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November 28, 2011
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November 28, 2011

A new nationwide report indicates a sharp increase in the number of emergency department visits associated with the use of non-alcohol energy drinks between 2005 and 2009 (the latest year for which figures are available).  According to the report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) emergency department visits increased from 1,128 in 2005 to 13,114 in 2009.

Studies indicate that excessive caffeine intake from energy drinks can cause...

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November 28, 2011

Prevention specialists have identified many factors that increase the risk of substance use by adolescents. Among these factors is parents’ use of tobacco (1), alcohol, or illicit drugs. In addition, some research has shown that veterans are more likely than nonveterans to use substances (2).

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, from 2002 to 2010, an annual average of 2.8 million youths aged 12 to 17 lived with a father who had served in the Armed Forces...

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November 21, 2011

Washington Traffic Safety Commission, Washington State Liquor Control Board and MillerCoors are partnering with Puget Sound area bars and restaurants to encourage social responsibility and safe rides after alcohol consumption.

Click It 2 Ride offers a safe ride option with a quick snap of a QR code displayed in hundreds of bars and restaurants.

In an effort to publicize the importance of responsible alcohol consumption and offering a simple solution to impaired drivers,...

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November 17, 2011

By KING 5 News

Richard Kinssiess would like a piece of the pie. The liquor pie. The considerable action in booze that is coming down the track at consumers like a retail train fueled by 151 Rum.

"I'm more than determined," he said. "I WILL find a way to get a piece of this action."

Kinsiess owns three small retail wine shops in Seattle. Put them...

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November 17, 2011

New material is available from the National Association of School Nurses, sponsored by Janssen Pharmaceuticals: Smart Moves, Smart Choices Free...

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November 17, 2011

By Join Together Staff

Children with high IQs are more likely to use drugs when they become adults, compared with children who score lower on intelligence tests, a new study indicates.

The findings come from a British study that has been following thousands of people since 1970. The children’s IQ was tested at ages 5, 10 and 16....

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November 17, 2011

By Join Together Staff

A new study suggests that teenage girls and young women with a family history of breast cancer should steer clear of alcohol. The study found those who had a drink a day on average were more than twice as likely as those who didn’t drink to develop benign breast disease, a risk factor for breast cancer.

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November 17, 2011

By Join Together Staff

The surplus of empty houses caused by the mortgage crisis has led to an increase in the number of homes in Las Vegas that have been turned into marijuana greenhouses, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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November 17, 2011

By Join Together Staff

Teenagers living in rural areas who regularly volunteer and help others are less likely than their peers, who don’t often engage in these activities, to drink or use drugs as young adults, a new study suggests.

Previous studies have suggested teenagers in rural areas may be more likely to use illicit...

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November 17, 2011

Seattle Nightlife Initiative Seeks to Extend Service Hours to 6:00am

The City of Seattle, as part of the Mayor's Seattle Nightlife Initiative (SNL), has petitioned the Washington Liquor Control Board (LCB) to consider allowing it to extend drinking hours from 2:00am to 6:00am, effectively creating a 24/7 drinking environment in Seattle. 

Also alarming is that the proposed rule changes would allow any city around the state to petition the LCB to...

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November 16, 2011

It should be no secret to anyone in the prevention community by now that Initiative 1183, with a campaign funded largely by Costco, passed overwhelmingly on November 8.  There will be immediate impacts on the state with a scheduled start of liquor sales in qualifying stores on March 1, 2012.

The initiative will require a huge - and immediate - rewrite of many current regulations on alcohol sales. 

The Washington State Liquor Control Board...

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November 11, 2011

By Join Together Staff

The Meth Project, a prevention program aimed at reducing teenage methamphetamine use, has expanded, adding online resources and a social media campaign.

According to the...

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