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A Parent's Guide For Self-Care While Your Child is in Crisis

Having a child with a substance abuse problem is one of the most difficult things that can happen to a parent. We’re told over and over again to practice self-care, but how do we do that when our child is slowly killing him or herself? Or what about if they’ve gone through treatment and they’re […]

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5 No-No’s When Talking to Teens About Drug Use

Do you suspect your teen has a substance abuse problem? Parents approach this issue in myriad ways. Some of these approaches are effective…and some aren’t. Let’s dig in. Avoid These Common Pitfalls Using ineffective methods can escalate the problem and cause unnecessary conflict. To truly help your teen, avoid making the following common mistakes concerning […]

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Should You Encourage Risky Behavior in Your Teen?

Adolescence is a time of tumultuous change. Teens are exploring who they are and who they want to be. They push at boundaries to determine what they’re allowed to do and what they’re capable of doing. This journey often takes them into the realm of risky behavior. As the parent, should you stop their exploration? […]

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3 Places Your Teen Might Be Hiding Drugs (Hint: Some Are in Plain Sight)

You want to trust your teen. You’re trying to find the balance between holding them accountable and having faith in their decision-making. When they’ve broken your trust already, however, this balancing act becomes even more challenging. Invading Their Privacy vs Protecting Your Teen If your teen’s struggling with substance abuse, you may have to take […]

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New Jersey Grapples with Its Rising Number of Fatal Overdoses

What comes to mind when you think of New Jersey? The Garden State? The boardwalk in Atlantic City? The state is known for many things, but if recent trends don’t change, it’ll also be known for its number of fatal drug overdoses. While the opioid epidemic sweeps the nation, New Jersey is seeing ever-increasing numbers […]

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Find Out if Your Teen is a Master of Parental Manipulation 101

Manipulate: To control or influence a person cleverly, unfairly, or unscrupulously. How clever is your teen? Do they try to influence you in unfair and unscrupulous ways? If so, you’re not alone. Manipulation is common among children of all ages. When they’re younger, their goal may be to get extra cookies, get out of cleaning […]

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4 Easy Ways to Boost Your Teen’s Willpower

How would you rate your teen’s self-discipline? Is she a super-tasker, accomplishing more in a week than you thought possible? Or maybe she’s very self-controlled, finishing all her homework before the video games start? If that’s the case, you probably wouldn’t be reading this article. But if your teen needs a little more prodding, you’ll […]

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Teachers Tackle the Mixed Marijuana Messages Teens Receive

What happens when two educators can’t find the resources they need for their students? They create their own program. At least, that’s what happened when teacher Sarah Grippa and school counselor Molly Lotz recognized the need to better educate teens on the dangers of adolescent marijuana use. The result: the Marijuana Education Initiative (MEI). “We […]

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To Keep My Kids Off Drugs I Should...Take Away Their Toys?

Conrad sorted the rocks he collected yesterday, tucking them safely away in his chair-and-blanket fort. He then rejoined his classmates, and they continued their trek through “the jungle,” pretending to be explorers on a safari mission. After a while, they switched to their recently-invented restaurant game and served up delicious (though invisible) hamburgers. Why aren’t […]

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Is Your Teen a Social Chameleon? Here's Why You Need to Know...

Libby is well-liked by her classmates. She seems to fit in with everyone. No matter who she is with, she makes them feel liked, listened to, and befriended. They feel comfortable around her. Libby’s secret to success is her ability to blend. She easily adopts the norms of those around her. Whether it’s a pattern […]

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A Parent's Guide For Self-Care While Your Child is in Crisis

Having a child with a substance abuse problem is one of the most difficult things that can happen to a parent. We’re told over and over again to practice self-care, but how do we do that when our child is slowly killing him or herself? Or what about if they’ve gone through treatment and they’re […]

Read more »
5 No-No’s When Talking to Teens About Drug Use

Do you suspect your teen has a substance abuse problem? Parents approach this issue in myriad ways. Some of these approaches are effective…and some aren’t. Let’s dig in. Avoid These Common Pitfalls Using ineffective methods can escalate the problem and cause unnecessary conflict. To truly help your teen, avoid making the following common mistakes concerning […]

Read more »
Should You Encourage Risky Behavior in Your Teen?

Adolescence is a time of tumultuous change. Teens are exploring who they are and who they want to be. They push at boundaries to determine what they’re allowed to do and what they’re capable of doing. This journey often takes them into the realm of risky behavior. As the parent, should you stop their exploration? […]

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3 Places Your Teen Might Be Hiding Drugs (Hint: Some Are in Plain Sight)

You want to trust your teen. You’re trying to find the balance between holding them accountable and having faith in their decision-making. When they’ve broken your trust already, however, this balancing act becomes even more challenging. Invading Their Privacy vs Protecting Your Teen If your teen’s struggling with substance abuse, you may have to take […]

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New Jersey Grapples with Its Rising Number of Fatal Overdoses

What comes to mind when you think of New Jersey? The Garden State? The boardwalk in Atlantic City? The state is known for many things, but if recent trends don’t change, it’ll also be known for its number of fatal drug overdoses. While the opioid epidemic sweeps the nation, New Jersey is seeing ever-increasing numbers […]

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Find Out if Your Teen is a Master of Parental Manipulation 101

Manipulate: To control or influence a person cleverly, unfairly, or unscrupulously. How clever is your teen? Do they try to influence you in unfair and unscrupulous ways? If so, you’re not alone. Manipulation is common among children of all ages. When they’re younger, their goal may be to get extra cookies, get out of cleaning […]

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4 Easy Ways to Boost Your Teen’s Willpower

How would you rate your teen’s self-discipline? Is she a super-tasker, accomplishing more in a week than you thought possible? Or maybe she’s very self-controlled, finishing all her homework before the video games start? If that’s the case, you probably wouldn’t be reading this article. But if your teen needs a little more prodding, you’ll […]

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Teachers Tackle the Mixed Marijuana Messages Teens Receive

What happens when two educators can’t find the resources they need for their students? They create their own program. At least, that’s what happened when teacher Sarah Grippa and school counselor Molly Lotz recognized the need to better educate teens on the dangers of adolescent marijuana use. The result: the Marijuana Education Initiative (MEI). “We […]

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To Keep My Kids Off Drugs I Should...Take Away Their Toys?

Conrad sorted the rocks he collected yesterday, tucking them safely away in his chair-and-blanket fort. He then rejoined his classmates, and they continued their trek through “the jungle,” pretending to be explorers on a safari mission. After a while, they switched to their recently-invented restaurant game and served up delicious (though invisible) hamburgers. Why aren’t […]

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Is Your Teen a Social Chameleon? Here's Why You Need to Know...

Libby is well-liked by her classmates. She seems to fit in with everyone. No matter who she is with, she makes them feel liked, listened to, and befriended. They feel comfortable around her. Libby’s secret to success is her ability to blend. She easily adopts the norms of those around her. Whether it’s a pattern […]

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5 Communication Barriers Parents Must Break

Have you tried talking to your teen about drugs? Making good choices? The risks involved? How did that conversation go? If you’re like most parents, you’ve encountered a few obstacles. Maybe you haven’t found the right moment to have the conversation, or your teen wasn’t receptive to what you had to say. Since this topic […]

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Watch Your Body Language When Having the "Drug Talk"

The time has come. You need to have a tough talk with your teen. Whether it’s to educate them about the dangers of drugs or to confront them about their drug use, the conversation won’t be easy. And, if you aren’t careful, you can make it even more difficult. How? With your body language. Projecting […]

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Opioid Epidemic Linked to Childhood Emotional Abuse

Researchers at the University of Vermont have identified a link between opioid abuse in adults and childhood emotional abuse. In a recent study, 84 participants with a history of opioid abuse and childhood trauma went through a series of psychological tests and were interviewed about their childhood experiences. The results showed that those who suffered […]

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Does Your Teen Know Substance Abuse Causes Skin Problems?

We all know that the teen years are a time when appearance is a major concern. While teens worry that too much chocolate or pizza might cause an acne breakout, do they know that drug abuse can cause serious, disfiguring skin problems? Here are the facts to help you educate your teen on how to […]

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7 Things Parents Need to Know About Betel Nuts

Ohio police recently caught teens using betel nuts to get high. If adolescents in one part of the country have discovered a new way to get high, you can bet others will soon follow suit. This incident left many parents asking if the substance is a threat to their teens. Good question. Fast Facts on […]

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Caught Off Guard: The First Time My Child Was Exposed to Drugs

Jake was shocked. It happened so fast. Nina was only ten years old. On the way home from school they stopped for some takeout Chinese food; that’s when she told him. “Dad, the eighth grade boys are smoking behind our school. It scares me because I have to walk by them to get to the […]

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7 Essential Questions to Ask When Talking to a Teen About Drugs

You’ve heard it time and again: It’s important to talk to your teen about drugs. But you have one glaring question: How? Many parents find it difficult to broach this subject. They either don’t know how to bring it up or aren’t sure what to cover in the conversation. The National Institute on Drug Abuse […]

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5 Ways to De-Escalate Your Teen’s Escalating Emotions

Jill was worried about her daughter. Katelyn seemed to always be “on edge.” Jill knew adolescence was an emotional time for most teens, but Katelyn’s emotions seemed through the roof. Years ago, her niece struggled with similar escalating emotions; she ended up having several frightening panic attacks and ultimately turned to drug abuse as a way to calm her […]

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5 Things Every Parent Should Ask a Treatment Center

Your teen is your most precious cargo in the world. You want to make sure they’re in the best of hands. How can you know if a treatment center should be entrusted with their care? Not all facilities are equal, so it’s important to ask the right questions before sending your teen their way. Knowing […]

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Sex, Drugs, and Alcohol: Talking to My Daughter About Staying Safe

“I went to a great party – there were tons of cute guys and a couple of them asked for my number. One of them even texted me later that night,” Brittany excitedly told her mom on the phone. Janet, Brittany’s mom, was excited for her daughter, but she was also worried. Was there alcohol […]

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Out of Rehab: When Should Your Teen Go Back to School?

