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4 Tips to keep the roads safe during National Impaired Driving Prevention Month image

Driving Prevention Month 2018 Blog

The holiday season is a time for celebrating with loved ones. Unfortunately, those celebrations can lead to deadly crashes due to impaired drivers. Thanksgiving through News Year’s Day is one of the deadliest times on our roadways. During December 2017, 885 people lost their lives in traffic crashes involving a drunk driver, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Just as troubling, data from SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health indicates that almost 900,000 youth between the ages of 16 and 20 drove under the influence of alcohol last year. Because of the high number of impaired accidents in December, every president of the United States since 1981 has demonstrated the commitment to preventing impaired ...

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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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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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It’s National Prevention Week. Day Five’s Focus: Suicide Prevention image

It’s National Prevention Week. Day Five’s Focus: Suicide Prevention

Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people. And in many cases, it is preventable. “We know very clearly that, with proper identification, proper support and treatments that are suicide-specific, we absolutely can make a difference and save lives,” said David Jobes, head of Catholic University’s Suicide Prevention Lab in an article by NPR. “Most suicidal people who talk about suicide don’t really want to be dead. They’re giving other people lots of indications, lots of warning signs, lots of communications that this is something that they would like to not do, but it requires people identifying that and getting them the proper help.” About 2,000 people jump off the Golden Gate Bridge to commit suicide every ...

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It’s National Prevention Week. Day Four’s Focus: Marijuana and Illicit Drugs image

Marijuana and Illicit Drugs - National Prevention Week: Day Four

Marijuana is perhaps one of the most polarizing substances we’ll discuss on National Prevention Week. Opinions around the country cover a wide spectrum. Should marijuana be legalized? Should it just be decriminalized? Should it be used only for medicinal purposes? (P.S. Contrary to popular belief, marijuana does not cure cancer, although it can make symptoms easier to deal with.) While there are arguments to be made for the different opinions, one thing we can all agree on is that teens should not use marijuana. Even in the states where recreational marijuana use is legal, it is only legal for those over age 21. “Marijuana is addicting, has adverse effects upon the adolescent brain, is a risk for both cardio-respiratory disease ...

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It’s National Prevention Week. Day Two’s Focus: Underage Drinking and Alcohol Misuse image

It’s National Prevention Week. Day Two’s Focus: Underage Drinking and Alcohol Misuse

Summer is approaching, and more teens take their first drink in June and July than in any other months of the year. But what’s the big deal if teens drink? Did you know that the average age of first use in Texas is 13, while the average age for the U.S. is 16? That’s a problem because teens who start drinking before age 15 are seven times more likely to become alcohol dependent and when teens drink, they binge drink 90 percent of the time. Some parents believe if their child doesn’t get behind the wheel, then drinking is safe. But only 1/3 of alcohol-related deaths for people under 21 are car crashes. Here are some other negative outcomes from ...

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