With enrollment down at some Minnesota recovery schools, staffs work to reverse the trend

At 10:30 on Monday morning, it’s check-in time at P.E.A.S.E. (Peers Enjoying A Sober Education) Academy in Minneapolis. A group of some 29 students, teachers, staff and administrators gathered in a large, sunny room. Some students slumped in their chairs, some snuggled and talked, others sat still, alone and quiet. Staff mixed in with the students, ready to participate: This weekly check-in is an opportunity to take the group’s temperature, to start the week off on the right foot. Monday’s check-in instructions? “Say your recovery date, your highs and lows, and your hidden talent,” said Michael Durchslag, P.E.A.S.E. Academy director, a cheerfully intense bespectacled man with close-cropped h

Holiday kicks off 100 deadliest days on MN roads

ROSEVILLE, Minn. - The Memorial Day holiday usually serves as the unofficial kickoff to summer, with families hitting the road for the cabin or other outdoor destinations. Unfortunately, it also marks the start of the deadliest stretch of the year on Minnesota roads. Statistics released by the Department of Public Safety (DPS) Thursday reveal that 121 of the 358 road fatalities registered in the Gopher State last year came during the 100 days between Memorial and Labor Day. That's 34 percent. Of those 121 fatalities, DPS says 27 involved drunk driving, 21 excess speed, and 11 distracted driving. Sixteen of those who died were not wearing a seat belt. Here are some things the State Patrol and

What Parents Need to Know About College Binge Drinking

"The feeling of sending a grown child off to college for the first time can be described as a strange mixture of pride, relief and severe anxiety. What do parents need to know as their adult child takes this big step? As a public health researcher, I have some good news to share, and some reminders about what to be aware of during this critical transition for both you and them. The first piece of good news is that your voice matters. Your child might not tell you, but when researchers have asked them about your influence, they find that parent attitudes and the rules you put in place during their development are major influences on their risk-taking behavior. Preparing and protecting your ch

Director of drug abuse institute offers words of caution on marijuana

Dr. Nora D. Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, was in Boston on Thursday to speak at a symposium sponsored by Boston University’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute and Boston Medical Center’s Grayken Center for Addiction. Before her talk, she sat down with the Globe to talk about marijuana legalization and the opioid crisis. Here are edited excerpts: ■ Dispensaries that sell legal marijuana will soon open in Massachusetts. What are your thoughts on pot legalization? The greatest mortality from drugs comes from legal drugs. The moment you make a drug legal, you’re going to increase the number of people who get exposed to it, and therefore you increase the neg

Highly addictive e-cig use in schools is much worse than parents think

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Health and the Department of Education have sent a rare, joint letter to school districts across the state, warning them of the dangers of e-cigarettes and vaping products. The letter explains how e-cigarettes have led to the first increase in teen tobacco use in nearly two decades and urges schools to alert parents and increase awareness (and education) about the products. KARE 11 spoke to several Minnesota school districts, students and the Department of Health about the rising use of e-cigarettes inside schools and classrooms. Outside Duluth’s Denfeld High School, you might catch a glimpse — or a fruit-scented whiff — of what’s behind the firs

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