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Is it safer for parents to let teens drink at home?

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What do you think about the idea of fining parents who condone (or don’t stop) teen drinking parties in their homes? Some parents say ”I’d rather they make their mistakes when they’re at home than when they’re away.” But research shows supplying alcohol to minors actually increases, rather than decreases the risk for continued drinking in the teenage years and leads to subsequent problem drinking later in life.

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Survey Says Parents Underestimate Risks Of Kid’s Alcohol/drug Use

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What parents don’t know about drugs and their children could have devastating impact, new Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation survey finds. 

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It’s National Meth Awareness Week

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 National Meth Awareness Week will be observed Sunday, November 30 through Saturday, December 6 in an effort to combat the abuse and use of methamphetamine. “Meth is powerfully addictive and can cause extreme damage to a young person’s body and brain,” explained Steve Pasierb, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids President and CEO. “Meth Awareness Week provides a pinnacle opportunity to educate parents and members of our community about the health risks of methamphetamine use and help prevent teens and young adults from ever using this devastating drug.” Read more here.

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Anti-Anxiety, Sleep Drugs to Teens Comes with Abuse Risk

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University of Michigan researchers found that teens prescribed anti-anxiety or sleep medications may be up to 12 times more likely to abuse those drugs illegally than teens who have never received a prescription, pointing to the need for increased screening and better monitoring when prescribing these drugs for adolescents. Read more.

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New research on opioid overdose

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Heroin and prescription drugs are a serious problem; one that Rockland County is taking steps to counter. New research shows that two-thirds of ER visits for opioid overdoses involve prescription drugs. “Opioid overdose exacts a significant financial and health care utilization burden on the U.S. health care system,” the researchers wrote. “Most patients in our sample overdosed on prescription opioids, suggesting that further efforts to stem the prescription opioid overdose epidemic are urgently needed.”