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New York senator seeks FDA ban on snortable chocolate
07-20   New York senator seeks FDA ban on snortable chocolate

Snortable chocolate, which is slowly becoming a trend has gained attention for all the wrong reasons lately. New York Senator Charles Schumer on July 9, 2017, called for a federal ban on Coco Loko, a snortable chocolate powder. He called the new product made of chocolate “cocaine on training wheels” and warned against its use, […]

Marijuana use disorders more than double in the US
05-10   Marijuana use disorders more than double in the US

Pot, refer, dope, cannabis and weed are just a few names referring to marijuana. The growing acceptance and legalization of marijuana carries both benefit and risk. While those with certain medical conditions may benefit, others appear to be at a higher risk for problems related to marijuana use disorders. A growing problem More Americans are […]

Chronic pain and mental health
03-09   Chronic pain and mental health

Chronic pain is not just a physical disorder; it is also an emotional experience. The complexities are profound. The affected individual struggles with the toll that pain exerts on the mind, mood and behavior alongside inactivity, seclusion and drug dependence. About 1 in 4 young people experience chronic pain and a mental illness. Individuals with […]

Word on the street: 10 popular drug slang terms in 2016
03-03   Word on the street: 10 popular drug slang terms in 2016

As parents it’s hard to know what’s an inside joke, innocuous or code for something else. When a phrase so simple as ‘Netflix and chill’ is code red in double entendre when it comes from your high schooler’s mouth, it’s high time (no pun intended) for parent’s to get an update in street slang. Here’s […]

Nicotine: The smoking gun for compulsive alcohol use?
02-26   Nicotine: The smoking gun for compulsive alcohol use?

“Smoking is one of the leading causes of statistics.” – Fletcher Knebel, American author of political fiction It’s true there may be more stats, studies and research on nicotine effects than any other addiction thus far, but knowledge is power, right? What was once touted as a stress reliever, social accessory and fashion statement is […]

Scientists discover neural circuit involved in cocaine use
02-24   Scientists discover neural circuit involved in cocaine use

When people take cocaine, they feel energized, invigorated and perhaps a little jittery. Scientists at the Université de Bordeaux and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in France examined the brain circuits associated with cocaine to determine what produces the hyperactivity and high energy associated with the drug. Senior author François Georges and his research […]

Preventing young teen opioid abuse
02-04   Preventing young teen opioid abuse

True story: A recovering addict tells of her childhood. She suffered migraines. At 13, she was prescribed OxyContin; by 15, she was crushing and snorting morphine in her bedroom, right under her parents’ noses. This testimonial is shockingly common. According to a study by Michigan State University (MSU) researchers, midadolescence is the peak age for […]

Juvenile punishment and its relationship with drug use
10-27   Juvenile punishment and its relationship with drug use

Increased drug use is becoming more associated with juvenile punishment. New studies show that incorporating rehabilitative and evidence-based methods can make a big difference in rates of recovery for teens. Arrest and abuse Back in the late 1980s, Richard Dembo, Ph.D., of the University of South Florida led multiple investigations on the link between detained […]

The huge gap between teenage drug abuse and treatment
10-16   The huge gap between teenage drug abuse and treatment

The addictive potential of different drugs and the risk-taking tendencies of teenagers have given rise to a history of substance-related issues for many adolescents. Although research shows that rehabilitative programs and services are indeed effective, a troubling statistic is the small amount of teens that actually access or are given the care they require. Starting […]

The influence of sibling drug use
09-23   The influence of sibling drug use

Similar to how parenting styles can determine how a growing child behaves during his or her developing years, siblings can similarly affect actions as well. Related research supports that adolescence may be a vulnerable period for siblings to negatively influence each other’s behavior, as teens have shown to be more biologically susceptible to risky and […]

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