Prescription pills — usually painkillers and anti-anxiety medications — have been a regular habit among college students looking for a different buzz in addition to alcohol. Use of opioids, benzodiazepines, and stimulants like Adderall have been an insidious problem on campus, and a regular habit of many students. Since 1993, the spike in opioid and stimulant use have […]Read More Prescription drug abuse in college
Often the children of parents who are absorbed in their substance abuse problems are quiet in the face of this trauma. Two young writers disclose how their fathers’ substance abuse traumatized them and broke up their families; one father was an absent drug addict, another was an abusive alcoholic. “Alcohol has plagued my life without me ever touching a drop.” This story is […]Read More My father’s high
A new shop called “High Tide Vapes” recently opened in Crescent City, an emerging market in northern California: e-cigarettes, or “vapes.” Vape sellers argue that their product helps smokers quit tobacco, but health authorities warn against using them as a “safe alternative.” E-cigarettes have not been studied long-term, and their harm-free image threatens to create a new addiction for youth who never […]Read More Vaping: too big a hit?
Nicotine is thought to be the most addictive substance available over the counter; but teens find out too late that once they start smoking, quitting is harder than they predicted. Many come around to wanting to quit tobacco, and hear e-cigarettes (or “vape pens’), which contain nicotine but no tobacco, being touted as a transitional tool. “I heard vape pens […]Read More Do vape pens help teens quit smoking?
Jeremy Good of Crescent City has an emotional story about his first love, the disappointment that followed, and his newfound fatherhood. Under-employed and battling addiction, he found his way back through his young daughter, and the responsibility that comes with that kind of love. “I’m back home. Clean, working, and happier than I’ve ever been… I […]Read More Becoming an open-eyed man, and father
Forty-six percent of Del Norte students reported having their first drink by age 11. Adults, experts and teens with histories of underage drinking talk about the roots of the problem and how to confront underage drinking in Del Norte County and Adjacent Tribal Lands. “Where you have a lack of things to do you have more […]Read More Underage drinking: Del Norte youth’s deadly outlet
Electronic cigarettes, or “vape pens,” may prove beneficial for some who want to quit tobacco but can’t quit the nicotine. But the vape pen sensation among minors raises alarms for public health experts, who haven’t had the time to study the devices long-term. They’re easier to buy online – there is no federal age limit […]Read More Candy flavors put e-cigarettes on the kids’ menu
Soda consumption among young people continues, despite the anti-obesity campaigns by Michelle Obama, and despite the growing awareness that the sugar in soda is addicting. Some teens blame deceptive advertising by companies like Coca-Cola. “As the statistics suggest, drinking soda is more than a temporary problem, it has become an addiction.” Read the story on Youth […]Read More Drop the soda pop
In this short documentary, Youth Radio explores what attracts young teens to smoking e-cigarettes, or “vaping.” Vape pen manufacturers bill them as safe, and try to distinguish “vaping” from smoking — the user breathes in water vapor infused with nicotine and exhales what looks like smoke — but they are habit forming and contain nicotine, a highly […]Read More Do vape pens trick teens?
“Breaking the Cycle” tells the story of two Merced teens and their parents’ drug addiction and their ongoing battle to overcome their addiction. Produced by Venice Arts Merced.Read More Breaking the Cycle of Addiction