Help Turns Out to be What Many People Need

Narconon drug help has come to the rescue for thousands of people who have struggled with alcohol abuse, sometimes for decades before they find Narconon. It is very common for people to go through other rehabs, sometimes several, before making their way to Narconon. But then once at Narconon, they find a system of recovery that enables people to gain stability.

The key to lasting recovery is to thoroughly address the causes of addiction. A person must find relief from the cravings that drove him to drink every time he saw alcohol. There must be skills learned that enable a person to repair the damage that was done to relationships and life situations while addicted. And each person must recover his or her own personal integrity and personal moral sense in order to survive soberly after Narconon drug help. All these aspects of recovery are addressed in the Narconon program.

In this long-term program that is residential in most locations, there are never any drugs given as part of treatment. Any drug that could be used in treatment is itself addictive and so prevents the recovering person from fully getting sober. Instead, nutritional supplements help calm a person’s symptoms as they start out for sobriety. Nutritional supplements are also combined with time in a sauna and moderate daily exercise to create a detoxifying effect on the body. This detox flushes out old drug toxins that have been shown to contribute to cravings, even long after the person stopped abusing alcohol or drugs.

With the use of these tools, each addicted person builds a new, sober life for himself or herself. Families get to re-discover the loved one they lost to alcohol so long ago, who is back now, clean and sober.

Find out how Narconon alcohol rehab can help someone you love make a comeback. Learn more about Narconon drug help by calling 1-800-775-8750 today.


Resources:

http://www.wpro.who.int/mediacentre/news/2012/20120419/en/index.html

Study Finds Quarter of Suicide Victims are Intoxicated at Time of Death

Suicide Intoxication

After reviewing 58,000 suicide cases from across the US, researchers concluded that alcohol played a definite – and tragic – role in these deaths. While numbers varied by gender and ethnic background, on average, nearly a quarter of those who killed themselves were legally drunk when they did so.

The legal limit for drunkenness is .08% blood alcohol concentration (BAC). This is the limit that can get one ticketed or arrested, if caught driving. While the report did not describe upper limits of drunkenness involved in suicide, certainly some victims would have had much higher BACs.

Groups that had higher ratios of suicide were:

  • Men, especially young men
  • Native Americans and Alaskan Natives
  • US military veterans
  • The poorly educated
  • Those living in rural areas

Factors found to be involved in these deaths, particularly for young men, were financial problems, relationship difficulties and situations with arrests and incarceration.

People who committed suicide while drunk also tended to use more violent means, just as falls and shootings.

The tragedy is that suicide deaths are 100% preventable if a person can find the help they need. If addiction is part of the equation as well, a person can become despondent and depressed about ever recovering. When a quarter of suicide victims are intoxicated at time of death, eliminating alcohol as a solution to stress can help these people maintain an objective grip on their lives that could prevent these suicides.

How Addiction Can be Overcome

Addiction Not a Disease

It’s unfortunate that so many people are told that they must always consider themselves an addict, that addiction is a “chronic, relapsing disease” like diabetes or heart disease. Many rehab programs work hard to sell this model of addiction. When this is the belief, the solution is so often a very long course of medications that are intended to “treat” this physical disease. The drug companies make money but the addicted people may not find recovery.

At Narconon, Drug Addiction Recovery is Possible

At Narconon, drug addiction is not treated by giving a person drugs for a day, a year or longer. No drugs are ever used as part of treatment. Instead, a person is guided through a process of recovering health, rebuilding clear thinking, learning new life skills, reducing cravings through detoxification. These steps, to result in a drug-free life, take time. For most people, three to five months, sometimes longer. But it is time well spent.

Learn Narconon Detox

Each person goes through the recovery phase called the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program. This phase utilizes time in a sauna with moderate daily exercise and nutritional supplements. This combination causes the body to dispose of stored toxins that remain behind after past drug use. These toxins have been shown to be involved in the triggering of cravings, even years after a person stops using drugs or drinking.

When the residues are gone, a person has a brighter outlook and more energy. He or she can think more clearly. Most people state that their cravings are reduced or even gone.

Life Skills Must Follow

Life Skills Courses

This is not the end of recovery but just the beginning of life skills training. Each person learns such skills as choosing associates and friends who will support a sober life and how to handle those who might lead one back into substance abuse. He learns also step-by-step methods of repairing relationships with family, friends and others in the community that he may have harmed while using drugs.

