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The Connection Between Peer Pressure and Underage Drinking

Peer pressure and underage drinking are extremely common problems, but they can also be extremely dangerous. Someone who starts drinking at a young age is more likely to suffer from alcoholism or drug abuse later in life. In addition, drinking can increase the chances that a teenager is the victim of a violent crime or…

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National Drug Facts Week 2015 Educated Teens On Dangers Of Abuse

January 26 to February 1 2015 was the fifth annual National Drug Facts Week (NDFW) held, which helped teens, young adults and families learn the facts surrounding drugs and drug abuse, directly from the scientific experts. With sponsorship from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a part of the National Institutes of Health, the…

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How To Respond If You Suspect Drug Addiction In Your Young Adult

Have you noticed your young adult or adolescent behaving differently recently, with no obvious explanation? Perhaps they always seem to be tired, hostile or depressed? Alternatively, they may simply appear withdrawn. If this is the case, your loved one may have a drug-related problem necessitating the right attention – such as from a young adult…

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How Marijuana Use And Mental Illness May Be Linked

If there is one explanation for the popularity of services offering mental health support in North Carolina among the families who may be concerned about the drug use of their teen or young adult, it is because of the correlation between mental illness and the abuse of drugs like marijuana. Indeed, studies have been carried…

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Driving After Marijuana Use Now More Prevalent Than Drunk Driving Among High School Seniors

One recent study highlighting the need for a young adult treatment center in 2014 to be as well-equipped to cater for marijuana-addicted young adults as for those with other substance abuse issues came from the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. The 2011 survey found that almost 1 in 6…

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Teens Put At Risk By Anti-Anxiety Medication Prescriptions

Anyone with a stake in young adult treatment in North Carolina will take an interest in new research suggesting that there is a greater likelihood of teens who have been prescribed anxiety or sleep medications abusing them later, than those who have never had such a prescription. Teens reported that they used these medications for…

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Welcome Declines In Teen Prescription Opioid Abuse, Cigarette And Alcohol Use

Good news for all across the young adult recovery community is the discovery of a decline since 2013 in teen cigarette and alcohol use, as well as the abuse of prescription pain relievers. Stability was also recorded in rates of marijuana use. These are the positive findings of the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s (NIDA)…

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CNN Documentary Draws Attention To Synthetic Drug Dangers

A recent CNN investigative documentary, Deadly High: How Synthetic Drugs Are Killing Kids, has drawn attention to the continued threat posed by synthetic drugs to the health, wellbeing and even lives of young Americans, despite some encouraging developments and figures as of late. These include a decline in human exposure to bath salts, with the…