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Teens Who See Others Drink, Use Drugs More Likely to Engage in Antisocial Behavior

Teens who see others drink or use drugs are more likely to engage in antisocial behavior on that same day, a new study suggests. The risk is greatest for young teens who have a “risk-taking” gene linked with sensitivity to substance use exposure. The 151 teens enrolled in the study…

Teens Abusing Prescription Drugs May Not Just Want to Get High, Research Suggests

Many teens who use abuse prescription drugs are not trying to get high, but are using them to help them deal with an underlying problem such as anxiety, a newly published survey suggests. “We think of teens as using drugs to party and to experiment,” says study co-author Barbara Delaney.…

Flavored Tobacco Products Popular With Teens: Study

Among middle and high school students who have used tobacco products in the last month, 70 percent have used at least one flavored product during that time, a new government study finds. “Flavored tobacco products are enticing a new generation of America’s youth into nicotine addiction, condemning many of them…

Teens Who Misuse ADHD Drugs Most Likely to Start Between Ages of 16 and 19

The peak ages for starting to misuse prescription stimulants, such as drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), are between 16 and 19, a new study finds. The researchers say education programs should start in middle school to keep more young people from starting to misuse prescription stimulants. Misusing these…

Daily Marijuana Use in Teens Linked to Lower High School Graduation Rate

Teens under age 17 who use marijuana every day are 60 percent less likely to graduate from high school, compared with their peers who have never used the drug, a new study finds. Teen marijuana users are 18 times more likely to become dependent on the drug, seven times more…