Whippets Sold Here: Gas Stations Selling More Than Gas?

GAS STATIONS SELLING WHIPPETS – USED TO GET ‘HIGH’ Do you collect kitchen gadgets?  Even the most gadget devotee doesn’t have a commercial style dispenser for making whipped cream.  The dispensers are a staple for restaurants and infuse a burst of nitrous oxide from a cartridge with heavy cream to produce a puffy cloud of … Read more

How Passion Builds Drug Prevention Communities & Strengthens Families

Cleveland Reality Tours

What could make someone leave their job of over 20 years? More money somewhere else? Relocating to a place with beautiful weather? For Norma Norris, the answer was simple: passion. She felt a calling to address the problem of drug use within her community. While having lunch with Norma she explained to me how she … Read more

Little Theaters Reimagined as Public Service Providers

Little Theaters Reimagined as Public Service Providers

Live performances across the United States, have taken a huge hit in the past two years. While government grants aided some little theater groups, recovery has largely taken a long intermission. The little theater movement of the early 20th Century was a way to break away from constraints to accommodate freedom of expression previously unknown. … Read more

How Substance Abuse Can Lead to Mental Illness: The Importance of Family Support

Substance Abuse Can Lead to Mental Illness - Family Support

Guest Author: Stanley Clark Stanley Clark is a community development volunteer and writer. He had worked on several commercials, events, and campaigns before writing full-time in the area of natural health and wellness. Research suggests that many individuals diagnosed with mental disorders also have substance abuse issues. Furthermore, surveys indicate that half of the individuals … Read more

A Guide to Mental Health & Substance Abuse Among Teens

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports it is common for individuals with substance abuse problems to also have a mental health disorder. Mental health disorders and substance abuse share similar symptoms. Commonly shared symptoms include: decline in work/school performance, changes in appetite or sleep patterns, moodiness, dramatic weight loss or weight gain, loss … Read more

Red Ribbon Week Ideas

teens discussing red ribbon week ideas

If you’re an educator, you’re probably looking for Red Ribbon Week ideas for 2021. Here’s the beauty (and the challenge) of Red Ribbon Week messages… you’re not gonna please everyone. But, if you prepare lots of alternatives, stay positive, and think creatively, you’re sure to impress students, parents, and other staff this October 23. Still … Read more

Inhalant Use Disorder

Preventing Inhalant Use Disorder in Teens   Inhalant use disorder is a rampant problem, especially among young people. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2020 saw a 64% increase in inhalant use for 8th graders.  Many healthcare professionals attribute this unprecedented rise in inhalant abuse to the pandemic. Regardless of why teens have turned … Read more

Adderall

Misuse in Adderall among teens is a rising trend, as students are taking Adderall without a prescription. Living the life of a teen or a college student, our surroundings can be tempting. We are in school systems that want our A-game. Exams, homework, presentations, and endless hours of studying is exhausting. We must manage our … Read more

Botvin LifeSkills Training & Reality Tour Comparison

Life Skills Training Vs. Reality Tour  Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST), like Reality Tour, is an evidence-based curriculum for substance abuse prevention. Both programs have been proven to provide adolescents with the social skills necessary to withstand peer pressure, but there are some key differences. Let’s look at each program’s main components.  Botvin’s Life Skills Training … Read more