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Are Teens with Opioid Addiction Getting the Treatment They Need?

Today’s opioid crisis knows no boundaries, especially when it comes to age. The National Institute on Drug Abuse found that “prescription and over the counter drugs [including  prescription opioids] are among the most commonly abused drugs by 12th graders, after alcohol, marijuana, and tobacco.” Over the past 15 years, the number of children and teens hospitalized due to opioid poisoning has nearly doubled and it has been widely cited that most adults in treatment for opioid addiction started using illicit substances before the age of 18. These statistics make it clear that there is a need to effectively identify and treat addiction to opioids among young people in order to prevent the consequences of this disease from following them into adulthood, or worse — cutting their lives short.

Brian Primack, MD, PhD, Discusses the Harmful Trend of Vaping at CASAColumbia’s Addiction Speaker Series

Before the introduction of e-cigarettes to the U.S. market in 2007, a series of enormously successful public health initiatives significantly reduced the rate of cigarette smoking. These initiatives also increased negative attitudes toward tobacco and nicotine products among young people in the U.S. But the introduction of e-cigarettes may be beginning to reverse this trend.

Off to College: Preventing and Reducing Substance Abuse on Campus

It’s that time of year when teens across the country are beginning a new chapter in their lives – leaving their parents’ homes to attend – or in many cases – return to college. This back to college season is an important transition in their lives, where young adults are faced with new and exciting challenges, along with some tough decisions and potentially risky situations. 

Bud Light Finds Another Way to Target Youth

In January, Anheuser-Busch, makers of the popular beer Bud Light, debuted an app for mobile devices called Bud Light Button, which promises delivery of Bud Light to your home in under an hour if you live in Washington D.C. The app is also linked to the company’s national “Up for Whatever” campaign, a sweepstakes with a range of prizes like a DJ and sound system delivered with your beer.

Did you hear? Alcohol is easy to get for underage youth in NYC

Over a quarter of underage youth in New York City have consumed alcohol in the past month, and while their most common method of obtaining alcohol is getting it from other people, the second most common is purchasing it themselves. In an effort to combat this problem, the New York City Department of Health (DOH) launched an initiative through the State Liquor Authority (SLA) to conduct an undercover investigation of New York City stores.

4 Important Facts Every Parent Should Know About Molly and Electronic Dance Music

Recently, the media has picked up several stories of Molly-related deaths at electric dance music (EDM) festivals. The victims in these stories are often young and not known as drug users, making the deaths all the more shocking to their parents and friends. In light of these events, it is important that parents understand more about the pervasiveness of “club drugs” like Molly, a form of MDMA or ecstasy at EDM festivals. Here are some facts to know.

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