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The Role Of Families In Effective Prevention Programmes

Submitted by Livia Edegger Strengthening Families Programme, a family-focused prevention programme used in 26 countries around the world, was found to be nine times more effective than individually-targeted programmes and yielded a $10 return for every dollar spent on it. The programme, designed for youth and their families, aims to improve parent-child interactions, parenting skills and […]

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Even Casual Cannabis Use Can Affect Health

Submitted by Livia Edegger  As support for decriminalising and legalising marijuana is growing, several new studies highlight the potentially harmful effects of the drug on its user’s brain and heart. The findings are particularly revealing in the field of recreational cannabis use. While studying the brains of a group of twenty occasional cannabis smokers, researchers from […]

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Adults Who Initiate Alcohol And Marijuana Use Before The Age Of 21 Are Much More Likely To Abuse Or Become Dependent In Later Years

Submitted by Andy Travis  Early onset of alcohol use is associated with a greater likelihood of developing alcohol abuse or dependence at a later age, according to data from the US National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). Those who first used alcohol at or before the age of 14 were nearly four times more […]

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International Outcry Grows Over Alcohol Industry Role In Policy Making

Submitted by Andy Travis This forthright editorial in the journal ‘Addiction’ joins over 500 public health leaders and 27 organisations in questioning the role of the global alcohol industry in making alcohol policy. Conflict with the tobacco industry is well documented, where vested interests have fought an aggressive rearguard action against efforts to reduce tobacco harm. […]

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French Students Found To Overestimate Their Peers? Consumption Of Cannabis, Tobacco And Alcohol: Prevention Campaigns Recommended

Submitted by Andy Travis Much research on normative misconceptions among university students has been published in North America, but much less has surfaced in Europe. This cross-sectional study is based on 12 classes of second-year French college students in sociology, medicine, nursing or foreign language. Rather than focus on one substance the students were asked to […]

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Drug Free Workplace Policies

An effective drug-free workplace policy is one of the best ways for employers to protect their businesses. An effective program does not end with pre-employment screening, since any drug user can count up to three days before the test and then begin to use again after being hired. Drug-free workplace policies reduce the amount of […]

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Video Of Connor Reid Eckhardt

This is a very powerful and heartbreaking story –  let us hope many young people will take notice and never ‘try’ drugs offered by ‘a friend’ Connor Reid Eckhardt added a new video. “THIS IS SO IMPORTANT TO SHARE….THIS IS NOT A MOVIE!! OUR 19 YEAR OLD SON CONNOR IS NOT WAKING UP FROM THE SINGLE HIT […]

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Over 400 Conditions Co-occur With Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), Study Finds

Researchers at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) have identified 428 distinct disease conditions that co-occur in people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), in the most comprehensive review of its kind. The results were published today in The Lancet. “We’ve systematically identified numerous disease conditions co-occurring with FASD, which underscores the fact that […]

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JOURNAL PRINTS CORRECTION: MARIJUANA USE LINKED WITH 2.5-FOLD INCREASE IN PSYCHOSIS

Psychology of Addictive Behaviors journal makes corrections, SAM calls on media to correct stories FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 19, 2015 Contact: Jeffrey Zinsmeister jeff@learnaboutsam.org +1 (415) 680-3993 [WASHINGTON, DC] – A prominent journal article about marijuana and health which resulted in media outlets reporting on marijuana’s harmlessness has now been corrected. A recheck of the statistics […]

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Prevention Measures Lower Prescription Drug Abuse In US

Submitted by Livia Edegger  US researchers that analysed over a million lab samples found that prescription drug abuse is twice as likely to decrease in states with drug prevention programmes in place. The states of Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, New York and Tennessee have seen a decline of 10% in prescription drug abuse, a rate 2.5 higher […]

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Germany Releases Drug Report

Submitted by Livia Edegger Earlier this month Germany celebrated the results of the 2014 drug report which revealed a rapid decline in smoking, drinking and marijuana use among youth over the past ten years. Smoking among German teens aged 12 – 17 has halved in ten years (11.7%). Smoking rates have also dropped among 18 – […]

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Early Onset Of Drug Use Linked To Mental Disorders And Multi-drug Use

Submitted by Livia Edegger A study conducted by the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) found that individuals who had started taking drugs early on in life were more likely to develop mental disorders and become polydrug users. At the time of clinical admission, three quarters of drug users between 18 and 30 […]

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Drug use plunges 50% among secondary school students in England

