Every Day Teens Can Make One Choice For Their Health: Do Not Use Any Alcohol, Nicotine, Marijuana or Other Drugs
For a Healthy Brain Teens Make “One Choice”
Many teens are confronted with drugs at some point during their teenage years. Be it at school, at home or with friends, teens have One Choice to make: to use or not to use alcohol, nicotine, marijuana, or other drugs. This site provides information about why not using any drugs is the best choice for health. Read more about the One Choice.
More Youth are Making this One Choice than Ever Before
At left Robert L. DuPont, MD, President of the Institute for Behavior and Health, and Sharon Levy, MD, Director of the Adolescent Substance Use and Addiction Program at Boston Children's Hospital, discuss their study showing positive long-term trends in the number of adolescents who refrain from using any alcohol, cigarettes, marijuana or other drugs.
New Resource: CHEMICAL SLAVERY AVAILABLE AT AMAZON.COM
At a time when the nation is searching for ways to save lives from opioid and other drug overdoses as well as how to reduce the burden of addiction on individuals, families and communities, Robert L. DuPont, MD has written Chemical Slavery: Understanding Addiction and Stopping the Drug Epidemic, for parents, teachers, physicians and for everyone afflicted by addiction. The book also guides leaders in public policy and planning positions, as well as drug abuse treatment. Dr. DuPont is President of the Institute for Behavior and Health and served as the first Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Chemical Slavery covers two crucial topics: First, the national drug epidemic including an understanding of its evolution to become a national emergency, and the science of addiction and recovery. Second, Dr. DuPont’s presents his experience-based guide to the intimate, day-to-day struggle with the disease of addiction from prevention to lasting recovery. This book shows the ways in which these two domains of addiction, the national and the personal, are intertwined and can be both understood and managed. More resources.
Explore Youth Prevention
A MESSAGE OF HOPE AND DETERMINATION FOR YOUTH PREVENTION
Columnist Rich Lord, outlines some ways parents and students can help prevent teen drug use. Combining advice from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and other experts on teen drug use, Lord gives succinct advice to help teens make One Choice for their health. More about youth prevention.
negative long-term effects of heavy Marijuana use on brain function and behavior
A study published in Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging looked at the effects of heavy marijuana use on brain function and behavior. The accompanying press release summarizes, "Young people with cannabis dependence have altered brain function that may be the source of emotional disturbances and increased psychosis risk that are associated with cannabis abuse. The alterations were most pronounced in people who started using cannabis at a young age. The findings reveal potential negative long-term effects of heavy cannabis use on brain function and behavior, which remain largely unknown despite the drug’s wide use and efforts to legalize the substance." Read more about health effects of drug use.