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. […]

Big-name tech investors pour millions into marijuana — both medicinal and not

August 30, 2017 0

From the website Stat (www.statnews.com) OAKLAND, Calif. — The storied Silicon Valley venture firm Benchmark Capital has launched a slew of tech companies: Twitter, Uber, Snapchat, Instagram. Now its search for the next big thing has led it to … pot. Benchmark recently invested $8 million in Hound Labs, a startup here in Oakland that’s developing a device for drivers — and law enforcement — to test whether they’re too buzzed to take the wheel. And […]

Data On Drug Use Is Disappearing Just When We Need It Most

July 3, 2017 0

This is from the website fivethirtyeight.com, the complete article is here. It’s no secret that heroin has become an epidemic in the United States. Heroin overdose deaths have risen more than sixfold in less than a decade and a half. Yet according to one of the most widely cited sources of data on drug use, the number of Americans using heroin has risen far more slowly, roughly doubling during the same time period. Most major […]

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 […]

Interesting information on Marijuana and Driving from Colorado

March 10, 2017 0

The Colorado Department of Transportation is not encouraged by some of the results of a recent survey that had drivers candidly discuss their driving habits. Nearly a quarter of Colorado drivers admit to having recently read messages on their phones while driving, according to the survey. And the number of drivers who admitted to speeding (69 percent) is increasing, with about a quarter of drivers saying they speed more often than not. The results aren’t […]

Expansion of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Services

June 29, 2016 0

To address the growing number of Lake County residents struggling with opioid addictions, the Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center is doubling the capacity of its Medication-Assisted Treatment program. It is expanding treatment to 200 people struggling with opioid addictions through a grant of $325,000 from the Health Resources and Services Administration. “The expansion of our MAT program is an essential next step in the regional effort to address the opioid epidemic, which has had […]

America’s opioid addiction: ‘I ended up selling all my valuable stuff to buy pills’

May 19, 2016 0

On the outskirts of Kingsport, Tennessee, Kim, a therapist, faces a small group of people sitting in folding chairs. She’s helping them rid their life of illegal drugs. The attendees are all white and working class, self-described “dirt poor”, and none with college degrees. They have come to spend hours talking of past and present pains, offer each other support, and pee in a cup. If they pass the test, they will get their weekly […]

Many thanks to our friends at Speak-Up and LEAD

April 25, 2016 0

Ty Sells & Bill Gentes did an extraordinary job shattering myths and providing parents with tools on how to communicate to their children about drugs. @y2y1982 @lakecountydfc #iprevent #Prevention #Education #Children #LakeForest #Chicago #Illinois #IL #NonProfit #SocialMedia #Keynote #PreventionSquad #LifetimeLearner #Hospital #Saturday #Weekend #Northwestern #Leaders #Advocate #Listen #Engage #Interns #ChangeAgent #Marijuana #AskAboutPrevention #Professional #Coalitions #Parenting #KnowTheFacts #Healthy A photo posted by LEAD (@leadlflb) on Apr 16, 2016 at 1:22pm PDT

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. […]

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