Will Your Teen’s Prom Become a Statistic?

As we welcome April with open arms, enjoying the sunshine and warmer weather, many young people across America are also welcoming end-of-the-school-year celebrations that are right around the corner! Popular events like prom are exciting times for young people when many fond memories are made. Sadly, as years pass, we find that prom has a dark side: alcohol related accidents and deaths. According to the NCADD, “alcohol is the number one drug of choice for America’s youth and is more likely to kill young people than all illegal drugs combined.” The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration reported that in 2001, 1,012 children under 21 died of alcohol-related traffic incidents in the months of April, May and June alone. Although young people turn to alcohol for any number of reasons, now is a crucial time to raise awareness on underage drinking to ensure that your child is safe during the upcoming prom season. The combination of prom and alcohol is often seen as a rite of passage for teens. For many of them it is their first opportunity to experiment with alcohol and parents feel as though their children are safe drinking, as long as they are not driving. However, underage alcohol consumption can still be lethal even if they are not driving. Many adolescents are unaware of the consequences of drinking. Drinking a large amount of alcohol can cause loss of consciousness and all control over what happens to his or her body. Drinking too much too fast can cause alcohol poisoning, which could in turn lead to death. Alcohol consumption at a young age could also set...

Is Grandma Getting High?

Marijuana drug use is typically considered a young person’s issue or practice, depending on your perspective.  Did you know that marijuana use among senior citizens is on the rise?  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration recently found that marijuana use among people 50 and over has risen in the past few years from 1.9% to 2.9%.  Earlier generations of seniors had very negative impressions of marijuana, but the aging of the baby boomers increases the number of seniors who were part of the “free love” generation of the 60s and 70s.  Some of these people tried illicit drugs in their teens and twenties and have continued to smoke marijuna all along.  Some have returned to it after a break either because they are retired and have more free time to enjoy it, or because it helps to relieve some of the aches and pains of aging.  Either way, SAMHA expects that as baby boomers age, the number of elderly marijuana users will continue to increase.  Maybe it’s time to change our perceptions of “typical” senior behavior, which may lead to increased testing of older employees for illicit drug use.  The standard view of marijuana use is in for a big shift! Written by...

Holiday Parties and Date Rape Fears…Is It Real?

In the midst of holiday parties and toasting, the last thing most women want to think about is being victimized.  Unfortunately, this is real and we all have to be aware of the dangers, both for ourselves and for our friends.  There are a few ways to protect yourself, specifically, don’t accept drinks from ANYONE you don’t trust, open all beverages yourself, and don’t leave your drink unattended, EVER!  Discuss with your friends what to do if you suspect that you or a friend has been drugged so that you are prepared.  There are several types of date rape drugs and there are drug tests available that can detect the drug in your system so that you know for sure.  Protect yourself and your friends this holiday season! Article written by...