Teen marijuana use not affected by legalization. Girl Scout’s website tackles mental health. Philippines drug war blamed for 75% of civilian deaths.
Giving Up Alcohol Boosts Mental Health in Women [WebMD]
A new study observed how quitting drinking affected women’s mental health. Not only did non-drinking women report the highest level of mental well-being, women who drank moderately but quit altogether reported the largest improvement in mental health.
‘War on Drugs’ Makes Philippines Fourth Most Dangerous Country [Guardian]
Killings related to the the Philippines drug war made up 75% of civilian deaths this year, according to a new report. The Southeast Asian country placed fourth on a list of the world’s most dangerous countries.
Study: If a Family Member Is Prescribed Opioids, You Have a Higher Risk of Overdose [Vox]
A new study bolsters the argument that the (alleged) aggressive marketing and prescribing of opioid drugs played a significant role in fueling the opioid crisis. “The claim that opioid overdose is just about ‘root causes’ rather than drug supply cannot be sustained in light of these findings.”
Medium Security Prison Offering State’s First Aftercare Program [WEKU]
A Kentucky prison unveiled a separate living space for people who complete drug treatment while incarcerated. “A lot of our guys had more time to serve, so they would be back in general population and we didn’t want that to happen anymore.”
Legalizing Marijuana Not a Trigger for Teen Toking [WebMD]
“There is simply no evidence that legalization—for medical or recreational purposes—leads to an increase in teen use.” A new study analyzed survey data from more than 1.4 million U.S. high school students.
Girl Scout’s Website Created to Help Students with Mental Illness [San Diego Tribune]
A Girl Scout Gold Award project created a website to encourage kids to “speak up” about mental health. “Through the project, I found that a lot of the information was relevant to myself and that helped me mentally prepare for college and for taking care of myself in my new stage of life.”
Under New State Law, Drug Dealers Could Be Charged With Second-Degree Murder [CNN]
A new “death by distribution” law signed Monday by the governor of North Carolina has made it possible for drug dealers to be charged with second-degree murder, which carries a penalty of up to 40 years in prison with a previous conviction.
Understanding Teen Nicotine Addiction [US News]
A primer on teen vaping. Young people smoke fewer cigarettes, but e-cigarette use is on the rise.