Try looking in the monthly archives. March 2016

3 WAYS TO ADDRESS TEENAGE MOTIVATION TO DRINK THAT DON’T INVOLVE SCARE TACTICS

 
When someone – including a teenager – gets treatment for alcohol and substance abuse, it is standard practice to identify some of the reasons why they started using and the benefits they feel they get from these substances.   This helps […]

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A BOOK ABOUT CANNABIS THAT ALL PARENTS SHOULD READ

 
 

 
This wonderful book tells much of the story about cannabis that we are not allowed to hear.
I strongly commend it to you all.  It does the neuroscience very well, and reviews much of the brain and neuroscience nicely and in […]

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A DECADE IN PREVENTION

 
This article from a drug prevention worker in the USA emphasises what contributes to helping young people from choosing to use drug.
 
There are risk factors and protective factors that can contribute to drug and alcohol use and other risky behaviors […]

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ALCOHOL SMOKING A NEW RISK TO YOUTH

 
 
Smoking alcohol is a dangerous practice for any one and may be even more risky for young people. An impressive body of medical research has established that the adolescent brain is not yet fully developed and is especially vulnerable to […]

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BOUNCING FORWARD, NOT BACK, TO A BRIGHT FUTURE

 

There is hope for even the most vulnerable of children
 
With the proper support, children can show incredible resilience, writes Jonathan Wood
The theme of this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week (8-14 February) is building “resilience”. It is a word much bandied […]

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DO KIDS WHO SMOKE MARIJUANA GET LOWER SCHOOL GRADES?

 
The Possible Effects Of Weed On Cognitive Development
 
( Much of the information on this website comes from the USA  – this is because they have more research studies into the use and effects of illegal drugs .  However the results […]

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DRUGS – SOME BRIEF GUIDANCE NOTES FOR PARENTS

 
 
What exactly is a Drug?
 
A drug is something which changes the way you think, feel, or act. Many drugs are developed for medical purposes but are misused by individuals for their own purposes – to ‘get high’ or to blot […]

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GRANDPARENTS ARE POWERFUL ALLIES IN PREVENTING TEEN DRUG USE

 
 

 
Grandparents adore their grandchildren – without judgment – and the grandchild adores them. This means that grandparents have a unique opportunity to approach the topic of drugs and alcohol with this generation, in a way that is unlike parents who […]

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DRUG USE IN CHILDREN

    The above graph clearly shows that when adolescents perceive marijuana to be less harmful the use goes up,  and of course vice versa.    Look especially at 1987 – 1993.
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HELPING PARENTS PREVENT DRUG USE IN THEIR CHILDREN

 
 
The following article was in a newspaper in America – and it gives some very good information for parents who want to try to ensure that their children do not use drugs.
Few things have the power to derail young lives […]

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LIKE PARENT, LIKE CHILD

 
Like parent, like child: the ‘vicious cycle’ of family smoking
 
Submitted by Livia Edegger on 20th May 2014 – 16:20
 
A new study found that children of smokers are not only more likely to take up smoking themselves, but are also at a higher risk […]

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6 WAYS TO HELP YOU REDUCE THE CHANCE THAT YOUR TEENAGE CHILD WILL …

 

Here are 6 ways to help you reduce the chance that your teenage child will drink, use drugs or engage in other risky behaviour.
 

Build a Warm & Supportive Relationship with Your Child
Be a Good Role Model When It Comes To […]

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USING DRUGS WHEN YOUNG LINKED TO LONG TERM HEALTH RISKS

 
 
The findings of a report released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) reveal a promising downward trend regarding drug use among secondary school students in England. Tobacco, alcohol and drug use among students have been cut in […]

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JUST ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF HOW THOSE WHO WANT TO LEGALISE DRUGS

 
JUST ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF HOW THOSE WHO WANT TO LEGALISE DRUGS – especially marijuana (cannabis) spread their message – this is clearly aimed at teenagers, it is a fun game to play on their smartphones – and the underlying message […]

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PREVENTION DOES NOT START WHEN THE ABUSE IS ALREADY A FACT

 
Prevention starts before it becomes a reality!
 
