U.S. Students Rise Up Against Gun Violence
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Last Wednesday, fourteen students, two coaches, and one teacher were killed during a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. More than a dozen others were wounded while trying to escape or protect their classmates. The Parkland students, who had practiced lockdown drills, barricaded themselves inside classrooms and closets. They used their phones to capture the terrifying experience and stay in touch with their friends and family. Now, students across the United States are advocating for stronger gun laws, better mental health care, and safer schools. They are using social media to spread their messages of fear, anger, and sadness, as well as calling on politicians and adults for action. Many students plan to participate in national school walkouts and protests to demand that lawmakers make ending gun violence a priority. .. read more..

Vaping Isn't the "Healthier" Choice for Teens
Monday, February 5, 2018

You may have heard that vaping is a less harmful alternative to smoking, and it might seem more appealing than cigarettes. But while e-cigarettes can help adults who want to quit smoking, they can have the opposite effect on teens and young adults. Recent studies suggest that young people who vape are more likely to get addicted to nicotine and will eventually switch to traditional tobacco. And, as with liquid nicotine, there is not enough data to understand the long-term effects of inhaling e-cigarette flavoring chemicals into your lungs. .. read more..

Teen Opioid Misuse is Down, But the Opioid Epidemic Keeps Getting Worse
Monday, January 29, 2018

According to the latest Monitoring the Future survey, opioid misuse by American teens is at a historic low. But despite these findings, opioid addiction remains a serious problem around the world and has become an epidemic in Canada and the United States. Last year, a Pew Research survey found that nearly half of U.S. adults have a family member or close friend who’s been addicted to drugs. Doctors also report seeing more teens and young adults coming to the ER with opioid addiction, and an increase in the number of teen deaths from drug overdoses. .. read more..

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