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Aug
13

Study Finds More Kids Taking Antipsychotics for ADHD


MONDAY Aug. 13, 2012 -- Use of powerful antipsychotic medications such as Abilify and Risperdal to control youngsters with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder ( ADHD ) and other behavior problems has skyrocketed in recent years, a new study finds. Antipsychotics are approved to treat bipolar disorder , schizophrenia , other serious mental problems and irritability related to autism. But they don't have U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for ADHD or other childhood behavior problems, and their use for this purpose is considered "off label." "Only a small proportion of antipsychotic treatment of children (6 percent) and adolescents (13 percent) is for FDA-approved clinical indications," said lead researcher Dr. Mark Olfson, a professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. "These national trends focus attention on the substantial and growing extent to which children diagnosed with ADHD and other disruptive behavioral disorders are being treated with antipsychotic medications,"...
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Aug
02

Father working to get illegal drugs off the streets after son's death

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Father working to get illegal drugs off the streets after son's death By Richard Elliot DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga. The father of a metro Atlanta teenager who died after using synthetic marijuana is now working to get all illegal drugs off the streets, and he's found a unique way to do it. Dakota Dyer, 14, committed suicide in March after ingesting synthetic marijuana for the first and only time. His father, Lance Dyer, formed a foundation dedicated to ridding the community of illicit drugs. He gets old mailboxes from the U.S. Postal Service, paints them, and offers them to law enforcement agencies free of charge to be used as drug drop-off boxes. "We looked at a way of trying to give back to the community with the foundation we formed in my son's name," said Dyer as he delivered one of the mailboxes to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. "They're placed inside...
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Aug
01

Depression Rates Rise for Girls During Teen Years


TUESDAY July 31, 2012 -- Rates of major depression skyrocket among young girls as they move through the already vulnerable period of adolescence. According to new research, about 5 percent of 12-year-old girls experienced a major depressive episode in the past year, compared with 15 percent of 15-year-old girls, a threefold increase. Some 1.4 million girls aged 12 to 17 experienced a major depressive episode in the past year. The information "is important for both prevention and treatment," said Richard McKeon, chief of the suicide prevention branch at the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the government agency that released the report last week. "Girls are experiencing major depressive episodes early, around the time of puberty, and this really points to the need for treatment," added Dr. Elizabeth Miller, chief of the division of adolescent medicine at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. The report, based on a large national...
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Jul
31

Prescription Drug Abuse


What Are the Common Misconceptions About Prescription Drug Abuse? There's a reason that prescription drugs are intended to be taken under the direction of a doctor: if used improperly they can be dangerous. Teens are making the decision to abuse prescription medicines based on misinformation. In fact, many people think that abusing prescription drugs is safer than abusing illicit drugs. As the facts will tell you, prescription drugs can have dangerous short- and long-term health consequences when used incorrectly or by someone other than for whom they were intended. What Is Prescription Drug Abuse? Prescription drug abuse is when someone takes a medication that was prescribed for someone else or takes their own prescription in a manner or dosage other than what was prescribed. Abuse can include taking a friend's or relative's prescription to get high, to treat pain, or because you think it will help with studying. What Are the...
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Jul
30

Stay involved with teens to stop drug abuse, doctor says


By Charlotte Stewart cstewart@news-journal.com What three kinds of drugs are teenagers most likely to abuse? “Alcohol, marijuana and nicotine,” responded an audience member Tuesday at a presentation on youth drug abuse held at the Longview Public Library. Presenter Dr. David Adams responded, “Alcohol, marijuana and prescription medications .” Adams, a Longview chiropractor, said these are often the drugs with the easiest access. “For instance, there was a mom who had a surgery and was given Vicodin (hydrocodone) for pain relief. She took a few , and there is that leftover Vicodin in the medicine cabinet. That’s a pretty big temptation,” Adams said, adding this is a common scenario. Locking the medicine cabinet is a  solution, but kids are  resourceful, and if they want to get into it probably will find a way, he said. Even if the kids in that home don’t touch the medication, a visiting child might. “Count the...
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Jul
30

