Some Task Force Press in the Chicago Tribune

July 25, 2013 0

As the project coordinator for the Lake County Underage Drinking and Drug Prevention Task Force, Bill Gentes said he’s worried that a bill passed by the state legislature to legalize medical marijuana could prove harmful to local teenagers. “The law allows for someone with a medical marijuana card to be prescribed 2.5 ounces of pot every 14 days, which comes out to roughly 13 joints a day,” Gentes said, speaking at a recent Lake County […]

New Survey Finds That Parents Who Support Marijuana Legalization Expect Strict Regulation of Its Availability to Kids

July 22, 2013 0

A new, nationally representative survey released today by The Partnership at Drugfree.org confirms that parents who support legalization of marijuana expect strict regulation of the substance’s availability to kids and teens. While 40 percent of adults say they are in favor of legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes, a majority of them oppose any form of legal marijuana for use among kids and teens. They believe that, like alcohol, it should only be legal for adults […]

Young Children’s Personality Traits Linked to Teen Alcohol Use

July 18, 2013 0

A child’s personality traits before age 5 may help predict whether they will use alcohol in adolescence, a new study suggests. The researchers followed about 12,600 children from the time they were born. Parents were asked about their children’s personalities in the first five years of life; after that, the researchers interviewed both the children and their parents, Fox News reports. By age 15 ½, 4,600 teens were still participating. The researchers were able to […]

Synthetic Marijuana Lands Thousands of Young People in the ER, Especially Young Males

July 15, 2013 0

Since bursting on the scene a few years ago, synthetic marijuana (MJ)—often called “Spice” or “K2”—has become the second most popular illegal drug among American teenagers, after MJ. It is especially popular among teenage boys. Sometimes touted as a “natural,” “safe,” and (until recently) legal alternative to pot, this very un-natural class of designer chemicals has shown itself to be a dangerous threat. Thousands of teens and young adults, mostly young males, are ending up […]

Teens Mix Prescription Opioids with Other Substances

July 11, 2013 0

Abusing prescription opioid pain relievers is a major problem among young people, and a new study shows users are combining those drugs with other substances. In data from the annual Monitoring the Future survey for the years 2002-2006, 1 out of 8 high school seniors reported having used prescription opioids nonmedically; 7 out of 10 nonmedical users reported combining prescription opioids with at least one other substance in the past year. Marijuana and alcohol were […]

Abuse of Prescription (Rx) Drugs Affects Young Adults Most

July 9, 2013 0

Young adults (age 18 to 25) are the biggest abusers of prescription (Rx) opioid pain relievers, ADHD stimulants, and anti-anxiety drugs. They do it for all kinds of reasons, including to get high, or because they think Rx stimulants will help them study better. But Rx abuse is dangerous: In 2010, almost 3,000 young adults died from prescription drug (mainly opioid) overdoses—more than died from overdoses of any other drug, including heroin and cocaine combined—and […]

Underage Drinking Violations in Texas, There’s an App for That…

July 5, 2013 0

For years the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) has been working with Texas community members, encouraging them to report underage drinking and other public safety violations that occur on a licensed premise. In March 2013, TABC made a significant leap forward in their reporting program by introducing the agency’s first Smart Phone Application (smart phone app). This app allows people, even if they submit a complaint anonymously, to check the status using a smart phone. […]

Is Alcohol Advertising Harming Girls?

July 2, 2013 0

Are there similar marketing strategies between companies who sell alcohol and those that sell cigarettes? Dr. Ken Flegel (Senior Associate Editor for the Canadian Medical Association Journal) thinks so, and is taking the industry to task for the advertising practices to young girls. In a recent editorial in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, Dr. Flegel makes the argument that like tobacco companies, the alcoholic beverage industry has recognized that a good way to increase profits […]

New Feature on the Blog

July 1, 2013 0

We now have an interactive map for the prescription drug drop boxes on the site. Its up and under the header and or follow this link!