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Drug dealers take to social media for selling illegal substances to school children

January 23, 2018   0 Comments

Drug dealers take to social media for selling illegal substances to school children

Recent media investigations highlighted the presence of unscrupulous drug dealers peddling illegal substances, including cocaine, cannabis and ecstasy, to children as young as 12 to 13 years, on several social networking sites like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter. The discovery of this disturbing trend led to widespread condemnation of social media giants, alleging that they
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Study finds link between traumatic brain injury and alcohol abuse among youngsters

August 23, 2017   0 Comments

Any discussion regarding the link between alcohol and traumatic brain injury (TBI) almost always tends to focus on an individual’s increased risk of injury due to intoxication. Researchers at Ohio State University (OSU) were curious to know the outcome in case the situation reversed, especially among youngsters. An older study from OSU had found that
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Purposeful Parenting Month: How parents can help with teen drug addiction

July 24, 2017   0 Comments

Teen years are a glorious time for some who are to make new friends, form social circles, develop new interests and create a new identity for themselves. But for some, the picture may be grim. The transition from adolescence to adulthood can be a turbulent period characterized by considerable physical, emotional and behavioral changes. During
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California also proposes to tax prescription painkillers

April 12, 2017   0 Comments

Life today has become increasingly busy with conflicting demands on limited time. Hard-pressed and in a bid to balance and fulfill all commitments, people are becoming more and more stressed. Consequently, incidences of anxiety, depression, insomnia and other disorders are on the rise. People often resort to different ways in a bid to manage their
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The two-way relationship between drug abuse and puberty

January 6, 2016   0 Comments

Puberty, the natural process of adolescent growth and maturity, encompasses various changes within the body. Many hormonal shifts affect physical features and influence behavior in teens, with multiple studies linking early puberty to increased drug abuse. Conversely, experts in the field have also noted how steroid abuse can disrupt bodily development through its direct effect
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Taking triggers to school – Handling school after drug addiction recovery

December 29, 2015   0 Comments

Recovery is a daily process of embracing sobriety through many challenges. Educational environments, such as high school or college, can prove to be one of the biggest danger areas. Young people face the ready availability of addictive substances in these places, necessitating coping mechanisms to avoid relapse. The allure of drinking alcohol, in particular, can
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Teen influence to smoke hits close to home

May 13, 2015   0 Comments

teen influence to smoke hits close to home

Though cigarette advertising has long been regulated due to obvious health concerns, this has certainly not stopped some teens from lighting up and getting addicted. There are still strong messages in the media, such as in the case of smoking in films or amongst popular music figures. Of course, peers may also play a role
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The deadly consequences of synthetic drugs

April 17, 2015   0 Comments

deadly consequences of synthetic drugs

18 year old Christian Bjerk, the middle son of Keith and Debbie Bjerk, was a popular high school football player.  He was looking forward to attending North Dakota State College of Science in the fall of 2012 and playing on the football team. On the morning of June 11, 2012, Christian was found dead lying
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How to handle drug abuse at a boarding academy

March 16, 2015   0 Comments

At a therapeutic boarding academy, such as White River Academy, many students attend in order to overcome a health disorder or substance abuse issues. However, some teens may attempt to continue abusing drugs while at the academy. Though a sneaky adolescent may attempt to bring drugs to the facility, these teens are usually caught before
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Teens and Vaping

September 9, 2014   0 Comments

E-cigarettes, or vaping, have seen a spike in popularity amongst young adults in recent years. Marketed as a solution to quitting cigarettes, vaping uses a nicotine-based solution that offers a cleaner and more concentrated means of getting one’s nicotine fix. Although e-cigarettes are devoid of the harmful tar found in traditional cigarettes, cancer-causing compounds and
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