DEA Take Back Day – Spring 2017 image

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse and medications. On Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 13th opportunity in 7 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Last October, Americans turned in 366 tons (over 730,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,200 sites operated by the ...

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By Rebecca Smith Coordinator for the Northeast Texas Coalition Against Substance Abuse He can seem odd and often crude, but one of the people who best helped me understand addiction is actor and comedian Russell Brand. “Drugs and alcohol are not my problem, reality is my problem, drugs and alcohol are my solution,” He said in a 2013 essay for The Guardian. “If this seems odd to you it is because you are not an alcoholic or a drug addict … I will relinquish all else to ride that buzz to oblivion … I look to drugs and booze to fill up a hole in me.” Far from being a choice, alcoholism is a serious disease that makes those who ...

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Talking With Your Kids About Alcohol Doesn’t Have To Be Confusing image

By Staci Clark, Program Specialist According to the Center for Disease Control, alcohol kills more teenagers than all other illicit drugs combined. Illicit drugs include: heroin, cocaine and meth. Most of us don’t have heroin or crack in our fridge at home nor do we use these substances socially. Accessibility is a big factor in the equation that contributes to these untimely deaths. Let’s start with the war on drugs. Most of us with teenagers today can remember the 80’s and 90’s War on Drugs campaign “This is your brain, this is brain on drugs.” I can still see the egg frying in skillet. Prevention was a relatively new field when Nancy Reagan told us to “Just Say No.” Unfortunately, ...

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National Drug Facts Week 2017 image

National Drug Facts Week is a great opportunity to learn about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. This year, National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week is January 23-29. Often, young people have false perceptions about the dangers and consequences of underage drinking and drug use, which can lead them to think that these substances are not very harmful. Research shows a low perception of harm about alcohol and drug use is linked to increased likelihood of first use or more frequent use among adolescents. In East Texas, the average age of first use of alcohol is 13, and approximately one in four have used alcohol within the past 30 days, according to the Texas School Survey. Since its launch in ...

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Social Hosting – What It Is and Why Adults Shouldn’t Do It image

Social hosting refers to parents who knowingly provide alcohol to minors that are not their children or allow alcohol to be consumed by minors on property they control, like their house or a rented space. In effect, these parents are ‘hosting’ an alcohol party for minors. Many parents believe they can teach their child to drink responsibly or that only kids with the strictest parents drink the most because they don’t know how to drink. Research is very clear on this subject – there’s a lot more to worry about than underage drinking and driving. Alcohol is the most abused substance by Texas teens and the most available. Nationwide, organizations like Next Step, are working to motivate local governing bodies ...

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Facing Addiction in East Texas image

A half-century ago, the U.S. surgeon general released a report on the health impacts of smoking that shaped the public and government’s attitudes toward tobacco for years to come. In November 2016, another surgeon general’s report was issued – on addiction and substance misuse and abuse, Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health. We hope this report will have a similar impact. According to Dr. Vivek Murthy, U.S. surgeon general, nearly 21 million people in the United States have a substance use disorder. This number is similar to those with diabetes and 1.5 times higher than people with all cancers combined. However, this statistic does not include persons who misuse substances yet haven’t been ...

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