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Parents Should Keep Teens From Abusing Cough Medicine

Studies show that parents who talk to their kids about the dangers of drug abuse have children who are half as likely to abuse drugs. Despite this effective way for parents to address substance abuse with their kids, a recent survey of parents shows that while 83 percent say they feel prepared to discuss cough medicine abuse with their teens, only 21 percent have done so.

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Why Teens Get Hooked On Cocaine More Easily Than Adults

New drug research suggests that teens may get addicted and relapse more easily than adults because developing brains are more powerfully motivated by drug-related cues. This conclusion has been reached by researchers who found that adolescent rats given cocaine - a powerfully addicting stimulant - were more likely than adults to prefer the place where they got it. That learned association endured: Even after experimenters extinguished the drug-linked preference, a small reinstating dose of cocaine appeared to rekindle that preference - but only in the adolescent rats.

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It's Easier To Talk About Drugs, Sex Than End-Of-Life Planning

A new national survey indicates that Americans are more likely to talk with their children about drug use or sex than with a seriously ill parent about their end-of-life wishes. The same survey respondents also shared that they would want others to talk with them about end of life issues. The survey, completed by more than 2,300 individuals, was conducted in conjunction with the first National Healthcare Decisions Day to be held April 16, 2008.

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Helping Students Plan Lower-Risk Celebrations

With graduation plans well underway, area high school students are being given an in-depth look at the dangers associated with alcohol, drugs and risky party-related behaviour today. The 16th annual SafeGrad workshop is taking place at the Thames Valley Education Centre, providing student leaders from across the region with information about the consequences of unsafe partying while developing skills to help them make smart choices for themselves and fellow classmates.

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Urban Sprawl Puts Teen Drivers At Higher Risk

Driving might be a badge of freedom for teen-agers, but it can also be deadly. Traffic crashes are the leading cause of teen fatalities in the United States, accounting for 44 percent, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). A new study suggests that urban sprawl could put teens at more risk.

There is a strong relationship between the number of miles a teen drives and the risk of injury or death, said lead author Matthew Trowbridge, a fellow of the University of Michigan Injury Research Center. "So, are there things in the environment that promote driving exposure?"

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Study Tracks Sexual Behavior Of Newly Homeless Youth

Newly homeless youth are likelier to engage in risky sexual behavior if they stay in non-family settings - such as friends' homes, abandoned buildings or the streets - because they lack supervision and social support, a new UCLA AIDS Institute study has found.

Drug use also factored into this behavior, according to the study, which is currently available in the online edition of the peer-reviewed Journal of Adolescent Health.

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