Wednesday, April 30, 2008

KYDS Survey of Inhalant Use



A recent news story used the statistics found in the 2006 Prevention Needs Assessment Survey from the KYDS Coalition, sponsored by the Broome County Mental Health Department in Binghamton, New York.

The entire survey can be read in the link above, but it is rather long; here are some relevant data points:


Percentages of Students using Inhalants (lifetime):

7th grade

2002: 8.7%
2004: 8.1%
2006: 10.8%
Monitoring the Future survey: n/a

8th grade

2002: 11.0%
2004: 8.9%
2006: 15.2%
Monitoring the Future survey: 17.1%

9th grade

2002: 10.3%
2004: 10.7%
2006: 13.5%
Monitoring the Future survey: n/a

10th grade

2002: 7.6%
2004: 10.2%
2006: 14.6%
Monitoring the Future survey: 13.1%

11th grade

2002: 7.9%
2004: 11.6%
2006: 13.0%
Monitoring the Future survey: n/a

12th grade

2002: 8.4%
2004: 7.6%
2006: 10.5%
Monitoring the Future survey: 11.4%

Total

2002: 9.0%
2004: 9.6%
2006: 13.0%
Monitoring the Future survey: n/a



What are the highlights of this data? Well, there is an increase in every single grade for inhalant usage from 2004 data to 2006. Total inhalant usage jumped from 9.0% to 13.0% in four years.

A lot of people wonder why lifetime inhalant use reporting is higher in eighth grade than it is in other years. If someone reported using inhalants when they were 13, shouldn't they have reported a lifetime inhalant use when they are 18?

I can think of two reasons for why this may happen. First, as students get older, they might minimize the importance of inhalant usage during middle school and not report it as often, or simply forget about it after a few years.

Secondly, many of these surveys are done during school hours. If you have students abusing inhalants in eighth grade, these same students might not have stayed in school all the way until senior year. They may have moved on to other drugs and abandoned their schoolwork. Studies would have to take into account the dropout rate as well.

It will be interesting to see the results of a 2008 study.



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As a parent advocate (Sue Scheff) I think subject needs to be discussed more often. It is a growing concern and this survey shows the increase in the problem. It is not just drug abuse - parents need to learn about inhalant abuse.

http://www.inhalant.org/

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Parents Universal Resource Experts (Sue Scheff) - ADHD Teens and Puberty


What parents of ADHD boys should watch for as their sons pass through adolescence.

Until he was 10 or 11, Robert was cheerful and lively, if sometimes distractible and hyper. Then came 12 and 13. “He alternates between couch potato and monster,” says his mother, Anne. “What happened to my sweet little boy?”

Click Here to read Article by ADDitude Magazine

Monday, April 28, 2008

Parents Universal Resource Experts (Sue Scheff) The Feingold Diet


The Feingold Program (also known as the Feingold Diet) is a test to determine if certain foods or food additives are triggering particular symptoms. It is basically the way people used to eat before "hyperactivity" became a household word, and before asthma and chronic ear infections became so very common. Used originally as a diet for allergies, improvement in behavior and attention was first noticed as a "side effect." It is a reasonable first step to take before (or with if already begun) drug treatment for any of the symptoms listed on the Symptoms page.


Sunday, April 27, 2008

Sue Scheff: Revenge is a dish best served ... online


Vengeance websites are giving angry women the chance to expose their ex-partners as love rats. David Smith on the rising tide of ‘e-venge’



As a victim of E-Venge (Sue Scheff) I know firsthand how deadly a few keystrokes can be to a person, a business and a life. I fought back - and won an uprecedented jury verdict for damages of over $11M for malicious and defamatory online comments.


Free speech will not condone defamation - this is not about the first amendment. I will continue to be a voice in promoting Internet Safety without infringing on free speech. My meetings with my Senator and my Congresswoman are the beginning of a long journey towards positive change.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Sue Scheff: Single Parents: How to Raise ADHD Children – Alone


Seven expert strategies to help single parents raise confident, successful children with ADHD.
ADDitude Magazine offers great information for parents and adults of ADD/ADHD. As a single parent with an ADHD child, this article offers a lot of insight.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Sue Scheff (P.U.R.E.) Inhalant Abuse - A Subject that Parents Need to Learn More About


Monitoring your child will make your child much less likely to use Inhalants or other drugs.


