AZ Parents Connect Blog

If You Suspect Your Child Is Using – Get Help NOW

Having a teenager can be challenging, especially in today’s busy world.  In Arizona, the average age of first time drug use is 13 years old!  We would like to take this time to educate parents on signs to look out for and what you can do if you suspect your child is using drugs.  Every parent should be aware of their child’s uncommon behaviors and intervene immediately.  Noticing drastic changes in their normal behavior can be a sign that your child might be using drugs or alcohol.

Prescribing Opioids to Children: The Dangers and Misconceptions

With the rising opioid epidemic at hand, it’s important to safely and efficiently treat chronic pain conditions, especially when it comes to children. Opioids have a similar chemical structure to heroin and have addicting properties. The misuse of opioids can have frightening effects on the body such as; an increase in blood pressure, heart rate, organ damage, seizures, and potentially death.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are trying to reduce the number of opioids prescribed to eliminate patients with chronic short and long-term pain from becoming addicted.

Coping with School Stress

With summer vacation coming to an end for Arizona teens, it’s important to talk about a serious health threat teens are facing… Stress. Teens experience a variety of stressors in middle school and high school including, discovering who they are, bullying, homework, and social pressures. Stress can lead to many negative health outcomes, but it can also lead to drug and alcohol use. On the 2018 Arizona Youth Survey, 36% of teens that had used drugs or alcohol in the past 30 days said they used substances to deal with stress from school.

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