Cassie just completed a 90-day inpatient stay at a rehab facility. Returning home, she’s anxious to get back to school. She misses her friends and wants to feel like a “normal” teen again. Her parents, on the other hand, aren’t sure that going back to school this soon is a good idea. Cassie is clean and […]

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Worried About Kids Accessing Your Pain Meds? You Should Be!

More than 650,000 opioid prescriptions are dispensed every day in the US. With so many people on pain meds, there’s a good chance you might have some of these pills sitting in your medicine cabinet. And if you also have children under your roof, the big question is are your opioids safely stored where your […]

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The Protecting Our Infants Act: Here's What You Need to Know

An alarming number of newborns in the US suffer from neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). These babies are exposed to drugs in utero and experience drug withdrawal after birth. Just like adults in withdrawal, newborns suffer from fever, tremors, indigestion, muscle spasms, vomiting, diarrhea, and irritability. Infants with NAS require high-level care and stay an average […]

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Family Finances: Coping Strategies for Parents and Teens

Jake’s boss called him in for a meeting on Friday; it was the week before Thanksgiving. Jake was being laid off. He would get unemployment and three months of health insurance for his family. After that, he was on his own, left to somehow support his wife Beth and their daughter Sara. His first instinct was to […]

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What I Wish My Family Had Known: Teens in Recovery Speak Out

“Spying on me just made me more secretive,” says Jen, 23, who battled heroin and crack addiction from the age of 15. “My mom used to search my room when I was at school. It just made me trust her less, and hide my use more.” Communication Breakdown Communication has often broken down in a […]

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Kids, Drug Abuse and Divorce: 3 Tips to Protect Your Family

Jon is 54, and he’s going through a divorce. He worries about his daughter, Nina, who is 12. “She’s a happy kid, a resilient kid,” he says, “But I worry about how she’ll handle the divorce.” Jon’s father had serious drinking problems; he’s had his own difficulties with alcohol and, at times, other drugs. Some […]

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Parents in Recovery: How Do I Rebuild My Kids’ Trust?

“My children will never speak to me again if I have another drink,” said Jan, 58, mother of two children in their twenties. She had taken a leave from her prestigious job to go to rehab, and stayed sober for three years, attending AA meetings regularly and working a solid program. But it took more […]

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Our Teen's Coming Home from Treatment: Are We Ready?

When a child comes home from treatment, it can be a time of celebration, but there’s usually a lot of tension, too. What if he or she drinks/uses again? How much should we be involved in the child’s “program?” Should we get rid of all the wine in the house? Will we ever be a […]

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Parental Burn-Out: When Teens Test Your Recovery Limits

As the slam of the bedroom door rocked the house, Kevin sank onto the living room couch. He just finished round two (for today) with his teenage son. Why did adolescence have to be so dramatic? He could hardly speak to his son without an argument exploding out of the conversation. Kevin worked hard to […]

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Hospital Volunteers Soothe Addicted Babies With the Cuddle Cure

Just three days old, baby Matthew trembles in the hospital volunteer’s arms. As she holds him close, she quiets Matthew’s cries, and he drifts into a more restful sleep. What is the source of Matthew’s tremors? He’s suffering from withdrawal. The Painful Truth About NAS Matthew is just one of the 13,000+ babies born in […]

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5 Things To Do For Your Addicted Teen

It was a moment Tom would never forget. He was simply gathering the dirty laundry from his kids’ bedrooms. When he got to 15-year-old Laura’s room, he found a lot more than the dirty socks he was expecting. Beneath a pile of crumpled clothes, Tom discovered a bag of pills. Suddenly, his daughter’s recent behavior […]

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Skeletons in the Closet: Telling Teens About Your Past Drug Use

“If she only knew,” thought Jill. Jill recently caught her teenage daughter experimenting with drugs. At 16, Beth was a sophomore and had little history of trouble in school or otherwise. Jill worried her innocent daughter was headed down the same path she took at 17 – a trajectory that went downhill fast. As she […]

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Has Iceland Discovered the Secret to Keeping Teens Off Drugs?

Iceland has produced some impressive statistics. From 1998 to 2016, the percentage of 15-16-year-old Icelandic youth who used cannabis fell from 17 percent to five percent. The percentage of youth who were drunk in the past 30 days dropped from 42 percent to five percent. Daily cigarette smoking decreased from 23 percent to three percent. […]

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Will Your Little Bully Grow Up to Become an Addicted Adult?

These days, you can find them in every classroom and on every playground. They seek out other children to torment with threats, intimidation, and physical abuse. They’re childhood bullies. But what happens when these little bullies grow up? The Snowball Effect Unfortunately, for a large portion of childhood bullies, things don’t get much better. Why? […]

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The Anatomy of a Recovering Parent's Apology

You’re in early recovery. Getting here wasn’t easy, but you’re proud of the progress you’ve made and determined to live a life of continued sobriety. Your head is finally clear and you realize the damage you’ve caused to the people who love you the most. You’ve apologized to your spouse. You’ve told your boss you’re […]

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Elementary School Shows Love for Students With Addicted Parents

Reading, writing, arithmetic…and addiction. In West Virginia, elementary school students need more than typical classroom lessons. This state is one of the hardest hit by the nationwide opioid epidemic. Rural areas like West Virginia face crippling, widespread addiction and are seeing alarming increases in the number of infants born dependent on drugs. In fact, maternal […]

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5 Tips for Explaining Overdose Deaths to Our Children

The paramedics loaded the gurney onto the ambulance and shut the doors. As they drove away with her mother, six-year-old Cassie looked up at her grandma. “When will Mom get to come home, Grammie?” she asked. “Are they going to give her medicine to wake her up?” Cassie’s mom wasn’t going to wake up. Her two-year battle […]

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The Sad and Overwhelming Tune of Opioid Lullabies

The cries of infants born dependent on drugs can be heard across the country. But, rural areas hear them the loudest. The rural regions of the country suffer the greatest when it comes to NAS (neonatal abstinence syndrome). This syndrome is caused by a mother using certain drugs during pregnancy. Recent reports reveal that opioid […]

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Hey Parents, Stop Forcing Your Kids to Smoke Pot!

Tony and Debbie took their 18-month-old to the pediatrician for a check-up. Due to some complications at birth, the doctor wanted to do regular blood-work and urinalysis on their son, Bobby. When they got the results, they were shocked. “Bobby’s urine showed traces of marijuana,” the doctor informed them. “Are you forcing him to smoke […]

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Eye-Opening Mannequin Challenge Video

Videographers have taken us to locker rooms, school cafeterias, baseball fields and beyond. Teens, teams, and professionals from all walks of life have accepted the mannequin challenge and amazed us with their poses. This one’s different… The makers of this video weren’t attempting to show off their athletic moves or amaze viewers with laughter-inducing antics. […]

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Do Text Codes Render Modern Parents Clueless?

Every generation has its own slang terms. At times, it can feel like one generation speaks an entirely different language than the next. This is especially true among the youngest generations today. Raised in a world of tech, teens often truly do speak their own language. Their language: Text Most of us have the basics […]

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Think Twice Before Playing Favorites With Your Kids

Kyle could never live up to the standards set by his older brother. No matter what Kyle did, his brother did something even better. Their parents weren’t very impressed with Kyle’s MVP award when Kevin was busy earning two first place medals the same year. It was Kevin they posted news about. Kevin they bragged […]

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Art Students Wanted: Must Be Willing to Paint a Picture of Addiction

Could you capture the realities of addiction on paper? Could you sketch an image that accurately portrays the pain, the dangers and the effects of substance abuse? Could you create a picture that sends the message “You don’t want this.” That’s exactly what art students at Mountain Home High School were asked to do. Their […]

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Don't Let Your Teen Pay the Ultimate Price

Fourteen months ago, Becca started taking prescription opioids. She didn’t use them to help with physical pain; it was the mental pain she desperately wanted to quiet. But it didn’t work. Now, Becca’s emotional state is even worse. The opiates made her thinking even cloudier and her lows even lower. Becca’s tired of fighting the […]

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Virtual Field Trip Introduces Kids to Addiction

Theaters. Art museums. Courtrooms. Aquariums. Planetariums. State capitals. What do these things have in common? They are typical destinations for high school field trips. Educational, interesting and fun, they have much to offer curious adolescents. They are a stark contrast to the latest destination added to the list. The DEA and Discovery Education have implemented […]

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First-of-Its-Kind Study Says Kids are Key to Mom’s Rehab

Meet Stephanie and Aiden Nine-year-old Aiden entered the therapist’s office with his mom, Stephanie. Aiden and Stephanie were at the office for family therapy, as part of Stephanie’s outpatient treatment for cocaine addiction. Together, they had attended 52 sessions over the past year. Stephanie was doing well. Her cocaine use declined quickly in response to the […]

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Is Your Teen In a Violent Dating Relationship?

When teens start dating, parents start worrying double-time. Will they choose a good partner? Will they make good sexual decisions? Will they be safe? Unfortunately, many teens aren’t safe in their current dating relationships. Around 1.5 million high schoolers in the U.S. report they’ve been intentionally hit or physically harmed in the past year by […]

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Supermarket Sweep: Teens Using More OTC Drugs to Get High

“It’s not like I’m doing anything illegal,” Kristen rationalized. “It’s just cough syrup.” Kristen had recently discovered she could get an “easy” high from this medicine. She was right – it’s not illegal. It’s also easy to obtain. It’s cheaper than street drugs, and she doesn’t need a dealer to get it. Kristen started drinking […]

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Enrolling Your Teen in the School of Sobriety

Jim and Mary had done all they could for their son. They’d put Josh through two rehab programs, counseling, drug education classes and family therapy. He’d been suspended from school several times. He was even arrested once. Through all of this, Josh continued to spiral out of control. His patterns of drug use, lying, and […]

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5 Tips for Channelling Teenage Rebellion Away From Drug Use

Have you ever felt as though your teenager is rebelling out of fear? If so, science backs that conclusion. We now know that adolescence is the stage of life most closely linked to feeling apprehension. It’s not just your imagination; in all likelihood, your teen feels more fear than you do. The Power of Love […]

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5 Tragic Cases of Drug-Fueled Child Abuse

Inside the black hole of drug abuse, our vision is warped. We see things that aren’t there. We don’t see things that are right in front of us. We lose perspective and no longer know what we are capable of. In this place of darkness, effective parenting isn’t tough – it’s impossible. Parenting Under the […]

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Wisdom Tooth Surgery and One Not-So-Smart Outcome

As a varsity quarterback, Brian considered himself pretty tough. Still, he was happy to take the painkiller prescription his dentist offered after he had his wisdom tooth removed. Based on his own experience, Brian’s brother had told him the recovery could be extremely painful. His brother was right. The next day, Brian was grateful for […]

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Don't You Dare Say DARE Doesn't Work!

