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
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.
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."
Mistreatment -- American teenagers are forced into drug treatment
programs each year by schools, parents, or the courts despite
not having any serious drug problem.
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.
Columbine carnage - Drugs are suspected in the latest round
of killings in Littleton -- this time at a sandwich shop.
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