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Adolescents

What Parents Need to Know About ADHD Medication Abuse

The risks and benefits of treating Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) with prescription medication is a frequently covered topic in the news. Parents who are considering ADHD medications for their kids, or who may already have kids taking these medications, are likely to have lingering questions about whether or not these medicines place their child at an increased risk for addiction.

Sleep-Deprived Teens are at Increased Risk of Substance Use

Recent research has shined a light on the potential adverse cognitive and health effects of disrupting the natural sleep cycle of teens, including an increased risk of obesity, depression, automobile accidents, and poor academic performance. Now, an emerging body of research is providing yet another reason to ensure that teens get enough sleep: the significant link between sleep patterns during middle and high school and the risk of substance use.

Cheers for CVS Becoming Tobacco Free, But Jeers for Point-of-Sale Advertising at Other Tobacco Retailers

On October 1, 2014, CVS Health went tobacco free. This is a huge step forward when it comes to tobacco prevention. But it also brings to light the reality that the majority of tobacco sales take place at convenience stores, supermarkets, tobacco stores and beer, wine and liquor stores, not at drugstores. So while this change is monumental, we still have a lot of work to do when it comes to combating the tobacco epidemic at the point-of-sale.

Old Enough to Vote but Not to Smoke

Despite objections that 18 year olds should be treated like adults and allowed to smoke, local governments are trying to prevent the next generation of young adults from becoming victims of the tobacco industry. Last year Chicago banned the sale of all flavored tobacco products, which are marketed to attract young customers, within 500 feet of schools. In October of 2014, the city council just down the road in Evanston, Ill., joined a growing list of cities in banning tobacco sales to anyone under the age of 21. 

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