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The Marijuana-Psychosis Connection Goes Both Ways In Teens

There’s been a lot of interest from the scientific community in the not-so-simple relationship between marijuana use and a person’s risk of psychosis. The connection is especially important to understand in young people, whose brains are still wiring themselves, a process that continues right up …

Two private prisons among worst three jails, inspectors find

Two privately run prisons, the G4S-managed Oakwood and Serco-run Thameside, are among the three worst-performing jails in England and Wales, according to newly published Ministry of Justice ratings.<p>Both HMP Oakwood, which is a super-sized jail holding up to 1,600 inmates near Wolverhampton, and HMP …

Prison Quotas Push Lawmakers To Fill Beds, Derail Reform

After three violent inmates escaped from an Arizona private prison in July 2010, prompting a two-week, multi-state manhunt, state corrections officials demanded improvements and stopped sending new inmates to what they called a "dysfunctional" 3,300-bed facility.<p>Less than a year later, the company …

A 'Quiet Seismic Change' Is Happening In America's Prison Policy

Back in the 1980s and 1990s, politicians lived in fear of being seen as "soft on crime." But that attitude has changed in just a few short years.<p>"There has been a quiet seismic change in the approach here," Mary Price, vice president and general counsel for Families Against Mandatory Minimum …

1 In 3 Black Males Will Go To Prison In Their Lifetime, Report Warns

One in every three black males born today can expect to go to prison at some point in their life, compared with one in every six Latino males, and one in every 17 white males, if current incarceration trends continue.<p>These are among the many pieces of evidence cited by the Sentencing Project, a …

Talking with Your Teen about Drugs & Alcohol

Sometimes parents don’t really know how to approach their kids or teens to talk about important issues. They fall back on their own upbringing, …

Study Drugs: Most Parents Unaware When Teens Take Stimulants Without Prescription

By: Rachael Rettner, LiveScience Senior Writer<p>Published: 05/20/2013 12:47 PM EDT on LiveScience<p>Many parents are not aware that their teenage children abuse "study drugs," a new poll suggests.<p>In the poll, just 1 percent of parents said their teenage children had taken drugs such as Adderall or …

5 Things Teens Say About Drugs, Binge Drinking

Teens tell experts about how they were introduced to marijuana, alcohol and other drugs, when they started and what they do while under the influence.<p>…

Extreme binge drinking common among high school seniors, study finds

As if parents aren't worried enough about what their teenagers are doing on Saturday nights, a new study reveals that binge drinking is common among high school seniors, with some knocking back 15 or more alcoholic drinks in a row.<p>Earlier studies on binge drinking — commonly defined as consuming …

High School Binge Drinking: 20% Of Seniors Have Consumed 5 Or More Drinks In A Row, Study Shows

A new study details a troubling binge-drinking trend among high-schoolers.<p>Researchers from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, found that one in five high-school seniors (20.2 percent) reported drinking five or more alcoholic drinks in a row some time in the past two weeks.<p>One in 10 high-school …

Study Highlights Dangerous Trend Of Extreme Binge Drinking In High School Seniors

As high school seniors look forward to graduation, college and rewarding experiences which await them, parents need to be aware of the epidemic of binge drinking (consuming five or more drinks for men or four or more drinks for women), as well as the more alarming trend of “extreme binge …

15-Plus Drinks A Night: Teenagers Binge At Dangerous Heights

When teenagers drink, it's all too often all out, downing five or more beers in a session. But some teenagers are drinking even more, a study finds, boosting the upper limits of binge drinking to 15 drinks or more.<p>In a poll of high school seniors, 20 percent said they'd had five or more drinks in a …

Teen binge drinking -- the real American pastime?

Teen binge drinking. As American as baseball and apple pie, right? In fact, many adults just assume that it’s just one of the many rites of passage towards adulthood like losing your virginity or learning how to drive.<p>Some people fault the changing laws that raised the legal drinking age for …

Alcohol: friend and foe

It always happens at this time of year, the collective Christmas hangover coupled with the new year resolutions to get in shape mean alcohol is the first thing to go for many. You can even be sponsored for, as the term Dryathlon enters our vocabulary. Our Olympic Legacy looks different to what I …

Calling time on alcohol abuse

Like countless other towns in Britain, Newcastle upon Tyne is awash with cheap alcohol. Posters punting cut-price drink promotions scream out from every other street: treble spirits and mixers for £2.95 in a popular dive called Sinners. Next door, you'll find equally cheap "smoking cocktails" …

When It Comes to Teen Drinking, Is Just Saying 'No' Enough?

A local group is giving the police money to conduct operations aimed at reducing teen drinking. But not everyone agrees that outright abstinence of …

Could a Toddler's Personality Foreshadow Teen Drinking?

How your toddler handles herself in playgroups could indicate whether she'll be tempted to drink alcohol as a teen, a new study suggests.<p>Research reveals that if your child demonstrates a degree of emotional instability and high sociability before first grade, that extroversion and …

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House Party with Teen Drinking Lands Two In Hospital

EASTON — Two teenage girls at a house party with underage drinking on Meadow Ridge Drive Saturday night were brought to the hospital for medical …

Early Talkers More Likely To Drink Alcohol As Teens, Study Suggests

By: By Lauren Cox, Contributing writer<p>Published: 09/12/2013 04:03 PM EDT on LiveScience<p>Parenting competitions can start early. How old children are when they utter their first words, walk or learn to read can all be topics of parental comparisons. But a new study in Finland found a twist: Children …