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Substance Abuse & Risky Behavior

Palcohol: What Parents Need to Know

What is Palcohol? Palcohol has recently been approved by the FDA and is expected to be available for sale by some time this summer. If you are not familiar with it, Palcohol is alcohol in a powdered form. The powder will be sold in individual pouches about 4 by 6 inches in size, and the alcohol... Read more »

How to Respond If Your Teen Tests Positive for Drugs

In my last post, I wrote about some strategies parents can try in order to prevent teen drug use.  By taking these steps, you can minimize the chance that your children will use drugs, but you can’t eliminate the possibility entirely. If your child does test positive for drugs, it’s crucial to address the matter... Read more »

How to Help Prevent Teen Drug Use

As your children approach their teenage years, it’s easy to fear drug use. Addiction, after all, doesn’t discriminate against race, gender, ethnicity, or social standing. Even if you’ve “raised your kids well,” illicit substances, and the pressure to experiment with them, can still influence your children. The reasons for teenage drug use are as complex as... Read more »

I Know Something You Don’t Know

What do you do when your child tells you about some risky behaviors that a friend of theirs is engaging in, and you know the friend's parents? This is a question that terrifies many parents of teenagers. When one parent has an, “I know something you don’t know" piece of information, it can become a wedge... Read more »

New Drug Alert: Deadly “Smiles” Gaining in Popularity Among Teens

A dangerous new drug known as "Smiles," or 2C-I, is gaining in popularity among teens in North America. The hallucinogenic drug (which, like Bath Salts, is a white crystal powder and is synthetically created)  has already claimed the lives of teenagers in North Dakota, Indiana and Minnesota. Elijah Stai, a 17-year-old who overdosed in June in Grand Forks, ND, was reportedly "shaking,... Read more »