College students, and even high school students, sometimes abuse Adderall in order to benefit from its stimulating effects. Some students use it in order to spend a late night studying, but there’s another recreational use of Adderall that is gaining popularity: mixing it with alcohol.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.