Friday Minute: Three keys to a better life

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  • Dennis Harwich, MA
    July 16, 2011 6:42 a.m.

    This reads like a manual for a new Multi Level Marketing company.

  • Brother Chuck Schroeder A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    July 16, 2011 12:28 a.m.

    Correct choices free us from over programming the clock and calendar.

    A new study reveals that 90 percent of Americans who are addicted to tobacco, alcohol or other substances started smoking, drinking or using drugs before they were 18 years old. And nearly half of American high school students now smoke, drink or use other drugs, according to the researchers at the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University. They said their findings show that adolescence is the most important period of life for the start of substance abuse and its consequences. The investigators found that 75 percent (10 million) of all U.S. high school students have used addictive substances such as tobacco, alcohol, marijuana or cocaine, and that 20 percent of these students meet the medical criteria for addiction. Currently, 46 percent (6.1 million) of all U.S. high school students use addictive substances and one-third of them meet the medical criteria for addiction. Addiction is a disease that in most cases begins in adolescence, so preventing or delaying teens from using alcohol, tobacco or other drugs for as long as possible is crucial to their health and safety.

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