Key Messages and Talking Points for Parents Marijuana is not a harmless drug for teens. The teen brain is still developing, and marijuana may cause abnormal brain development. Marijuana is linked to school failure. Because the teen brain is still developing, marijuana has a negative effect on attention, motivation, memory and learning. Students who use marijuana tend to get lower grades and are more likely to drop out of school. Teens are at higher risk for addiction. Because
This week, Minnesotans for a Smoke-Free Generation, a coalition of Minnesota's leading health organizations, marks the 10-year anniversary of the Freedom to Breathe Act, a law that protects Minnesotans from secondhand smoke in public places including restaurants and bars. The positive changes the law has made in people's lives across the state are clear. "Having clean air to breathe at work means I can continue to do the work I love. I wouldn't have chosen to continue working
Attorneys general from most states are broadening their investigation into the opioid industry as a nationwide overdose crisis continues to claim thousands of lives. They announced Tuesday that they had served subpoenas requesting information from five companies that make powerful prescription painkiller demanded information from three distributors. Forty-one attorneys general are involved in various parts of the civil investigation. Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson is
The day has finally come for you and your family to welcome your son or daughter back from a residential treatment program (rehab) for addiction to drugs or alcohol. You may be cautiously optimistic for the homecoming or you may be worried about how it will go. You may not feel ready for your child to come home yet, remembering that feeling of walking on eggshells when he or she was home last, struggling with their substance use. These feelings are completely normal and you m
Drug-Free Communities Support Program ONDCP's Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program announced 719 DFC grant awards totaling $89 million for FY 2017. The $89 million in DFC Support Program grants to 719 local drug prevention coalitions is the largest number of single-year grantees since the program's founding. This announcement includes 99 new DFC grants, 614 continuation grants for coalitions already in a five-year cycle, 3 new DFC Mentoring (DFC-M) grants and 3 continu
Football games and homecoming dances are part of nearly every teen's life this time of year. These are great opportunities for teens to socialize with their peers and get involved at their school. This also means late nights and potential risky situations for teens, including parties where adults are providing alcohol. It's important for communities to come together to provide safe and healthy environments for the teens that live there. Parent Tips for Homecoming Share these
Join us for our SUP Coalition meeting tomorrow, September 20th from 9:00-10:30 am at the Sherburne County Government Center in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC). If you cannot make it tomorrow, our next meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 18th from 9:00-10:30 am at the Sherburne County Government Center in the Range and Training Center. We hope to see you there!
A prevention parable... The story of Three Sisters provides an easy to understand explanation of how multifaceted issues require a multifaceted approach - such as substance abuse - and how each "sister" is important. Source: MDH