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May Is Mental Health Month
National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week
Effective July 1st, we have a new name, a new office, new emails.
New report from The American Academy of Pediatrics and their position on marijuana - Click here for the report.
Definition of synthetic drugs
In the past, we have discussed synthetic drugs such as K2/Spice and bath salts (hallucinogenic) at our coalition meeting both of which are illegal to sell in Connecticut.
For information on K2/Spice, please click on this link from the Dept of Consumer Protection (DCP). http://www.ct.gov/dcp/lib/dcp/drug_control/pmp/pdf/k2.pdf
For information on
Here are 3
pieces of new information:
Almost weekly, a new synthetic psychoactive drug comes onto the market that can be ordered legally and easily, for example as an incense blend, via the Internet. Synthetic cannabinoids are difficult to identify chemically and the possible unwanted toxic effects that can occur following their consumption have so far barely been investigated. As part of the international EU project "SPICE II Plus", researchers have now also found evidence that synthetic substances damage the DNA of human cells and can therefore possibly have cancer-causing effects.
To read more, click here.
3. What Is Flakka? The New Designer Drug Is Apparently Even More Dangerous Than Bath Salts ( I have not heard of this drug in this area)
Did You Know?
An open house can be the perfect opportunity to steal prescription medication. Individuals will pose as homebuyers, often in pairs. One will ask to use the restroom while the other distracts the realtor, then raids the medicine cabinet or drawers. Click here for Tips for Homeowners having an open house.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the launch of a national public education campaign this week to prevent youth tobacco use and reduce the number of kids ages 12 to 17 who become regular smokers. "The Real Cost" campaign (click here) is the FDA's first of several planned tobacco education campaigns using the new authority granted under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. Click here to Read More Note: There are free downloadable fact sheets, posters and postcards on the Real Cost website.
2013 LFCRAC Publications:
Lower Fairfield County Regional Action
Council (LFCRAC) Epidemiologic Profile of Substance Use,
Suicide & Problem Gambling, January 2013.
to download the report.
Lower Fairfield County Regional Action Council (LFCRAC) Epidemiologic Profile of Substance Use, Suicide & Problem Gambling, January 2013. Click here to download the report.
Trends in Adolescent Substance Use and Perception of Risk from Substance Use, January 2013. Click on the link below. http://www.samhsa.gov/data/2k13/nsduh099a/sr099a-risk-perception-trends.htm
Young Drinkers Ages 12 to 14 More Likely to Obtain Alcohol from Family or Home than Other Underage Drinkers. Click here to read the report.
60% of High School Students Report Drugs Are Used, Kept, or Sold in Their Schools. Click here to read the report.
Illicit Drug Use among Older Adults. Click here to read the report.
New But Good To Review?
Parents of Teens' Friends Can Influence Substance Use
The parents of teenagers' friends can have as much effect on teens' decisions about substance use as their own parents, a new study suggests. Source: Join Together May 10th
Parents - For more information, please click on the Power of Parents brochures below; Compliments of LFCRAC Prevention Partnership Committee.
Guide to the Teen Brain:
Scientists are beginning to
learn that it takes a brain about 25 years to fully
develop, and that a huge burst of development happens
during adolescence. That burst can explain a lot
of unpredictable--and sometimes risky--teen behavior."
To watch a short video on the adolescent brain
click here. Compliments of
Institute's 40 Developmental Assets
Message in a Bottle: Great local article about the risks of underage drinking. "In Fairfield County, substance abuse among the young has been worse than the national norm in two major ways,” says John Hamilton, a drug and alcohol consumption expert who heads the social services agency Regional Network of Programs in Shelton." Click here to read the article.
Great You Tube Video (click to follow link)
"What parents may not realize is that children say parental
disapproval of underage drinking is the key reason they
Resource for Older Adults (click on the flyer):
Collaborating to support healthy communities...
The Lower Fairfield County
Regional Action Council (LFCRAC) is one of 13 Connecticut Regional Action Councils (RACS)
created by the state Legislature in 1989. RACs are a collaborative
venue to support local efforts to address substance abuse and misuse
across the lifespan.
RACs are neutral conveners and catalysts for collaborations to address the gaps, and they are also a place where members of different sectors and communities can share their knowledge, resources and other assets to address and prevent substance abuse.
What we can do for you...
Connecting to prevention and treatment services and resources
We look forward to hearing from you!