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Pass the turkey, not the wine: Teen Drinking Risk is High During the Holidays image

Teen Drinking Thanksgiving

When we think of teen drinking, usually summer parties, prom, or graduation come to mind. But a time of high drinking that people might not think about is the night before Thanksgiving, or “Blackout Wednesday.” “It’s a day known for an increase in alcohol sales and a spike in people heading out to visit with friends before sitting down with family the next day,” according to MADD. “From 2012 to 2016, drunk driving crashes killed more than 800 people over the long Thanksgiving weekend, making it the deadliest holiday on our roads.” Some parents might think allowing their teen to have a sip of alcohol at Thanksgiving is a good way to “Take the mystery away” or “Teach them to ...

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DEA National Take Back October 2018

Think about your medicine cabinet at home for a minute. Do you have prescription drugs left over, maybe pushed toward the back of the cabinet and forgotten? A great way to get rid of them is coming up on Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the semi-annual Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Take Back. Your disposing of your prescription drugs at this event ensures they can’t fall into the wrong hands. The DEA Take Back is one of our prevention coalitions’ favorite activities. This event happens in communities all over East Texas and the rest of the country. Local law enforcement set up come-and-go collection sites where residents can drop off their leftover prescription medication, no questions asked. Residents ...

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Faith In Action Healing The Opioid Crisis Together Blog

If you’re a person of faith, how would you say you put that faith into action? One way you might put your faith into action is by disposing of your leftover prescription drugs. We are partnering with faith congregations across East Texas next week to spread the message that you can help your community by disposing of your leftover prescription drugs that would otherwise sit in your medicine cabinet. We are encouraging congregations to put the message in their bulletins, talk about it in their small group classes, post it in the halls of their facilities. A large percentage of people in East Texas are part of a community of faith, so this is a great way to spread the ...

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What You Should Know If Your Child Is Prescribed Opioids

With opioid overdoses being so frequent across the country (115 Americans die every day, according to the CDC) and in the news lately, parents may be concerned if their child receives an opioid prescription. Here’s some tips on how to ensure that your child gets the pain relief they need while avoiding opioid misuse and addiction. First, what is an opioid? There are several opioids that are on the market now. The most common are Hydrocodone (Zohydro); Hydrocodone with Acetaminophen (Vicodin); Oxycodone (Oxycontin, Roxicodone); Oxycodone + Acetaminophen (Percocet); Codeine, Morphine, Fentanyl, and Tylenol with codeine. These are distinct from opiates; opiates are drugs like morphine and heroin that are derived from the poppy plant, whereas opioids are synthetic, but they ...

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A Dangerous Mix: Alcohol and Water Activities Don’t Go Together image

A Dangerous Mix Alcohol and Water Activities Don’t Go Together

By Rebecca Smith When the East Texas heat reaches its peak during the summer, playing in the water is a welcome relief.  But when alcohol is involved, what should be a fun time can become dangerous. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAA), 70 percent of water recreation deaths of teens and adults involve alcohol. “Alcohol impairs judgment and increases risk-taking, a dangerous combination for swimmers,” reads the website. “Even experienced swimmers may venture out farther than they should and not be able to make it back to shore… Even around a pool, too much alcohol can have deadly consequences. Inebriated divers may collide with the diving board, or dive where the water is too shallow.” ...

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Free Envelopes to Reduce Opioid Risk from The National Safety Council image

Free Envelopes to Reduce Opioid Risk from The National Safety Council

The National Safety Council is providing a new way for residents to dispose of their prescription drugs for free. At this website, you can order a special envelope to mail your leftover prescription drugs to a company that is approved by the Drug Enforcement Agency and specializes in destroying drugs. This is a great initiative that targets one of the main reasons our country is seeing so many people get addicted and overdose on prescription opioids: there are simply too many of these drugs sitting in medicine cabinets. “Research indicates people who take opioid painkillers can quickly develop a dependence on this class of drug,” according to the National Safety Council’s informational website. “Yet, 70% of doctors prescribe highly addictive ...

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