Tuesday

04

February 2014

Alcohol on Campus

by Teen Drug Abuse Staff

The marriage between alcohol consumption and college life has long been accepted as the norm within the confines of campus existence. However, the past decade has marked a period in time when violent outbreaks and campus riots are being attributed more and more to teen alcohol abuse, rendering it illegal on several major school grounds. Even though such alcohol restrictions represent a potential answer to the problem, they are also…

Tuesday

04

February 2014

Effects and Warning Signs of Teen Steroid Use

by Teen Drug Abuse Staff

Metabolic and anabolic – androgenic steroids were first studied on experimental animals. The influence of the testis on metabolic processes in tissues other than the accessory sex organs has been recognized for a long time. The dramatic effects on vigor and energy reported by Brown-Seguard (1889) after the self-administration of testis glycerol extracts focused attention on energy metabolism. Early attempts to confirm these results were conflicting and unconvincing. Later several investigators…

Tuesday

04

February 2014

Teens and the Drug Ecstasy

by Teen Drug Abuse Staff

Ecstasy is a pyschostimulantive drug used mostly by teens and young adults. Ecstasy consists of Methylenedioxymethamphetamine or MDMA. Ecstasy works by affecting the concentration in the brain. This drug changes the natural effects of serotonin. The chemical serotonin is a messenger that carries signals from one nerve cell to another, which helps to modulate moods and emotions. Once this chemical has done its job, it is then sucked back into…

Tuesday

04

February 2014

Over-the-Counter Drug Abuse

by Teen Drug Abuse Staff

Over-the-counter drugs, especially cough and cold medications are becoming very popular as recreational drugs for young teenagers between the ages of 13 to 16. Hospitals have reported dozens of overdoses in the past two years, including five deaths where the abuse of over-the-counter medicines was a factor. Cold medicines such as Robitussin, Nyquil, Vicks Formula 44, and Coricidin HBP Cough and Cold tablets contain a chemical called Dextromethorphan (DXM), which…

Tuesday

04

February 2014

Teenage Abuse of Common Household Products

by Teen Drug Abuse Staff

If your teenager decides to experiment with drugs, their first high may not come from illicit drugs, such as cocaine, methamphetamine, or marijuana. It may be something completely unexpected; the white out on your desk, or the paint thinner in your utility closet. Abuse of common household products by teens and pre-teens has steadily increased since the 1980’s. This is because paint thinner, spray paint, solvents, rubber glue, and…

Tuesday

04

February 2014

The Dangers of Club Drugs

by Teen Drug Abuse Staff

Many teens like to go out and play during the night; parents should know where their child is and what they are doing. Dances and teen clubs are not always a safe environment when it comes to hanging out. Parents need too know that frequent hang-out clubs including movie theaters, bowling alleys, pool halls and video arcades are places that can be dangerous for teens in groups. As a parent…

Tuesday

04

February 2014

Marijuana Use Among Teens

by Teen Drug Abuse Staff

Marijuana is the most widely used illicit drug used by teens today. Approximately 60 percent of the kids who use drugs use only marijuana. Of the 14.6 million marijuana users in 2002, approximately 4.8 million used it on 20 or more days in any given month (Kids and Marijuana). The marijuana that is available to teens today is much stronger than the marijuana that was available in the…

Tuesday

04

February 2014

Drug Use and Your Teen's Health

by Teen Drug Abuse Staff

In recent years, much has been learned about the health effects of teen drug use. Drugs are readily available to those who choose to use them in either an “experimental” way or to those who are chronic drug abusers. The consequence of such use, even causal use, can be devastating to both the user and to the users family members. But, teen drug use is costly to more than just…