Our Mission: Prevention and Early Intervention of Teenage Drug and Alcohol Use and Abuse

As younger children begin to view alcohol positively, it’s time to start talking about it’s harmful effects.

September 8th, 2015

Talk to Kids about Alcohol Early to Avoid Binge Drinking

Source: Youth Today

Children need to hear messages about the dangers of drinking as early as age 9, says a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The report, published in the journal Pediatrics, catalogs the adverse outcomes associated with drinking alcohol underage and the heightened risks that come with binge drinking in particular.

While it’s no surprise that the report notes that as with other high-risk behaviors, prevention is key — the time for talks about alcohol may come sooner than youth workers, parents and other caregivers may realize.

Surveys show children start to think positively about alcohol between ages 9 and 13, the report said.

“The more young people are exposed to alcohol advertising and marketing, the more likely they are to drink, and if they are already drinking, this exposure leads them to drink more,” the authors wrote. “Therefore it is very important to start talking to children about the dangers of drinking as early as 9 years of age.”

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There are tons of resources in the community for those who struggle with alcohol and drugs…

September 3rd, 2015

Do you know where to find help if your child struggles with drugs or alcohol? Yes or No

What are the odds of your child drinking?

September 2nd, 2015

Hard push warns youth about drinking

Source: The Charlotte Observer


A new set of hard-hitting commercials will debut this week, warning North Carolinians of the sometimes devastating consequences of underage drinking.

Beginning Tuesday, the messages will pop up on TV, radio, Facebook and Twitter – even at local gas pumps – as students head back to school.

It’s the second phase of the “Talk it Out” campaign by the N.C. Initiative to Reduce Underage Drinking – a statewide effort that will spend $3.1 million this year. The ads are designed to grab parents’ attention and urge them to discuss the dangers of drinking with their children younger than 21.

The awareness campaign began last year, and the renewed push comes at a time when grief-stricken families have been in the news in the Triangle.

Late last month, a Raleigh couple was on trial for allegedly aiding and abetting underage drinking at a wedding at their home. Charles and Kimberley Matthews were acquitted, but still face a civil suit from the parents of a teenager who died in a drunk driving accident after the party.

Watch out – when your child’s things go missing, be alert!

September 1st, 2015

Pay attention to things that go missing like cell phones, jewelry or school text books, which are often exchanged for drugs.

What can we do to help the heroin epidemic?

August 27th, 2015

Preventing youth marijuana and alcohol use is a key to heroin epidemic

Soure: Bangor Daily News

Tuesday, I was fortunate to have been invited by my friends at the Bangor Public Health Substance Abuse Task Force to a meeting they organized with Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Michael Botticelli.  This followed the drug strategy round table featuring Mr. Botticelli and called together by Senator Angus King.  While the round table focused much attention on the need for better access to treatment services, among other related issues, the afternoon meeting with the task force focused on the role of primary prevention in the heroin and opiate abuse epidemic.

The Director well noted, that the heroin situation is significant and that it is absolutely imperative that we look at how we can decrease barriers to treatment, increase access to treatment, while also addressing issues of employment and education that contribute to drug abuse.  But he also stressed that there is another key element in this battle, which is the role of primary prevention.  The reality is, that it is not common that someone who is abusing heroin, started with heroin.  Many people, including most of our young adults who are struggling with heroin addiction, started by abusing another drug at a very early age.  Commonly that involves either the early use of alcohol, marijuana, or often both.

We have significant portions of youth in Maine who are using drugs at a very early age.  Data from the 2013 Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey indicated that of those high school age youth who reported using marijuana; 1 out of 5 of them started before the age of 13.  Looking at the same data for Maine middle school youth, we see that 1 out of 4 reported using marijuana before age 11.  Turning to alcohol, the MIYHS data indicates that of those who reported using alcohol, 1 out of 4 high school youth started before age 13 and 1 out of 3 middle school youth started before age 11.  As the father of an 11-year-old daughter these statistics are particularly unsettling, as they should be for us all.


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OxyContin has now been approved for use among children with chronic pain

August 25th, 2015

FDA approves painkiller OxyContin for children 11 and older

Most pain medications not approved for use in children

Source: WCVB News

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved the powerful painkiller OxyContin for a new use in children 11 to 16 who are suffering from severe, long-term pain.

OxyContin is an extended-release opioid that has long been used to treat around-the-clock pain in adults. But most pain medications are not approved for use in children.

The FDA says it asked drugmaker Purdue Pharma to study how to safely use OxyContin in children.

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What drug do you think has the highest use rate among teens?

August 24th, 2015

Alcohol is the number one drug of choice for America’s young people, and the percentage of teens who drink increases by grade.  

Keep yourself informed as summer comes to an end and kids head back to school.

August 19th, 2015

Back-to-School Survival Guide for Parents

Source: Partnership for a Drug Free America

Getting ready for the upcoming school year isn’t all about notebooks, brand-new clothes and lunchboxes. It’s also about preparing your child for a new transition and laying the foundation for good communication.

Questions about drugs and alcohol will inevitably come up during the school year as your son or daughter meets different friends, encounters unfamiliar social situations and is exposed to pop culture and media.

To help parents, the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids has assembled this virtual backpack. Not only will it better equip your child during this transition, it’s filled with tips and tools for talking, listening and improving your overall communication so that when your child has questions about drugs and alcohol, you will be the one he or she turns to.


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Be sure to monitor your child’s medication post-injury or surgery

August 18th, 2015

Keep an eye on your teen’s medicine after they’ve had their wisdom teeth removed. Dental work or sports surgeries are a prime time for other teens to buy your child’s pain pills.

Take a moment of your time to watch this powerful video

August 12th, 2015

Addiction Prevention Starts in Childhood. And It Starts With You.

Source: Shatterproof

Every day, more than 4,000 children under the age of 18 will try an illicit drug for the first time. That’s more than 1.5 million children every year. More than 2 million of our children between ages 12 and 17 need treatment for substance abuse. But very few are getting the help they need.

Shatterproof is a powerful new movement to prevent, treat, and provide long-term recovery programs for, addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Together, we will bring awareness, support, and hope to the millions of Americans struggling with addiction and their loved ones — and prevent many of our children from developing this disease.

Watch the video here…