Stories about: Huffing

This week on Thrive: April 19-23

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Lisa Diller, MD, clinical director of Pediatric Oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Children’s Hospital Boston spoke to Thrive about her research concerning late effects of cancer treatment in children.

John Knight, MD, director at the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research (CeASAR) at Children’s commented on a recent statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) calling on pediatricians nationwide to be knowledgeable about teenage drinking, preventative measures to stop it and treatment options for adolescent substance abuse.

There’s plenty of data that suggest that an inability to get up in the morning is a medical condition, and should be treated as such.

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Survey: 'huffing' is the drug of choice for 12-year-olds

Inhalants-Heart-FrontThe Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recently released a survey which stated that 12 year-olds are abusing inhalants more than marijuana, hallucinogens and cocaine combined. In fact, according to the SAMHSA survey, huffing–deeply inhaling household products to get temporally intoxicated–is even more widespread than cigarette smoking among the age group.

Sharon Levy, MD, medical director of the Adolescent Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) at Children’s Hospital Boston, says peer pressure and the easy access young people have to huffable chemicals might account for its popularity.

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