Friday, September 26, 2008

Addicted Kids Become Addicted Adults

Adolescents are more likely to become addicted to drugs than adults, according to a recent study. Researchers at Rockefeller University found this out by getting mice addicted to powerful prescription painkillers. Hooray, science!

The idea is that due to the still-developing brain chemistry of adolescents, they are more vulnerable to having their mental makeup permanently altered by foreign substances. This can lead to bona fide dependency, actual physical addiction, which stays with them for the rest of their lives.

That's why it's important to keep kids off drugs. Of course, just because you lay down some ground rules early on, that won't keep your kids from developing drug habits as adults. Just ask Rush Limbaugh about that.

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