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Teens & Vaping

While vaping is more culturally accepted than smoking cigarettes, this doesn’t mean it’s safer. Vape use by teens has skyrocketed in recent years due to advertising, peer pressure, and stress. Many of the side effects of vaping (also known as e-cigarettes) are not well known because vaping technology is still relatively new. One thing is…

Cough Syrup Lean Drink

What Is Lean?

Adding cough syrup to a beverage turns it into lean, also known as syrup or purple drink. Cough syrup contains codeine, which gets broken down into morphine when it reaches the liver. Like any opioid, lean is highly addictive for many people due to its ability to relieve pain and provide a sense of euphoria.…

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Signs and Symptoms of Teen Drug Abuse

Teens are especially vulnerable to drug abuse and addiction because of peer pressure. Often they also lack the understanding of the consequences. Thus, teens go overboard with drinking and drugs. As a parent, you need to understand the warning signs and symptoms of drug abuse. Destinations for Teens can help identify issues. If you notice…

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Teen Prescription Drug Abuse

Teen prescription drug abuse is often attractive to teenagers over illicit drugs. Because these drugs are allowed under a doctor’s guidance, many teenagers are lulled into a false sense of security that the drugs are actually safe. However, these medications are offered under a doctor’s direction for a reason. When taken too long or in…

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5 Signs Your Teen is Using Drugs

Substance abuse is a problem that impacts the lives of teenagers and their families around the country. There are many signs your teen is using drugs. Teens have access to more diverse addictive substances than ever before. Between underage drinking, illicit drug use, and misusing prescription medications, the discerning teen has many ways to become…

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Teen Depression and Drug Use

Feelings of sadness can occur at any time and at any age. According to Psych Central, roughly 10 to 15 percent of children and teenagers are depressed at any particular time. This can lead to co-occurring teen depression and drug use. Although it is not uncommon for individuals at any age to develop mild to…

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Signs of Depression in Teens

Depression is not always easy to spot in teenagers. One of the reasons is that the signs of depression can often mimic normal teenage behavior. Changes in mood, abnormal sleep and eating patterns, inability to stay focused, or changes in social behavior may look like typical traits of an adolescent in transition.  However, it’s also…

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Risk Factors for Teen Drug Abuse [Infographic]

There are many resources available to help you spot the signs of drug abuse in your teenager. However, wouldn’t it be better to prevent them from using drugs in the first place? Keeping them from using now can help them avoid more significant problems down the road. So what kinds of risk factors lead to…