Contemporary Culture: Youth Issues - Substance Abuse
Click on the following links for articles dealing with issues related to varioius aspects of substance abuse. This includes topics such as drugs, alcohol, and smoking. For additional information on this topic, please check our news, links, and reading list pages.
note: you will notice that some of these articles have similar titles and overlap in content. This is because we have dealt with this issue a number of times over the years. We have included all of them here as they still provide relevant information and touch on the subject from a variety of angles and report on information from a variety of studies.
Hazing: Not just for college anymore - A look at the latest hazing trends in both high school and college
The Hubbly-Bubbly - A look at hookah bars, the latest trend in tobacco use
Lifting their spirits - The problem of increased alcohol advertisements on television
High times? - A look at teen drug use statistics
High-energy kids - What's all the "buzz" about energy drinks?
Havin' a party - A look into the party scene on college campuses
Totally "methed" up - The rise of methamphetamine use across the nation is having a grave impact on today's teens
They Want a New Drug - Kids are getting high off prescription and over-the-counter drugs that are cheap, legal and easily accessed
Young and Huffy - Inhalants are one of the most commonly ignored drugs among the adult population, yet many of our younger students are using them to get high
Beer - Normal and Fun? - What you can do to help your teen stand strong in the face of mounting pressure to use alcohol
Teens and Smoking - A short report on the pervasiveness of cigaratte advertising
OxyContin: Killing Pain and Killing People - Information about the dangers of the fast-growing drug of choice among teens, OxyContin
Ecstacy use falls for second year in a row, overall teen drug use drops
Big Problems with Itty Bidis - Many teens are smoking these alternative, flavor-filled cigarettes
Full report and charts - from the 2003 Monitoring the Future Survey on teen drug use
Ecstatic Over Ecstasy - what you need to know about the drug known as "Ecstasy."
Help! I Think My Teen is Using Drugs - steps to take if you suspect your teen is using drugs.
Teens and Drugs - The Warning Signs- how to tell if someone you love is abusing drugs.
Teen Substance Abuse: The Warning Signs - a checklist of behavioral, social, and physiological signs of drug abuse.
Teens and Drugs - Still Waiting for Good News (2001) - substance abuse remains a major problem among children and teens.
Teens and Drugs - Still Waiting for Good News (1998) - substance abuse remains a major problem among children and teens.
Pop Goes the Alcohol - "alcopops" or "alternative beverages" with alcohol appeal to teens.
Steroid Abuse-Getting Bigger - The rise in steroid use among teens and how our culture contributes to the problem.
Getting Huffy - The epidemic of Inhalant abuse.
Teen High Times: 420 - Teens and marijuana.
Ritalin Rising - abuse of commonly prescribed drug.
Teens and Substance Abuse - what draws kids to drugs, alcohol, and smoking?