The officer looked down at the fifth-grader’s outstretched hand. Small fingers grasped what the cop instantly recognized as five tightly rolled joints packed full of weed. The child brought them to school – so he could hand them over to the authorities. The little boy’s parents were breaking the law by using drugs, so he […]

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140 Characters or Less: Social Media's Role in Substance Abuse

Before starting his homework, Nick checked the latest posts from his friends. Among the many new messages were several pictures of his classmates drinking at a party and a couple more of them passed out afterwards. Another friend posted a selfie that showed him holding a pill. The caption read: “About to have a great […]

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Terrifying Facts About Teenage Prescription Drug Abuse

True or false: You would be less upset if you caught your teen using prescription drugs than you would be if you caught them with “street drugs.” Whether or not it’s personally true for you, 23 percent of teens claim it’s true for their parents. The false belief that these drugs are safer is even […]

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A Warning for Parents in Transition: Don't Ignore Your Teenager

Change can be tough for anyone. During adolescence, when your world is tiny and one poor fashion choice can seem like the end of all things, major change can be completely and utterly overwhelming. If your teen is changing schools, you’re in the middle of a divorce or they’ve gained a new step-parent (and step-siblings), […]

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You Think He's Using - Should You Drug Test Your Teen?

You’re seeing all the warning signs: Your child’s grades are sleeping, he’s becoming a recluse in his bedroom and no longer participating in the activities he used to love. Everything points to drug abuse, but should you go and buy a drug test to confirm your suspicions? More importantly, would it even help the situation? […]

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Talking to Your Kids About Pot in a Legal Marijuana State

Although there are a multitude of proven reasons why marijuana is detrimental both mentally and physically, this proves to be tricky when you’re trying to explain the dangers to kids – especially if you live in a state where weed’s legal for recreational use. Kids may not understand why state laws have ruled that marijuana […]

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Help! My Teen is Dating Someone Who's Abusing Drugs

You want the best for your teen – the best education, the best extra-curricular activities, the best friends. And, ahhh yes, the best dating relationships. This is often one of the most significant factors in her overall health, yet it’s one of the factors you have the least control over. You can send her to […]

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Name That Tune: Can Music Really Influence Our Drug Choices?

We like songs about substance abuse. Who is “we”? Apparently, a majority of the population. Collectively, listeners seem to prefer catchy tunes that talk about being drunk and getting high – that’s especially true among teenagers. How do we know this? Let’s take a look at Billboard’s Top 100 Hot Country Songs of 2014. Did […]

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Dope Sick: The Tragic Story of a Friendship Lost to Fentanyl

Everyone looked at him with loathing and he saw the deep hurt behind their hatred. Their son – their brother – was dead…and it was his fault. “I didn’t mean to hurt him!” Justin wanted to scream, “I miss him too!” It’d been a month. Thirty-one days. 744 hours. Over 40,000 minutes since he’d “killed” […]

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Turns Out Mary Jane's Just Another Thief in the Night

Nothing seemed exciting any more. Tim used to love the thrill of reaching the next level in a video game. He always enjoyed winning at basketball, even if it was just a one-on-one with his neighbor. He liked being the first to solve a problem in math class because his teacher gave out prizes. Now, […]

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Let's Talk About Drugs: Is Your Teen Really Listening to You?

What do conversations with your teen typically look like? Are they one-sided? Does your teen receive instruction well? Do her eyes glaze over the moment you open your mouth? Does she cross her arms and stomp away? Many times, the cues teens offer aren’t so obvious. The trick is to watch for subtle cues to […]

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Reaching Them Where They Are: 5 Tips for Healthy Teen Parenting

How often do you have significant conversations with your teen? When was the last time you had quality time together? If you struggle to connect with your teen, you’re not alone. Reaching through an engulfment of hormones, across a generational gap and into their narrow worldview is challenging for most parents. The key is to […]

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School Daze: Send Your Kid to College With Three Pieces of Advice

As he leaves the nest, you hope your college-bound teen remembers everything you’ve taught him, makes good choices and achieves great success in his studies. You might wonder if there’s anything you should’ve done differently. You might fear there’s something you should’ve told him that you didn’t. Don’t Let Fear “The Talk” To deter some […]

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Family Matters: The FAQ on Family Counseling

Family therapy is form of psychotherapy (psychological counseling) that focuses on the entire family rather than one individual family member. It’s usually provided by a licensed therapist, clinical social worker or psychologist. What Does Family Counseling Look Like? In family counseling for addiction, therapists use techniques, including marriage and family therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, couples […]

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6 Tips for Writing an Intervention Letter to Your Teenager

Shelly’s downward spiral started at age 14 with a few pills for her anxiety – now 15 years old, she pops pills regularly and drinks heavily most days. Her family and friends are extremely concerned. Shelly doesn’t see the extent of her issues and denies having a problem. Her loved ones know it’s time to […]

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Getting Past the Lies: Teens Struggling to Trust Their Parents Again

Steve’s dad forgets to pick him up from practice again. More accurately, he’s probably too drunk to remember. And this isn’t the first time Steve’s dad has let him down. Steve doesn’t know why he keeps trying with his dad. He’s always disappointed. Can he ever trust his father to be there for him? When […]

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Getting Past the Lies: Learning to Trust Your Teen Again

Callum snuck out of the house. He took his parents’ car and went to a party. He got high. He drove home. He found his parents sitting in the kitchen, waiting for him. If you were Callum’s parent, what would you do? Could you ever trust Callum again? It seems impossible, especially since Callum was […]

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Wait, You Want Me to Socialize...Sober?

What does your social life look like? Are you like Kim, who feels awkward at parties and turns to alcohol to “loosen up”? Or maybe you’re like Gary, the guy who is already outgoing, but gets a drink or two in him and really becomes the life of the party. What Kim and Gary don’t […]

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But Mom, I'm Bored! - Avoiding Those Teenage Summer Slumps

School’s out and your teen couldn’t be happier. But after the initial excitement of no homework wears off, let’s face it, he’s got a long, long summer ahead. The Danger of Down Time Summer days with nothing to do can create an unhealthy scenario for teens. In fact, boredom is a leading cause of teen […]

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Tools of the Trade: How to Spot Crack Paraphernalia

Tools of the Trade: Being a parent is tough, but the job becomes tougher once those teenage years roll around. Though “popular” or “trendy” drugs of abuse change, their paraphernalia items stay the same…and we can use that to our advantage. The sooner we recognize signs of drug abuse, the sooner we can intervene. Tools […]

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Do Ultimatums Ultimately Work?

You’ve reached the end of your rope. Substance abuse is ruining her life…and yours. You can’t take it anymore. You deliver the ultimatum: It might be your spouse – “Stop drinking or I’m leaving you.” It might be your child – “Give up the drugs or move out.” It might be your sibling – “Get […]

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Rebel Without a Cause: What to Do When Your Teen Revolts

Kelly never had a problem with her parents’ rules before, but for some reason, things seemed to go haywire. Suddenly, she thought her curfew was unfair, limits on what she could wear were labeled outrageous and questions about where she went were considered an invasion of privacy. What in the world happened? When did that […]

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That’s Not Amazon: Is Your Teen Buying Drugs Online?

With three little clicks, I could get a 60-day supply of Xanax shipped to my door by the end of the week. I don’t need a doctor or a prescription – all I need is a credit card. As a parent, you might be surprised to learn what people sell online. A quick keyword search […]

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Dear Parents: Let's Get on the Same Page About Teen Drug Use

Dave and Pam could feel the threads of their marriage wearing thin. They just couldn’t seem to agree on what to do about their daughter, Carley. They were already dealing with the tornado of teenage hurt and confusion she brought through the house every day, but things had got worse when Carley started experimenting with […]

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Do Teen Sports Lead to Prescription Drug Abuse?

Kyle’s knee might’ve recovered from a tackle injury, but his life sure hadn’t. When that defensive lineman brought him down, the pain was beyond intense. The doctor prescribed Vicodin to help Kyle get through those first few days. Months later, his knee was like new, but he hadn’t stopped taking the Vicodin. In fact, he […]

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Home Sweet Home: My Brother is Addicted...and I'm Invisible

Josh is 14 and his older brother, Garrett, is 16. When Garrett started using drugs, Josh suddenly felt invisible. His parents were so focused on Garrett’s problems that they didn’t seem to care he had problems, too. Josh was understandably angry; maybe if he started using drugs, they’d actually pay attention to him. Kara is […]

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Tools of the Trade: How to Spot Cocaine Paraphernalia

Tools of the Trade: Being a parent is tough, but the job becomes tougher once those teenage years roll around. Though “popular” or “trendy” drugs of abuse change, their paraphernalia items stay the same…and we can use that to our advantage. The sooner we recognize signs of drug abuse, the sooner we can intervene. Tools […]

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You Know What They Say About Idle Time...Right?

Anxiety. Anger. Loneliness. Depression. These are common reasons teenagers turn to drugs. Guess what else tops the list? Boredom. That’s right; teens with nothing else to do are more likely to fill their time experimenting with drugs. Researchers recently linked boredom to binge drinking, experimenting with marijuana and prescription drugs and using party drugs (like […]

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Is Your Teen Running With the Wrong Crowd?

It’s a simple truth: Friends influence our behavior. It’s true for you – and it’s true for your teen. So it only makes sense for parents to worry about their teens’ social circle. Who’s shaping your teen? Is it a good crowd or a “not so good” crowd? If they’re running around with bad influences, […]

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Do Not Pass Go: Should You Really Bail Your Teen Out of Jail?

