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.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration suggests when using nonprescription medicines, here are 10 ways to be sure you’re giving your children the right medicine and the right amount.
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.
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