AZ Parents Connect Blog

What's Going on with Vaping Related Illnesses?

Recently there has been a shocking amount of lung injuries and deaths due to e-cigarettes and vaping products. Vapes are commonly disguised to appear like a USB drive, which allows teens to sneak them into school discretely. Popular brands such as Juul, SMOK, Uwell, and Aspire are unaware of the long-term effects from smoking these products. E-cigarettes have been on the market for over a decade; however, it has not been until recent events that there has been a surge in illnesses and even deaths.

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.


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