Survey results show that we still have a long way to go in our efforts to prevent cannabis use and avoid the toll it can take on a young person’s life. Parents have an […]

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YOUTH VIDEO AGAINST DRUGS

 
In Florida, USA, the pro legalisation groups are hoping to win a referendum vote in the Autumn (2014) which would legalise cannabis in the State.
  
 
But parents, medics and prevention activists are getting the message out that pot is not harmless.
 
  
The […]

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NIDA: HOW TO SAY NO – ILLUSTRATED WITH PICTURES

 

Have a drug problem—need help?
 
Even when you are confident in your decision not to use drugs or alcohol, it can be hard when it’s your friend who is offering.
 
A lot of times, a simple “no thanks” may be enough. But […]

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STUDY SHOWS MOST TEENS NOT DRINKING, USING DRUGS

 
 
………According to Ivey, her organization and its partners have undergone a shift in messaging. The message used to be simple: Don’t do drugs. Now, Ivey said, the message is more focused on highlighting strategies that help students steer clear of […]

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THIS IS NOT THE MARIJUANA YOUR PARENTS MAY HAVE USED

 
 
‘This isn’t your parents’ marijuana,” was the message passed on by speakers at a marijuana forum sponsored by the AHM Youth and Family Services Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force, held Feb. 12 in the RHAM High School auditorium. The first […]

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ANTI-ADDICTION CLUBHOUSES to offer young adults a springboard into drug-free life

 
 
 
Young adults from the age of 18 to 21 will soon have a unique place to go for help in the struggle against addiction.
 
 
Buffalo-based Restoration Society, Inc. will be leading a group of Western New York agencies in the creation […]

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THE DANGERS OF ‘PHARMING PARTIES’

 
 
Many parents aren’t aware of the dangers of “pharming” parties and fail to talk to their teens about the dangers of abusing prescription drugs, according to a recent review article in the journal Contemporary Pediatrics.
 
While teens abusing prescription drugs is not a […]

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6 WAYS TO CONVINCE AN ADDICT TO GET HELP

 
 
 
Many people who struggle with alcohol or drugs have a difficult time getting better. There are many reasons why these people do not get the help they need.
 
Here are six suggestions on how to convince a person dealing with substance […]

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TOYS R’US SELL DRUGGIE BASED ITEMS

 
Susan Schrivjer, a mom from Fort Myers, Fla., was a fan of the award-winning AMC show Breaking Bad. “I thought it was a great show,” she told a local TV station recently. “It was riveting!”
 
Even so, she thinks it’s not […]

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YOUNG BRISTOL DRINKERS ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL WITH ALCOHOL POISONING

 
HOSPITALS across Bristol are under pressure from hundreds of admissions as a result of alcohol-poisoning – including more than 60 cases involving children.
 
The Department of Health figures released in the House of Commons show that there were 1,510 admissions in […]

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FORGET DRINK, SEX AND ROCK AND ROLL

 
Forget drink, sex, rock & roll -sober teenagers concentrate on exams and careers.  Far from the hedonism of their parents, today’s teenagers want to raise the age of smoking, drinking, gambling and sex, shun party politics and fear class more […]

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POWDERED ALCOHOL WILL APPEAL TO YOUNG DRINKERS

 
The United States is on the verge of having powdered alcohol – in packets like Kool-aid but with the punch of a rum or vodka cocktail – on sale across the country. After much confusion, Palcohol, which has seven flavours including […]

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COMMUNITY TASK FORCE LOOKS TO PREVENTION

 
Dr. Philip Bolduc, a family medicine physician and director of the addiction treatment program at Family Health Center in Worcester, said if we’re ever to stem the tide of opiate addiction, we have to start with prevention among teenagers.
 
“No one […]

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THE MOST POPULAR ALCOHOL BRANDS AMONG AMERICAN YOUTH

 
The most popular alcohol brands among American youth are the ones most often featured in advertisements in teenage magazines, according to a new study.
 
