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Number of Young Children Exposed to Marijuana Skyrockets

Posted on April 4th, 2016

A new study has found that the rate of marijuana exposure in children younger than 6 increased by 147.5 percent from 2006 to 2013 across the U.S., with a much larger increase—of around 610 percent—in states where marijuana was legalized for medical purposes prior to 2000. Although the results of these exposures were usually mild, in some cases the children—who were primarily under 3 years old—suffered serious effects such as comas or seizures. The study is particularly relevant with the growing trend toward legalization of marijuana for medicinal or recreational purposes and underlines the importance of ensuring that any such moves include provisions to minimize the number of unintended exposures to the drug.

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DMT Abuse in Teens

Posted on March 28th, 2016

In terms of substance abuse, teen statistics show that many young people are trying more different types of drugs than ever before. Among these is one called DMT, an abbreviation for dimethyltriptamine. This isn’t exactly a new drug, as it is a natural compound that has been used by natives of the Amazon region for many years. However, it is new to many Americans and it can be dangerous. Parents of teens should be aware of this new drug and how it could impact their children.

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Addiction Treatment Failing Transgender Community

Addiction Treatment Failing Transgender Community

Posted on March 25th, 2016

Addiction is a widespread problem among members of the transgender community, but addiction treatment often fails to meet their needs. Despite the fact that an estimated 30 percent of transgender people—quite possibly more—suffer from some form of addiction, many treatment providers are inadequately prepared, or not prepared at all, to successfully treat transgender patients.

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A Better Way to Treat Youths With Co-Occurring Disorders

Posted on March 8th, 2016

More than 50 percent of teenagers in the U.S. affected by substance use disorder also have symptoms of at least one other serious mental health issue. Doctors use the term dual diagnosis to identify both adolescents and adults in this situation. In a study review published in December 2014 in the journal Substance Abuse, researchers from four U.S. institutions gauged the usefulness of a new, combined approach—called the Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach—in treating simultaneous substance and mental illness problems in teens.

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Illicit Drug Use Among the Elderly Widespread, Overlooked

Illicit Drug Use Among the Elderly Widespread, Overlooked

Posted on February 29th, 2016

As the baby boomer generation reaches old age, their drug problems are staying with them, with substance abuse among the elderly becoming an increasingly common concern. When it comes to seniors, the focus is typically on alcohol, prescription drugs, caffeine and nicotine, missing the deceptively common problems with illicit drugs like cocaine, heroin and marijuana. With more elderly patients being taken to emergency rooms because of illicit drug use, it’s time we start re-evaluating our expectations of seniors and our elderly relatives.  

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How Technology Can Support — and Hinder — Recovery

Posted on February 15th, 2016

You want the best outcomes in recovery. That means more than just staying clean and sober. You also want to enjoy life to the fullest, just without the crutch of drugs or alcohol or other compulsive addictions that jammed you up in the first place. Thinking about the enormity of this responsibility — living a life in recovery — can be a little overwhelming. One solution that appeals to many is technology. Before diving in, however, it’s important to learn how technology can support (and also hinder) recovery.

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Stress at Work Is as Bad for You as Secondhand Smoke

Stress at Work Is as Bad for You as Secondhand Smoke

Posted on February 8th, 2016

A little bit of stress every now and then can be good for you. It keeps the brain alert and fortifies the immune system. Too much stress, on the other hand, can be a killer. A shocking new study from Stanford University and the Harvard Business School finds that stress on the job can damage one’s health just as much as exposure to secondhand smoke.

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Teen Binge Drinking

Teens and Binge Drinking

Posted on February 1st, 2016

Underage drinking is a serious problem. When teens drink they put themselves at risk for a number of problems. Drinking leads to academic problems, accidents, health problems, assaults, unprotected sex and later substance abuse. Binge drinking is a particular problem among young people. When teens engage in binge drinking, they increase the risk of accidents, assaults, unplanned pregnancies and even fatal alcohol poisoning. If you have a teen, make sure you are aware of the dangers of binge drinking and talk to your child about it.

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7 Drug and Alcohol Myths Debunked

Posted on January 26th, 2016

This is National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week, this year being held Jan. 25 to 31, a weeklong event designed to shatter the many myths teenagers and others pass around about substance abuse and addiction. This year’s events include community-based gatherings, online activities and a Web chat with scientists on Jan. 26. There are terrific interactive online features, including the national drug and alcohol IQ challenge, and statistics and infographics that can be downloaded and shared. You can see what’s going on in your area on this map.

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