The Latest Stats & Facts: Monthly Round Up (September 2013)

Each month PAD compiles the latest news, evidence and resources about parenting, teen development, and alcohol and other drugs into a single blog post.  Have something to add? Please let us know!

  • Cannabis & Psychosis is a website about the relationship between cannabis use and psychosis. The website houses practical information and tools for both parents and youth, including a guide for parents, anecdotal videos from a youth’s perspective and research about the link. 
  • A recent report outlines new research on youth perceptions on cannabis use. The study intends to have a better understanding of what young people think about Canada’s most widely used illicit substance. The report is written for those involved in prevention efforts, but parents may be interested in some of the key findings.  A summary document is also available. 
  • A new study suggests that friends’ online behaviour is a source of peer influence. Theresearch finds teenagers who see friends smoking and drinking alcohol in photographs posted on certain social-networking sites might be more likely to smoke and drink themselves. 
  • New research finds that the more alcohol young women consume before motherhood, the greater their risk of future breast cancer.  This news article looks at how females who average a drink per day between her first period and her first full-term pregnancy, increases her risk of breast cancer by 11%.
  • This news article reviews new evidence suggests cannabis  interferes with the healthy development of teens’ brains. Researchers examined 120 cases about the impact of drug use on the biology of the brain and found that adolescents who smoke pot may at risk for developing addiction or mental health problems later in life. Age is an important factor: those who first smoke marijuana at a younger age will be at greater risk of developing problems than those who first smoke marijuana at a later age. 
  • A new underage drinking prevention campaign called Talk. They Hear You recommends parents start talking to their children about alcohol, sooner rather than later. The website has resources for parents and provides examples to have short but frequent conversations about alcohol. The campaign is an initiative from The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (also known as SAMHSA), an American government agency that aims to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on communities in United States.
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