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Potent Pot: Is Marijuana Getting Stronger?

Over the past two decades the potency of pot has nearly tripled, according to tests done for the federal government.Is pot getting stronger? The answer is yes. Over the past two decades the potency of pot has nearly tripled, according to tests done for the federal government. This comes at a time when many states are considering legalizing pot and some have already made the move. So what does stronger, more potent pot mean? And what should consumers be aware of? Read more

Alcohol Awareness Month: How to Curb Youth Drinking

Curbing youth drinking is a complex issues that requires the efforts of many different people from parents to college administration. There are three major things that you can do that have proven effective in curbing youth drinking. Our Alcohol Awareness Month topic this week is How to Curb Youth Drinking? According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), alcohol is the most widely used and abused drug among youth in the United States, more so than tobacco or illicit drugs. Not only does early use of alcohol put youth at risk for developing dependence later in life, but alcohol use increases the number of injuries and deaths related to alcohol misuse, while exacerbating many problems that already exist for our young people. So what are the risks of underage drinking and how might we help to curb youth drinking? Read more

Understanding Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is often experienced with other symptoms such as fatigue, anxiety, depression or irritability, all of which can interfere with the body’s production of natural painkillers and increase the signals that amplify pain.What is chronic pain? Chronic pain can exist in many forms. It can be mild or unbearable. It can come in spurts or be continuous. It can also range from being an inconvenience to being debilitating. Typically, it’s categorized as pain that lasts longer than three to six months. Read more

April is Alcohol Awareness Month: How Do You Score?

Alcohol Awareness Month's aim is to promote public awareness about alcoholism, educate, and help reduce the stigma surrounding alcoholism that often acts as a barrier for people and families needing help.Alcohol Awareness Month in April was founded by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) in 1987. Its aim is to promote public awareness about alcoholism, educate, and help reduce the stigma surrounding alcoholism that often acts as a barrier for people and families needing help.

The theme for this year is “Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow,” which speaks to all those who are effected by alcoholism including our youth, families and communities. Read more

7 Alarming Facts About Prescription Painkillers

In 2010, enough painkillers were prescribed to medicate every American, 24 hours a day, for an entire month. Learn 7 alarming facts about prescription painkillers that you might not know, but should.The dramatic rise in prescription painkiller abuse in recent years is nothing short of epidemic. And the CDC recently reported that many high-risk opioid users get their painkillers with legal prescriptions from their doctors. In observance of last week’s National Poison Prevention Week (March 16-22), the National Safety Council released a list of seven alarming facts about prescription painkillers that many people might not know, but should: Read more

Teens and Drugs: Making Sure Your Home is a Safe Haven

Teen looks in medicine cabinet at prescription drug bottles. When it comes to teens and drugs, how can you make sure that your home is a safe haven? Keep any prescription drugs in a secure place. When it comes to teens and drugs, how can you make sure that your home is a safe haven? Talking to your kids about drugs is important at any age, but teens are especially susceptible to drug use because of peer pressure and high stress levels. Teens look to their parents to set a good example for how they should conduct their lives. They count on their parents to be their support system and to help them create a positive home environment that encourages an open dialogue about drugs. Read more

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