drug abuse 

Farmers' Daughters (and Sons) More Likely to Misuse Prescription Drugs Than Urban Peers

Rural teens are more likely than their urban counterparts to dip into the medicine cabinet. Credit: Getty Images
Contrary to popular belief that the world's a popping, snorting, prescription drug pharmacy for city-dwelling teens, it turns out the...
Urban and rural teens experiment with illegal drugs the same amount -- but the country kids are more likely to dip into Mom and Dad's prescription pills.

Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in America. Observed the last week of every October, it is a time for individuals and communities to pledge to live drug-free and to take a stand against illegal drugs. Red Ribbon W...

Worst Babysitter Ever?

They've never found Bigfoot. The Loch Ness Monster? I don't think so. But The Worst Babysitter In The History of Babysitting? Yep. I think this is her. Let's look at the facts. Brandy Albright was babysitting a 2 year old boy in Port St. Luc...

Can Sobriety Be Cool?

Huey Lewis' classic anthem about growing old, er, growing up, "Hip to be Square," makes settling down and becoming mature seem like the cool thing to do. There's a group of high school students in Wisconsin that are trying to do the same thing for st...

Teens Offered Drug User's Guide

Teens attending a government-promoted anti-drug and alcohol program in Toronto probably expected to learn about the dangers of substance abuse and maybe even some helpful ways to avoid it. What they got was some tips on how to use drugs. Among the...

Boy arrested for possession of fake drugs

We all know that possession of an illegal substance is a crime. But did you know that possession of a fake illegal substance can be a crime as well? I am guessing this fifteen year-old-kid didn't know that either. The Port St. Lucie, Florida boy a...

Georgia bans 'pot candy' for minors

The term 'gateway drug' is used to describe certain lower classed drugs that some believe can lead users to harder, more dangerous drugs. Marijuana, alcohol and cigarettes are all considered by some to be gateway drugs. But lawmakers in Georgia belie...

The sins of Amy Winehouse's father

Singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse may be a big old mess, but according to her father she didn't get that way all by herself. 57-year-old Mitch Winehouse believes his long and not-so-secret extra-marital affair may be partly to blame for the talented yo...

Study: Teen drug use declining

I recently watched a documentary on the history of drugs. It seems that human beings have been getting high forever and the only thing that really changes is the drug of choice. And while the good news is that a new study by University of Michigan's ...

Doctors advise against school drug testing

When Christy was a teenager, I would have done anything to protect her from the dangers of the world and her own bad judgment. While I know now that her struggles did not involve drugs, there was a time when I was not so sure. If the option to have h...

How to avoid cheating, drug abuse: eliminate homework?

When I was in school, I never did my homework. Apparently, some kids haven't discovered that solution to the bane of childhood afternoons and have instead turned to cheating and drug abuse. Some schools have decided that the appropriate response is t...

New program aims to take the "high" out of high school

Vancouver, British Columbia is one of the few places I'd seriously consider living if I couldn't live in San Francisco. That's why it distresses me to learn that they have a serious problem with kids coming to school stoned. "Every school in Vancouve...

Teens report less drug use

A government report, summarized on the L.A. Times web site yesterday, reported that fewer teens are abusing illegal drugs, though the rate of illicit drug use among all Americans has remained steady over the last three years. The number of youths age...

Teens doing drugs even when parents are home

Although many parents might believe that they are staunching drug and alcohol use by being present during their teens' parties, statistics show a different story. In a national poll, of the nearly 1,300 kids, ages 12 to 17, one third reported using a...

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