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The hug drug

Parents, have your teenagers changed from being sullen and morose? Have they started sharing their feelings in long, babbling monologues, and giving you emotional hugs?

Gene Edward Veith

Are they asking if they can stay out all night at dances billed as 'alcohol-free'? Have they given up body piercing, and dug up their old teddy bears? Instead of dressing in black and painting their room black, are they draping themselves with fluorescent glow sticks? Have they abandoned their death metal T-shirts in favour of wearing baby pacifiers around their necks?