Colorado Auto Deaths Involving Marijuana Rise

Colorado continues to see marijuana-involved traffic crashes that result in serious consequences. For years, CDOT and its partners have worked to educate the public about the dangers of driving high and provide marijuana consumers with information on how to stay safe, such as planning for a safe, sober ride. Although past campaigns have greatly increased knowledge about the legal consequences of driving high, Colorado still has a long ways to go to reach their goal of zero deaths on Colorado roads. Consider: In 2016 there were 77 fatalities that involved a driver impaired by active THC Recent public education efforts have resulted in more than 90 percent of marijuana consumers knowing they c

What Does It Mean When We Call Addiction a Brain Disorder?

Nora Volkow, MD, is director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. She writes a blog on NIDA’s website about marijuana research. Her latest entry explains why we call addiction a brain disorder. In the 1980s, as a young scientist she and her colleagues pioneered using brain imaging to compare the brains of people with drug addictions to those without drug problems. “The changes were so stark,” she writes, “that in some cases it was even possible to identify which people suffered from addiction just from looking at their brain images.” A scientific consensus has emerged, she says, that “addiction is a chronic but treatable medical condition” involving specific parts of the brain invo

Parent Blog Roundup

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is a nonprofit that supports families that are struggling with their child's substance use. They have numerous resources, including the following blog posts for parents and other caring adults. Families Speak Up: The Need for Family Support Services for Addiction I Just Got Denied Coverage: Now What? How to File an Insurance Appeal for Substance Use Disorder What Are the Current Drug Trends Among Teens and Young Adults? How to Properly Document Your Contact with Your Insurance Company Does Having Naloxone in My House Enable My Child to Use Opioids? Your First Call with Your Insurance Provider: What to Ask about Substance Use Coverage A Glossary of Terms for In

St. Patrick's Day DWI count: 424 arrests, up 28 percent over last year

The final tally is in, and law enforcement statewide arrested 424 impaired drivers over the three-day St. Patrick's Day weekend, an increase of 28 percent over last year, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety's Office of Traffic Safety said. The 424 arrests made between 6 p.m. Friday and 4 a.m. Monday compares with 331 made during the same time frame in 2017, when the holiday fell on a Friday. St. Patrick's Day has long been one of the busiest for drunken driving arrests. With an average 4.2 drunken driving arrests every hour, the holiday ranks third, trailing only Labor Day and Independence Day, the Office of Traffic Safety said. In comparison, police make about 285 DWI arrests on a typ

Using DWI Ignition Interlock Systems

Technology can sometimes be both a curse and a blessing. One piece of technology that seems to be delivering good results is the ignition interlock. The ignition interlock is a cell phone-sized device that connects to the ignition system of an automobile. Any vehicle with the device won’t start until someone blows into it and the captured breath contains no more than a trace amount of alcohol. About half of the states, including Minnesota, have laws that require certain people to install the device in their cars. In Minnesota, certain repeat DWI offenders, and first-time DWI arrestees who refuse to take a blood, breath or urine test, or those who score .16 or more on a test, must have the de

Don’t Push Your Luck this St. Patrick’s Day

Free Rides. Lucky You. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day responsibly and get a free ride! On March 17, Metro Transit customers can ride free from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. on all Metro Transit routes – buses and light rail. No fare, no coupons; simply hop on and take a seat for free. MVTA and Anoka County will also be providing free rides. Whether you’ll be out celebrating or you’re not interested in driving alongside those who are, riding Metro Transit is an easy, safe alternative.

‘Talk Early, Talk Often’ effort takes aim at marijuana

21 percent of high school juniors in 2016 reported use of pot within the past 30 days, despite many misunderstandings Do you recall seeing the “Talk Early, Talk Often” campaign throughout the last year? This campaign is organized by the Sherburne County SUP Coalition in an effort to help educate and empower parents and other caring adults to have ongoing conversations with the young people in their lives around drugs and alcohol. Although the coalition wants adults to have conversations on all drugs, we are specifically working to create awareness of issues surrounding youth marijuana use and its adverse effects. While popular opinion and legal policies around marijuana have changed rapidly

Be True. Be You. Be Real.

is a student-led campaign that highlights the majority of students that do not use alcohol or other drugs. Many students perceive that more of their classmates are drinking than what is actually occurring. Students who think other students in their school drink monthly or more often are almost 6x more likely to report that they themselves drink monthly or more often. According to the 2016 Minnesota Student Survey, 82% of Sherburne High School Students do not drink alcohol in a typical month. Last month, students filmed short videos sharing what keeps them "real" or drug-free. Students hope to help their peers discover their reason not to drink alcohol. Check-out the videos for Becker, Big

Reality Check: The Impact Of Sunday Liquor Sales

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Sunday liquor sales are now a part of Minnesota’s weekend life. Sunday beer runs were made legal last summer for the first time in state history. “We’ve been hearing loud and clear from our constituents that it’s time to get this done,” said Sen. Jeremy Miller, (R) Winona, who wrote the bill. So what’s the impact? We asked the Minnesota Department of Revenue to crunch the numbers for us. The Department calculated alcohol excise taxes for calendar year 2017, compared to previous years. It found only a modest increase in alcohol sales since Sunday liquor went online. Here are the numbers, as prepared by the Revenue Department: Calendar year alcohol excise taxes, in thousan

Should I Talk To My Kids About Vaping?

Not sure how to talk to the young people in your life about vaping? This new resource from the Physician Advocacy Network will help you start the conversation! Download the full infographic in English and Spanish or order printed copies at no charge here.

Talk Early, Talk Often Campaign

Do you recall seeing the “Talk Early, Talk Often” campaign throughout the last year? This campaign is organized by the SUP Coalition in an effort to help educate and empower parents and other caring adults to have ongoing conversations with the young people in your lives around drugs and alcohol. Although the coalition wants adults to have conversations on all drugs, we are specifically working to create awareness of issues surrounding youth marijuana use and its adverse effects. While popular opinion and legal policies around marijuana have changed rapidly in recent years, misunderstandings about the potential impacts of this drug persist. Today’s marijuana is more potent than the marijuana

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