Resource on How to Talk to Teen About Marijuana

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids developed a guide for parents on how to have a difficult, but important conversation about marijuana.

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 will be easy for people under 21 to buy powdered alcohol.

North Carolina is among the states that have banned this product:


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

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Increasing Overdoses From Synthetic Cannabinoids

Recent surges in hospitalizations linked to consumption of synthetic cannabinoid products (sold under brand names like “Spice,” “K2,” and others) have been reported in some southern states, including Missippi, Alabama, and Texas, and have prompted health warnings from officials in New York State.  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an alert after more than 160 patients were hospitalized following synthetic cannabinoid use in under two weeks in mid April, 2015.

Palcohol Gets the Green Light

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved a new product Wednesday called Palcohol.  It’s a dried form of alcohol that can be mixed with water to create liquid alcohol.  Concerns over safety have already led several states, including South Carolina, Louisiana and Vermont, to ban powdered alcohol and other states are considering legislation, KPNX-TV in Phoenix reported. Some critics are concerned people may try to snort the powder or mix it with alcohol to make it even stronger or spike a drink.

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