My friends are using “study drugs”, can they help me improve my grades too?

My friends are using “study drugs”, can they help me improve my grades too?

Some students hear that Adderall can can help them focus and perform academically, and think of it as a ‘study drug.’ Many teens and young adults are under the mistaken impression that because prescription stimulants such as Adderall came from a doctor that they are safe or safer than ‘street drugs.’ Learn more.

What exactly is medical marijuana?

What exactly is medical marijuana? 

The term medical marijuana refers to using the whole, unprocessed marijuana plant or its basic extracts to treat symptoms of illness and other conditions. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not recognized or approved the marijuana plant as medicine. Learn more.

Juuling is safer than cigarettes… isn’t it?

Juuling is safer than cigarettes… isn’t it?

Once you take the first hit, your brain automatically associates the sweet flavor as “good”, triggering your pleasure center to automatically equate juuling as good, fostering a lifetime addiction to tobacco and nicotine. So if you’re eighteen or older and feel like trying out a juul, please know exactly what you’re getting yourself into before you risk your health. Learn more.

What is binge drinking? Is it bad for you?

What is binge drinking? Is it bad for you?

Binge-drinking is having five or more alcoholic drinks in a row or on one occasion. Some teenagers think of binge-drinking and getting drunk as a ‘rite of passage’. They might do it on special occasions such as 16th and 18th birthdays, school graduations or at homecoming week. Some teenagers binge-drink more often than that. Learn more.

Why is heroin so addictive?


Why is heroin so addictive? 

Heroin use impacts the brain more severely than other substances and can create brain changes that lead to addiction. After an injection of heroin, the user reports feeling a surge of euphoria or “rush.” With regular heroin use, tolerance develops. This means the person must use more heroin to achieve the same intensity or effect. Learn more.

Marijuana: What You Need to Know

During the past year, many concerns have been expressed with the use of marijuana and the vulnerability of the teen brain. One of the concerns that substance abuse prevention professionals have about marijuana is that among students the perception of harm is declining in regards to this drug. “Perception of harm” is the benchmark for drug use and a decline predicts the probability of future drug use.

Professionals feel that the approval of marijuana for medical conditions in New York State and the legalization of marijuana in some states have been contributing factors to the decline of the perception of harm by teens.
However, the ongoing research into this drug shows a very different picture regarding marijuana’s harmful effects. As was previously reported, there is an association between marijuana and psychosis and depression. Researchers are learning more about the negative impact of marijuana on the cognitive skills of memory and attention. Marijuana also decreases motivation and there are short and longer term effects of marijuana on the ability to learn.

One can go to the website www.powertotheparent.org to read more about the negative impact that marijuana can have on the teen brain.

Source: Patricia Murphy Warble, LMSW, CPP, Parenting for Prevention June 2017

Molly just makes you feel happy. Whats wrong with that?


Molly just makes you feel happy. Whats wrong with that? 

“Molly,” a popular drug at music festivals, is the powder or crystal form of MDMA, which is the chemical used in Ecstasy. The use of Molly — a stimulant drug — comes with serious health risks. The DEA notes that it can cause confusion, anxiety, depression, paranoia, sleep problems and drug craving. Learn more.

Why do people start taking drugs?

Why do people start taking drugs?

People take drugs for many different reasons: to feel better, to feel good, and because others are doing it. The most important thing to realize is that the younger a person begins to use drugs, the more likely it will lead to serious drug abuse. Learn more.

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