Studies Show Teens More Susceptible to Drug Use Because of Legalization

teenThe use of marijuana continues to increase as more states across the nation legalize it for either medical use, or recreational use.  Despite the arguments of marijuana proponents that marijuana is harmless—and even beneficial—there are adverse health effects that come with its increased use.  And teens are more vulnerable to some of those adverse effects, ones which are capable of lessening their quality of life. Continue reading

Study Shows Teens Abusing Anti-Anxiety Drugs and Sleep Medication

teenThe avalanche of prescription drug use in the U.S. has given birth to a dangerous trend now greatly affecting our youth. Never mind that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has actually now classified prescription drug abuse in this country as an epidemic. Even more alarming is the unprecedented amount that these prescriptions are being doled out to our youth, giving rise to a new problem: teen abuse of anti-anxiety drugs and sleep medication. Continue reading

Teen Drug Use at All Time High According to Reports

teenTeen drug use continues to escalate, and some experts cite it as a public health problem of epidemic levels.  The Columbia University-based National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) recently reported that 75 percent of all students in high school have used tobacco, alcohol, or either illicit or legal drugs.  Furthermore, the report reveals that 20 percent of these teens are addicted. Continue reading

The 5 Places Teens Are Getting Drugs From

Teen drug useToday’s teenagers don’t need to turn to the streets to buy their illicit drugs from drug dealers.  In fact, the use of illegal drugs by our nation’s adolescents is declining.  Unfortunately, rather than the street drugs posing the greatest threat to our upcoming generation, it is the non-medical use of prescription drugs and the over-the-counter medications that our young people are misusing and abusing.  Continue reading