Last week, this headline from Vox News caught my eye: “Drug companies shipped nearly 21 million opioid painkillers to a town with 2,900 people.” That takes your breath away, doesn’t it? The town is Williamson, West Virginia. West Virginia has suffered the most overdose deaths per capita than any...

When most care givers think about underage drinking, one of the only concerns is that drunk driving is dangerous. Yes, drunk driving is dangerous in all ages, but there are other concerns with underage drinking.  (And only one-third of underage drinking deaths involve auto crashes.) We’ve...

Experiences from the earliest days of childhood are an important part of shaping the brain’s development. Sadly, traumatic episodes leave the deepest impression, manifesting themselves in adulthood in health issues ranging from increases stress to substance abuse. As parents, it’s important to understand how adverse...

If you are a parent or guardian, you’ve probably done your share of worrying about your child drinking alcohol and/or using drugs. You can do your best to limit a child’s exposure to substances, but  you can’t guarantee that your child will never have the opportunity...