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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending September 24, 2021

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Marijuana use soars among college students while alcohol use drops: research A National Institutes of Health (NIH) study has found that marijuana use among college students is soaring as alcohol consumption drops. In its "Monitoring the Future" report, the NIH found that 44 percent of college students reported using marijuana in the past year, a 6-...

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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending September 17, 2021

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Harnessing Harm-Reduction Methods to Combat the Opioid Crisis Fentanyl and fentanyl analogues, such as carfentanil, are driving an opioid overdose crisis in North America.1 In 2019 alone, there were 3831 opioid-related deaths in Canada and 47,600 fatalities involving opioids in the United States. The COVID-19 pandemic has only heightened the tragic...

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Why Developing Decision-Making Skills at a Young Age Is Important

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Decision-making affects everyday life. We learn these skills over time — from the people around us. Kids, who begin life acting on impulse, need help from adults to develop healthy decision-making habits. Here's why it's important to help kids develop decision-making skills at an early age. What are decision-making skills? Decision-making is more t...

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Just a Reminder - September is Recovery Month

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Every September we acknowledge National Recovery Month. This is a national observance designed to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life. The 2021 National Recovery Month theme is "Recovery is For Everyone: Every Pers...

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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending September 10, 2021

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Young adult cannabis consumers nearly twice as likely to suffer from a heart attack, research shows Whether you smoke it, vape it or eat it as an edible, cannabis may be significantly increasing your risk of a heart attack. Adults under 45 years old who consumed cannabis within the last 30 days, suffered from nearly double the number of heart attac...

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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending September 3, 2021

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Is it Legal to Buy and Sell CBD Cannabis? CBD consumption has increased in recent years due to numerous published studies and media coverage of its health benefits. However, although there has been a great increase in CBD consumption, some countries still have a legal vacuum. That is, it still does not have a specific legislative regulation. 'We're...

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How to Help Your Child Handle Peer Pressure

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Peer pressure is a common issue in childhood, and it starts earlier than many parents realize. Though there are both positive and negative types of peer pressure, it's important children learn strategies to help them navigate uncomfortable or unfamiliar situations. Here are five ways to help your child handle peer pressure. 1. Focus on developing t...

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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending August 27, 2021

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College Freshmen Drank Less as Pandemic Began Here's an unexpected silver lining to the pandemic: New research shows there was a decline in overall drinking and binge drinking among U.S. college freshmen during the early months of the new coronavirus' spread across America. Medically, legally, and morally, emergency departments cannot ignore addict...

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Why You Should Help Your Child Develop Interpersonal Skill

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As soon as children begin interacting with others, they learn about communication, listening, and decision-making. As a parent or guardian, it's important to guide your children through these skills to support healthy development. Here are some reasons why you should help your child develop interpersonal skills. Healthy relationships As children ma...

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CMS Highlights Social Emotional Learning Over the Summer

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By Crystal Mutilitis, Clinician During the 2020-2021 school year, Carteret Middle School students' social interactions were at an all-time low. Whether they were participating in the full-time virtual learning or hybrid model, students had limited access to engage with their peers in person. Most interactions took place on screen or through Zoom ch...

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