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  • MARIJUANA USE DURING ADOLESCENCE – THE US SURGEON GENERAL’S REPORT
    No amount of marijuana use during pregnancy or adolescence is known to be safe. Until and unless more is known about the long-term impact, the safest choice for pregnant women and adolescents is not to use marijuana.  Pregnant women and youth--and those who love them--need the facts and resources to support healthy decisions. It is critical to educate women and youth, as well as family members, school officials, state and local leaders, and health professionals, about the risks of marijuana, pa...
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  • Vape Hoodie Sweatshirt?
    How are parents and schools supposed to monitor teen’s behaviour if you can smoke marijuana through your sweatshirt?
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  • Evil in Disguise - Deadly Drug Flakka Now Disguised As Gummy Candies
    Flakka can dangerously raise body temperature and lead to kidney damage and failure. Flakka can also lead to violent aggression and self-injury and has been linked to suicides and heart attacks. Its long-term effects are unknown.
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  • What is "Gray Death"?
    "Gray Death” is one of the scariest combinations ever seen in nearly 20 years of forensic chemistry drug analysis.
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  • What is “dabbing”?
    Although there are very limited studies, it is suggested that dabbing can be more dangerous than other forms of cannabis use because it can lead to a higher tolerance for the drug and worse withdrawal symptoms, suggesting a possibility of addiction or dependence.
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  • Parents Make a Difference
    As hard as parenting a teenager is, it is nice to know you make a difference.
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  • Why age 25 should be the legal age for marijuana.
    Scientists now understand that THC (the ingredient that induces the high) interferes with the transmission of information between neurons in the brain.  Regular exposure to THC may permanently change these neuropathways.  This may change the way adolescents think, learn and affect their attention and emotional responses.
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  • A Family Disease
    It’s rare that the impact of addiction is limited solely to the addict. Everyone around him or her is affected in some way. Frequently, the people who spend the most time around the user/addict are family and friends – these are the people who are likely to be most impacted by drug and or alcohol use/abuse.  Consequently, this is why addiction recovery is most successful when friends and family members closest to the user/addict are involved. Since addiction damages the whole family, addict...
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  • Vaping Marijuana – More potent than weed and could be a felony
    A new study from Johns Hopkins University compared infrequent cannabis users comparing those using a vaping device and those that smoked it.  The study found vaping increased the rate of short-term anxiety, paranoia, memory loss and distraction.  Vaping has surpassed smoking as the means of getting lit and as one article puts it vaping “gets you way, way higher”.
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  • It's a Game Changer; This Drug Will Not Respond To Narcan
    Since Xylaine/Xylazine is not an opiate, the drug will not respond to Narcan like one necessarily would during an overdose.
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  • Binge Drinking may rewire a teen’s brain opening them to higher risk of depression and addiction in later life
    This biological research in many ways reinforces the blog we just posted on neuro science.  It further confirms the issues we at Gobi are concerned about when it comes to teen use.  Namely, that heavy substance use by teens is harmful and can lead to complication later in life. Our aim with Gobi is to help teens interrupt the cycle of substance use and give them the chance to make healthier choices.
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  • Anxiety and Depression are a major problem say teens in new research
    At Gobi, we see many, many families whose teens are struggling with anxiety and depression by smoking weed.  At this point, there is no credible evidence that marijuana is anything more than a short-term fix AND it’s expensive.
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  • Neuro Science Addiction and Pot
    When we smoke marijuana, the whole brain is flooded with THC, and that causes the cell-to-cell - to communication in cells throughout the brain to be enhanced or to be exaggerated. And that's really fun because it seems like, wow, everything is so interesting. Everything is beautiful. The music is so rich. The colours are so wonderful. The food is delicious. Everything at once is turned on and enhanced. And that makes everything seem richer and more interesting. But, what's unfortunate is...
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  • Link between teen use of Marijuana and Depression
    Not only were those who smoked marijuana more likely to suffer depression and suicidal thoughts, but they were also more than three times as likely to attempt suicide between the ages of 18 and 32.
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  • Fentanyl: New Terror For People Using Opioids
    Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine or oxy. It is particularly deadly.  Deaths from fentanyl overdoses in the state of Minnesota went from 9 in 2015 to 39 in 2016.
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  • Teens Drinking and Driving
    “Every parent of every adolescent, I would bet, at some point lies awake and worries about the mixing of alcohol and driving, whether you're worried about your child drinking, or about someone else's driving, or even about the danger of someone in another car altogether. We know this is a toxic and often fatal mixture, even when the driver is over 21.”
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  • Concealed In Plain Sight.
    Add power to your parenting by being informed and then intervening if you think your child might be using drugs or alcohol. Take a little time to get educated about commonly abused drugs and adolescent substance use trends so you can better assess your child’s risks
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  • Concealed In Plain Sight.
    What's your detective skills level as a parent? Do you know all the clues? Add power to your parenting by being informed and then intervening if you think your child might be using drugs or alcohol.
