Frequent Marijuana Use in Teens and Young Adults Can Affect the Brain: Researchers

August 25, 2014 0

Using marijuana at least once a week can lead to cognitive decline, poor attention and memory and decreased IQ in teens and young adults, according to researchers at the American Psychological Association annual meeting. Krista Lisdahl, Director of the Brain Imaging and Neuropsychology Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, noted that 6.5 percent of high school seniors reported smoking marijuana daily, up from 2.4 percent in 1993. Among young adults ages 18 to 25, almost […]

Effects of marijuana use on the brain, body and behavior

February 12, 2014 0

Hear a fascinating presentation by Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, about the effects of marijuana use on the brain, body and behavior. Dr. Volkow’s remarks were given on Feb. 4th at CADCA’s 24th National Leadership Forum.

Opioid system activated during social rejection

October 28, 2013 0

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” goes the playground rhyme that’s supposed to help children endure taunts from classmates. But a new study suggests that there’s more going on inside our brains when someone snubs us – and that the brain may have its own way of easing social pain. The findings, recently published in Molecular Psychiatry by a University of Michigan Medical School team, show that the […]

October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month

October 1, 2013 0

In 2011, President Obama issued the first-ever Presidential Proclamation designating October as National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. This tradition will continue in 2013, as parents, youth, schools, businesses, and community leaders across the country join in this month long observance of the role that substance abuse prevention plays in promoting safe and healthy communities. The economic costs of drug use are enormous: In 2007 alone, illicit drug use cost our Nation more than $193 billion […]

New Survey Finds That Parents Who Support Marijuana Legalization Expect Strict Regulation of Its Availability to Kids

July 22, 2013 0

A new, nationally representative survey released today by The Partnership at Drugfree.org confirms that parents who support legalization of marijuana expect strict regulation of the substance’s availability to kids and teens. While 40 percent of adults say they are in favor of legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes, a majority of them oppose any form of legal marijuana for use among kids and teens. They believe that, like alcohol, it should only be legal for adults […]

Marijuana & Public Health

May 28, 2013 0

This is from the excellent site SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) on the reality we face with public health surrounding marijuana legalization. Health Issues at a Glance Science has learned more about marijuana in the past 20 years than in the preceding two centuries. Ironically, however, there has been a major disconnection between the scientific knowledge gained and the public’s understanding of the drug. People often refer to their own experiences with marijuana, rather than […]

National Study: Teen Misuse and Abuse of Prescription Drugs Up 33 Percent Since 2008

May 1, 2013 0

Stimulants Contributing to Sustained Rx Epidemic  New, nationally projectable survey results released today by The Partnership at Drugfree.org and MetLife Foundation confirmed that one in four teens has misused or abused a prescription (Rx) drug at least once in their lifetime – a 33 percent increase over the past five years. The Partnership Attitude Tracking Study (PATS) also found troubling data on teen misuse or abuse of prescription stimulants. One in eight teens (13 percent) […]

Brains B4 Break

February 14, 2013 0

On Wednesday, March 20th at 7pm Dr. Aaron White – Program Director of Underage and College Drinking Prevention Research at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, is presenting the latest research on the relationship between alcohol and the developing brain. The program is most appropriate for 8th -12th grade students and any community member, parent, youth worker, elected official, etc. Please join us in the Auditorium at Barrington High School to arm yourself […]

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