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Posted on December 23, 2015 in adolescent addiction treatment

Teen Abuse of ADHD Drugs Remains Stubbornly High

According to the annual Monitoring the Future survey, the rate at which teens abuse ADHD drugs is remaining steady at around 7 percent. While the number of teens abusing other prescriptions has gone down a little bit over the last year, use of the drugs to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder has not budged. Teens most often report abusing drugs like Adderall and Ritalin in order to study more effectively or to stay up late to write papers. What they don’t realize is that this practice is risky and dangerous.

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Posted on October 10, 2015 in Addiction

‘My Heart Misses the Woman I Fell in Love With’: The Spouse of an Opioid Addict Shares Her Story of Heartbreak … and Hope

“Reid” remembers the morning of April 8 this past spring like it was yesterday. She was at work that morning when the phone rang. Her partner, “Hope” (also an alias), was on the other line frantically screaming. The police were at their house unannounced, Hope was exclaiming. And they were throwing all of the family’s possessions out on the front yard and not letting Hope into her own house.

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Posted on September 24, 2015 in Drug Addiction

6 Reasons Why Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Is Good for Every American

Saturday, Sept. 26, marks the 10th anniversary of “National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day,” an annual initiative organized by the Drug Enforcement Agency to curb America’s prescription drug abuse epidemic. That’s when, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., police departments and sheriff’s offices across Texas will join in a massive, nationwide drive to collect the unused, expired and potentially dangerous prescription medications in your medicine cabinet, no questions asked.

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The 2 Most Important Ways to Prevent Teen Prescription Drug Abuse

Posted on August 7, 2015 in Teen Drug Addiction

The 2 Most Important Ways to Prevent Teen Prescription Drug Abuse

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), approximately 6.1 percent of U.S. teenagers abuse prescription medications. Currently, prescription drugs are the third-most abused substance among teens, after alcohol and marijuana. Although the most recent survey data from NIDA shows a slight decline in teenage prescription drug abuse over the last couple of years, it remains a significant health concern for this age group.

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