After ban of ‘bath salts,’ many still get high legally

Rudy Gutierrez
Posted in Nation on Sunday, July 29, 2012 4:00 am WASHINGTON (AP) — People are inventing so many new ways to get high that lawmakers can’t seem to keep up. During the past two years, the U.S. has seen a surge in the use of synthetic drugs made of legal chemicals that mimic the dangerous effects of cocaine, amphetamines and other illegal stimulants. The drugs are often sold at small, independent stores in misleading packaging that suggests common household items like bath salts, incense and plant food. But the substances inside are powerful, mind-altering drugs that have been linked to bizarre and violent behavior across the country. Law enforcement officials refer to the drugs collectively as “bath salts,” though they have nothing in common with the fragrant toiletries used to moisturize skin. President Barack Obama signed a bill into law earlier this month that bans the sale, production and possession of...
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Jul
30

Olympic hopefuls doped up?! Find out who was caught...


by Rachel on July 27, 2012 CNN news has confirmed that the International Association of Athletics Federations knows of at least 9 athletes that have tested positive for illegal drug use. Among the suspensions, bans and further investigations, Olympic bronze medalist Nataliya Tobias was stripped of her medal. What causes athletes to risk not being able to compete or even worse, being stripped of their medals from the Olympics? Cheating is strictly prohibited and addressed immediately through disqualification if an athlete is found guilty. It seems that these athletes feel that an untouchable athletic ability may translate into a belief system that says “win at any cost.” Unfortunately, the cost of cheating in the Olympics causes much more devastation than a clean loss. Who Was Caught? Nataliya Tobias – Ukraine Abderrahim Goumri – Morocco Irini Kokkinariou – Greece Meryem Erdogan – Turkey Svetlana Klyuka –Russia Nailiya Yulamanova – Russia Yevgenina Zinurova...
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Jul
27

Bath Salt Users Beware: Ban on Synthetic Compounds Passed


by Rachel on July 24, 2012 Have questions about addictions and treatment? Call LVH @ 1-800-884-1727 24/7.   President Obama signed the Synthetic Drug Abuse Prevention Act of 2012 placing synthetic compounds found in synthetic marijuana (spice, K-2), synthetic stimulants (bath salts) and hallucinogens under the Schedule I of Controlled Substances Act. When a drug is classified as Schedule I, it means that the drug has no medical use or purpose and should never be consumed. While under the influence of synthetic drugs people are committing ungodly acts and are in desperate need for help. Under this new Act, insurance companies may have to adjust policies to reflect whether or not to pay for bath salt and spice addicts to go to drug rehab . Synthetic drug compounds, when ingested, cause devastating psychological and physical damage. Addicts intoxicated with bath salts and/or spice need medical attention and addiction treatment to eliminate...
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Jul
27

Bath Salts - "Not Your Ordinary Epsom Salts"

Bath Salts
Although bath salts are sold disguised as a harmless substance used for relaxation, people are ingesting them seeking euphoria. In addition to experiencing altered moods, many bath salt users are having psychotic episodes marked with agitation, hallucinations and violent behavior. Because this drug is unfamiliar to medical professionals, doctors are still learning how to treat symptoms and overdoses of this drug. This drug has dangerous consequences as noted in different news events in the United States.   Via Lakeview Health View More Drug Rehab Infographics [SlideDeck id='55' width='100%' height='370px']
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Jul
27

Your Teen Probably Knows All About Synthetic Drugs (like Spice, K2 and Bath Salts) — Shouldn't You?


by Steve Pasierb Synthetic marijuana, known as Spice or K2, is gaining attention among high school seniors. According to The University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future study one in every nine 12th graders reported using this drug. Yesterday R. Gil Kerlikowske, Director of the White House ONDCP, urged parents to help stop teen use of Spice / K2 . “It’s not in the vocabulary of parents, and they need to be aware of it so that when they have that conversation about substance abuse they are knowledgeable,” he said.  “These drugs are dangerous and can cause serious harm.”   Another synthetic drug to be aware of is Bath Salts, a synthetic powdered stimulants – sold online and in drug paraphernalia stores as bath salts and plant food.   So what exactly are these new synthetic “designer” drugs?  Here’s what you need to know:   Spice   Also Known As: K2, Fake...
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Jul
27

