A New Kind Of Peer Pressure That Is Fueling Addiction

There is a new kind of peer pressure that teens are faced with today. It is appropriately referred to as digital peer pressure. Social networks such as Myspace, Twitter and Facebook have become so popular that nearly every teen holds accounts with at least one of these websites. Parents may be surprised to hear what their teens are talking about through the use of these networks. In fact, a recent study of more than 10 million online messages, composed by teens within the past year, showed that they commonly talk about partying, using drugs, drinking alcohol and hooking up. Another…

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College Drinking Spikes Among Freshmen

When teens first make their way off to college, they are often filled with an overwhelming sense of liberation and freedom. They are taking their first steps in the world on their own, away from mom and dad.  They are ready to try new things, taste life. One of those things that they will most likely be trying a lot of is alcohol. Most adults understand that excessive drinking can lead to death caused by alcohol poisoning, as well as injuries, assaults, date rapes, arrests, academic failure and many other problems.  Good luck convincing an 18 year old freshman that…

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Media Catching Up To The Risky Rise Of The Good Grade Pill

After years of growth in the use and abuse of prescription stimulants by America’s students, major media outlets are finally spreading the word. A thorough article in the New York Times exposed the extent to which America’s youth are relying on prescription stimulants like Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta and Vyvanse to boost their ability to ace tests, finals and placement exams. At highly competitive high schools like those where the students are expected to progress on to Ivy League schools, the use of these drugs has gotten even more prevalent. While surveys like the annual Monitoring the Future survey of 8th,…

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Why Are More Addicts Turning To Crime To Fuel Drug Habits

Some are desperate for their next fix; others are high on drugs but the fact remains that more and more addicts are turning to crime to support and fuel their drug habits. According to the Bureau of Justice more than 18% of those in state prisons and 17% incarcerated in federal prisons committed their crimes to get money for drugs. In addition to this 26% of violent crimes were committed by someone who was using drugs or alcohol at the time they committed the crime. Crimes like robbery, theft, fraud, and even rape and murder are committed (in a large…

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