teens health

Teen Filmmaker: My View of Teen Medicine Abuse

With his new documentary, “Out of Reach,” filmmaker Cyrus Stowe, a senior at a Dallas high school, set out to uncover the growing problem of friends sharing and abusing prescription medications in his hometown. If you’re selected to create a film, debut it at a New York City film festival,…

Study Finds Random Drug Testing Doesn’t Deter High School Students’ Substance Use

Random drug testing in schools does not reduce students’ substance use, a national survey of high school students concludes. The study found students who attend schools where they feel treated with respect are less likely to start smoking cigarettes or marijuana. Students who attend schools where they feel respected, who…

New Survey: Hispanic Teen Drug Use Significantly Higher Than Other Ethnic Groups, Substance Abuse Becoming Normalized Behavior Among Latino Youth

The Partnership at Drugfree.org today released new research from the latest Partnership Attitude Tracking Study (PATS), a nationally projectable survey that tracks teen drug and alcohol use and parent attitudes toward substance abuse among teens. The research, sponsored by MetLife Foundation, shows that Hispanic teens are using drugs at alarmingly…

Marijuana does not stop chronic pain in teens, says study

One of the most commonly cited reasons for medical marijuana use is chronic pain, but for teens it’s not recommended. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic say that for teens, marijuana use may only worsen the pain and symptoms (see the video for comments from the lead researcher). As acceptance for…

Commentary: Leadership Education and a New Approach to Positive Youth Development

Parents often feel helpless when it comes to teen drugs and alcohol use. But prevention research over the past two decades has shown that by encouraging their kids to get involved in the community – either through school, church, sports, etc. – parents can change their kids’ ability to turn…