YOUTH AND DRUGS
Fatal Heart Infections Linked to Opioid Addiction Soar Among Youth
Scientific researchers are finding a grim answer to why growing numbers of young Americans are dying from the effects of heart failure, endocarditis, strokes, and leaking heart valves. Researchers have determined that opioid abuse among young people is the common denominator for several rising heart-related diseases and fatalities among Americans ages 15 to 44.
Marijuana and Hallucinogen Use Reach All-Time High Among Young Adults
Monitoring substance abuse trends among young people provides a clear view of developing drug problems nationwide. Recent studies in this area suggest that certain types of drug use are now the highest they’ve ever been for young people, painting a dire picture of what the future may look like unless these trends are curbed.
Young People Face Increased Risk From Cannabis Consumption
The subject of heated debate and an ongoing discussion regarding its legalization, marijuana has become a common talking point at American dinner tables, in school classrooms, and on political stages. And though many states have moved towards legalizing the substance, doing so may have harmful implications for young people.
Alcoholic Energy Drinks – The Rise and Fall of a Dangerous Substance Marketed to Young People
What are alcoholic energy drinks? And why were they banned? Are they still banned?
Where Medical Marijuana is Advertised, Youth Consumption Increases
A 2019 study draws a connection between medical marijuana advertising and adolescent marijuana use. According to the study, in regions where medical marijuana is heavily promoted, there is more youth cannabis use. If this correlation is true, residents should take a stand against medicinal marijuana advertisements immediately.
Social Media Exposes Kids to Drug Content—Parents Need to Educate Their Kids About Drugs
The rise of social media has brought with it an entirely new world in which the teenagers of today were born into a life of apps, internet, smartphones, and online social experiences that can sometimes be harmful.
Substance Abuse, Native Youth, and Reversing a Harsh Trend
Drug addiction and alcohol misuse are human problems. By that I mean, this crippling crisis can befall anyone. No one is immune to the threat of addiction. No amount of money or social status can protect someone from the risk of addiction.
Safeguarding Our Future—Marijuana and Alcohol Use among Youth
The health and well-being of our young people is something to safeguard. Our youth of today are our leaders of tomorrow. An investment in their future is really an investment in ours, too. As parents, we want our kids to grow up to lead successful, happy, and healthy lives.
Opioid Prescribing to Young People Still Ongoing
For years, finding data on young adult and adolescent opioid prescribing was more akin to a deep sea treasure hunt than a cursory scan of the internet. There just wasn’t a lot of information out there. But now that’s changing. People are becoming more aware of adolescent opioid prescribing.
Overdose Rates among American Youth Back on the Rise
Hearing about the effects of our country’s drug addiction epidemic is difficult. It's never a pleasant subject to talk about. But, when we hear about drug addiction or alcoholism occurring in young people, that particular crisis carries with it an extra pang of sadness.