LGBT Youth at Greater Risk of Substance Abuse

Alcohol addiction is a serious problem for teenagers, but it’s worse for some than others. Studies have repeatedly found that teens who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender are significantly more likely than their peers to abuse alcohol and drugs. LGBT youth are three times more likely than average to abuse drugs like cocaine […]

What Should We Teach Students About Drugs?

It seems that students in Riverside, Calif. and across the nation are educated about drugs and alcohol every year. But how effective are these lessons? After all, more people are being admitted to drug rehab centers than ever before, despite the horrifying lessons in school that essentially teach: “drugs are bad and will kill you.” […]

Marijuana's Effect on the Teen Brain

While many continue to debate whether or not marijuana is a harmful drug for adults, research has been fairly consistent in finding that it is certainly not healthy for the developing minds of teens and young adults. This infographic provides a few solid reasons as to why teens should avoid using marijuana so as not to […]

'Just Trying it Once' Could Cost a Lifetime

The world of drugs is a frightening one, full of addiction and other undesirable consequences. For some people though, it seems like harmless fun. Their mentality is to “just try it once.” The problem is that quite often, trying it “just once” is not really possible. Especially with strong drugs like heroin or meth, only […]

Talking to Your Teen About Drugs

Parents in Riverside, California and across the nation are increasingly concerned about the possibility of their children abusing drugs and alcohol. Some are reluctant to bring up this tricky topic with their kids, but avoiding the subject is one of the worst things a parent can do. Talking about the problem can significantly reduce a […]

Helping Your Addicted Child

Drug and alcohol addiction does not discriminate against race, class or age. Furthermore, underage drinking and drug abuse are on the rise, causing parents in San Diego and across the nation to worry about their children. Parents may discover their children have drug or alcohol problems in various ways. It is rare for a parent […]

How to Talk to Kids About Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription drugs may not seem like an immediate threat to your children when there are more obvious things to worry about, like crossing the street safely or not talking to strangers. But these potentially addictive substances are a quickly growing problem among today’s teens. According to the Partnership Annual Tracking Survey, 19 percent of today’s […]

The Question Remains: Are E-Cigarettes a Gateway Drug to Tobacco?

A recent report by the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals that e-cigarette use tripled between 2013 and 2014 among middle school and high school students.  At the same time, use of conventional cigarettes decreased to its lowest point in years. Although this decrease is positive, E-cigarettes still contain addictive substances suggesting […]

America’s Teenage Battle With Prescription Drug Abuse

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America has an issue with prescription drug abuse. Though the 1960s and 1970s remain infamous for the young, drug-induced hippies which they produced, in our current day age, substance abuse continues to be one of our nation’s greatest plagues. While marijuana might be making headlines all across the country, quietly, prescription drugs have been enslaving […]