substance abuse 

Kids With ADHD Face Greater Risk of Substance Abuse

Your kids could have substance abuse problems if they have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Credit: Getty
Your child is one and a half times more likely to have problems with drugs and alcohol if he or she ...
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Nearly a third of kids with ADHD had substance abuse problems.

1 in 3 songs push drugs

By the time I was in college, references to drugs and sex in pop music were so common, I barely noticed them anymore. After all, I was a grown-up, capable of making decisions for myself, so why would I care if some artist wanted to sing about railing...

Teens underestimate the dangers of meth

When I first moved from New York to my current home in Idaho, I expected to find a cleaner, safer, more wholesome place to raise a child. And I did. But I also quickly learned about a drug that I had heretofore been ignorant of - meth. I suppose I ha...

Study: Teen drug use at school getting worse

Back when I was in high school, drug use at my school was common. We had a school-sanctioned smoking area for students, located in a courtyard between two wings of the school. Few students were actually old enough to legally smoke, yet hundreds gathe...

School involvement and kids' health risks

Getting teenagers more active in school life may lower the odds that they will smoke, drink, use drugs or have sex. This was suggested by a study, summarized on MedlinePlus and presented in the September issue of American Journal of Public Health. In...

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...

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