The list goes on – the way Narconon drug addiction recovery works to bring about sobriety is thorough. Get the whole story by calling and talking to an Intake Counselor today. Call 1-800-775-8750.


http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/05/25/study-nearly-quarter-us-suicide-victims-intoxicated-at-time-death/

In Some Regions of US, Heroin Abuse Worse, First Time Users Younger

It was bad enough that millions of US teens were abusing prescription drugs in increasing numbers over the last decade. Now, many of them are switching to heroin at a very young age, younger than ever seen before. While this fact may take some people by surprise, it was a completely predictable outcome of the effort to make OxyContin harder to abuse.

Purdue Pharmaceutical began to ship a new version of OxyContin that was bound to a plastic-like substance. The drug was supposed to be released over time once it was in the body but the pill could not be ground up and snorted or smoked.

Overcome Heroin Addiction

It’s bad enough that new reports show heroin abuse worse; first time users younger just makes everything worse.

Laws Have Been Changing to Eliminate Abuse

At almost the same time Purdue released its new less-abusable opiate drug, the State of Florida finally changed its laws so that there was far less OxyContin on the street to abuse. Within the first few months after the laws changed in 2011, the quantity of OxyContin purchased by doctors in the state plummeted more than 90%.

Many other states have prescription monitoring programs so they can tell if any individuals are visiting multiple doctors to get enough pills to abuse or sell. Pharmacies are then required to refuse to dispense these drugs to anyone who appears to be trying to circumvent the law.

What all this means is that a person who wants to abuse this drug, who is addicted to opiates or who wants to try an opiate for the first time is probably going to reach for heroin instead of prescription opiates. While the abuse of any opiate is dangerous and can be fatal, using heroin instead of a prescription drug adds the additional elements of possible damaging contamination and uncertain dosages that can easily result in overdoses.

In Columbus, Ohio, the number of young people being treated for heroin addiction are quickly decreasing in age, and the National Drug Intelligence Center notes that there are increasing amounts of heroin in circulation in the Chicago and Lake County areas. In the San Diego area too, drug courts are trying to divert these youthful addicts into other programs rather than putting them in jail. These signs of heroin addiction worse, first time users younger is an alarming statistic that should drive parents to talk to their children about drug abuse.

Narconon Sauna Program Can Help These Young Addicts Recover

Anyone who has been addicted to opiates knows the cravings they cause. Many rehabs prescribe other drugs that are addictive as a way of relieving the cravings for more opiates. This drugging may start as soon as the person walks in the door and last long after they leave rehab.

At Narconon, sauna time after moderate exercise and generous nutritional supplementation have been shown to greatly change the heroin addict’s recovery experience once he gets to Narconon. This combination activates the body’s ability to detoxify drug residues left behind after a body has broken down and eliminated most of the drug. These residues can make it impossible for a person to remain sober as the residues are involved in the triggering of cravings. The Narconon sauna program flushes out old toxins, resulting in clearer, faster thinking. Those completing this step talk about how their cravings are much lower, sometimes even gone completely.

The Narconon program can help a person with heroin addiction. Call today to get the whole story. Call Narconon at 1-00-775-8750.


Resources:

http://www.kpbs.org/news/2012/mar/28/more-young-people-are-getting-hooked-heroin/

http://www.wlky.com/Ohio-Heroin-Abuse-Worse-First-Time-Users-Younger/9782684

 

Teenage Drug Abuse Reveals the Inadequacy of Drug Education Outreach

There are some signs of improvement in recent surveys of teenage drug abuse, but those improvements are offset by areas in which the situation is worse. When the situation is viewed as a whole, what is obvious is that our young people are not getting the message that drug use is destructive.

For example, alcohol abuse by teens is down. But marijuana and Ecstasy abuse are higher, in fact, marijuana use has been increasing for the last four years straight.

Drug Abuse Help Today

The latest news shows one specific teenage drug abuse statistic that is even more shocking. A new survey has found that nearly one in ten teenagers in the US is a heavy marijuana smoker, meaning that the person uses the drug on 20 or more occasions each month. Earlier surveys on this subject showed far fewer teens being heavy users.