Your eyes fly open. A second ago, you were deep in dreamland. Now, your phone is screaming for attention. As you reach for it, you realize two things: You recognize your son’s ringtone and you see that it’s 3 a.m. Putting these two thoughts together, you know this call can’t be good. “Hi Dad,” he […]

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What's Your Teen’s Top Pick for Drug Use?

If you’re raising a teenager, you’ve asked yourself the following: What substances are tempting today’s teen? And more importantly, what are the drugs my teen is most likely to abuse? To protect your teen from drug use, it’s important to answer questions like these. Let’s Talk About Drugs Here’s a list that outlines the drugs […]

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Tools of the Trade: How to Spot OxyContin Paraphernalia

Tools of the Trade: Being a parent is tough, but the job becomes tougher once those teenage years roll around. Though “popular” or “trendy” drugs of abuse change, their paraphernalia items stay the same…and we can use that to our advantage. The sooner we recognize signs of drug abuse, the sooner we can intervene. Tools […]

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Is Your Teen's Recovery Counselor Speaking Her Language?

Teen years are tough; addiction recovery is even tougher. Put the two together and the odds can seem overwhelming. Fortunately, however, they aren’t. Every day, teens who are struggling with substance abuse get the professional help they need and an important step in the process is proper counseling. Knowing your teenager’s recovery success largely hinges […]

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Tools of the Trade: How to Spot Meth Paraphernalia

Tools of the Trade: Being a parent is tough, but the job becomes tougher once those teenage years roll around. Though “popular” or “trendy” drugs of abuse change, their paraphernalia items stay the same…and we can use that to our advantage. The sooner we recognize signs of drug abuse, the sooner we can take action. […]

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Family Addiction Secrets: Give Your Teen the Gift of Honesty

More than 28 million Americans are children of alcoholics, yet many of them remain in the dark about addiction. And that’s a frightening thing, considering genetics account for about half the risk of developing a dependency on drugs or alcohol. What does all this talk about genetics mean for your kids? Well, if you have […]

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Knock Knock: Addiction is at Your Door

It’s no secret that society stigmatizes addiction. And even with evidence to the contrary, the masses continue to think it’s a personal choice rather than a disease. A large portion of society believes every single addict fits into one mold. They’re often pegged as weak, untrustworthy and undeserving of love and support. In response, society […]

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Social Butterfly: Hanging Out Stunts Substance Abuse in Teens

Family. School. Friends. Ready for some good news? Well, here it is: According to a recent study, if your teen is a social butterfly who lives for socializing and hanging out with all three of these groups – family, school and friends- it actually provides them with a trifecta of protection against substance abuse. Specifically, […]

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Can We Blame the Bullies for Teen Substance Abuse?

Billy’s third grade school year isn’t going great. He’s regularly bullied by one of his classmates and a larger-than-life fourth grader. Jimmy’s elementary school years were great…it’s his middle school experience he wishes he could skip. The verbal insults he hears every week are more than he can take. Which of these boys will be […]

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Going Out of Business: Teens Making Stimulant Dealers Obsolete?

Who needs a dealer? The doctor supplies the drugs and family members allow easy access. With millions of stimulant prescriptions written each year for ADHD, these drugs are now readily available in the home. In fact, researchers discovered a shocking 88 percent of teens who abuse prescription stimulants are using someone else’s medication. Flooding the […]

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Raising Teenagers: Learn to Become a Human Lie Detector

You want to believe your teen’s telling the truth. You want to be able to trust them. You hope they never lie to you. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. So, how can you tell if they’re lying to you? When teens lie, typically exhibit certain “tells” that give them away. When it comes to […]

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Survey Says: An Honest Look at Teenage Drug Abuse

Based on input from nearly 45,000 students at public and private schools, the 2015 Monitoring the Future Survey (MTF) shows a downward trend in teen drug use. Compared to previous surveys, the 2015 numbers have decreased for alcohol, prescription opioid pain relievers, cigarettes and synthetic marijuana use. What remains high (no pun intended) are the […]

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The Dreaded Talk: 5 Ways NOT to Talk to Teens About Drugs

Speaking with a teenager can sometimes feel like traveling to a foreign land. The language is different. The culture is different. Without a translator, you feel totally lost. Your efforts to communicate go nowhere, leaving you frustrated and defeated. This is especially true if you bring up the touchy subject of alcohol and drug use. […]

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5 Signs Your Teenage Student Athlete is Using Steroids

You’ve heard the rumors. Plenty of people around town are saying that members of your son’s football team are using steroids. You hope it’s not true. You hope even harder that it doesn’t involve your child. The question, however, is would you even know it if he was abusing steroids? If you suspect your teen […]

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Are We Self-Medicating Ourselves into Addiction?

Do any of the following scenarios sound familiar? Scenario #1: Kim gets really nervous in social situations. Because of her anxiety, she often stays home on the weekends, rather than interacting with people. If she does go out (or is forced to attend a get-together), she has a few drinks to put her at ease. […]

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When Helping Hurts: 7 Signs You're an Enabling Parent

It’s only natural – you want to do everything to help your child. And that’s especially true if she’s struggling with an alcohol or drug problem. Despite your best intentions, sometimes your behaviors can actually enable her substance abuse and, in many cases, even make it worse. Recognizing and Stopping Your Enabling Behaviors   Instead […]

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Jail Fail: Locked Up Addicted, Released Addicted

Here’s a simple question that will likely take a lot of thought: What’s the one thing you couldn’t live without? Now that you have that special item in mind, what if you were told you couldn’t have it for a certain amount of time. Knowing that would more than likely make you want it that […]

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Speak Up: How to Safely and Anonymously Report Drug Activity

David’s new neighbor, Jeff, is selling drugs and he’s worried about what it will do to the neighborhood. David fears for the safety of not only his kids, but all the children on the block. He wants to do something – he wants to put a stop to the drug activity before it gets any […]

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What do Broken Homes, Teenagers and Pot Have in Common?

Lauren believed her parents were in a loving marriage. But when they told her they were planning to get a divorce, the stress became overwhelming. Where would she live? How would she maintain relationships with both of them? Shortly after her parents broke the news, Lauren began using marijuana because it helped her cope with […]

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Don't Look Back: Stop Repeating the Same Old Mistakes

“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana Thanks for the tip, George. Does that mean if we remember our mistakes, we won’t repeat them? That would be a relief for us all, right? We’d simply keep in mind what we have done wrong in the past, then […]

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Time for the "Drug" Talk: 5 Mistakes Parents Can't Afford to Make

Some say our teenage years can be the most challenging – for both parents and young adults. As we transition from adolescence into adulthood, we begin to form relationships, develop identities, go through phases and show curiousity about the world outside of their familiar surroundings. With this notion of curiosity and discovery, parental concerns begin […]

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Alert: Your Teen's Heroin Addiction Probably Began with Painkillers

Hoping no one will notice, Steve occasionally swipes some OxyContin from his parents’ medicine cabinet. He figures, if they were prescribed for his dad’s back pain, they must be pretty safe to take. The doctor and the government have approved them, right? What’s the big deal? Steve is among the many teens who don’t understand […]

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The Truth About Sharing Prescription Drugs

Ever had some extra prescription medication lying around…and offered to share them with a friend in need? Prescription-drug sharing is common and some might say it’s even understandable, given the high costs of prescription drugs in many parts of the U.S. But there’s nothing safe or smart about sharing your medications with others, particularly when […]

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Wait...The Cough Medicine I Gave My Teen has WHAT in it?

It eases the tickle in your child’s throat. It helps her get a good night’s sleep. It also provides millions with an easy-access, medicine cabinet high. What is it? Dextromethorphan – also known as DXM. Dextromethorphan is the active ingredient in most over-the-counter cough medicines. When your child downs a cup of Robitussin or pops […]

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Warning: Sleeping Pills are Becoming a Digital Nightmare

Prescription sleep aids can be a lifesaver for anyone battling insomnia, but did you know these drugs can also be extremely addictive? And a team of toxicologists from Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London are now warning that one potentially dangerous prescription sleeping pill is easier than ever to buy online. Not […]

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The Ugly Side of Sports: 5 Very Real Dangers of PED Abuse

Not long ago, an independent report blew the lid off an alleged “state-sponsored doping program” in Russia. If proven to be true, Russia’s use of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) would essentially disqualify all their track and field athletes from the 2016 Olympic Games. Not surprisingly, this most recent scandal has once again put PED use […]

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Schools Using 'Marijuana Goggles' To Fight Teen Drug Problem

“Alcohol goggles” that simulate the experience of being drunk are used in 84 countries worldwide as a prevention tool to help avoid alcohol abuse, but could the same formula work with marijuana? The Fatal Vision Marijuana Simulation Experience, simply referred to by many as “marijuana goggles,” allows users to experience the sensation of getting high on pot […]

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7 Undeniable Signs Your Teen is Abusing Meth

Low income adult males – this used to be the typical meth user. Not anymore. Now, it is common for people from all walks of life and all ages to be caught in the deadly cycle of meth abuse. And, unfortunately, the modern cycle of meth abuse and addiction now largely includes teenagers. With today […]

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College Students Say Stimulants, Other Drugs are Easy to Find

The drugs college students are using, and their reasons for doing them, have evolved over the years. Today, more and more students are using prescription stimulants, like Adderall, to help them with their schoolwork, instead of just to get high, new research shows. And these stimulants are way too easy for most college students to […]

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The Rumor Mill: McDonald’s Going from Ball Pits to Bong Pods?

If you’ve been paying attention to the rumor mill lately, you may have heard that McDonald’s is on the verge of cashing in on Colorado’s legalized recreational use of marijuana. So, has weed replaced fries in the supersized combo? Perhaps it’s a new Happy Meal toy? Say it ain’t so, McDonald’s! Legalized Weed is Driving […]

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Could Marijuana Help Our Veterans with PTSD?

