The Differences Between Stimulants and Depressants

There are so many different types of drugs out there—both prescribed and illicit—that it can sometimes be difficult to keep track of them. However, it’s important to understand the different types, as this gives you a better awareness of the uses and risks associated with them. Two primary categories of drugs are stimulants (or “uppers”) …

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Painkiller Abuse: How Usage Can Affect Teens Later in Life

Many people know that people, while taking prescription pills, can become dependent on painkillers such as opioids and start abusing them. However, some may not know that painkiller abuse can affect teens later in life as well. Here are some facts to share with your teen so they understand the dangers of painkiller abuse—dangers which …

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4 Myths About Prescription Drug Abuse

There are many myths about drug abuse that can make recognizing and dealing with addiction a challenge. Prescription drug abuse, in particular, has many misconceptions, which makes it all the more important to learn about these false assumptions so that you know when to seek help for your teen. Prescription Drugs are Safer Than Other …

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How to Decide Which Painkiller is the Safest For Your Teen

If your teen is recovering from a painful injury or surgery, your doctor may recommend that they take some prescription pain killers. However, with prescription drug abuse on the rise in teenagers, it can be difficult as a parent to know what prescription painkiller is the best and safest. Here are four things to consider …

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What is Tramadol? 4 Key Facts

Tramadol is a prescription narcotic used to treat mild to severe pain by altering the way the brain and nervous system respond to stimuli. Tramadol is a useful medication for many adults, but it’s becoming increasingly popular in the streets and among teens who take this prescription painkiller to feel high. Unfortunately, these drugs are …

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The Truth About ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a mental health condition that is commonly diagnosed in adolescents. It includes symptoms such as being unable to concentrate, continual fidgeting, struggling to follow directions, being overly active and lacking control over actions. Several factors are believed to cause ADHD, including genes, one’s environment, brain injuries and even poor …

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The Rise of Teen Heroin Abuse

The number of teenagers using illicit drugs, including heroin, has decreased over the last two decades, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. In 2014, 27.2 percent of teens used illicit drugs—a significant drop from the all-time high in 1997, when a recorded 34.1 percent of teens used illicit drugs. But even with the …

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How Drug and Alcohol Abuse Can Affect Grades

Drug and alcohol abuse can result in many negative consequences, especially for students. Beyond its effects on someone's health and wellness, substance abuse can result in poor grades and failing academic performance. The side-effects of substance abuse — which include hangovers, withdrawal, fatigue and depression — can contribute to poor attendance, poor performance on assignments, …

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Treatment Options for Teens Suffering from OxyContin Abuse

Oxycontin is an opioid pain medication that is typically used to relieve long-lasting pain. It has a time-release feature that typically gives up to 12 hours of pain relief, unlike regular pain medications which tend to only last for four hours. Unfortunately, teen abuse of OxyContin is not uncommon. According to an NPR study, one in …

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Why Are Teens in New York Using Drugs?

  As a parent, the thought of your teen using drugs can be stressful and overwhelming—you want the best for them, but you cannot control their actions. However, a little awareness can go a long way. If both you and your teen are aware of the drug use in your area, along with the effects …

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