It is just possible that teens are affected by the medicalization of marijuana that has swept across sixteen states. Does the average teenager decide that marijuana must be harmless because doctors prescribe it for sick people? For teenage drug abuse to be based on this conclusion would not be surprising.

What is a problem is that teens understand so little about the effects of abusing marijuana. This can only mean that there is not enough education for teens on the actual effects they can suffer if they use this or any other drug.

For example, with marijuana, young people can lose the ability to think clearly or to focus on the task at hand, to learn or to remember what was learned. It can cause short-term memory loss and depression. At the time of their lives they should be learning and setting goals to achieve, teens may instead be short-changing themselves.

Other Survey Shows that Prescription Drug Abuse Holds Steady

It might be possible to spin steady prescription drug abuse statistics as good news but in fact, it means that too many young people are abusing prescription drugs. Drugs like OxyContin, hydrocodone, Xanax and Valium have the ability to cause overdose deaths or withdrawal symptoms like life-threatening seizures.

In all, half of high school seniors have tried an illicit drug by the time they graduate. In college, entirely new challenges present themselves. College campuses are fertile grounds for substance abuse. Fraternities and sororities still have alcohol-fueled parties, despite the number of colleges that try to regulate or outlaw the practice, and prescription stimulants are widely used on many campuses as enhancements to the ability to stay awake long hours and cram for tests.

But every one of the drugs mentioned so far is addictive and can land a person in a drug rehab center. Even marijuana, thought by some to not be addictive, sends more than a hundred thousand youth between the ages of 12 and 17 to rehab each year. More than 200,000 are 25 or younger.

Narconon Alcohol Treatment and Drug Treatment Can Help Correct the Trend

Around the world, there are more than fifty Narconon alcohol treatment and drug treatment centers that help people who have gotten on the wrong track come all the way back. The Narconon program is a long-term program that is residential in most locations. There are never any drugs used in the Narconon alcohol treatment or drug treatment program. The only thing given to those in recovery are nutritional supplements to help rebuild the body that was damaged by drug abuse and support the recovering person’s mood.

In most centers there are also drug educators that go out to schools, clubs and civic groups in their areas and educate young people on the real results of drug abuse. Giving kids the facts has proven effective in helping them make up their own minds to stay sober.

From Narconon Vista Bay in California to Narconon Taiwan, seven out of ten graduates of this rehab program stay sober after they go home. Find out how you can help someone someone with drug addiction. Contact Narconon at 1-800-775-8750 today.


Resources:

http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/marijuana-use-and-its-effects

http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2006-06-12-teens-pharm-drugs_x.htm

http://www.samhsa.gov/data/DASIS/NSSATS2013/NSSATS2013Dir_CD.pdf

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57425725/study-teen-marijuana-use-on-the-rise/

Adolescent Drug Abuse Grows into Addiction Requiring Rehab Treatment

America’s young people continue to experiment with drugs in increasing numbers and at increased risk. The annual survey on adolescent drug abuse, the Monitoring the Future survey, shows that while alcohol consumption is declining slightly, more youth are abusing marijuana. And today’s marijuana is far stronger and more dangerous than the marijuana used by their parents or grandparents.

In the mid-1980s, the active ingredient of marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, existed at a 3.6% level on average. But by 2009, the average THV content was close to 10 percent. The highest THC content detected in 2009 was 32 percent THC. Hydroponic processes and cross-breeding procedures are carefully utilized to increase the potency.

However, with additional potency comes increased risk of addiction. A study in the Netherlands showed that younger smokers of the drug had higher scores on dependency.

 

Overcome Drug Addiction
 

Young People Prone to Abuse of More Drugs than Just Marijuana

It’s not just marijuana that ranks high in adolescent drug abuse. Prescription drugs also rate high on the list of drugs they tend to abuse. Students who need to cram for tests or finish term papers for high school or college may be attracted to abuse of Ritalin or Adderall. These stimulants are said to help these young people focus longer and better but they are still addictive and damaging.

A young person might feel that he or she needs this edge to keep up with the competition, but the drugs are addictive. If he wants to stop using them, he may be unable to quit. This can lead to illegal actions like prescription fraud or buying them from someone else who has a prescription.

