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My teen is using pot. Should I worry?

As a loving parent, you worry all the time about your child’s performance in school, social activities and future as an adult. You have probably had numerous talks about the dangers of smoking cigarettes, drunk driving and using drugs. Even so, marijuana is considered a largely harmless drug by many residents of New Hampshire. How do you react if you find out your child has experimented with pot or gets stoned on a regular basis?

Depending on your own views about cannabis, your first reaction could either be grave concern or a dismissal of “it could be worse.” It may help to understand some of the recent research on cannabis use. The Washington Post reports that 60 percent of seniors in high school do not believe marijuana poses any danger. Additionally, pot use is becoming more prevalent among teenagers – today, marijuana is more popular among high schoolers than alcohol or cigarettes.

How to confront an adult child about heroin addiction

Parents need to play an active role in their children's lives, even into adulthood. There are numerous signs of a heroin addiction, including slowed breathing, extreme nausea, dry mouth and flushed skin. 

One of the hardest things for a parent to do is simply talking to a child about heroin addiction. Before a person can receive treatment for an addiction, someone needs to confront him or her about it. There are several ways to go about this delicately. 

How to tell if a teenager is using heroin

There is a drug epidemic in America. In fact, in a report published by the National Institute on Drug Abuse in 2012, it was found that nearly 669,000 Americans used heroin within the last year. That is an unacceptably high number, and it does not seem as though it is going down anytime soon. 

Unfortunately, many people start using heroin when they are in their teens. A number of people in their late teens and early 20s start using heroin, and if something is not done immediately, then their lives are being put in danger. Parents who are concerned their high schoolers or college students are using should be aware of the following indicators. 

How drug courts work in New Hampshire

Even relatively minor drug charges can have a damaging effect on a person's life, as our society takes drug-related transgressions very seriously. However, the justice system in New Hampshire and other states is coming to an increasing realization that, when drugs are involved, there is often another side to the problem.

Many people who commit drug-related crimes suffer from addiction. Clearly, throwing them in jail just like any other criminal will punish them for a particular crime but will not cure its root cause, which is the addiction. Thus, they emerge from prison with the same or even a higher likelihood of committing further offenses. Drug courts today offer an alternative to traditional legal penalties for some types of drug offenders.

Potential changes to New Hampshire medical marijuana laws

At this point, it would be difficult not to notice that marijuana law reform has been sweeping the nation over recent years. According to the most recent data, over half of the states in the nation and the District of Columbia now allow the legal use of marijuana is some form. In many of these states, marijuana can be used for medical purposes alone.

As medical cannabis has been used in the treatment of certain ailments, more and more uses for the drug have come to light. The state of New Hampshire is now currently debating the passage of a bill that would further increase the list of conditions that would allow patients to use medical marijuana.

Appeal Filed for New Trial in Brentwood, NH

WMUR 9. Lawyers for Ronald Dow appeal to state Supreme Court.Defense attorneys said Dow deserves a new trial, in part, because of the testimony of the boy's mother, Jessica Linscott. In the appeal to the state Supreme Court, the defense contended that part of her testimony shouldn't have been allowed. "The trial court allowed her to testify about abuse that she suffered herself at the hands of Mr. Dow," defense attorney Chuck Keefe said. "First and foremost, we think that decision was in error." Watch the full news coverage here

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