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

Baby or booze? GN sends explicit message to expectant Nunavut moms – Nunatsiao Online

October 14th, 2014

The Government of Nunavut’s health department says a new eye-catching campaign aimed at preventing fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, or FASD, is helping to spur discussion about alcohol use and pregnancy in the territory.

A new advertisement that the GN put out this month to coincide with FASD prevention day Sept. 9 features the stark black silhouette of a young pregnant woman drinking a bottle of alcohol, against a deep red background.

In the illustration, the yellow liquid flows from the bottle into the woman’s mouth, through her body and into her womb, which carries her unborn child.

The key message of new campaign, designed by Iqaluit-based Atiigo Media, is “Baby or The Bottle.” Text placed above the image reads: “Pregnant women should never drink alcohol.”     Read more…

Alcohol-free tailgates gain attention of UT students – The Independent Collegiate

October 13th, 2014

Alcohol-free tailgating is the name of the game of the game for a growing number of UT students on Rocket game days.

After changing departments last year, the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs program is now offered through the counseling center as an alcohol, tobacco and drug prevention program. One of the many activities ATOD provides is alcohol-free tailgating in the flatlands by the UT spirit rock before every home football game.

Will Pecsok, associate director of the counseling center, said the alcohol-free tailgates are offered to “provide an environment for people where they can spend some time, tailgate and not have to be around alcohol.”

“What we do is have a space that provides an alternative for people to come to,” Pecsok said. “We want to prevent the alcohol use on campus, so we make this space so that people do not have to run into that.”   Read more…

Recovering addicts gather to celebrate sobriety – Glenn County Transcript

October 12th, 2014

Living a clean and sober life free of alcohol and drugs is a daily process, but each September those in recovery programs and services around the county come together to celebrate their successes and share them with their neighbors, family and friends.

The 10th annual Recovery Happens in Orland last Wednesday brought recovering drug addicts, alcoholics and their supporters together for a local observance of National Recovery Month.

The observance’s main focus spreads the positive message that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover, said Francis Cuny, Glenn County drug and alcohol prevention specialist.

“There are events like this happening all over the country,” Cuny said.

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‘Horse valium’ at high school investigated – The Examiner

October 11th, 2014

POLICE are investigating the sale of drugs at Kings Meadows High School, which has resulted in student suspensions.

Six students were allegedly involved in a drug dealing incident where “horse valium” tablets were brought to school by one student, believed to be in year 10, and subsequently ingested by other students at school.

Kings Meadows High School principal Lee Barker said the six involved received disciplinary sanctions.

It is known that at least one of the teenage boys who took a tablet received a 10-day suspension.

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Six high school students hospitalized from new ‘Cloud 9′ drug –

October 10th, 2014


On the street it’s called “Cloud 9″ or “Hookah relax” – a liquid synthetic drug made from chemicals found in air freshener or bath salts.

And it is the latest trend with high school kids.

“It’s absolutely deadly,” says Westland Police Chief Jeff Jedrusik. “Some kids are sprinkling in marijuana and smoking it with marijuana, some are putting it into the e-cigarettes, and now the trend is to put it into energy drinks.”

Westland police say Monday two John Glenn High School students ended up in Garden City Hospital after ingesting the drug. This is just two weeks after four Canton students were also hospitalized.

“It’s been a spread across western Wayne County. There are a lot of kids that are getting really sick and having near-death experiences because of it,” Jedrusik says.

Police say this latest drug can easily be purchased in area gas stations and convenience stores. The small vial costs about $20.

The side effects include: Chest pain, increased pulse, high blood pressure paranoia, hallucinations, agitation and suicidal thinking/behavior.

“The symptoms of heart attacks is what’s being described by the kids in school,” Jedrusik said.

Police say like K2 or spice bath salts, the latest rage in recent years, catching the sellers of Cloud 9 is proving difficult.

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Teen drug use stirs concerns – Spirit of Jefferson

October 9th, 2014

CHARLES TOWN — After three drug-distressed Washington High students had to be rushed to the hospital on Friday and three others were taken home by their parents, this week’s Jefferson County Board of Education meeting became a discussion of the growing threat of  synthetic drugs in schools.

Synthetic forms of marijuana – known as “K2” or “spice” – as well as synthetic PCP and LSD are being purchased as bath salts or jewelry cleaner, according to Sheri Hoff, the school system’s director of attendance.

