Substance Abuse
Recent drug trends indicate re-emergence of LSD and other hallucinogens
01-22   Recent drug trends indicate re-emergence of LSD and other hallucinogens

Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) or acid is regarded by many as the drug which defined the countercultural ethos of the ‘60s. The ease of producing LSD in a chemical laboratory and the ability to store it in a blotting paper led to the emergence of a huge black market in the United States. Although LSD […]

Increase in vaping, pot and K2 use among high school seniors; sharp decline in opioid misuse, says MTF survey
12-22   Increase in vaping, pot and K2 use among high school seniors; sharp decline in opioid misuse, says MTF survey

Every new survey on substance use among American teens highlights new concerns, validates certain expectations and also provides optimism. Findings of the 2017 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey, released on Dec. 14, 2017, followed a similar pattern when it revealed that among teens, marijuana is the most popular drug of abuse followed by K2 or […]

Helping young adults abstain from drugs during holiday season
12-21   Helping young adults abstain from drugs during holiday season

For millions of American families, the holiday season provides the much-needed reprieve and chance to get together with loved ones. Many parents and guardians eagerly anticipate this time since their children come home during the break. In the midst of all the celebrations, it may be important to keep an eye on youngsters to ensure […]

Perceptions about body image associated with compulsive substance abuse, says study
07-11   Perceptions about body image associated with compulsive substance abuse, says study

Adolescence is not just a growing-up phase, it is that period which involves physical changes and exploration of myriad aspects, including body image. Due to hormonal changes, adolescents frequently complain about weight issues or their perception regarding their various body parts. An analysis of their self-image might affect their self-esteem and attitude. Self-esteem is important […]

Study shows children who perform well academically more likely to drink, smoke marijuana
02-24   Study shows children who perform well academically more likely to drink, smoke marijuana

A study from England involving more than 6,000 young people found that those who performed well academically were more likely to drink and smoke cannabis but less likely to smoke cigarettes than study subjects who did not perform as well. The caveat: These behaviors continue into later life and pose health concerns. The longitudinal study […]

Push to remove cannabis billboard ads from freeways
02-23   Push to remove cannabis billboard ads from freeways

For many years, people have fought to have advertisements for beer and hard liquor removed from anywhere children are likely to congregate – schools, playgrounds, libraries and residential neighborhoods. Since marijuana has become legal for recreational use in certain areas, that fight has now come to include banning the advertising of marijuana use on billboards […]

Autism linked to substance abuse
02-22   Autism linked to substance abuse

“When spider webs unite they can tie up a lion.” – Ethiopian Proverb “We now know that there is not one autism but many types, caused by different combinations of genetic and environmental influences,” according to Autism Speaks. When the network of autism disorders is overlapped by the multifaceted entanglements that trap many individuals in […]

Adolescents with cognitive difficulties at risk for addiction
02-20   Adolescents with cognitive difficulties at risk for addiction

Working memory is the ability to concentrate on a task without simple distractions. Individuals with poor working memories often have trouble with impulse control. Researchers at the University of Oregon recently discovered that a combination of poor working memory and lack of impulse control in adolescents can put them at the risk for developing addictions […]

Youth drug trends change in Colorado after marijuana legalization
02-02   Youth drug trends change in Colorado after marijuana legalization

Four years ago, in 2012, Colorado and Washington became the first states in the United States to legalize marijuana for recreational use by adults. Since then a number of states have followed suit and currently, marijuana is legal in eight states in addition to the District of Columbia. At this point, when a number of […]

New study advocates greater restrictions on alcohol ads to reduce harm to youth
01-27   New study advocates greater restrictions on alcohol ads to reduce harm to youth

Around the world, the alcohol industry has promoted alcohol use through a variety of social and digital media sources, often targeting young people to increase sales and monetary gain. Studies have shown that youth are more likely to initiate and use alcoholic beverages after exposure to such advertisements. A series of studies published by the […]

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