Could the next big use of legal marijuana be the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among our military veterans? PTSD is a condition that plagues one in three former service members; it’s also a condition that’s notoriously difficult to treat. The Lasting Effects of War Experts say up to 20 percent of the veterans […]

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Family Arrest Histories Push Some Teens Toward Drug Abuse

Teens are more likely to use pot or drink heavily into adulthood if their friends or family members have been involved in crime, according a new study from The University of Texas, Dallas. Researchers at UT Dallas studied a sample of 1,354 young people, mostly males between the ages of 14 and 17, directly linked […]

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Daily Pot Use Among College Students at its Highest Since 1980

Lauren had just settled into her dorm room at Ohio State University. It was her first time living away from home. Her parents had always stressed the dangers of drugs and alcohol and she avoided temptation in high school, but she was no longer under their watchful eye. When her roommate offered her a joint […]

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University of Michigan to Notify Parents of Repeat Alcohol Offenses

James arrived at his university having never tried alcohol in his short 22 years of life. He came from a strict religious upbringing and his parents had managed to successfully shelter him from temptation. When finally left to his own devices, however, his curiosity quickly took over. Soon, James began to experiment with both alcohol […]

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Children with Military Parents at Higher Risk of Addiction

Eddie spent most of his upbringing without a father. He had one who wanted to be in his life, but was sent to fight overseas with the U.S. Army on three separate occasions. When his father returned from his last tour when he was 15, the PTSD he suffered from what he witnessed in combat […]

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Back to School: 9 Tips for Talking to Your Teen About Drug Use

The summer break is over and most kids have made their way back to school. They’ll have plenty of time to catch up with friends and talk about what they’ve been doing over the last couple months. And for some, this is the time they’ll be confronted with dangerous temptations in the form of drugs […]

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Teen Hopes Shocking Photo will Combat Drug Use at EDM Festivals

Jordan Blackburn is no different than the thousands of 20-somethings around the world who love attending music festivals. But last year, he attended one U.K. electronic dance music (EDM) concert that would change his life forever. Peer Pressure and Other Deciding Factors Jordan, along with a group of his friends, decided to “heighten” the EDM […]

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New Smartphone App Could Prevent Stoned Driving

Casey took several strong hits off a bong her friends had packed with marijuana during a frat party at her school. At the end of the night, she offered to drive everyone home. Her friends were reluctant, but Casey insisted she was actually a much more careful driver when smoking weed. Just one mile away […]

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Drugs, Death and EDM: Tips for a Safe, Sober Music Experience

In response to two more overdose deaths at the Hard Summer music festival, county officials have placed a temporary ban on electronic music dance (EDM) festivals within Los Angeles County. The victims, both under the age of 20, died as a direct result of suspected drug overdose. An Obvious and Deadly Trend The Hard Summer festival […]

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The "R" Word: 5 Relapse Triggers Facing Teens in Recovery

Our teenage years can be a very confusing time. Transitioning from childhood to adulthood includes the universal challenges of dealing with puberty, peer and academic pressures, family changes and so on. The Formative Teenage Years Teenage years are also associated with a time of taking risks, making mistakes and experimentation. Unfortunately, one of the most […]

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The Drug-Related Mistakes Haunting My Teenage Son

My kid would never be involved in drug abuse. Like thousands of other parents around the nation, that’s exactly what I believed…at least until the glass house shattered and came crashing down on our heads. Corbin was a happy-go-lucky teenager who never really wanted for anything. My husband and I worked our butts off to […]

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Teens Using Pot for Medical Reasons Likely To Become Addicted

For those who meet the criteria to obtain it, medical marijuana can provide relief from the painful effects of cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, PTSD and AIDS-wasting. Because of this, 23 states and the District of Columbia (DC) have all passed medical marijuana laws that allow for legal use after the diagnosis of specific conditions. However, many […]

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Study: Many Teens who Try Bath Salts are Frequent Users

When you hear the term “bath salts,” you might automatically envision lavender-scented sachets that are dumped into a nice, relaxing bath. Unfortunately, those aren’t the kind of bath products making headlines these days. Bath salts are usually sold in small plastic baggies or foil packaging and consumed as a legal substitute for stimulants like cocaine […]

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First TV Commercial for Legal Marijuana (Almost) Hits the Airwaves

Advertising potentially harmful substances like alcohol and nicotine is a marketing tactic that certainly creates controversy. While nicotine cigarette ads are largely non-existent these days, commercials and print campaigns for e-cigarettes have sprouted up in recent years. And while alcohol ads aren’t shown on daytime TV anymore, kids can still easily access these marketing campaigns […]

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The Nation's First Marijuana Resort is Catching Serious Flack

Smoking is a hot-button issue these days. While plenty of hotels now forbid guests from smoking in their rooms, a growing number of them have taken things a step further by banning all forms of smoking on resort property. Violators are generally levied with varying degrees of “punishment” – from monetary fines to lifetime property […]

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Study: Serotonin Can Increase Your Chances of Addiction

Although a lot of time has been spent studying dopamine, a “feel-good” neurological chemical, and its role in drug addiction, a new research project indicates that dopamine isn’t the only brain chemical we need to worry about. According to the results of an intensive study, scientists now believe that serotonin can also increase the risk […]

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Parents: Is the Seven Challenges Plan Right for Your Addicted Teen?

As a parent or legal guardian, you have the ability to make important and life-altering decisions for your child – that includes making decisions related to addiction recovery. Legally speaking, as long as your child is under the age of 18, you can admit him to an inpatient rehab program, regardless of whether or not […]

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Exposed: The Dangerous Mislabeling of Marijuana Edibles

We now live in a world where 23 states, along with the District of Columbia, have medical cannabis programs, allowing anyone with a medical marijuana card to walk into a dispensary loaded with THC-filled brownies, gummies and granola bars. Bad Trip Nearly a quarter of medical cannabis patients opt for this edible option, often under […]

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You’re Fired: Drug Use at Home Can Leave You Unemployed

A recent Colorado Supreme Court decision sent a clear message to employees throughout the state:  employers are taking swift and proactive steps to terminate employees that are potentially addicted or impaired. And while this version of the bill specifically targets marijuana use, experts agree that the language will eventually be changed to include other drugs […]

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Marijuana 'Dabbing' Explodes Onto the Drug Abuse Scene

Recent reports show that teen marijuana use may be on the decline overall, but that doesn’t mean marijuana products have waned in popularity among the adolescent crowd. While synthetic marijuana use has continued to grow exponentially, an alternative and highly-potent marijuana extract is causing serious concern among medical experts. What You Need to Know About Dabbing “Dabbing” […]

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5 Surprising Medical Marijuana Advocates

More Americans are in favor of legalizing marijuana than ever before. The Washington Post reported last March that while only 19 percent of Americans favored legalization in 1973, that number soared to 52 percent last year. But while some pro-marijuana advocates are fairly obvious (Tommy Chong, anyone?), some more surprising additions are also being thrown […]

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Hashish: Is Your Teenager at Risk for Abusing this Drug?

Despite more states across the country continue to decriminalize or legalize marijuana use, the number of teens smoking pot has actually declined. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reported that teen marijuana use has not increased for the past four years and actually dropped slightly in 2014, the first year several states began legalizing it. However, even more […]

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Emojis Spark a New Expressive Anti-Drug Language for Kids

No matter what you’re feeling right now, there’s probably an emoji to express it. Instead of using words, younger generations are more frequently displaying emojis to convey thoughts or emotions in their text messages and online chats. Whether it’s a smiley face that shows happiness or a face with a teardrop to indicate sadness, these […]

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First Legal Drug Consumption Room to Open in Paris

In a country where medical marijuana for cancer patients is still forbidden in many states, the U.S. is unlikely to start instituting drug consumption rooms anytime soon. But while it may seem like a radical undertaking stateside, these rooms are hardly a new phenomenon throughout the world. The Drug Room Concept More than 90 drug consumption […]

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Weekend Drug Use Usually Turns into Weekday Use

When it comes to substance abuse, most people are unable to exercise self-control. Think about how many times you’ve heard someone say “I’m only having one drink,” only to witness them drunk by the end of the night. In the same way that people lowball the amount of alcohol they end up consuming, illicit drug […]

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Teenagers and Sleeping Pills are a Bad Combo

We already know that a good night’s rest is essential for growing children and teenagers. And despite having that knowledge, there’s no denying that kids these days are getting less sleep than ever before. National polls have shown that 27 percent of school-age children and 45 percent of adolescents don’t sleep enough. Some of this is due […]

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Mothers Find Strength in the 3 C’s of Addiction

Mother’s Day is a time for sons and daughters to express their gratitude for all that mom has done. Moms are skinned-knee nurses, Michelin-starred macaroni chefs, soccer game chauffeurs, persistently patient psychologists, best friends and experienced mentors. One of the most instinctive – yet sometimes impossible – roles mothers play is the role of protector. […]

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Mexican Farmers Growing Asinine Amounts of Opium

After legalizing marijuana in several states, the U.S. was able to cut off a massive flow of cash to Mexican drug cartels. And while the lack of funds certainly hurt, Mexican drug organizations have regrouped and shifted focus. Instead of marijuana, cartels are now focusing on other money-making drugs – namely heroin – leaving poppy […]

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Flying in Denver? Forget About Buying Pot Souvenirs

It should come as no surprise that marijuana tourism is a very real and very “trendy” thing in Colorado. Ever since the state legalized recreational marijuana use last year, “ganja-preneurs” have organized everything from luxury marijuana tours to cannabis clubs.  Some small mountain towns have even reported that tourists account for 90 percent of their marijuana […]

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Georgia Legalizes a Singular Form of Medical Marijuana

Georgia residents suffering with major illnesses like multiple sclerosis, cancer or AIDS wasting recently got some good news. State lawmakers officially signed a bill that allows for the legal use of cannabis oil. Recognizing that the active ingredients in marijuana can alleviate many of the painful and debilitating side effects caused by these diseases, officials […]

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Overdose Prevention: Don't Wait Until it's too Late

Drug overdose deaths have been a long-standing program in the U.S., but the issue has grown into an epidemic in recent years. Deaths from prescription drug overdoses have quadrupled since 1999, while heroin overdose deaths climbed 39 percent between 2012 and 2013. When it comes to overdose prevention, being proactive is always the best plan of action. […]

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Addicted Kids: Parents Feel Lost in Shame and Stigma

