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Report: Number of New Heroin Users Dropped Drastically

The number of people who used heroin for the first time dropped more than 50 percent between 2016 and 2017— from 170,000 to 81,000 – according to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH),

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Drugs and the Teenage Brain

Long-term drug use causes brain changes that can set people up for addiction and other problems. 

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Treatment and Recovery

What happens when your teen is diagnosed with a substance abuse disorder?

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Calling All Troop Leaders!

The 2018 Red Ribbon Patch Program is now underway! Get details on how your troop can earn Red Ribbon patches and Certificates of Participation.

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News & Headlines

  • (CNN, September 17) Nationwide, 12.4 percent of high school students and 4.5 percent of middle schoolers have used marijuana with an e-cigarette (which is also known as “vaping”) in their lifetimes, according to study recently published in JAMA Pediatrics. 
  • (The Atlantic, August 20) As marijuana laws across the country change, health officials are getting more and more concerned that the public may not be aware of all of the risks.
  • (Live Science, August 20) Pregnant woman who experience severe morning sickness during their first trimester are more likely to use marijuana during their pregnancy than pregnant women who don’t experience morning sickness, according to new research published in JAMA Internal Medicine. 
  • ​(Indiana University, August 23) About one third of Indiana 12th graders surveyed admitted to vaping within the last month, according to the 2018 Indiana Youth Survey. This is a 45 percent jump over 2017’s numbers.