EP – 170 Substance Use Information Update 2024

This week’s conversation is with adolescent substance use expert Richard Capriola. Rick joins the conversation this week to discuss the University of Michigan’s annual survey of adolescent use of substances. For those of you who don’t know, this survey asks middle and high schoolers about their attitudes and use of drugs.

We review the latest attitudes that our children and grandchildren have towards alcohol and recreational substances. Some of the trends from pre-pandemic to post-pandemic might surprise you, including some of the newer substances that are available to adolescents. I also asked Rick about the attitudes toward Delta 8 and the risks that people take concerning fentanyl when they take drugs from unreliable sources.

As always, Rick shares his proven methods on how to bring up and discuss drug and alcohol use with youth. You will learn a lot from this conversation and the previous conversations that I have had with Rick. Those conversations can be found in the links below, along with the link to Rick’s website, Help the Addicted Child. Once you have listened to this episode, please share it with a friend or family member who would enjoy learning more about the attitudes and habits of adolescents when it comes to drugs and alcohol.


You can find more information about Rick and his work at Help The Addicted Child by clicking this link: https://helptheaddictedchild.com/

Here is the summary of the University of Michigan’s annual study: https://cool-grandpa.us/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/2023-Teens-drug-use.docx

Please feel free to listen to our previous conversations with Rick. EP 44: https://cool-grandpa.us/2021/08/the-addicted-child/ EP 123: https://cool-grandpa.us/2023/03/ep-123-youth-substance-abuse-information/

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