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Stealthy Methods Teens Use to Hide their Drugs

a teen's bedroom

Both parents and educators are often challenged with determining whether a teen is using drugs.  With the widespread availability and abuse of prescription drugs and now heroin, today it is more critical than ever to know if a young person is involved in substance abuse.  Intervening is sometimes a matter of life or death.

Teachers and educators may not have access to a student’s belongings, but this information could be helpful in discussing with a parent whose child you suspect may be using. read more

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Not My Child

Raising awareness to look for signs of drug use

two teen boys with basketballNo one wants to believe their child will become a drug addict.  For many parents, it may seem like a remote possibility, their son or daughter does well in school, participates in extra curricular activities, and aside from the usual teenage rebellion appears to be headed on the right path.  Yet there are countless stories online about young people who became addicted to opiates or other drugs, and much to our great sadness those who overdosed.

Parents need to be aware that any child is susceptible to drug use these days and look for the signs.  The environment and culture in which we live today can overpower the positive guidance and influence a parent has provided for their child. read more

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If They Know Drugs are Dangerous, Why Do They Start?

two young people smoking marijuana

Our youth have been hearing anti-drug messages from the time they are old enough to know what drugs are. They have heard extensively about how drugs are bad for them, drugs are dangerous, how they can kill you. Kids are also not sheltered from the news of drug overdoses or hearing about this happening to someone they know.

No Child Says “I Want to be an Addict When I Grow Up”.

In their younger years, most children will adamantly tell you that they will NEVER take drugs.  Yet here are those same kids as teens, after years of education and hearing about all the dangers, now willing to experiment with drugs or alcohol.  Those are our same kids who end up addicted, or worse, overdosing. read more

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How Marketing Influences the Rise and Fall of Drug Use Amongst Youth

Two teens smoking a marijuana joint

Does advertising work to influence the use of drugs, alcohol or tobacco? Let’s look at how cigarette use has dwindled over the last several decades. Starting in the 1960s, advertising began to be used to reduce tobacco use and thereby save lives. In response, teen use between 1997 and 2013 dropped from 37% to 16%. Among adults, cigarette smoking dropped from 42.4% to 16.8%. The results may be slow but changes in tobacco advertising has definitely helped shrink these numbers.

(Use Risk Behavior Survey 1991-2013) read more

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Another Kind of Peer Pressure: Insistence on Silence

teen worried about friend

Encouraging Teens to Look out for Their Peers

We all know that youth are dealing with a lot of peer pressure. Few kids are immune to this invisible force that can be subtle in its manifestations but brutal in its effects. The simple desire to be liked or fit in with a group of friends can influence an individual’s values and actions in dangerous ways. Peer pressure is effective in convincing youth to take part in risky activities like drug use and sex and it’s also in full force in convincing teens to stay silent when they see their friends taking serious risks. read more