For Teens

All topics including but not limited to food and fitness, drug and alcohol, and sexual health. Kids Health - For Teens - http://kidshealth.org/

Another global resource addressing many different topics: http://www.helpguide.org/ 

Ask, Listen, Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don't Mix. (asklistenlearn.org/kids), a comprehensive, seven-part animated series about the negative effects of alcohol on the developing brain.

Call 2-1-1

2-1-1 can be accessed by phone or computer. A toll-free call to 2-1-1 connects you to a community resource specialist in your area who can put you in touch with local organizations that provide critical services that can improve—and save—lives. You’ll find information about:

  • supplemental food and nutrition programs
  • shelter and housing options and utilities assistance
  • emergency information and disaster relief
  • employment and education opportunities
  • services for veterans
  • health care, vaccination and health epidemic information
  • addiction prevention and rehabilitation programs
  • reentry help for ex-offenders
  • support groups for individuals with mental illnesses or special needs
  • a safe, confidential path out of physical and/or emotional domestic abuse

Whether in times of natural disaster or personal crisis, 2-1-1 is committed to being the first, most essential resource to anyone who needs help.

Alcohol
Alateen - http://al-anon.alateen.org/ lateen.html
The Cool Spot - http://www.thecoolspot.gov/
Students Against Destrustive Decisions - http://www.sadd.org/

Domestic Violence
Love Is Not Abuse - http://www.loveisnotabuse.com/

Substances
Above the Influence- http://www.abovetheinfluence.com/

Tobacco
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids - http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/

 

Facts for Teens About Marijuana

MYTH: I can’t become addicted to marijuana

REALITY: WRONG-One out of every 6 teens (17%) experimenting with marijuana will become dependent (addicted)

 

MYTH: It is safe to drive high on marijuana

REALITY: Marijuana may kill/injure you and/or your passengers! The chance of involvement in a fatal car crash DOUBLES in drivers under the influence of marijuana


MYTH: Marijuana use does not affect my brain

REALITY: Teenage marijuana use increases the probability of developing psychosis even without a family history of schizophrenia. Structural changes in the brain have been found in marijuana users


MYTH: Marijuana use does not affect my school performance

REALITY: Marijuana use harms concentration, attention, memory, learning processes and is associated with increased probability of school dropout


MYTH: As a school athlete it is “no big deal” if I smoke marijuana

REALITY: The probability of suffering concussion increases in athletes who use marijuana


MYTH: Marijuana use has no medical consequences

REALITY: Marijuana use increases the probability of cancer in the male reproductive system (Prostate and testicles)


MYTH: It is safe to smoke medical marijuana compared to street marijuana

REALITY: NOT TRUE. The term medical marijuana is misleading. It has not been tested for safety, use of toxic pesticides, nor approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)


IGNORE: Misleading information about the benefits and harmless effects of marijuana use by youth. This false information you find on the internet by pro-marijuana ideologists and dealers can harm you!


MARIJUANA USE MAY LEAD TO HARMFUL CONSEQUENCES FOR YOUNG USERS

SMART TEENS MAKE INFORMED AND HEALTHY CHOICES!


Medical Sources: Hall W. Addiction, January 2015

Ammerman S. and the AAP Committee on Substance Abuse. Pediatrics, March 2015

Bagot K, Milin R, Kaminer Y. Youth initiation of cannabis use &early onset psychosis. Subst Abuse J,36: 2015

Yifrah Kaminer, M.D., UConn School of Medicine, ATOM Studies

860-679-8478/4344, e-mail: kaminer@.uchc.edu


 

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