teen drug use 

Report: 90 Percent of Addicts Started Using as Teens

The teen years are a time when addiction is especially possible, because adolescent brains are more sensitive and teens are more apt to experiment. Credit: Getty Images Sorry, parents, but drug use among many teens is not just a...
Expert calls teen substance abuse America's no. 1 public health problem.

My Son Confessed That He's Tried Pot! Should I Punish Him?

Dear AdviceMama, My 15-year old son just admitted to me he tried marijuana over the summer. I have no idea how to handle this. I talked to him about drug use, making good choices, my disappointment in him, etc., but do I punish him? How...
My 15-year old son just admitted to me he tried marijuana over the summer.

Teen Drug Use of Marijuana, Ecstasy on an Upswing

Drug and alcohol use are on the upswing among teens. Credit: Getty Images Just when you thought you could take a breather from stressing over your teen doing drugs, a new study shows pot, booze and ecstasy use are on the upswing. ...Ecstasy use among teens is up 70 percent since 2008.

More Teens Smoking Pot Than Cigarettes

Cigarette smoking is down among teens, but pot use is up. Credit: Chris Jackson, Getty Images There's good news and bad news for parents of teens: Your kids are just saying no to cigarettes and binge drinking, but they're saying yes to...Tobacco use and binge drinking is down among teens, but more are saying yes to pot.

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...
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.

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.

Teens Looking for Pot Text Sheriff by Mistake

Texting the police for pot? Priceless. Credit: Justin Sullivan, Getty Images
A couple of Montana teenagers apparently are all thumbs when it comes to texting. Two boys, ages 15 and 16, sent a text to someone they thought could hook them up...

Kids learn cough syrup abuse online

Though stores have started monitoring the sale of certain cold medications, cough suppressants are still pretty easy for teens to get their hands on. The medications contain an ingredient called DXM and some kids are using it today to get high. If...

Ecstasy laced with meth showing up in high schools

High school, for me, had its issues. I don't think I'm alone when I say that. But with the exception of a broken law or two here or there (all in good fun, of course), not one of those issues involved the words meth-laced ecstasy. It's enough to keep...

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...

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...

DARE program "increases drug use"

Like most people my age, I went through the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program in middle school. By the time I was high school, the program was only mentioned as the butt of students' jokes. That aside, given the high number of young...

Drug czar: We are our kid's drug dealers

Every parent knows to keep harmful substances locked up and out of baby's reach. It seems our teenagers need the same protection. According to a new report released by White House drug czar John Walters, the most common illegal drugs teens are using...

Home drug testing kits sent home at school open house

Parents who have children at Winnisquam Regional Middle School in Tilton, New Hampshire will have the opportunity to pick up more than just class schedules at the school's upcoming open house night. Home drug testing kits will be available to any and...

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