Summer 2014

July 2014

“Teens Drawn to Heavily Advertised Alcohol Brands: Study” (HealthDay News) 7/8/2014

Though ads are in compliance with law, researchers say findings suggest current regulations aren’t enough… Read more >

“Recovery High Schools Show Promise, But Face Challenges” (Partnership for Drug-Free Kids) 7/15/2014

High schools designed to support students in recovery from substance use disorders show promise in helping students sustain their abstinence, but face a number of challenges, according to experts… Read more >

“An Open Letter to My Teenage Son About Drinking” (Huff Post Parents) 7/22/2014

As hard as it is for me to believe this, I’m the mother of a teenager. In fact, Tom will be entering 10th grade this September… Read more >

“National Study: Teens Report Higher Use of Performance Enhancing Substances” (Partnership for Drug-Free Kids) 7/22/2014

New, nationally projectable survey results released today by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids confirmed a significant increase – a doubling – in the reported lifetime use of synthetic human growth hormone (hGH) among teens… Read more > 

“Mixing Energy Drinks With Alcohol Increases the Urge to Drink” (Partnership for Drug-Free Kids) 7/23/2014 

A new study finds mixing energy drinks with alcohol increases the urge to drink. People who consume the mixture may drink more alcohol than they planned, according to the researchers… Read more >

“Denver mom survives darkness of prescription drug abuse epidemic” (CNN) 7/24/2014

Cynthia Scudo is a portrait of an all-American mom of eight and grandmother of 18 who survived an extraordinary journey lasting a decade: She became addicted to prescription painkillers and then to heroin… Read more >

“FDA Approves Hard-to-Abuse Narcotic Painkiller” (WebMD.com) 7/24/2014

THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new formulation of a powerful narcotic painkiller that discourages potential abusers from snorting or injecting the drug has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration… Read more >

“Key Chain Blood-Alcohol Testing May Make Quantified Drinking Easy” (NPR.org) 7/25/2014

While testing whether a dash of yeast could keep you from getting drunk, we discovered that it’s pretty entertaining — and revealing — to track your blood alcohol while drinking… Read more >

“‘Spice’ is a deadly ingredient” (Daily Pilot) 7/26/2014

One family shares their story of how K2, or “spice” took their son’s lifeRead more >

“Colorado tightening edible pot rules” (USA Today) 7/31/2014

Accidentally overdosing on marijuana-infused candies, cookies and brownies may get harder under new rules being considered by Colorado… Read more >

August 2014

“First-ever full-page New York Times marijuana ad runs” (CBS News) 8/3/2014 

The New York Times had its first-ever full-page marijuana-related ad run on the heels of its editorial board calling for the drug’s legalization… Read more >

“9 Questions You Should Ask About the Drug “Molly” ” (NBC Washington) 8/8/2014

Just a week ago, two young men — a 17-year-old and a college student — died after attending a music festival in Columbia, Maryland… Read more >

“A Less Defiant Tack in a Campaign to Curb Smoking by Teenagers” (The New York Times) 8/10/2014

SMOKING had long been a hallmark of teenage rebellion when “Truth,” a campaign from Legacy, introduced its first antismoking commercial in 2000… Read more >

“Schilling cancer highlights dangers of chewing tobacco” (USA Today) 8/20/2014

Baseball great Curt Schilling blames years of chewing tobacco for his oral cancer, an announcement that health advocates hope will call attention to the dangers of a habit common in many ballplayers… Read more >

“​U.S. tightens access to Vicodin, other narcotic painkillers” (CBS News) 8/22/2014

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is going ahead with tough new controls on painkillers containing hydrocodone, which has been tied to a surge in dangerous addictions across the United States… Read more >

September 2014

“5 Lessons for Parents of Substance-Abusing Teens” (Rehabs.com) 9/5/2014

Having an adolescent or young adult child who abuses drugs and alcohol can be a nightmare. Not only do you fear for their health, well-being and future, but your fear may be compounded by feeling completely in the dark about your son or daughter’s problems… Read more >

5 Lessons for Parents of Substance-Abusing Teens (Rehabs.com) 9/8/2014

Having an adolescent or young adult child who abuses drugs and alcohol can be a nightmare. Not only do you fear for their health, well-being and future, but your fear may be compounded by feeling completely in the dark about your son or daughter’s problems… Read more >

“D.E.A. to Allow Return of Unused Pills to Pharmacies” (The New York Times) 9/9/2014

Concerned by rising rates of prescription drug abuse, the Drug Enforcement Administration announced Monday that it would permit consumers to return unused prescription medications like opioid painkillers to pharmacies… Read more >

2 Berks mothers share pain of losing children who abused heroin (The Reading Eagle) 9/12/2014

As heroin and prescription drug deaths continue at distressingly high levels in Berks County, two grieving mothers have become leaders in a key weapon against the scourge: education… Read more >

“Secret life of teens: The dangerous drug parents aren’t talking about with kids” (Today) 9/19/2014

When teens want to get high, many don’t even have to leave home. All it takes is a visit to their parents’ medicine cabinet… Read more >

In Pennsylvania, heroin easier to get than wine, cheaper than beer: report (Reuters) 9/23/2014

Young people in rural Pennsylvania can buy heroin more easily than a bottle of wine and getting high with the opiate can be cheaper than buying a six pack of beer, according to an investigative report released on Tuesday… Read more >

Report: Pennsylvania’s prisons not enough to lock up heroin problem (The Reading Eagle) 9/24/2014

“We cannot arrest our way out of this problem.” The statement made repeatedly by Berks District Attorney John T. Adams became the theme of a statewide report issued Tuesday on Pennsylvania’s heroin epidemic… Read more >

Good Samaritan bill goes to Gov. Corbett (The Reading Eagle) 9/25/14

Lives of heroin users will be saved if friends and others can call for emergency help without fear of prosecution, according to supporters of a bill that unanimously passed the state Senate on Wednesday. Read more >

11 Ways to Get Your Teen Talking (The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids) 9/30/2014

The best way to find out what is going on with your child is to, well, find out what’s going on with him. Lecturing won’t get you there… Read more >

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