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9/22/17: 3 Articles You Need to Read This Week

It's officially the first day of fall, and we know you’re busy—that’s why we’re keeping up on the news for you. Here are some of the latest articles that are worth your time. Check back every Friday for more headlines you may have missed. (And don’t forget to take a peek at our brand new website and let us know what you think!)

 

1. Should there be an age limit for trick-or-treating? 

The Canadian town of Bathurst, New Brunswick thinks so. Their new law, set to become official on October 3, will make it illegal for teens over the age of 16 to take part in trick-or-treating on Halloween, and enforces a curfew of 8 p.m. This law is a loosening of an unenforced law that previously banned teens over 14 from taking part in the Halloween festivity. As part of the new law, teens caught in the act may be fined $200. The law was said to be passed in response to Halloween mischief, with hopes of increasing public safety in the mostly 55-and-older community. What do your teens think about this law? Do they agree? 

For another age-related debate, try going over Should Teens Have the Right to Vote Now? with your class!

 

2. Generation Z is on a slower path to adulthood

A recently released—and now viral study—has confirmed that teens of the current generation are less likely than teens of the past to take part in "adult" activities, like driving, dating, drinking alcohol, and having sex. According to study leaders, this means that young adults are acting more like teens, while young teens are acting more like children. According to experts, this research implies that teens today, who've grown up with the internet, are taking part in this "slow-life strategy," which can (possibly) leave teens ill prepared to face adulthood. 

 

3. The opioid epidemic has no limits

New research confirms that at least 100 patients ages 21 and younger test positive for opioid addiction or dependency every day in United States emergency rooms. Overall, the number of young people diagnosed with opioid addiction or dependency has increased from 32,235 in 2008 to 49,626 in 2013. This research implies that the opioid epidemic is, if anything, worsening, affecting teens and even children.

For more on opioids and addiction, please read our powerful story from last year, "Heroin Took Over Our Town."

 

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