Teen Substance Abuse

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Posted on December 1, 2017
Last modified on May 12th, 2019

Teens and Dramamine Abuse

Dramamine is the brand name for dimenhydrinate, an over-the-counter medication used to treat motion sickness (dizziness, nausea and vomiting).

On the surface, it seems like there’s no reason why anyone would want to take Dramamine recreationally, but Dramamine abuse is indeed a trend among teenagers. Unfortunately, it can also be deadly.

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Posted on October 31, 2017
Last modified on May 11th, 2019

Oxycodone Addiction in Teens

Oxycodone is the generic name of a prescription painkiller called OxyContin. OxyContin was first manufactured 20 years ago and is an extended release opioid when taken orally. However, OxyContin used to deliver its full rush all at once when injected until Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin, developed an abuse-resistant form of the pill.

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Woman Slumped On Sofa With Drug Paraphernalia In Foreground

Posted on October 30, 2017
Last modified on May 11th, 2019

Meth Addiction in Teens

As adults, we may take for granted the knowledge that meth is a dangerous, highly addictive and damaging drug. But teens are not always aware of the dangers and may try meth if offered it.

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Prescription Pain Pills spilling out of a bottle

Posted on October 27, 2017
Last modified on May 13th, 2019

Vicodin Addiction in Teens

Vicodin addiction is a serious and mounting problem in the United States. As the country faces an epidemic surrounding the over-prescribing of pain medications, opioids like Vicodin are becoming more and more available to teens.

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Young teen boy looking at pills

Posted on October 9, 2017
Last modified on May 9th, 2019

Benzodiazepine Addiction in Teens

Benzodiazepines are a category of psychiatric medications that work on specific neurotransmitters in the brain to produce a calming effect. They are used to treat anxiety disorders, panic disorders, seizures and sleep disorders. When taken as prescribed and to treat specific conditions, these medications aren’t typically dangerous, but there is the potential for benzodiazepines addiction when they are abused. Adolescence is an emotionally challenging time, and teens may seek benzodiazepines from the medicine cabinets of parents or relatives in order to escape the stresses of everyday life.

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Teen drug use

Posted on June 12, 2017
Last modified on May 11th, 2019

Intervention Would Have Prevented All Young Teen Overdose Deaths in Virginia

In a newly released full report, Virginia’s Child Fatality Review Team (CFRT) found that 26 teen overdose deaths that occurred in the state between 2009 and 2013 were fully preventable. The state’s CFRT studied the issue in response to the increase in overdose deaths throughout the state and across age groups. The number of deaths caused by poisoning or overdose in Virginia increased by 13% from 2012 to 2013. In addition to the findings that the teen deaths were preventable, CFRT also discovered risk factors and other important facts.

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Posted on May 30, 2017
Last modified on December 1st, 2018

Young Children’s Exposure to Marijuana Is Skyrocketing

Researchers from the Nationwide Children’s Hospital have recently discovered that the number of children younger than 6 years old exposed to marijuana is rising. Results from their study, published online in the journal Clinical Pediatrics in June 2015, showed a 147.5% increase in marijuana exposure among those under the age of 6 between 2006 and 2013. That rate soared almost 610% during the same time period in states that have legalized the drug for medical purposes.

Additionally, researchers found that the exposure rate in the states that legalized marijuana between 2000 and 2013 rose nearly 16% per year after the legalization. They also spotted a significant jump the year legalization took place. Even the states in which marijuana remained illegal by 2013 showed an increase of 63% among the rate of exposed children 2000 to 2013.

“The high percentage of ingestion in children may be related to the popularity of marijuana brownies, cookies and other foods,” Henry Spiller, MS, DABAT, a co-author of the study and director of the Central Ohio Poison Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital said in a news release. “Very young children explore their environments by putting items in their mouths, and foods such as brownies and cookies are attractive.”   

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New Street Drug 15 Times More Potent Than Heroin

Posted on May 25, 2017
Last modified on May 9th, 2019

Hispanic Teens at Higher Risk for Substance Abuse, Depression

Straddling two cultures is challenging, and for Hispanic teens it means being at a greater risk for depression, binge drinking and smoking, according to recent research from Florida International University (FIU) and New York University (NYU). The studies questioned Hispanic teens from Miami, Los Angeles and New York City and found that stress caused by discrimination and other factors correlated with mental health and substance abuse issues.

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