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Problem Behaviors Can Signal Risk in Prescribing Opioids to Teens

julio del 2013

Researchers found that 1 in 8 high school seniors had used a prescription opioid nonmedically, and 70 percent of these teens had compounded the attendant risk by co-ingesting an opioid with one or more other drugs. Nonmedical opioid use was significantly more prevalent among whites than among African Americans or Hispanics.

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Reduced Longevity Among Male Heroin Abusers, 1962-1997

junio del 2008

Reviews the changing lifespan of heroin abusers as compared with that of the general U.S. population based on 1962-1997 data.

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Smoking and Drinking Continue to Decline, But Marijuana Stalls in Latest MTF Survey

octubre del 2009

Highlights trends from a 2008 survey of teenage substance abuse, cigarette smoking and alcohol use and discusses the implications of these changing data.

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Some Teens Reporting Nonmedical Use of Prescriptions Develop Disorders

abril del 2010
Reports teen drug abuse based on 2006-2007 data from a national survey on drug use and health and compares differences by gender.

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Study Parses Comorbidity of Cannabis Use and Social Anxiety

octubre del 2013

People with cannabis use disorder (CUD) are likely also to have social anxiety disorder (SAD), and comorbid SAD is associated with greater severity of cannabis-related problems. These findings highlight the importance of assessing CUD patients for SAD, as that disorder can be both a contributing cause and a consequence of CUD. Treating both disorders may be a key to helping patients recover from each.

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Substance Abuse and Sexual Risk Show Town-Gown Divide

diciembre del 2009

Compares data on substance abuse and sexual risk among college students and their peers who do not attend college.

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Substance Abuse Evaluated Among Women With Children

diciembre del 2010
Discusses rates of substance use or abuse among mothers with at-home children and the factors that may contribute to the abuse.

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Teen Substance Abuse Continues to Decline

Marzo del 2008

Reports on the prevalence of substance abuse among youth based on 2007 data from a national survey of behaviors, attitudes, and values.

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Teenage Marijuana Use Is on the Rise

Marzo del 2011

Reports 2010 rates of marijuana use among 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students, noting that daily use increased by more than 10 percent in all three grades since the 2009 survey. Also reports a rise in ecstasy use.

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Teens With Unhealthy Weight-Control Behavior Are More Likely to Abuse Drugs

diciembre del 2009

Highlights data on unhealthy eating behaviors, such as fasting or purging, and substance abuse problems among teens.

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