JUN
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There’s No Such Thing as a Disease

The National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACoA) recognizes the first week in February as COA Week to raise awareness about family addiction and about ways to help the children who are affected by this pervasive but often unrecognized public health problem.More than fifty percent of today's addicted adults are children of alcoholics, and there are millions challenged by other problems that result from alcoholism or drug addiction in their families. With alcoholism and substance use affecting at least one in four persons, it is highly likely that every classroom has children who are bearing this burden in silence.As an educator, you have the opportunity to spare children from unnecessary years of silence, shame, and suffering caused by parental addiction. Through effective prevention measures, educators can play a major part in this process. Individually and collectively, we can be a voice and a steadying force for children who can't always speak...
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DEC
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Alcoholics Anonymous: Science vs. Sensationalism

The take away message from this year’s Monitoring the Future Survey results is clearly – Prevention works! The use of cigarettes, alcohol, and the abuse of prescription pain relievers is down among teens since 2013 and marijuana rates are stable. The one new troubling fact is the unexpectedly high use of e-cigarettes by our youth, which was first asked about this year.The 2014 Survey shows that Marijuana use remains stable even at a time when states are debating legalization and decriminalization. Past month use of smoked marijuana among 8th graders was at 6.5 %, 10th graders 16.6 % and 12th graders at 21.2%. Close to 6% of 12 graders reported daily use. One interesting fact revealed in the 2014 survey was that in medical marijuana states, 40% of 12 graders who reported using marijuana in the past year had consumed marijuana in food products as opposed to only 26% in non-medical...
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APR
03
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Intervening on Alcohol? Style Matters!

National Drug Facts WeekSM (NDFW) is a national health observance for teens to promote local events that use NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) science to shatter the myths about drugs and drug abuse. This observance centers on school and community-based informational events for teens to counteract and "shatter" the myths they hear through the internet, TV, movies, music or from friends.Scientists from NIDA want to stimulate events in schools so teens can better understand what science has taught us about drug abuse and addiction. Students can learn and share with their peers information on how drugs affect the brain, body and behavior.Why is this so important?Because nationally about one third of high school seniors report using an illicit drug at some time in the past year; more than ten percent report nonmedical use of potentially addictive prescription painkillers and more than 20 percent report smoking marijuana in the past month.Research...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending April 27, 2018

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending April 27, 2018
Over the past year, a new form of heroin has been found along the East Coast, including here in New Jersey. Occurrences have been noted in Camden, Burlington, and Glouster counties with the potential to hit the entire Garden State. According to the New Jersey State Police, there have been multiple occurrences of a "heroin pill" showing up during arrest and overdoses in these counties. Similar in look to some actual Oxycodone tablets, they were found to be a combination of heroin cut with either Oxycodone, or Percocet and re-formed into pills. The pills are just slightly different in size and color from legitimate prescription painkillers and are either ingested or crushed and then injected with a needle.Law enforcement and health care providers are particularly concerned with this new form of heroin, possibly being sold as a prescription medication, due to its potential for accidental overdose. A spokesperson for the Drug...
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MAY
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Reduce the Demand!

On November 1, classes officially began at the Raymond J. Lesniak Recovery High School in Union County.Located on the grounds of Kean University, it's the first of its kind in the state. Its mission is to provide a high-quality educational, enrichment and recovery support program that offers a safe, sober and supportive school environment where students and their recovery efforts are understood, valued and fostered.Studies indicate that up to 85 percent of students with addiction problems relapse upon returning to their former high schools after treatment. Recovery schools, specifically designed with the goal of creating an empowering and sober environment for youth, are one way to address this problem.The school is named after the state senator who spearheaded the project after he was robbed four years ago by a pair of young men with substance abuse problems.Senator Lesniak has sponsored legislation to start other schools in the state similar to this...
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AUG
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Marijuana – Medicine by Legislation

It is important to give students a voice and to enable them to make a difference in their environment. One organization that has been doing this for years is Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD).SADD is a peer-to-peer youth prevention group that has chapters established in thousands of middle schools, high schools, and colleges across the country.The organization originally started as Students Against Drunk Driving in 1981, but in 1997 students petitioned to expand the topics they address and because of this, the organization changed its name to be more inclusive of issues important to youth. Their mission as stated on their website is "To provide students with the best prevention tools possible to deal with the issues of underage drinking, other drug use, risky and impaired driving and other destructive decisions."According to their website, SADD, recognizes that young people are powerful and have the ability to make smart decisions. The organization...
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JUN
30
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Balance Is Everything: Thoughts on Our Collective Approach to Opioid Addiction.

Children suffering from attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more than twice as likely to develop substance use disorders as they get older, a new analysis finds. However, that does not mean that the medications that are prescribed to treat the most common childhood disorder in the United States play a part in that increased risk.In fact, "one of the main points [of the finding] is that treating ADHD both with behavioral techniques and medications seems to lower the risk of substance abuse," said analysis co-author Dr. Sharon Levy, director of the adolescent substance abuse program at Boston Children's Hospital.Although stimulants used to treat ADHD can be addictive, there is no evidence that using them increases the risk of substance abuse, Levy said. These medications include amphetamines, such as Adderall or Dexedrine, and methylphenidates, like Concerta, Metadate CD or Ritalin.Levy did caution that these stimulant medications can sometimes be misused and diverted. As...
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