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.
TEENS AND FAMILIES
The percent of middle and high school students who currently use e-cigarettes has tripled in the past year. This alarming increase happened while the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering whether or not it will use its authority to regulate the marketing and sale of e-cigarettes.
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.
Have you heard of dabbing? Dubbed the "crack of pot,” dabbing is a form of consuming highly concentrated marijuana in a vaporized form and has been described as freebasing marijuana in popular media outlets. Once an underground practice, this dangerous trend has gained popularity in recent months and could change the culture of marijuana use.
Alcohol just got a whole lot more portable—and controversial. Palcohol, a powdered form of alcohol that comes in five flavors, has been approved for sale by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.
Amid mounting pressure from the federal government, student activists and sexual assault survivors, colleges and universities across the nation are taking a critical look at how they handle sexual assault cases. Few, however, have sufficiently examined the importance of addressing binge drinking as part of the much-needed conversation on reforming campus sexual assault policies.
Along with kid-friendly flavors, celebrity endorsements and TV ads, e-cigarette companies are marketing their products to teens in similar ways as Big Tobacco companies did in the past. Is the use of e-cigarettes really “taking back freedom” or essentially robbing the next generation’s freedom from nicotine addiction?
With the holiday season right around the corner, many families affected by substance abuse are dealing with a big question: Should I serve alcohol when one of my guests has a drinking problem?
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