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Posts Tagged ‘drugs’

Music Idol’s Sad Legacy

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Twenty-seven year old English singer Amy Winehouse died alone in her home this week. Her battle with addiction and substance abuse was well documented in song and performance. She became popular by singing: ‘They tried to make me go to rehab and I said no, no, no” even though she obviously needed and even sought treatment. (more…)

No More Infant Dose of Acetaminophen

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Over the counter drug makers have announced they will stop producing acetaminophen in concentrated infant drop.  The reason? They hope this will help parents reduce the confusing surrounding just how much your child should be taking. (more…)

Miley Cyrus Smoking Salvia

Friday, February 25th, 2011

As you know, I always try to stay abreast of new stories and pop culture trends that might affect my patients (as well as my own family). One recent event caught my eye. The video of Miley Cyrus allegedly smoking salvia has been viewed by many. Prior to this I had not heard very much about salvia. As it turns out, I should have. (more…)

Teen Drug Use On The Rise, Again

Friday, July 16th, 2010

After nearly 10 years of declining numbers, teen drug use has reversed course and is rising among 9th-12th graders. (more…)

Kids Using Inhalants To Get High

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Take a look around your house. Do you have hairspray, furniture polish or air freshener?  Lock it up!  A recent study reveals children as young as 12 years old are more likely to use these products to get high than marijuana or alcohol. (more…)

K2: New Legal “Drug” For Teens?

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

I was seeing patients the other day when I saw a teenage boy that I have taken care of since he was born (one of the perks of being a pediatrician).  He came in over lunch with his mother, as she had called me earlier that morning, and she wanted him to have a drug screen. (more…)

Teens Are Taking Risks “Just For Fun”

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Every parent of a teen knows, the teen years can be a rollercoaster ride. Parents find themselves telling their teens to slow down while driving, don’t engage in risky behaviors, and stay away from alcohol and drugs.  But why do teens engage in this behavior? A new study says:  it’s for the thrill of it. (more…)

Teen Drug Abuse Declines But Abuse Continues

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

There is good news to report from a national survey of teens on drug use. The survey conducted from 2001 to 2005 indicated that there was a 20 percent decline in illicit drug use. The bad new is that teens are abusing different drugs than in previous years. (more…)

Teen Marijuana Use Could Have Lasting Effects on Mood, Anxiety

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Marijuana use among teens could trigger neurological changes in the developing brain that lead to increased anxiety and stress levels that could persist into adulthood, new animal research suggests.   (more…)