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Studies show that drug usage in teenagers is increasing while the average age of users are decreasing. Many factors come into play as to an explanation as to why this may be happening.
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Substance abuse starts earlier in teens

Francesco Thorik-Saboia March 12, 2021

A very close friend of mine would always talk about why he would vape and drink alcohol. He said that he wanted to fit in with popular people in school and that he would often use these substances to forget...

Due to COVID-19 concerns, virtual addiction therapy has risen in popularity.

Recovering addicts attend rehab remotely amid COVID restrictions

Nina Kolodchak January 19, 2021

The increased potency of drugs in recent years has entailed an expanding need for standard addiction help programs, however, the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic has made certain adaptations inevitable. Virtual...

The misuse of prescription drugs are dangerous as CHS Health teacher Mrs. Morgan voices concerns.

Misuse of medication brings drug classification into question

Zaina Saif January 19, 2021

According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), “A drug is a substance intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease.” The two main classes of drugs...

New Jersey passes bill to legalize marijuana for citizens over the age of 21,  yet students raise concerns.

Marijuana legalization sparks controversy in NJ

Isabella Ji and Michele Roman January 19, 2021

A ballot in the 2020 election allowed New Jersey residents to vote on the legalization of marijuana, following the lead of other states who legalized cannabis previously. For two years, New Jersey state...

As the decision about decriminalizing drugs opens nationwide, many people still have concerns.

Drug decriminalization debated nationwide

Kaitlyn Delaney January 19, 2021

With several states across the U.S. pushing to legalize recreational marijuana use, widespread drug decriminalization came into question as well. In the 2020 election, Oregon became the first state in...

DARE is the most widely used prevention program in American education.
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Drug testing fails to decrease substance use

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,...

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. 

Overprescribing opens doors to addiction

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...

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