Archive for December, 2008

Drug Guide For Parents


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This article appeared in the Kansas City Star, www.kansascity.com on 12/30/2008:

During the Great Depression, Kansans chased away the blues with palliatives like Crawford County Deep Shaft — moonshine, that is.

Today, in what may be the worst economy since, they’re reaching for a vast array of prescription medications.

“We’re seeing an extreme uptick in the abuse of pharmacological drugs,” said Jeff Benz, a founder of Mainstream Kansas City Inc., an alcohol and drug rehabilitation and residential treatment center in Wyandotte County. “We have noticed it for several years, but it really became more pronounced in the last few months.”


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From www.jointogether.org, December 11, 2008:

 The War on Drugs has long been cast as a battle against illegal narcotics, but the latest federal data shows that seven of the top 10 drugs being misused by high-school seniors are legal prescription or over-the-counter medications.

Factor in the high rates of use of legal alcohol and tobacco by teens, and the incoming Obama administration will face a very different battle than that waged by the current president and his predecessors since the early 1970s.


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Happy Holidays!

The staff at the Regional Prevention Center of Johnson, Leavenworth, and Miami Counties in Kansas would like to wish you happy holidays, and we look forward to a great new year!Happy Holidays

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From the KC Star: http://www.kansascity.com/115/story/938688.html


The availability of methamphetamine and cocaine in Kansas City has declined in recent years, according to a federal drug report released Monday.

Shrinking Mexican meth production, coca eradication projects in Colombia and large seizures have contributed to local drug shortages, according to the 2009 National Drug Threat Assessment produced by the Justice Department’s National Drug Intelligence Center.

The 82-page study is the government’s annual assessment of the threat posed to the country by the trafficking and abuse of illegal drugs. It draws on public health data and uses information from thousands of U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies.


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National Survey on Drug Use and Health, December 4, 2008…



  • Based on SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health, adolescent past month use of cigarettes, alcohol, and illicit drugs declined between 2002 and 2007 but little change occurred between 2006 and 2007.
  • Between 2002 and 2007, past month use by youth of cigarettes declined from 13.0% to 9.8%; alcohol from 17.6% to 15.9% and illicit drugs from 11.6% to 9.5%.
  • The decline in past month illicit drug use by youth can be attributed primarily to a decline in marijuana use: 8.2% used marijuana in 2002 compared with 6.7% in 2007.
  • Past year alcohol dependence or abuse among youth remained relatively stable between 2002 and 2007 but illicit drug dependence or abuse declined from 5.6% to 4.3%.
  • Among adolescents who needed treatment, there were no statistically significant changes in the percentage who received treatment for either alcohol or drugs between 2002 and 2007.

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  • Americans who drink and drive after holiday parties and festivities make the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s one of the year’s most deadly and dangerous seasons due to alcohol-related crashes.
  • But much of this could be prevented by reminding all drivers of a few simple precautions:

    • Plan ahead and always designate a sober driver before the holiday party or celebration begins;
    • Don’t even think about getting behind the wheel of your vehicle if you’ve been out drinking;
    • If you are impaired, call a taxi – use mass transit – or get a sober friend or family member to come and get you;
    • Or just stay where you are and sleep it off until you are sober;
    • Remember – Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk. Take the keys and never let a friend leave your sight if you think they are about to drive while impaired; and
    • If you are hosting a party this holiday season, remind your guests to plan ahead and designate their sober driver, always offer alcohol-free beverages during the event, and make sure all of your guests leave with a sober driver

(This information has been taken from www.nhtsa.dot.gov: 3-D Month Holiday Planner)

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