How to Find Addiction Treatment For Your Child If You Don’t Have Insurance

Your entire family is thrown into a crisis when your child needs treatment for drug or alcohol addiction. And that crisis is magnified if you don’t have the money or insurance to get help. Although it may take work and patience finding affordable treatment for your child, it is possible. We've outlined 6 steps you can take to help you find low cost or free treatment options. Here's the first: 1. Research Your Options Learn about the treatment options available. Does your child need inpatient or outpatient services? (Inpatient programs are those where you’re required to live at the treatment facility for the duration of the program, while outpatient treatment allows you to receive treatment

Weed Out the Confusion

Liberty Mutual Insurance and SADD provide tips and tools for parents on how to help prevent teens from driving under the influence.​ A new study conducted by Liberty Mutual Insurance and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), reveals that a third of all teens surveyed (33%) perceive it to be legal to drive under the influence of marijuana in states where it’s been legalized for recreational use. Notably, 27% of parents surveyed believe it to be legal as well. While the survey found that 93% of parents think driving under the influence of alcohol is dangerous, only 76% feel that driving under the influence of marijuana is dangerous. The teen survey data echoes these findings with 88%

Opioid Crisis Declared Public Health Emergency

Acting Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Eric D. Hargan issued the following statement upon declaring a nationwide public health emergency regarding the opioid crisis, as requested by President Donald Trump on Thursday: “Today’s declaration, coupled with the President’s direction that executive agencies use all appropriate emergency authorities and other relevant authorities, is another powerful action the Trump Administration is taking in response to America’s deadly opioid crisis. “President Trump has made this national crisis a top priority since he took office in January, and we are proud to be leading in this effort at HHS. His call to action today brings a new level of urgency

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Join us this Saturday, October 28th for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The Sherburne County Sheriff's Office, Big Lake Police Department, and Becker Police Department will be open from 10 am - 2 pm to collect your unwanted prescription drugs. We need your help to fight this epidemic. For more information on our disposal locations and what you can and cannot dispose of, click here.

Raise #RxAwareness

From 1999 to 2015, more than 183,000 people died in the United States from overdoses related to prescription opioids. Each of us has a part to play in helping prevent abuse, addiction, and overdose related to opioids. To help prevent misuse and overdose, CDC developed the Rx Awareness campaign with tools and resources to help increase knowledge among Americans about the risks of prescription opioids. The CDC need everyone’s support to raise #RxAwareness and help those at risk of addiction and prescription opioid overdose. This campaign includes messages, testimonial videos, graphics, and links to assist everyone from individuals to community organizers. By participating in this Thunderclap c

At least 60 overdosed on synthetic marijuana last week in Minneapolis

Synthetic marijuana goes by many names. Overdoses on synthetic cannabis sent people to the hospital in Minneapolis at least 60 times last week, causing hallucinations and violent behavior in some users, while leaving others nearly “comatose,” health officials said. The number of emergency calls involving suspected overdoses in the city was double that number, from midnight Sept. 29 through Sunday afternoon, officials said. “This is the biggest outbreak in Minnesota that I’m aware of since 2015,” said Dr. Jon Cole, medical director of the Minnesota Poison Control System, the statewide agency that monitors drug overdoses. “This alone is going to change the numbers from 2017 and would increase

Can You Tell the Difference?

"Edibles" vs. regular food: It's hard to tell the difference. Colorado lawmakers hope to make getting high less appealing to children by banning animal-, people- and fruit-shaped gummies. House Bill 16-1436 went into effect this weekend, prohibiting the sale of specific marijuana candies in an effort to prevention kids from consuming them. ABC News reports that state lawmakers decided to ban the shapes because even adults had a difficult time differentiating between regular and weeding gummies at a meeting to discuss the issue. Continue reading...

Effects of Opioids on the Brain – “Why Can’t They Just Stop Using Drugs?”

It can be tempting to think, “Why can’t they just stop using drugs?” But experts Adam Bisaga, MD, a Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University, and Alicia Murray, DO, a Board Certified Addiction Psychiatrist, describe the scientific research and changes in the brain that make it only focus on a drug like heroin or prescription pain pills, which in turn makes it very difficult to stop using that drug. Find more information on medication-assisted treatment, click here.

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