Karen Hadley in Drug Information
June 6, 2024

An Update on Dextromethorphan, the Addictive Cough Medicine Ingredient

Dextromethorphan, found in many cough medicines, is abused far too often by teens eager to experience its psychoactive effects. Despite being legal in every state, it poses serious risks such as delusions, hallucinations, violence, addiction, and death. Some states have imposed age restrictions, but greater awareness and control are needed to combat this issue. Recovery is possible with proper support.


Ren in News
June 9, 2022

Teen Overdoses at All-Time High, Parents Must Act

Preserving the health and safety of teens is priority #1 for parents. Every parent wants their sons and daughters to grow up to lead healthy and fulfilling lives. With that in mind, it is extremely worrisome that teen drug overdose deaths have more than doubled in just two years.


Sue Birkenshaw in Drug Addiction
May 11, 2018

Is it Okay if Your Child Drinks a Little or Smokes a Little Marijuana?

As long as he (or she) is not overdoing it, are you okay with a little drug use by your kids? Does it not worry you if your child drinks as long as they do it at home or the home of someone you know? And how about marijuana? Is this fairly harmless, as far as you’re concerned?


Sue Birkenshaw in Drug Education
August 13, 2014

How Terrifyingly Easy it is to Start Using Drugs

In reading through a dozen interviews with Narconon graduates it’s very clear that it’s incredibly easy for a young person to decide to just go along with what everyone else is doing – drinking, smoking pot, even using much stronger and more deadly drugs.


Sue Birkenshaw in Drug Education
June 11, 2014

How to Keep Teens Safe From Drug Abuse as School Year Ends

From your point of view as a parent, it probably seems like the school year just started. But in the eyes of your teenaged children, it has been an eternity since the year began, and the last day of school cannot come any sooner.


Sue Birkenshaw in Marijuana Use
August 11, 2012

Marijuana Use Higher than Tobacco Among Teens While Alcohol Use Goes Down

Marijuana use among teens is more common than cigarette smoking according to the most recent survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And far more teens are drinking than smoking cigarettes.


Sue Birkenshaw in Drug Education
February 3, 2012

Should Parents be Using More Drug Tests?

With more than half of all high school students abusing drugs, should parents be drug testing their kids? 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.