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A DECADE IN PREVENTION

 
 
 
There are risk factors and protective factors that can contribute to drug and alcohol use and other risky behaviors for youth. Prevention works to decrease the risk factors and strengthen the protective factors. Risk factors are influences in a young […]

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Innovative Peer-to-Peer Drug Prevention Initiative Shows Promising Results with High School Students

 
As the U.S. is facing its most challenging drug epidemic in history, the need to prevent adolescence drug misuse is imperative. For the past two years, Mentor Foundation USA and George Washington University have piloted an innovative drug prevention peer-to-peer […]

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An article from the USA where drug use is increasing amongst young people. Parents need to read this about Florida and work to prevent the same thing happening anywhere else.

 
BRUCE GRANT: DON’T UNDERMINE DRUG PREVENTION
 
For over a decade, activists and big-money lobbyists have worked to make marijuana legal. In so doing, they have wreaked havoc on community efforts to reduce drug use, abuse and addiction. Their pro-drug messages contradict […]

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TODDLERS AND THC: THE NUMBER OF YOUNG CHILDREN EXPOSED TO MARIJUANA IS ON THE RISE

In the car, on the playground, at grandma’s house – these are just a few of the places young children have accidentally eaten products made with marijuana in recent years. As more states legalize marijuana for medical and recreational use, one often-overlooked consequence is […]

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Top Ten Tips for Parenting – by Tim Carey

I think parenting is a unique privilege and perhaps the single most important role in society.
 
To reconcile my difficulty with giving advice, I’ve framed these “tips” as questions to invite you to reflect on your role as a parent.
 
I read […]

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WANT TO KNOW IF YOUR KID IS DOING DRUGS?

Here are signs:
 
If you overhear your child brag about robo-tripping, getting “crunk” or hanging out with Molly or Stacy, you are probably long overdue for a heart-to-heart talk.
 
Those are euphemisms for getting high or experimenting with hard drugs.
 
Experts say the […]

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WHAT PARENTS CAN DO ABOUT TEENS AND ADDICTION

Within the Tredyffrin/Easttown school community, at sporting events, on social media, at dinner tables and beyond… there are many (many) conversations about Chris Herren, a former college and NBA basketball player who lost his career to alcohol and drug additction, […]

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Coalitions in Action: Thinking Outside the Box in Rural Indiana

In the spring of 2013, Neighborhoods Against Substance Abuse, Inc. (NASA) in Greenfield, Indiana, knew that it had an escalating problem on its hands. Alcohol, tobacco, prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, and marijuana use were all on the rise among […]

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Voices (videos) from attendees

These are some of the voices (videos) from attendees at a conference in Colorado who are speaking about legalization of marijuana in Colorado and what it is doing to their youth.  The negative impact has been appalling for many neighbourhoods […]

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Coalitions in Action: Youth Ambassadors Advocate for Change in Tobacco Use in City’s Public Park

It all began in the fall of 2014 when more than a dozen youth ambassadors from the Power of Putnam Coalition in Cookeville, Tennessee, decided to see what they could do to create smoke-free zones in the city’s 10 public […]

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The following sayings came to us from a Prevention Worker and are very pertinent to the situation around drugs

 
 
If I am not home accepting the things I cannot change,  I am out trying to change those things I cannot accept.
–Unknown
 
“Children see the drugs, but not the harm.  Adults see the harm, but not the drugs.”  Please help us […]

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MARIJUANA EDIBLES

Marijuana Edibles have become much more prevalent since some States in the USA havelegalised marijuana for recreational use. The results of this misguided legislation have been shocking in Colorado and Washington.
 
Since the full implementation of Amendment 64 in 2014, when […]

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“DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION – The Role of the Schools”

 
These excerpts from 1986 should be read by anyone interested in the current drugs situation. Nancy Starr is still working in Drug Prevention and is a real expert.
 
Some of the ‘drug education’ used in UK schools today is […]

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TO TALK WITH YOUR TEEN ABOUT MARIJUANA

 
INTRODUCTION
 
“When I was a kid…” doesn’t really work when talking with your kids about marijuana today. It’s a whole new ballgame. Marijuana — legal or otherwise — is a hot topic. It’s more important than ever for parents to […]

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JUST ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF HOW THOSE WHO WANT TO LEGALISE DRUGS –

 
Game for Smartphones
 
For those who have always wanted to sell some weed, there is a free game currently climbing the iTunes charts called “Weed Firm,” which is a pot slinging simulator for smartphones that allows users to sell marijuana without […]

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For Kids

If you are offered marijuana, think about:
 
1) The person who is giving it to you. Does this person really care about you? Can you trust this person with your life, if you have a panic attack […]

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When a Loved One Struggles With Addiction: Feeling YOUR Pain

 
“At what point do we give her a choice of going to rehab or getting kicked out of the house? She’s 23, started using at 13, and has been to treatment more than six times. I’m exhausted.”
These words came from […]

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MEDICAL MARIJUANA ON THE BALLOT UNDERMINES DRUG PREVENTION

 
For over a decade, activists and big-money lobbyists have worked to make marijuana legal. In so doing, they have wreaked havoc on community efforts to reduce drug use, abuse and addiction. Their pro-drug messages contradict prevention messages from parents, schools […]

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’KNOW THE TRUTH:’ A FIRST STEP ON THE PATH TO PREVENTION

 
For the second year in a row, “Know the Truth,” the prevention program of Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge in the Twin Cities, brought its message about drug and alcohol use and abuse to Hudson — both to students and […]

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WHEN SHOULD YOU TALK TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT ALCOHOL?

