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Young Male Athletes at Increased Risk for Drug Abuse

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YoungMaleAthletesatIncreasedRiskforDrugAbuseStudies have shown how participating in organized sports can yield many benefits to adolescents, including protecting them against drug or alcohol abuse. However, a study conducted by researchers at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG) in Ann Arbor, Michigan, suggests that sports injuries associated with high school athletics may mean that taking part in these sports increases the risk of prescription drug abuse and addiction. The study was published in the March 2014 issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Study Examines Prescription Opioid Misuse Among Young Adults

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The use of prescription opioids for recreational purposes or for other non-medical reasons has grown over the past two decades. Among teenagers, there are many who mistakenly believe that prescription drugs offer a safer high than street drugs, and opioids have become popular communal offerings at parties. The drugs, often obtained from a forgotten pill bottle in a medicine cabinet at home, are just as dangerous as street drugs.

Attention! Kids with ADHD are at Greater Risk for Substance Abuse

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According to health officials, between five and 11 percent of American kids have the condition attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder – ADHD. Now, a study performed by the prestigious American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests that children who are diagnosed with the condition are at substantially greater risk of substance abuse.

Athletes Who Take Steroids Face Long-Term Risks

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Anabolic steroids are generally associated with professional athletes, who use the drugs as a way to boost performance and even set new records. Scandals in sports like baseball and cycling have brought steroids to the national conversation and have dashed many a sports hero from his pedestal.

Using Stimulants as Study Aid Carries Serious Risks

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Using Stimulants as Study Aid Carries Serious RisksIn a few months, new and returning students will find themselves facing finals week. It’s a time when young people at many universities in the United States, clear their schedules to study. They may skip their favorite television shows, reduce their hours at work and close their door to the outside world in an effort to maximize their study time and focus.

Some students are doing more than that: They are elevating the intensity of their study habits by using stimulant drugs, such as those prescribed to individuals with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Prescription Drugs Lead to Increased Number of Traffic Fatalities

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The last two or three decades have seen a shift not only in attitudes toward drug use, but also in the number of drugged drivers making their way down America’s highways and byways. From 1993 to 2010, the number of people who drove a car with at least three separate drugs in their system jumped from 11.5 percent to 21.5 percent. The chief offenders according to a recent study? People over 50 years old.

Multiple Drug Use Blamed in Xanax Fatalities

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Xanax is the most common brand name for alprazolam, a sedative used to treat people affected by panic disorder and certain other health conditions classified as anxiety disorders. Every year, a small but significant number of alprazolam users die from causes associated with intake of the medication.

The Prescription Drug Problem at the Heart of the Heroin Problem

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Unlocked medicine cabinets are closely tied to the increase in heroin use documented in the United States. When prescription medications become too hard to come by, heroin is the cheap alternative that produces a similar high. An article documents case after heartbreaking case of teens that became hooked on prescription opioids and then switched to heroin.

Getting a Load off the Streets: National Take-Back Drug Day a Huge Success

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The eighth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, held Saturday, April 26, was a resounding success, according to reports coming in from across the U.S. Nationwide, 6,072 collection sites participated in the event, resulting in truckloads of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs being taken off the streets – and out of the hands of children and those bent on using them nonmedically. In total, 780,158 pounds, or 390 tons, of pills were collected and sent for disposal by incineration.

Prescription Stimulant Abuse in Teen Athletes

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Prescription stimulants are medications that high school and college students sometimes misuse in attempts to improve their academic performance. In this context, laypeople and medical professionals commonly refer to these medications as “study drugs.” In a less well-known phenomenon, some teenagers and young adults also misuse prescription stimulants in an attempt to improve their athletic performances. In a study published in September 2013 in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, researchers from the University of Michigan looked at the misuse of one particular prescription stimulant, Adderall (dextroamphetamine/amphetamine), among high school athletes across the U.S.