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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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: 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…

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Marijuana Shipment Dumped in Ocean Cuts off Supplies for Teenage Drug Abuse

*+-In late May 2012, more than one hundred bales of marijuana were found floating in the Pacific Ocean off the Orange County coast. The Sheriff’s Department hauled in the drugs that were then whisked away for destruction. Seagoing drug shipments are particularly difficult to detect and seize because of the vast stretches of ocean available for trafficking. Any small cove can serve as a place to land the shipments. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, the eastern Pacific route near the coast of California is commonly used for illicit shipments originating in either South America or Mexico. Law enforcement was…

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Parents Can Be First Line Defense Against Teen Prescription Drug Use

*+-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,…

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What Will Stop the Increase in Teen Prescription Drug Use?

*+-The recent Monitoring the Future report on young adult and teen prescription drug use makes it very clear that not enough effective actions are being taken to convince young people to avoid abuse of prescription drugs. The 2011 edition of this annual survey of teens and college students points out that while cigarette smoking, heroin and cocaine use are down, marijuana abuse is up and prescription drug abuse remains steady at unacceptably high levels. Prescription Pain Medication Seen by Many Teens as Safer It’s understandable that many teens would think that if they are going to abuse drugs, prescription drugs…

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