 
Before they turn 10, doctors say
Having the “booze talk” with kids before they take their first sip of alcohol is crucial, according to a report released Monday by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
 
That moment comes earlier than adults might expect, […]

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OUR CHILDREN ARE SURROUNDED BY BOOKS

Hundreds of thousands of American youth are following marijuana-related Twitter accounts and getting pro-pot messages several times each day, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found.
 
The tweets are cause for concern, they said, because young […]

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PREVENTION WEBSITES

 
ACT NOW, Sweden
www.ActNow.nu
 
ALASKA
www.bigmarijuanabigmistake.org
 
CASA (Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse)
http://www.casacolumbia.org/
 
Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CESAR)
http://www.cesar.umd.edu/
 
Cool Youth anti-drug website
Home

 
Courage to Speak Foundation (CT)
http://www.couragetospeak.com
 
D.A.R.E. America
http://www.dare-america.com/home/default.asp
 
DEA , Just Think Twice – Street smart prevention **
www.justthinktwice.com
 
Doctors For […]

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“You never can trust your baby sitters if you’re not alert about drugs.”

 
The following are excerpts from a talk given by Dr. Marsha Keith Schuchard, a parent and University of Texas Professor of English, on the topic of drug use in society, and particularly marijuana, and the need for parents to participate […]

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Signs and symptoms of drug use

 
The Alternative List
 
Whilst it is important for parents and teachers to be aware of the physical symptoms of drug use it is also important to recognise some other signs that might perhaps be less obvious – particularly as some of […]

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SURVEY FINDS MOST TEENS DO NOT DRINK ALCOHOL

 
Submitted by Paulina Skladanowska on 25th October 2013 – 10:01
Encouraging news from the US. A new survey of 695 students finds that more that 3 out of 4 teens say they do not drink alcohol.
Top reasons why teens said they […]

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THE MOST POPULAR ALCOHOL BRANDS AMONG US YOUTH

 
THE MOST POPULAR ALCOHOL BRANDS AMONG US YOUTH are the ones most often featured in advertisements in teenage magazines, according to a new study.
 
Their ads are found to be five to nine times more likely to appear in those magazines. […]

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Thousands of North-East children hospitalised for drink and drug abuse

 
AN addiction treatment organisation is considering offering its services to children under the age of 16 as new figures show thousands of youngsters in the North-East are being admitted to hospital for drink and drug abuse.
A new report from Public […]

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Why do teens try alcohol?

There is no single reason why teenagers use drugs or alcohol. But here are some of the core issues and influences behind the behaviour of teenage drug and alcohol use.
It’s important that you, as a parent, understand these reasons and […]

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COMMUNITY TASK FORCE LOOKS TO PREVENTION, targets teens and parents

 
 
Dr. Philip Bolduc, a family medicine physician and director of the addiction treatment program at Family Health Center in Worcester, said if we’re ever to stem the tide of opiate addiction, we have to start with prevention among teenagers.
 
“No one […]

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THE MARIJUANA EMPEROR WEARS NO CLOTHES

 
By Cannabis Activist
 
Like everyone else, the Marijuana Emperor duped me into becoming a participant in the “medical” marijuana industry sham.  When I woke up, people ignored or discounted my revelations.   My name for this last section is a play […]

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DRUGS ? NOT MY KID !

 
Many parents are worried that their child may begin to use drugs. There are stories in the media which swing from shock, horror, addiction and death to so-called debates about the legalisation of cannabis – which is said by some […]

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3 Ways to Address Teenage Motivation to Drink that Don’t Involve Scare Tactics

 
When someone – including a teenager – gets treatment for alcohol and substance abuse, it is standard practice to identify some of the reasons why they started using and the benefits they feel they get from these substances. This helps […]

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‘Legal Highs’

So called ‘legal highs’  are also known as NPS’s – or New Psychoactive Substances.  Most have had very limited or no testing on humans so all the risks of taking them are not yet known for certain.  Some have caused […]

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Drugs Information Articles by Livia Edegger

 
The following articles are all submitted by Livia Edegger, ( Deputy Director of the International Society of Substance Abuse Professionals),  et al
 
Early onset of drug use linked to mental disorders and multi-drug use
A study conducted by the US Substance Abuse […]

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What are drugs?

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More Effort Needs To Be On Drug Prevention, Not Cure

 

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced that it is ending the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP) and replacing it with an as-yet undefined effort to be administered by SAMHSA’s newly created […]

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Marijuana deposits 4 times more tar in the lungs than tobacco

    Source:  https://www.pinterest.com/kelseymarie2/atod/
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An animated video about Medical Marijuana

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The Truth Behind 8 Common Misconceptions About Drugs

 
Your spine doesn’t store LSD, and MDMA doesn’t put holes in your brain.
By Sara Chodosh July 20, 2018

Recreational drugs, especially ones you take at parties or concerts, can be easy to get misinformation about. Pixabay
 
Drugs, especially illegal ones, are notorious for their […]

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POWDERED ALCOHOL WILL APPEAL TO YOUNG DRINKERS

 
Powdered alcohol will appeal to young drinkers, despite what the makers say.
 
