More Teens Say They Would Try Marijuana Or Use It More Often If It Were Legal

One-fourth of high school seniors in the United States said they would try marijuana or use it more often if the drug were legalized, according to the nationwide Monitoring The Future survey. That is the highest rate in the 43-year history of the survey, HealthDay reports.

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Drug-Impaired Driving

In 2016, 44 percent of fatally injured drivers with known results tested positive for drugs, up from 28 percent 10 years before.

Additionally, this new report discusses the challenges involved in addressing drug-impaired driving; outlines data available on drugged driving; details the effects marijuana and opioids have on driving ability and crash risk; and provides recommendations for states to curb drug-impaired driving.

To download the report: https://www.ghsa.org/resources/DUID18

Harm Reduction?

Recent studies show parents who supply alcohol to their adolescent children increase the likelihood of substance use disorder and other harms.

To read the full article from Rivermend Health please click here.

 

 

What Parents Should Know About Teens, Drinking and Drugs

Thank you to the Child Mind Institute for this informative piece.
 
Talk to any group of teenagers and you are likely to hear about stress: the pressure to achieve academically, to get into a good college, to be well-rounded, to be beautiful, to be thin, to be popular, to find their passion. With the increasing demands put on teens today, they are especially vulnerable to the dangers of misusing drugs. Below you will find current trends in teen behavior regarding the use of alcohol and other drugs—and strategies for you to use to counteract the beliefs and practices that your teen is likely to encounter.
Click here to learn more and read the tips.

Can Stress Influence Your Child’s Risk-Taking Ability?

Where does our stress response come from, and what actually happens to the brain when it’s under stress?

Watch this extended footage from our film BREAKING POINTS, featuring George Slavich, PhD, Director of the UCLA Laboratory for Stress Assessment and Research, discussing the effects of stress on the brain and why some students turn to risky coping mechanisms — like abusing prescription stimulants — to alleviate it.

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: It is difficult to reach peak performance and learn new information if under the influence of marijuana.

The effects of marijuana can remain in the body for up to several days and may negatively impact attention, motivation, memory and learning. It can also compromise judgment and affect many other skills necessary to be successful in sports.

Many Teens Who Use Juul Devices Don’t Know They Contain Nicotine

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids writes that almost two-thirds of teens and young adults who use Juul e-cigarettes don’t know they contain nicotine, according to a new study.

Juul cartridges, which look like a USB flash drive, have nicotine levels equal to a pack of cigarettes, researchers from the non-profit health organization Truth Initiative report in the journal Tobacco Control.

To read the full article click here.