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3 Tips for Preventing Underage Drinking During the Super Bowl

Nearly synonymous with the words Super Bowl is alcohol. From watch parties to highly anticipated commercials, it’s everywhere. Most parents don’t think twice about the alcohol exposure, but it can have serious, unintentional consequences on teenagers. Research shows that teens who are exposed to Super Bowl commercials are more likely to drink underage and engage in binge drinking, according to JAMA Pediatrics. Also alarmingly, alcohol advertisements have increased 400 percent in the past 40 years, according to a study from the University of Texas at Austin. Alcohol marketing wouldn’t be a billion dollar industry if it didn’t work. Unfortunately, changing alcohol advertising laws is a very complex issue that won’t be resolved soon. However, there are easy things that parents ...

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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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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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