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More pregnant women using opioid prescriptions

Written by Guest Author on Apr 23, 2014

Doctors are prescribing opioid painkillers to pregnant women in astonishing numbers, new research shows, even though risks to the developing fetus are largely unknown. Of 1.1 million pregnant women enrolled in Medicaid nationally, nearly 23 percent filled an opioid prescription in 2007, up from 18.5 percent … [ read more ]

Protect our Water Supply – National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Written by Patty Baker on Apr 22, 2014

We all expect clean, healthy water when we turn on the tap. Not disposing of unused prescription drugs down the drain or in landfills is one way to help keep our water system free of harmful drugs. Keeping our water free from chemicals is one … [ read more ]

5 Things to know about Opioid Overdoses

Written by Patty Baker on Apr 21, 2014

The White House Blog recently released a report about opioid us in the United States 1. More Americans are using and dying from prescription painkillers than from heroin. 2. There is no such thing as a “good batch” of heroin versus a “tainted batch” of … [ read more ]

Frequency of Energy Drink Use Linked with Risk of Abusing Prescription Drugs

Written by Guest Author on Apr 18, 2014

The Partnership at Drugfree.org recently released the following article. College students who consume energy drinks are more likely than their peers who don’t use them to abuse prescription drugs, a new study concludes. The more energy drinks a student consumes, the greater their risk. The … [ read more ]

New Survey Shows Importance of No Alcohol Message for Teens

Written by Patty Baker on Apr 17, 2014

CADCA recently reported the following encouraging information from a recent survey. New data from a national survey of high school students shows that teens who receive a message from their parents that underage drinking is completely unacceptable are more than 80 percent less likely to … [ read more ]

Ministry Health Check-up – Personal Spiritual Health

Written by Allen Turley on Apr 16, 2014

In reviewing the health of our ministries, it is important that we examine our own lives. Rooted Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, … [ read more ]

Alcohol Awareness Month – Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow

Written by Patty Baker on Apr 15, 2014

April is the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.’ (NCADD) Alcohol Awareness Month. And CADCA coalitions nationwide are joining NCADD affiliates, schools, colleges, churches, and countless community organizations in sponsoring events that increase public awareness and educate people about the treatment and prevention of … [ read more ]

New Hampshire seeing alarming rise in drug-addicted infants

Written by Guest Author on Apr 14, 2014

Doctors will tell you it’s normal for a newborn to cry. But when the tears are accompanied by shaking, shudders – even seizures – a mother might have passed on to her child something other than DNA: a drug addiction. As prescription drug and heroin … [ read more ]

Dramatic Increase in E-cigarette-Related Calls to Poison Centers

Written by Guest Author on Apr 12, 2014

CADCA recently released the following article, E-cigarettes aren’t as safe as many people assume. The number of calls to poison centers involving e-cigarette liquids containing nicotine rose from one per month in September 2010 to 215 per month in February 2014, according to a CDC … [ read more ]

Get Involved – National Drug Prevention Week

Written by Patty Baker on Apr 09, 2014

National Prevention Week is a SAMHSA-supported annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues. This observance, May 18-24, is powered by communities nationwide that host prevention-themed events to: Increase the visibility of behavioral health and … [ read more ]