9/1/17: 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. The opioid epidemic is real, and teens need help

From 2014 to 2015, the rate of teen drug overdose increased by 19 percent. This highlights an often overlooked fact: Addiction often pops up during childhood. And the younger children are when they start using opioids, the higher the chance of becoming addicted. 

For more information on America's opioid crisis and how it affects teens, be sure to read "Heroin Took Over Our Town."

 

2. Later school start times may benefit the economy

According to a new study, shifting school start times to at least 8:30 a.m. could contribute $83 billion to America's economy in as little as a decade. The time shift would decrease risks of fatal teen car crashes, increase graduation rates, and help teens get higher paying jobs in the future.

 

3. In the fight against bullying, a glimmer of hope

A recent study looked at bullying in 109 Maryland schools from 2005 to 2014. Students from 4th to 12th grade were asked about physical bullying, cyberbullying, perpetrators of bullying, feeling safe at school, and more. Over the course of the decade, researchers noted a decrease in 10 of the 13 bullying indicators they were measuring.

 

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