March 28, 2017
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Drug Legalization and Student Drug Use

Illegal drugs and increased drug use among teenagers continues to threaten the safety, health, and future of our children.

Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado – The Impact

Posted on Mar 21st, 2017

The 4th major report on the legalization impact of marijuana on Colorado.   Click here to view or download the report (PDF).   "Alcohol has been the number one substance involved in teen suicide, to have marijuana replace alcohol as the leading substance, is very alarming. "How many more "firsts" do we need to see before we see the hand writing on the wall. In some areas of the states that have changed their marijuana laws according to documentation marijuana is more involved…

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4 Things You and Your Teen May Not Know About Marijuana — But Should

Posted on Mar 13th, 2017

Massachusetts is now among eight U.S. states to legalize marijuana for adult (21+) recreational use, a decision that’s created a relaxed stance on use of the drug and left many parents worried. The simple, clear and empowering message we suggest parents share with teens is that avoidance of marijuana is best and here’s why. Marijuana is harmful to adolescents. Repeated use of marijuana during the critical windows of brain growth and development of adolescence is associated with…

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The Number Of Kids Using Illicit Drugs In Idaho Will Surprise You

Posted on Jan 23rd, 2017

Maybe the D.A.R.E program is working? Drug use across the United States among teens was lower in 2016 than 2015. That’s the good news. The bad news is that Idaho still has a good sized drug problem. MSM reports that in 2015, 8.57 percent of kids 12-17 years old Idaho had used illicit drugs – including marijuana, meth, cocaine, and ecstasy. Recent data from Graphiq shows that drug use is lower. A study from Monitoring The Future also found that those numbers are lower in 2016 across…

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Saint John D.A.R.E. Officials Not Concerned About Marijuana Legalization

Posted on Jun 13th, 2016

It was a big day for about 350 Grade 5 students in Saint John Friday — a graduation day. The energetic students are all graduates from the the D.A.R.E., or Drug Abuse Resistance Education, program. “DARE is a class that we take to learn about making the right decisions as we grow up,” said Lily Vanbeek of Millidgeville North School. “I learned a lot in D.A.R.E. and had a lot of fun too,” said Ben Gordon of Lakewood Heights School. “I learned strategies I will use for my whole…

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Parent Alert – Fentanyl Abuse

Posted on Jun 5th, 2016

Since 2014, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has encountered a dangerous trend – the convergence of the growing synthetic drug threat with the epidemic of opioid abuse currently affecting our nation.  In this case, the consequences are deadly when clandestinely-manufactured Fentanyl and Fentanyl derivatives are being added to heroin or replacing heroin altogether on the street. Possibly fueled by celebrity deaths related to opioid abuse, the media has recently focused increased…

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Impact of Marijuana Upon Colorado Youth

Posted on Jan 14th, 2016

The recent ONDCP Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area report, The Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado: The Impact, reveals the developing negative impact marijuana legalization is having upon the youth of Colorado. These adverse outcomes should not come as surprise to anyone. ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH INTENSITY DRUG TRAFFICKING AREA www.rmhidta.org  Youth Findings Past Month (Current) Marijuana Use for Colorado Youth Ages 12 to 17 Years Old: In the two year average…

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Use of Ecstasy, Heroin, Synthetic Marijuana, Alcohol, Cigarettes Declined Among US Teens in 2015

Posted on Dec 17th, 2015

ANN ARBOR—The results from the latest national survey in the Monitoring the Future series on use of licit and illicit drugs by American teenagers show that some important improvements are taking place. The use of both alcohol and cigarettes reached their lowest points since the study began in 1975. Use of several particularly dangerous illicit drugs—including MDMA (ecstasy, Molly), heroin, amphetamines and synthetic marijuana—also showed a decline this year. Marijuana use, however,…

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CESAR FAX: Lifetime Marijuana Use Patterns in Adults

Posted on Dec 4th, 2015

From CESAR FAX: Smoking Most Prevalent Mode of Lifetime Marijuana Use Among Adults; 30% Report Consuming in Edibles and 10% Report Vaporizing Slightly more than one-third (35%) of adults reported ever using marijuana in 2014, according to data from a nationally representative consumer panel survey. Among those adults, smoking was reported as the most prevalent mode of marijuana use. A majority of users reported smoking joints (89%), around one-half reported using bongs, waterpipes, or…

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CESAR FAX: Three Times More Buprenorphine Reports Than Methadone in 2014 NFLIS

Posted on Nov 16th, 2015

From CESAR FAX: 2014 NFLIS Finds Nearly Three Times More Buprenorphine Than Methadone Reports The National Forensic Laboratory Information System (NFLIS) collects drug test results from law enforcement-encountered drug items submitted to and analyzed by state and local forensic laboratories across the country. NFLIS data can provide valuable information about trends in the drugs seized by U.S. law enforcement. In 2014, the number of NFLIS reports for buprenorphine reached a high of 15,209,…

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U.S. High School Seniors Rarely Use Bath Salts; Those Who Do More Likely to Use Alcohol and Other Drugs

Posted on Oct 4th, 2015

From CESAR FAX. In the first nationally representative study to look at self-reported bath salt use, only 1.1% of high school seniors reported any use in the last year. One-third (33%) of bath salt users reported using only once or twice in the last year, suggesting that many users are experimental users. However, nearly one-fifth of users (18%) reported using 40 or more times in the last year (data not shown). High school seniors who reported using bath salts in the past year were more…

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