Our Mission: Prevention and Early Intervention of Teenage Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Prescription drug abuse: What we don’t know can hurt us – The Journal Friendswood

July 18th, 2014

As parents, relatives, teachers and concerned adults, we spend a lot of time helping teens circumvent the challenges that could ruin their lives. Perhaps one of the biggest challenges is substance abuse. We talk to them about the hazards of underage alcohol use and the problems associated with abusing or using marijuana and other dangerous drugs such as heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine. According to national statistics, we’re making progress, with most illicit drug use going down over time.

A drug category that requires our attention is prescription medications. The fact is that one in five teens or 4.5 million young people have abused Rx drugs (National Council on Patient Information and Education). They are abusing these medications to get high, fall asleep, wake up and deal with stress.     Read more…

‘ALCOHOL LINK’ TO THOSE ARRESTED – Wires Press Association

July 17th, 2014

Almost half of those arrested in Northern Ireland had recently consumed alcohol, it was disclosed.

Assaults were linked to many of the detentions, according to a report published by the Department of Health.

The Stormont administration said: “The relationship between crime and the consumption of alcohol and drugs is well established. The misuse of both drugs and alcohol is of increasing concern to the police and public alike.”

An analysis of people arrested and taken to police custody suites showed that 46% declared that they had consumed alcohol recently, the department’s report said. This rose to 77% for those detained between 10pm and 6am on weekend nights.

In more than half of arrests for assault-related offences, alcohol had been consumed beforehand, the document said.

Research has indicated that alcohol misuse alone costs up to £900 million every year, according to health minister Edwin Poots, who also warned of the price of drug abuse.

He added: “However, these figures can never describe the true human cost that substance misuse has on our society.”     Read more…

Binge Drinking Teens: What and Where They Drink – Liberty Voice

July 16th, 2014

Adults drink alcoholic beverages more frequently than young people, but when kids do drink they tend to drink a lot. Binge drinking in teens is becoming epidemic, as more young people use alcohol than illegal drugs or tobacco, and what and where they drink may be surprising to adults.

Half of teens have had at least one drink by age 15. Seventy percent have had at least one drink by age 18. When young people drink they typically drink more than adults, on average about five drinks on a single occasion, an amount that can be considered binge drinking. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, teens drink in social settings, where two or more other people are present, and they most frequently drink at the home of a friend. The second most common location for teen alcohol use is their own home.     Read more…

Prescription Drugs Have Pushed Heroin Into the Suburbs – Newsweek

July 15th, 2014

When clean-cut TV heartthrob Cory Monteith was found dead in his Vancouver, Canada, hotel room last summer, it was like being hit with a bucket of ice water for his fans. An autopsy found that Monteith, of Gleefame, had a toxic combination of heroin and alcohol coursing through his body. Suddenly, a hidden nationwide epidemic was front-page news.

“When heroin hits the suburbs, everything changes,” said The Washington Post. The Chicago Sun-Times reported a “Heroin Highway” bringing the drug from inner-city Chicago out to suburban Dupage County. USA Today ran a series of pieces, including one that announced, “Heroin epidemic plagues N.Y. suburbs,” and another that highlighted a “new twist: Heroin is no longer just an inner-city plague.” In New Hampshire, heroin use in the suburbs wasreportedly reaching “epidemic” proportions.     Read more…

Heroin in the Heartland – WSIU Public Broadcasting

July 14th, 2014

Experts at the local, state, and federal level are battling a problem they say is growing surprisingly fast. WSIU’s Jennifer Fuller explores the issue in this special report: Heroin in the Heartland.

For many years, if you asked someone in law enforcement about drugs they were finding, methamphetamine would top the list. Today, that list is changing.

“After probably 2002-2003, I probably only saw, in my patrol function and things that I did, saw heroin maybe one time until 2010-2011. Fast forward to where we are now, heroin is becoming as popular as crack cocaine.”

Sergeant Anthony Williams covers street crimes and narcotics for the Carbondale Police Department. He says he’s alarmed by the spread of heroin in this region, and wants people to know that it’s here – and it’s dangerous.

“It grabs people fast and it does not let go. It’s a very, very, very hard drug to kick.”     Read more…


A warning to parents of NJ teens – New Jersey 101.5

July 13th, 2014

In part three of our series “Drugs and Our Kids,” we examine the warning signs that parents should look if they suspect their child may have a drug problem. All this week we’ll examine the issue, look for answers about why the drug epidemic has exploded in New Jersey, and discuss what can be done to reverse the trend.

