Friday, June 23, 2010: Recent Teen Mental Health and Substance Abuse News and Resources

Adolescent Substance Abuse News/Resources

Painkiller drug abuse soaring, CDC Chief Warns

“Emergency room visits linked to abuse of prescription painkillers have jumped 111 percent in five years, straining the nation’s public health system, a recent study revealed.” Click here to read the rest of the article on the San Jose Mercury News website.

Binge drinking teenagers could be risking Osteoperosis

A new study out of the Loyola University Health System in Chicago connects teen drinking with future boneloss. Click here to read an overview of their findings.

Decline in U.S. teen smoking rate stalls

Click here to read an article discussing the factors behind a recent stall in declining teen smoking rates. The numbers come from a new federal report.

Adolescent Mental Health News/Resources

Crisis center says calls rise in tough times

The Dallas Morning News reports on the link between rising call volume at suicide hotlines and unemployment rates. While this is not directly related to teen mental health, it’s important to remember that family stress often trickles down to teens and children. Click here to read our previous blog post for tips on parenting in this turbulent economy.

Teen depression: definition, symptoms, causes, risk factors & complications

The Mayo Clinic Website provides a great overview of teen depression. Click here to be directed to their website.

Report examines Palo Alto response to teen suicides, recommends next steps

The San Jose Mercury News discusses the new Project Safety Net report and recommendations. ACS Executive Director Dr. Philippe Rey was present at the City Council meeting last week for this discussion and ACS On-Campus Counseling Program Director Roni Gillenson currently serves on the Project Safety Net Executive Committee.

A Parent’s Guide to Surviving the Teen Years

Click here to access this informative resource at the Kid’s Health Website.


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