Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens
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News and Opinion of Interest to Parents and Professionals Working with With Struggling Young People - Web Page www.strugglingteens.com
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How Iceland Got Teens to Say No to Drugs

How Iceland Got Teens to Say No to Drugs | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Curfews, sports, and understanding kids’ brain chemistry have all helped dramatically curb substance abuse in the country.

Via Peter Mellow
Lon Woodbury's insight:

This sounds partially along the lines of "midnight basketball" that was pursued a number of years ago in the US.  The Iceland experience suggests that the US pursuit was along the right lines, but it seems to have disappeared so what happened?  -Lon

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Sonja Lam's comment, January 22, 2017 12:12 AM
I see the issue of youths taking drugs as a way for them to cope with their stress and troubles faced in daily life. I believe the reason for them resorting to drugs to solve their problems is because these youths do not have a hobby, interest or outlet for them to vent frustration and anger. Taking drugs stimulates certain emotions in these youths that make them feel happier or relaxed, as does doing something enjoyable and interesting like sports, art or dancing. Both activities can help youths cope with unhappiness, however taking drugs would cause a more detrimental effect on these people should they use it as a constant default method of dealing with stress.

As the article mentions, the nationwide effort of helping youths and young adults find an interest is one of their priorities to help them solve the problem of increasing cases of drug abuse. However, enrolling students and youths in school programmes to develop their interests is just not enough. Along with helping themselves, support and encouragement has to be seen from their teachers and especially their parents. What I highly support in the article was the abolishment of typical parenting tactics such as forcing their child to periodically stay home at certain periods of time to talk about their life or share personal life with their family. Instead, parents were encouraged to spend quantity time with their child to actually interact and bond with their child beyond a superficial level and strengthen the relationship between them. For a child to know and recognise that they have a talent/interest that they take pride in, as well a loving family who cares about them, I believe that they would trust that there will be someone who they can fall back on whenever they are down. In addition parents can keep an extra eye out on their child given their close relationship and the extracurricular activities would be able to keep the children busy and keep their minds off taking drugs. With a better sense of self-pride and relationship with family and friends in their school/external programmes, I think that youths would be less likely to take drugs.
Lon Woodbury's comment, February 2, 2017 5:45 PM
Good observations Sonja
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Teens in small towns more likely to abuse painkillers - Futurity

Teens in small towns more likely to abuse painkillers - Futurity | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
A shortage of primary care physicians may be one reason so many teens in small towns abuse painkillers, researchers say.

Via Penrith Farms
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The Drug Education Teens Really Need

The Drug Education Teens Really Need | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
In working with teens, we have to be nuanced in our thinking, open to different approaches and aware of broader social realities. But students are approached as though all drug use is the same and as though we don't each have a story of our own to tell.

Via Penrith Farms
Lon Woodbury's insight:

Generalities are always miscommunication.  We are talking about unique young people here, not some nonexistent average -Lon

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Drinking, Drugs, and the College Transition

Drinking, Drugs, and the College Transition | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Substance abuse on college campuses is a frightening problem that few have solved. Here are lessons and approaches that have worked with students in the college transition.

Via Penrith Farms
Lon Woodbury's insight:

In essense this explains the reason sober houses and similar programs are popping up in college towns everywhere. -Lon

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Penrith Farms's curator insight, January 14, 2016 2:55 PM

A lot of young adults get trapped by this culture and we have seen more than one incident of clients ending up at Penrith Farms due to drinking while in school.

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Despite new laws, pot use down among teens - Futurity

Despite new laws, pot use down among teens - Futurity | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Marijuana use among US teens is significantly lower today than 15 years ago—despite legalization and other loosening restrictions in a number of states.

Via Penrith Farms
Lon Woodbury's insight:

Maybe there is a better way to reduce drug use than simple prohibition and criminalization.  Facts would be better than opinion. -Lon

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Teen Drug Users Suffer High Depression Rates

Teen Drug Users Suffer High Depression Rates | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

Clinicians treating adolescents who acknowledge recreational use of methamphetamines or ecstasy (MDMA) have new reason to be concerned about sequelae of this drug use.


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