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.

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.

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…

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…

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…