Our Mission: Prevention and Early Intervention of Teenage Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Cough medicine abuse? You’ve got to be kidding!

May 4th, 2015

Cough medicine use can be legitimate,but it can also be abused. What to look out for.

 

 



How do you measure in character?

May 3rd, 2015

The ultimate measure of a man is

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.  – Martin Luther King, Jr.



Do you really know how kid’s brains work?

May 2nd, 2015

Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains

By: Shots News NPR

Teens can’t control impulses and make rapid, smart decisions like adults can — but why?

Research into how the human brain develops helps explain. In a teenager, the frontal lobe of the brain, which controls decision-making, is built but not fully insulated — so signals move slowly.

“Teenagers are not as readily able to access their frontal lobe to say, ‘Oh, I better not do this,’ ” Dr. Frances Jensen tells Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross.

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What makes teens so vulnerable to drugs or alcohol?

May 1st, 2015

There are a lot of things going on —physically,socially and psychologically — that make the teen years challenging and potentially dangerous.Learn how to keep your teen safe during these high-octane years. Learn more.

 



Stop, breathe, and count to ten – could help regretable words

April 30th, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A moment of patience in a moment of anger prevents a thousand moments of regret. – Unknown Author



“A Community’s Public Health Response to the Heroin Epidemic: Action Strategies”

April 29th, 2015

Taking action against heroin

By Laura Katauskas

 

The number of heroin deaths has decreased in the past year; though good news, it isn’t reason to rest.

Will County alone saw 34 deaths in 2014, and the number of convictions of dealers and convictions rose from 14 in 2012 to 56, at last count.

Parents and those who may be tempted to try the drug need to know one time leads to a lifetime of recovery … if they don’t die first.

“Heroin is the Ebola of drugs and unlike anything law enforcement has seen before. We have to get parents more guarded and geared for battle with their kids. … We can’t let up; there will always be a new wave. We will never be done,” said Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow.

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What role does society play in millions of alcoholic teens?

April 28th, 2015

Public Service Announcement made by local students involved in the Alcohol Prevention Campaign along with Prevention Specialist Joel Rodriguez.

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Drug called “flakka” – a type of bath salts that can cause bizarre behavior

April 27th, 2015

Flakka called the insanity drug; enough said.

Watch video to find out more about this very dangerous drug.



“Hope Soldiers” run by ex-addicts promoting anti-drug programs

April 26th, 2015

Recovering addict works to convince kids to stay clean

By Julie Muhlstein

Heroin and other drugs took Lindsey Greinke to that proverbial place known as rock bottom.

“I lost my place to live. I lost my job. My family wouldn’t speak to me. I wasn’t allowed to see my son,” said Greinke, 26, who lives in Everett. “I was pretty alone. Either I could kill myself or get clean. I wasn’t going to keep using.”

She was 21 when she turned to heroin. Before that, her drug of choice had been the narcotic painkiller OxyContin, which became too costly and hard to find. Hooked on the street drug, she got into treatment in 2011.

As a recovering addict, Greinke founded Hope Soldiers, a nonprofit organization that presents programs to help people struggling with addiction and their families find treatment and support.

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EDM (electronic dance music) associated with drugs especially ‘molly’

April 25th, 2015

EDM fans battle association with drugs and alcohol

“Hi, I’m looking for Molly. I’ve been searching everywhere and I can’t seem to find … Molly, Molly, Molly, Molly.”

Molly is not your average blonde hair, blue-eyed girl. Instead it is the street name for MDMA or ecstasy—a drug commonly associated with Electronic Dance Music.

This, in part, has fueled the negative perception of EDM.