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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 »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Latest News, Mental Illness, Research, Substance Abuse

Decrease in Alcohol and Tobacco Use Among Teenagers Despite Mental Health Concerns

Decrease in Alcohol and Tobacco Use Among Teenagers Despite Mental Health Concerns

  According to a recent study, fewer teenagers are smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol compared to two years ago. In October, the Washington Department of Health conducted its biannual “Healthy Youth Survey” of students in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12 from over 1,000 schools across the state. The survey is both anonymous and voluntary and asks a wide range of questions related to overall health, providing invaluable information for communities in the state of Washington. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Conditions and Disorders, Mental Illness, Research, Substance Abuse

10 Percent of Mentally Ill Teens Use Alcohol, Nicotine, and Cannabis Weekly

10 Percent of Mentally Ill Teens Use Alcohol, Nicotine, and Cannabis Weekly

  Approximately 1 in every 10 teenagers with mental health problems drinks alcohol, smokes tobacco, and uses cannabis, Australian researchers reported in the journal BMJ Open.  The authors believe these behaviors contribute to poor mental and physical health. According to evidence from several studies, teenagers who abuse substances early in life are more likely to have mental illness, and vice-versa. The authors gathered and examined data on over 2,000 people aged from 12 to 30 years.  They were … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alcohol and Drugs, Mental Illness, Substance Abuse

Teens Aren’t Taking Their Meds OMG!

  Published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, a new U.S. study has found that teens who have mental health issues are not taking their prescribed medications to help deal with them. The study’s researchers interviewed 10,000 children and young teens, ranging from the ages of 13 to 18.  They found that only 15 percent took their medications on a regular basis, which is shocking to psychologists.  This is not, however, a new trend, nor is this problem confined to the United States.  In Australia, kids also aren’t taking their prescribed medication at alarming rates. The WA Youth Affairs Council’s Craig Comrie asserts that this is a huge problem for our youth, stating, “There have been inquiries into this issue in other states which indicate, that in Australia, there are young … Read entire article »

Filed under: Mental Illness, Research

Gene Linked to Teen Binge Drinking

  A new research study led by Gunter Schumann of King’s College of London’s Institute of Psychiatry supplies the most up to date, in depth understanding of the brain processes involved in drinking alcohol.  The study suggests that certain teens may be wired to binge drink, because they have a certain version of the RASGRF-2 gene that makes alcohol more pleasurable. It has always been common for teenagers to drink in England.  In fact, sixty percent of eleven to fifteen year olds in the UK admit to drinking alcohol.  This has been pretty constant over the years.  What has dramatically increased recently is the number of teens who binge drink.  Binge drinking is consuming large amounts of alcohol in a short amount of time.  More recently in the UK, every year there … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction

Sexting Epidemic Amongst Teens and Young Adults On The Rise

Sexting, which is defined as texting words, images or videos with sexual content that contains ‘raunchy’ wording, nudity or someone performing a sexual act, is becoming an increasingly popular means for young people to connect with each other.  Advances in technology often bring with them unintended negative consequences, and sexting has opened up channels for abuse. MTV recently conducted 1,355 interviews for their campaign, ‘A Thin Line,’ asking participants aged 14-24 about sexting.  Here are some of the results: 13 percent admitted to having sent a naked picture of themselves to someone else. Of these people, 61 percent report to having been pressured into sending the picture at least once. Of those who have sent a picture: 59 percent sent the picture to a boyfriend or girlfriend. 24 percent sent the picture to someone they … Read entire article »

Filed under: Love and Relationships

Drugs Replacing the Drink?

Drugs Replacing the Drink?

My father has told me stories of when the drinking age was eighteen…once upon a time back in the seventies and situations in movies like Dazed and Confused, where they had trunk loads of ice cold beer, and driving drunk was a regular affair.  Times were different back then and drinking was more acceptable in our society and the guidelines were less strict.  In our culture today, our government takes drinking offenses to the next … Read entire article »

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