The United States is on the verge of having powdered alcohol – in packets like Kool-aid but with the punch of a rum or vodka cocktail – on sale across […]

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Grandparents: What role can they play in preventing alcohol and other drug use?

Increasingly I am seeing more grandparents attend my Parent Information Evenings. Some are now their grandchild’s primary caregiver and are really struggling to deal with adolescent behaviour, coming to the talk looking for any tips that may assist them to […]

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Drug Use in Children

  The above graph clearly shows that when adolescents perceive marijuana to be less harmful the use goes up,  and of course vice versa.    Look especially at 1987 – 1993.
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USING DRUGS WHEN YOUNG LINKED TO LONG TERM HEALTH RISKS

 
The findings of a report released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) reveal a promising downward trend regarding drug use among secondary school students in England. Tobacco, alcohol and drug use among students have been cut in […]

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FORGET DRINK, SEX AND ROCK AND ROLL: sober teenagers set sights on exams and careers

 
Far from the hedonism of their parents, today’s teenagers want to raise the age of smoking, drinking, gambling and sex, shun party politics and fear class more than racism or sexism.
 
Teenagers growing up in the shadow of the financial crisis […]

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HELP YOUR CHILD BE DRUG FREE

It is important to know that drug use can affect any family and if you have any suspicions that your child may be using drugs it is important that you get advice and help.
 
Some of the things you may notice […]

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Principles of Substance Abuse Prevention for Early Childhood

 
Parents will find throughout this website a lot of articles and information from the USA.  This is because there is so much more available from the USA – but parents the world over have one thing at least in common  […]

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More Effort Needs To Be On Drug Prevention, Not Cure

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced that it is ending the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP) and replacing it with an as-yet undefined effort to be administered by SAMHSA’s newly created […]

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YOUNG BRISTOL DRINKERS ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL WITH ALCOHOL POISONING

 
 
HOSPITALS across Bristol are under pressure from hundreds of admissions as a result of alcohol-poisoning – including more than 60 cases involving children.
 
The Department of Health figures released in the House of Commons show that there were 1,510 admissions in […]

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What You Need to Know to talk with your teen about marijuana

 
THIS INFORMATION IS FROM AN AMERICAN SITE BUT IT IS VALUABLE FOR ANY PARENTS CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR TEENAGERS POSSIBLE DRUG USE.
 
INTRODUCTION
 
“When I was a kid…” doesn’t really work when talking with your kids about marijuana today. It’s a whole new […]

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‘SPICE’ IS A DEADLY INGREDIENT

 
Veronica Eckhardt bent over the hospital bed, sponging paint onto the sole of her son’s left foot.
 
“Connor would not like what we’re doing,” she remarked, but his foot did not twitch.
 
Doctors had declared Connor Eckhardt brain-dead the day before, at […]

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TOYS R’US SELL DRUGGIE BASED ITEMS

 
Susan Schrivjer, a mom from Fort Myers, Fla., was a fan of the award-winning AMC show Breaking Bad. “I thought it was a great show,” she told a local TV station recently. “It was riveting!”
 
Even so, she thinks it’s not […]

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PREVENTION DOES NOT START WHEN THE ABUSE IS ALREADY A FACT

 
Prevention starts before it becomes a reality!
 

 
Survey results show that we still have a long way to go in our efforts to prevent cannabis use and avoid the toll it can take on a young person’s life. Parents have an […]

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A LETTER FROM A DRUG ADDICT – YOUR CHILD

 
 
I’m your Qualifier
I want to introduce myself to you; I’m your qualifier and the reason you’re here. You believe just because you gave me life and raised me that you know me…but you really don’t. I’d like to use this […]

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SMOKING MARIJUANA AS A TEENAGER LOWERS IQ FOR LIFE

 
Smoking marijuana as a teenager lowers IQ for life, scientists warn.
 
 

The damaging effects remain even if the person stops smoking the drug
Teenagers are at particular risk because their brains are still developing
Smoking cannabis affects critical thinking and memory
Researchers warn that […]

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6 WAYS TO CONVINCE AN ADDICT TO GET HELP

Many people who struggle with alcohol or drugs have a difficult time getting better. There are many reasons why these people do not get the help they need.
 
Here are six suggestions on how to convince a person dealing with substance […]

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PREVENTION DOES NOT START WHEN THE ABUSE IS ALREADY A FACT

 
Prevention starts before it becomes a reality!
 
 
Survey results show that we still have a long way to go in our efforts to prevent cannabis use and avoid the toll it can take on a young person’s life. Parents have an […]

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HELP – I THINK MY CHILD IS USING DRUGS

 
 
This section is for parents who have a drug using child  – either late teens or early adults.  The important thing to remember is that you are not alone – and that you need to get help, advice and support […]

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LEGALISE CANNABIS – AND CHILDREN WILL PAY THE PRICE

 
 
This article is written by a retired biology teacher who now work to help prevent cannabis use – particularly by adolescents.
 
 
 Legal alcohol has been a monumental disaster. Children of all ages have had no trouble getting themselves plastered and doing […]

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BINGE DRINKING HAS ROOTS IN ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION AT AN EARLY AGE

 
Binge drinking has roots in alcohol consumption at an early age, Quebec study warns.
 
Giving your teenager a glass of Champagne this New Year’s Eve may not be as harmless as you think, warns a new study conducted by Concordia University […]

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Tips for Parents

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THE DANGERS OF ‘PHARMING PARTIES’

Many parents aren’t aware of the dangers of “pharming” parties and fail to talk to their teens about the dangers of abusing prescription drugs, according to a recent review article in the journal Contemporary Pediatrics.
 
