The current lack of substance abuse and mental health treatment for juveniles is a scandal. A SAMHSA study compared adolescents with serious behavioral problems, such as physical aggression and stealing, to adolescents with a low degree of behavioral problems. Those with serious behavioral problems were 7 times more likely to be dependent on alcohol or illicit drugs. Boston University School of Public Health
Substance use and delinquent behavior are factors in serious adolescent offenders-- Many adolescents who get in trouble have problems with substance use. Their offending is tied to involvement with drugs or alcohol. U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Tobacco's Toll: 425,983 kids have become regular smokers in 2003. 136,315 will die prematurely from their addiction. Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is fighting to create a healthier environment. The Campaign is one of the largest non-governmental initiatives to protect children from tobacco.
Family Risk Factors and Adolescent Substance Use --Moderation Effects for Temperament Dimensions
Binge-Drinking-Related Consequences in College Students --Role of Drinking Beliefs and Mother - Teen Communications
Supreme Court Allows School Drug Tests - By a 5-4 margin, an opinion written by Justice Clarence Thomas, the court expanded the right of school systems to conduct drug tests. They ruled in an Oklahoma case that it is "entirely reasonable for the school district to enact this particular drug testing policy."
Drug Mistreatment -- American teenagers are forced into drug treatment programs each year by schools, parents, or the courts despite not having any serious drug problem.
Inhalant Abuse prevention -- Information on inhalant abuse, dwarning signs a child may be using inhalants, tips for talking to kids, downloadable brochure and links to additional information.
More Columbine carnage - Drugs are suspected in the latest round of killings in Littleton -- this time at a sandwich shop.
Club drugs -- Are used by young adults at "raves" or "trances," dance clubs, and bars. MDMA (Ecstasy), GHB, Rohypnol, ketamine, methamphetamine, and LSD are club drugs gaining popularity. Research has shown club drugs can cause health problems and death. Used with alcohol, these drugs are more dangerous. Dance Safe! is a harm reduction organization promoting health and safety within the rave and nightclub community. The easy to obtain, inexpensive, colorless and odorless GHB is being used more often by teens with some dying from it. The drug provides a relaxed, uninhibited feeling. The FDA banned the drug's sale nationwide in 1991. Boston University School of Public Health
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