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May 25, 2011

By Join Together

The skyrocketing growth in the number of Americans addicted to prescription drugs is due to easy accessibility and the diminished perception of risk, the Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy told a Senate subcommittee on Tuesday.

Gil Kerlikowske was among the witnesses who spoke at the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee hearing about the problem and the many federal and state programs aimed at curbing prescription drug abuse, CNN...

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May 22, 2011

The National Prevention Network has agreed to distribute a list of online resources developed by Christopher Cregeen at the Texas Mental Health and Substance Abuse Information Center. This is a very complete and varied list of resources, but it is not exhaustive. Still, it includes links to informational resources on some timely topics, such as "bath salts," "electronic cigarettes," and "K2-spice," as well as standard subjects.

Click on the web link to...

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May 15, 2011

Today marks the launch of the second annual MusiCares and GRAMMY Foundation Teen Substance Abuse Awareness through Music Contest. Original music compositions or compositions with accompanying videos must be sent to MusiCares postmarked no later than Monday, Oct.10, 2011. Entries must be no more than three minutes long.

More information can be found on the National Drug Facts Week website: http://drugfactsweek.drugabuse.gov...

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May 9, 2011

The deadline for the NLC Law Enforcement Award nominations deadline has been extended to May 15, 2011. Nomination packets may be mailed, emailed, or faxed to:

Don Piccone
Re: NLC Law Enforcement Award Nomination
UDETC/PIRE
11720 Beltsville Drive, Suite 900
Calverton, MD 20705
Piccone@pire.org
(301) 755-2799

Sending nominations by mail or email is preferred.

Click...

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May 9, 2011

By Join Together

The effects of nicotine on the parts of the brain involved with addiction are similar to the effects of cocaine, according to a study using rat brain tissue. The study found that one 15-minute exposure to nicotine caused a long-term increase in the excitability of nerve cells involved in reward.

According to Science Daily, the study suggests that nicotine and cocaine use...

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May 9, 2011

By Join Together

A new study suggests that Ecstasy use may be associated with long-term changes in the brain. The more Ecstasy a person uses, the greater the changes.

Medical News Today reports that researchers examined brain activity in people who had previously used Ecstasy and those who had never taken the drug. Brain...

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May 9, 2011

By Join Together

Warning letters from the federal government about medical marijuana laws have prompted several states to start reevaluating their laws, USA Today reports. The recent letters from U.S. attorneys indicate that people involved in the growing, dispensing and regulating of medical marijuana have the potential to be...

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May 9, 2011

swqaB Join Together

Fourteen colleges and universities announced this week they have banded together to fight binge drinking. The institutions, including Dartmouth, Cornell, Duke, Boston University, Northwestern, Princeton and Stanford, plan to test and measure new strategies and share their results with other colleges.

The initiative, called the ...

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May 9, 2011

By Join Together

African American smokers are much more likely than Caucasians to use the counseling services of a California telephone tobacco quitline, according to a study that examined 18 years of calls.

In five out of six time periods studied, African Americans were between 44 and 140 percent more likely to call the quitline than Caucasians, the study found. Medical News Today reports that...

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May 9, 2011

Pacific County Health and Human Services has scheduled Class Action and Project Northland Program Trainings, May 25th, 26th, 27th in Long Beach, WA. See flyers below. Registrations are being taken for one or both of the trainings.

The training fee does not include the cost of curriculum materials. Registrations for the trainings received in the next week will be eligible for a 30 percent discount. Otherwise, registrants will need to order curriculum materials directly at...

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May 2, 2011

Preventing Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders Among Young People: Progress and Possibilities

Mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders incur high psychosocial and economic costs for the young people who experience them, for their families, and for the society in which they live, study, and will work. Yet there is a significant imbalance in the nation's efforts to address such disorders.

People await their emergence and then attempt to treat them, to cure them if...

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May 2, 2011

The federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently announced a new feature on their web page - "HRSA in your State."

The site offers, "...overviews of HRSA programs and current information, such as the number and amount of grants awarded down to the County level. It also provides state-specific information about health centers, National Health Service Corps members and the communities they serve, and the number of participating providers through...

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May 2, 2011

swaFrom the Addiction Professional

Seeking to assist the growing number of health facilities that have made their properties completely smoke-free, The Joint Commission has released a guide designed to help facilities that face enforcement challenges once their tobacco-free policies have taken effect.

Keeping Your Hospital Property Smoke-Free, available for free download via The Joint Commission's website, ...

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April 28, 2011

General Arthur Dean, Chairman and CEO of Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), has announced the launch of the 2011 CADCA Got Outcomes! Coalitions of Execellence Awards program.

"Please see the attached notification regarding the launch of the 2011 CADCA Got Outcomes! Coalitions of Excellence Awards program. CADCA is currently seeking model coalitions to apply for one of these awards. One way that CADCA would like to reach out to coalitions this year is through...

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April 28, 2011

By Vanessa Ho, SeattlePI.COM Staff

Parents who let their kids drink when supervised - because they think it's safer than an outright ban on underage drinking - may want to rethink their approach due to a new study in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

Co-authored by University of Washington professor Richard Catalano, the study...

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