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Saturday, Oct. 22 Is Drug Take Back Day October 22, 2016

DEA-sponsored event offers sites to safely dispose of unused meds

Kids With Bipolar Disorder More Likely to Abuse Drugs, Alcohol: Study September 16, 2016

And those who also have conduct disorder seem to face an even greater risk

Smokers' Perceptions May Play Role in Addiction September 13, 2016

They were more affected by nicotine when they thought it was present in a cigarette, study showed

Meds May Curb Risky Behaviors for Kids With ADHD August 17, 2016

Study found drug abuse, STDs and injuries were lower among teens who take meds

ADHD Common Among College Students Who Misuse Stimulant Drugs August 12, 2016

Study says they're also more apt to have other psychiatric issues

Keep Illicit Drugs, Booze Out of the Home to Lower Teens' Addiction Risk: Study August 11, 2016

Early exposure ups likelihood of substance abuse when they reach their 20s, researcher says

Painkillers for Teen Athletes Won't Spur Addiction: Study July 25, 2016

Sports may actually provide protective effect against opioid abuse

Do ADHD Medicines Boost Substance Abuse Risk? July 15, 2016

Chances were actually lower the earlier stimulants were started, and the longer they were taken

Teen Smoking Down, E-Cigarette Use Up June 09, 2016

CDC survey finds adolescents hear some health messages, but not all

Got Unused Meds? Here's What to Do May 03, 2016

Check for local take-back events, or contact the DEA for collection locations

Most Teens Who Abuse ADHD Meds Get Them From Others March 08, 2016

Study finds 54 percent of kids surveyed use medications for non-medicinal purposes

Obsessed Athletes More Likely to Approve of Performance-Enhancing Drugs: Study February 13, 2016

Not being able to disconnect from the sport they play a sign of trouble, researchers warn

Teens Who Tan Indoors May Be More Likely to Smoke, Drink, Use Drugs: Study January 20, 2016

But researchers add that finding doesn't prove cause-and-effect link

Painkillers Often Gateway to Heroin for U.S. Teens: Survey December 30, 2015

Heroin is cheaper, easier to obtain than narcotics like OxyContin, experts say

Others' Drug, Alcohol Use May Trigger Bad Behavior in Teens December 11, 2015

Study participants twice as likely to steal, vandalize, hurt others after witnessing substance use

Narcotic Painkiller Use in Adolescence May Raise Risk of Adult Addiction October 28, 2015

Study found those less experienced with illegal drugs were more likely to abuse narcotics later

College Kids Easily Find Contraband ADHD Drugs, Other Meds October 19, 2015

Survey reveals most users take the drugs to help them study or catch some sleep

Fewer Teens Smoking Cigarettes, But Twice as Many Using Pot: CDC October 15, 2015

Meanwhile, more American adults are trying to break the tobacco habit, second government study shows

Teens Using E-Cigarettes to 'Vape' Pot, Survey Finds September 08, 2015

But researchers don't know how the kids are modifying the devices to get high

Many Teens With Chronic Illnesses Use Alcohol, Pot August 31, 2015

Four out of 10 high schoolers with medical conditions used one or both in past year, study found

Regular Pot Use as Teen Not Tied to Long-Term Health Problems: Study August 04, 2015

But findings are at odds with previous research

'Bath Salts' Not Widespread in U.S. High Schools, Survey Finds July 23, 2015

But nearly one in five teens who tried the stimulants are regular users

U.S. Health Officials Examine Pot-Linked Death in Colorado July 23, 2015

Experts aren't clear on cause, but undiagnosed mental illness might have played a part

Medical Marijuana Ads May Prompt Pot Use Among Teens July 07, 2015

Study suggests prevention efforts should highlight negative effects drug can have on the brain

Heroin Use on the Rise Among Women, Wealthier People, CDC Finds July 07, 2015

Prescription painkiller addiction often precedes use of street drug

Pot 'Dabbing' Poses Risk of Serious Burns, Study Warns June 15, 2015

Fires and even explosions have been linked to this practice, experts say

Synthetic Pot a Growing Danger, CDC Report Finds June 11, 2015

Calls to poison control centers jumped more than 300 percent from January to April

More Young Children Exposed to Marijuana, Study Finds June 09, 2015

Kids younger than 3 may eat the drug when it's baked into brownies and cookies

Misuse of ADHD-Type Drugs Starts Long Before College: Study June 04, 2015

Efforts to prevent illegal use should begin in middle school

Heroin Use Levels Off in U.S., But Still High: Report April 23, 2015

Number of people needing treatment also rose in recent years

New Synthetic Drug 'Flakka' Triggers Crazed Behaviors April 16, 2015

Use of chemical-cousin to 'bath salts' appears to be on the rise, experts say

1 in 10 U.S. Teens Has Tried Hashish April 15, 2015

Drug is more powerful cousin of marijuana, researchers say

U.S. Pediatricians Remain Opposed to Random Drug Tests in Schools March 30, 2015

Helping students avoid substance problems is preferred approach

Counseling Beats School Suspension at Curbing Pot Use: Study March 25, 2015

Drug policies should educate students, not just penalize them, researchers note

Teens' Heavy Pot Smoking Tied to Memory Problems March 12, 2015

Daily marijuana use also linked to brain abnormalities, study finds

Methamphetamine May be More Harmful to Teen Brains February 17, 2015

MRI-based study finds illicit drug causes more damage in adolescents

Morphine After Tonsillectomy Tied to Breathing Problems in Study January 26, 2015

Motrin, Advil a safe option for children, researchers say

Pediatricians' Group Opposes Legal Marijuana January 26, 2015

American Academy of Pediatrics says drug has potential to harm children

Poor Sleep Tied to More Drinking, Drug Use by Teens January 16, 2015

That increases chances of accidents, injuries and unplanned pregnancies, study says

Drug Interactions Common Among Hospitalized Kids, Study Says December 15, 2014

Medication combos may cause side effects or reduce treatment effectiveness, expert notes

Painkiller Abuse More Likely for Those Who Skip College: Study December 05, 2014

Link is especially true for females

Placebo Treatment May Quiet Kids' Cough October 27, 2014

Parents report a spoonful of agave nectar or flavored water reduced symptoms

Medication Errors Occur Every 8 Minutes in U.S. Children October 20, 2014

Study finds that liquid drugs are the most commonly misused at home

U.S. Kids Use ADHD Meds More During School Year October 17, 2014

Researchers suggest this may be to boost academic achievement

ER Visits Linked to Synthetic Pot More Than Double, Report Finds October 16, 2014

Misperception that it is safe makes it especially dangerous, experts say

Most Who Abuse Painkillers Are Unprepared If Overdose Strikes: Study October 02, 2014

Although anti-OD meds are available, many addicts hold misguided views on what to do

Head Injuries May Raise Chances of Risky Behavior by Teens September 30, 2014

Study found adolescents were more likely to smoke, drink, have poor grades after bad concussion

Fewer U.S. Teens Using Illegal Drugs and Alcohol, Report Finds September 16, 2014

Plus, teen tobacco use fell to new low in 2013, government statistics show

Kids Prescribed Antibiotics Twice as Often as Needed, Study Finds September 15, 2014

More than 11 million prescriptions may be unnecessary, researchers say

10 Percent of Americans Admit to Illicit Drug Use September 04, 2014

Marijuana tops list of substances, federal report says