Teen Drug Use: More Teenagers Smoking Marijuana


By JENNIFER C. KERR Teen Drug Use: More Teenagers Smoking Marijuana WASHINGTON -- More teens are smoking dope, with nearly 1 in 10 lighting up at least 20 or more times a month, according to a new survey of young people. The report by The Partnership at Drugfree.org, being released Wednesday, also said abuse of prescription medicine may be easing a bit among young people in grades 9 through 12, but still remains high. Partnership President Steve Pasierb says the mindset among parents is that it's just a little weed or a few pills – no biggie. "Parents are talking about cocaine and heroin, things that scare them," said Pasierb. "Parents are not talking about prescription drugs and marijuana. They can't wink and nod. They need to be stressing the message that this behavior is unhealthy." Use of harder drugs – cocaine and methamphetamine – has stabilized in recent years, the...
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Jul
16

Drivers Support NASCAR Drug Testing System But Curious About Unknowns

NASCAR Drug Testing
By Jeff Gluck | SB Nation –  Fri, Jul 13, 2012 3:55 PM EDT What would you do if you were one of AJ Allmendinger 's NASCAR driver colleagues this week? With few details about Allmendinger's positive drug test available, would not knowing the specific substance make you nervous? Would you double-check your supplements and prescriptions to make sure they were OK? How would you answer reporters' queries about the situation? And perhaps the biggest question: Would you believe there could have been a mistake? Allmendinger remained the hot topic at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Friday, even though he wasn't at the track. The Penske Racing driver was suspended from NASCAR after testing positive for what his camp said was a banned stimulant (Allmendinger contends he doesn't know how that happened). For fitness-savvy drivers who take various supplements and vitamins to help their workouts and keep them healthy, you'd think the...
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Jul
10

New federal law bans synthetic drugs

By: Don Davis , Bemidji Pioneer ST. PAUL – Synthetic substances that mimic traditional illegal drugs, and are killing young people in increasing numbers, now are against federal law. President Barack Obama Monday signed a food and drug safety bill into law with provisions outlawing synthetic drugs such 2C-E and “spice.” Police attribute at least two Minnesota youths’ deaths to synthetic drugs, as well as a recent one in North Dakota. However, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., she has heard from families that blame deaths on what some call “designer drugs,” but have no proof that was the cause of death. Many other youths have been hospitalized with synthetic drug problems. The new law bans 2C-I, which Klobuchar’s office said was what last month killed 17-year-old Elijah Stai of Park Rapids, Minn. Also, Christian Bjerk, 18, of Grand Forks, N.D., died in a case police link to Stai’s death. “In Minnesota...
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Jul
09

Father working to get illegal drugs off the streets after son's death

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Father working to get illegal drugs off the streets after son's death By Richard Elliot DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga. The father of a metro Atlanta teenager who died after using synthetic marijuana is now working to get all illegal drugs off the streets, and he's found a unique way to do it. Dakota Dyer, 14, committed suicide in March after ingesting synthetic marijuana for the first and only time. His father, Lance Dyer, formed a foundation dedicated to ridding the community of illicit drugs. He gets old mailboxes from the U.S. Postal Service, paints them, and offers them to law enforcement agencies free of charge to be used as drug drop-off boxes. "We looked at a way of trying to give back to the community with the foundation we formed in my son's name," said Dyer as he delivered one of the mailboxes to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. "They're placed inside...
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Jul
06

Website enables easy illegal drug sales

Silk Road
Digital black market activity hard to trace Updated: Friday, 06 Jul 2012, 7:32 AM CDT Published : Thursday, 05 Jul 2012, 8:32 PM CDT Leslie Rhode AUSTIN (KXAN) - Log on to the Silk Road Anonymous Marketplace, and you may think you are looking at an eBay-type website. However, you will not find children's clothing or used electronics to buy. Shoppers on Silk Road may buy illegal drugs including marijuana, ecstasy and heroin. Buyers simply search for a drug, look through the options including photos, add it to their online cart and wait for it to arrive in the mail. The sellers are listed as living all over the world, and are even evaluated and rated by past shoppers. You can even read comments about the sellers. It sure sounds like eBay, but Silk Road has federal investigators watching it very closely. A spokesman for the Drug Enforcement Administration in Washington,...
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Jun
22

