The Teen Brain: Why Do Teens Act This Way?

From the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids: Have ever looked at your teenager and wondered: “Why does my teen do that?”

From mood swings to risk taking, “normal teenage behavior” can appear to be anything-but-normal to parents and other bystanders. However, new research reveals that patterns of brain development during these formative years play a significant role in shaping your teen’s personality and actions.

Scientists are beginning to learn that it takes a brain about 25 years to fully develop, and that a huge burst of development happens during adolescence. That burst can explain a lot of unpredictable – and sometimes risky – teen behavior.

Tips for Talking and What to Say to Prevent Drug and Alcohol Use

Parents and grandparents, you can play a powerful role in preventing your teen from misusing medicine.

One place to start is with Parent Talk Kit, which has tips for talking to your child at any age about drugs and alcohol, including prescription drugs.

Principles of Substance Abuse Prevention for Early Childhood

An online guide about interventions in early childhood that can help prevent drug use and other unhealthy behaviors was launched today by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health. The guide offers research-based principles that affect a child’s self-control and overall mental health, starting during pregnancy through the eighth year of life. It recognizes that while substance use generally begins during the teen years, it has known biological, psychological, social, and environmental roots that begin even before birth. Click here to view this online guide.

Talking To Teens About Marijuana

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that Pediatricians should provide guidance to adolescents and their parents about what the evidence shows on marijuana use and safety, and the ramifications of marijuana use on teens’ health. Read more about this here.

Student Intervention and Reintegration Program (SIRP)

SIRP is an educational, risk-reduction program for high school aged youth who have had experiences with tobacco, alcohol or drugs, and who may not qualify for treatment. The primary goal of SIRP is to reduce or eliminate use of tobacco, alcohol, or drugs and associated problems, such as absenteeism, car crashes, fights, risky sexual behaviors, and health problems. SIRP helps participants plan for and commit to changes in their behavior.

Learn more about the SIRP Program offered in our service area here

Law Enforcement Sees More High-Potency Marijuana, Called “Shatter”

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents in are seeing an increasing amount of a type of high-potency marijuana known as “shatter”. Some forms of shatter have as much as 90 percent THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. That is about five times the potency of unrefined smoked marijuana. It is more powerful than standard hash oil. Shatter is a thin, hard layer that is similar to glass. It can shatter if dropped.

To read more about this, click here to visit the article on the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

March 2016 Tip of the Month

The quotes included in this months tip were given directly from middle school and high school students from our service area.

Tip of the Month March 2016

Connection between mental health and drug use

Learn more about the connection between drug addiction and mental health issues by visiting the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) website here