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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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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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The Often Overlooked Benefits of Text Messaging

  Dec 3, 2012 marked the 20th anniversary of text messaging. In 1993, the first SMS (Short Messaging Service) message was sent by 22-year-old engineer Neil Papworth, to Richard Jarvis, an executive at British telecom Vodafone. It was sent on the hefty Orbitel 901 handset, and simply read “Merry Christmas”. (Isaacson) Good tidings aside, SMS messaging seems to be the gift that keeps on giving. In 2011, Americans sent an estimated 2.3 trillion text messages. It’s hard to fathom the meteoric rise that text messaging and cell phone usage has taken in the past 20 years. It has become embedded in the ways we communicate as a society and recently has become more popular than calling, especially for today’s teenagers. The average American sends 678 texts a month, which averages almost 23 messages … Read entire article »

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Drug and Alcohol Abuse among Teens Interrupts Healthy Growth

As Red Ribbon Week draws nearer, more and more schools and institutions are taking the time to combat the issue of drug and alcohol abuse that is severely affecting the mental health of our youth.  Red Ribbon Week begins October 23rd and goes through the 31st. It was set up to highlight and make everyone aware of the problems due to drug and alcohol abuse among teens, and give parents and guardians helpful information to combat this issue. The brain of a healthy individual does not stop developing until the ages of 25 to 26 years old, making the years before that age very crucial, and should not be disrupted by any means.  When a young person uses drugs and alcohol, it plays a very appalling role in the way the … Read entire article »

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Ecstasy and Speed: Destroying the Mental Health of Our Youth

  Methamphetamine (speed) and MDMA (ecstasy) have become very popular, not only in the club and rave scenes where they were first introduced, but in schools’ everywhere, jeopardizing the mental health of teens.  High school students who partake in the use of these drugs are more susceptible to the effects of depression later on in life. This information comes in the form of a study, published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.  In the study, 3,880 high school students from underprivileged areas of Quebec, Canada were interviewed between 2003 and 2008 and asked how often they participated in the use of speed, ecstasy, or both.  The 761 students who admitted to using one or both of the drugs in grade 10 were evaluated a year later in grade 11. One in … Read entire article »

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Marijuana Use Higher than Alcohol and Cigarette Abuse

Survey of High School Students: Marijuana Use Higher than Alcohol and Cigarette Abuse Recent studies report that marijuana use in high school students is on the rise while the drinking and cigarette smoking is slowly declining. What is causing in the shift numbers? Perhaps the legalization of marijuana is giving a misconstrued message on marijuana and the generalized health comparison of marijuana versus cigarettes and alcohol, make marijuana the lesser of two evils. Adolescents will take enough of the message to use, and leave the rest. The lack of education on the power of addiction, the gateway to other illicit drugs and the social destruction marijuana may be the result of shifting their drug of choice. A survey compiled by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, discovered a new trend in … Read entire article »

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