July | Center on Addiction


As America moves toward a more accurate understanding of addiction as a disease and not as a moral choice, there’s hope that popular culture will reflect this shift. Unfortunately, this is not the case with many popular television shows currently on the air.

For years, we’ve been telling parents to talk to their children about the dangers of prescription drug misuse, because these conversations can help reduce teen substance use and prevent addiction. Now there is a new reason for parents to have “the talk”– to warn them about the dangers of fentanyl, a deadly opioid being laced in drugs or substituted for other commonly abused opioids like heroin, OxyContin, Vicodin and Percodan.


As with most types of addiction, perceptions of who’s at risk for a gambling problem are often wrong. The most recent available data indicates that 2.1 percent of U.S. youth aged 14-21 engage in problem gambling – virtually the same percentage as adults with the disorder. Two-thirds of youth reported gambling in the past year and 11 percent said they gambled more than twice per week. 

In recent years, the potency of marijuana has increased considerably, as have the number of people of all ages who perceive marijuana as not particularly harmful or addictive. But just how likely is it that someone who uses marijuana will become addicted to the drug? 

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