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How To Protect Your Child From Addiction
- Nearly 1 in 5 (19.4%) of adolescents age 12 and up used an illicit drug in the past year (SAMHSA, 2018)
- Between 2006 and 2015, there were 36,422 adolescent and young adult drug-related deaths in the U.S. (Ali et al., 2019)
- In the 15-24 year age range, 50% of deaths (from accidents, homicides, suicides) involve alcohol or drug abuse. (American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry website)
There are a lot of reasons to be concerned about drug and alcohol use by young people today. But there are also some things we as parents, coaches, and educators can be doing to help protect our children.
In her latest book, The Addiction Inoculation, NY Times best-selling author, Jessica Lahey, gives us a blueprint to follow based on science, research, and her own experiences as an addict and educator.
We spoke to Jessica recently about her book and in particular the issues affecting athletes and substance abuse.
It’s also available on our podcast (see above) or on iTunes and Spotify.
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