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Thinking back to our younger years, most of us have witnessed or actively took part in some type of dare or challenge that involved unwise behavior. Similar types of double-dog-dares, referred to as “challenges,” still exist for our children today, however, the audience, the peer pressure and the danger element has increased beyond compare. In …
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The teen years are often a time to explore and learn more about themselves as they approach adulthood. Often, this involves experimenting and testing their boundaries. The desire to do something new or risky is a normal part of teen development. Teens who perceive little risk in using drugs are more likely to use drugs. …
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A tween or teen can go online or use his or her Smartphone to buy drugs and drug paraphernalia, learn how to get high, and find out what other kids experience without learning the negative consequences. Traditional sites are changing. Because many parents scrutinize social networking sites or “friend” their children on Facebook, teens and …
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Teens are known to have mood swings. However, some behavior may indicate more serious issues, such as abuse of drugs and alcohol. Here are some of the warning signs of drug use. • Problems at school • Frequently forgetting homework. • Missing classes or skipping school. • Disinterest in school or school activities. • A …
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What is drugged driving? Driving under the influence of over-the-counter medications, prescription drugs, marijuana, or other illegal drugs. Why is drugged driving dangerous? Over-the-counter medications and drugs affect the brain and can alter perception, mental processes, attention, balance, coordination, reaction time and other abilities required for safe driving. Even small amounts of some drugs can …
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Voice your suspicion. Begin by expressing your concerns without making accusations. “Susan, I suspect you may be smoking pot occasionally. I love you and I’m concerned about you. Is there something going on that we need to talk about?” Be specific. Explain what you observed to make you concerned. For example, you found missing pills …
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Changes in Brain Development and Function Most kids grow dramatically during the adolescent and teen years. Their young brains, particularly the prefrontal cortex that is used to make decisions, are growing and developing, until their mid-20s. Long-term drug use causes brain changes that can set people up for addiction and other problems. Once a young …
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The Community Alliance for Youth Success Youth Committee has been taking Midland by storm the past few months with Project Sticker Shock. Sticker Shock is a nationwide campaign to discourage adults from buying alcohol for underage youth. Bright green stickers with the saying “If you care for them, don’t buy for them. Help prevent underage …
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