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Twitter can provide a lot of information, and there may be something from Arkansas right now.

Numerous tweets alluded to an apparent mass overdose and drug bust at an Arkansas High School. The students took to twitter to discuss the happenings, and many believed that pills were the cause of the drama.

We will have more details as they surface. This apparently in or near the community of Batesville.

Teensavers came across the release from Tufts University which points out why parents need to monitor what their kids do and how they can help them make better choices.

MARIJUANA SMOKING ISN’T A RITE OF PASSAGE FOR TEENS. AND WHILE NEARLY 30% OF TEENS SMOKE POT, MANY THINK IT’S SAFE AND SHOULD BE LEGAL. DON’T LET YOUR TEEN FALL INTO THIS TRAP AND HARM NOT ONLY THEIR FUTURE, BUT PERHAPS THEIR CHILDREN’S FUTURE. CLICK HERE FOR THE ACCURATE AND RELIABLE ANSWER TO TEEN DRUG EXPERIMENTATION.

Here is the press release from Tufts University.

Mothers who use marijuana as teens—long before having children—may put their future children at a higher risk of drug abuse, new research suggests.

Researchers in the Neuroscience and Reproductive Biology section at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine conducted a study to determine the transgenerational effects of cannabinoid exposure in adolescent female rats. For three days, adolescent rats were administered the cannabinoid receptor agonist WIN-55, 212-2, a drug that has similar effects in the brain as THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. After this brief exposure, they remained untreated until being mated in adulthood.

The male offspring of the female rats were then measured against a control group for a preference between chambers that were paired with either saline or morphine. The rats with mothers who had adolescent exposure to WIN-55,212-2 were significantly more likely to opt for the morphine-paired chamber than those with mothers who abstained. The results suggest that these animals had an increased preference for opiate drugs.

The study was published in the Journal of Psychopharmocology and funded by the National Institutes of Health.

“Our main interest lies in determining whether substances commonly used during adolescence can induce behavioral and neurochemical changes that may then influence the development of future generations,” said Research Assistant Professor John J. Byrnes, the study’s lead author, “We acknowledge that we are using rodent models, which may not fully translate to the human condition. Nevertheless, the results suggest that maternal drug use, even prior to pregnancy, can impact future offspring.”

Byrnes added that much research is needed before a definitive connection is made between adolescent drug use and possible effects on future children.

The study builds on earlier findings by the Tufts group, most notably a study published last year in Behavioral Brain Research by Assistant Professor Elizabeth Byrnes that morphine use as adolescent rats induces changes similar to those observed in the present study.

Other investigators in the field have previously reported that cannabinoid exposure during pregnancy (in both rats and humans) can affect offspring development, including impairment of cognitive function, and increased risk of depression and anxiety.

Byrnes JJ, Johnson NL, Schenk ME, Byrnes EM. Cannabinoid exposure in adolescent female rats induces transgenerational effects on morphine conditioned place preference in male offspring [published online ahead of print April 15 2012]. J Psychopharmacol, 2012. DOI: 10.1177/0269881112443745

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About the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University

Founded in 1978 in North Grafton, Mass., Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University is internationally esteemed for academic programs that impact society and the practice of veterinary medicine; three hospitals and two clinics that combined log more than 80,000 animal cases each year; and groundbreaking research that benefits animal, public, and environmental health.

New information from the University of Maryland. Liberty Mutual, and SADD.

Nearly
All 11th and 12th Graders Believe Their Peers Are More Likely to Drink
and Drive on Prom and Graduation Nights; Less Than One-Third Think
Driving on These Nights is Dangerous.

Students may be more likely
to drink and drive on prom and graduation nights, according to a survey
of 11th and 12th grade students across the country. Nearly all of the
students surveyed (90%) said that their peers are more likely to drink
and drive on prom night, and 79% report the same for graduation night.
Despite this belief, students do not seem to think that driving on these
nights is dangerous. Less than one-third (29%) reported that they
believe that driving on prom night comes with a high degree of danger,
and 25% said the same for graduation night. These findings suggest that
there is a need to provide high school students with prevention messages
that paint an accurate picture of the risks and consequences from
drinking and driving during prom and graduation season.

NOTES: The
survey was conducted by ORC Guideline for Liberty Mutual and Students
Against Destructive Decisions (SADD). A total of 2,531 11th and 12th
graders from 25 randomly recruited high schools across the country were
surveyed in the Fall of 2009. The margin of error is +/- 1.7 percent.