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Worrying trend of Xanax abuse on San Diego school campuses
  Worrying trend of Xanax abuse on San Diego school campuses

Five students – all boys aged 14 or 15 – of the San Pasqual High School in Escondido had to be hospitalized in September 2017 after allegedly consuming Xanax pills. In October 2017, six students from the Rincon Middle School, also in Escondido, became ill after apparently ingesting the anti-anxiety medicine. In the San Pasqual […]

Urgent need to make effective anti-drug PSAs targeting teens
  Urgent need to make effective anti-drug PSAs targeting teens
Posted inAdvocacy

In the 1980s, an analogy of a frying pan with a sizzling egg was used to convey the message of the harm brought about by illicit drugs. “This is your brain on drugs,” a man said, pointing at the frying pan, in what many considered a classic anti-drug public service announcement (PSA). In 2016, almost […]

Binge drinking impulse may be potentially blocked by a drug, suggests study
  Binge drinking impulse may be potentially blocked by a drug, suggests study
Posted inAlcohol

Alcohol has become almost synonymous with teenage. While youngsters may consider it cool to consume several drinks in one go, binge drinking during adolescence can result in problematic behavior with alcohol and other drugs later in life. A recent study, published in the journal Neuropharmacology in September 2017, tried to establish an association between the […]

Depression increasing at striking rate among US adolescents, finds study
  Depression increasing at striking rate among US adolescents, finds study
Posted inDepression

Depression appears to be an increasing problem among all Americans, but the increase has been conspicuously higher among adolescents and younger teens. A recent study, led by Renee D. Goodwin from the department of epidemiology at the Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health (MSPH), analyzed trends in depression prevalence among the population of the […]

Universal Children’s Day: Study finds widespread ‘digital self-harm’ among adolescents
  Universal Children’s Day: Study finds widespread ‘digital self-harm’ among adolescents

Over the last few years, considerable attention has been given to deliberate, non-suicidal self-injury among adolescents since it is considered a gateway to suicide. Focus has also increased on the detrimental impact of cyber-bullying on youngsters’ emotional health and well-being. However, limited research exists regarding “digital self-harm,” also known as “self-trolling” or “self-cyberbullying.” Digital self-harm […]

Insomnia, a unique risk marker for alcohol abuse by early adolescents
  Insomnia, a unique risk marker for alcohol abuse by early adolescents

Substance use and adolescent sleep are correlated, with higher substance abuse being responsible for reduced sleep and vice versa. However, not enough research has been done to establish the association between sleep and alcohol use among early adolescents, or on the effect of psychopathological symptoms (hostility, depression, anxiety, etc.) and parental monitoring. However, a recent […]

Adolescent marijuana use can accelerate onset of schizophrenia, suggests study
  Adolescent marijuana use can accelerate onset of schizophrenia, suggests study
Posted inSchizophrenia

The therapeutic use of marijuana has been the subject of much research in recent years, with a greater focus on the benefits of cannabis in relieving chronic pain. Results of studies have been inconclusive due to the limited number of in-depth trials as well as other reasons. Despite this, investigation into potential benefits and adverse […]

LSD use can reduce lawlessness, finds study
  LSD use can reduce lawlessness, finds study

Contrary to observations of prior research warning against the use of psychedelic substances like lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), psilocybin mushroom and mescaline, a recent study suggests how people taking such drugs exhibit less proclivity to engage in criminal behaviors. Authors of the study, published online in the Journal of Psychopharmacology in October 2017, made use […]

“Riverdale” star Mendes discloses her struggle with eating disorders
  “Riverdale” star Mendes discloses her struggle with eating disorders

An increasing number of celebrities are now opening up about their struggle with various mental illnesses like depression, anxiety and eating disorders. By doing so, they hope to remove the associated stigma and reassure their fans that they are not alone in their battle. Camila Mendes, who plays Veronica Lodge on the popular TV show […]

Survey shows first-time increase in alcohol use among Utah high school seniors in 14 years
  Survey shows first-time increase in alcohol use among Utah high school seniors in 14 years

After declining steadily in the previous years, past-month alcohol consumption among Utah high school seniors increased noticeably in 2017. A state survey, published in October 2017, shows that the 30-day alcohol use among high school seniors (12th graders) increased from 13.6 percent in 2015 to 14.7 percent in 2017. It was the first upward trend […]

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