National Take Back Day is April 26th

February 28, 2014 0

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. Check this website for more details on who is participating as we near the actual date!

Task Force to testify before Legislators

February 26, 2014 0

The Task Force was asked by representative Sam Yingling to testify to the State Young Adult Heroin Use Task Force today in Springfield. Here is this the transcript of our testimony. No first time drug abuser wakes up and says let’s take Heroin today! The path to Heroin Abuse starts long before that. As the project coordinator for the Lake County Underage Drinking and Drug Prevention Task Force and an employee of the Lake County […]

Want to know the exact underage drinking law in Illinois?

February 17, 2014 0

Well here it is, thanks to National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The Alcohol Policy Information System (APIS) provides detailed information on a wide variety of alcohol-related policies in the United States at both State and Federal levels. Detailed, state-by-state, information is available for the 33 policies listed below. APIS also provides a variety of informational resources of interest to alcohol policy researchers and others involved with alcohol policy issues. You can look up […]

Effects of marijuana use on the brain, body and behavior

February 12, 2014 0

Hear a fascinating presentation by Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, about the effects of marijuana use on the brain, body and behavior. Dr. Volkow’s remarks were given on Feb. 4th at CADCA’s 24th National Leadership Forum.

February 10, 2014 0

Underage drinking is a persistent problem that deserves increased attention. The legal drinking age is 21, and it is a law that protects teens. Most teen alcohol-related deaths are not due to traffic accidents, but from homicide, suicide, poisoning, burns, and drowning. Plus, about 180,000 kids visit the ER each year because of problems related to alcohol. So “taking away the keys” is not the answer, and turning a blind eye to teen drinking can […]

Study says: Drinking and Driving Unsafe at any Level.

February 6, 2014 0

Even a .01 blood alcohol content (BAC) can impair driving, reports a new large-scale study, which found small amounts of alcohol made drivers nearly twice as likely to be at fault in an accident with a sober driver. “We find no safe combination of drinking and driving — no point at which it is harmless to consume alcohol and get behind the wheel of a car,” lead researcher and University of San Diego sociologist David […]

New Medication-Assisted Treatment for Adolescent Substance Abuse Program Launched.

February 3, 2014 0

The Partnership at Drugfree.org, a national nonprofit working to find evidence-based solutions to adolescent substance use, today launched a comprehensive new digital resource that helps parents better understand the potential life-saving benefits of medication-assisted treatment. The advanced online tool is comprised of videos, testimonials and an e-book to help parents make an informed choice when they are looking for treatment options to help a teen or young adult recover from an addiction to prescription pain […]