Although progress is made everyday in the field of drug addiction, addiction-related stigmas are still prevalent in our society. Even in the face of scientific evidence, some still feel addiction is merely a character flaw, a moral failing and a reflection of the household. Twisted and Tangled Feelings Unfortunately, many parents of addicts internalize these […]

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5 Tips for Making Your Teen's Prom Safe and Sober

  Throughout May and June, high school seniors begin gearing up for what can feel like the biggest night of their lives. Prom night can be a great way for your child and his or her friends to celebrate making it through four years of school together. And in all reality, prom night can sometimes […]

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5 Tips for Talking to Your Teen About Weed

More young people are using marijuana than ever before. In fact, the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that more than 21 percent of high school seniors have used marijuana over the last month. Even worse, nearly 6 percent of the teens reported daily use. So, what’s causing the massive spike in underage pot […]

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Willie Nelson is Set to Launch His Own Marijuana Brand

After hearing that Willie Nelson is getting into the legal marijuana business, a lot of people had the same reaction: What took so long? Willie Nelson’s name has become almost as synonymous with marijuana as with his classic country songs. The music legend has been arrested a total of four times for marijuana possession – […]

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Flakka: The Designer Drug Putting Bath Salts to Shame

Remember the bath salt craze that swept the nation a few years ago? Well, many drug users across the country are now partying like it’s 2012 all over again, thanks to a potentially fatal and highly dangerous designer drug called Flakka. Knowledge is Power Just like bath salts, Flakka is made from the chemical Alpha-PVP, […]

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Can Safe Cars Save Us from Impaired Drivers?

According to statistics compiled by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 30 people die in alcohol-related car crashes every single day. That’s a drunk driving fatality every 51 minutes, accounting for one third of all vehicle deaths. Not only does drunk drinking costs lives, the financial cost of alcohol-related crashes tops out […]

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Tips for Separating Personality Disorders and Opiate Abuse

While debate continues regarding “addictive personalities,” psychologists and substance abuse professions agree certain personality disorders may be associated with opiate addiction. However, concrete evidence of the correlation is difficult, as diagnosable symptoms can be exacerbated by opiate use. Is it a mental health issue or a symptom of addiction? A Look at the Numbers Statistics […]

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NC School Program Tackles Addiction Head-On

If you remember anything at all from pre-kindergarten or kindergarten, those memories likely include your favorite nap time spot, playing with blocks or perhaps learning how to read. But for the kids in one North Carolina county, part of their school days will now be spent learning about some very adult prescription medications. Kids and […]

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Seattle Attorney Pushes City to Embrace More...Weed?

Marijuana use is now legal in Washington, but an attorney for the city of Seattle wants to take pot to a whole new level. Pete Holmes recently introduced a sweeping policy proposal – one that has many Seattle residents shaking their heads in disbelief. A New “Garden” State? Holmes shocked many of his peers by […]

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Cities Bounce Back from Years of Drug-Related Damage

For years, we’ve hoped to see the fruitful results of clean-up efforts within our nation’s drug-ravaged cities. We’ve been told they’re working, but now there’s proof to back up those claims. And believe it or not, that proof is coming from Google Street views. One Step at a Time Urban Rehabilitations shows shocking before-and-after images of […]

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There's a Rehab for Everyone...Including Animals

After 20 years of alcohol abuse, two Russian residents have received an offer to attend rehab – free of charge – in Romania. This would be a heartwarming story under normal circumstances, but this “intervention” is different. Why? Well, for starters, the addicts in question are wild bears. Yes, you read that correctly; two wild […]

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The Making of an Addicted Newborn

Although pregnancy is a life-changing event that motivates many women to seek help for drug addiction, others continue to struggle during pregnancy. The consequences of drug abuse during pregnancy can be devastating for both the mother and unborn child. The Process of Addiction Unborn babies that are continually exposed to drugs in the womb are […]

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Bakery Customers Accidentally Dosed with "Spice"

Think you and your family are safe from ingesting drugs? Well, think again. Nearly 50 people have been hospitalized after eating bread from a California bakery that was somehow laced with synthetic drugs – specifically a synthetic pot known as “spice.” A Little Something Extra in the Bread Health officials in Orange County reported that a “substantial” […]

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Arrested and Deported for Possession...of a Sock?

Most of us have seen someone wearing a loud pair of holiday socks or laughed when a co-worker showed up late wearing mismatched socks. While these certainly qualify as fashion faux-pas, they’re nothing compared to the socks Mr. Moones Melloui was caught wearing. The Trouble with Socks While the style or color of some socks […]

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Strange Bedfellows: Yoga, Marijuana and Relaxation

A new yoga class in San Francisco is attempting to take relaxation to a whole new level. Instead of coming up with new stretches or breathing techniques, instructors encourage students to smoke pot before coming in for a yoga class. I Should do What Before Yoga Class? You have a wealth of alternative therapies to […]

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Trading a Cocaine Habit for...Chocolate?

Could chocolate soon become the next drug of choice – one that people use when they’re looking for a fix? Well, one chocolatier out of Belgium has created a line of “high-end cocoa powders” meant to do just that. And these chocolaty confections aren’t eaten by mouth; they’re consumed with a sniffing device…just like cocaine. Sound […]

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Should Colleges Warn Parents About On-Campus Drug Abuse?

Although drinking and smoking pot have long been prevalent on college campuses, parents have new reason for concern as heroin use is now sharply rising among university students. The Numbers on Campus A 2012 National College Health assessment found that over 19 percent of students said they knew someone who had used heroin, while nearly […]

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THC Edibles: Don't Let Appearances Fool You

Thanks to their yummy appearance, many people believe that marijuana edibles aren’t dangerous. In reality, however, nothing could be further from the truth. This unique form of mistaken identity is responsible for a number of THC overdoses, leaving many communities asking why marijuana edibles aren’t being regulated more closely. Confections that Pack a Punch Last […]

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Keeping Your Teen Sober is a Family Affair

There is a wide chasm between tough love and enabling, especially when it comes to teens and addiction. Parents often feel lost in a sea of uncertainty, going back and forth between punishing and coddling teenagers facing drug-related issues. While there is no universal guide to raising teenagers, the last thing you want to feel […]

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Meth Sores: A Shocking Physical Consequence of Meth Abuse

Meth abuse causes physiological damage that includes the destruction of your brain’s pleasure centers, but the physical side effects associated with this drug are, quite frankly, horrific. While hair loss and rotting teeth are common physical traits among meth addicts, one of the most prevalent and shocking physical side effects of this drug come in […]

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Meet the New Synthetic Ingredient Causing Chaos

A new synthetic substance that is 100 times stronger than cannabis has been causing havoc throughout Europe and experts fear this dangerous drug will find its way to the United States. The new “psychoactive substance” goes by the name of CHMICA or CHMINACA. It is named after a chemical commonly found in synthetic marijuana, known as AB-CHMINACA. […]

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Couple High on Meth "Trapped" in Unlocked Closet for Days

In a not-so-classic illustration of methamphetamine delusions, a Florida couple allegedly called police to report they were locked inside a Daytona State College janitor’s closet. The duo told 911 operators they had been “trapped” for a period of two days. What these two meth-fueled closet dwellers didn’t know, however, was that the closet door had been unlocked […]

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Proactive Parenting: Keeping Kids Safe from Addiction

Drug use continues to be a major issue among pre-teens and adolescents. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports 36 percent of all 12th-graders smoked marijuana last year, while 15 percent illegally abused prescription drugs. As if that weren’t bad enough, the data shows children as young as 10 years old are experimenting with alcohol and […]

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Teens and Brain Injuries: A Higher Risk for Drug Abuse

More than 12 million Americans use crystal meth on a daily basis, but a new study has found that teenagers who suffer from traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are more susceptible to using the drug. Linking Brain Injuries and Meth Use The results of this groundbreaking research project have been published in the latest issue of […]

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Holiday Break: Time to Check-Up on Your College Student

It’s not just the Freshman 15 that’s common among college students: Substance abuse, eating disorders, depression and anxiety are all common issues that many young adults suffer through during their time on campus. Making Mental Health a Priority A 2011 survey from the American College Health Association found a substantial number of students suffer from behavorial health […]

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Bob Marley Officially Gets His Own Weed Label

Bob Marley was – and still is – the king of reggae music. The iconic singer was also a huge proponent of marijuana. Some of his fans might be wondering why this form of product placement took so long, but the late Jamaican singer is finally getting his own brand of legalized retail marijuana. The […]

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Opioid Wars: An Honest Look at the Addiction Epidemic

A new documentary is highlighting the ongoing opioid addiction epidemic in Maine, but other first-hand accounts have also been filmed in an effort to show the hard-hitting reality of opioid addiction across the country. Viewers are given unprecedented access to what can only be described as an “uncomfortable” reality. The Daily Struggle to Feed an […]

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Researchers Launch Study of OTC Medicine Addiction

A new study has found that addictions to over-the-counter (OTC) medications like ibuprofen and non-prescription painkillers may not be as uncommon as many think, sparking further investigations on the subject. Medicine Cabinet Dangers Niamh Fingleton, a PhD student at the University of Aberdeen, has completed the initial phase of what is believed to be the […]

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5 Tips for Getting Addicted Teenagers into Rehab

Drug use issues among teenagers may be on the decline in the U.S., but those with substance abuse problems often aren’t receiving the treatment they so urgently need. A 2014 report from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found that almost 25 million Americans ages 12 and up currently need treatment for […]

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Cracking the Chemistry Code of Synthetic Drugs

Makers of synthetic marijuana have been able to dodge law enforcement officials by continuous tweaking the chemicals in their products, but police are now hoping to find ways to finally crack the code. The Synthetic Nightmare Synthetic cannabis, which has street names including “Spice” and “K2,” are often sold at locations such as gas stations […]

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3 Outrageous Marijuana "Miracle" Cures Exposed

Although modern marijuana research is still in its infancy, a lack of scientific evidence hasn’t deterred the rumor mill. A quick online search brings up thousands of results, each promising that cannabis has miraculous and all-natural healing powers. Since many people don’t do their own factual digging, it could easily seem as if weed cures […]

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The Devastation of Synthetic 2C-B Marches On

A designer synthetic drug known as 2C-B is currently wreaking havoc in Colombia, but it has been making headlines in the U.S. and other countries for years. The Basics of 2C-B 2C-B was first created in the ‘70s by an American chemist as an aid during therapy. The drug comes in a powder form and […]

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5 Vintage Anti-Drug PSA’s You Have to See to Believe

Nobody wants to see kids doing drugs. However, anti-drug PSA’s don’t always get the message across. As these old-school videos show, good intentions can sometimes get lost in translation. 1. Ninja Turtles Poor Joey. In this classic 1980s anti-pot PSA, a young drug dealer confronts a young boy named Joey by his locker at school, […]

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New Marijuana Edibles Promise a "Mild" High

Many of Colorado’s recreational marijuana retailers are scrambling to bring in new business. Instead of targeting the experienced and knowledgeable cannabis users, stores are looking to lure in a more “THC-naïve” clientele. To attract these consumers, many Colorado retailers are offering up a new line of marijuana edibles that provide a “mild” high. Edibles Pose […]

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Drug-Laced Candies Bring an Early Halloween Scare

This isn’t your typical Halloween candy. Two men were arrested last week after police caught them carrying three pounds of ecstasy-laced candy in the town of Eugene, Oregon. Bradley Lyndon Cosby and James Richard Cossairt, both 35, were arrested and slapped with drug charges after officers found the men carrying a bag with 150 pieces of the […]

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What Do a Teenager's Eyes Say About Drug Abuse?