While teens abusing prescription drugs is not a […]

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Focus on Youth Psychosis

Dr. Romina Mizrahi, a psychiatrist and director of the Focus on Youth Psychosis Prevention Clinic, says young people who use marijuana before the age of 16 have a higher risk of having a psychotic experience.
 
 
At first, the voices he heard […]

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YOUTH VIDEO AGAINST DRUGS

 
In Florida, USA, the pro legalisation groups are hoping to win a referendum vote in the Autumn (2014) which would legalise cannabis in the State.
 
 
 
But parents, medics and prevention activists are getting the message out that pot is not harmless.
 
 
 
The […]

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Parental disapproval contributes to racial, ethnic differences in prescription drug misuse by teens

 
 
Parents’ attitudes toward substance use may help to explain observed racial/ethnic variations in prescription drug misuse among teens, reports a study in the May Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, the official journal of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral […]

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MARIJUANA-RELATED CALLS TO POISON CONTROL CENTERS IN COLORADO AND WASHINGTON RISE

More people have been calling poison control centers in Colorado and Washington state since recreational marijuana became legal for adults 21 and older in those states, the Associated Press reports.
 
 
Colorado’s Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center received 151 calls for marijuana […]

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ANTI-ADDICTION CLUBHOUSES

Anti-addiction clubhouses  to offer young adults a springboard into drug-free life
Young adults from the age of 18 to 21 will soon have a unique place to go for help in the struggle against addiction.
 
Buffalo-based Restoration Society, Inc. will be leading […]

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PARENTS WARN AGAINST SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA AFTER 19-YEAR-OLD SON DIES

 
Parents of a 19-year-old California teen who recently died after smoking synthetic marijuana spoke to KTLA about trying to prevent similar deaths from happening in the future.
 
On July 11, Connor Eckhardt inhaled one hit of dried herbs that had been […]

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SCATTERED MEMORIES (A POEM)

 
SCATTERED MEMORIES
 
I stand among the whispering trees
Stare unseeing at the fallen leaves..
Your voice echoes from so long before,
Before life closed you outside its door.
 
 
Your words, “It’s just a bit of puff
“I’ll stop when I have had enough.”
The leaves they rustle […]

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STUDY SHOWS MOST TEENS NOT DRINKING, USING DRUGS

 
 
………According to Ivey, her organization and its partners have undergone a shift in messaging. The message used to be simple: Don’t do drugs. Now, Ivey said, the message is more focused on highlighting strategies that help students steer clear of […]

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Sunny’s Story: A Drug Prevention Book How to Save a Young Life From Drugs

 

 
Sunny’s Story by Ginger Katz is narrated through the eyes, ears and mind of Sunny, the family beagle.  The story tells of joyful times and sad times and  how a best friend was needlessly lost to  addiction.
 
 

 
Sunny’s Story
Written by Ginger Katz
CEO […]

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COLORADO Testimonies

COLORADO, TESTIMONIES –  I WISH WE HAD NEVER MOVED HERE…..
Born in Massachusetts, our son started out life with a very bright future.  As a toddler he was interested in things with wheels, and anything his big sister was doing. As he […]

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Advocates: Keep keen ear for prescription drug abuse lingo

Anti-abuse advocates are sounding the alarm on terms that young people are using as they try to disguise their abuse of prescription or over-the-counter drugs.
Sixty-six percent of people 12 and younger who abuse prescription drugs get them from family and […]

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A message to parents

AN IMPORTANT  MESSAGE TO PARENTS…..
We have chosen many articles to put on our PIN website especially for parents.   Some of these articles come from other countries – Australia and America particularly.- – but parents there are just as concerned for […]

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9 Stories from 9 Inspiring Moms

This Mother’s Day we’re taking a moment to celebrate the power of stories. From lighthearted to loss and lots of places in between, we’re incredibly grateful for these nine mothers who are brave enough to share their journey with us.
Motherhood […]

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Tar In Lungs Graphic

Source:  https://www.pinterest.com/kelseymarie2/atod/
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SMOKING MARIJUANA AS A TEENAGER LOWERS IQ FOR LIFE, scientists warn

The damaging effects remain even if the person stops smoking the drug
Teenagers are at particular risk because their brains are still developing
Smoking cannabis affects critical thinking and memory
Researchers warn that stronger varieties today are causing more damage 

Smoking cannabis as a […]

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Marijuana / Cannabis and Schizophreni

Marijuana / Cannabis and Schizophrenia

Overview
Internet Video Report on Cannabis and Schizophrenia
Helpful Actions
Supporting Scientific Evidence
Most Recent Scientific Research on Schizophrenia and Cannabis Link
Books on Marijuana / Cannabis Link to Schizophrenia

Overview: Use of street drugs (including LSD,methamphetamine,marijuana/hash/cannabis) and alcohol have been linked […]

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YOUNG BRISTOL DRINKERS ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL WITH ALCOHOL POISONING

HOSPITALS across Bristol are under pressure from hundreds of admissions as a result of alcohol-poisoning – including more than 60 cases involving children.
The Department of Health figures released in the House of Commons show that there were 1,510 admissions in […]

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Twelve Steps Of Alcoholics Anonymous Infographic

