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Teen-Targeted Substance Abuse Prevention Campaign Focuses on Digital, Social Media

The “Above the Influence” drug and alcohol prevention campaign, formerly funded through federal money, will shift from expensive television ads to lower-cost digital and social media campaigns, The New York Times reports. The campaign will concentrate on reaching teens where they spend time, such as Tumblr, Instagram and Facebook. …

Aggression Caused by Family Violence May Lead to Substance Abuse, Study Suggests

Boys who are exposed to family violence become more aggressive toward their classmates, and this behavior is linked with greater levels of substance abuse over time, according to a new study. …

Unregulated “Sober Homes” Often Provide Poor Living Conditions

A system of largely unregulated group homes provides poor living conditions to people throughout the country who are grappling with substance abuse, homelessness and a return to life after prison, according to Salon.com. …

Study Links Assault Injuries, Guns and Substance Abuse in Youth

Teens and young adults who are treated in the emergency room for injury from an assault, who own or carry a gun, are more likely to have problems with substance abuse and aggressive behavior than those without guns, a new study finds. …

Minorities Less Likely to Complete Substance Abuse Treatment in Many States

A state-by-state analysis of substance abuse treatment programs finds that in many states, minorities are less likely than whites to successfully complete substance abuse programs. The analysis found significant disparities among states with regard to racial and ethnic differences. …

Playing With Dogs May Help Teens Treated for Substance Abuse

New research suggests playing with dogs can improve the mood of teens being treated for drug or alcohol abuse in a residential treatment center. Dog therapy may help stimulate the release of the feel-good chemical dopamine in the brain, the researchers say. …

Teen Victims of Cyberbullying More Likely to Abuse Drugs and Alcohol: Study

Teens who are cyberbullied are more likely than their peers who are not harassed online or through cell phone messages to develop symptoms of substance abuse, depression and Internet addiction, a new study concludes. …

Taking ADHD Drugs in Childhood Does Not Affect Later Substance Abuse Risk: Study

Taking medication to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in childhood does not affect the risk of substance abuse later in life, according to a new study. Earlier research indicated children who took ADHD drugs had a reduced risk of substance abuse, The New York Times reports. …

Strong Connection With Parents Reduces Teens’ Prescription Drug Abuse: Study

Strong connections with parents who advise against drug use reduce teens’ risk of abusing prescription drugs, a new study finds. …

Several States Have Laws Allowing Involuntary Addiction Treatment

A Kentucky law allows parents to petition the court to order involuntary drug treatment for their adult children, USA Today reports. Other concerned people may also file a petition under Casey’s Law. …