WSJ: Schools Step Up Efforts to Fight Opioid Abuse

November 15, 2016
On Friday The Wall Street Journal featured an article and video highlighting the LifeSkills Training program. See below for the full article link and click the image to watch an interview with program developer Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin. 

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wsjMany U.S. schools are ramping up campaigns to prevent opioid abuse among students as evidence mounts of a growing problem.

Some are inviting pharmacists to schools to convey the dangers of prescription pills. Others are offering emergency counseling via text message. In some regions, schools are teaching a substance-abuse-prevention program developed at Cornell University to students as young as fourth grade… Click to read full article


Cyberbullying Victims More Likely to Abuse Drugs

July 31, 2013

Cyber Bullying

A new study conducted in June 2013 by Manuel Gamez-Guadix, PhD, of the University of Deusto in Spain, found that victims of cyberbullying are at a higher risk for psychological and behavioral health problems.

 

 

Effects of bullying/cyberbullying on the victim include:

  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Drug use
  • Stunted social development
  • Internet addiction

A survey of students in Spain found that 47.9 percent of them identified as having been a victim of cyberbullying. The statistics for the United States are similar: it is estimated that nearly 30% of students are involved in traditional bullying—as victims, bystanders, and perpetrators—and 42% of children and youth have said they have been cyberbullied.

Researchers note in the Journal of Adolescent Health that cyberbullying is a growing problem among teens around the world. Its connection to behavioral and psychological problems highlights the need for prevention, as well as for monitoring those who have been involved in a cyberbullying incident.

Sources:

http://www.drugfree.org/join-together/alcohol/teen-victims-of-cyberbullying-more-likely-to-abuse-drugs-and-alcohol-study

http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/content/teenage-bullying.html

http://www.americanhumane.org/children/stop-child-abuse/fact-sheets/cyber-bullying-prevention-and-intervention.html

 


Study On Teen Substance Abuse Highlights Need for Screening and Prevention Programs

April 19, 2011

The Parntnership at Drugfree.org reported on a study on teen substance abuse. A new study showing marked increases in teen use of marijuana and Ecstasy over the past three years underscores the importance of incorporating screening and prevention programs into all health care interactions with adolescents and their parents, says a leading expert on adolescent substance abuse treatment.

“Any time professionals have an option to work with parents or teenagers, even if it’s not directly about a substance abuse issue, they should be putting drug use on the radar screen,” says Ken Winters, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research, Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota, and Research Scientist at Treatment Research Institute.

Click here for full article.


Effects of Drinking in Young Adults Predict Future Alcohol Problems

April 11, 2011

DrugFree.org reported on the effects of drinking in young adults. A young adult’s response to alcohol may predict drinking problems later in life, a new study suggests. Researchers at the University of Chicago studied 200 volunteers ages 21 to 35 who were classified as light or heavy drinkers. HealthDay reports that in heavy drinkers, the researchers observed a greater sensitivity to the rewarding and stimulating effects of alcohol. Light drinkers, in contrast, reported more sluggishness and sedation from drinking.

Click here for full article.


Funding Announcement: Grant Opportunity

April 6, 2011

http://www.hss.state.ak.us/press/2011/alcohol_abuse%20prevention_pr_040511.pdf

Alaska (SPF-SIG) Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant

Grant: The Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Behavioral Health, seeks proposals from eligible applicants to provide Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant services for FY 2012. The Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF SIG) is a federally funded grant program whose focus is to prevent substance use, abuse and dependency efforts at the state/tribal, regional and community level. SPF SIG grantees must be part of Community Coalitions and will provide a comprehensive array of promotion, prevention and early intervention strategies, which are data-focused, community-designed and driven using locally identified risk and protective factors; based on concepts and strategies that are proven to be effective in prevention of behavioral health concerns; and with clearly defined and measurable outcomes. For the purposes of this RFP, grantee’s prevention efforts will focus on both Alaska SPF SIG priority areas of 1) Youth alcohol use ages 12-20; and 2) Adult heavy and binge drinking ages 21-44.

Funder: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Amount: The state grants are funded by a $10.7 million federal Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant program awarded in 2009. Some funding will go to building state infrastructure, such as trainers and prevention resources, and evaluation of grantee performance.

Eligibility: Community coalitions statewide

Contact: Cindy Tappe, Grants Administrator, DHSS Grants and Contracts Support Team, PO Box 110650, Juneau, AK 99811-0650, (907) 465-2835, cindy.tappe@alaska.gov

Deadline: 5/17/11


Live Webinar: After-School Prevention

April 4, 2011

Webinar: Prevention in the Afternoon: Crafting an Engaging After-School Program and Making It Fit

When: Monday, April 18th, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Eastern Time

Looking for tips on how to implement a prevention program in an after-school setting? During this webinar, you will learn strategies on how to execute effective, evidence-based prevention programs in an after-school setting – whether you’re looking to start a new after-school program, adding LST to an existing one, or just wanting to learn some best practices.

Who should attend? After-school personnel, program specialists, group leaders, coordinators, educators, directors, therapists, counselors, behavioral specialists, teachers, and anyone else looking to engage students.

What is the Registration fee?  The cost for this webinar is $99.  Click here to register.


Professional Development Webinar

March 16, 2011

Professional Development Webinar
Prevention in the Afternoon: Crafting an Engaging Program After School and Making it Fit

Monday, April 18th, 12p.m. – 1p.m. Eastern Time
**Space is limited**
Register Now!


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