Alcoholics Anonymous is a well-respected sobriety group that has helped millions of people across the country beat alcohol addiction. It achieves this goal through the the 12-Step process. This process utilizes 12 different aspects that are designed to help you […]

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These are some of the voices Colorado

These are some of the voices (videos) from attendees at a conference in Colorado
who are speaking about legalization of marijuana in Colorado and what it is doing to their youth.  The negative impact has been appalling for many neighbourhoods – […]

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POWDERED ALCOHOL WILL APPEAL TO YOUNG DRINKERS, despite what the makers say

The United States is on the verge of having powdered alcohol – in packets like Kool-aid but with the punch of a rum or vodka cocktail – on sale across the country. After much confusion, Palcohol, which has seven flavours including […]

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New NIDA Study Supports

New NIDA Study Supports, “Friends Don’t Let Friends…” Theme
Coalitions are very familiar with the realities of peer pressure and how it can lead teens to misuse alcohol and other drugs. That silent pressure to conform, in conjunction with imagined consequences […]

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Link to So-called ‘Medical Marijuana’ Video

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IS MARIJUANA ADDICTIVE?

There are those who believe that addiction relates to alcohol, heroin, cocaine – but not marijuana.
This is an honest and forthright short film providing a great insight into the struggles of
marijuana addicts.  It is a long film but very worthwhile watching […]

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Coalitions in Action: Thinking Outside the Box in Rural Indiana

In the spring of 2013, Neighborhoods Against Substance Abuse, Inc. (NASA) in Greenfield, Indiana, knew that it had an escalating problem on its hands. Alcohol, tobacco, prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, and marijuana use were all on the rise among […]

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Coalitions in Action: Youth Ambassadors Advocate for Change in Tobacco Use in City’s Public Park

It all began in the fall of 2014 when more than a dozen youth ambassadors from the Power of Putnam Coalition in Cookeville, Tennessee, decided to see what they could do to create smoke-free zones in the city’s 10 public […]

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Coalitions in Action – Safe Homes Network.doc

Coalitions in Action: Connecting Prevention Parents via the Safe Homes Network
Located east of Scottsdale, Arizona between the McDowell Mountain Preserve and Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, the town of Fountain Hills sits in the heart of Arizona’s richest history and has […]

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Marijuana use during pregnancy associated with many risks, studies reveal

 
 
SPOKANE, Wash. – The release of more data on the effects of marijuana on a baby has led researchers to the conclusion that moms should think twice before using pot during and after pregnancy.
 
Many moms turn to marijuana for relief […]

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THIS IS NOT THE MARIJUANA YOUR PARENTS MAY HAVE USED

‘This isn’t your parents’ marijuana,” was the message passed on by speakers at a marijuana forum sponsored by the AHM Youth and Family Services Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force, held Feb. 12 in the RHAM High School auditorium. The first […]

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The following sayings came to us from a Prevention Worker and are very pertinent to the situation around drugs.

 
 

If I am not home accepting the things I cannot change, I am out trying to change those things I cannot accept.
–Unknown

 

“Children see the drugs, but not the harm. Adults see the harm, but not the drugs.” Please help […]

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It’s not your jeans that matter – it’s your genes

 
 
Regular marijuana users with a specific version of a particular gene, AKT1 have increased risk of psychosis.
You may know that smoking marijuana can pose risks for a person’s physical health and brain development, especially for teens. But did you know that, […]

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TIPS FOR PARENTS

 

Establish family rules that make the use of drugs non-negotiable.

Educate yourself about drugs so you can talk informatively with your children and answer their questions.

Since peer pressure is a major factor in teen drug use, know your children’s friends.

Talk with other […]

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TO TALK WITH YOUR TEEN ABOUT MARIJUANA

 
 
THIS INFORMATION IS FROM AN AMERICAN SITE BUT IT IS VALUABLE FOR ANY PARENTS CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR TEENAGERS POSSIBLE DRUG USE. 
 
 
INTRODUCTION
 
“When I was a kid…” doesn’t really work when talking with your kids about marijuana today. It’s a whole […]

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PARENTS AND CHILDREN ARE ENCOURAGED TO EDUCATE THEMSELVES

  PARENTS AND CHILDREN ARE ENCOURAGED TO EDUCATE THEMSELVES about the dangers of drugs by visiting DEA’s interactive websites at:   *  www.JustThinkTwice.com   *  www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com   *  www.dea.gov.  
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THE INFORMATION GIVEN CAN HELP TO EDUCATE PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS

 
The information given below can help to educate parents and caregivers to many of the most commonly used illegal drugs.  However it is important to realise that the substances that are the most frequently used by young teenagers are likely […]

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A LETTER FROM A DRUG ADDICT – YOUR CHILD

 
I’m your Qualifier
 
I want to introduce myself to you; I’m your qualifier and the reason you’re here. You believe just because you gave me life and raised me that you know me…but you really don’t. I’d like to use this […]

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HELP – I THINK MY CHILD IS USING DRUGS

 
 
This section is for parents who have a drug using child  – either late teens or early adults.  The important thing to remember is that you are not alone – and that you need to get help, advice and support […]

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WANT TO KNOW IF YOUR KID IS DOING DRUGS?

 
 
Here are signs
 
If you overhear your child brag about robo-tripping, getting “crunk” or hanging out with Molly or Stacy, you are probably long overdue for a heart-to-heart talk.
 
Those are euphemisms for getting high or experimenting with hard drugs.
 
