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Drug testing fails to decrease substance use

DARE is the most widely used prevention program in American education.

Ryan Swanson

March 9, 2020

The odds are extremely high that the average high schooler has had a run-in with the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program. It’s the most widely used prevention program in American education, but its quality isn’t on par with its quantity, or so scientific research from PBS has proven. I...

Overprescribing opens doors to addiction

According to research from the University of Michigan, people ages 13 to 30 who filled an opioid prescription prior to or immediately after wisdom teeth removal are 2.7 times more likely than their peers to be filling opioid prescriptions weeks or months later, indicating misuse or abuse. 

Sally Ehlers

January 17, 2020

Senior Erin Palmer of Tinton Falls may no longer have wisdom teeth, but she has almost an entire bottle of Vicodin, an opioid narcotic medication, lurking in her medicine cabinet. Palmer is responsibly awaiting the opportunity to properly dispose of her unneeded medicine at a pharmacy’s take-back pro...

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