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.
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
Learn more about the connection between drug addiction and mental health issues by visiting the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) website here
Take this 15-question quiz to examine the ways you address alcohol and tobacco use in your family, including how you talk about it and whether others are positive influences in preventing underage alcohol and tobacco use.
If you have more than one child, think about one of them while you’re taking the quiz. You might then repeat it for your other child or children.
Nonmedical use of Adderall, a medication used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), rose 67 percent among young adults between 2006 and 2011, a new study finds. The number of emergency room visits involving misuse of the drug among 18- to 25-year-olds also rose during this period, NPR reports. To read the full article click here.
“Inside the Teenage Brain” from PBS answers lots of questions you may have. View videos, hear interviews, look at studies with this helpful resource!