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  • Synthetic Pot Tied to Violence, Risky Sex and Drug Abuse in Teens
    Pot is seen by teens as “just a weed” and less harmful than alcohol or other substances.  But then, along comes synthetic pot.
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  • The Teenage Brain
    Gobi’s aim is early detection and intervention in teen substance use, with the explicit goal of preventing the progression to abuse and addiction. 
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  • Link Between Alcohol Marketing and Youth Drinking Grows Stronger
    We have created a culture where adult fun is equated with alcohol.
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  • Marijuana Presents a Real Danger to Teens, Whether or not it is Legal for Adults
    The internet is full of contradictory “studies” (often paid for by pro-marijuana groups) and this just sets up an argument with your teen. Our content focuses some on current use but mostly on topics like what do you want to do with your life and how do you become a doctor or a lawyer and smoke pot every day.
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  • Teens Speak Their Truth Online
    Research shows online learning works across disciplines. Knowing this, it makes sense that Gobi leverages its power for this particular technology-loving demographic of 12-18-year-olds.
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  • Shocking Surge In Teen E-Cigarette Use - FDA Cracks Down.
    Due to a shocking surge in teen e-cigarette use, the Food and Drug Administration will restrict sales of most flavoured e-cigarettes and pursues menthol ban.
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  • 2 New Canadian Studies Show Marijuana Impairment in Teens
    At Gobi we hear often from parents that their teens think “weed” is safe.  Marijuana is not a harmless plant (tobacco and poppies are plants too).
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  • The U.S. Surgeon General’s Message; Addiction Prevention Programs Work.
    Our research shows there is ample evidence that young brains really are at risk. So yes, we’re out to save brains—and kids and families with them. That’s what Gobi’s about.
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  • Is the Juul craze almost over? Probably not. Kids will keep Juuling until we make vaping as uncool as smoking.
    No device right now is as worrisome as the Juul— because, of both its explosion in popularity and the unusually heavy dose of nicotine it delivers, a new survey suggests that the public, and parents of teens who use Juul e-cigs aren't aware of the risks.
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  • Injuries Can Put Teen Athletes on Path to Addiction
    At Gobi, we think that individualized messages are very important because a boy smoking weed should get different messages than a girl drinking vodka. What we do know now is that Gobi helps kids rethink their current behaviours and that they can make changes now.
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  • Budget and Health Care Plans Can Hit Families with Addiction issues.
    Moral Cowardice; When a Society Forgets its Duty.
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  • Think the terrible twos were hard? Try talking to teens about their drug and alcohol use.
    When your child is really young, they’ll unconsciously tell you about every single bump, bruise and boo-boo. But by the time they get to their tweens or teens, single syllable answers like “fine” and “OK” can easily replace the nuanced details they used to share about the day’s personal dealings.  
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  • When Mom Smokes Pot - Kids start at a younger age.
    When mothers use cannabis during the first 12 years of a child’s life there is a 40% higher risk their child will start using earlier than their peers.
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  • National Survey on Drug Use; Heavy Marijuana Use is greater now than it has ever been.
    Our goal with Gobi is not to fight teens over their perception and “internet” studies. Our program offers teens the chance to rethink their approach and question who their friends are, who they look up to and how can they be successful if they drink or smoke pot every day.
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  • FDA: Fix 'epidemic' teen use or products may be pulled from market.
    The FDA cannot tolerate a whole generation of young people becoming addicted to nicotine as a trade-off for enabling adults to access these products.”
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  • Talking to our kids can be hard work
    Teens using drugs and alcohol is scary stuff and although we are told “talk to your teens” doing so and engaging them is a different issue.  They often make us feel like we just don’t get it (forgetting that we were once teens too!). In the conversation below Jeff is our licensed counsellor emailing with a parent.
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  • FACT: More teens are driving after smoking marijuana than after heavy drinking.
    The only thing worse than telling a family member their loved one has been killed by an impaired driver is being the family member who receives that message.
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  • Vaping Invasion in US Middle & High Schools.
    Tutti Frutti, Cotton Candy, Sour Gummy Worms, you think candy right? Sadly No. We are not talking about candies here.
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  • Study finds that teens who drink or smoke weed heavily are less successful
    A study that was released November 6th showed that teens who regularly drink or smoke pot have lower earning potential and educational achievement.  According to the lead author, Dr. Elizabeth Harari “This study found that chronic marijuana use in adolescence was negatively associated with achieving important developmental milestones in young adulthood." The researchers found that both alcohol and pot users struggle to achieve some of the hallmarks of adult success, including obt...
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  • Technology-Based Interventions for Substance Use are found promising!
    Pew Research has found that 86% of teens go online every day, and we all know that if you want to speak to your teen, you text them to call you. We at Gobi are pioneers in providing the kind of technology-based intervention this review is talking about.https:
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