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Is pot dangerous for the teenage brain?

Teenagers are at risk, especially those below the age of 17<p>Teenagers are at risk, especially those below the age of 17. Prolonged cannabis …

Cannabis

'Is marijuana a gateway drug?': What teens want to know about cannabis and legalization

As politicians and business executives iron out the details of cannabis legalization, Rhiannon Thomas and Katrina Peters just want to know if smoking …

ADHD Drugs Aren't Doing What You Think, Scientists Warn 'Smart Pill' Users

"Young people are using this drug as a performance-enhancing agent."<p>About an hour before any organic chemistry final, there’s usually a student …

What goes into a go-bag? How to prepare an emergency kit

Heather Kretzer, a health consultant for the Florida Department of Health in Panama City, lives near the water. But the most recent call for an evacuation in her area wasn't because of a hurricane but because of an active shooter.<p>The incident, which did not result in any bystanders being injured …

The Effects of Marijuana on Your Body

Marijuana is made from the shredded and dried parts of the cannabis plant, including the flowers, seeds, leaves, and stems. It’s also known as pot, …

What Is CBD Oil And Why Are People So Into It? A Guide

Let’s break down the, um, highs — and the lows — of Cannabidiol.<p>That’s the promise of <b>CBD</b>, a cannabis compound that’s been found to alleviate pain and even clear common skin conditions. So just what does CBD promise? Does it actually work? And will it cause you to fail a drug test? Let’s break down …

Cannabis

Everything You Need To Know About The JUUL, Including The Health Effects

Since launching about two years ago, the JUUL has become one of the hottest e-cigarettes on the market. It's been called "the iPhone of e-cigs" and it has gained somewhat of a cult following among young adults.<p>Electronic cigarettes are battery-powered devices that convert liquid into a vapor, which …

Public Health

Every Kind of Smoking, Ranked By How Bad It Is For You

We’re just talking tobacco, though — if you’re smoking crack, you can just go ahead and assume it’s not doing you any goodWe all know that smoking is …

Experts are calling out a vape pen with 'scary' nicotine levels that teens love — here's how it affects the brain

Among teens, a vape pen with twice the nicotine content of comparable devices has been surging in popularity. Called the Juul, the device even has its own verb: Juuling.<p>Instagram and YouTube are full of videos of adolescents "Juuling," in class and in front of teachers. A string of high schools …

Juul

Meet Juul – the Marlboro of e-cigarettes that comes in creme brulee flavour

Juul vape pens can be customised, made into fidget spinners – and one pod contains as much nicotine as an entire packet of cigarettes. No wonder kids love them

Kratom Recall 2018: What You Need to Know About the Drug's Safety

Local news might give you the wrong idea.<p>For a drug that a lot of people have never heard of, kratom has gotten a lot of press coverage lately. Last …

Childhood Poisoning: Safeguarding Young Children from Addictive Substances

BACKGROUND<p>As a result of America’s current addiction epidemic, babies and pre-school age children are being accidentally exposed at unacceptably high …

7 Side Effects Of Even Occasionally Taking Adderall When You Don't Have A Prescription

Cramming for a big test or important meeting can be draining and overwhelming, which is why some people are tempted to take certain drugs to help …

5 Truths You Need to Know About Vaping

If you have thought about trying to kick a smoking habit, you’re not alone. Nearly seven out of 10 smokers say they want to stop. Quitting smoking is …

Public Health

Three O.C. men charged with selling fentanyl in counterfeit pills made to look like oxycodone

Three Orange County men have been charged with using the synthetic opioid fentanyl to create and sell counterfeit pills designed to look like …

Here’s What Pregnant Women Need to Know About CBD for Anxiety and More

There’s a Facebook group called <i>Pot Smoking Moms Who Cuss Sometimes</i>. Many of its over 2,500 members see marijuana as a natural tool for managing the many ailments that come with pregnancy and motherhood, from morning sickness to postpartum anxiety and depression. Other moms in the group (whose …

Washington D.C.

‘I Can’t Stop’: Schools Struggle With Vaping Explosion

The student had been caught vaping in school three times before he sat in the vice principal’s office at Cape Elizabeth High School in Maine this winter and shamefacedly admitted what by then was obvious.<p>“I can’t stop,” he told the vice principal, Nate Carpenter.<p>So Mr. Carpenter asked the school …

A Mysterious Cluster of Amnesia Cases May Be Linked To Fentanyl

Doctors have reported five new cases of a mysterious memory syndrome in opioid drug users, adding to 14 others reported last year. Although scientists still don’t understand the link, the new reports point to a possible culprit: the synthetic opioid fentanyl.<p>The New England Journal of Medicine last …

Fentanyl

Fentanyl-Laced Cocaine Could Be 'Next Wave' Of Opioid Crisis, Some Warn

The powerful opioid that has multiplied deaths among heroin users is showing up in cocaine, threatening to expand the scope of the drug addiction …

Is your teen 'Juuling'? Why parents and doctors are so worried

Behavior<p>The FDA just called teen vaping an 'epidemic' and is considering a ban on all flavored e-cigarettes. Here's what you need to know.<p>Teens are crazy about “Juuling.” In fact, the Food and Drug Administration just called youth e-cigarette use an "epidemic" Wednesday and said it was considering …

Juul

More Than A Third Of Young People Have Friends Who Use Xanax

Don't presume Xanax use won't affect your children, parents advised.<p>Parents are being urged to have open and frank discussions with their children …

Opioids kill. Here’s how an overdose shuts down your body

Powerful opioids affect many parts of the body, but the drugs’ most deadly effects are on breathing.

The Juul’s So Cool, Kids Smoke It In School

The students wait eagerly for their teachers to turn their backs.<p>That’s their cue to reach quietly for a small, sleek device they can easily conceal …

Juul e-cigarettes and teens: 'Health problem of the decade'?

The students wait eagerly for their teachers to turn their backs.<p>That's their cue to reach quietly for a small, sleek device they can easily conceal in their palms. It resembles a flash drive, but instead of computer files, this device stores nicotine.<p>They take a hit, sucking on the device as they …

Is vaping when pregnant harmful to your baby? - Know the facts

Vaping is popular with expecting mums trying to quit smoking while pregnant.<p>Thousands of Scots determined to ditch smoking having taken up vaping …

More teens sneaking vaping devices that look like flash drives, markers into suburban high schools

Smoking in the bathroom has returned with avengeance and atwist at some Chicago-area high schools, where administrators worry that new ways to get a nicotine fix are making the illegal habit even more appealing to students, and harder for teachers to catch.<p>Educators say they have seen a dramatic …

Public Health

Other tips

By now, most people are aware of the enormity of the opioid epidemic. In 2015, over 33,000 Americans died from an opioid overdose – more from opioid …

Teens

How Marijuana Use Can Alter Brain Function and Induce Psychotic Behavior

Long-term smokers are at a higher risk for negative effects.<p>Smoking marijuana is becoming increasingly legal and mainstream in the United States. …

How Opioids Kill

One evening this past fall a patient stumbled into the emergency room at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. “I don’t feel so…” she muttered, …

These 12 Stories Show How Deadly The Opioid Epidemic Was In 2017

Another company seeking to profit off the opioid epidemic was Proove Biosciences, which touted personalized DNA tests meant to help select pain medications least likely to lead to addiction for each patient. The only problem? It was backed by almost no scientific data showing how reliable the tests …

Medicine