It’s not good. To this day, Emma*, 19, can’t step foot in her childhood home without having flashbacks to the most terrifying moment of her life. Three years ago, a loud banging woke her up in the middle of the night. She jumped out of bed, rushed out of her room, and stopped cold with […]
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One Teen’s Story of Becoming Addicted to Prescription Painkillers. A recent study published in JAMA Pediatrics revealed a scary reason why teens are ending up in the ER: overdoses from prescription and illicit drugs, specifically opioids and heroin. Prescription opioids are substances that ease discomfort. They do this by “attaching to the opioid receptors in […]
The teenage years are often filled with risky behaviors and feelings of invincibility. These two characteristics tend to create a sense of unease in parents of adolescents. Though these risky behaviors take many different forms, one of the most common is binge drinking. The National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse defines binge drinking as the […]
When most people think of teens and drug abuse, they conjure up thoughts of cocaine, heroin, MDMA, and other illegal drugs at raging high school parties. The truth about teens and drug abuse, however, is quite a different one. Some of the drugs most commonly abused by teens are, in fact, prescription drugs. What is […]
Recent studies have found that approximately 33 percent of college students are carrying a fake ID. Some see this as a pandemic problem, while others view it more as a rite of passage. However, New York is taking steps to make using a fake ID more difficult in the coming years. The Empire State is […]
In the United States, one out of seven high school students drops out before they make it to graduation day. This is an alarming statistic in this day and age where a college degree barely guarantees a future income that can support a family. Perhaps not surprisingly, a new report from the Substance Abuse and […]
First of all, a trend has been growing over the last few years in suburban America. Teen heroin use is on the rise. Most people think of heroin addiction as a problem relegated to the inner cities. But the prescription drug epidemic has pulled heroin out of the urban sector and into suburbia. Therefore, parents must […]