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Stay Informed. Prescription drug abuse is a growing concern

Abuse of prescription drugs is second only to abuse of marijuana, for young adults according to the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health


Substance abuse among young adults is hardly new. According to a Columbia University study, almost half of full-time college students meet the medical definition of having a problem with substance abuse or a dependency. It is three times the rate of the general population. (Source: www.drugwatch.com). News reports and behavior experts indicate the progression of prescription drug overdoses, in addition to a spike in binge drinking, is of growing concern for adults ages 18-25. Abuse of prescription drugs is second only to abuse of marijuana, among young adults according to the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. (Source: www.drugwatch.com). To learn more visit http://www.drugwatch.com/students

Drug Danger Signs

If you see any of these signs (and especially a combination of a number of these signs), it’s time to talk to your child.

Family Resource Centre links for Substance Abuse

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List of Resources for Substance Use Problems

Intervening When Your Teen is Using Drugs

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Supporting Your Son or Daughter in Recovery

Trends in Drug Use among Youth

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Youth Drug Prevention

Youth is a time of significant development and change. It is also the period when substance use most commonly begins. Young people are disproportionately more likely to use substances, engage in risky patterns of use and experience harms from that use.

Posted October 7, 2014

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