Generations of parents have spent many a night lying awake, waiting for their teenagers to come home. With a simple hug goodnight, parents were able to conduct the “smell” test for alcohol or marijuana. Unfortunately, today’s parents can no longer rely solely on their noses to provide clues about a teen’s nighttime activities. Over the […]

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Etizolam: What Every Parent Should Know

Hospitals around the country have seen a spike in the number of emergency room visits linked to a prescription drug known as etizolam. This dangerous and relatively little-known sedative has garnered a lot of unwanted attention lately. Firstly, it isn’t regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. Additionally, etizolam is undetected by most drug tests. As if […]

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Cloud 9: New Synthetic Drug Ripping Through the Heartland

Synthetic drugs are a growing problem in the United States, especially among teenagers and young adults. Just when authorities think they’ve eradicated one synthetic substance, another one takes its place. Currently, Cloud 9 is one of the most dangerous designer drugs on the streets. What is Cloud 9? Though Cloud 9 is classified as a […]

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'Out of Reach' Documentary Exposes Pill-Popping Teens

A high school student from Texas is highlighting the issue of prescription drug addiction among teenagers in a startling new documentary, but says that parents are indirectly causing the source of the problem. Cyrus Stowe, 17, created the documentary “Out of Reach,” which shows his fellow classmates popping pills on camera. Several of the students […]

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5 Popular Ways to Quit Smoking and How Well They Work

If you’re looking to kick your smoking habit, you’re not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 69 percent of current cigarette smokers in the U.S. want to quit. There are plenty of methods to try, but which ones are actually likely to work? Let us break it down for you. […]

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Marijuana-Laced Pizza Hits Los Angeles

From brownies to peanut brittle, marijuana has found its way into a multitude of food items over the last several years. Now a Los Angeles startup is looking to carve out a niche of its own by selling frozen pot-laced pizzas to multiple L.A. dispensaries. Stoned Oven Gourmet Medibles says their product offers “smoke-free pain […]

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Want to Go to College? Then Stop Smoking Pot

There’s a lot of argument over how marijuana use might affect young people throughout their formidable years, but a lack of solid data to help figure it out. That leaves many parents in the dark when it comes to making decisions about use and legalization. A study published in the July edition of the Journal […]

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Can Nail Polish Really Detect Rape Drugs in Your Drink?

The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) estimates that one in six women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime, many of whom are unknowingly drugged. Known as date rape drugs, these chemicals generally have no color, smell, or taste, making them nearly impossible to detect when added to a drink. Victims quickly become […]

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Study Says: More Marijuana, Less Domestic Violence

Married couples are supposed to share their lives with one another and, thanks to a new study published in the August edition of Psychology of Addictive Behaviors online, it looks like sharing marijuana can also be somewhat beneficial. Researchers found that couples who smoke marijuana together have fewer incidences of domestic violence. The study, which […]

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What You Need to Know About Marijuana Wax

This isn’t Burt’s Bees. A new marijuana product looks and feels like lip balm, but a single application is the equivalent of smoking 15 to 20 joints of pot. The marijuana wax goes by several names including Honeycomb, Wax and Butter. It’s made from oils found in pot plants and has a higher concentration of […]

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Will Human-Sized Rat Cages Stop Teen Marijuana Use?

A new campaign entitled “Don’t Be a Lab Rat” is taking on teenage marijuana use in Colorado and stirring up some serious debate in the process. The unique anti-weed campaign was officially unveiled yesterday, with organizers setting up several human rat cages around the state of Colorado. Each cage bears the message: “Because so much […]

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Two More Overdose Deaths Reported at EDM Festival

Electronic dance music (EDM) festivals have earned an unwanted reputation as of late. Shows in Las Vegas, Brooklyn, Boston, and Washington saw dozens of concertgoers rushed to local hospitals, suffering from apparent drug overdoses. What’s worse, many of those victims died. And now Columbia, Maryland can add its name to the growing list of EDM […]

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Back to School: Protect Your Teen from Substance Abuse

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Monitoring the Future study, roughly 30 percent of teenagers between the ages of 12 and 17 will experiment with illicit drugs – including alcohol, marijuana, cocaine and prescription pills. In fact, teenagers are more likely than adults to engage in risky drug behaviors as a way to […]

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Is the Electric Zoo Festival’s Anti-Drug PSA Enough?

In the growing wake of drug overdose deaths at summer concerts, one New York festival is making it a priority to educate concertgoers about the dangers of drug use. The Electric Zoo Festival has launched a “Come to Life” campaign PSA, which was written and produced by Dexter creator/writer James Manos, Jr. and his 19-year-old […]

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Hey Kids, Want Some Free Cocaine?

Let’s face it; drug dealers aren’t exactly known for their compassionate sense of giving. These days, it’s common to see reports of terrible violence brought down on a “client” who racked up massive drug debt, but simply couldn’t afford to pay. Strangely enough, a group of drug dealers in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada decided it was […]

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HGH Use Exploding Among American Teens

With promises to deliver increased muscle bulk and athletic performance, improved looks, and exhilarating energy boosts, human growth hormone (HGH) is now being widely abused and sold in mass quantities on the black market. Hammering home the prevalence of illegitimate use, a large-scale national survey shows that abuse of HGH among America’s teenagers has more […]

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Suboxone Overdose: It's a Bigger Problem than You Think

Suboxone was initially approved for the treatment for opioid addiction in 2002. When taken as prescribed, Suboxone works to decrease the symptoms of opiate dependence and withdrawal. When the medication is abused, on the other hand, accidental overdoses are possible. In fact, a report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) found […]

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What You Need to Know About Kratom

Kratom is a drug made from the leaves of Mitragyna speciosa, a tropical species of tree native to Thailand and Indonesia. The broad leafed, evergreen tree bears round spiky seed pods similar to a sweet gum tree. When chewed or consumed in tea, kratom leaves have a psychoactive effect that dulls pain and increases alertness. […]

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Teen Smokes Spice and Has a Psychotic Breakdown

News stories chronicling the dangers of synthetic cannabis – commonly referred to as spice – are becoming increasingly common. Use of the chemical-laden product has been linked to serious health issues and even death. One of the most disturbing spice-related incidents involves a young lady who ultimately experienced a psychotic breakdown as a result of […]

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Location, Location, Location: Opiate Overdose Rates Vary by State

Prescription painkillers are among the most commonly abused substances in the nation. Though these medications are meant to treat moderate to severe pain, they also create a sense of euphoria that can quickly become addictive. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 46 people in the United States die from prescription painkiller overdoses every day. […]

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Kids with ADHD are More Likely to Abuse Drugs

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is the most common neurobehavioral disorder among children, affecting approximately 8 percent of the nation’s children and adolescents. A new study found that children who suffer from the disorder are more than twice as likely to try and/or abuse drugs. Conducted by the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) and published in the […]

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Scientific Proof that Magic Mushrooms Free Your Mind

Hallucinogens have long been used by indigenous cultures to induce a religious experience, or vision. Now a new study published in the journal Human Brain Mapping has found that psychedelic mushrooms send the mind into a dream-like state. Most of the subjects in the study reported feeling less depressed and anxious for weeks after consuming […]

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Dozens Hospitalized from Drug Abuse at Avicii Concert

Grammy-winning DJ and producer Avicii and the electronic dance music (EDM) culture have earned quite a tarnished reputation over the last 12-months. More than a hundred EDM fans have been hospitalized at Avicii concerts in recent weeks, with hundreds more requiring on-scene medical treatment directly related to drug and alcohol abuse. The latest incident on […]

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Flying High? How the TSA is Adjusting to New THC Laws

While citizens of Washington and Colorado can legally carry small amounts of marijuana, they are not allowed the same privilege when traveling by air. Federal law still recognizes marijuana as an illegal drug, making it a criminal offence to fly the friendly skies while in possession of weed. The question is how airports plan to […]

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These Guys Want to Deliver Weed to Your Door

Need your weed fix, but leaving the house and driving to a dispensary is just too much hassle? Believe it or not, there’s an app for that. A newly developed application called Canary is set to make marijuana delivery as easy as ordering a pizza. Instead of a 30-minute delivery guarantee, Canary serves as a […]

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THC Sandwiches at Seattle's Marijuana Restaurant

MagicalButter is embracing the budding cannabis industry. Founded in Seattle by Garyn Angel, the company started last year with his invention, the MagicalButter Botanical Extractor. They made headlines last May when they introduced the MagicalButter Food Truck, which features an all cannabis infused menu. Now MagicalButter is opening a brick and mortar restaurant in Seattle. […]

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New Marijuana Breathalyzer Could Make Roads Safer

Driving under the influence of marijuana can impair a driver’s abilities and create unsafe conditions on the roadway. For law enforcement, testing drivers for suspected marijuana use has been difficult, usually requiring a hospital visit for a blood sample. However, a new test developed for detection of THC – the main psychoactive chemical in marijuana […]

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Why You Should Never Take MDMA in Hot Weather

A new study by the National Institutes of Health found that rats were more likely to overdose on MDMA in hot environments and crowded social settings. The investigation was conducted by scientists from the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Intramural Research Program, and will be published in the journal Neuroscience. It suggests that mammals lose […]

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What You Need to Know About the 'Snapchat Drug'

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but the Snapchat smartphone app would surely disagree after a dangerous synthetic drug began using its name and trademarked logo. The Snapchat drug hit the streets of Darwin, Australia over the weekend, each pill clearly stamped with the popular app’s signature ghost logo. The Snapchat drug […]

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Should Middle Schools Drug Test Students?

