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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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Children with ADHD More Susceptible to Developing Substance Abuse Problem

Children with ADHD More Susceptible to Developing Substance Abuse Problem

ADHD, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, falls into two categories hyperactivity and inattention. A child must show at least 6 out of 9 symptoms of either category. Additionally the behavioral symptoms may cause difficulties in their lives, and have consistent symptoms no matter what environment they are in. Approximately 5-10% of the nation’s children are diagnosed with ADHD. A long-term study conducted by Steve S. Lee of UCLA has found it clear that children with ADHD have a … Read entire article »

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