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4/28/2017: 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.  Despite the stereotype, teens aren't glued to their devices

A recent poll from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research revealed that 60 percent of teens have taken a break from technology for various reasons. According to the teens ages 13-17 who were surveyed, social media breaks are typically a week or longer, and more often taken by boys.


2. A tuition-free school is helping teens recover from opioid addiction

Opioid addiction affects many teens (1,100 teens begin misusing pills each day) but many treatment centers only accept adults. That's where recovery schools, like the Hope Academy in Indianapolis, are making a difference. The school has 41 teenagers who have abused drugs like marijuana, alcohol, painkillers and heroin. These students recover in a community of acceptance and safety, where they know they aren't alone. 


3.  Doctors in Arizona wonder if uptick in suicidal teens is related to Netflix's 13 Reasons Why

Netflix's new series, 13 Reasons Why, centers around the death of Hannah Baker, who narrates the show post-humously through a series of 13 tapes, each targeted at a teen who is a reason for her death. Doctors in a Glendale, Arizona emergency room say they sometimes see up to seven suicidal teens in a day, but since the show's release, they've been seeing up to 18.


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