Because the substances are labeled “not for human consumption,” the Food and Drug Administration doesn’t regulate them, she told the school board Monday.

Using the drugs brings a high – as well as the risk of cardiac arrest, kidney failure, hallucinations and other dangerous side effects, she said.

“They can be smoked or injected,” Hoff said. “A child could ask for a Tylenol and have the drug slipped in the capsule. That’s why no drug is given in school except by a nurse.”     Read more…

Younger Age at First Drink, Higher Odds for Problem Drinking: Study – Health Day

October 8th, 2014

Both drinking and getting drunk at an early age are key risk factors for alcohol abuse by high school students, a new study suggests.

The conclusions, based on a survey of high school students who drink, could help expand alcohol-prevention efforts aimed at teens to include those who already drink, to stop them from becoming binge drinkers, the researchers suggested.

“Efforts to distinguish between age of first alcohol use and progression to first heavy use as risk factors for heavy drinking have important implications for prevention efforts,” William Corbin, director of clinical training in the psychology department at Arizona State University, said in a news release.

“If age of any use is the primary risk factor, our efforts should be primarily focused on preventing initiation of any use,” Corbin said. “If, however, age of first intoxication — or delay from first use to first intoxication — is a unique risk factor above and beyond age of first use, prevention efforts should also target those who have already begun drinking in an effort to prevent the transition to heavy drinking.”   Read more…

Righteousness and Your Addiction – Lubbock Avalanche Journal

October 7th, 2014

According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse our country is well-heeled in seeking chemical and other solutions to our stress and problems. Their report states:

“In 2012, an estimated 23.9 million Americans aged 12 or older—or 9.2 percent of the population—had used an illicit drug or abused a psychotherapeutic medication (such as a pain reliever, stimulant, or tranquilizer) in the past month. This is up from 8.3 percent in 2002. The increase mostly reflects a recent rise in the use of marijuana, the most commonly used illicit drug.”

Cocaine is very popular in our government’s center according to Business Insider Washington D.C. takes the lead for coke use, with 3.04 percent of residents using in the past year. This might explain a great deal about how confusing our leaders appear at times.The only time our politicians look in the mirror may be when they are snorting a line.

Even in Lubbock there is “trouble in River City”. Alcohol and other drugs are easily obtained for those who seek them. Last week a memorial service was held at Texas Tech University for the seven students who have died already this school term with alcohol or drugs being involved.This will likely need to become an annual event so that no one is left out.

Other addictions can be just as destructive as those involving alcohol or drugs. The local Craigslist holds out promise of wireless ease for quick sex in their “casual encounter” section. While one can find postings for sexual “hook-ups” in a variety of Internet locations Craigslist is the “pennysaver” site for those who don’t want to pay anything to explore. There’s no registration, no fees, no pop-ups, no banners. Just lines and lines of ads, listing the multitudes of people willing to be done or to do you.

America’s favorite and most damaging drugs, after alcohol, are amphetamines and steroids. We are a nation of production and attainment and it matters little to some of us how success is obtained. Our movie screens proclaim how “greed is good” as demonstrated with the “Wolf of Wall Street”.   Read more…

Police see rise in drug-related DUIs – The Mercury News

October 6th, 2014

Although many associate the acronym “DUI” with alcohol, law enforcement agencies are seeing a higher rate of driving under the influence cases involving drugs, including prescription medications.

“One trend our department has noticed over the past couple of years has been a rise in the amount of alcohol and drug combined DUI arrests,” said North Coventry Police Chief Robert Schurr.

The drugs involved, he said, “include both prescription drugs and illegal controlled substances.”     Read more…

Rise in sex attacks on young girls blamed on binge-drinking boys – Hull Daily Mail

October 6th, 2014

BINGE-drinking teenage boys are to blame for a worrying rise in sex assaults on young girls, police say.

Humberside Police figures show the number of sex attacks where the offender and victim are both under 18 are increasing at a rapid rate.

Now, Assistant Chief Constable Alan Leaver has said more must be done to tackle the issue.

He said: “There is one common factor to be found in both suspects and victim and that is alcohol consumption.

 We have a real issue with adolescent boys in the age group of 16 to 21-year-olds, who consume alcohol and then behave inappropriately to young women and don’t understand where the boundaries are.”They seem to disregard the wishes and feelings of these young girls. There is a real culture of it.”Read more…