teen boy with hands over face sitting next to backpack showing signs of drug use

3 Signs of Drug Use Parents Shouldn’t Ignore

If you’re a parent of a teen showing signs of drug use, it’s essential to seek treatment quickly. As teenagers strive for independence, it can be difficult to know if an underlying problem exists. Teenagers naturally branch out and distance themselves from parental influence, making it difficult to detect possible signs of drug abuse. However,…

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Defining Substance Abuse: Is My Teen at Risk?

Despite a recent plunge in teen illicit substance abuse, it’s still a significant issue plaguing the young people of our country. Additionally, prescription drug abuse in this age group has increased recently. Also, underage drinking and subsequent alcohol addiction is a common problem among teens and young adults. Defining substance abuse can appear tricky to…

two teen boys engaged in underage drinking

The Dangers of Underage Drinking

Because it is legal and readily available, alcohol can present a unique problem for young people. The ordinariness of drinking and alcohol not only heightens its likelihood for abuse but makes avoiding it especially difficult. While many may frown upon underage drinking, the full scope of how dangerous the practice is for young people’s development…

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Legal But Lethal – Cough Medicine Abuse in Teens

An ingredient found in many cough and cold remedies is finding its way into the hands of teens intent on using it to get what is described as a cheap dissociative high. Teen cough medicine abuse is something parents need to make themselves aware of. Dextromethorphan (DXM) – a synthetic ingredient found in more than…

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Education Key to Preventing Teen Inhalant Abuse

Parents vigilant about educating their child about drugs and alcohol could inadvertently be supplying “drugs” powerful enough to kill the first time they are used. Teen inhalant abuse is a frequent issue in many areas. Surveys conducted in the United States and Canada reveal that huffing (or inhalant use) is becoming one of the most…

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Teen Anxiety in School

Teen Anxiety in School Many people have woken up in cold sweats, worrying about missing school tests from years or even decades before. School’s unique social and educational pressures are enough to give adults lifelong anxieties. This unfortunate fact is even more true for current students, who have to balance social life, education, and responsibilities…

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Dangers of Vaping and Toking

Dangers of Vaping and Toking In the past few years, vapes have become increasingly ubiquitous as a form of consuming nicotine. Although the practice began with complex rigs, the advent of Juul and similar devices have made vaping sleek and stealthy. With these advancements, however, the dangers of vaping and toking have increased. Whereas smoking…

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Marijuana Legalization in Canada

Marijuana Legalization in Canada On October 17th, 2018, Canada became the second country to legalize recreational marijuana use. The government is still working to measure the immediate impact of marijuana legalization in Canada on the populace. Every three months, the Canadian government tracks marijuana-related behaviours with the voluntary National Cannabis Survey (NCS). For parents of…

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Compromised Immune System

Substance Abuse Disorders and a Compromised Immune System The majority of immunocompromised people suffer from HIV & AIDS. However, there are other causes of the immunocompromised system, including drug and alcohol abuse. Fortunately, specific measures can be taken to prevent being susceptible to coronavirus (COVID-19), which attacks people with a compromised immune system. How Alcohol…

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Shocking Teen Substance Abuse Statistics in Canada

Canadian teen substance abuse statistics are enough to give even the most trusting parent a surge of anxiety. Teenagers are more vulnerable than adults to substance abuse and risky behaviours because their brains aren’t fully developed yet. Teen brains don’t handle stress as well as adult brains. Not only are teens more susceptible to making…