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April is National Alcohol Awareness month

Each April since 1987, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) has sponsored Alcohol Awareness Month to increase public awareness and understanding, reduce stigma and encourage local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues. Click here to read more     

Click Here for an interactive video on Alcohol Use

CDC Says Its Warning About Drinking and Pregnancy is Valid

 The Centers for Disease Control and PRevention (CDC) said its recomdendation that sexually active women should not drink alcohol if they are not using birth control is valid, despite criticism from many women. Read More Here


October is National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month (NMAAM)

Did you know that one in five young adults has abused a prescription drug and that one in 25 youth ages, 12 through 17, has abused cough medicine to get high from its dextromethorphan ingredient (CADCA 2015)?  The Council is taking part in National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month to help raise awareness about the dangers of prescription (Rx) drug abuse and over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicine abuse. For more information about prescription and/or over-the-counter medicine abuse, check out the links below:

Teen Medicine Abuse Fact Sheet

www.preventrxabuse.org

www.preventrxabuse.org/other-resources/helpful-websites/#.Vg5-GflViko

 

The Council Helps Kick Butts!

Youth leaders from school districts throughout Bucks County met at Central Bucks West High School on March 18, 2015 for the Student Forum, a monthly networking event sponsored by the Bucks County Intermediate Unit.

Nationwide, 1,300 lives are lost to tobacco-related illness every day. That translates to 1,300 American consumers who are no longer purchasing tobacco products. Tobacco industry documents have described youth as “replacement smokers” for those who die early due to tobacco-related illness, reflecting a long history of targeting youth in their marketing campaigns. For Kick Butts Day, youth across the U.S. took a stand against Big Tobacco through their own “Not a Replacement” campaign, using the tobacco industry’s own words to empower their peers and the community to embrace their individuality and resist being targeted for financial profit.

Here, Bucks County students join thousands of empowered youth nationwide to declare who they really are and to reject Big Tobacco’s label of young people as mere “replacements.” For more information, please visit http://www.kickbuttsday.org/.  #KickButtsDay  #NotAReplacement

Good Samaritan Law Has Been Passed in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed legislation on Tuesday September 30th, 2014 to provide prosecutorial immunity to people who overdose on drugs and witnesses who call emergency authorities for help. The Bill, SB1164, introduced by Senator Dominic Pileggi, also expands access to the overdose antidote Naloxone / Narcan by allowing physicians to prescribe Naloxone / Narcan to friends and family members of persons with opiate addictions.  Click here to read more 

The Power of Parents ® - MADD

The Council recently sent 4 employees to training to become certified trainers and facilitators for MADD’s Power of Parents program.  Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) developed this program to equip all parents and caregivers with the tools needed to help them start the potentially lifesaving conversation about alcohol with their teens. 

The Power of Parents program, made available by their National Presenting Sponsor, Nationwide Insurance, includes a parent handbook created through the joint effort of MADD and Dr. Robert Turrisi of Pennsylvania State University, this comprehensive new handbook is based on Dr. Turrisi’s successful program for parents of college students. Dr. Turrisi now offers this in-depth, evidence-based tool as a resource for parents of high school students, to assist them in communicating with their teens about alcohol and preventing underage drinking.

 Highlights include:

• Communication strategies and tips

• Better understanding of alcohol and the effects on a teenager’s body and developing brain

• Examples to help parents talk to their teen and how to react to tough questions

 If you are interested in hosting a workshop and/or are looking to attend a local workshop, please contact Diane Catherwood at 215-230-8218 x 3185. 

 

 

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