Kids with ADHD Much More Likely to Develop Substance Abuse Problems As They Age

Children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder are two to three times more likely than children without the disorder to develop serious substance abuse problems in adolescence and adulthood, according to a study by UCLA psychologists and colleagues at the University of South Carolina. “This greater risk for children with ADHD applies to boys and girls, it … Read more

Teen Substance Abuse Often Continues into Middle Age

Young people who misuse drugs and alcohol are at a greater risk for continuing this behavior into their middle-aged years, according to research by Yasmina Molero Samuelson at Sweden’s Center for Psychiatric Research (CPF), Karolinska Institutet. They are also more likely to suffer from physical, financial and mental health problems and experience more accidents, suicide … Read more

Drug Use at Work Soaring

An alarming number of companies in Cape Town is seeking help for employees who use -and in some cases even sell – drugs in the workplace. “More companies are asking for assistance. More employees are using drugs at work, and even selling them there, using the workplace as a marketplace.” Peter Schultz, chairman of the … Read more

Study Tracks Drug-Related Teen Suicides

Teenage girls are about three times as likely as boys to attempt suicide for drug-related reasons, according to an analysis of emergency-room visits. A government study also found boys are far more likely to attempt drug-related suicide in the month of December, while the suicide rate for girls stays fairly steady throughout the year.

U.S. Drug Czar Coming To WV To Address Prescription Drug Issue

The war on drugs in West Virginia is now dominated by the abuse of prescription pills. The use of those prescription pills is the leading cause of death among West Virginia drug users. Federal prosecutor Booth Goodwin says nine out of every ten drug-related deaths in West Virginia is blamed solely–or at least in part … Read more

Prescription to Addiction: Painkillers Fuel Ohio’s New Drug Epidemic

A silent epidemic is taking its toll in Ohio, killing more people every year than motor vehicle crashes. The cause? Accidental drug overdoses — especially of heroin and prescription painkillers. The victims are young and old, rural and urban, rich and poor. They leave behind families that are broken, some beyond repair.

Legal highs

As much as officials agree a danger lurks in bath salts and synthetic marijuana, they do not believe those types of “legal highs” are widely used in this region. While synthetic marijuana has been around for a while, bath salts are relatively new on the scene. Both can be easily obtained locally. “I know it’s … Read more

Prevention of Substance Abuse Video PSA Contest

Here is a great opportunity for young adults: Develop an engaging Public Service Announcement about how young adults are taking action in their communities to prevent substance abuse and promote emotional well-being. The winning PSA will receive wide-reaching exposure and national distribution, through online channels! It will also be installed as part of the Drug … Read more

Chrysler Workers Arrested for Alleged Drug Use

Three workers from a high-profile Chrysler plant that makes a crucial new Jeep model was arrested recently for alleged drug use during the workday, the company and police said. The arrests marked the second time that Chrysler workers have been caught drinking or using drugs at the Jefferson North assembly plant in the past six … Read more