A Pennsylvania mother has expressed outrage after her 10-year-old daughter was drug tested at school three times this year. Fifth-grader Natalie Cassell was pulled from class three times for the drug tests because she is a member of Susquenita Middle School’s Family and Consumer Science Club. The Susquenita School District requires any student participating in […]

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What You Need to Know About Fentanyl-Laced Heroin

Fatal heroin overdoses are spiking in cities across the nation, but there’s a lot more to this story than meets the eye. Hundreds of unsuspecting users are purchasing a deadly new variant of heroin – one that’s laced with fentanyl, an opiate 100 times more powerful than morphine. The dangerous concoction continues to work its […]

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Does Marijuana Affect Male Fertility?

If you’re trying to get pregnant it may be time to give up that marijuana vice. A study performed at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom has linked the use of cannabis to significantly lower levels of fertility in men. However men that smoke pot can still get a woman pregnant. The study […]

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'Wake and Bake' Marijuana Coffee is Coming to Washington

Morning rituals are very specific. While some people can’t function before having a cup of coffee, others have a similar feeling toward smoking marijuana in the morning. Known as “wake and bake” in marijuana lingo, the process involves waking up in the morning and immediately smoking pot. By simply throwing some coffee in the mix, […]

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Famous 'Blow' Smuggler George Jung Released from Prison

George Jung, known as one of the most prolific drug smugglers in US history and the inspiration for the 2001 film Blow, was released from prison on Monday after nearly 20 years behind bars. Jung, now 71, was initially sentenced to 60 years in 1994, but was given a reduced sentence after testifying in the […]

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The Vape Debate: Pros and Cons of E-Cigarettes

An electronic cigarette (“e-cig” or “e-cigarette”) is a battery-operated smoking apparatus, sometimes called a vaporizer, designed to be an alternative to traditional cigarettes. The construction and operation of most e-cigarettes are easy enough to understand; however, there is a fierce debate regarding e-cigarettes (as well as other vaporizers) in modern society. That debate is likely […]

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Canada's Crack Pipe Vending Machines Cause Massive Controversy

Vending machines keep popping up in cities around the world, but a number of those machines aren’t selling traditional candy bars and flavored popcorn. Just a few weeks before Colorado set up its first marijuana vending machines, an organization located in Vancouver opened their own quick convenience stop. What sets the Canadian machines apart, however, […]

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Warning Signs Your Teen is Experimenting with Drugs

Drug and alcohol abuse in teenagers is a serious issue in today’s culture. Studies show that those who begin abusing drugs as juveniles are at a higher risk of becoming addicts than those who begin using at a later age. This is because the teenage brain is not fully developed, and impulse controls are not […]

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Exploring the Shocking Bath Salts Induced Crimes

If you have ever considered doing bath salts, you might want to think twice. “Yeah, yeah,” you’re thinking, “Inhalants aren’t all that bad.” Well, you’re in for a surprise. Haven’t you heard the news? People on bath salts have been running around naked and committing crimes! It’s a strange phenomenon for sure, and it’s been […]

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Can I Die Trying to Detox from Alcohol or Drugs?

If you’re trying to detox from alcohol or drugs, you may want to consult a medical provider. Detoxing incorrectly from alcohol and some drugs can lead to serious side effects. Medical providers are there to help you, and they will know exactly what to do to prevent your withdrawal symptoms from taking over while you […]

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A Comprehensive List of Drug Kingpin Arrests and Prosecutions in the US

The sale of illegal drugs is wildly lucrative, which is what makes it so attractive for criminals. Drug kingpins run vast drug empires that see millions if not billions of dollars in sales every year. Many of these kingpins act both inside and outside the United States, obtaining illegal substances from places like Myanmar and […]

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A Complete Guide to the US Presidents and Their Drug and Alcohol Use

The history of alcohol and drug use among United States presidents is a complex topic, especially since some drugs that are now illegal were legal at different points in this country’s history. For example, in the late 1800s, many over-the-counter remedies had large amounts of cocaine in them. Even with that caveat, some presidents indulged […]

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15 of the Most Horrific Drinking and Driving Accidents

A drunk driving accident that results in injury or loss of life is tragic. However, some accidents are particularly horrific because of high fatality rates, terrible injuries, or other circumstances. Due to unawareness of the possible effects of alcohol use, it can lead to fatal injuries, accidents and even death. 1. Taconic State Parkway, New […]

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15 Famous Cocaine Addicts and Why They Used

Cocaine, a derivative of the coca plant, is a stimulant drug that causes its users to feel euphoric and alert. Recreational cocaine use was not illegal in the United States until 1914. Before that, it was frequently included in patent medicines, most famously a drink called Vin Mariani, which was so popular that it was […]

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9 Beautiful Models with Alcohol or Drug Addiction Problems

Models can be exposed to very adult problems at an early age, which is perhaps why some end up with drug and alcohol problems. These nine models have dealt with severe alcohol and drug abuse problems, and many are not yet sober. While some of these models might be in denial about their alcohol and […]

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Seven Weird Drug Laws You May Not Believe Are Real

Despite the fact that some drugs are illegal and not supposed to be used in the United States, laws and regulations exist to deal with those who go against these rules. These laws were put in place for a reason at the time, but some of them make no sense or seem pointless. Here are […]

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15 Famous Heroin Addicts and Why They Used

Heroin, an opiate drug derived from the poppy plant, is a stimulant that produces euphoria. Though it has some medical applications, recreational use is illegal in the United States. Nonetheless, heroin abuse is a common problem. Here are fifteen celebrities who struggled with heroin addiction. 1. Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain, former front man of Nirvana, […]

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Three of the Craziest Government Drug Experiments Ever

Over the years, the U.S. CIA has completed many drug experiments for use in special ops missions, and it has done some strange experiments to see how a drug affects a user over time. These three experiments focus on the use of LSD and methamphetamines and are some of the most unusual tests you’ve ever […]

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Why Drug Cartels Keep Attacking Rehab Centers

Mexico has long been associated with the drug trade, primarily because of its weak borders and low levels of law enforcement. Even so, it’s shocking to hear when rehabilitation centers are being attacked by gunmen working for the cartels. Gunmen have attacked a number of rehab centers in Mexico, and some people fear it could […]

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How Much Money Is Spent on Anti-Drug Campaigns in America?

Drugs are a serious issue, people cry. They’re ruining our youth, killing our babies, and zombifying our elders! These sort of claims are often made by anti-drug campaigns, but are they realistic? And how much money is spent on anti-drug messages, anyway? Is it effective? There are so many questions that could be asked, of […]

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Bad Science: Drug Experiments Gone Horribly Wrong

Science experiments have a bit of a bad rap at times. When they go well, they’re ignored, but when they go badly, they are reported throughout the media. This hasn’t always been the case, though. Experiments with people could be hidden, and bad results could be suppressed. The most recent story is of a clinical […]

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6 Amazing Conspiracies (or Conspiracy Theories) Involving Drugs and the Government

A quick look at the Internet shows that conspiracy theories are quite popular. Many people tend to enjoy a good conspiracy theory like a good book—appreciating the contents and the story but not believing it. The distrust of government in general, however, ensures that stories like these will be believed by a small minority, and […]

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Can Animals Get Addicted to Drugs the Same Way Humans Do?

Science provides all manner of possibilities, and an intriguing one is whether animals can get addicted to substances in the same way humans do. Could you, for example, get a cat hooked on catnip or a dog hooked on chocolate? Not that you would want to, of course, but are animals susceptible to addiction? Many […]

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The Damage Done By The Cocaine Trade

When you think of cocaine, you probably think of its illegality, the headlines of celebrities getting busted with it, the expense, and maybe the 1980’s. But there is another cost and one that’s impossible to truly measure: the human wreckage it leaves not just for addicts, but to those, willingly or not, swept up in […]

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The 10 Most Expensive Luxury Drug Rehabs

If you’ve been living the high life, have thought about drug rehab, and still think the healing path isn’t a glamorous experience, think again. Here are ten luxury drug rehab centers you just won’t want to pass up visiting or staying at, even for some time. Chances are these places will be an addiction in […]

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Joint Interview with Five Former Drug Kingpins

If you’ve been scheming and think you might be able to take the world of drug dealing by storm, you may want to consider what’s been going through the minds of some former drug kingpins following their demise. A few are no longer living today, if that tells you anything about being careful with illegal […]

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Five Signs of an Impending Relapse… And Five Things You Can Do About It

Whether you got out of rehab recently or have been clean for years, a relapse is possible. In fact, it is estimated that “more than 90 percent of those trying to remain abstinent have at least one relapse before they achieve lasting sobriety.” Addiction is a serious, life-affecting issue that has many triggers. Even though […]

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The Case Against Legalizing Drugs

When it comes to drugs, there are almost as many stances as there are drugs. They all hinge on one major question: Is the general public able to responsibly consume drugs? The evidence says no. There are a number of legal drugs available on the market, and the most common one is alcohol. It’s been […]

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The Case for Legalizing Drugs

There is a common misconception that drugs are generally bad for you. Of course, in excess and when used inappropriately, that’s true. But it’s hard to insist that some of the drugs that are currently banned in the United States are more dangerous than alcohol or nicotine. Alcohol Ban Did Not Work Let’s face it: […]

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