Health Trends and Research

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2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health

This national report summarizes the key substance use and mental health findings among people aged 12 years old and older in the United States who completed the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH).

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2016 Monitoring the Future Key Findings on Adolescent Drug Use

Monitoring The Future (MTF) is a long-term study of American adolescents, college students, and adult high school graduates through age 55 since 1975. The 2016 MTF survey involved about 45,500 students in 8th, 10th, and 12th grades enrolled in 372 secondary schools nationwide. The results in this report look at lifetime, annual, 30 day, and daily prevalence for grade levels and drug classes.

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2015-2016 National Pride Survey Results for Grades 6 Thru 12

Since 1982, the Pride Survey has been used by schools, school systems, communities, and states, to gather data on student drug and alcohol use. The Pride Questionnaire for Grades 6-12 has been utilized by thousands of school systems across the United States, as well as in six other countries. This document is the full report for years 2015-2016.

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Nassau County Youth Development Survey (YDS) 2014-2015 Quicklook

This document outlines some of the key findings from Nassau County’s 2014-2015 Youth Development Survey including highest risk factor, lowest protective factor, age of first use of various drugs and alcohol, sources of alcohol, and binge drinking rates. This was developed by the Long Island Prevention Resource Center.

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Suffolk County Youth Development Survey (YDS) Quicklook

This document outlines some of the key findings from Suffolk County’s 2014-2015 Youth Development Survey including highest risk factor, lowest protective factor, age of first use of various drugs and alcohol, sources of alcohol, and binge drinking rates. This was developed by the Long Island Prevention Resource Center.

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Nassau County Youth Development Survey Report 2014-2105

This report summarizes findings from the Nassau County  Youth Development Survey conducted during the 2014-2015 school year. The survey instrument was designed to assess risk and protective factors that predict substance use and other problem behaviors such as delinquency. The survey also measures substance use, youth gambling and other problem behaviors. In addition, grade groups and gender comparisons often are provided as well.

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Suffolk County Youth Development Survey Report 2014-2015

This report summarizes findings from the Suffolk County  Youth Development Survey conducted during the 2014-2015 school year. The survey instrument was designed to assess risk and protective factors that predict substance use and other problem behaviors such as delinquency. The survey also measures substance use, youth gambling and other problem behaviors. In addition, grade groups and gender comparisons often are provided as well.

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Secrets to Success in Parenting Your Teen

This guidebook by Sue Blaney of Please Stop the Rollercoaster and Parenting Teens Info shares 8 secrets that’ll help you be successful in your parenting.

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Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health 2016

Alcohol and drug misuse and related substance use disorders affect millions of Americans and impose enormous costs on our society. The attached PDF highlights key findings for Substance Abuse Prevention Programs and Policies form the 2016 Facing Addiction in America Surgeon General Report.  View the Full Surgeon General’s 2016 Facing Addiction in America Report Here.

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2010 Partnership Attitude Tracking Study – Teens and Parents

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.

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Reducing Teen Substance Misuse: What Really Works

The report includes state-by-state youth drug overdose death rates and rankings, and a report card for how well states scored on 10 key indicators of leading evidence-based policies and programs that can improve the wellbeing of children and youth and have been connected with preventing and reducing substance – alcohol, tobacco or other drugs – misuse.  The report is supported by a grant from the Conrad Hilton Foundation.

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May 2012 Newsletter-Chatting up summer safety with Teens

May 2012 Newsletter-Chatting up summer safety with Teens

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Navigating the Teen Years

Navigating the teen years can be formidable. But research shows that kids who learn from their parents about the dangers of underage drinking, illicit drugs, tobacco use, dangerous driving and other risky behaviors are less likely to engage in them.

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Did You Know June 2011 – Alcopops

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…

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The Power of Parenting: I know my child is using alcohol/drugs

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 tech-niques 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.

