E-cigarette Ads Associated with Cigarette Smoking Initiation Among Youth

A scientific study finds that receptivity to e-cigarette advertising increases the likelihood of trying conventional cigarettes one year later.  The study found that young people ages 12-21 who had never previously smoked, but were receptive to e-cigarette advertising, were 60 percent more likely to try smoking cigarettes one year later, compared to teens who were not receptive to the ads.  Study participants were considered receptive to an advertisement if they reported liking or recognizing images from the ad.

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Monitoring the Future 2017 Survey Results

New Treatment Guidance for Pregnant Mothers with Opioid Use Disorder

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released new Clinical Guidance for Treating Pregnant and Parenting Women with Opioid Use Disorder and Their Infants.   

SAMHSA’s Clinical Guidance comes at a time of great need for effective opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment.  In 2016, over 20,000 pregnant women reported using heroin or misusing pain relievers in the past month. Newborn babies of mothers who used opioids while pregnant are at risk of neonatal abstinence syndrome–a group of physical and neurobehavioral signs of withdrawal.

The guidance, which consists of 16 fact sheets on prenatal, infant, and maternal postnatal care, contains four elements: clinical scenario; clinical action steps; supporting evidence and clinical considerations; and web resources. Detailed, evidence-based treatment options for pregnant women with OUD including pharmacotherapy with methadone, buprenorphine, and buprenorphine/naloxone are provided.

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Have You Registered for #PITA2017

Be sure to register and book your hotel by Thursday May 11th to guarantee your discounted room rate.

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Cleveland County’s Law Enforcement Renews Commitment

 

Local law enforcement is renews it commitment with Cleveland County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition to help prevent underage drinking in the county.

On Feb. 28, leaders of the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office, Shelby Police Department, Boiling Springs Police Department and N.C. Highway Patrol, came together to renew their commitment to working to prevent underage drinking in Cleveland County with a signing of a memorandum of understanding in partnership with the coalition.

The action plan strategies target two main ways young people often access alcohol according to youth surveys and focus group discussions; adults buying and supplying alcohol for underage drinkers and alcohol retailers selling alcohol to underage drinkers.

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