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Drug Misuse

Apr 22

Denial - Are you in it?

It is always hard to figure out if you are OK, especially from the inside.  check the new video on our site or take this test.

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Apr 17

Four Twenty

four-twenty what is it all about Here is the history 420, 4:20 or 4/20 (pronounced four-twenty) Refers to consumption of cannabis and, by extension, a way to identify oneself with cannabis subculture. The notable day for these is April 20.(Not to be confused with J-Day, an international protest held...

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Apr 07

Marijuana and Emotions

Interesting repost on some new Research.   Drugs like marijuana act on naturally occurring receptors in the brain called cannabinoid receptors. However, the mechanisms by which these drugs produce their sensory and mood altering effects within the brain are largely unknown. Research led by Steven...

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Mar 29

ER Visits From Ecstasy Jump 75 Percent

Ecstacy still a problem.   Even though we have worked hard to educate people about the dangers of this drug there is still lots around.  Here is some recent info  from Healthday about some of the dangers A Recent Study Finds Hospitals treat drug's young users for agitation, heat stroke,...

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Mar 17

More On Rx Drugs

Right across the country the problem of teens abusing presciption medications continues to increase.  I have talked to several teens this week who have "tried" oxy or morphine in the last week. They know it is dangerous but like most things they just wanted to see what it was like.  This isn't...

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Mar 01

Getting Worse

I was talking to some kids the other day about prescription drug use and I was explaining about the addictive nature of Oxycontin and that chemically it is very similar to heroin (heroin C21H23NO5 - oxy C18H21NO4). The response from one girl was "no it isn't". She believed it was OK. What we think...

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Feb 10

Smoking Down Pills Up

I've talked about this a couple of times before but we need to pay attention to this. Parents need to keep tract of medications in the home. Here is an article from the Windsor Star. Teens raid medicine cabinet for parents' painkillers More teens are taking powerfully addictive prescription painkillers...

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Jan 30

More on Marijuana

Images from I continually meet people who are totally convinced that their marijuana use is not a problem.  Much of this thinking comes from two sources, first they believe the "don't panic it's organic" thinking the second part is because they like it and don't want to look at...

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Jan 19

They Change us

Drug and Alcohol Abuse or Misuse change how are brain is functioning and that changes how we function.  When we are in the middle of using regularly we generally can't see much more than "we like what it does to us, for us" or we like "how it feels." we generally are not able to see what it is doing...

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Jan 11

Something for the Kids

End of semester is coming up and many students are starting or in the middle of end of semester panic, thinking "how can I pull this out of the fire?" One of the best indicators of substance abuse with high school kids is how they are doing in school.  If they are doing well and attendance has...

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