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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Archive for the ‘Tobacco, alcohol or drug use’ Category

Accurate information helps prevent teen substance abuse

teen drug use

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, 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, a program of Southwest […]

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How much is binge drinking?

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Despite recent declines, two out of every three students (66 percent) have consumed more than just a few sips of alcohol by the end of high school, and over a quarter have done so by eighth grade. In 2014, half of 12th graders and one in nine eighth graders reported having been drunk at least […]

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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. encourages—and helps—parents to know the dangers of […]

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Young baseball fans invited to join No Chew Crew

Young Arizona Diamondbacks fans can learn a valuable lesson about staying healthy and enjoy the benefits of free admission to Sunday home baseball games. All they have to do is join the No Chew Crew club. Almost 9 million people ages 12 and older in the U.S. used smokeless tobacco—chewing tobacco and snuff—according to a […]

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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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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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E-cigarette ads targeting teens?

It’s a Don Draper move that the creative team on Mad Men would relish: Advertising is on the rise for e-cigarettes placed during shows that draw teen audiences. E-cigarettes are battery-operated devices that resemble regular cigarettes. But unlike tobacco cigarettes, e-cigarettes contain a nicotine-infused liquid, sometimes flavored. When the liquid is heated, vapor that resembles […]

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E-cigarettes, and new findings on teen-smoking intervention

Long term trends show that cigarette smoking among middle and high school students has dropped over the past decade. But parents shouldn’t let their guard down just yet. Health experts are concerned about some new dangers lurking on the horizon. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control released data showing that twice as many middle […]

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Teens and smokeless tobacco: what parents need to know

A new study found that most US teens who use smokeless tobacco products also smoke cigarettes. Experts say that counters assumptions that novel smokeless tobacco products are a substitute, or a replacement, for cigarettes. Study findings, to be published in the September 2013 issue of Pediatrics, showed that 5.6 percent of students in grades 6 […]

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