· Know where your child is at all times, especially after school
· Know your child's friends
· If you find your child unconscious, or you suspect your child is under the influence of an Inhalant, call 911 immediately.

If you suspect your child might be abusing Inhalants, call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222; or call the '1-800' number on the label of the product.

According to the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, "if you talk to your kids about the risks of drugs, they are 36% less likely to abuse an Inhalant." Parents can make a tremendous impact on their kids' choices by talking to them.

Visit http://www.inhalant.org/

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Sue Scheff (Founder of Parents Universal Resource Experts, P.U.R.E.) and Author of Wit’s End! Applauds the April 24th GAO Hearings


"Sue Scheff (Founder of Parents Universal Resource Experts, P.U.R.E.) and Author of Wit’s End! Applauds the April 24th GAO Hearings on "Child Abuse and Deceptive Marketing by Residential Programs"




In recent news, the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) has conducted a study revealing concerns about abuse and deaths in certain programs for struggling teens as well as deceptive trade practices of referral agencies within this industry labeled, teen-help.

At P.U.R.E. we are deeply touched by the publicized reports, which found thousands of cases involving abuse and even death at facilities licensed to help troubled teens. It is disturbing to hear about marketing arms (referral agencies) that prey upon the desperate parent. When I was a parent at my wit’s end, I became prey for a referral agency that made many false promises and my daughter suffered the consequences.

This reality hit home with my daughter and myself which inspired me to create Parents' Universal Resource Experts (P.U.R.E.) My organization helps to educate parents that are searching for safe alternatives for their children as well as create awareness in an industry that can be daunting for the desperate parent.

I offer sympathy to the families that have been affected by any ill treatment and as always, would like to encourage all parents considering this level of care to take the necessary steps to ensure your child’s safety and well-being. There are many excellent programs designed to help teens in crisis, but not all are created equal.

It is imperative that parents take an active approach in seeking the most suitable program for their individual needs of their child. As stated on my website, http://www.helpyourteens.com/questions_to_ask_schools.html . These questions to ask and helpful hints in assisting you to find the best program for your child. My book, “Wit’s End!” will expand on these questions and offer parents hope and inspiration if they are struggling with an at risk child.

It is certainly frightening to hear about the teen fatalities and incidents of abuse at Residential Treatment Programs and Wilderness Programs, but I am grateful for the media attention that this matter is finally receiving. I am joined by other industry professionals who are hopeful that this increased awareness resulting from these hearings will propel a trend for improvement within our industry. I strongly support any legislation, both state and federal, that will enhance the safety and treatment of at-risk teens as well as regulate referral sources. I intend to be active in the development of such policy and work with the GAO.

For more information on the recent GAO report, visit www.gao.gov .

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Sue Scheff - Love Our Children USA - A GREAT Website For Our Kids Today


Every year over 3 million children are victims of violence and almost 1.8 million are abducted. Nearly 600,000 children live in foster care. Every day 1 out of 7 kids and teens are approached online by predators.


Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Sue Scheff - Parents' Universal Resource Experts - Wit's End! Book - Order Today


Sue Scheff is a parent advocate who founded Parents’ Universal Resources Experts, Inc. (P.U.R.E.) in 2001. She has been featured on 20/20, The Rachel Ray Show, ABC News, Canadian CBC Sunday News Magazine, CNN Headline News, Fox News, BBC Talk Radio, and NPR, discussing topics of Internet defamation as well as her work helping troubled teens and their families through her organization. To learn more about P.U.R.E. at http://www.helpyourteens.com/ and to contact the author, visit http://www.suescheff.com/.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Parents Universal Resource Experts (Sue Scheff) Discipline Do’s: Creating Limits for ADHD Children



5 ways for parents of ADHD children to establish a reliable structure and solid limits.