Alcohol abuse routinely starts in the teens for millions of American teens. A news report from March 2012 described the problems that young women are experiencing with heavy consumption of alcohol. Some young women “load up” with alcohol before they go to parties at which no alcohol is allowed. The fact of so much substance abuse provides evidence that teens must lack sufficient education to recognize the danger implicit in drug abuse.

The National Institutes of Health noted that if a person can just delay alcohol consumption until after they are fifteen years old, they are five times less likely to abuse alcohol when they are grown. A person who starts substance abuse at such a young age needs to find an effective rehabilitation program that can enable him or her to have a long, sober future after that drug dependence.

Narconon Services Range from Drug Prevention to Rehabilitation

Around the world, there are more than one hundred twenty Narconon drug abuse prevention or rehabilitation centers. Fifty of these centers focus on rehab, offering long-term, residential programs that result in a seventy percent success rate. The remainder work with schools, clubs, civic groups to deliver the drug education curriculum of Narconon to young people and corporations.

The Narconon services at these rehab centers guide those who are addicted through a deep detoxification action that helps reduce cravings – sometimes even eliminating them, according to those who have completed it. Then each person executes Narconon life skills classes that develop the skills that will enable them to stay sober for the long haul, that will help them choose drug-free associates, that will enable them to overcome the obstacles that can crop up at any time.

Narconon services have a forty-five year history of helping addicts learn to live clean and sober. Learn how you can help someone you care about live a happy, sober, productive life through Narconon services. Find out the whole story by contacting a Narconon drug rehab counselor today at 1-800-775-8750.


Resources:

http://abcnews.go.com/US/binge-drinking-teenage-girls-blackout-injured-trouble/story?id=16003379#.Tn6cmO1SFSU

http://monitoringthefuture.org/pressreleases/11drugpr_complete.pdf

http://www.apa.org/monitor/2010/06/potency.aspx

Mixing Cocaine with Other Drugs Contributes to Higher Adverse Effects

Cocaine Addiction Help

While it’s probably very hard for a non-drug user to understand the possible benefits of mixing addictive drugs, polydrug use is a very common phenomenon. According to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, polydrug use represents a significant proportion of medical emergencies. Simultaneous use of illicit drugs, alcohol and/or prescription drugs can cause interactions that take a toll on the user’s health. New, toxic substances can be formed through these interactions.

Also, use of one substance like alcohol can impair one’s ability to keep track of how much of another substance, like cocaine or heroin, was also used. This can lead to an overdose. Polydrug use can also contribute to an increased risk of traffic accidents.

But according to users, the skillful combining of drugs can enable them to tailor the effect they want. Use of benzodiazepines after stimulant use (like cocaine or methamphetamine) could enable a person to sleep.

Or the effect of an additional drug can offset an undesirable effect of another drug. Cocaine use can enable a person to avoid the sedating effect of alcohol and thus stay up longer and drink more. In some parts of Europe, the percentage of cocaine users who mix alcohol and cocaine reached 94%.

Speedball Use is a Mixture of Cocaine and Heroin

One of the original drug combinations that grew popular was heroin and cocaine together, either snorted or injected. However, this combination has resulted in the deaths of many people. In the US, entertainers John Belushi, Chris Farley and River Phoenix all died from this combination.

While use of new synthetic drug “bath salts” by itself is dangerous enough, when it was used with cocaine by a woman in Alaska, she suffered a cardiac arrest but managed to survive.

Essentially, polydrug use makes a dangerous habit – substance abuse – even more dangerous. This makes it all the more essential to help an addicted person engaged in polydrug use find sobriety through drug rehabilitation.

Polydrug Addicts Find Recovery at Narconon Drug Rehabs

It doesn’t matter if a person is addicted to one drug or several, the route to recovery is the same at Narconon drug rehab centers. Cocaine addiction rehab requires the same restoration of self-respect and personal integrity as addiction to any other drugs.

At a Narconon centers, cocaine addiction rehab involves helping a person come back to life after the deadness of addiction. In part, this is accomplished through the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program, a sauna-based program that combines time in the sauna with moderate exercise and an exact nutritional regimen. This combination results in the activation of the body’s ability to eliminate old lodged drug toxins that are stored in fatty tissues of the body. When these residues are gone, those in recovery talk about better energy, sharper taste and smell, clearer thinking and loss of cravings.

