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Top Drugs Teens Use

There’s a lot for parents to be worried about these days, and teen drug use usually tops the list.

Here are the main substances that Worcester parents should be vigilant about.

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Does your School Need a Drug Awareness Team?

Think your teens don’t have easy access to drugs and alcohol? Think again. Drug use isn’t just for homeless junkies anymore. Even bright, young teens from nice neighborhoods and loving families are jumping on the bandwagon. They are buying it from their friends or from social media, and they aren’t undergoing drug testing. Today’s teens find it easier to get drugs and alcohol these days than parents realize, but since teens don’t often receive drug testing, their drug use can easily stay under the radar.

Many school administrators and city officials across the country are growing increasingly concerned with the widespread availability of drugs and alcohol, and not just because teens are abusing these substances — sometimes, teacher drug use is an issue, too. These administrators aren’t just worrying about it, though. They are doing something about it.

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DEA Launches Nationwide Synthetic Drug Raids

Last month, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration proved its commitment to cracking down on synthetic drugs.

As we’ve explained in the past, though some forms of synthetic drug are technically legal due to manufacturers finding loopholes in current drug laws, synthetic drugs are very harmful substances that can even prove fatal. K2, spice, and bath salts are just a few of the names these drugs go by — and you can find them in regular retail stores.

Here’s more on the DEA’s recent crackdown and its impact on the synthetic drug industry.

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Massachusetts Teens Sneaking Drugs Into Schools – How Are They Doing It, & What Can Parents Do?

Teenagers have been sneaking banned substances into school functions for years. But recently in Massachusetts and across the nation, the smuggled goods have shifted from the more innocent — a little liqueur to spike the punch at prom, for example — to more dangerous.

Hard drugs like cocaine, heroin, and ecstasy are being smuggled into schools more and more.

We’re sharing how students are sneaking drugs onto school property, and how parents and school administrators can address the issue.

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Drug and Alcohol Use Higher Among Massachusetts Youth

ARCpoint Labs of Worcester | Teen Drug and Alcohol Use in Massachusetts

Massachusetts parents, health professionals, educators, and others, take note: according to a recent study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), youth in our state have a higher rate of underage drinking and illegal drug use.

What exactly did the SAMHSA report show? ARCpoint Labs of Worcester shares the details below.

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The Truths About Teen Smoking- Is it a Gateway Drug?

teen-smoking-gateway-drugTobacco is likely the easiest form of drugs for your teen to get their hands on.

To help prevent your teen or younger children from giving into the temptation of tobacco use, understand the following truths.

 

1. No teenager is exempt.

In the U.S., more than 3,000 young people become regular smokers each day. That’s more than 1 million new smokers each year. Even if you believe your teen to be making good choices and spending time with good influences, glamorous advertising and pop culture are also highly influential.

2. First time smoking almost always happens before high school graduation.

According to studies done by the CDC, if your teen doesn’t smoke before they graduate, chances are they never will. This means middle to high school is a highly influential time to keep them making good choices.

3. The first step to prevent teen smoking is good self esteem.

Often times, teens start smoking to ‘be accepted.’ Other reasons include modeling someone they admire, overcoming stress and attempting to lose weight. By helping your teen develop valuable friendships, deal with stress and shape a healthy body image, you’ll also help them build resilience.

4. They need to hear it from you.

While it may seem like your teen only listens to their friends, you are the biggest influence as far as building good values. Send a clear message that you view smoking as unhealthy. Be sure to use real facts and statistics instead of using scare tactics.

5. If your teen already smokes, they may need help quitting.

Quitting isn’t always as easy as them stopping because you asked. A lot of teens don’t realize how addicted they are until it’s too late. It may be necessary they team up with a doctor.

 

Is tobacco a gateway drug?

Yes. For teens who smoke, they chances of trying much stronger drugs are greatly increased. Statistical findings from the NIDA are as follows.

  • 95% of high school seniors who smoke tried illicit drugs

  • 94% of smoking seniors tried marijuana

  • 49% of smoking seniors tried cocaine

  • 67.9% of smoking seniors did some heavy drinking

 

Next week, we’ll discuss how to talk to your teen about smoking. For more information about teen drug use, visit your local ARCpoint Lab today.

 

How to Stop Teen Drugs- Prevent Initial Contact

April 18, 2013 5 comments

parent and teenWhen it comes to taking steps to prevent your teen from using drugs, a little bit can go a long way. Even an ounce of effort can keep your family healthy and drug free. Here are some tips to staying aware and connected:

Keep informed of after school activities.

With your teen’s school likely getting out a few hours before you are home from work, you may not always know what they’re up to. Stay connected by making phone calls, leaving notes and sending texts. The best thing would be to give them something to do, especially if they aren’t involved in any after school activities. Statistics show that between 3 and 5 pm is a choice time for teens to use drugs. You can prevent this by providing activities or adult supervision.

Get them involved in extracurriculars.

Sports, clubs and other activities are great examples of after school activities. These also provide other great benefits for your teen’s growth besides avoiding boredom. More time in organized activities means your teen is less likely to do drugs.

Get to know friends and parents of friends.

By getting to know their friends, you may get a small glimpse of what’s going on in your teen’s life. By getting to know their parents, you can work together to help keep them out of trouble and under supervision.

Ask questions before they leave.

If your teen is getting ready to go out, ask the following questions:

Who will you be with?

What will you be doing?

When will you be home?

Don’t be afraid to check up on them- you are the parent. Teens who think they will get caught are also less likely to do drugs.

Talk to your teen about drugs.

Don’t be afraid to bring up the topic of drugs with your teen. By the time they’re in middle school and high school, they probably know more about them than you realize. Keep in mind- you want this to be a conversation and not a lecture. You want to let them know you’re available if they need to talk.

Be a role model.

Finally, we ask you be the responsible role model. If you decide to drink, do so responsibly. They are watching you more than you realize, and if you make a mistake, they will find out eventually.