e-Cigarettes are Potentially Dangerous despite Declining Teenage Alcohol & Substance Abuse

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Harbor Village Florida comments on newly released data showing a decrease in teenage substance abuse, but raises concerns about heightened e-cigarette use.

In the face of favorable trends, Harbor Village Florida strives to encourage means of prevention in its community, and stresses the importance of substance abuse education.

The National Institutes of Health reports that teen prescription and opiate abuse has reduced considerably since 2013, according to a release published on December 16th. The report finds that binge drinking has also decreased. The study suggests that efforts to promote the prevention of using drugs is working. However auspicious this new data is, there remains the rising threat of the e-cigarette being used as a means to smoke higher levels of THC by “dabbing,” which is a process of extracting THC from marijuana. In the face of growing drug abuse, and trending venues of abusing substances, Harbor Village Florida Detox Center is committed to responding to an increased need of inpatient rehab services, and continues to help recovering addicts return to a normal life. Harbor Village Florida Detox has recently received accreditation by The Joint Commission, and plans to help its community to detect abuse of e-cigarettes in its facility.

Conducted by the University of Michigan, the report records findings among eighth, 10th, and 12th graders. In response to prevention efforts supported by the Obama administration, the rate of drug use has steadily been decreasing- although, the use of marijuana has virtually stayed the same. Director Nora D. Volkow, stresses the importance to “educate teens, parents, teachers, community leaders, and the media and health care providers about the specific harms of drug use among teens, whose brains are still developing.”

Measuring electronic cigarette usage for the first time, researchers found that 8.7%, 16.2%, and 17.1% of eighth, 10th, and 12th graders respectively, have used an electronic cigarette. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) plans to investigate the long term health effects of electronic cigarettes.

Despite the steady decline of binge drinking- dropping considerably across all grades last year (2014)- George F. Koob, director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, warns that while the trend is going in the right direction, the numbers of teenage binge drinking is still too high, stating “Nearly 1 in 5 high school seniors report binge drinking within the past two weeks, which is unacceptably high and underscores the need for underage drinking research to remain a priority,”

The staff of Harbor Village Florida, who have been accredited by The Joint Commission, comments they are relieved to see a decrease of substance abuse among the teenage population, but warns the community to keep abreast of the looming threat of e-cigarette abuse. Harbor Village recommends to keep on the lookout for the amber colored resin associated with refined marijuana around teens.

In the face of favorable trends, Harbor Village Florida strives to encourage means of prevention in its community, and stresses the importance of substance abuse education. Regrettably, high addiction rate necessitates the need of superior inpatient drug rehab services. Harbor Village Florida is there to care for its patients every step of the way in the lush spa environment of sunny south Florida. The medical staff is well equipped to handle any medical emergency, and ensures that clients receive 24 hour care for physical and mental ailments. Harbor Village Florida wants its clients to succeed.

For more information regarding Harbor Village Florida’s inpatient drug rehab services please visit their website at http://harborvillageflorida.com/. Or call the hotline directly at 1-855-290-4261.

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