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The Dangerous Frontiers of Substance Abuse: A Look at Alcohol and Drug Use Trends


Panelists: Dr. Wilson Compton, Director, Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA); Dr. Jane C. Maxwell, Research Professor, Center for Social Work Research, The University of Texas at Austin; Vicki L. Sickels, Chemical Dependency Counselor, Clinical Trials Office; Dr. Norine Ashley, Therapist and Clinical Supervisor, The White Mountain Apache Tribe, Apache Behavioral Health Services 

Program: Sometimes our curiosity and innovative natures work against us. Every year, people find new and often very dangerous ways to get high. Youth are now engaging in what is called "robo-tripping." This practice involves the consumption of high dosages of cold medicines, such as Robitussin, which can cause euphoria, hallucinations, and sometimes death. This show will look at the emerging trends related to underage drinking, illicit drug use, and nonmedical use of prescription and over-the-counter medications. It also will address the challenges and successes of treating youth who are becoming alcohol or drug dependent while living on the dangerous frontiers of substance abuse.

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Ivette Torres, Associate Director for Consumer Affairs, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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