Their ads are found to be five to nine times more likely to appear in those magazines. […]

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OUR CHILDREN ARE SURROUNDED BY BOOKS

 
 
OUR CHILDREN ARE SURROUNDED BY BOOKS, magazines, fashion, television, movies, music and the ever present celebrities who extoll the virtues of pot. These factors, combined with the business of Big Marijuana, and pro-pot lobbying organizations that spend millions to sell […]

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MEDICAL MARIJUANA ON THE BALLOT UNDERMINES DRUG PREVENTION

 
 
For over a decade, activists and big-money lobbyists have worked to make marijuana legal. In so doing, they have wreaked havoc on community efforts to reduce drug use, abuse and addiction. Their pro-drug messages contradict prevention messages from parents, schools […]

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LEGALISE CANNABIS – AND CHILDREN WILL PAY THE PRICE

 
This article is written by a retired biology teacher who now works to help prevent cannabis use – particularly by adolescents.
 
 
 
Legal alcohol has been a monumental disaster. Children of all ages have had no trouble getting themselves plastered and doing […]

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MARIJUANA-RELATED CALLS TO POISON CONTROL CENTERS RISE

 
 
More people have been calling poison control centers in Colorado and Washington state since recreational marijuana became legal for adults 21 and older in those states, the Associated Press reports.
 
 
Colorado’s Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center received 151 calls for marijuana […]

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SMOKING MARIJUANA AS A TEENAGER LOWERS IQ FOR LIFE

 
 

The damaging effects remain even if the person stops smoking the drug
Teenagers are at particular risk because their brains are still developing
Smoking cannabis affects critical thinking and memory
Researchers warn that stronger varieties today are causing more damage 

 
Smoking cannabis as a […]

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‘SPICE’ IS A DEADLY INGREDIENT

 
Veronica Eckhardt bent over the hospital bed, sponging paint onto the sole of her son’s left foot.
 
“Connor would not like what we’re doing,” she remarked, but his foot did not twitch.
 
Doctors had declared Connor Eckhardt brain-dead the day before, at […]

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BINGE DRINKING HAS ROOTS IN ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION AT AN EARLY AGE,

 
 
Giving your teenager a glass of Champagne this New Year’s Eve may not be as harmless as you think, warns a new study conducted by Concordia University in collaboration with the Université de Montréal and the University of Massachusetts.
 
“Like you […]

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SURVEY FINDS MOST TEENS DO NOT DRINK ALCOHOL

 
 
Submitted by Paulina Skladanowska on 25th October 2013 – 10:01
 
Encouraging news from the US. A new survey of 695 students finds that more that 3 out of 4 teens say they do not drink alcohol.
 
Top reasons why teens said they abstained from alcohol […]

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KNOW THE TRUTH: A FIRST STEP ON THE PATH TO PREVENTION

For the second year in a row, “Know the Truth,” the prevention program of Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge in the Twin Cities, brought its message about drug and alcohol use and abuse to Hudson — both to students and […]

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HELPING AN ADULT FAMILY MEMBER OR FRIEND WITH A DRUG OR ALCOHOL PROBLEM

 
Do you have an adult family member or friend with a drug or alcohol problem? You’re probably wondering how you can help. Here are 7 answers to questions you may be asking.
 

How Can I Tell If I’m Overreacting to […]

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“DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION – The Role of the Schools”

These excerpts from 1986 should be read by anyone interested in the current drugs situation.  Nancy Starr is still working in Drug Prevention and is a real expert.
 
Some of the ‘drug education’  used in UK schools today is still the […]

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DON’T UNDERMINE DRUG PREVENTION

An article from the USA where drug use is increasing amongst young people.
Parents need to read this about Florida and work to prevent the same thing happening anywhere else.
 
 
For over a decade, activists and big-money lobbyists have worked to make […]

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A DECADE IN PREVENTION

This article from a drug prevention worker in the USA emphasises what contributes to helping young people from choosing to use drug.
 
 
There are risk factors and protective factors that can contribute to drug and alcohol use and other risky behaviors […]

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