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For Young People: Opioid Overdose Down, but Suicides Increase


The good news: fewer kids are accidentally overdosing on prescription painkillers each year. But unfortunately, more suicidal teens are turning to the opioids, according to the newly published study, Prescription Opioid Exposures Among Children and Adolescents in the United States …

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Anxiety a Stronger Predictor of Alcohol Problems than Stress


Stress and anxiety are widely believed to contribute to drinking. Alcohol is thought to reduce tension caused by stress (the “flight or fight” response) as well as alleviate the unpleasant symptoms of anxiety (anticipation of the unpredictable, impending threats). Prior …

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Did You Know? Kids Accidentally Exposed to Opioids


It’s National Poison Control Prevention Week, and we thought you should know that once every 45 minutes Poison Control fields a call about a child being exposed to opioids. (In case of a poison emergency, contact your local poison center at 1-800-222-1222.) Pediatric …

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Does Participation in Contact Sports Increase Risk of Opioid Use?


Parents may need to take notice as a University of Michigan study suggests high school athletes who play high-contact sports (like hockey or football) are at greater risk for heroin use and nonmedical use of prescription opioids. The study is …

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New Approach Reduces Teen Risk for Drug Addiction


Predicting which teens may have substance-use problems in early adulthood is not easy, but a University of Oregon researcher has just helped refine the efforts in a way that could be a game-changer for intervention efforts. Teens at most risk …

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