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Arizona has Higher Rates of Teen Substance Abuse than National Average

Around the country, there are millions of teenagers who binge drink or abuse drugs. However, there are some states that seem to be more affected by this problem than others. Reports from the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that Arizona has a higher rate of teen substance abuse than national averages in almost every area surveyed (Padilla).  In order to combat this, some schools are now implementing support groups for teens who are struggling with substance abuse. When it comes to marijuana, inhalants, cocaine, and pain pills, the rates of teen substance abuse in Arizona are higher than national averages. The average for teenagers who have used marijuana is 40%, as compared to 43% in Arizona.  Additionally, of the Arizona students … Read entire article »

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Spike in Prescription Pill Overdoses among Middle Aged Women

Spike in Prescription Pill Overdoses among Middle Aged Women

  Middle aged women, who previously weren’t viewed as an at-risk group for drug overdoses, are now part of the group at highest risk for prescription drug overdoses. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report in which it identified women ages 45-54 as having the highest risk of dying from taking too many painkillers (WHEC-TV). This spike creates a public health concern that the CDC goes so far as to refer to … Read entire article »

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Study Shows Children with Autism are at Higher Risk for Video Game Addiction

Study Shows Children with Autism are at Higher Risk for Video Game Addiction

  According to a recent study conducted by the University of Missouri (MU), autistic children are spending more time watching television or playing video games than children without the disorder. The study also found that children diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) were significantly more prone to developing patterns of video game abuse or addiction. ASD, also simply referred to as Autism, is the term given to a group of complex neural development disorders, with varying grades … Read entire article »

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More People Dying from Drugs, Despite Government Efforts

  Public health officials have some disappointing numbers to report this week after data shows that drug-related deaths continue to rise in the United States. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revealed that the number of deaths related to drugs has gone up 3% in 2010, and preliminary data shows that trend continuing to increase in 2011. Law enforcement and public health officials have worked to curb prescription drug abuse. Representatives from these agencies have expressed hope that educational and enforcement programs would work to save lives and cut back on fatal overdoses and other drug-related deaths. Apparently, the deadliness of drugs can be felt on a global scale. The CDC director alluded to the problem being all over the world. “While most things are getting better on … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alcohol and Drugs, Latest News, Research

Prom Season – DUI Season for Teenage Drivers

Prom Season – DUI Season for Teenage Drivers

  When prom season approaches, teens and parents alike picture limousines, prom parties, and extravagantly dressed young people, giggling and excited. It’s a time for high school seniors to enjoy themselves, and go out with a bang. Unfortunately, there are too many teens during this time that go out, and never make it back home, often due to drinking and driving. These accidents are fatal all too often, and the consequences for driving under the influence … Read entire article »

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Smoking Leads to Poor Job Performance

  Cigarette smokers tend to believe their smoking improves their job performance.  This is due to the temporary, stimulating effects of the nicotine.  In reality, studies show that smoking leads to poor job performance. Hazardous Health Effects of Smoking We all know that smoking cigarettes is very detrimental to one’s health.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), adverse health effects from cigarette smoking account for an estimated 443,000 deaths (though this number is heavily disputed), or nearly one of every five deaths, each year in the United States.  More deaths are caused each year by tobacco use than from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders combined.  Those who smoke are more likely to suffer cardiovascular disease, serious respiratory damage, and … Read entire article »

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Binge Drinking is on the Rise Among Young Women

  Many women struggle with emotional and mental health concerns at a young age. Whether trying to fit in with peers, or navigating the difficulties of growing up in our high-pressure society, there is a great need to escape. A popular coping mechanism among high school and college women is binge drinking. This is beginning to cause a staggering number of problems, including mental health and unplanned pregnancy risks, as well as automobile injuries and unintended violence. Though seemingly unrecognized, it’s important to be aware of the popularity of binge drinking among young women today. Almost 14 million American women are actively pursuing binge-drinking behavior on average 3 times per month. The Center for Disease Control, or CDC, defines binge drinking for women as consuming 4 or more drinks on one occasion. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Substance Abuse

Drug and Alcohol Problems on the Rise

  As it turns out, more and more Americans are making appointments with their doctors to seek treatment for drug- and/or alcohol- related problems.  As a result, the number of drug and alcohol problems diagnosed by medical professionals has increased substantially over the last decade.  There was a 70% increase that was measured between 2001 and 2009, according to researchers.  The number of reported doctor visits by patients seeking treatment for drug or alcohol abuse increased from 10.6 million between 2001 and 2003 to 18 million between 2007 and 2009. A sharp increase in the use of narcotic painkillers is partially to blame, according to the new research.  The authors of the study say that the increase is attributed largely to patients receiving prescriptions for painkillers, which is becoming a national trend. … Read entire article »

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Sugar: A Problem or Not?

Sugar: A Problem or Not?

Is sugar becoming a problem for Americans and people from other Western countries?  According to the CDC obesity rates have skyrocketed in the last decade, and so has the consumption of sugary foods and drinks.  In this article, I intend to explore whether sugar-loaded foods are becoming a health-problem.  The obesity epidemic is no joke.  Diabetes and obesity have become ubiquitous across the United States. Statistics indicate that by the year 2040 one-hundred percent of Americans … Read entire article »

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Fever in Pregnancy May Double Risk of Autism

Fever in Pregnancy May Double Risk of Autism

  A new study has found that women who run high temperatures during pregnancy and fail to treat them properly are more than twice as likely to have children with Autism Spectrum disorders as women who don’t report having untreated fevers while pregnant.  Women who controlled the fever using Tylenol or other fever-reducing medications eliminated the risk.  Previous studies have linked obesity and diabetes with an increased risk of autism and autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), though … Read entire article »

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