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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
………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 […]
‘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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]
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 […]