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.

Study Finds 88% of Teens Who Abuse ADHD Drugs Use Someone Else’s Medication

A study from the University of Florida College of Public Health and and Health Professions and the College of Medicine found almost 90 percent of teens who abuse medications for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) say they used someone else’s medication.

The study included more than 11,000 American children and teens ages 10 to 18, who were interviewed between 2008 and 2011. This was published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. Learn more here and read the journal article 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

Praise Pointers for Parents and Teachers

The Search Institute writes, “The ways parents and teachers praise young people makes a lot of difference in whether that praise is encouraging and motivating. Effective praise helps develop a “growth mindset” in which young people recognize that they can learn and grow through effort and practice.” Please click here to see chart spells out six tips for praise that encourage youth to develop a growth mindset.

The Young Adult Abuse Prevention Program

The Young Adult Abuse Prevention Program teaches teens the signs of an abusive relationship, be it verbal, emotional or physical. They also teach what a healthy relationship looks like.

They have advice for kids and parents. They generally teach using interactive lessons and skits.

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

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip of the week: To help maintain energy and keep athletic performance high, avoid exercising on an empty stomach

Complex carbohydrates and proteins provide your body with the nutrition needed to finish a practice, game or race.  You are more likely to perform poorly or feel tired when you do not have enough calories or water. Monitor calorie intake to help with muscle growth and body repair.

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