Experts say the […]

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WHEN SHOULD YOU TALK TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT ALCOHOL?

 
 
Before they turn 10, doctors say
 
Having the “booze talk” with kids before they take their first sip of alcohol is crucial, according to a report released Monday by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
 
That moment comes earlier than adults might expect, the group said, meaning pediatricians […]

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THAT THC LACED CHOC BAR WHICH TERRIFIED MY SON

 
 
That Six-Serving Bar of Marijuana Chocolate? My Son Ate It
 

 
The candy bar Trish Reske’s son ate, in a similar wrapper. It’s a one-ounce bar, intended as six servings.
 
Just a week after leaving Boston for a summer internship in California, our 21-year-old son […]

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YOU NEVER CAN TRUST YOUR BABY SITTERS

 
“You never can trust your baby sitters if you’re not alert about drugs.”
 
 
 
 
The following are excerpts from a talk given by Dr. Marsha Keith Schuchard, a parent and University of Texas Professor of English, on the topic of drug use in […]

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WHAT PARENTS CAN DO ABOUT TEENS AND ADDICTION

 
By Gwenn Mascioli – Parent
 
Within the Tredyffrin/Easttown school community, at sporting events, on social media, at dinner tables and beyond… there are many (many) conversations about Chris Herren, a former college and NBA basketball player who lost his career to […]

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TEEN REHAB CENTER CEO RELEASES TOP 4 FACTS PARENTS MUST KNOW ABOUT SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA

TEEN REHAB CENTER CEO RELEASES TOP 4 FACTS PARENTS MUST KNOW ABOUT SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA
 
Dallas, TX (PRWEB) September 16, 2014
 
With the variety of drugs passing through streets and schools today, it is difficult to know the details on each one. However, it is […]

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AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO PARENTS

 
 
We have chosen many articles to put on our PIN website especially for parents.   Some of these articles come from other countries – Australia and America particularly.- – but parents there are just as concerned for the welfare of their […]

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PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

 
In the USA prescription drug abuse is rife amongst young people it seems that teens believe if pills have been prescribed legally by a doctor they must be harmless.  If a patient gives their pills to another person they could […]

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PARENTS OPPOSED TO POT

 

 
MARIJUANA VS. ALCOHOL
 
The marijuana lobbyists want to “mainstream” marijuana and call for its regulation to be like alcohol.  Let’s make it equal to alcohol, they say.   Why are they asking for addiction equality?
 
When they compare its illegal status to alcohol, […]

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PARENTS NEED TO BE VERY AWARE

 
Parents need to be very aware of the amount of pro-drugs, especially marijuana (cannabis), messages on the internet.  Many young people use social networking and Twitter daily.  The following piece of research shows this.
 
Characterizing the Followers and Tweets of a […]

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PARENTS HAZY ON CANNABIS FACTS

 
Coinciding with Drug Action Week 2014, a survey from the National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre (NPIC) at UNSW has revealed that over 65 per cent of parents are foggy on the facts around cannabis use and its effects, despite […]

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PARENTAL DISAPPROVAL CONTRIBUTES TO RACIAL, …

 
Parental disapproval contributes to racial, ethnic differences in prescription drug misuse by teens
 
Parents’ attitudes toward substance use may help to explain observed racial/ethnic variations in prescription drug misuse among teens, reports a study in the May Journal of Developmental & […]

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3 WAYS TO ADDRESS TEENAGE MOTIVATION TO DRINK THAT DON’T INVOLVE SCARE TACTICS

 
When someone – including a teenager – gets treatment for alcohol and substance abuse, it is standard practice to identify some of the reasons why they started using and the benefits they feel they get from these substances.   This helps […]

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A BOOK ABOUT CANNABIS THAT ALL PARENTS SHOULD READ

 
 

 
This wonderful book tells much of the story about cannabis that we are not allowed to hear.
I strongly commend it to you all.  It does the neuroscience very well, and reviews much of the brain and neuroscience nicely and in […]

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A DECADE IN PREVENTION

 
This article from a drug prevention worker in the USA emphasises what contributes to helping young people from choosing to use drug.
 
There are risk factors and protective factors that can contribute to drug and alcohol use and other risky behaviors […]

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ALCOHOL SMOKING A NEW RISK TO YOUTH

 
 
Smoking alcohol is a dangerous practice for any one and may be even more risky for young people. An impressive body of medical research has established that the adolescent brain is not yet fully developed and is especially vulnerable to […]

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BOUNCING FORWARD, NOT BACK, TO A BRIGHT FUTURE

 

There is hope for even the most vulnerable of children
 
With the proper support, children can show incredible resilience, writes Jonathan Wood
The theme of this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week (8-14 February) is building “resilience”. It is a word much bandied […]

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DO KIDS WHO SMOKE MARIJUANA GET LOWER SCHOOL GRADES?

 
The Possible Effects Of Weed On Cognitive Development
 
( Much of the information on this website comes from the USA  – this is because they have more research studies into the use and effects of illegal drugs .  However the results […]

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DRUGS – SOME BRIEF GUIDANCE NOTES FOR PARENTS

 
 
What exactly is a Drug?
 
