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Does Hope in Fighting the Drug Epidemic Reside in Our Teens?

We are a country of people chasing the feeling of “normal” and we don’t know how to stop.

As we look for answers in fighting the drug epidemic that is crippling our nation, we might find hope in helping the younger generations make real change.As we look for answers in fighting the drug epidemic that is crippling our nation, we might find hope in helping the younger generations make real change. Last week the New York Times ran the article “How the Epidemic of Drug Overdose Deaths Ripples Across America” that stated what many people have experienced first hand in their communities:

“Deaths from drug overdoses have jumped in nearly every county across the United States, driven largely by an explosion in addiction to prescription painkillers and heroin.” We are a country of people chasing the feeling of “normal” and we don’t know how to stop.

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Women’s Health: Breast Cancer and Drinking

Every October, we like to write a post about the relationship between breast cancer and drinking. As many of us know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and women’s health is on the forefront of our minds. But for many women, breast cancer isn’t just on their minds in October. And we’re here to remind you that every month is a good time to think about the negative consequences that alcohol can have on the overall health of a woman.With breast cancer and drinking, research is consistently showing that all alcoholic beverages (beer, liquor, and even wine) increase a woman’s risk of hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer.

With breast cancer and drinking, research is consistently showing that all alcoholic beverages (beer, liquor, and even wine) increase a woman’s risk of hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer. This is because alcohol can increase the levels of estrogen and other hormones associated with hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer. Alcohol might also increase risk because it damages DNA in cells which can contribute to the development of cancer.  Read more

Is Sleep a Prevention Tool?

Why healthy sleep habits are an important addiction prevention tool. Is sleep a prevention tool? Yes, teens with unhealthy sleep habits are more likely to struggle with substance abuse later on in life.

Is sleep a prevention tool against addiction? A new study in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research has found that 27 percent of school-age children and 45 percent of teens don’t get enough sleep. Either from school work, extracurricular activities, stress, and/or diagnosed forms of insomnia. And the study found that teens with sleep issues were more like to have drinking problems later on in life. Alarmingly, more and more teens are being prescribed sleeping pills, which can bring about a cascade of other problems (such as headaches, daytime drowsiness, and even dependence), often times without fully addressing the initial sleep problem. Read more

Drug Facts about Marijuana: Are More Young Adults Reporting Driving Drunk or Stoned?

New drug facts about marijuana found that college males were more likely to drive after smoking marijuana than drinking. How can NTR help?New drug facts about marijuana found that college males were more likely to drive after smoking marijuana than to drive after drinking. A new study by the University of Massachusetts, Amherst found that 44 percent of college males admitted to driving after smoking pot in April 2014, compared to 12 percent who said they drove after drinking (www.drugfree.org). Read more

Drug Use Statistics: Positive Parenting Prevents Drug and Alcohol Abuse

When it comes to drug use statistics, research by the the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has shown that positive parenting skills considerably helps prevent drug and alcohol abuse.When it comes to drug use statistics, research by the the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has shown that positive parenting skills considerably helps prevent drug and alcohol abuse. Of course all parents want their kids to live healthy and happy lives, but it’s not always easy to tell what you kids are up to as they get older. Parents might wonder whether their kids have experimented or begun to use drugs, alcohol, tobacco, or prescription drugs. Read more

Signs of Abuse: How To Help Your Teen or Young Adult with Drugs and Alcohol

If you are concerned about your teen or young adult’s drug or alcohol use, pay close attention to warning signs of abuse or those most at risk for abuse. Teens or young adults who are most at risk for substance abuse, tend to demonstrate the following red flagsIf you are concerned about your teen or young adult’s drug or alcohol use, pay close attention to warning signs of abuse or those most at risk for abuse. Teens or young adults who are most at risk for substance abuse, tend to demonstrate the following red flags:
1. Risk taking. Especially when coupled with boredom. Try to encourage your kid to engage in healthy challenges that involve risk taking such as learning a new sport or activity, so drugs or alcohol isn’t used to fill that boredom and achieve a high associated with risk taking. Read more

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