Substance Abuse Archives - NWI

SAMHSA Report: Emergency Dept. Visits Involving Underage Alcohol Misuse

June 14, 2017 | Emily Taylor

Last month, SAMHSA issued a short report on Emergency Department visits involving alcohol misuse by people aged 12 to 20 between 2010 and 2013. The report includes data on hospital visits related to alcohol-only and drug and alcohol combination and breaks results down by age segments and gender within the 12 to 20 group.

Read the complete report»

New Hampshire Program Finds Doctor Visits Help Keep Teens off Drugs and Alcohol

December 22, 2016 | Emily Taylor

A program in New Hampshire is finding that regular conversations with their doctor can be valuable in preventing drug and alcohol use by teens. The state has implemented an evidence-based “screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment” (SBIRT) protocol in 23 medical facilities across the state, thanks in part to grant funding.

Watch a video to learn more about New Hampshire’s SBIRT program aimed at preventing teen alcohol and drug use»

Crisis in Foster Care Caused by Epidemic Drug Addiction

October 17, 2016 | Emily Taylor

Across the country, states are struggling to find placements for the number of children needing foster care. In many cases, this trend is being attributed to an increase in drug abuse and addiction among parents.

Read the article on states dealing with foster care crisis»

New Free App for Kids: Alcohol’s Effects on the Brain (AlcoholFX)

August 9, 2016 | Emily Taylor

SAMHSA has a wealth of educational materials for youth and teens about the dangerous effects of alcohol, including AlcoholFX, a free, science-based app for tablets that teaches students ages 10–12 how alcohol can harm their brains if they drink.

Access the resources for parents, educators and kids about effects of alcohol on the brain»

Poor outcomes for adolescents who use Marijuana

June 22, 2016 | Emily Taylor

A recent study by RAND Corporation followed a group of LA-area students over a seven year period, from their participation in an alcohol and other drug use prevention program in middle schools through high school, surveying them on their drug use and academic progress.

Read the article about teen alcohol and marijuana use»

Marijuana use among youth remains stable, despite low perceived risk

February 18, 2016 | Emily Taylor

A recent national study found that although the majority of youth in the U.S. do not consider marijuana use to be a significant risk, marijuana use rates among youth have remained stable. The study results found that in 2013 to 2014, approximately 75% of adolescents did not believe using marijuana posed a significant risk, and about 1.8 million U.S. teens were “past-month” marijuana users.

Read the full article »

Bullying and Substance Use Among Gay and Bisexual Youth

February 18, 2016 | Halley Doherty-Gary

New research shows that gay and bisexual youth score lower on key indicators of youth development – increasing the chance they will participate in health risk behaviors like cigarette smoking and alcohol use. Bullying was identified as a factor that hindered access to building blocks of health and well-being.

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Webinar: Talking with Youth About Marijuana: Know the Facts

February 2, 2016 | John Ossowski

Sponsored by: Community Anti-drug Coalitions of America

Thursday, February 4, 2016
3–4:30 p.m. (ET)

Sion Harris, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and co-director of Boston Children’s Hospital Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research, will discuss current trends in adolescent marijuana use, share the short- and long-term consequences of use on health and development, and review special considerations when screening youth and providing brief interventions for marijuana.


Addiction is a Response to Childhood Suffering

January 12, 2016 | Halley Doherty-Gary

Dr. Gabor Mate specializes in the study and treatment of addiction and trauma. He has over twenty years of experience working with families. The heart of his work focuses on how emotions are implicated in the development of illness, addictions, and disorders. Dr. Gabor takes us further into the understanding of emotionality, trauma, and addiction while supporting findings with research, and medical science.

Read on to find out what it means to be conscious enough to thrive under life stressors >>

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