Cocaine addiction rehab is furthered by the learning of the skills necessary to live sober and productive.

Narconon objectives of treatment are to enable each person to make drug-free decisions that maintain sobriety for the long-term, and to restore each person’s ability to live a productive, enjoyable life again. It’s not necessary to attend hundreds of meetings as is done with NA (Narcotics Anonymous); recovery can take place in just three to five months.

Help With Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine addiction rehab can result in lasting sobriety when Narconon is the recovery program chosen. Find out more about this holistic treatment program today.


Resources:

http://www.emcdda.europa.eu/attachements.cfm/att_93217_EN_EMCDDA_SI09_polydrug%20use.pdf

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speedball_(drug)

http://www.epi.alaska.gov/bulletins/docs/b2011_27.pdf

Parents Can Be First Line Defense Against Teen Prescription Drug Use

Teens busing Prescription Drugs

By the time American children are through with high school, more than 50% of them have abused an illicit drug or a prescription drug. Approximately 60% of American students have drunk alcohol by the time they graduate from high school, 41% of them binge drinking (five or more drinks in a short time period) in the two weeks before the survey.

Europe is seeing some improvements in drug abuse among the young, with decreases particularly in cannabis use. But polydrug use and a proliferating market for synthetics like mephedrone and synthetic cannabis are worrisome.

In these geographic regions and others, children who are not adequately educated on the problems that can arise from drug abuse are frankly at risk.

The Monitoring the Future report that comes from the University of Michigan each year paints a picture of what happens when there is not enough information broadcast to young people who lack the experience to know what can happen from drug abuse. The latest report, issued in December 2011, noted that while heroin and cocaine use were down in the US, marijuana use was up and prescription drug abuse was steady at a high level.

In the US, schoolchildren 12 to 17 make up nearly 8% of those going into drug rehabs for help. When you total up the number who are not even 21 years old yet, you come up with 15% of the two million people into treatment in 2009. That’s 300,000 young people. The primary drug that group is struggling with is marijuana, but 67,000 went to treatment for alcohol abuse.

Many Teens Are Easily Convinced that Prescription Drugs are Safer

When teens see themselves or their friends given prescription drugs throughout their lives for problems focusing and settling down in schools or for injuries, and when they see their parents consuming prescription drugs for anxiety, pain or sleep problems, it is not hard to understand that they might consider prescription drugs a safe substance to abuse.
And so American youth abuse these drugs in unacceptably high numbers. Prescription drugs of abuse are all addictive and some of them are fairly easy to overdose on.

The number of high school seniors abusing prescription opiates like hydrocodone or oxycodone almost doubled between 1991 and 2010, hitting more than 13%.

In 2010, 7.5% of high school seniors abused a sedative. Eight percent abused a tranquilizer like benzodiazepines. Two percent abused steroids.

The class of amphetamine drugs was abused by 11% of seniors. This class includes the drug Adderall, commonly prescribed for young Americans and so in plentiful supply in schools. Ritalin, another stimulant, was abused by 2.7% of high school seniors and 2% of high school seniors also abused Provigil, a drug that was previously prescribed to children for so-called “attention disorders” but which was banned from use on young people due to serious adverse reactions.

Parents and Narconon Working Together Can Save Lives

Parents may be reassured to find out that they can have a positive effect on their children by talking to them opening about drug use. It’s important that both parents agree on the anti-drug and anti-alcohol stance taken, as the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Colombia University (CASA) found that this one factor can have a profound effect on whether or not a child decides to use drugs or alcohol.

CASA also found that having family dinners five or more times a week coincides with lower substance abuse than is found in families where communal dinners are held three or fewer times each week.

Parents Educating Kids About Drugs

The Narconon alcohol treatment or drug rehab delivered in rehab facilities around the world is there when drug prevention fails. When a person struggles with addiction, unfortunately, this struggle can go on far too long before they get effective help. At Narconon rehab centers, seven out of ten graduates stay clean and sober after they go home, without the need of Narconon meetings, which is a remarkable success rate in this field.

Narconon also sends staff and volunteers to schools, clubs, civic groups and even the streets in some cities to educate children on drugs to prevent addiction from ever becoming a problem. Drug education teams are sent out from Narconon California and other centers across the US, in Ghana, Nepal, across Europe and in other parts of the world.

