Marijuana and Adolescents: Caution

Marijuana smoke is blanketing the country. Clearly, Americans are big fans of marijuana. In fact, a record high 60% of Americans favor its legalization, according to a 2016 Gallup poll. This compares with only 12% in 1969. New laws about marijuana have dramatically changed our country’s landscape. As the new federal-government administration steps in, additional changes and possible reversals of existing policies are likely. So where do we stand today? What should we consider in the future? More than 111 million Americans have used marijuana at least once in their lifetime; 22 million are current (past month) users and 8 million are daily users, according to the National Survey on Drug

Spring Clean Your Medicine Cabinet

It’s time for the most important spring cleaning you can do — inside your medicine cabinet. Two-thirds of teens who report abuse of prescription medicine are getting them from friends, family and acquaintances. Be sure to safeguard your home, so the teens in your life don’t have access to your medicine. Follow these three steps to find out how to monitor, secure and properly dispose of unused and expired prescription drugs and over-the-counter cough medicine in your home: To find out where to dispose of your unused or expired medications in the Sherburne County area, click here! Source: Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Talk Early, Talk Often - Conversation Goals

What’s the best way to keep your kids from drinking and using drugs? It could be as simple as “Talk Early, Talk Often” which is a campaign being spearheaded by the Sherburne County SUP Coalition to help educate and empower parents and other caring adults to have ongoing conversations with the young people in their lives. Research shows that although it may seem like kids aren’t listening – they really are. Make talking about drugs and alcohol a part of your general health and safety conversations – starting as early as elementary age and continuing on from there. 5 Conversation Goals: Show you disapprove of underage drinking and drug use. More than 80% of young people ages 10-18 say their

Dad's Clever 'X-Plan' for Getting Teens Out of Bad Situations

I get to spend an hour each week with a group of young people going through addiction recovery. Yes. Young people. I’m talking teenagers who are locked away for at least six months as they learn to overcome their addictions. I’m always humbled and honored to get this time with these beautiful young souls that have been so incredibly assaulted by a world they have yet to understand. This also comes with the bittersweet knowledge that these kids still have a fighting chance while several of my friends have already had to bury their own children. Recently I asked these kids a simple question: “How many of you have found yourself in situations where things started happening that you weren’

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