Partnership for Drug Free Kids put together this guide because they want parents and families to know what opioids are and to understand the risks associated with their use. They want you to be prepared with knowledge and skills to spot early use and take action effectively.
Developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office of Smoking and Health this document answers some of the most common questions about E-Cigarettes and vaping.
Although the overwhelming majority of young people do not use e-cigarettes, the recent increase in use among adolescents is concerning to health professionals. This guide provides some of the risks associated with use.
This one page fact sheet developed by the Long Island Prevention Resource Center will teach you the basics of Hookahs.
This one page fact sheet developed by the Long Island Prevention Resource Center will teach you the basics of Electronic Cigarettes.
SAMHSA-2009- Results from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health-Volume I-Summary of National Findings
This report presents the first information from the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an annual survey sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The survey is the primary source of information on the use of illicit drugs, alcohol, and tobacco in the civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the United States aged 12 years old or older. The survey interviews approximately 67,500 persons each year. Unless otherwise noted, all comparisons in this report described using terms such as “increased,” “decreased,” or “more than” are statistically significant at the .05 level.
The 2016 National Drug Threat Assessment is a comprehensive strategic assessment of the threat posed to the United States by the trafficking and abuse of illicit and prescription drugs. This report combines federal, state, and local law enforcement reporting; public health data; news reports; and intelligence from other government agencies to provide a coordinated and balanced approach to determining which substances represent the greatest drug threat to the United States.
This timely report highlights the rapidly changing patters of e-cigarette use among youth and young adults, assesses what we know about the health effects of using these products, and describes strategies that tobacco companies use to recruit our nation’s youth and young adults to try and continue using e-cigarettes. The report also outlines interventions that can be adopted to minimize the harm these products cause our nation’s youth.
BEFORE THE TALK Know the facts. • Get credible information about e-cigarettes and young people at E-cigarettes.SurgeonGeneral.gov.
This Surgeon General’s report comprehensively reviews the public health issue of e-cigarettes and their impact on U.S. youth and young adults. Studies highlighted in the report cover young adolescents (11-14 years of age); adolescents (15-17 years of age); and/or young adults (18-25 years of age). Scientific evidence contained in this report supports the following facts:
There are many reasons why children start drinking.
As children approach their teen years, they begin to experience many emotional and physical changes – changes that are not always easy. During this challenging and confusing time, even good children may experiment with alcohol.
If you know your child is using drugs, you have good reason to be concerned. You may feel helpless, fearful and even ashamed, but you CAN do something. You can try a variety of ways that will make your child’s drug use less appealing for them. It is important to note that getting help for your child is a process, never an event. This means that you will have to try a variety of techniques over time, while never giving up. This brochure will offer ideas and tips for you to begin to help your child, but it is most important that you educate yourself and get help for yourself as well.
Prescription drug misuse is the use of prescription medication in a manner that is not prescribed by a health care practitioner. This includes using someone else’s prescription or using your own prescription in a way not directed by your doctor.
Any one of the following behaviors can be a symptom of normal adolescence. However, keep in mind that the key is change. It is important to note any significant changes in your child’s physical appearance, personality, attitude or behavior.
African-American Youth Exposed to More Magazine and Television Alcohol Advertising than Youth in General
Alcohol is the most widely used drug among African-American youth
Inhalants are breathable chemical vapors that users intentionally inhale because of the chemicals’ mind-altering effects. The substances inhaled are often common household products that contain volatile solvents, aerosols, or gases.
What to do if your child is drinking or using drugs
If you’re concerned about your teen’s drug or alcohol use, then it is time to take action. You can never be too safe or intervene too early – even if you believe your teen is just “experimenting.” Read on to find answers to parents’ most pressing questions about interventions.
Findings and Recommendations of the Suffolk Heroin and Opiate Advisory Panel
The Panel, comprised of the treatment professionals, prevention experts, school officials and health care professionals listed below, was charged with making recommendations about ways in which Suffolk County can “improve its response to heroin and opiates,” in terms of prevention, treatment and recovery support.
Summer is back and so is the heat! Doesn’t a nice cold beverage sound good right about now? Maybe some iced tea or lemonade to cool you off? But be careful; make sure the kids don’t get confused. . .
Following a decade of steady declines, The Partnership Attitude Tracking Study (PATS), sponsored by MetLife Foundation indicates that teen drug and alcohol use is headed in the wrong direction, with marked increases in teen use of marijuana and Ecstasy over the past three years.
Parents: You Matter
Club drugs affect your brain. The term “club drugs” refers to a wide variety of drugs often used at all-night dance parties (“raves”), nightclubs, and concerts. Club drugs can damage the neurons in your brain, impairing your senses, memory, judgment, and coordination.
Cocaine affects your brain. The word “cocaine” refers to the drug in both a powder (cocaine) and crystal (crack) form. It is made from the coca plant and causes a short-lived high that is immediately followed by opposite, intense feelings of depression, edginess, and a craving for more of the drug. Cocaine may be snorted as a powder, converted to a liquid form for injection with a needle, or processed into a crystal form to be smoked.
Hallucinogens affect your brain. Hallucinogens change the way the brain interprets time, reality, and the environment around you. They also affect the way you move, react to situations, think, hear, and see. This may make you think that you’re hearing voices, seeing images, and feeling things that don’t exist.
Heroin affects your brain. Heroin enters the brain quickly. It slows down the way you think, slows down reaction time, and slows down memory. This affects the way you act and make decisions.
Inhalants affect your brain. Inhalants are substances or fumes from products such as glue or paint thinner that are sniffed or “huffed” to cause an immediate high. Because they affect your brain with much greater speed and force than many other substances, they can cause irreversible physical and mental damage before you know what’s happened.
Marijuana affects your brain. THC (the active ingredient in marijuana) affects the nerve cells in the part of the brain where memories are formed.
Steroids affect your heart. Steroid abuse has been associated with cardiovascular disease, including heart attack and stroke. These heart problems can even happen to athletes under the age of 30.
Suffolk County Police Department Operation Medicine Cabinet Drop Off Locations