Chief Ed Tolan and Lieutenant Dean Perry attend the National Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta, Georgia. President Barack Obama announced new initiatives to address prescription drug, heroin and marijuana use. They heard from several keynote speakers and will also attend the Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) Summit held today.
We thank them for taking time out of their busy schedules to attend this conference and look forward to hearing what they will bring back to our communities.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) gives a brief overview of the connection between prescription pain pills and heroin, click here to learn more.
GenerationRx.org is a website that provides educational resources to help prevent the misuse of prescription medications. The site’s teen materials have been recently revamped and expanded. In addition to the teen materials, Generation Rx also offers free educational materials targeted to elementary students, college students, adults, seniors, patients and those in the workplace.
Access the free materials at GenerationRx.org.
From the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids: Have ever looked at your teenager and wondered: “Why does my teen do that?”
From mood swings to risk taking, “normal teenage behavior” can appear to be anything-but-normal to parents and other bystanders. However, new research reveals that patterns of brain development during these formative years play a significant role in shaping your teen’s personality and actions.
Scientists are beginning to learn that it takes a brain about 25 years to fully develop, and that a huge burst of development happens during adolescence. That burst can explain a lot of unpredictable – and sometimes risky – teen behavior.
Parents and grandparents, you can play a powerful role in preventing your teen from misusing medicine.
One place to start is with Parent Talk Kit, which has tips for talking to your child at any age about drugs and alcohol, including prescription drugs.
Protect your kids. Three steps to Safeguard Your Home.
Learn more from the Medicine Abuse Project here
An online guide about interventions in early childhood that can help prevent drug use and other unhealthy behaviors was launched today by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health. The guide offers research-based principles that affect a child’s self-control and overall mental health, starting during pregnancy through the eighth year of life. It recognizes that while substance use generally begins during the teen years, it has known biological, psychological, social, and environmental roots that begin even before birth. Click here to view this online guide.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration suggests when using nonprescription medicines, here are 10 ways to be sure you’re giving your children the right medicine and the right amount.