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Do the Math: Back to School Statistics

Posted: August 23rd, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

23 percent of teens report taking prescription pain relievers not prescribed to them.

As a medical toxicologist, I see the effects of prescription pain medication abuse in teens and young adults on a daily basis. As a parent of a 10 and 12 year old, I worry about their future, peer pressure, and possibly their own involvement with medication abuse in junior high and high school.

Prescription drug abuse, especially narcotic medications, continues to be an ongoing and increasing problem in the U.S. Read more »

Inhalants: Basic information to unasked questions

Posted: April 27th, 2010 | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

This month, the Chicago Tribune published a tragic story of a life cut short by inhalant abuse.  Inhalants are one of the most commonly used methods to get high among young adolescents.  The Monitoring the Future surveys show that in 2009, 15% of eighth graders had abused inhalants in their lifetimes. Read more »