Substance Abuse Archives - NWI
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.
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.
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.
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.
Substance Abuse Prevention for Early Childhood
April 19, 2016 | Emily Taylor
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has published an online guide about interventions in early childhood that can help prevent drug use and other unhealthy behaviors. The guide offers research-based principles that affect a child’s self-control and overall mental health, starting during pregnancy through the eighth year of life. It recognizes that while substance use generally begins during the teen years, it has known biological, psychological, social, and environmental roots that begin even before birth.
Access the complete online guide here >>.
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.
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.
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.
Family-Run Organizations and Substance Use Services for Youth
December 8, 2015 | John Ossowski
To better inform the field, FREDLA conducted a survey of family organizations on whether they currently serve or plan to serve the population of families caring for an adolescent or young adult with substance use disorders. A total of 31 organizations responded and this summary reports on their answers.