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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Archive for the ‘Drug abuse prevention’ Category

Accurate information helps prevent teen substance abuse

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Providing kids with accurate information about the dangers of drugs and how to avoid them is probably the most effective measure parents can take to prevent teen substance abuse. Justin McBride, program director for DrugFreeAZKids.org, says there is a lot of misinformation circulating among teens. They are often told by peers and others that various substances are safe, […]

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Free webinars address teen drug use

teen substance abuse

The statistics on teen drug use are alarming. The 2014 Arizona Youth Survey states that “two-thirds of Arizona youth will try drugs, alcohol and tobacco before graduating high school.” This sobering statistic leaves parents with many unanswered questions, including, “Where do kids get drugs?” This was the topic for a recent Lunchtime Webinar series sponsored by DrugFreeAZKids.org, a program of Southwest […]

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Know the dangers of Halloween candy confusion

For several generations, parents have felt the need to check the candy that their kids collect on Halloween for anything dangerous. It’s something we parents do to keep our kids safe. I had those worries and took those steps with my two kids when they were young. DrugFreeAZKids.org encourages—and helps—parents to know the dangers of […]

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Movies and teen drinking

It’s a question parents, educators and researchers continue to ask: Which kids are more likely to drink alcohol in high school and which ones will take a pass? New study findings published in the May 2015 issue of Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), show a connection between movies and teen […]

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Study: 29 percent of teens have used e-cigarettes

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Use of e-cigarettes by teenagers has been rising steadily each year. But new survey findings are alarming: It is estimated that nearly one-third of high-school-aged teens have used e-cigarettes. In a study to be published in the January 2015 issue of Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), researchers surveyed 1,941 high […]

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Buying and selling ADHD drugs: What to tell kids

Nearly 23 percent of children and teens with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who use stimulant medications are approached to buy, sell or trade ADHD drugs, according to a new study published in the July 2014 issue of Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). According to the AAP, ADHD affects approximately 8 percent of children […]

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Teen drug use: Perspectives from a shrink and a cop

The landscape of opportunity for teens to experiment with drugs and alcohol is always changing. With recent changes in the legal status of marijuana, along with the abundance of new synthetic and designer drugs, what do parents today need to know about drug use? On Saturday, Nov. 9, the Arizona Psychological Association will present an […]

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Q & A with Dr. Drew Pinsky at notMYkid luncheon Friday

What (not who) is Molly? Why are more middle schoolers smoking marijuana than tobacco? When there’s a family history of addiction, what do parents need to know? We caught up with addiction specialist and radio/TV celebrity Dr. Drew Pinsky to get some answers. He’ll share more of his knowledge and his experience raising healthy teens (he has […]

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Back to school, time to talk about drugs

Research shows that the kids who receive strong and frequent messages from their parents about staying away from drugs are less likely to use them. That’s the word from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). As the new school year begins, here’s an update for parents who want to be informed before bringing up the […]

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Thumbs up to Chandler teen for her courage to “Own Up”

Eighteen-year-old Rebecca “Becca” Blaser of Mesa has more than one reason to celebrate. Last month, she graduated from Seton Catholic Preparatory High School in Chandler. She also won a recent essay contest for Arizona’s Own Up campaign. As a new effort to lessen the incidence of underage drinking in Arizona, Own Up challenged students across […]

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