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    The Role of Physicians in Addressing Prescription Med Abuse

    According to the National Institute for Drug Abuse, more than 100 million people in this country suffer from chronic pain, and for some opioid therapy may be the only option for relief.  Physicians often walk a thin line in the desire to confront the public health emergency while upholding our oath to reduce the suffering of our patients. Robert E. Schaaf, M.D., president of the N.C. Medical Society, says “We, as physicians and physician assistants, have a responsibility to stop the abuse of opioids, as it saps the human and economic resources of our state and country.”  This responsibility includes the…

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    NC Law: Underage Drinking and Private Parties

    Although it is legal in some states for minors to drink alcohol at private parties with permission from their parents, North Carolina is not one of those states. Officials with the state Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement said any adult who allows a minor to consume alcohol or reasonably should have known that underage drinking was occurring in their home can be criminally charged for misdemeanor aiding and abetting. Click HERE for more on this story.

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    DEA Schedule Changes for Opioids

    Prescription medication abuse has become an issue of great concern.  The DEA moved hydrocodone combination pills, also known as opioids, from a Schedule III to a Schedule II drug.  The final ruling goes into effect in 45 days. Drugs are categorized into one of five “schedules” by the DEA based on “whether they have a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, their relative abuse potential and their likelihood of causing dependence when abused.”  Other drugs, such as Adderall and morphine, are also labeled as Schedule II. Now, in order to use these drugs, patients will have…

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    Majority of Adults Support Bans on Powered Alcohol

    Powdered alcohol is a new product approved for sale in the United States in March 2015.  A packet of powdered alcohol, when combined with 6 ounces of water, makes a single serving of an alcoholic drink.  Many states acted quickly to ban this product. In May 2015, researchers asked adults across the U.S. for their attitudes about potential laws regarding powdered alcohol.  Here’s what they found: 90% of adults are concerned that powdered alcohol will be misused by people under 21 85% are concerned that powdered alcohol will increase use of alcohol for people under 21 81% are concerned that it…

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    Prevention is the Answer VIII: 2015 Emerging Issues Forum | August 11, 2015

    Join prevention professionals from across the state during this year’s networking forum to learn more about changing trends, policies, and practices that affect agencies and professionals, as well as communities served. Tuesday, August 11, 2015 9:30am to 4:30pm First United Methodist Church 1630 Westbrook Avenue Elon, NC 27244 Click HERE to register

News From The Field

Underage Drinking Pilot Program Launched at Six NC Universities

Feb 11, 2015

As a pilot program, the University of North Carolina System will work alongside the state’s Alcohol Beverage Control Commission, Alcohol Law Enforcement Division, and the Department of Health and Human Services, to combat underage drinking and illegal drug use on college campuses.  In most cases, state citations will now be issued to students, taking traditional on-campus measures a step further.  Depending on the situation, a student could be required to attend court, or enter a treatment or prevention program offered by the university. Aldona Wos, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, said in a statement…

Connection Between Early Age of First Drink and Heavy Drinking

Sep 29, 2014

“Our research suggests that teenagers who have their first drink at an early age drink more heavily, on average, than those who start drinking later on,” said Meghan E. Morean, assistant professor of psychology at Oberlin College, Ohio and adjunct assistant professor of psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine.  “Our work also suggests that how quickly teenagers move from having their first drink to getting drunk for the first time is an important piece of the puzzle.  In total, having your first drink at a young age and quickly moving to drinking to the point of getting drunk are associated…

Report reveals the scope of substance use and mental illness affecting the nation

Sep 15, 2014

A new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides insight into the nature and scope of substance use and mental illness issues affecting America.  The report shows that 24.6 million Americans aged 12 or older were current (past month) illicit drug users – 9.4 percent of this age group.  Marijuana was by far the most commonly used illicit drug, with nonmedical use of prescription pain relievers as a close second. The SAMHSA report also shows that 34.6 million adults aged 18 or older (14.6 percent of the population aged 18 or older) received mental health…