Some people have the ability to use prescription and recreational drugs with little to no hazardous effects while others can become addicted to a particular drug after using it one time. The effects of drug abuse vary from person to person, particularly when individuals just start consuming certain drugs. However, after long periods of continued use, the majority of individuals who take both prescription and recreational drugs have a high likelihood of becoming addicted. Drug abuse and addiction can change a person’s entire life within a very short time period. As a person begins to form a physical and emotional dependency on a particular drug, he or she feels a powerful urge to consume the drug regularly. The extent of an individual’s vulnerability to his or her drug addiction depends on a wide variety of factors, including the person’s genes, mental health, physical health, and environment. A person who is addicted to drugs will also have to deal with the physical drug addiction effects they will ultimately experience as a result of being addicted to drugs. If you or a loved one is suffering from a drug addiction, call our 24-hour helpline at 1-800-928-9139, or fill out a contact form on this page. Read more…
Your liver is your body’s detoxifier, removing potentially harmful toxins from the blood. One toxin can be especially damaging to the liver when consumed in excess: alcohol. While the liver is able to filter moderate amounts of alcohol, drinking too much can result in cell death and scar tissue that affects your liver function permanently.
The liver is about the size of a football and filters your blood while also converting nutrients in your food into usable sources for your body. The liver also is responsible for storing certain vitamins, minerals, sugars and fats. Your liver can filter about one drink per day if you are a woman and two drinks a day if you are a man — one to two days per week. While one night of excess drinking likely will not irreparably damage your liver, chronic drinking often causes serious damage. Read more…
Hello my name is Spencer Flanders, I’m proud to serve as your 2014-2015 President for the program S.T.O.P, Students Taking on Prevention through the Partnership of Community Resources. The program S.T.O.P is about students committed to standing up, being heard, and making a positive difference about life threating public health issue that effects all teens. The problems that we feel that effect teens the most are tobacco, alcohol, illegal drugs, suicide and teen pregnancy. Throughout the years our teams of youth have worked on creating events, campaigns, and messages to reach out to teens and the public about these issues.
One of the events we work on every year is a Kick Butts Day event. Kick Butts Day is a day celebrated nationwide during mid-March, where youth stand up to big tobacco companies and tell them we will not stand for their harmful products. This past year S.T.O.P. ran four of these events locally at the Douglas High School, Pa Wu Lu Middle School, Carson Valley Middle School, and Diamond Valley Elementary. At our event for Douglas High School we hit a gong every 72 second, to represent how many death where caused by tobacco during their lunch period. We felt this event was successful and made a huge impact on our audience. The highlight was when one of our classmates told us he quit smoking because every time he saw a cigarette he would here a gong go off in his head. Read more…
NORTH HAVEN >> After trying various outlets to reach the community about drug awareness and prevention, First Selectman Michael Freda and substance abuse advocates are heading into people’s homes — on the television screen that is.
In an effort to raise awareness about drug and alcohol abuse, Freda and members of the town’s Substance Abuse Action Council are taping a miniseries of TV shows discussing various topics surrounding substance abuse.
Freda said the idea for the show surfaced after attempts to hold public discussions about drug and alcohol prevention.
“Some people might have been embarrassed to talk about it or some might have the mentality of, ‘oh, not my child,’” Freda said. Read more…
In an interview with the director of a Boston drug rehabilitation center on Thursday’s NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer worried about the impact media coverage of legalized marijuana was having on America’s youth: “You know, if you’re a teenager, a young adult, and you’re watching the news and you’re hearing more and more stories about the legalization of marijuana…and now you’re saying, ‘Wait a minute, here.’ Are we sending mixed messages on drugs to our kids?” [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]
SACRAMENTO, CA — Yesterday, the California legislature passed Assemblymember Richard Bloom’s important drug overdose prevention bill (AB 1535), which would permit pharmacists to furnish the opiate overdose antidote naloxone, pursuant to procedures developed by the Board of Pharmacy and the Medical Board of California. The bill now heads to the Governor’s desk for his signature.
“The bipartisan support of the Legislature is gratifying and will directly help many California families,” said Assemblymember Bloom (D-Santa Monica). “As the bill heads to the Governor’s desk, I am committed to continuing our efforts to stop the epidemic of overdose deaths.” Read more…
Karen Wrolson has long known the difficulties of keeping drugs and alcohol out of the hands of high school students.
She is, after all, the mother of two grown children and remembers their experiences as teenagers facing peer pressure to try alcohol.
But the new head of Saving Lives Camarillo, a group that aims to stop drinking and drug use by teens, said she was surprised to learn that youngsters are taking their first sip of liquor as young as the fifth grade. Read more…
Imagine a Timken basketball player, out with some teammates and other friends to get a snack on a Friday night after a big win. The kids are being kids — joking around and carrying on about this or that.
Then, one of the friends pulls out a plastic bag. Time to get high, he says. There’s plenty for everyone.
The basketball player has a choice that many high-school kids face: Do I light up?
HAMILTON Butler County Prosecutor Mike Gmoser thinks he has a plan that will help save teens from becoming the next wave of heroin addicts.
After talking to dozens of addicts three months ago, Gmoser on Friday unveiled an initiative he hopes will take hold in the county’s public and private high schools.
In May, Gmoser set up a hotline and put out a call through the media asking for heroin addicts or recovering addicts to meet with him confidentially for a chat on what got them started. He said 85 percent of the cases coming through grand juries were heroin-related and he wanted to find a way to fix the heroin epidemic which county coroner’s officials said is responsible for 64 deaths so far this year.
Gmoser said many of the addicts he spoke with said they either got hooked after they were taking opioids for a legitimate injury or fell into addiction to escape from abuse they suffered as a child. Read more…
In an earlier blog post – Drug-Proofing Your Home and Family – I shared some ways to drug-proof your home, but if your teen was abusing drugs, would you know where to look? Most likely he/she would hide it in a bedroom, backpack or car – somewhere a certain level of privacy is expected (and typically received without question) – somewhere they feel “safe.”
This is the place where you, the parent, have to walk the fine line between respecting your teen’s privacy and keeping him or her safe.
Many parents who otherwise drug-proof their home often simply draw the line here, which makes it the perfect place for teens to experiment without supervision and find themselves heading in the wrong direction while their parents are in oblivion.
At the very least, you need to be on the lookout for signs of abuse – unexpected empty medicine packages in the trash or lying around the room, on the floorboard of their car or sticking out of their backpack. Cough syrups, cold and allergy medicines can be purchased over-the-counter and are often abused.
You might also consider a no-locked-door policy. This is not the same as not respecting someone’s privacy – it’s a knock-and-announce policy. If you hear a scurry of activities, odd sounds or smell strange odors – it may call for a more thorough investigation. Read more…