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Underage Drinking: On the Decline?

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Written by Samantha Dolci, Wellspring Intern 2018 has set a new record low for underage drinking in the United States. According to the 2018 Monitoring the future survey (MTF), underage drinking among American youth continued to decline from previous years to the lowest levels recorded among 8 th , 10th, 12th graders since the 1990’s. Additionally, drinking among 12 th graders in 2018 reached the lowest level in survey history, with a significant decrease in lifetime, past month, daily consumption and binge drinking. Underage drinking statistics play an important role in encouraging governments and communities to step up their efforts for prevention and treatment. It is often used as a form of baseline data to determine the most highly affected demographics and areas in need. Approximately one out of every 10 alcoholic drinks in the U.S.A is consumed illegally. Though the legal drinking age in the United States is 21, children...
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DEC
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending December 21, 2018

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Greetings all. Please note that our Addiction News & Policy Update will not publish next week, Friday December 28th. On behalf of the Board of Trustees and staff of Wellspring Center for Prevention, we wish you and yours a Happy Holiday Season and a Happy New Year! Be safe.   Surge in Teen Vaping Gives Rise to Nicotine Addiction Concentrated doses of nicotine prompt higher rates of addiction than cigarettes. With few treatment options for teens, the FDA plans public hearings. Learn More   Opioids May Help Chronic Pain, But Not Much Potentially addictive opioid painkillers are often prescribed for chronic pain, but they actually work only slightly better than placebo pills, a new review shows. Learn More   New Job Hope For Adults In Drug And Alcohol Recovery For most of his life when he was in between jobs, Tim Tulvey would toss his resume up on a hiring site...
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DEC
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Reducing Risk at Your Holiday Party

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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...
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NOV
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Don’t Overindulge This Holiday Season—Effects of Alcohol on the Body

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Mulled wine. Spiked egg nog. Hot toddies. Champagne toasts. The list of festive holiday drinks is endless. And so are your opportunities to overdo it. So before the festive season gets into full swing, take a moment to understand what all that alcohol does to your body. After your first alcoholic drink or two (which is moderate drinking, by the way), you start to get that relaxed, sociable feeling. Your heart rate speeds up; you feel animated and may have a happy buzz. But make no mistake; at this point your brain and nerves—which control reflexes and thinking—are already impaired. If you keep drinking, things start to go downhill quickly. Since your hands and feet may not be in sync with your brain and reflexes, your coordination and reaction time may be out of sorts. Lack of mental clarity can also lead to poor judgment and rash decisions. There’s also the...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending August 31, 2018

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No safe level of alcohol, new study concludes Three million deaths in 2016 were attributed to alcohol, which carries 'massive health risks,' according to paper. Learn More   No boundaries: Opioid expert says overdoses are found in wealthy places and poor ones Leaders at local mental health and drug treatment agencies all agree that the spotlight put on the opioid epidemic has brought the severity of the problem out of the dark. Especially in the suburbs. Learn More   Garden State schools now required to carry life-saving opioid antidotes As New Jersey continues to grapple with an opioid addiction epidemic, high schools across the state will soon be required to carry life-saving antidotes under a law Gov. Phil Murphy signed Friday. Learn More   Marijuana study raises concerns about THC in breast milk up to six days after use Marijuana's main mind-altering ingredient was detected in nursing mothers' breast milk in...
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JUL
03
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Summer Fun Should Not Involve Booz for Kids

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The lazy days of summer are here. Unfortunately, this is also a dangerous time for our youth. Other than the few hotspots during the school year, such as Halloween, Homecoming, New Year’s Eve, Prom, and Graduation, summer sees more initiation of substance use than any time of the year. One of the top reasons youth cite for experimenting with alcohol and other drugs is, “There’s nothing else to do.” Why do youth turn to alcohol and other drugs when they are bored? Probably because that is what we have taught them to do when they want to have fun. I’m not saying we tell kids to drink; I mean we show them. What’s the opposite of sitting home bored? How about having a party? And what’s at the top of the shopping list for a party? Why, alcohol, of course. I was reminded of this recently when I bought a bottle...
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MAY
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Gambling in the Military

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By Al Gesregan When military personnel are screened for mental health issues, they are not screened for their gambling habits. They are screened for alcohol and drug use, but nothing about gambling. Even if they are in treatment for an addiction, gambling is not brought up. Currently, the U.S. Department of Defense reports that we have military bases in 150 countries, with 1.3 million men and women in active duty. Ninety-eight percent of our bases have enlisted and officers' clubs, and in each club there is a room set aside for slot machines. There are 3,000 slot machines on our military bases overseas, generating over 130 million dollars every year for our government, and they don't just limit the gambling to slot machines. Every club has a Bingo night three or four times a month. One or two times a month, they have what is called a Monte Carlo night, where...
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MAY
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending May 4, 2018

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Surprisingly, opioids may increase risk of chronic pain After surgery, opioids — such as morphine — are routinely used to manage pain. However, according to a new study, the drugs could actually raise the likelihood of experiencing chronic pain. Learn More   Turning the Tide on Opioid Addiction As the crisis worsens, can more be done to ensure the problem doesn’t start in a doctor’s office? Learn More   Utah doctor’s opioid-addiction recovery program aims to save lives Doctors at a Salt Lake City clinic are trying to save lives by educating the public about programs to help get people off opioids. Learn More   Families demand action: We must treat addiction like any other disease We are two of the millions of people across the country who have lost our loved ones to addiction—an entirely preventable and treatable disease. Learn More   Why genetics makes some people more vulnerable to...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending April 27, 2018

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Surprisingly, opioids may increase risk of chronic pain After surgery, opioids — such as morphine — are routinely used to manage pain. However, according to a new study, the drugs could actually raise the likelihood of experiencing chronic pain. Learn More   Turning the Tide on Opioid Addiction As the crisis worsens, can more be done to ensure the problem doesn’t start in a doctor’s office? Learn More   Utah doctor’s opioid-addiction recovery program aims to save lives Doctors at a Salt Lake City clinic are trying to save lives by educating the public about programs to help get people off opioids. Learn More   Families demand action: We must treat addiction like any other disease We are two of the millions of people across the country who have lost our loved ones to addiction—an entirely preventable and treatable disease. Learn More   Why genetics makes some people more vulnerable to...
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So, What Do You Do If You Catch Your Kid with Alcohol

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The reason for this month’s column is the fact that every April we celebrate Alcohol Awareness Month. Alcohol Awareness Month was established in 1987 to help reduce the stigma so often associated with alcoholism by encouraging communities to reach out to the American public each April with information about alcohol, alcoholism and recovery. Alcoholism is a chronic, progressive disease, genetically predisposed and fatal if untreated. However people can and do recover. In fact, it is estimated that as many as 20 million individuals and family members are living lives in recovery! I am sure many of you can identify with this -- the time your teenager get into situations or become curious about the use of alcohol. As a parent, you want to be proactive in having conversations with your teen about the dangers of drinking early. If they do fall into experimenting with alcohol, it doesn’t necessarily mean there is...
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