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September 9, 2011

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has published "Juvenile Residential Facility Census, 2008: Selected Findings". Click here to access the bulletin.

This bulletin summarizes data from the biannual Juvenile Residential Facility Census, which collects information about the...

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September 9, 2011

By Join Together Staff

While many states are being forced to pull back on methamphetamine lab cleanups because of federal funding cuts, Indiana has been able to buck the trend. The state has increased the number of meth labs it has found and destroyed by 33 percent in the first half of this year compared with 2008.

Indiana has been able to cut the costs of finding and destroying meth labs by partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to set up temporary disposal...

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September 9, 2011

The new (2009) National Survey of Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) confirms what we already know - first use of heroin is increasing (it would seem massively) from an estimated 100,000 new users 2002-2008, to 180,000 in 2009.

Treatment admissions data would suggest it has gone up significantly from there.

Click here to read the 2009 NSDUH report.

September 9, 2011

By Join Together Staff

A study of workplace drug-screening tests finds methamphetamine use is higher among workers in Western states. The study, by Quest Diagnostics, found Hawaii's rates of positive screens for meth was 410 percent greater than the national average.

Other states that were well above...

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August 25, 2011

By Join Together Staff

A Michigan appeals court ruled Wednesday that medical marijuana cannot be sold in private shops or dispensaries.

The court ruled the Compassionate Apothecary, which allows its members to sell marijuana to each other, can be shut down immediately as a "public nuisance." According to the ruling, Michigan's 2008 medical marijuana law and the state public health code do not allow people to sell marijuana to one another, even if they have state-...

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August 25, 2011

By Join Together Staff

Four states - Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia - have created the Interstate Prescription Drug Task Force to fight the region's prescription drug abuse problem.

The task force consists of about 30 experts from drug agencies and law enforcement. They will develop strategies to reduce the sale and abuse of prescription drugs, and will make recommendations to improve cooperation in sharing data, educational campaigns and police investigations...

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August 25, 2011

The CDC's Division of Behavioral Surveillance in the Public Health Surveillance Program Office, Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratories, is pleased to announce the joint release of the 2010 SMART BRFSS data and the 2010 BRFSS Maps.

SMART BRFSS (Selected Metropolitan/Micropolitan Area Risk Trends from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System) began with the analysis of data from the 2002 BRFSS. It now includes data from 2002 through 2010, with prevalence...

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August 25, 2011

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is asking for input on how to define recovery for adolescents.

If interested in providing feedback, please follow the link below for a article from Reclaiming Futures - and at the bottom of the page they provide a link to SAMHSA for comments: http://www.reclaimingfutures.org/blog/...

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August 25, 2011

By Join Together Staff

A growing number of young adults in California are using hookahs, researchers at the University of California, San Diego have found. In a new study, the researchers report that among 18-to-24-year-olds, 24.5 percent of men and 10 percent of women use hookahs, or waterpipes, to smoke tobacco.

"While cigarette smoking has decreased nationwide and in California, reports of ever using hookah have increased, especially among adolescent and young adults,...

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August 25, 2011

By Join Together Staff

Smokers with drug, alcohol or mental disorders are five times as likely to quit smoking if they receive counseling from their primary care physician, a new study finds.

About 40 percent of smokers have a drug, alcohol or mental disorder, Medical News Today. These smokers have a more difficult time than other smokers when trying to quit. Researchers at the University...

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August 25, 2011

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For 24-hour help for mental health, problem gambling and substance abuse, call 1-888-789-1511 or visit www.waRecoveryHelpLine.org

August 25, 2011

American teens ages 12-17 who in a typical day spend any time on social networking sites are at increased risk of smoking, drinking and drug use, according to the National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse XVI: Teens and Parents. This is the 16th annual back-to-school survey conducted by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA Columbia).

This year's survey asked youth respondents for the first time whether they spend time on...

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August 25, 2011

Scientists at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) recently teamed with researchers at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, Md., to analyze a sample of suicide deaths among U.S. military personnel on active duty between 2002 and 2008.

The researchers compared levels of omega-3 fatty acids of 800 individuals who committed suicide with those of 800 randomly selected controls - service members who were matched with the...

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August 22, 2011

By Sharon Jayson, USA TODAY

Colleges trying to stem the tide of student drinking have focused on the evils of intoxication and all the trouble that can ensue when students drink too much. But new psychological research suggests that the downsides of excessive drinking aren't bad enough to make students stop.

"They intend to get intoxicated," says psychologist E. Scott Geller, director of the Center for Applied Behavior Systems at Virginia Tech. "We have shown...

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August 22, 2011

The Southwest Prevention Center (SWPC) offers courses and training workshops to support prevention providers and community leaders. All courses and workshops provide contact hours and CEU credit through the University of Oklahoma OUTREACH College of Continuing Education (CCE).

Upcoming courses include:

  • September 12 - Strategic Prevention Framework Overiew. (6 Contact Hours or 0.6 CEUs).
    Registration closes September 7.
  • September 26 - Ethics for...
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