Monthly Archive: December 2014

Dec 29

Teen’s first sip of alcohol most likely to be in December

This holiday season, the DFC encourages parents to keep a watchful eye on their alcohol present at parties. Take the pledge this year to not provide youth and minors with alcohol! Data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration show that 12- to 17-year-olds are more likely to take their first sip of …

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Dec 22

Physician Dispensing May Have Led to Unnecessary Prescribing of Opioids

According to a new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI), physician dispensing — when a doctor gives medication to a patient directly — may have led to doctors overprescribing strong opioids. The authors of the study, The Impact of Physician Dispensing on Opioid Use, found that after Florida banned physician dispensing of strong opioids, …

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Dec 17

E-cigarettes surpass tobacco cigarettes among teens

  Recent results from the Monitoring the Future study, conducted at the University of Michigan, shows a new trend in youth that indicates E-cigarette use among teens has surpassed traditional tobacco cigarette use. The Monitoring the Future survey collects data from 40,000-50,000 students in 8th, 10th, and 12th grade across the United States each year. In …

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Dec 11

Two South Lake Tahoe Businesses Caught Selling to Minors

Employees at two South Lake Tahoe businesses are accused of selling alcohol to minors. Miguel Mancillas working at Alpine Liquors and Daniel Marshall of Chevy’s restaurant were cited Dec. 5 by South Lake Tahoe police officers. They face a minimum fine of $250, and/or 24 to 32 hours of community service if convicted and this …

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Dec 10

Addiction High

For a teen battling from addiction, graduating from high school can seem like an impossible task. For them, It is difficult to concentrate on school work when they are dealing with the emotional stress that comes from drug use. On a daily basis they are experiencing fighting with friends and family, getting into trouble with …

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Dec 05

Findings from a Decade of Impaired Driving in the U.S.

Findings from a Decade of Impaired Driving in the United States By Kaitlyn McAuliffe While alcohol impaired driving rates among youth have declined in the United States, drug impaired driving appears to be on the rise. Research indicates illicit or prescribed drugs are associated with an increased rate of motor vehicle crashes, making current excessively …

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Dec 02

Exposure to Secondhand Marijuana Smoke Can Be Just as Dangerous as Cigarette Smoke

Being exposed to secondhand marijuana smoke may be just as dangerous as being exposed to secondhand cigarette smoke, says a new study by researchers from the University of California-San Francisco. For the study, the researchers exposed laboratory rats to secondhand marijuana smoke using a modified cigarette smoking machine. The team then used a high-resolution ultrasound machine to …

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