Identifying Drugs

A critical part of understanding teen drug use is awareness about drug paraphernalia—the items kids use to hide or consume drugs. You may find these items in your child’s bedroom, car or backpack. Knowing what to look for can be difficult for those us that aren't drug experts. Use this user-friendly guide created by the DEA to help identify several different drugs.

13 Reasons Why and Suicide

Recently, Netflix renewed “13 Reasons Why,” which depicts the journey of a high school student who dies by suicide (after being bullied and having school counselors dismiss her), leaving behind audio tapes detailing the events that she perceives led to her death. We know that many schools are having safe conversations about the Netflix series and are providing resources for students. We encourage parents, schools, youth organization, youth groups, faith communities and non-profits to talk using safe messaging with the young people you serve about “13 Reasons Why”. The Suicide Prevention Resource Center has identified a short list of key national resources to support schools, parents and comm

The Day I Realized I Shouldn't Fix My Tween's Problems

On that warm summer night, as I caught a glimpse of my son, I knew. He was standing across the yard, holding a plastic plate filled with summer party food and holding a red plastic cup. The sun hit his twelve year old hair in just a way that I could see the blonde highlights from a summer spent frolicking in the pool. His gangly Tween legs seemed to lack direction and his arms made his plate seem small. He stood alone and was wearing a look I’d never before seen on his face but I recognized the expression immediately. I watched as he scanned the party, forlornly standing in the grass and looking around at the guests, trying to look purposeful. His awkward stance, the position of his shoulder

Sherburne County Drug Arrest - July 7, 2017

Fentanyl & Other Synthetic Opioids: What are some slang terms? China Girl, China White, Murder 8, Tango and Cash, Pink What is it? Fentanyl and similar compounds like carfentanil are powerful synthetic opioids 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. Fentanyl is available as a schedule II prescription drug under such names as Actiq®, Duragesic®, and Sublimaze®. Along with other similarly potent synthetic opioids, fentanyl also shows up in illicit forms that are frequently combined with heroin, cocaine and other street drugs, and carries a high risk of overdose and fatality. According to the CDC, the death rate of synthetic opioids like fentanyl increased by 72.2% from 2014 to 2015. What do

Fentanyl and Synthetic Opioids: 5 Things You Need to Know

Deaths from fentanyl and other synthetic opioids (not including methadone), rose a staggering 72% in just one year, from 2014 to 2015. Government agencies and officials of all types are rightly concerned by what some are describing as the third wave of our ongoing opioid epidemic. As a concerned parent, whose top priority is keeping your child safe — and alive — the following are the most important things to understand about fentanyl. 1. Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent than heroin or morphine. It is a schedule II prescription drug typically used to treat patients with severe pain or to manage pain after surgery. It is also sometimes used to treat patients with chronic pain who are p

A Substance Abuse Guide for Parents

Parents will do almost anything to keep their children safe, but communicating with youth becomes more challenging as they get older. That’s why you should talk to your children about alcohol and other drugs early. It’s a conversation that you need to have because drugs can ruin your child’s life. Every year, millions of teens try alcohol, marijuana or tobacco products for the first time. Most of them won’t get caught. They won’t get in a car accident, and they won’t become addicted. But a significant portion of them will, and the consequences can be devastating. You can keep your children from becoming a statistic by being involved in their lives, having honest conversations with them and p


Through September 2017, motorists will face increased DWI enforcement patrols in 14 counties that accounted 44% of the state’s drunk driving deaths and 57% of the state’s alcohol-related serious injuries during 2013–2015. The 14 targeted counties are determined by the counties with the most combined number of drunk driving deaths and alcohol-related serious injuries during a three-year period. Source: Office of Traffic Safety

The acronyms teens really use on social media

(CNN) — For the sake of this story, I'd like to invent a new acronym: IAVS, which means, "I am very sorry." The reason for the apology stems from a story I wrote last year, "28 Internet acronyms every parent should know." "Wouldn't it be interesting to do a piece on the acronyms that teens are using across the Internet, especially on social media and apps, to help parents understand what, in fact, their kids are talking about?" I thought. I consulted existing lists of Internet acronyms and talked with Internet safety experts. It seemed fine -- until the story published and I received a wildly critical response on social media, often with language that I can't include here. My Twitter feed bl

Be Safe this 4th of July

Holiday weekends are a wonderful time for outdoor activities with family and friends. For many people, a day at the beach, on the boat, or at a backyard barbecue will include drinking alcoholic beverages. But excessive drinking and summer activities don’t mix. Drinking impairs both physical and mental abilities and it also decreases inhibitions—which can lead to tragic consequences on the water, on the road, and in the great outdoors. In fact, research shows that half of all water recreation deaths of teens and adults involve the use of alcohol. Swimmers Can Get In Over Their Heads Alcohol impairs judgment and increases risk-taking, a dangerous combination for swimmers. Even experienced swim

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