Preventing Underage Marijuana Use

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 the teen brain is still developing, early use of marijuana is more likely to lead to addiction, compared to those who wait until they are adults. Teens that use marijuana regularly may also develop serious mental health

Minnesota Marks 10th Anniversary of Freedom to Breathe Act

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 in a restaurant with smoky air through my pregnancies," says Jessica Berry, a bar and restaurant server in St. Paul with two children and one more on the way. "I'm astounded now to think back on the conditions my cowork

Minnesota, 40 other states investigating opioid makers

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 among them. "Unfortunately, more Minnesotans died last year from opioid overdoses than the previous year, as communities, families, parents, and children continue to struggle with the insidious impact of this epidemic,"

6 Steps to Take Before Your Child Returns Home from Addiction Treatment

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 may even be experiencing them simultaneously. You and your child are about to enter a new phase in a long process called recovery. It will still involve sacrifice for you and your family, and it’s best to talk about wha

White House Drug Policy Office Awards $89 Million to Largest-Ever Number of Local Coalitions to Pre

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 continuation DFC-M grants. The DFC Support Program, created by the Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997, is the Nation’s leading effort to mobilize communities to prevent youth substance use. Directed by the White House Office of

Having a Safe and Healthy Homecoming

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 tips with other parents in your community to ensure a safe Homecoming season. Discuss expectations about alcohol with your teen. Studies show that teens are far less likely to drink if parents make a clear statement that

September SUP Coalition Meeting Agenda

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!

The Three Sisters

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

Teens Are Getting More Depressed But Using Fewer Drugs

The latest snapshot of mental health and substance abuse among teens and adults tells a mixed story of optimism and opportunities for improvement. While teens are using fewer substances now than in the past, the overall opioid epidemic shows no signs of slowing. The data, compiled by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), comes from two large national surveys reported in 2015. Here are some of the key findings. Fewer teens are using illegal drugs. While marijuana is the substance teens are most likely to abuse, rates of pot usage have also declined slightly since 2011. Fewer teens started using alcohol, marijuana or cigarettes in 2015 than in 2011. Cigarette

Tobacco 21 movement gathers momentum in Minnesota

“Under 21, No Tobacco. It’s the Law.” The new, green signs have popped up in convenience stores and gas stations across Edina this summer. For some customers, the signs are a reminder of the change that made headlines as Edina broke from its neighbors and raised the legal age to buy tobacco products within its city limits from 18 to 21. For others, their trip into a store like Lang’s One Stop Market is the first time they learn of the new rule. “I get a lot of reaction from customers that come through,” Anita Lang, co-owner and co-founder of Lang’s, told me. “Older people say ‘Oh, that’s good. They'll probably thank you later.’ Younger people say ‘How can just one city do this?’ ” The commen

Minnesota’s drug overdose deaths continued to rise in 2016

Minnesota Department of Health launches Opioid Dashboard to save lives through data Minnesota’s total number of drug overdose deaths continued to climb in 2016, with heroin taking an increasing toll in the Twin Cities and methamphetamine deaths on the rise in Greater Minnesota. Drug overdose deaths among Minnesota residents increased 9.2 percent from 2015 to 2016, extending an alarming trend. The number of drug overdose deaths in 2016 is nearly six times higher than it was in 2000. Preliminary data collected from Minnesota death certificates show 637 people died from a drug overdose in 2016 compared to 583 deaths in 2015. “The alarm is growing louder year after year as we continue to see the


The Enquirer sent more than 60 reporters, photographers and videographers into their communities to chronicle an ordinary week in this extraordinary time. It’s a little after sunrise on the first day of another week, and Cincinnati is waking up again with a heroin problem. So is Covington. And Middletown. And Norwood. And Hamilton. And West Chester Township. And countless other cities and towns across Ohio and Kentucky. This particular week, July 10 through 16, will turn out to be unexceptional by the dreary standards of what has become the region’s greatest health crisis. This is normal now, a week like any other. But a terrible week is no less terrible because it is typical. When heroin an

My Kid Just Completed Addiction Treatment. Now What?

Parents often feel uncertain and ill-prepared when their son or daughter has completed addiction treatment. Many parents expect their teen or young adult to be “fixed” when he or she finishes a treatment program. Unfortunately, this is not a realistic expectation. For many young people, a substance use disorder is a chronic condition that will require management into adulthood, and for some, throughout life. This is typical of chronic disorders. (For example, if treatment for asthma or diabetes were stopped, a relapse would likely occur.) So, with this in mind, how can you best support your child’s recovery in the days and weeks after treatment? To help parents, we created a guide called Con

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