E-Cigarettes Being Used to Vaporize Marijuana

October 7, 2015 0

E-cigarettes are being used by more people to smoke marijuana or synthetic drugs, CNNreports. People use the devices to get high without police, parents or teachers knowing. E-cigarette devices, known as vape pens, are showing up in a growing number of drug busts, according to CNN. It is almost impossible to tell whether a person is using them to smoke nicotine, marijuana concentrate or synthetic drugs such as K2 or Spice. “It’s the concealment method; […]

Commentary: Revisiting the Impact of Marijuana Legalization on Children

October 6, 2015 0

In December 2011, Join Together published a commentary entitled “Legalization of Marijuana and the Impact on Children.” The article stressed that future laws legalizing marijuana use should have strict provisions designed to prevent underage consumption. In the intervening 44 months, four states plus the District of Columbia have legalized the personal use and possession of small amounts of marijuana,[1] the number of states allowing the medicinal use of marijuana for debilitating medical conditions has increased […]

White House Drug Policy Office Awards $125,000 to County Task Force to Prevent Youth Substance Use in Lake County

September 29, 2015 0

Grants Support Administration Efforts to Emphasize Prevention Among Youth Washington D.C. – Today, Michael Botticelli, Director of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), announced 697 Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program grants, totaling $86 million.  The grants will provide local community coalitions funding to prevent youth substance use, including prescription drugs, marijuana, tobacco and alcohol.  The Lake County Underage Drinking and Drug Prevention Task Force from Lake County, Illinois was one of the grant recipients and will […]

Young adults believe e-cigarettes, hookahs safer than cigarettes: study

September 14, 2015 0

New Brunswick, NJ – Many young adults consider e-cigarettes and hookahs safer than traditional cigarettes, according to a new study from Rutgers University. The study involved nearly 2,900 adults 18 to 34 years old, both smokers and non-smokers. Nearly 58 percent of participants said e-cigarettes are safer than cigarettes, and about 25 percent believe hookahs are less harmful than cigarettes. Other findings include: Nearly 63 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds believe e-cigarettes are safer than […]

Kids younger than 12 misusing prescription drugs, study suggests

September 8, 2015 0

Ann Arbor, MI – More than 10 percent of children have illegally used another individual’s prescription medication, and an increasing number are doing so at a younger age, according to a new study from the University of Michigan. Researchers analyzed data of more than 5,000 Detroit-area students and found the number of children illegally taking prescription drugs at a younger age has more than doubled over a 10-year period. Of children born between 1991 and […]

Past Month Alcohol Use Among U.S. 8th, 10th, and 12th Graders Continues to Decline; Approaching Levels of Marijuana Use

August 3, 2015 0

Alcohol use among middle and high school students continues to decline to record lows, according to data from the 2014 national Monitoring the Future survey. The percentage of 12th graders reporting past month alcohol use decreased from highs above 70% in the late 1970’s to 37% in 2014, the lowest rate since data collection began in 1975. Use among 8th and 10th graders has also declined, reaching record lows in 2014. While alcohol continues to […]

Sports Illustrated– How painkillers are turning young athletes into heroin addicts

July 21, 2015 0

A few weeks ago Sports Illustrated had a compelling piece on prescription drug abuse and the jump to heroin addiction. Roman Montano had barely learned cursive when he was asked to sign his first baseball. Parents of teammates had watched him dominate game after game in Albuquerque’s Little League during the summer of 2000, mowing down batters and belting home runs. The autograph requests were mostly facetious, but what they signified was clear: The kid was going […]

Shocking News– Advertising influences youth on marijuana!

July 8, 2015 0

Viewing ads for medical marijuana may influence middle school students to use the drug, a new study suggests. Students in sixth through eighth grades who saw ads for medical marijuana were twice as likely as others to have used the drug or to say they intended to use it in the future, the study found. The study included more than 8,200 middle school students in Southern California, HealthDay reports. In the first year of the […]

Brain Differences Seen in Teenage Heavy Drinkers

May 21, 2015 0

Teens who drink heavily appear to have significant abnormalities in brain development, a new study finds. Heavy drinking by teens may also be associated with a gene mutation linked to impulsiveness, according to another new study. The studies, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, were scheduled for presentation Monday at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association, in Toronto. Research presented at meetings is considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal. The […]

Extreme binge drinking: How common is it among high school seniors?

January 19, 2015 0

A University of Michigan study published online in JAMA Pediatrics finds that ten percent of high school seniors have engaged in extreme binge drinking, drinking 10 or more alcoholic drinks in a single sitting.The study is based on data from a nationally representative sample of more than 16,000 high school seniors, surveyed between 2005 and 2011 as part of the annual Monitoring the Future Study conducted by the U-M Institute for Social Research (ISR). “More […]

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