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Archive for July, 2008

Taken from Join Together:

 Josh Hamilton, who wowed baseball fans by smacking 28 balls over the Yankee Stadium fence during this week’s All-Star Home Run Derby, is in recovery after an extended battle with alcohol and other drug addiction, including crack-cocaine use, ABC News reported July 15.

Hamilton, an outfielder with the Texas Rangers, was highly touted out of high school in Raleigh, N.C., and was the number-one pick in the 1999 major-league draft, chosen by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He received a $3.96 million signing bonus from the team.

But Hamilton began using drugs heavily, failed at rehab eight times, was suspended from baseball twice, and spent most of his money. “It really grabbed a hold of me, as far as the drugs taking over,” Hamilton said.

With the help of his wife and grandmother, however, Hamilton finally got sober in 2005 and was reinstated to baseball two years ago.

“I stand on the green grass of major league outfield or batter’s box with people cheering for me … and ask myself … ‘How did I get here from there?'” Hamilton said.

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(Taken from CADCA’s Coalitions Online)

Binge drinking among U.S. college students is linked to conditions in the college environment, such as a strong drinking culture and few alcohol control policies. That´s one of the key findings from the Harvard School of Public Health College Alcohol Study (CAS), a landmark study that surveyed more than 50,000 students at 120 colleges from 1993 to 2001.

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The 4th Annual Johnson County Youth Leadership Summit will occur on August 27, 2008 at Cleveland Chiropractic College (10850 Lowell Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66210) from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.  For more information, please contact the Regional Prevention Center @ 913-715-7880.  Hope to see you there!

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Miller and Coors have just joined forces, and they say they want to “become the best beer company in America.” They can’t do that if they keep sellling dangerous and deceptive alcoholic energy drinks.

Last week, after threats of litigation from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) and an investigation by 11 state attorneys general, Anheuser-Busch, Inc. agreed to stop producing and marketing caffeinated alcoholic beverages such as Bud Extra and Tilt.

Now it’s time to put the spotlight on MillerCoors, maker of the Sparks line of alcohol-energy drinks. Sparks products contain 6% to 7% alcohol and are laced with stimulants like caffeine, taurine, and ginseng. And Sparks is aggressively marketed to underage youth using tactics denounced by the state attorneys general and public interest groups like CSPI and the Marin Institute.

Write to the MillerCoors president, demanding that the company follow Anheuser-Busch’s responsible leadership in taking alcoholic energy drinks off the market.  IMPORTANT: For maximum impact, customize the sample letter found by clicking here, perhaps citing your role and experiences as a parent, addictions professional, health care provider, etc.

For more information about this movement, click here.

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(Taken From: www.jointogether.org)

Research Summary 

A new report finds that the number of online pharmacies may be declining, but the vast majority still don’t require customers to provide a prescription before ordering controlled drugs.  

The “You’ve Got Drugs V: Prescription Drug Pushers on the Internet” report from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) said that of the 365 websites that researchers found selling prescription drugs online, just two were certified by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, and 85 percent sold drugs without a prescription.

CASA found that 42 percent of the sites explicitly stated that no prescription was needed to get drugs. Even among the sites that require a prescription, half allow customers to fax their scrip in, which CASA called an invitation to fraud.

Some sites also have started selling online “medical consultations,” allowing customers to obtain a prescription for controlled drugs that they can get filled at local pharmacies.

The previous You’ve Got Drugs study found 581 online pharmacies in 2007.

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The Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center once again sponsors its outstanding National Leadership Conference in 2008.  Please consider attending the conference to be held this year in Nashville, TN.  For more information please view…

UDETC

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For your information…

There are two other blogs in the State of Kansas working to reduce substance abuse.  Please visit dcccaprevention.blogspot.com and regionalpreventioncenter.blogspot.com to view their sites.

DCCCAprevention is from Lawrence, KS, and regionalpreventioncenter is from Southeast Kansas.

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