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Stayin' Alive: A Teenager's Tools for Surviving in Dixie's Drug Culture

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Episode 11 is intense! I interviewed the 18 year-old daughter of one of my best friends. I have known Jane since she was 13 and played the trumpet in the marching band. Jane started smoking marijuana in middle school and has experimented with many other illegal/recreational drugs. I wanted to hear her perspective on the drug crisis. What do teenagers think about drug use? Where are they getting their information? Jane opens up about her experience with “Dixie” drug culture – from friends overdosing to an LSD freak-out in the woods. She is a smart, funny, “good” kid with opinions that may make you uncomfortable. I encourage you to listen to her story – I think it will give much needed perspective on why our kids are doing drugs and how we can keep them safe. Jane has stayed safe by journalling and talking to her parents whenever things get too weird. What does it take to create a relationship with your teen so that she/he will talk to you about the tough stuff like sex, drugs and…well you know?


Article on Uses and Benefits of Journal Writing

Journaling as an intervention for substance abuse

Journal Prompts/Journal App for your phone

National Institute on Drug Abuse: Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment

NIH Monitoring the Future 2016 survey of teens and drug use – really cool graphics

2012 longitudinal study of over 1000 participants shows neuropsychological decline from childhood to midlife

It’s complicated – another study suggests that “The relationship between cannabis use by young people and psychosocial harm is likely to be multifaceted, which may explain the inconsistencies among studies. For example, some studies suggest that long-term deficits may be reversible and remain subtle rather than disabling once a person abstains from use.”

Macleod J, Oakes R, Copello A, et al. Psychological and social sequelae of cannabis and other illicit drug use by young people: a systematic review of longitudinal, general population studies. Lancet. 2004;363:1579–88.

Adverse Health Effects of Marijuana Use – NIH

Family Check-up: Positive Parenting Prevents Drug Abuse

List of commonly abused drugs and how they work

What is LEAN? (Purple Drank)

MDMA/Ecstacy (Molly) – NIDA

More info about “suicide tuesdays”