A drug is something which changes the way you think, feel, or act. Many drugs are developed for medical purposes but are misused by individuals for their own purposes – to ‘get high’ or to blot […]

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GRANDPARENTS ARE POWERFUL ALLIES IN PREVENTING TEEN DRUG USE

 
 

 
Grandparents adore their grandchildren – without judgment – and the grandchild adores them. This means that grandparents have a unique opportunity to approach the topic of drugs and alcohol with this generation, in a way that is unlike parents who […]

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DRUG USE IN CHILDREN

    The above graph clearly shows that when adolescents perceive marijuana to be less harmful the use goes up,  and of course vice versa.    Look especially at 1987 – 1993.
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HELPING PARENTS PREVENT DRUG USE IN THEIR CHILDREN

 
 
The following article was in a newspaper in America – and it gives some very good information for parents who want to try to ensure that their children do not use drugs.
Few things have the power to derail young lives […]

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LIKE PARENT, LIKE CHILD

 
Like parent, like child: the ‘vicious cycle’ of family smoking
 
Submitted by Livia Edegger on 20th May 2014 – 16:20
 
A new study found that children of smokers are not only more likely to take up smoking themselves, but are also at a higher risk […]

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6 WAYS TO HELP YOU REDUCE THE CHANCE THAT YOUR TEENAGE CHILD WILL …

 

Here are 6 ways to help you reduce the chance that your teenage child will drink, use drugs or engage in other risky behaviour.
 

Build a Warm & Supportive Relationship with Your Child
Be a Good Role Model When It Comes To […]

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USING DRUGS WHEN YOUNG LINKED TO LONG TERM HEALTH RISKS

 
 
The findings of a report released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) reveal a promising downward trend regarding drug use among secondary school students in England. Tobacco, alcohol and drug use among students have been cut in […]

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JUST ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF HOW THOSE WHO WANT TO LEGALISE DRUGS

 
JUST ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF HOW THOSE WHO WANT TO LEGALISE DRUGS – especially marijuana (cannabis) spread their message – this is clearly aimed at teenagers, it is a fun game to play on their smartphones – and the underlying message […]

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PREVENTION DOES NOT START WHEN THE ABUSE IS ALREADY A FACT

 
Prevention starts before it becomes a reality!
 
Survey results show that we still have a long way to go in our efforts to prevent cannabis use and avoid the toll it can take on a young person’s life. Parents have an […]

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YOUTH VIDEO AGAINST DRUGS

 
In Florida, USA, the pro legalisation groups are hoping to win a referendum vote in the Autumn (2014) which would legalise cannabis in the State.
  
 
But parents, medics and prevention activists are getting the message out that pot is not harmless.
 
  
The […]

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NIDA: HOW TO SAY NO – ILLUSTRATED WITH PICTURES

 

Have a drug problem—need help?
 
Even when you are confident in your decision not to use drugs or alcohol, it can be hard when it’s your friend who is offering.
 
A lot of times, a simple “no thanks” may be enough. But […]

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STUDY SHOWS MOST TEENS NOT DRINKING, USING DRUGS

 
 
………According to Ivey, her organization and its partners have undergone a shift in messaging. The message used to be simple: Don’t do drugs. Now, Ivey said, the message is more focused on highlighting strategies that help students steer clear of […]

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THIS IS NOT THE MARIJUANA YOUR PARENTS MAY HAVE USED

 
 
‘This isn’t your parents’ marijuana,” was the message passed on by speakers at a marijuana forum sponsored by the AHM Youth and Family Services Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force, held Feb. 12 in the RHAM High School auditorium. The first […]

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ANTI-ADDICTION CLUBHOUSES to offer young adults a springboard into drug-free life

 
 
 
Young adults from the age of 18 to 21 will soon have a unique place to go for help in the struggle against addiction.
 
 
Buffalo-based Restoration Society, Inc. will be leading a group of Western New York agencies in the creation […]

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THE DANGERS OF ‘PHARMING PARTIES’

 
 
Many parents aren’t aware of the dangers of “pharming” parties and fail to talk to their teens about the dangers of abusing prescription drugs, according to a recent review article in the journal Contemporary Pediatrics.
 
While teens abusing prescription drugs is not a […]

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6 WAYS TO CONVINCE AN ADDICT TO GET HELP

 
 
 
Many people who struggle with alcohol or drugs have a difficult time getting better. There are many reasons why these people do not get the help they need.
 
Here are six suggestions on how to convince a person dealing with substance […]

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TOYS R’US SELL DRUGGIE BASED ITEMS

 
Susan Schrivjer, a mom from Fort Myers, Fla., was a fan of the award-winning AMC show Breaking Bad. “I thought it was a great show,” she told a local TV station recently. “It was riveting!”
 
Even so, she thinks it’s not […]

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YOUNG BRISTOL DRINKERS ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL WITH ALCOHOL POISONING

 
HOSPITALS across Bristol are under pressure from hundreds of admissions as a result of alcohol-poisoning – including more than 60 cases involving children.
 
The Department of Health figures released in the House of Commons show that there were 1,510 admissions in […]

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FORGET DRINK, SEX AND ROCK AND ROLL

 
Forget drink, sex, rock & roll -sober teenagers concentrate on exams and careers.  Far from the hedonism of their parents, today’s teenagers want to raise the age of smoking, drinking, gambling and sex, shun party politics and fear class more […]

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POWDERED ALCOHOL WILL APPEAL TO YOUNG DRINKERS

 
The United States is on the verge of having powdered alcohol – in packets like Kool-aid but with the punch of a rum or vodka cocktail – on sale across the country. After much confusion, Palcohol, which has seven flavours including […]

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COMMUNITY TASK FORCE LOOKS TO PREVENTION

 
Dr. Philip Bolduc, a family medicine physician and director of the addiction treatment program at Family Health Center in Worcester, said if we’re ever to stem the tide of opiate addiction, we have to start with prevention among teenagers.
 
