Teenagers want parents to be involved in their lives

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(BPT) – Today’s changing social environment and confusing messages about drugs and alcohol may be making it even more difficult for teenagers to get their bearings as they move toward adulthood. That is why it is more important than ever for parents to know what is going on in their kids’ lives and have the skills to respond to their teens appropriately.

Specifically, as drugs and alcohol are becoming more accessible and more states are legalizing marijuana, many teens may believe that the use of marijuana or other substances is now okay. Parents should know that legalization of marijuana does not mean it is harmless, and increased availability of other substances does not make them less harmful, either. Marijuana and other substances can cause permanent damage to the teenage brain, and teens can become addicted more quickly than adults.

This is a time when parents need to become involved in their teens’ lives and help them navigate these complex issues. While many parents may think of their teens as grown-ups and able to fully take care of themselves, teenagers have said that this is a time when they need their parents the most. Asking questions and being involved shows teenagers that their parents care. Continue reading

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National Drug Facts Week

National Drug Facts WeekSM (NDFW) is a national health observance for teens to promote local events that use NIDA science to shatter the myths about drugs.

This year, NDFW is being held January 26 – February 1, 2015. Want to organize an event in your community? Let us help you!

Visit http://teens.drugabuse.gov/national-drug-facts-week for more information!

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NIMH Twitter Chat on Clinical Research Participation

NIMH’s mission is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure. The participation of volunteers is essential for researchers to learn more about mental illnesses. On January 12, 2015, NIMH hosted a Twitter chat discussing clinical research participation with NIMH’s Susanna Sung, LCSW-C.

To get more information on participating in a clinical research study, read the Twitter chat!

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