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October 26, 2019  DEA Drug Take Back

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

Alcohol use during pregnancy can cause fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs), which are physical, behavioral, and intellectual disabilities that last a lifetime

Knowledge and  an objective assessments are the key to identifying drug abuse.

Marijuana's side-effects include slower reaction time, tunnel vision, impaired thought process, paranoia... does this sound safe?  Not only is it dangers for the driver but what about the innocent families on our roads!  Don't Drive STONED!

Please support our Drug Take Back Days

Pharmaceutical fentanyl is a synthetic opioid pain reliever, approved for treating severe pain, typically advanced cancer pain. It is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. It is prescribed in the form of transdermal patches or lozenges and can be diverted for misuse and abuse in the United States.

Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This 8-hour training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.

Why you need to take this course...

  • On average, there are 123 suicides per day in the US.
  • 1 in 5  adults live with a mental illness.
  • Between 1999-2016 there were over 630,000 drug overdoses.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Miami Field Division, Tampa District Office, recently launched the DEA 360 Strategy in Tampa Bay using a comprehensive approach to tackle the cycle of violence and addiction generated by the link between drug cartels, violent gangs, and the rising problem of prescription opioid, heroin and fentanyl abuse in U.S. cities.

Course, Training

Photos and information on Prescription Drugs that are abused, side-effects, how to identify abuse or potential overdose.

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  • Patients in this investigation have reported symptoms such as:
    • cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
    • nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
    • fatigue, fever, or abdominal pain
  • Some patients have reported that their symptoms developed over a few days, while others have reported that their symptoms developed over several weeks. A lung infection does not appear to be causing the symptoms.
  • CDC’s Infographic

"Makes you wonder what is happening? And we have seen the teen suicide rate going up across the country," Genen said.

In the past three years, teen suicide in Colorado rose from 12.9 to 20.4 deaths per 100,000 adolescents ages 15-19, according to the report. Overall, that rate put Colorado as the sixth worst state.

Nationally, the teen suicide rate is up 25 percent. Colorado's 2019 rate is nearly double that nationwide, 20.4 compared to 10.5

Teen Warning Signs

Mental Health

As an educator, you can play an active role in fighting the teen vaping epidemic. FDA research suggests that when teachers talk about the health consequences of e-cigarettes and schools enforce anti-vaping policies, students may be less likely to vape. Use these resources to start an honest conversation with your class and help to change social norms at your school.  INTERACTIVE, INFOGRAPHIC, ACTIVITIES...

IF YOU DON'T PROTECT
YOUR KIDS FROM VAPING,
WHO WILL?

Tips for a Safe, Drug-free Homecoming Season

Denise Birungi Evans of HCADA offers tips for a safe, drug-free homecoming season for high school students.

 

Video, HCADA Interview

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