Prescription drug abuse in college

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 […]

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My father’s high

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 […]

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Vaping: too big a hit?

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 […]

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Do vape pens help teens quit smoking?

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 […]

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Becoming an open-eyed man, and father

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 […]

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Drop the soda pop

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 […]

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Do vape pens trick teens?

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 […]

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