How to talk to kids responsibly about drugs.
- The majority of kids are going to experiment with drugs at some point in their lives, mostly in their teens and early 20s.
- While many parents might balk at allowing their children to experiment, it's important to remember that not all drugs are the same.
- There are some warning signs, however. Neuroscience journalist Maia Szalavitz walks us through some of the signs to look out for.
Phone usage was found to have similar reinforcing tendencies as eating or doing drugs.
- An experiment out of Buffalo shows that students are willing to put off eating in order to look at their phones.
- The subjects were willing to pay ever increasing amounts of money to use their phones even as the price of food remained the same.
- The finding doesn't prove phone addiction is a thing, but it makes it possible.
Drug use and arrests are rising overall, but those changes vary depending on the state.
- Detox.net recently published maps that use the latest government data on drug use and arrests to show how enforcement varies across the country.
- Marijuana arrests remain significantly high in many states, even in some where pot's legalized.
- Methamphetamine is, by far, the drug most commonly involved in drug-related offenses across the country.
Science will always be amazing.
- A new study shows that humans with a genetic variant making them adverse to caffeine drink more coffee.
- The same is not true with other bitter flavors, such as PROP and quinine.
- Tea and alcohol drinkers did not produce the same results.
The damage might not be "as bad" as traditional cigarettes, but it's still pretty bad.
- E-cigarettes reduce the amount of nitric oxide being produced, increasing the likelihood of heart damage.
- Vaping might be "healthier" than smoking traditional cigarettes, but as more research continues to be published, e-cigs are certainly not being shown as "healthy."
- Juul's recent removal of flavored pods from retail outlets was pre-empting forthcoming FDA regulations.
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