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Does Having Naloxone in My House Enable My Child to Use Opioids?

In communities across our country, first responders and families alike are equipping themselves with Naloxone (Narcan) to treat a person overdosing from heroin or other opioids. When used in time, it’s a a bonafide miracle, bringing back to life a loved one whose respiratory system has shut down and whose death is imminent. But because of this incredible ability, some parents may wonder if having a Naloxone rescue kit on hand encourages risky opioid use — after all, if your loved one knows he or she can be revived, why not continue using heroin or prescription pain pills? It’s an understandable concern. But it’s not as simple as that. Here’s what the experts say: Making Naloxone widely available is one of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ three priority areas for responding to the opioid crisis. According to a recent Addiction Science & Clinical Practice article, no studies conducted to date have found increased opioid use due to the availability of Naloxone.

What You Need to Know About the LGBTQ Community and Substance Abuse

The Problem:

The teen years are a time when our youth discover who they are, try new things, and form strong relationships with their peers.  This can be an especially risky time for members of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning) community.  Studies show that members of this community experience higher rates of substance use and abuse when compared to youth that are not LGBTQ.  According to DrugFree.org, these higher rates of substance use and abuse can be attributed to the following factors:

How to Know if Your Kid is Vaping Marijuana — and What to Do About It

Hardly a week goes by without another news article about vaping. In 2014, vaping was selected as Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year, beating out other candidates like “Bae” and “Budtender”. If they were picking a word today, it would more likely be JUUL or Juuling, the wildly popular “stealth vape” of adolescents. Juuling kids are vaporizing flavored e-juices with nicotine, but what about vaping marijuana? According to Monitoring the Future, an annual survey of nearly 50,000 adolescents, 3 percent, 8 percent and 10 percent of 8th, 10th, and 12th graders respectively had vaped marijuana in 2017.

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