Your child with attention deficit disorder (ADD ADHD) is loving, intelligent, cute, creative — and often wants his own way. He has the talk and charm to out-debate you, and will negotiate until the 59th minute of the 23rd hour. Like salesmen who won’t take no for an answer, he can wear you down until you give in to his wishes.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Sue Scheff: Understanding ADHD



Understanding your Diagnosis: Medical Information about ADHD


An ADHD doctor talks about the common symptoms, causes, misconceptions and treatments associated with an ADHD diagnosis.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Sue Scheff - Parents Need to Learn More About Inhalant Abuse



Inhalant Abuse is an issue many parents are not aware of, they are very in tune to substance abuse regarding drugs and alcohol, however huffing seems to be a subject that is not discussed enough.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Parents Universal Resource Experts (Sue Scheff) - ADDitude Magazine - Living Well with ADD and Learning Disabilities


Wow - what a great informational website and magazine. ADD/ADHD is widely diagnosed among many children. Learn more about this - click here.
As a parent of an ADHD child, this website has some fantastic articles about ADD/ADHD kids and helps to better understand some of the behavior.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Sue Scheff on The Rachael Ray Show - Hot Topic - Cyber Slander


Sue Scheff continues to be a voice against CyberSlander. As both a victim and survivor of Internet Defamation, she has become a leader in promoting Cyber Safety.


On April 17th Sue Scheff appeared on the Rachael Ray Show talking about Cyber Slander and promoting her upcoming new book - Wit’s End!


Free Speech will never condone defamation. In an unprecedented jury verdict for damages, Scheff was awarded over $11Mfor the malicious and defamatory online comments from a woman that wanted E-Venge.


For more articles on E-Venge - check out http://www.suescheffpodcasts.com/. Sue Scheff retained the priceless services of Reputation Defender.
If you are a victim of Internet Abuse, take a moment to review the services Reputation Defender has to offer.


If you are a parent, it is important to consider Reputation Defender MyChild to help protect your child online.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Sue Scheff: Camp Finders!


It is the time of year that many summer programs are actually filling up!


Finding a good summer programs, such as Leadership Programs, can help your child build their self esteem to make better choices as well as motivate them to reach their highest potential.

If your child is starting to struggling in school, whether it is peer pressure or other issues, you may want to consider summer alternatives.


If you are looking for a variety of summer programs - visit Camp Finders - a fantastic free service for parents. They will give you options to fit your child's interests.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Meth Addiction

Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Meth Addiction by David Sheff

This is an exceptional and inspirational story for any parent that have struggled with today teens and substance abuse.

As a parent advocate (Sue Scheff) I receive daily calls and emails from parents that are at wit's end with their child (whether it is a teen, pre-teen or young adult). There is hope, never give up and know that others have traveled this road and learn from their experiences.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Sue Scheff: Inhalant Abuse Among Teens and Pre-teens




Inhalant Abuse is a growing problem with teens and pre-teens and a serious concern for parents today.


Inhalant Abuse is a lesser-known form of substance abuse, but is no less dangerous than other forms.The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service has reported that more than 2.1 million children in America experiment with some form of an inhalant each year and the Centers for Disease Control lists inhalants as second only to marijuana for illicit drug use among youth.

As a parent advocate, I believe parents need to be aware of this critical issue today. I am extremely grateful to the parent that wrote me and asked me to speak out and spread the awareness. She lost a son from inhaling air freshener. As a parent, she always spoke to her kids about substance abuse, but never knew about Inhalant Abuse.


Read more about this growing deadly epidemic at http://www.inhalant.org/ - it may save a life.



Monday, April 7, 2008

Sue Scheff: Why Can't My Child Behave - The Feingold diet


As a parent of an ADHD child, I have heard of the Feingold Diet that many parents have used successful, most replacing their medication with this diet.
The new and updated Feingold diet has been revised to fit today's busy family life.
Find out more at http://www.feingold.org/ or http://www.feingold.org/pg-book.html for information on this beneficial book.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Sue Scheff: Children and Safer Net Use





The BBC News came out with a very informational article regarding helping parents learn more about Internet Safety.

Q&A: Children and safer net use


Some net sites can pose dangers for unwary children - parents need to become familiar with ways to protect your kids online.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Sue Scheff: What Your Kids Are Doing Should Be a Mystery


Connect with Kids offers a wide variety of programs to help parents with today's teenagers and children.


They offer weekly articles with "Tips for Parents" to help keep you informed. Topics range from ADHD, ADD, Drug Abuse, Teen Obesity, Substance Abuse, and so much more.