WMSN-TV: Teenagers and Addiction

Article Date:

It's an all too familiar story -- young people hooked on substances that destroy their lives and tear apart families.  But there is hope.

In a focus on health special report, Fox 47 talked with three people who are pulling themselves from the brink.

In telling us their stories, they say recovery is long, painful, but worth every sober minute.

Every day, in our neighborhood, people are abusing drugs. And they start when they're young.

A 2008 report from the Department Of Health Services says 37% of Wisconsin teenagers
tried marijuana and 23% took prescription pain relievers for non-medical purposes

Connor, 16, started drinking at age 12 -- soon he was smoking pot and abusing prescription drugs.

Read more

WKOW-TV: Prescription Drug dangers

Article Date:

MADISON (WKOW) -- Pharmacists and drug counselors are warning people about the dangers of drug overdose, after a 13-year-old Edgerton boy died after taking Oxycontin.

Oxycontin is known to cause side effects including dizziness, headaches, and nausea.

"It's a painkiller used by a number of people. When oxycontin is taken like other narcotics, it can affect your breathing, and actually stop your breathing," said Russ Jensen, director of pharmacy at St. Mary's Hospital.

Statewide, 229 people died of narcotic overdoses in 2008.

Drug counselors say prescription drug abuse is a growing problem.

"We've told parents for years to lock up your liquor if you have teenagers in the home, but nobody ever tells them to lock up their prescriptions as well," said Skye Tikkanen, SAC, at Connections Counseling.

The State Council on Alcohol And Other Drug Abuse is holding a special session Friday, February 12th, 10am - 2:30pm, at Connections Counseling, 1334 Applegate Road, Madison.

They'll be discussing a proposed law which would make it okay to call 911 if you're with someone whose using drugs and needs medical help.  Right now, counselors say, people are afraid of being charged with drug possession themselves when a friend is in trouble.


Download Article PDF

Read more

WKOW-TV: Teen marijuana use on the rise

Article Date:

December 14, 2009

MADISON (WKOW) -- Recent surveys show marijuana is becoming more popular among U.S. teenagers, and some people believe the national debate over legalizing medical marijuana may be to blame.  It's known by many names -- marijuana, cannabis, pot -- and it appears teenagers are smoking more of it.

A study, released Monday by the University of Michigan, says marijuana use among 8th, 10th, 12th graders is up.

"Part of it is young people really minimize marijuana being an issue," said Shelly Dutch, director of Connections Counseling. "Part of it is looking at legalization in many states."

Researchers say it's the trend that's alarming. Marijuana use among teens had dropped every year of the past decade, only to bounce back up in 2008.  It doesn't matter if students are athletes or scholars, wealthy or poor. Counselors say everyone is a potential user and abuser.

Read more
1 8 9 10