The Kids Are All Right, Even if Their Parents Grow Pot

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Just because the folks next door are drug dealers doesn't mean they're bad parents.
In fact, researchers at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children say the children of couples who operate marijuana grow rooms are often extre...
Researchers say children of pot growers remarkably well-adjusted and drug-free.

Afghan Moms Using Opium to Lull Kids to Sleep

When you're trying to lull kids to sleep, many parents will turn to swaddle blankets, pacifiers and, in emergencies, drives around the block with their child strapped into the car seat. And, then, there are parents who feed their kids sedating...In Afghanistan, opium has become an addiction that is passed on from one generation to the next.

SmackDown: Should There Be Random Drug Testing in Middle School?

How young is too young for random drug testing? Illustration by Dori Hartley
Paranoid Police State for My 12-year-Old? My Wrath Will Scare Her Straight, Not Random Drug Testing by Dori Hartley Let's jump r...
Are middle-schoolers too young to be randomly drug tested?

Report Shows 1 in 9 Teens Getting Dangerous Prescriptions

Is your teen getting hooked on prescription drugs? Credit: Getty Images
True, the usual intoxicants -- alcohol, marijuana, cocaine and other illegal drugs -- cause concern for many parents of teens. But now a new type of threat for addiction and ...
Another thing for parents to worry about: Teens dipping into the medicine cabinet for prescription drugs.

Booze May Be Worse Than Crack Cocaine, Meth, Study Says

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Since the '60s, kids have been arguing that marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol. Well, boys and girls, it turns out that's not a good thing. Alcohol is pretty frickin' dangerous, according to a...
Researchers say crack and meth get you to the cemetery quicker, but alcohol does more damage to everyone along the way.

Shocker: Teens Not Truthful About Drug Use

Your kids are probably telling you what you want to hear. Credit: Getty Images
Your teenager insists he isn't taking drugs, and you believe him. Sucker. A new study shows teenagers are 52 times more likely to test positive for cocaine than ...
Get this: Teens lie about doing drugs.

Would You Rent a Drug-Sniffing Dog?

Questioning your kid? Rent a drug-sniffing dog. Credit: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images
Parents in Maryland who fear that their children are using illegal drugs can get some help from a four-footed friend -- for a fee, of course. A company ca...

Tot With Pot? Child, 3, Caught With Bags of Marijuana at School

A toddler showed up to school with an unwelcome guest named Mary Jane. Credit: Justin Sullivan, Getty Images
Educators, law enforcement officials and a 3-year-old's mom continue to be stumped over who put pot in a Florida preschooler's backpack. ...
Talk about your show an tell. A 3-year-old brought pot to school.

Pediatricians Call for a Limit on Tobacco and Alcohol Ads

The AAP wants to restrict the kinds of ads your kids see. Credit: Corbis
Can just seeing pictures of, say, Joe Camel make a kid want to start smoking? Can a television shot of an ice-cold beer make a kid want to take a drink? The American Academy...
In a new policy statement, the AAP calls for a ban on tobacco advertising in all media.

Sorry, Sgt. Friday, Pot Smoking Might Not Lead to Hard Drugs

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Sgt. Joe Friday was ... was ... wrong? Marijuana is not a gateway to other drugs, according to a study to be published in the September issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior. But who can forget Sgt. Fri...

Dosing Kids with Drugs to Shut Them Up is Child Abuse, Study Says

Does your kid really need that dose of cough medicine? Credit: Corbis
Many over-the-counter allergy and cold medications may cause drowsiness. Hmm, really? Quit bouncing off the walls for a minute, son. Daddy wants to give you something ......

Teen Girls Drink to Forget Their Troubles, Study Says

Teen girls just wanna forget. Credit: StuartWebster, Flickr
Teenage girls pack their bags for Margaritaville far more often than their male peers do, in the hopes of washing away their sorrows. USA Today reports that the nationwide study, ...

Despite Doctors' Concerns, Many Pregnant Women Demand Anti-Depression Meds

Katherine Stone, founder of Postpartum Progress, pictured here with her son, says people don't understand how dangerous untreated depression can be for pregnant women and their unborn children. Photo courtesy of Katherine Stone
Like most new p...

Teens Who Smoke Pot at Greater Risk For Schizophrenia

Marijuana is the most-used recreational drug in the world, a substance generally viewed as much less harmful than drugs like cocaine or heroin. But a new documentary reveals that heavy marijuana use at an early age could be damaging to young minds an...

Tough Love for Parents and Kids

Tough love is an expression used to describe a parenting technique that combines toughness and warmth to raise children. The principles of tough love hold that children, especially teenagers, should take responsibility for their actions. Tough lov...


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