TEENS AND DRUGS
Talk to Young People About Drugs and Alcohol
With new findings suggesting drug use is more dangerous for youths now than ever before, parents must do everything possible to prevent their kids from experimenting with mind-altering substances. This effort begins by having conversations with kids, and by helping them understand why they should avoid using drugs.
One-Third of Young People Admit to Misusing Prescribed Psychoactive Drugs
Psychoactive medications (mind-altering pills like prescription stimulants or sedatives) pose risks for unwanted side effects, addiction included. But that’s not a new story. What is new is that a recent study just found that when these drugs are prescribed to young people, one out of three youths will inevitably misuse them.
The State of Teen Drug Use: What Are the Real Numbers?
Are our children using more drugs or less these days? How about drinking and binge drinking? Actually, quite a bit of the information is positive.
The Importance of Talking to Kids About Drugs
There are now more street drugs than ever, and people are dying from drugs and alcohol at unprecedented rates, so it is more important than ever that parents educate themselves on this subject.
A Look at College Campus Drinking and Drug Use
Every parent wants a safe and rewarding college experience for their children. But when alcohol misuse and drug abuse are ongoing problems on college campuses which are further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, how can parents ensure their children’s safety?
The State of Drug or Alcohol Abuse Among American Teens
Knowing what signs of drug use to watch for when there are teens or pre-teens in the home means monitoring the changes in the illicit drug market and patterns of use. Check out the 2020 numbers for drug use among 8th, 10th and 12th-grade students.
Lies Teens and Young Adults Tell Their Parents about Drugs
It's hard for a parent to know when their child is lying about drinking or using drugs and when they should begin to take action. We shed some light on this subject for parents and caretakers.
Prevention Is The One Thing We Can Agree On—It's Still Not Happening
In my ongoing research, I came across Dr. Nora Volkow’s June 27, 2019 blog post at the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Dr. Volkow is the director of NIDA, which itself is a part of the National Institutes of Health.
Are Young People Using Drugs More Often than They Used to?
Drug and alcohol misuse at any age carries with it a severe risk not only for the user but for those around them as well. And while drug and alcohol misuse can occur with anyone, at any time, and under just about any circumstances, this life-threatening crisis does seem to affect various demographics differently.
Parents: Don’t Let Yourself be Blindsided by Your Child’s Drug Use
Too many parents lose their teen or young adult children to drugs when they don’t even know the individual is using drugs. Learn how to prevent this horrible surprise and possibly save a young life.