Submitted by Livia Edegger The findings of a report released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) reveal a promising downward trend regarding drug use among secondary school students in England. Tobacco, alcohol and drug use among students have been cut in half in the past ten years. Smoking rates have dropped from 9% […]

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Teenage Rugby Player Cut Off Penis While High On Skunk, Says Father Who Wants Drug Made Class A 

A teenage rugby player cut off his own penis and stabbed his mother while high on skunk, his father has revealed, as he called for the drug to be reclassified. The father, named only as Nick because he wants to remain anonymous as his son is rebuilding his life, is backing Lord Nicholas Monson’s campaign to […]

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University Of Florida Drug Policy Institute Joins Senior Researchers At Harvard, Boston Children’s Hospital, University Of Texas, And Others In Responding To Latest Claims By The International Centre For Science In Drug Policy

A team of researchers from the UF Drug Policy Institute, Harvard University, and other institutions authored a lengthy response to a recent monograph written by the George Soros-funded ICSDP claiming that cannabis health claims have been overblown. The team, led by former American Society of Addiction Medicine President Stu Gitlow, and other researchers with leadership ties to groups […]

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Here Are The Countries That Smoke The Most Marijuana

Just finished reading the cannabis section of the world drug report mentioned below and here were of the points that stuck out to me: Cannabis herb (they make a distinction between herb and resin) seizures in North America account for 64% of worldwide seizures. US outdoor eradication rates significantly dropped (6,470 in 2012 from 23, […]

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US Teens Targeted By Alcohol Advertising In Magazines

Submitted by Livia Edegger The most popular alcohol brands among US youth are the ones most often featured in advertisements in teenage magazines, according to a new study. Their ads are found to be five to nine times more likely to appear in those magazines. Leading researcher Craig Ross of Virtual Media Resources warns parents of […]

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Researchers Create Tool To Predict Teens’ Drinking Behaviour

Submitted by Livia Edegger on – 15:38 A group of researchers has developed a test to predict fourteen year old teenagers’ future drinking behaviour. The test takes a wide variety of factors that might influence young adults’ susceptibility to binge drinking into consideration such as family background, personality traits, availability of alcohol as well as brain-related variables. […]

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Guide To Implementing Community Drug Prevention Programmes

Submitted by joanna This month the Australian Drug Foundation published the latest issue of their Prevention Research journal which features alcohol and drug prevention programmes in communities across Australia. The issue provides guidelines for organisations, individuals, practitioners and others developing and running prevention programmes and activities in community settings. The issue highlights the importance of comprehensive […]

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Why Parenting Styles Matter When It Comes To Drug Use Among Teens

Submitted by Livia Edegger  A new study carried out by the European Institute of Studies on Prevention (IREFREA) explores the role of parenting styles on drug use among teenagers. A group of researchers interviewed almost 8,000 students between 11 and 19 years of age across six European countries. The study analysed four parenting styles – authoritarian, […]

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Teenage Smoking Cut In Half In Ireland

Submitted by Livia Edegger As a country with a history of heavy smoking and drug use among youth, Ireland embraces the results of a new study indicating a substantial drop in teen smoking. Youth smoking rates fell from 21.1% in 1998 to 11.9% in 2010. Similarly, the percentage of teenagers that take their first puff at […]

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Cannabis Legalisation and Injuries in Alberta Recommendations to Minimise the Negative Impacts

July 2017 Revised January 2018 Injury Prevention Centre: Who we are The Injury Prevention Centre (IPC) is a provincial organization that focuses on reducing catastrophic injury and death in Alberta. We act as a catalyst for action by supporting communities and decision-makers with knowledge and tools. We raise awareness about preventable injuries as an important […]

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Addiction: Prevention, not just medication

The Sun’s brief item describing a frightening new threat in Maryland’s drug addiction crisis (“Person who used synthetic marijuana suffers bleeding,” April 6) reveals the necessity of a renewed focus on substance abuse prevention and public education. On April 4, the National Drug Early Warning System at the University of Maryland issued an alert about […]

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Marijuana X -video

The following video is long – 52 minutes, but it is essential viewing to help people understand some of the consequences of legalisation for both medicinal and recreational use of cannabis in the USA. Make yourself a cup of coffee and watch this in its entirety. Subject: Marijuana X https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10156320599628035&id=670743034&ref=content_filter

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Nerve Pain Medication Gabapentin Linked With Increasing Overdose Deaths

Public health officials say the nerve pain medication gabapentin is being found in an increasing number of overdose deaths, according to CBS News. Gabapentin is a non-narcotic drug used to treat seizures and pain associated with shingles. Doctors have been prescribing it for a growing number of other conditions, as a way to offer pain […]

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Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Other Cannabinoids in Foods, Cosmetics and Nutraceuticals Made with Industrial Hemp – A Risk Assessment .