“No one […]

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THE MOST POPULAR ALCOHOL BRANDS AMONG AMERICAN YOUTH

 
The most popular alcohol brands among American youth are the ones most often featured in advertisements in teenage magazines, according to a new study.
 
Their ads are found to be five to nine times more likely to appear in those magazines. […]

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OUR CHILDREN ARE SURROUNDED BY BOOKS

 
 
OUR CHILDREN ARE SURROUNDED BY BOOKS, magazines, fashion, television, movies, music and the ever present celebrities who extoll the virtues of pot. These factors, combined with the business of Big Marijuana, and pro-pot lobbying organizations that spend millions to sell […]

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MEDICAL MARIJUANA ON THE BALLOT UNDERMINES DRUG PREVENTION

 
 
For over a decade, activists and big-money lobbyists have worked to make marijuana legal. In so doing, they have wreaked havoc on community efforts to reduce drug use, abuse and addiction. Their pro-drug messages contradict prevention messages from parents, schools […]

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LEGALISE CANNABIS – AND CHILDREN WILL PAY THE PRICE

 
This article is written by a retired biology teacher who now works to help prevent cannabis use – particularly by adolescents.
 
 
 
Legal alcohol has been a monumental disaster. Children of all ages have had no trouble getting themselves plastered and doing […]

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MARIJUANA-RELATED CALLS TO POISON CONTROL CENTERS RISE

 
 
More people have been calling poison control centers in Colorado and Washington state since recreational marijuana became legal for adults 21 and older in those states, the Associated Press reports.
 
 
Colorado’s Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center received 151 calls for marijuana […]

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SMOKING MARIJUANA AS A TEENAGER LOWERS IQ FOR LIFE

 
 

The damaging effects remain even if the person stops smoking the drug
Teenagers are at particular risk because their brains are still developing
Smoking cannabis affects critical thinking and memory
Researchers warn that stronger varieties today are causing more damage 

 
Smoking cannabis as a […]

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‘SPICE’ IS A DEADLY INGREDIENT

 
Veronica Eckhardt bent over the hospital bed, sponging paint onto the sole of her son’s left foot.
 
“Connor would not like what we’re doing,” she remarked, but his foot did not twitch.
 
Doctors had declared Connor Eckhardt brain-dead the day before, at […]

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BINGE DRINKING HAS ROOTS IN ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION AT AN EARLY AGE,

 
 
Giving your teenager a glass of Champagne this New Year’s Eve may not be as harmless as you think, warns a new study conducted by Concordia University in collaboration with the Université de Montréal and the University of Massachusetts.
 
“Like you […]

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SURVEY FINDS MOST TEENS DO NOT DRINK ALCOHOL

 
 
Submitted by Paulina Skladanowska on 25th October 2013 – 10:01
 
Encouraging news from the US. A new survey of 695 students finds that more that 3 out of 4 teens say they do not drink alcohol.
 
Top reasons why teens said they abstained from alcohol […]

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KNOW THE TRUTH: A FIRST STEP ON THE PATH TO PREVENTION

For the second year in a row, “Know the Truth,” the prevention program of Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge in the Twin Cities, brought its message about drug and alcohol use and abuse to Hudson — both to students and […]

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HELPING AN ADULT FAMILY MEMBER OR FRIEND WITH A DRUG OR ALCOHOL PROBLEM

 
Do you have an adult family member or friend with a drug or alcohol problem? You’re probably wondering how you can help. Here are 7 answers to questions you may be asking.
 

How Can I Tell If I’m Overreacting to […]

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“DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION – The Role of the Schools”

These excerpts from 1986 should be read by anyone interested in the current drugs situation.  Nancy Starr is still working in Drug Prevention and is a real expert.
 
Some of the ‘drug education’  used in UK schools today is still the […]

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DON’T UNDERMINE DRUG PREVENTION

An article from the USA where drug use is increasing amongst young people.
Parents need to read this about Florida and work to prevent the same thing happening anywhere else.
 
 
For over a decade, activists and big-money lobbyists have worked to make […]

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A DECADE IN PREVENTION

This article from a drug prevention worker in the USA emphasises what contributes to helping young people from choosing to use drug.
 
 
There are risk factors and protective factors that can contribute to drug and alcohol use and other risky behaviors […]

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ARE YOUR KIDS USING DRUGS?

 
 
If given the option of making an arrest or helping a family deal with a child’s involvement with drugs and the wrong people, to Narcotics Officer Frank Martinez of the Hanford Police Department there is no real choice at all.
 
“Dennis, […]

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AGE AT FIRST DRINK DECIDES ALCOHOL ADDICTION AMONG TEENS

 
An early onset of drinking is a risk factor for subsequent heavy drinking and negative outcomes among high school students, finds a new study.
 
Researchers asked 295 adolescent drinkers (163 females, 132 males) with an average age of 16 years to […]

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A LETTER FROM A DRUG ADDICT – YOUR CHILD

 
I’m your Qualifier.
I want to introduce myself to you; I’m your qualifier and the reason you’re here. You believe just because you gave me life and raised me that you know me…but you really don’t. I’d like to use this […]

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