Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending January 18, 2019

Published 01-17-2019

Opioid Overdoses Are Now The Nation’s Most Common Preventable Cause Of Death Americans are more likely to accidentally overdose than die in a motor vehicle accident or a fall, according to a new report.Learn More   Meth’s resurgence highlights lack of meds to combat addiction Overdose rates involving meth more than tripled between 2011 and 2016.Learn More   Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and Center on Addiction Announce Merger Together, as Center on Addiction, They Will Transform How U.S. Addresses AddictionLearn More   Maryland regulators: Is medical marijuana effective for treating opioid addiction? Answer: It's complicated As opioid overdose deaths continued to mount in Maryland last year, state lawmakers asked medical marijuana regulators to determine whether cannabis could be effective at treating addiction to heroin, fentanyl and oxycodone. Learn More   F.D.A. Accuses Juul and Altria of Backing Off Plan to Stop Youth Vaping The Food and Drug Administration is accusing Juul and Altria of reneging on promises they made to the government...

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Reducing Risk at Your Holiday Party

Published 12-14-2018

Holiday parties offer a wonderful opportunity to connect with friends and celebrate community. Yet the ready availability of alcohol during holiday celebrations can be dangerous, contributing to sharp increases in alcohol-related traffic fatalities during the holiday season. If you choose to serve alcohol at your holiday party, here are some tips for keeping your guests safe.Stay safe and happy holidays! Always serve food. Drinking on an empty stomach leads to a more rapid absorption of alcohol into the bloodstream. High-protein foods such as cheese and meat can slow this absorption down. Avoid serving salty snacks. These tend to make people thirsty and so drink more than they might otherwise. Provide appealing non-alcoholic alternatives. You’ll be surprised to see how many guests choose an enticing, alcohol-free “mocktail” when they have the option. Also have plenty of jugs of water and/or bottles of seltzer available. Avoid serving alcoholic punch. Punch tend to hide the taste of...

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Piscataway High School Back-to-School Night

Published 09-14-2018

By Melisa Damcevska, Preventionist I The end of summer, the drop of the temperatures, and the start of a new school year also means schools are hosting annual Back-to-School Nights. These are annual events where parents and guardians are given an opportunity to experience the daily steps their children take while at school. Wellspring Center for Prevention hosted a table at Piscataway High School’s Back-to-School Night earlier this month. The staff came armed with information about substance use prevention and mental health promotion. Parents were able to collect valuable information and community resources right at the school. For many parents and youth, high school is a time of transition, growth and self-discovery, as well as a time where the susceptibility to substance use may skyrocket as youth begin to figure out who they are. Having these tools and information is critical to keeping students and parents informed and ultimately, healthy. At the Back-to-School night, parents...

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