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Archives for June, 2011

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Thoughts About The War On Drugs

Yesterday one Long Island drug store was robbed of prescription pills. Last week, someone robbed a Long Island drug store, a different one, shooting and killing four innocent bystanders.  Then the robber made off with a bunch of prescription drugs.

David Laffer (and his wife, who is said to have driven him there and back), was arrested for the murders, though he hasn't been convicted, yet. Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer...
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Parents, Teens and Drugs: The Conversation II

(You can read Part I, here).

If you don't want to be convinced that even "flirting" with drug use is potentially hazardous, you won't be convinced. What I can tell you is that the data tell a different story.

Prescription medication abuse and addiction are such a serious problem that new medications and treatments are being developed all the time. It is quite a challenge to help people get off these drugs, especially since the...
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Nike’s Druggy Tees: Should They Be Tossed?

I dunno. Is it just me or does anyone else out there think that sports and exercise are relatively wholesome activities that attract primarily (though obviously not always) healthy, fit people? Apparently, Nike™, the major athletic wear manufacturer, doesn't.

At their Niketown store in Boston, their window display featured tee shirts on which were printed things like "Get High" and "Dope."

Of course I know plenty of non-athletes who wear their clothes and shoes. And I wouldn't...
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Parents, Teens and Drugs: The Conversation Part I

There's been a spirited, well actually a heated, discussion going on at Facebook and by email regarding our blog post that asks: Should parents drug test their teens?

When we did the interview with Steve Stahovich of Teensavers, a home drug-testing company, we made the assumption that readers knew we weren't suggesting that parents randomly test children for no reason.

We were addressing caring parents who noticed signs that their kids might be...
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Seven Signs Your Kids Might Be Doing Drugs

There are several signs your child might be doing drugs. I've chosen seven common ones, but if you are worried about your son or daughter, you shouldn't consider these sevens signs to be the final word.

There are books, web sites, and plenty of info on preventing drug use and addressing existing drug use. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is, in my opinion, one of the top national resources regarding substance abuse...
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Children, Clothing And Self-Image

writes: Richard's off for the day, so I'm filling in. Here's one woman's point of view on a disturbing trend.
British Prime Minister David Cameron has decided to join the British group mumsnet in addressing the problem of what one psychologist shockingly calls "pimping our children."  You aren't a prude if you're concerned about the direction children's videos, music, games, and clothing, have taken. You don't even have to...
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interviews

Should Parents Drug-test Their Teens?





For me and most addiction professionals (and many mental health professionals), the answer is unequivocally yes. The information gleaned from testing individuals of all ages for drug abuse is essential.

In many workplaces, adults can be tested for drug use. But most drug use begins with experimentation and recreational use during the teen years; from there it can graduate into habituation, abuse, and dependence, that is, addiction. Each day, thousands of...
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Depression

Anxiety And Our Constant Contact Culture


Shortly after we posted this blog-post on Facebook causing depression in pre-teens and teens, and I and a friend reminisced about the days before everyone was in-touch, 24/7.

In the early 1980s, when answering machines were just coming into use (can you imagine--no answering machines, no caller ID, no mobile phones, no ATMS, etc.) asked her grandmother if she would like an answering machine...
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