Lauren Forcella

Straight Talk: Heroin a deadly addiction

Dear Straight Talk: I’ve been hiding my boyfriend in my basement bedroom because his parents kicked him out. What nobody knows is that he is addicted to heroin. We both began smo ...

Straight Talk: Girl frustrated over thong bind

Dear Straight Talk: I’m staying at my dad’s house part of the summer and it’s so lame because he and my step mom are freaking out over my thong underwear. They have actually ...

Straight Talk: Girl piles on pounds

Dear Straight Talk: I’m concerned about my 14-year-old daughter. She is rapidly gaining weight and is now 130 lbs at only 5’1”. She eats obsessively, sometimes hiding food ...

Straight Talk: Panel offers tips for earning money when you’re under 16

Dear Straight Talk: I need to raise $300 for driver training in August so I can get my learner’s permit. I don’t like little kids so baby-sitting is out of the question. Mowi ...

Straight Talk: Web makes porn seem teen norm

Dear Straight Talk: My friend, “Sheryl,” caught her son viewing porn on his computer with some other boys. When she got upset, he told her that everybody watches it and to ch ...

Straight Talk: Poor health the biggest teen issue

Dear Straight Talk: I read your column on gray hair in teens (Apr. 5) and have personally observed the non-stop competitiveness of school, sports, and “always-on” electronics. ...

Straight Talk: Face-to-face beats Facebook for love

Dear Straight Talk: This girl at my school added me as a friend on Facebook and we started talking online and texting and passed a lot of personal information back and forth. The ...

Straight Talk: Friend abusing the pill

Dear Straight Talk: A friend of mine is doing something dumb. She always forgets to take her birth control pills so if she has sex she just swallows a whole packet at once. She sa ...

Straight Talk: Divorce upsets everyone

Dear Straight Talk: I hope you can help me. My parents are in the middle of a divorce and are fighting over us kids. Every little thing, like soccer practice, or one of them having ...

Straight Talk: Panel paints pot-use portrait

Dear Straight Talk: I read that you support marijuana legalization (March 25) and was surprised that someone as educated as you is not aware of the dangers of this drug. I have nev ...