Associations of Parental Marijuana Use with Offspring Marijuana, Tobacco, and Alcohol Use and Opioid Misuse

Madras BK, Han B, Compton WM, Jones CM, Lopez EI, McCance-Katz EF. Associations of Parental Marijuana Use With Offspring Marijuana, Tobacco, and Alcohol Use and Opioid Misuse. JAMA Netw Open.2019;2(11):e1916015. doi:
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Question: Is parental marijuana use associated with marijuana, tobacco, and alcohol use and opioid misuse by adolescent and young adult offspring living in the same household?


A Further Look at Therapeutic Interventions for Suicide Attempts and Self-Harm in Adolescents: An Updated Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials

Iyengar U, Snowden N, Asarnow JR, Moran P, Tranah T and Ougrin D (2018) A Further Look at Therapeutic Interventions for Suicide Attempts and Self-Harm in Adolescents: An Updated Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials. Front. Psychiatry 9:583. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2018.00583
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Background: Suicide attempts (SA) and other types of self-harm (SH) are strong predictors of death by suicide in adolescents, emphasizing the need to investigate therapeutic interventions in reduction of these and other symptoms.

9th International Research Conference on Adolescents and Adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Vancouver, Canada,

Although there have been thousands of published articles on FASD, there still remains limited research specifically on adolescents and adults with FASD. As individuals diagnosed with FASD continue to age, the “need to know” across a broad spectrum of areas continues to be critically important for identifying clinically relevant research questions and directions.

Cannabis Use and Associated Health Problems – What’s the Harm?

Smyth, B. P., O’Farrell, A., & Daly, A. (2019). Cannabis use and Associated Health Problems–What’s the Harm?. Irish medical journal, 112(9), 1000-1000.



Cannabis is the most widely used illegal drug in Ireland. We sought to describe the changing pattern of cannabis use and cannabis related health harms.


Data was collated from two national population surveys and three national treatment databases, focusing on people under 34 years.


Why is Adolescent Drinking Declining?

Rakhi Vashishtha, Michael Livingston, Amy Pennay, Paul Dietze, Sarah MacLean, John Holmes, Rachel Herring, Gabriel Caluzzi & Dan I. Lubman (2019) Why is adolescent drinking declining? A systematic review and narrative synthesis, Addiction Research & Theory, DOI: 10.1080/16066359.2019.1663831

There has been a notable decline in adolescent drinking in developed nations over the past two decades. Understanding the reasons behind this positive downward trend will help professionals support the continuation of this decline into the future.

Cannabis Use among Adolescents: Risk Pattern, Implications and Possible Explanatory Variables

Rial, A.; Burkhart, G.; Isorna, M.; Barreiro, C.; Varela, J.; Golpe, S. Cannabis use among adolescents: Risk pattern, implications and possible explanatory variables. Adicciones 2018

According to the Spanish Survey on Drug Use in Secondary Schools (ESTUDES), cannabis remains the most used illegal substance among Spanish adolescents, with around 3 out of 10 students reporting lifetime use. 

Family-Based Intervention Program for Parents of Substance-Abusing Youth and Adolescents

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Journal of Addiction
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The use of drugs among adolescents/youth often results in a high degree of distress for the family members who live with them. This in turn can lead to a deterioration of mental (psychological) health, hindering any attempt to successfully cope with the situation. The goal of our research was to study the effect of the Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) program on parents of adolescents/young adult drug users.

Vaping Cannabis among Adolescents: Prevalence and Associations with Tobacco Use from a Cross-Sectional Study in the USA

Kowitt SD, Osman A, Meernik C, et al Vaping cannabis among adolescents: prevalence and associations with tobacco use from a cross-sectional study in the USA BMJ Open 2019;9:e028535. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-028535
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Objective: Previous research suggests that some adolescents are using e-cigarette devices to vaporise (‘vaping’) cannabis in the form of hash oil, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) wax or oil, or dried cannabis buds or leaves. However, it is unclear how adolescents who vape cannabis use other tobacco products.