Ups, Downs for Tobacco Regulation in February

CHICAGO – While South Dakota’s House of Representatives recently voted down a bill to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21, that same movement is ongoing in seven other states, according to Lakeville, Minn.-based NATO. Meanwhile, tobacco retailers in Duluth, Minn., took a major hit this month as lawmakers voted to restrict menthol and other flavored tobacco products to over-21 retail locations. Legal-age regulations continue to percolate across the country. The most recent state to introduce a move to raise the legal age for buying tobacco products to 21 was Maryland, with ongoing similar age-restrictive proposals under consideration in Arizona, Illinois, Massachusetts and e

Alcohol probably makes it harder to stop sexual violence – so why aren’t colleges talking about it?

"Several years ago, one of us (Dominic) was consulting with university administration on their sexual violence prevention program. All colleges and universities that receive Title IX funding are federally mandated to offer intervention programs, where bystanders are trained to intervene in risky sexual situations. These programs aim to reduce campus sexual violence, as one in five college women say they’ve been a victim of sexual assault. The good news is that studies show that such programs can help bystanders prevent sexual violence. The bad news is that risky sexual situations often involve alcohol, and there’s no research on how alcohol intoxication might influence bystanders’ ability to

Gov. Dayton Seeks To Tax Each Opioid Pill Sold In MN

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Gov. Mark Dayton unveiled a sweeping plan Wednesday to fight Minnesota’s growing opioid abuse crisis — including a steep tax on drug manufacturers. There were 395 opioid-related overdose deaths in 2016, an 18-percent jump from the year before. And opioid deaths in Minnesota rose 66 percent since 2000, according to a report released by the governor Wednesday. That is why state officials are taking the unusual step of taxing opioid manufacturers for every pill they sell in Minnesota. “You can call it whatever you want,” Dayton said. “It means that they’re going to pay for the product they’re producing, which is causing this epidemic.” The opioid intervention plan charges o

Upcoming Heather Forbes Presentations

You are invited to attend an exciting presentation! Heather Forbes is nationally recognized for helping parents and professionals understand the impact of trauma on children and developing interventions that are most effective to help them thrive. Heather will provide four specialized training sessions for various audiences from across the Sherburne County area, including: Developmental Trauma Thursday, March 1st at 12:30 pm Key Audience: Mental health providers and other helping professions Helping Families Thrive in a Stressful World Thursday, March 1st at 6 pm Key Audience: Paren

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