Category Archives: Alcohol & Drugs

Amy’s Story

Amy Caruso was 15 years old when she first smoked marijuana. By the time she turned 17 she was using cocaine, ecstasy, and pain killers. She wrote in her diary: “I thought I could get away with just smoking pot in high school and controlling…

Ringing in the New Year!

Everyone seems to be swept up in the flurry of the holiday season and sooner than we know it 2015 will be knocking on our door! But, before that happens, we have to give this past year its proper due, right? After all we had…

Why I Never Started Smoking

One thing that I remember from my middle school health class is that tobacco addiction is a drug addiction-that’s why quitting is so hard. That stuck with me, as did all of the other horrible facts that I learned about the dangers of tobacco smoke,…

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Marijuana: Does Legal = Safe?

With some parts of the United States beginning to make marijuana legal, a lot of teens may be wondering, “if the drug is legal, it must be safe, right?” It’s important to keep in mind that a lot of things that are legal can still…

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Neknominate

The game recognized as Neknominate is now one of the most trending online crazes making headlines around the world. What started as a woman stripping in a supermarket and downing a drink, quickly escalated into a competitive game that involves guzzling large quantities of extreme…

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Real Ways to Say No

In my opinion, there needs to be an effective prevention campaign that helps teens and young adults learn real ways to say “No” to things that they don’t want to get involved with, such as drugs and alcohol. I think the reasons why teens use…

Molly

Have You Seen Molly?

What do the House of Blues, the NYC Electronic Zoo Music Festival, distortions of sensory and time perception, “E”, and long-lasting confusion have in common? In one way or another, they’re all are connected with “Molly” (short for “molecule”), a slang term for MDMA –…

Smoking Alcohol

Smoking Alcohol… Seriously?

There seems to a new trend happening on college campuses that teens are also experimenting with. It’s called “Smoking Alcohol”. When I first heard about this I was so confused; how can you smoke alcohol? I read more about it, and supposedly the way you…

Cory Monteith

Celebrities and Addictions: Cory Monteith

Whether you were a fan of his character on “Glee” or not, the passing of Cory Monteith this past Saturday is heartbreaking. One of the stars of Fox’s long-running musical comedy, Monteith was beloved by fans, or “Gleeks”, as they called themselves, and it’s easy…