With parents and Narconon both working on the matter of drug abuse, addiction does not have to result in a lifetime habit, incarceration or death.


Resources:

http://monitoringthefuture.org/pubs/monographs/mtf-vol1_2010.pdf

http://www.casacolumbia.org/templates/publications_reports.aspx: National Survey on American Attitudes on Substance Abuse XVI.

http://www.emcdda.europa.eu/attachements.cfm/att_143743_EN_EMCDDA_AR2011_EN.pdf

http://oas.samhsa.gov/NSDUH/2k9NSDUH/tabs/Sect2peTabs1to42.htm#Tab2.4B

http://monitoringthefuture.org/pubs/monographs/mtf-overview2011.pdf

With More than Half of All High School Students Abusing Drugs, Should Parents be Using More Drug Tests?

Students Abusing Drugs

Parents should take note of recent reports on drug abuse among teens and young adults and also those that find that when parents speak out against drug abuse, drug abuse statistics are lower.

According to the most recent Monitoring the Future report on drug use among our schoolchildren, by the time they graduate from high school, more than half have abused an illicit drug or prescription drug. Is there anything parents should do to prevent drug use among their children or should they just rely on home or school drug tests?

Certainly parents come in all shapes and sizes. Some hope their children will not use drugs, some are too wrapped up in other concerns to pay much attention to the matter and some take effective action to fight drug or alcohol abuse by their children. It can be hard to tell which path is the most effective.

Is the best route to skip drug education and simply administer frequent drug tests? Certainly drug tests are in the news recently, as the Ohio School Board deliberated on the best method of using random drug tests among students in performance and competitive events. And in Florida, debate continued over whether or not it was proper to give welfare recipients drug tests as a condition of receiving their benefits.

On this point, parents can look to recent reports from the National Center on Addiction and Drug Abuse at Columbia University (CASA) for evidence of what methods are available to them to prevent drug abuse by their children.

According to CASA, something as simple as family dinners together makes a big difference. Look at this comparison, for example. CASA compared teens who have frequent family dinners (five to seven per week) with those who have fewer than three per week.

Teens with fewer family dinners are:

  • Nearly four times as likely to use tobacco
  • More than twice as likely to drink alcohol
  • More than twice as likely to smoke marijuana
  • Almost four times as likely to say they expect to use drugs at some point in the future.

CASA’s surveys also show that it is essential for parents to agree on their drug use and alcohol use messages. When parents do not agree completely on their anti-drug message to teens, those children are 3.5 times more likely to expect to use drugs in the future. When parents don’t agree on an anti-alcohol use message, teens are twice as likely to drink as other children whose parents do agree.

Narconon Centers Sponsor Drug Education Classes in Hundreds of Schools to Help Reduce Drug Abuse

Schedule Drug Education Presentation

Along with running centers that provide drug rehabilitation services around the world, Narconon staff from many centers go out into the community to deliver anti-drug messages to young people. From Narconon Arrowhead in Oklahoma and centers in Southern California and Italy alike, staff teach children of all ages in schools and clubs the dangers of illicit or prescription drug abuse or alcohol abuse. When the anti-drug curriculum is from Narconon, schools can find that their drug problems drop. A peer-reviewed study, published on the website www.substanceabusepolicy.com, reported on the decrease in drug abuse among students who had received the entire Narconon curriculum.

CASA studies report that a young person who does not start abusing drugs or alcohol until he or she is 21 years old is virtually certain never to do so. The best tools to use to prevent drug or alcohol abuse are accurate lessons in the problems created by substance abuse and parental concern, communication and attention.

Call a center near you to find out more about the Narconon objectives used in the drug education presentations.


Resources:

http://monitoringthefuture.org/pubs/monographs/mtf-overview2011.pdf

http://www.casacolumbia.org/templates/publications_reports.aspx: The Importance of Family Dinners VII and National Survey of

American Attitudes on Substance Abuse XVI: Teens and Parents

http://www.substanceabusepolicy.com/content/3/1/8

http://www.bcrnews.com/2012/01/24/ohio-looks-at-drug-testing-options/ac9ga6f/

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jan/25/florida-primary-candidates-drug-policy?newsfeed=true