2015 NC YRBS High School Results Are Available

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The 2015 North Carolina Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) results have been released.  You can find summary graphs and trends on the North Carolina Healthy Schools website.  

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New Research on E-Cigs

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A University of Rochester Medical Center study suggests that electronic cigarettes are as equally damaging to gums and teeth as conventional cigarettes. Electronic cigarettes continue to grow in popularity among younger adults and current and former smokers because they are often perceived as a healthier alternative to conventional cigarettes. Previously, scientists thought that the chemicals found in cigarette smoke were the culprits behind adverse health effects, but a growing body of scientific data, including this study, suggests otherwise. “We showed that when the vapors from an e-cigarette are burned, it causes cells to release inflammatory proteins, which in turn aggravate…

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NIH Launches Landmark Study on Substance Use and Adolescent Brain Development

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded 13 grants to research institutions around the country as part of a landmark study about the effects of adolescent substance use on the developing brain. The Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study will follow approximately 10,000 children beginning at ages 9 to10, before they initiate drug use, through the period of highest risk for substance use and other mental health disorders.  Scientists will track exposure to substances (including nicotine, alcohol, and marijuana), academic achievement, cognitive skills, mental health, and brain structure and function using advanced research methods. Click HERE for more in this…

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The North Carolina Institute of Medicine (NCIOM)

The North Carolina Institute of Medicine (NCIOM) is an independent, quasi-state agency that was chartered by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1983 to provide balanced, nonpartisan information on issues of relevance to the health of North Carolina’s population.  The site offers NC Health Data, resources, and relevant information.

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Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)

  The ONDCP provides information on new policies and reforms as well as data and research related to substance abuse in the United States.

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Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

SAMHSA Strategic initiatives help people with mental and substance use disorders, support the families of people with mental and substance use disorders, build strong and supportive communities, prevent costly behavioral health problems, and promote better health for all Americans.  The site provides information on health reform, tools, research, data, and community support related to issues of mental health and substance abuse.

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The Community Toolbox

The Community Tool Box is a global resource for free information on essential skills for building healthy communities. It offers more than 7,000 pages of practical guidance in creating change and improvement.

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National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices (NREPP)

NREPP is a searchable online registry of more than 250 interventions supporting mental health promotion, substance abuse prevention, and mental health and substance abuse treatment.

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National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

NIAAA supports and conducts research on the impact of alcohol use on human health and well-being.  It is the largest funder of alcohol research in the world.

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National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

NIDA’s mission is to lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction. This charge has two critical components. The first is the strategic support and conduct of research across a broad range of disciplines. The second is ensuring the rapid and effective dissemination and use of the results of that research to significantly improve prevention and treatment and to inform policy as it relates to drug abuse and addiction.

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