South Dakota authorities seize about 20K fentanyl pills

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A 19-year-old South Dakota man is accused of possessing 20,000 fentanyl pills with intent to distribute them in a case that sent one officer exposed to the drug to the hospital. Attorney General Marty Jackley said in a statement Wednesday the officer treated for exposure has been released from the hospital. Jackley says the street value of the fentanyl seized Tuesday in Chamberlain is $500,000. The attorney general says Trevor Harden has been charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. It wasn't immediately clear if Harden has a defense attorney to comment on his behalf. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid drug much more powerful t

Text Messages to Send to Your Kid

If you’re concerned about your kid and drinking, use every opportunity to communicate your message – including via text. Here’s a helpful guide with suggestions for simple, effective text messages to send. Source: Our Young Addicts

What Are They Thinking? Substance Use And The Developing Brain.

One of the concerns I often hear from parents is how to differentiate between what they might consider normal teen behavior and what we call substance abuse. There are definite differences but if this is new to parents, they do not have a reference point to substantiate between the two. I have asked parents what is their gut telling them as they know their child better than anyone else. They know their nature, personality and what they are like when just hangin’ with the family. Differences can be subtle or completely out of the norm. This is a common question I respond to from parents. I sat recently with a set of parents that firmly believed in allowing their children to experience wha

Advice for High School Graduates

I recently attended my Goddaughter’s graduation from a school in Connecticut. Speakers, teachers and guests alike focused on one essential theme for children: entering the world of adults. Whether you go to college or not, you should find your passion and follow it, wherever it leads. I sat there thinking, This is all well and good — if you can afford to find your passion and live it. However, what is of primary concern in today’s world and job market is to become self-sufficient and able to support yourself; in other words, to find a job. Build the stepping stones of your future I was reminded that nothing is carved in granite. You can begin one career while searching for another. Life expe

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