FDA and FTC Take Action Against Manufacturers and Retailers Who Target E-Cigarettes to Youth

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May 8 2018

FDA Cites 40 Retailers for Violations Related to Youth Sales of JUUL E-Cigarettes

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May 8 2018

Drug and Alcohol Use in College-Age Adults in 2014

The 2014 Monitoring the Future College Students and Adults survey shows trends in alcohol, marijuana, nicotine, and stimulant use in college students and non-college peers.

Survey Examines Risky Behavior Among Young HIV+ Men

The survey found that unprotected (condomless) sex was more common among YMSM reporting problematic substance use, among those who were unemployed, and among those with virologically detectable HIV who let their sex partners know their HIV status.

NIDA highlights drug use trends among college-age and young adults in new online resource

Use of illicit drugs, including marijuana, has been rising steadily among college-aged young adults. In addition, non-medical use of stimulants, including Adderall and Ritalin, has more than doubled in the past few years.

Research shows that teens and adults are uncertain about legalities of marijuana law in Washington State

A NIDA-funded study showed that while parents in the state of Washington are discussing with their children the legalization of recreational marijuana use among adults, they are unsure what is legal and illegal under the new laws.

Brain in Progress: Why Teens Can’t Always Resist Temptation

The changes in the brain common to obesity and drug addiction are especially pertinent to the struggles teens face to resist drugs, because adolescence is a crucial period both of susceptibility to the rewards of drugs and of vulnerability to the long-term effects of drug exposure.

Prescriptions for anti-anxiety medications put teens at risk

Hand holding a prescription pill bottle

Teens prescribed anxiety or sleep medications are more likely to abuse them later (compared to those who had never had a prescription). Teens reported they used these medications to self-treat insomnia or anxiety or to get “high.”

Evidence grows that heavy marijuana use may harm the brain

New NIDA-funded research shows that heavy marijuana use (at least four times per week over the past six months) is linked to adverse changes in the function and structure of brain areas associated with reward, decision making, and motivation.  Heavy marijuana use can also enhance some brain circuits – possibly to compensate for reduced function in specific brain regions. This effect was more pronounced in those who started using at a young age, indicating that developing brains are particularly vulnerable to marijuana’s effects.