3/17/2017: 3 Articles You Need to Read This Week

We know you're busy--that's why we're keeping up on the news for you. Here are some of the latest articles about teen health that are worth your time. Check back every Friday for more headlines you may have missed!


1. American teenagers may be replacing drug use with smartphones

Researchers at the National Institute on Drug Abuse have a hunch. They've noticed that while the "social acceptability" of marijuana has increased, the use of the drug by high school students has actually decreased. "Playing video games, using social media, that fulfills the necessity of sensation seeking, their need to seek novel activity," says Columbia University researcher Dr. Silvia Martins. Though the theory still needs more research, Dr. Martins believes it is "highly plausible."


2. Teens in Chicago are learning science-backed methods for conflict resolution

Lauryn Hill, a Chicago high school student, has lost two friends to violent crimes--a growing problem in the Chicago area. Recently, Hill participated in a new training program called CHILL that helps teens combat violent crime. The program was designed using neuroscience research from Yale University in tandem with relationship research from the Gottmann Institute. CHILL instructors role-play conflict scenarios and have students critique the situations as they go from "potentially calm" to "dangerous."


3. Most teens with opioid addiction don't receive the proper treatment

Data shows that 26 percent of adult heroin addicts received medication for their addiction, while only 2 percent of teens were treated. For those addicted to opiates, 12 percent of adults received medication, while the number of teens who received an addiction medication as part of their treatment amounted to less than 1 percent. Around 500,000 American teens use prescription opiates every year, and around ten percent will become addicted. Medication-assisted treatment is just as useful for treating teens as it is for adults, says Dr. Lisa Marsch of Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in New Hampshire. 

For more information on the opioid epidemic and how it impacts teens, be sure to check out our story, "Heroin Took Over Our Town."


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