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Youth Substance Use

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Members Only Resources

("Members" = previous workshop attendees) 

Below are resources hand selected by me. Please enjoy my absolute favorite content.

-Kriya

Drug & Alcohol Info 

CANNABIS:

 

Psychosis, Addiction, Chronic Vomiting: As Weed Becomes More Potent, Teens Are Getting Sick (NY Times)

Crucial intel on today's "weed" and THC concentrates. 

Marijuana Talk Kit: What you need to know to talk with your teen about marijuana

This is an EXCELLENT guide for how to have a scientifically and reality-based conversation. 

Effects of Cannabis on Adolescent and Young-Adult Brains (video) - Andrew Huberman Lab

Ask a Doctor: How Does Cannabis Affect the Adolescent Brain? (Washington Post)

Using Weed Regularly Raises the Risk of Heart Problems for Young People, Studies Find (CNN)

ALCOHOL:

 

What Alcohol Does to Your Brain, Body & Health (video) - Andrew Huberman Lab 

FENTANYL: 

 

You Can't Overdose on Fentanyl by Just Touching It (CBS News) 

 

GENERAL:

 

Talk it Out NC

http://www.talkitoutnc.org

NC-specific website with state data, alcohol and teen brain info, and parenting tips.

Get Smart About Drugs

http://www.getsmartaboutdrugs.com 

DEA Parent website. Comprehensive info on latest teen use trends, news stories, and research.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

http://www.drugabuse.gov

Scientific Information about all drugs of abuse and how to assess problems.

Parents. The Anti-Drug.

http://www.theanti-drug.com

Info on popular substances of abuse. Comprehensive information on how to spot, prevent, and respond to teen substance use. Includes parenting tips and a parenting newsletter. 

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids 

http://www.drugfree.org

Science-based resources, thorough info to help parents prevent, intervene in, and find treatment for alcohol and drug use.

National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence (NCADD)

http://www.ncadd.org​

Educational materials on alcohol abuse/addiction and drug addiction.

 

Still Blowing Smoke 

http://stillblowingsmoke.org

Up-to-date Info on ecigs. Great collection of articles.

Truth Initiative

https://truthinitiative.org

Anti-nicotine education, research and activism.

 

Be Smart. Be Well.

http://www.besmartbewell.com/drug-safety

Substance-related news stories updated daily and great educational videos

Drug Slang Dictionary

http://www.noslang.com/drugs/dictionary

Stay on top of the latest substance-related lingo.

The Vaults of Erowid

http://www.erowid.com

Controversial website that includes extensive "experience reports." One of the best ways to see what's out there at the moment, and how and why young people are using it.

Pill Identifier 

https://www.drugs.com/pill_identification.html

Search by color, shape and imprint codes 

Current Statistics ​

Youth Risk Behavior Survey 

National middle & high school survey that includes questions on substance abuse and other high-risk behaviors, providing a breakdown of state data. 

Monitoring the Future Survey 

Survey of national youth drug trends conducted for 25+ years 

National Survey on Drug Abuse and Health 

Surveys national drug abuse trends in kids age 12+

National Youth Tobacco Survey

Annual national survey of nicotine product use for middle and high schoolers.

Nicotine Cessation 

Helping a Child Quit Vaping/BecomingAnEX

Includes information, resources, and text-based support for PARENTS of teen vapers. Begin by texting "QUIT" to 202-899-7550. From the Mayo Clinic and Truth Initiative.

My LIfe My Quit

Teens receive 5 free text, phone or online support in the form of 5 sessions with a “Personal Quitting Coach” that uses motivational interviewing and cognitive-behavioral strategies.

 

This is Quitting

This text-based program from “Truth Initiative” involves receiving messages focused on building skills and confidence, and instant support when needed.

 

quitSTART App

Free smartphone app to guide teens and young adults in quitting nicotine. Serves as a coach, cheerleader and distracting playmate all in one!

SmokefreeTXT for Teens

Includes online chat support and quit planning

Sign up by texting QUIT to 47848

In Spanish:  text LIBRE to 47848

American Indian Commercial Tobacco Program

For members of American Indian communities in CO, ID, IA, KS, MA, MI, NV, ND, PA, UT, VT, WY. Includes live conversations with trained health professionals, email and text support. 

Telephone Quitline: 1-800-QUIT-NOW

Behavioral Cessation Supports for Youth and Young Adults

From the (American Academy of Pediatrics)

 

Tobacco Cessation Resources for Youth

From The American College of Preventative Medicine

Prevention/Discussion Tips  

How to Prevent Drug Use at Every Age 

FANTASTIC tips for conversations with kids from preschool to college-age. 

Marijuana Talk Kit

10 Tips for Responding if you Discover Your Teen Drinking or Using Drugs

Tips to Help Your Teen Avoid Summer Substance Use 

How to Talk to Kids About Drugs in the Age of Fentanyl (NY Times) 

 

Safety First: A Reality-Based Approach to Teens and Drugs 

Keeping Your Teens Drug Free: A Family Guide

Start Talking Before They Start Drinking: A Family Guide

Make a Difference: Talk to Your Child about Alcohol 

Growing Up Drug-Free: A Parent's Guide to Prevention

6 Parenting Practices that Help Reduce the Chances your Child Will Develop a Drug or Alcohol Problem 

Teen Drug Abuse: 14 Mistakes Parents Make 

Online Safety

The Emoji Drug Code (DEA)

Depicts commonly used emojis for drug discussions & dealings on social media 

Teens are Using Emojis and Secret Lingo to FInd Drugs (Today Show)

Understanding Addiction & Problem Use

Swiss Cheese Model Of Addiction (1 min Video)

A kid/teen-friendly explanation of risk vs "protective" factors for developing problem use

Addiction & The Brain For Kids (4 min Video)

An animated video explaining the brain science related to an addiction, giving a destigmatizing perspective on cravings and centering substance use above all else 

Everything You Think You Know About Addiction Is Wrong (14 min Video)

Johann Hari reviews the famous "Rat Park" experiment that highlighted the role that (lack of) connection plays in addiction

What Causes Addiction (The Rat Park Experiment) (3:30 min Video)

A shorter animated version of the "Rat Park experiment" that Johann Hari explains above 

Teens & Parents React to Meeting Survivors of Addiction

This edition of the popular "React" series sparks a powerful opportunity to humanize people struggling with addiction, and highlight their journey in and out of it 

Current Statistics ​

Youth Risk Behavior Survey 

National middle & high school survey that includes questions on substance abuse and other high-risk behaviors, providing a breakdown of state data. 

Monitoring the Future Survey 

Survey of national youth drug trends conducted for 25+ years 

National Survey on Drug Abuse and Health 

Surveys national drug abuse trends in kids age 12+

Books

Apps 

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids Drug Guide 

Pill Identifier App

Talk. They Hear You. (underage drinking prevention) 

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