Despite aggressive, ongoing efforts to warn New Jersey teens and their parents about the growing epidemic of prescription drug and heroin use, an increasing number of our kids are getting hooked on heroin, and many are overdosing on the dangerous drugs, in some cases, fatally.

There are clear warning signs, according to Angelo Valente, the executive director of the Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey.

“It’s a change of friends, so if you see your child who has had a group of friends for many years, and those friends are no longer a part of his or her life, that’s certainly a big sign,” Valente said.

Another indication, Valente said, is your son or daughter suddenly nodding off at the dinner table. Some drug users may also experience constant itching.     Read more…


Researchers study why drugs affect people differently – Columbia Daily Tribune

July 12th, 2014

Maureen Dowd, a 62-year-old Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, had a bad marijuana trip earlier this year. As part of her research into the legalization of recreational cannabis in Colorado, she ate a few too many bites of a pot-infused candy bar, entered a “hallucinatory state” and spent eight paranoid hours curled up on her hotel room bed. Dowd used the experience as a jumping-off point to discuss the risks of overdosing on edible marijuana, which has become a major issue in pot-friendly states. It’s also possible, however, that Dowd just doesn’t handle cannabis very well. While pot mellows most people out, everyone has heard of someone who barricaded himself or herself in a dorm room after a few bong hits in college. Why do people react so differently to the same drug?

The question itself might be something of a fallacy. Cannabis is not a single drug — it contains dozens of compounds, and they appear to have varying, and sometimes opposing, effects on the brain. Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, and cannabidiol, or CBD, have been the subject of some intriguing research. In 2010, researchers showed that pretreating people with a dose of CBD can protect against the less pleasant effects of THC, such as paranoia. In a similar 2012 study, participants took pills that contained only one of the two chemicals, rather than the combination that you receive in cannabis. The subjects who took THC pills were more likely to suffer paranoia and delusion than those who took CBD.     Read more…

Heroin availability at ‘all-time high’ locally – JC Online

July 11th, 2014

A rising tide of cheap heroin flooding the Great Lakes states has washed into Greater Lafayette.

Availability of the narcotic seems to be at “an all-time high,” Lafayette police Chief Patrick Flannelly said.

“Overall, our numbers are up on heroin arrests and investigations,” he said. “I think that’s expected, because the amount of heroin that’s available is up.”

The problems caused by heroin seep well beyond the individuals who use it and their immediate families, Flannelly said. He noted that 80 percent of property crimes are fueled by drug addiction.

“It’s not just something that affects them,” he said. “It affects the whole community.”

USA TODAY special report: Chasing the heroin resurgence

By the time police get involved in a drug case, it already has been a community issue, Flannelly said, driving home a message of shared responsibility to combat heroin’s scourge.

Marc Estes, chief of emergency medicine at IU Health Arnett Hospital, said heroin overdoses were relatively uncommon three years ago. These days, his emergency room handles one or two each week.

“They become very sleepy and then eventually, if they have enough ingestion, then they will quit breathing,” he said of patients experiencing a heroin overdose. “Their heart rate will go down, and if not treated, they die.”     Read more…

How Teen Social Life Affects Drug Abuse (And How Drug Abuse Affects Social Life) –

July 10th, 2014

What do you picture when you think of teen drug abuse? Is it parties at the home of an out-of-town parent, or sneaking drinks from the family liquor cabinet, or hiding in a bedroom with a “no parents allowed” sign on the door while slipping deeper and deeper into addiction? The fact is all of these are models of adolescent use, and a study published in the journal Psychopharmacologyshows a common denominator: when a teen’s social life turns south, drug abuse can follow. The opposite is also true, that drug abuse itself can destroy a teen’s otherwise successful social life.

In many cases a socially awkward teen uses drugs in the mistaken hope that substances can fill the hole left by an unfulfilling social life. Unfortunately, this is true for many teens dissatisfied with their social group or lack thereof. They find acceptance in the group of kids using drugs.     Read more…

Pope for Legal Dope? Still Nope.

July 9th, 2014

The Holy Father is standing firm against recreational drugs, even as his home continent pushes for legalization


Pope Francis is not changing his mind about recreational drug use or marijuana legalization. On Friday morning, the Holy Father made his anti-pot position clear to the International Drug Enforcement Conference in Rome. “Let me state this in the clearest terms possible: the problem of drug use is not solved with drugs!” the Pope said. “Drug addiction is an evil, and with evil there can be no yielding or compromise.”     Read more…