Ringing in the New Years With Safety: Five Tips to ensure New Year's Eve Safety for Teens

The sounds most associated with New Year’s Eve is the explosion of fireworks, the popping of champagne bottles and the clinking of glasses. For many adults, the New Year is brought in with copious amounts of drinking. Teens with parents who traditionally bring in the new year with champagne and cocktails may also come to …

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Walking In On Your Teen Smoking Weed: How To Spot Teen Marijuana Use

Teen marijuana use is a threat to your teen’s wellbeing. Marijuana is the drug of choice for teens everywhere. It’s easily accessible and it’s thought, by many teens, to be a “safe drug”. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Just like alcohol, marijuana can cause damage to your teen’s academic capabilities, body, and future. It’s something …

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Kids and their Horses: Benefits of Equine Therapy for Teens

Horses are powerful, emotional creatures. When you bring a struggling teen into a corral with such an emotive animal, change is bound to happen. For one teen, equine therapy saved his relationship with his family and brought him away from drug abuse. Canadian teen, Sam Butler, was using cocaine, had issues with defiance,  and was …

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Alcohol Damages Brains: Teen Drinking Increases Risk of Brain Damage and Alcoholism

Alarming evidence of teen drinking causing brain damage According to SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), heavy teen drinking results in the damage of brain tissue. It doesn’t take much, either. Just a couple of binge drinking occasions a month and the damage begins to show. Heavy teen drinkers have more difficulty with …

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The Effects of Teens Smoking E-Cigarettes: Lack of Research Available

On June 2, the California Senate decided to put a limit on where e-cigarettes can be used. The bill that passed basically bans the use of e-cigarettes in all places where regular smoking is prohibited. As more doubts come forward about the safety of e-cigarette usage, parents need to be weary when they find their …

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Oppositional Defiant Disorder: Therapies vs. Drugs

Are doctors prescribing antipsychotic meds too much and too soon? Many studies have shown the increasing use of antipsychotic medications for pediatric patients. And, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2.4 percent of adolescents on Medicaid are prescribed antipsychotic medications. Medicating too soon? Pediatricians and psychiatrists from the University of Vermont are startled by the increasing rates …

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