3/24/2017: 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. Teen opioid addiction often starts in the doctor's office

A recent study, done by researchers at the University of Michigan, tracked teen opioid use from 1976-2015. The findings show that among adolescents, there is a link between originally being prescribed a drug for medical reasons and later taking it for nonmedical reasons. The study confirmed that since 2013, opioid use has been declining among teens. 


2. Some states send teens to adult prisons

In New York and North Carolina, anyone who is 16 is qualified to be tried as an adult. In Texas, the age is 17. Georgia, Missouri, Michigan, and Wisconsin have similar regulations. Many lawmakers are beginning to realize that teen incarceration is not the best option.  Rather than incarcerating young people, some states, like Connecticut--where they recognize adults at 18--send teens to "diversion programs designed to help them develop more constructive behavior," instead of spending the money to incarcerate them.


3. In news literacy class, students are learning to separate fact from fiction

Marisol Solano teaches news literacy at Intermediate School 303 in Coney Island, Brooklyn, focusing on teaching her students how to determine if news is real or fake. At I.S. 303, teachers understand that fake news is more than fabricated new stories, but an overall problem of misinformation, and the only way to combat it is by teaching students to evaluate and fact-check the media they consume. 


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