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Teens Drawn to Heavily Advertised Alcohol Brands

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A study shows that the alcohol brands favored by underage drinkers are the same ones most heavily advertised in magazines read by those under 21, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) reports.

 The study, published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs concludes that current voluntary industry standards regarding alcohol advertising and minors are not doing enough. “All of the ads in our study were in complete compliance with the industry’s self-regulatory guidelines,” lead researcher Craig Ross, of Virtual Media Resources in Natick, Massachusetts, said in a journal news release.

“Parents should take note that scientific evidence is growing that exposure to alcohol advertising promotes drinking initiation, and is likely to increase the frequency of consumption for kids already drinking,” Ross said.

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Changes in Drug Manufacturing and Dispensing Show Positive Effects

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 There is some good news on the prescription drug abuse prevention front. A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine shows that after 2010, when oxycodone manufacturers made it crush-resistant in order to deter abuse,  overdose rates fell substantially. The dangers of opioid painkillers such as oxycodone (better known by the brand name OxyContin) are that it can be misused by the person its prescribed for, and it can also be shared or sold illegally to others. At the same time as the crush-resistant form of oxycodone was released, there was also a drop in the levels of prescribing the medication, as healthcare practitioners became more aware of the potential for abuse.

The researchers concluded that “Our results have significant implications for policymakers and health care professionals grappling with the epidemic of opioid abuse and overdose. Changes imposed through regulatory mandates or voluntary company actions may be a viable approach to stemming prescription abuse.”

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Concern Over Growing Teen Use of E-Cigs

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A study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says use of electronic cigarette devices among middle and high school students tripled between 2013 and 2014. According to the New York Times, “Two favorite flavors of teenagers interviewed were Sweet Tart and Unicorn Puke, which one student described as ‘every flavor Skittle compressed into one.’” While e-cigarettes are substantially less harmful than traditional cigarettes (and some teens may be using them in order to quit smoking), there is concern that—with their candy flavors and cutesy names—they serve as a new pathway to nicotine addiction. The CDC “warned that e-cigarettes were undoing years of progress among the country’s most vulnerable citizens by making the act of puffing on a tobacco product normal again, and by introducing nicotine, an addictive substance, to a broad population of teenagers.”

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Parents: How to talk with teens about pot

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Between marijuana legalization, the normalization in pop culture and new ways of using (edibles, vaporizers, concentrates), it’s becoming more complicated for parents to talk to their teens. So where do you start? And what should you say? The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids has a “Marijuana Talk Kit” that can help.

And remember parents, it may not seem like your teens want to hear from you, but the truth is, what you say (and do) matters. And studies show that speaking out strongly against drug use means your kids will be less likely to use.

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April 15: Battling the Rx Drug Epidemic

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“The Perfect Storm: Battling the Drug Epidemic” on April 15 at the Pearl River Hilton will be an important presentation for parents about preventing and understanding the prescription drug epidemic. Do you know what the risks are and how to help protect your kids? Watch: The Perfect Storm