The demand for sugary caffeinated beverages is cause for concern when labeling is not required to reveal the milligrams of caffeine in the beverages. There is competiton for increasingly higher ‘energy’ content. This promotes super-caffeinated levels, often with a burst of guarana seed extract for what marketers call ‘clean’ caffeine. Those with heart conditions are at risk for a health event. There are no safe levels of caffeine for children under the age of 11.
The DEA issued a national alert for the deadly drug Xylazine, an animal tranquilizer, that has entered the illegal drug supply. Sometimes referred to as tranq, the drug is paired with fentanyl in clandestine labs that mainly produce fake pills. Fentanyl is the drug that has been pushing the overdose death rate skyward to 109,000 … Read more
If you’re an educator, you’re probably looking for Red Ribbon Week ideas for October. Take a deep breath and relax. We have 3 tips and then an introduction to SmartZone – now a free digital download with all you need for a successful Red Ribbon Week. What you are about to discover are not just … Read more
What parents and teens need to know about the teen brain.
Sharing the processes of the teen brain development as a parent and child exercise is a theme of this post
Experience this interactive ‘operator’s manual’ for the teen brain. Youth ages 10-13 will find it fun and engaging. Great parent/child activity. Check out the prize bonus too. See how much you remember from the Teen Brain lesson! Students take a short quiz after completing the online lesson. Teachers may request the Teen Brain slides for in-person training.
Change has been the driving force of the drug prevention nonprofit CANDLE, Inc. Change in the health and habits of the younger population. Change in the ability to make good decisions and be on the same page with their parents. For 20+ years we have been an organization whose mission depended on adapting … Read more
The actor Brandon Thomas Lee recently sat down with NIDA’s Director, Dr. Nora Volkow, for a virtual conversation about addiction, recovery, mental health, and how COVID-19 affects it all. One of Brandon’s questions was, “NIDA does a lot of research focused on teenage/young adult drug use in particular—why is that?” Watch Dr. Volkow’s answer: The teen … Read more
Addiction can happen at any age, but it usually starts when a person is young. It’s the result of changes in the brain that can come from drug use. Addiction affects how people think and what they do. But what exactly are the signs? First, it’s important to know that there is no “type” of person … Read more