December 12th, 2014
This event is being planned in conjunction with the High School Injury Prevention Coalition, a multi-disciplinary group that works to reduce risky behavior by teens in the community. Wando parents and students and East Cooper middle school parents are invited to attend.
Rivers described the event as an evening about making good choices centered towards drugs and alcohol. “I start out with a ‘Just Say Know’ initiative that provides understanding behind the science of addiction and how addiction develops,” she said. “When people start using alcohol and drugs, they never want to become an addict, and young adults are experimenting and exploring, but changes can take place in the brain from the very first time you use.”
Rivers will explain how alcohol and drugs affect the brain. “Alcohol and drugs are chemicals and they mimic the neurotransmitters in our brains that make us feel pleasure and activate our reward center,” Rivers said. “And that makes us want to do more. But if we keep doing more and more and more, then the part of our brain responsible for judgement, decision-making and self-control and self-regulating gets overruled.”
December 11th, 2014
Poor grades, addiction and even death can result from alcohol and drug abuse in college.
Linda Stafford knew taking Adderall that wasn’t prescribed to her was wrong.
But her usual routine of downing coffee and energy drinks to stay awake was failing and she was struggling to manage her workload and social life. A junior at Georgia Southern University, Stafford was studying to get into the school’s pre-nursing program, partying two to four times a week and playing club rugby.
“One night I was really stressed out and had no idea what I should do. I knew I needed to study for anatomy. I wanted some sort of divine help,” Stafford says.
[Avoid these bad study habits in college.]
That help came in the form of a 30-milligram pill.
“I loved it. It felt like I could access every single part of my brain that I ever wanted to access. My confidence shot up,” she says.
The desire for that mental clarity lead to addiction and sent Stafford on a downward spiral.
December 10th, 2014
December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention month. That this occurs during the month of December is not a coincidence. December is an active month of holiday celebrations.
Focus on Community, Racine’s substance abuse prevention agency, shares these facts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help keep people safe during the holiday season.
Every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to one death every 51 minutes. The annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $59 billion.
How big is the problem?
- In 2012, 10,322 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third (31 percent) of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.
- Of the 1,168 traffic deaths among children ages birth to 14 years in 2012, 239 (20 percent) involved an alcohol-impaired driver.
- Of the 239 child passengers ages 14 and younger who died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes in 2012, more than half (124) were riding in the vehicle with the alcohol-impaired driver.
- In 2010, more than 1.4 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. That’s one percent of the 112 million self-reported episodes of alcohol-impaired driving among U.S. adults each year.
- Drugs other than alcohol (e.g., marijuana and cocaine) are involved in about 18 percent of motor vehicle driver deaths. These other drugs are often used in combination with alcohol.
Who is most at risk?
December 9th, 2014
How many parents know and understand what is happening in the community with teens and their choices to use alcohol, marijuana and other drugs?
The Eastlake High School PTSA hosted a Plateau Parent Night last month to bring parents up to date regarding alcohol and other drug trends, as well as the growing numbers of teen depression within the community.
Prevention interventionist counselor Andrew Galbreath presented the most recent statistics, and provided resources and recommendations for parents in talking with their teens about the risks of engaging in illegal drinking and drug use.
In conjunction with the Impaired Driving Education and Action Project and the endorsement of Eastlake High School administration, EHS PTSA also introduced the Parent Pledge — a promise to teens, other parents and the community to build a communication network to reduce the use of alcohol and other drugs among teens in the school and community. The pledge has parents promising each other:
• To host only alcohol-free, tobacco-free and drug-free parties for teens,
• To not allow teens to possess or consume alcohol, tobacco or other drugs at their homes and
• To discourage their teens from attending unsupervised parties.
December 8th, 2014
PLAQUEMINE — When Tonja Myles was a drug dealer, she didn’t care about the quality of the product.
She never thought whether it made a user sick — or put him 6 feet under.
“I didn’t care about what I gave you,” Myles told hundreds of students in the Plaquemine High School gym. “I was about the money you gave back.”
It’s the same today with the dealers and convenience stores selling synthetic marijuana — often called mojo. They don’t know if the chemical-laced product causes seizures, hallucinations or other reactions, said Myles, who has since turned her life around.
“Mojo is jacked up,” Myles said. “It’s no good.”
December 7th, 2014
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Businesses and homes burglarized. Drug deals in plain view. Addicts wandering the streets like “zombies.”
And the devastating impact on families.
The recent report that zeroed in on the heroin problem in Great Kills drew a wave of intense reaction.
IMPACT ON A FAMILY
The parents of Christopher and Brian Chambers of Great Kills say their sons have been addicts for years and one is facing theft and drug charges again.
The mom says that they need treatment, not more jail time.
December 6th, 2014
Alcohol, smoking and other drug use among young people in all member states of the European Union continues to be a major public health concern. In the past, there have been great efforts in the areas of smoking prevention and drug use, but alcohol use is also worthy of scrutiny.
According to the WHO European status report on alcohol and health 2010, the disease burden attributable to the harmful use of alcohol is significant. In many countries, public health problems caused by it represent a substantial health, social and economic burden. Reduction of harmful use of alcohol is becoming a priority area at a global, national and regional level.
Alcohol related harm can be reduced through the implementation of proven alcohol strategies, especially among those under the age of 18 or younger. Aside from being illegal, underage drinking is a widespread public health problem that poses many risks. Underage drinkers consume more drinks per occasion than adult drinkers. Alcohol is one of the most commonly used and abused drugs, more so than tobacco and illicit drugs.
December 5th, 2014
Impaired driving is one of America’s deadliest crimes. For the last several years in the United States, approximately 11,000 people died each year in highway crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver–slightly above 30% of all motor vehicle crash fatalities. In Illinois in 2013, 991 people lost their lives in motor vehicle crashes and hundreds of those deaths involved an alcohol and/or drug impaired driver.
Those statistics are why the City of Effingham has announced it is joining Governor Pat Quinn and hundreds of other communities throughout Illinois in proclaiming December Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month.
December 4th, 2014
For Zebulon resident Becky Brantley, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders affects pretty much everything her son does on a day-to-day basis.
Brantley, who adopted a child with full fetal alcohol syndrome, said her son has struggled to come to terms with the depths of his disease.
“Since there is no cure for FASD and there are not a lot of present treatment for diagnosis, the biggest thing that we can do is provide accommodations and modify his environment so that the environment and his abilities are matched,” Brantley said. “He is not over it. And I don’t know that he ever will be over it, because grief comes in ways, and since there is no cure for FASD, the things that were hard are always hard and they will always be hard.”
Close to five percent of children in the United States may be affected by fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, according to a newly-released UNC study published in the journal, “Pediatrics,” — a number much higher than the previous estimate of one percent.
December 3rd, 2014
Newswise — WASHINGTON – Teens prescribed anti-anxiety or sleep medications may be up to 12 times more likely to abuse those drugs illegally than teens who have never received a prescription, often by obtaining additional pills from friends or family members, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association.
Based on surveys of more than 2,700 high school and middle school students from the Detroit area, almost 9 percent had been prescribed a potentially addictive benzodiazepine anti-anxiety medication (e.g., Xanax, Valium or Klonopin) or sleep medication (e.g., Ambien, Lunesta or Restoril) at some time in their lives. More than 3 percent of students had a current prescription during the study, which took place from 2009 to 2012, and those students were 10 times more likely than students who never had a prescription to obtain anti-anxiety or sleep medications illegally for reasons including so they could experiment or get high.