Marijuana use has been linked to inferior academic achievement

October 9, 2017 0

A funny thing happened in the Dutch city of Maastricht in the fall of 2011. A policy went into effect banning the sale of marijuana at the city’s 13 legal cannabis shops to visitors from most other countries. The goal was to discourage disruptive drug tourism in a city close to several international borders. The policy had its intended effect, but also a remarkable unintended one: foreign students attending Maastricht University starting getting better grades. […]

Can we please stop pretending marijuana is harmless? The view from New England.

May 10, 2017 0

These days, it’s become fairly square to criticize marijuana and its rush toward legalization. Twenty-three states have condoned the drug in some form, with four permitting recreational use, and Massachusetts is set to vote on permitting it next year. The proposed federal CARERS Act of 2015 would let states legalize medical marijuana without federal interference and demote pot from a Schedule I drug — one with high abuse potential — to Schedule II. The path toward nationwide decriminalization is […]

The Brain Likes It!

May 2, 2016 0

He had been clean less than a year when his son broke a wrist, requiring a trip to the emergency room. The situation was terrifying for Mark, a Lake Villa resident who became addicted to pain medication after being prescribed hydrocodone for his chronic shoulder pain. He asked not to be identified due to the possible repercussions. When his son was prescribed a mix of hydrocodone and acetaminophen, Mark worried that the teen could also […]

Can a teen’s clothing reveal if they drink?

April 14, 2016 0

Teens are more likely to begin drinking alcohol if they own alcohol branded merchandise such as shirts, hats, and keychains, according to a recent study. An Australian researcher, whose work was published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, analyzed 13 studies on the association between alcohol merchandise ownership and consumption, which included more than 26,000 kids and teens. Some of the studies found up to 59 percent of kids and teens own alcohol branded merchandise. […]

White House Drug Policy Office Awards $125,000 to County Task Force to Prevent Youth Substance Use in Lake County

September 29, 2015 0

Grants Support Administration Efforts to Emphasize Prevention Among Youth Washington D.C. – Today, Michael Botticelli, Director of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), announced 697 Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program grants, totaling $86 million.  The grants will provide local community coalitions funding to prevent youth substance use, including prescription drugs, marijuana, tobacco and alcohol.  The Lake County Underage Drinking and Drug Prevention Task Force from Lake County, Illinois was one of the grant recipients and will […]

Shocking News– Advertising influences youth on marijuana!

July 8, 2015 0

Viewing ads for medical marijuana may influence middle school students to use the drug, a new study suggests. Students in sixth through eighth grades who saw ads for medical marijuana were twice as likely as others to have used the drug or to say they intended to use it in the future, the study found. The study included more than 8,200 middle school students in Southern California, HealthDay reports. In the first year of the […]

Brain Differences Seen in Teenage Heavy Drinkers

May 21, 2015 0

Teens who drink heavily appear to have significant abnormalities in brain development, a new study finds. Heavy drinking by teens may also be associated with a gene mutation linked to impulsiveness, according to another new study. The studies, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, were scheduled for presentation Monday at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association, in Toronto. Research presented at meetings is considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal. The […]

Lake County State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim leading way on overdose death prevention!

November 21, 2014 0

Lake County State’s Attorney Michael G. Nerheim announced that the Lake County Opioid initiative has equipped and trained thirty-two police departments, including the entire Lake County Sheriff’s Office with the tools to reverse opioid overdose via the use of Naloxone. The program enables law enforcement personnel to carry the antidote in their squad cars and utilize it when responding to overdose situations. “We want community members to know that their health and safety comes first. […]

“At-Risk Youth in the Suburbs” Town Hall Meeting October 23, 2014

October 1, 2014 0

When we think of at-risk youth, suburban communities are often the last places that we associate with children, adolescents, and teens in trouble. Growing poverty and homelessness,changing demographics, and the easy availability of high-risk drugs are among the factors challenging the common perception of the suburbs as a haven for young people. Learn more about the growing risk for young people in the suburbs. Sit down with legislators, experts, and providers for a Town Hall […]

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