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Talk with your Children about Gambling

Gambling today is more accessible than ever. It is portrayed through television and other media as exciting and easy money. However, gambling can lead to serious problems. Your child needs to know that gambling can easily get out of control and lead to serious losses, not only of money and possessions, but also the loss of trust and respect from family and friends or educational opportunities. Studies show that the earlier a child engages in risky behaviors, the greater the likelihood those behaviors will become problematic.

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Problem Gambling

For most people, gambling is a fun, recreational activity. But for some adults, gambling behaviors will become a problem that negatively affects many areas of their life.

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The Power of Parenting: I think my child is using alcohol/drugs

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.

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The Power of Parenting: My child is in recovery

Recovery is a journey, not an event. It is more than not using alcohol and/or drugs; it includes all aspects of life from social activities to health and wellness. It is important for your child to focus on finding a healthy, new direction he or she wishes to take and developing a realistic plan to achieve goals. Keep in mind, sobriety slips may happen, so having a plan on how to deal with them is important.

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Prescription Drug Abuse: Strategies to stop the epidemic (2013)

Prescription drug abuse has quickly become a major health epidemic in the United States. This guide looks at key findings regarding the magnitude of prescription drug abuse in the US, the public health model as it relates to this issue, different methods that can be utilized at the state and national level to address prescription drug abuse, and key areas of concern and recommendation.

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State Estimates of Underage Alcohol Use Self-Purchase of Alcohol

Alcohol use constitutes one of the most serious public health issues for young people in the United States, creating negative health, social, and economic consequences for adolescents, their families, communities, and the Nation as a whole.

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Prevention Tactics – Binge Drinking

Binge Drinking: Community Action to Reduce Binge Drinking

Binge drinking is the consumption of alcohol to the extent that harmful consequences – health, academic, legal, and others – may be expected.

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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.

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Intervention Guide

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.

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Suffolk County’s HOEAP Report

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.

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National Pride Survey 2008-2009

Since 1982, the PRIDE Survey has been used by schools, school systems, communities, and states, to gather data on student drug and alcohol use. In recent years, questions on violence and threatening behaviors have been added.

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Problem Gambling Guide for Health Professionals

Problem Gambling Guide for Health Professionals Brochure

This booklet will provide you with information that will help you understand the issues and trends surrounding problem gambling and help you find appropriate services and programs – from outreach to prevention to treatment – for your patients or loved ones at risk of developing a gambling problem.

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Conversation Starters

Learn to answer the tough questions.

As your child becomes more and more curious about alcohol, he or she may turn to you for answers and advice. Use this opportunity to start an open, honest conversation about drinking. Since some questions can be difficult to answer, it’s important to be prepared.

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Why Children Start Drinking

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.

 

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2010-2011 Nassau County YDS

This report summarizes findings from the New York State Youth Development Survey conducted during the 2010-11 school year. The survey instrument was designed to assess risk and protective factors that predict substance use and other problem behaviors such as delinquency. The survey also measures substance use, youth gambling and other problem behaviors. In addition, grade groups and gender comparisons often are provided as well.

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2010-2011 Suffolk County YDS

This report summarizes findings from the New York State Youth Development Survey conducted during the 2010-11 school year. The survey instrument was designed to assess risk and protective factors that predict substance use and other problem behaviors such as delinquency. The survey also measures substance use, youth gambling and other problem behaviors. In addition, grade groups and gender comparisons often are provided as well.

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Alcohol Education for Parents

  • Helps parents understand Social Host Liability.
  • Dispels common misperceptions about underage drinking.
  • Assists with strategies and techniques for monitoring and setting rules.
  • Gives guidance on what to do if your teen is experimenting.
  • Gives expert advice for dealing with common situations.
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Suffolk County Social Host Law

Suffolk County Social Host Law 

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2008 Indices of Youth Needs in Suffolk County

The Indices of Youth Needs in Suffolk County is prepared by the Suffolk County Youth Bureau to assist persons who plan, develop and provide youth services and who seek funding for youth services. The report presents officials statistics provided by county and state agencies. The most recent data available have been included, primarily 2003-2007 statistics.