Common drugs for teens today

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The most common drugs that I see around teens right now ¬– Number 1 is definitely alcohol and marijuana together. Marijuana has become a lot more prevalent with today’s teens, they don’t think it’s a big deal. They can cite all the information on the Internet saying that it’s safe and it’s not a gateway drug. Outside of that, ecstasy is very prevalent right now, as well as pills. Kids are loving taking Xanax, Oxy, Vicodin, Somas to get wasted. And the unfortunate part about the pill thing is that they’re taking 4 to 8 times typically the recommended dosage on the bottle, so a lot of kids are ending up in hospitals, passing out, even OD’ing and dying as a result of partying with pills.

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Jerry Weichman, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Jerry Weichman is a licensed psychologist and adolescent specialist as well as an author, speaker and parenting expert. His clinical practice at Hoag Hospital's Neurosciences Institute in Newport Beach, California provides a window on contemporary teen and pre-teen behavior.

“Dr. Jerry” as his adolescent patients call him, is a young PhD who really relates to teens, speaks their lingo and has felt their pain. Author of the teen survival guide, How to Deal, and noted media expert on teen issues, Dr. Jerry is focused on helping teens cope with parents, teachers, friends and academic pressure, communicating with them in a way they understand to help successfully navigate the dramas and pressures of adolescence.

Dr. Jerry's popular speeches, lectures and seminars have presented assemblies of students, teachers, parents and administrators with practical approaches on how today’s teens can overcome the trials and tribulations of growing up, from coping with bullying to meeting parental academic expectations to walking away from drugs and other self-destructive behaviors. Jerry also sits on the board of directors for the Bullying Prevention Initiative of California and just recently sat on an expert panel for a screening of the documentary Bully.

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