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Intervention to Prevent Illicit Drug Use in Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults

5/26/20--The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has recently published recommendations on primary care–based interventions to prevent illicit drug use in youths. The main intervention is counseling sessions, which can take on various formats. Read

Interventions to Prevent Illicit and Nonmedical Drug Use in Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults Updated Evidence Report and Systematic Review for the US Preventive Services Task Force

5/26/20--The study was designed to review the benefits and harms of interventions to prevent illicit and nonmedical drug use in children, adolescents, and young adults to inform the US Preventive Services Task Force. Evidence concludes that behavioral counseling interventions to prevent initiation of illicit and nonmedical drug use among adolescents and young adults was inconsistent and imprecise, with some interventions associated with reduction in use and others associated with no benefit or increased use. Read

Primary Care–Based Interventions to Prevent Illicit Drug Use in Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement

5/26/20--To update its 2014 recommendation, the USPSTF commissioned a review of the evidence on the potential benefits and harms of interventions to prevent illicit drug use in children, adolescents, and young adults. It has been concluded that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of primary care–based behavioral counseling interventions to prevent illicit drug use, including nonmedical use of prescription drugs, in children, adolescents, and young adults. Read

Interventions to prevent illicit and nonmedical drug use in children, adolescents, and young adults

5/26/20--Based on a study designed to review the benefits and harms of interventions to prevent illicit and nonmedical drug use in children, adolescents, and young adults to inform the US Preventive Services Task Force, evidence for behavioral counseling interventions to prevent initiation of illicit and nonmedical drug use among adolescents and young adults was inconsistent and imprecise, with some interventions associated with reduction in use and others associated with no benefit or increased use. Health, social, and legal outcomes were sparsely reported, and few showed improvements. Read

Advocacy group urges localities to disallow marijuana ‘hospitality’ businesses

3/11/20--Smart Colorado, an advocacy group seeking to protect children from marijuana, has sent more than 2,300 letters to localities and chambers of commerce in the state urging their jurisdictions to opt out of social consumption of marijuana. Read

Highway safety group honors Gary Robinson, MADD South Georgia

3/11/20--A group representing law enforcement officers in Southern Georgia presented a plaque of appreciation last week to MADD South Georgia and Gary Robinson, community site coordinator for the South Georgia chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. The award came from the Southern Region Traffic Enforcement Network, one of 16 such networks across the state under the leadership of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. Read

Have you talked to your teen about marijuana?

1/19/20--In an op-ed by Portsmouth Daily Times contributor Melissa Martin, Ph.D., she poses the question: What will you tell your teen when he/she makes an illogical case for the weed seed? As a former alcohol and drug counselor, Martin has witnessed the crash and burn of many weed-smoking teens. With legalization and use of weed in pop culture and new ways of using (edibles, vaporizers, concentrates), Martin emphasizes that it’s becoming even more important for parents to consistently converse with teens. Read

Marijuana, vape and you

1/11/20--The Wilmington Substance Abuse Coalition is hosting a dialogue called “Mari­jua­na, Vape, and You” at St. Thomas Church in Wil­mington on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. The event will feature a keynote speaker and a panel of professionals covering everything from legalization to the effects of media on marijuana and vape use. Read

Head of only federal marijuana farm thinks 8 percent THC marijuana is ‘extremely’ potent

9/3/19--Mahmoud ElSohly, the head of the nation’s only federally authorized marijuana farm, said he’s baffled by why consumers would want marijuana containing 15 percent or more THC when, according to him, even eight percent is too high. ElSohly described how demand for higher potency research-grade cannabis has increased over the last two decades and said that studies using his facility’s products demonstrated that even marijuana with just eight percent THC proved too powerful for subjects. Read

NM must snuff out push to legalize Big Pot

8/12/19--After a bill to commercialize the drug and put pot shops on every corner passed the House, state senators killed the bill over concerns about public safety and health in New Mexico. Yet, Big Marijuana and its backers refuse to give up on so much lost profit, as evidenced by the convening of the Governor’s Working Group on Cannabis Legalization this week. Read

This N.J. mayor is getting paid to fight legal weed. Here’s why that’s causing trouble.

2/15/19--Stephen Reid, the mayor of the first town in New Jersey to ban legal marijuana sales, has also spent most of the past year on the payroll as a lobbyist for New Jersey Responsible Approaches to Marijuana, a prominent anti-marijuana group in the state. But he hasn’t always been upfront about that connection, raising questions about ethics and conflicts of interest.Reid was also named executive director of RAMP last May. Read

D.A.R.E. programs unsure of how to teach marijuana in legalized states

2/25/18--As more states legalize cannabis for both medical and recreational use, anti-drug education programs struggle to stay relevant. Particularly, Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.)—a popular school program created in 1983 by the Los Angeles Police Department—isn't sure how to adapt to new, sensible drug policies across the United States. Read

Legalization opponent Kevin Sabet takes on Colorado at anti-marijuana event

10/6/17--During the “Marijuana’s True Impact on Colorado” symposium at Colorado Christian University, Kevin Sabet, head of SAM, a nonprofit group opposed to marijuana legalization, stated in his keynote speech that the legal marijuana industry is a threat akin to that of “Big Tobacco,” and he connected the drug to the ongoing opioid epidemic. Sabet also expressed that there is a pushback against legal marijuana brewing in Colorado and on the national level, and he called for continuous efforts to stem the effects of legalization. Read

Benefits of middle school prevention program extend into emerging adulthood

5/31/17--Children who participated in the PROSPER (PROmoting School-community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience) program over seven years ago showed lower rates of substance abuse after high school graduation, according to a new study. According to Mark Feinberg, PROSPER's Pennsylvania principal investigator and research professor, these findings have very significant implications for the future of the nation's public health. If implemented broadly across communities, the PROSPER system has the potential to reduce drug and alcohol addiction over the long term and benefit everyone. Read

How Iceland got teens to say no to drugs

1/19/17--Curfews, sports, and understanding kids’ brain chemistry have all helped dramatically curb substance abuse in the country. Today, Iceland tops the European table for the cleanest-living teens. The way the country has achieved this turnaround has been both radical and evidence-based, but it has relied a lot on what might be termed enforced common sense. Read

National anti-pot group SAM takes stock post-election

11/16/2016--Kevin Sabet, one of the leading opponents of marijuana legalization and head of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), recently told The Cannabist, “I don’t think that legalizers can really look themselves in the mirror and declare total victory.” Sabet also expressed that legalization backers likely will face uphill battles at the state legislature level as well as the federal level. The Republican-dominated government is the “worst outcome” imagined for marijuana advocates, he added. Read

Preventing adolescent substance use may need to start in early childhood

11/15/16--Research from the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions suggests the approach to preventing alcohol and drug use by some adolescents should begin in early childhood. Read

What your kids need to know about marijuana, legalized or not

9/21/16--Access to marijuana has significantly increased over the last few years, as has its popularity with youth. Regardless of whether Proposition 64 passes in November, its mere presence on the ballot has increased the visibility of marijuana use, and provided parents with an important teachable moment. Read