Assess Your Teen's Risk Factors for Drug Addiction

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June 18, 2012, Dr. David Sack Drug use is common among teenagers. By late adolescence, a recent study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry   showed   that as many as 78 percent of teens have abused alcohol and over 40 percent have used other drugs . Although these statistics are daunting, millions of teens are not using drugs. Which group does your teen belong to? How can you know? Addiction has no single cause, but rather often results from a number of biological, social and psychological risk factors. Here are the 10 risk factors for teen addiction: #1 Family History of Addiction Addiction has a strong genetic component. If a parent, grandparent, sibling or other blood relative has struggled with some form of addiction (drugs, alcohol, gambling, food, sex), your child is at greater risk as well. For example, children of alcoholics are two to four times more likely than...
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May
18

Mommy Match - DNA Paternity Testing - What is it?




Mommy Match is a DNA based verification program designed to provide peace of mind to families with newborns. Using advanced DNA testing methods, Mommy Match can rapidly and conclusively verify maternity and paternity of newborns, providing peace of mind that there was not a tragic baby switch at the hospital.                                            While "switched at birth" is a popular plot device in novels, movies and television shows, the true rate is difficult to estimate because most cases are never discovered. It has been suggested that the incidence of baby switching would occur more in hospitals where babies are separated from their mother for short intervals. Mommy Match is another application of DNA for solving complex age old problems and concerns. Unlike older Methods, a DNA paternity test can be conducted on individuals at any age, including newborns. Samples can be collected at the...
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May
15

DATCS Announces Instant K2 Testing

PRESS RELEASE Drug & Alcohol Testing Compliance Services Announces Instant Testing for the Designer Drug K2, or Synthetic Marijuana Now Available at All Four Locations New instant test identifies illegal chemical found in Synthetic Marijuana, known as K2 or Spice. TYLER, TX – May 15, 2012 / www.datet.com K2 Instant Urine Testing Drug & Alcohol Testing Compliance Services (DATCS), one of the leading substance abuse managers providing complete, full service drug testing programs to state and federal companies and schools throughout the United States. DATCS has announced today that they will offer instant K2 testing. This new test will detect illegal Synthetic Cannaboids, now classified by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as Schedule I drugs. Due to the growing use of K2, DATCS provides instant testing for several reasons; it’s found to be “4 to 100 times stronger than marijuana”, abuse has increased by “139% from 2010 to 2011.” DATCS...
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May
15

DNA Testing Services | DNA Experts in Paternity Testing | What is DNA Paternity Testing?


What is DNA Paternity Testing? We all have a unique DNA pattern that is inherited from our biological parents and is similar to theirs in molecular structure and genetic code. Because of this similarity, the DNA can be used to test and conclusively determine biological kinship. When the testing is done to determine who the father is, it is known as DNA Paternity Testing . It is about 99.99% conclusive. It is usually not necessary to do maternity testing. DNA Paternity Testing is now widely used for scientific purposes, to determine paternity concerns, or to settle legal disputes. What does DNA Paternity Testing involve? Usually, DNA from the alleged parents and the child are required for the DNA Paternity Testing . Having access to the maternal DNA makes the testing easier, as, with this part conclusively settled, you only need to check the other half of the child's DNA with that...
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May
10

Kids Are Most Likely to Start Abusing Painkillers Around Age 16


MONDAY May 7, 2012 -- Among U.S. adolescents, misuse of prescription painkillers peaks at age 16, earlier than thought, a new large survey analysis reveals. "What our findings suggest is that if we wait until the last year of high school or college to take some kind of action that could prevent the misuse of opioid painkillers, it'll be a case of too little, too late," cautioned study co-author James Anthony, a professor of epidemiology and biostatistics in the department of epidemiology and biostatistics at Michigan State University in East Lansing. Many experts consider "extramedical" painkiller abuse -- taking pain drugs such as OxyContin (oxycodone) and Vicodin (hydrocodone) to get high rather than to relieve extreme pain -- the country's most serious drug challenge. Some kids had already misused these drugs by age 13 or 14, or eighth grade, the researchers found. Anthony and his colleagues discuss their work, co-funded by...
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