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The objectives of this risk assessment were to: · ascertain the state of the science in research into the potential health effects of low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other cannabinoids found in Cannabis sativa; · identify key health hazards that may be associated with the presence of THC and other cannabinoids in […]

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Pharmacokinetic and behavioural profile of THC, CBD, and THC+CBD combination after pulmonary, oral, and subcutaneous administration in rats and confirmation of conversion in vivo of CBD to THC.

Abstract Metabolic and behavioural effects of, and interactions between Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are influenced by dose and administration route. Therefore we investigated, in Wistar rats, effects of pulmonary, oral and subcutaneous (sc.) THC, CBD and THC+CBD. Concentrations of THC, its metabolites 11-OH-THC and THC-COOH, and CBD in serum and brain were determined over […]

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Cocaine Laced With Fentanyl Causing Growing Number of Deaths

A growing number of drug overdose deaths are due to cocaine laced with fentanyl, NPR reports. Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent than heroin. The image above shows two potentially fatal dosages of fentanyl and heroin According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), 7 percent of cocaine seized in New England in 2017 […]

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Recreational Marijuana Use and Acute Myocardial Infarction: Insights from Nationwide Inpatient Sample in the United States

Abstract Background Marijuana is a widely used recreational substance. Few cases have been reported of acute myocardial infarction following marijuana use. To our knowledge, this is the first ever study analyzing the lifetime odds of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) with marijuana use and the outcomes in AMI patients with versus without marijuana use. Methods We […]

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In California, Learning How Marijuana Is an Unlikely Divider

While writing, I wondered what kind of details I should publish about the previous lives of people in the marijuana industry. Virgil Grant, one of the article’s subjects, told me stories about how he would sell marijuana from his family grocery store in Compton in the 1980s and 1990s by putting the weed in empty […]

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Overdose Deaths Up 30% In Hamilton County, USA

Hamilton County Coroner Dr. Lakshmi Kode Sammarco released 2017 drug statistics Tuesday. Last fall, the coroner said overdoses in Hamilton County had surpassed the total of last year, with 427 suspected deaths – and three months remaining in 2017, making the toll the worst since the heroin epidemic began. in the Tri-State. Most overdose deaths […]

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Waiting is the Hardest Part—Dopamine Release, Anticipatory Reward and Time Lapse

The mechanism by which dopamine cells in the brain signal the passage of time has received some new light via a recent study from researchers at University of Texas at San Antonio. To make decisions about the salience of a potential reward is mediated by small group of neurons in the midbrain that release dopamine. […]

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Pot Kills: What’s on Your Pot? What’s in Your Water?

All creatures great and small are being poisoned by the pesticides and rodenticides in the water they drink, and in the food they eat. This polluted water from northern California marijuana grows eventually flows to much of the State. The lawless pot industry is nothing less than purveyors of poison. The recent scientific study “Cultivating […]

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After 6 Classmates’ Funerals, LSU Student Is Making Movie About Drug Overdoses

BATON ROUGE — When a classmate died of a drug overdose, Symmes Culbertson bought a black suit for the funeral. “It didn’t feel right to wear a blue sports jacket,” the 23-year-old political science major said. What he didn’t count on was how many more funerals of classmates he would attend — six since he […]

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“Our families are dying”: A Mother’s Plea for Help

New Hampshire’s Heroin Crisis Takes Toll with Record Overdose Deaths 2:24 LONDONDERRY, New Hampshire — Nearly a decade later, Susan Allen-Samuel still vividly remembers the moment that she first realized her son Joe was a heroin addict. “It took my breath away,” Allen-Samuel told NBC News. Allen-Samuel says that she began to notice all the […]

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"When representing a cause (almost) lost, sound your trumpet, mount your steed and go for the very last charge, failing which you will die of sad old age in the depths of the forgotten fortress, no longer besieged because life has abandoned it for greener pastures."

Jean Raspail
From the website of jeanraspail.net

"Universal prevention initiatives are important elements of a comprehensive prevention strategy that should include selective and indicated prevention initiatives as well. In order to prevent the development of dependence you need all three - and you cannot do without universal prevention. Norms, attitudes, availability are important risk factors for developing drug use problems as well as neighbourhood disorganization and weak family bonds."

Christina Gynna, Deputy National Drugs Policy Co-ordinator, Sweden,
at the ICAA conference in Budapest, 24 October 2005

 
 

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