Drug Prevention Resources

For Communities, Parents and Schools

Whippets Sold Here: Gas Stations Selling More Than Gas?

By Norma Norris | September 9, 2022

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

Cleveland Reality Tours

How Passion Builds Drug Prevention Communities & Strengthens Families

By Madelyn Buckley | August 31, 2022

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

By Norma Norris | August 24, 2022

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

Reality Tour anti-drug program to mark 15 years in Westmoreland County (TribLive.com)

By Guest Author | August 24, 2022

By Megan Tomasic, TribLive.com (Online Source) Officials across Westmoreland County are gearing up to celebrate 15 years of an anti-drug project that works to educate parents and children on the dangers of drug abuse. Reality Tour, which was founded by Butler County resident Norma Norris in 2003, has been active in Westmoreland County since 2007 … Read more

Substance Abuse Can Lead to Mental Illness - Family Support

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

By Guest Author | August 16, 2022

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

By Madelyn Buckley | June 24, 2022

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

teens discussing red ribbon week ideas

Red Ribbon Week Ideas

By Norma Norris | September 20, 2021

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

Alcohol Use Disorder: Prevention Begins at Home

By Norma Norris | May 11, 2021

Underage Drinking May Lead to Alcohol Use Disorder More and more teens are developing Alcohol Use Disorder. Do you remember what it was like to be a teenager? Peer pressure, curiosity, and an urge to rebel are common factors that can lead to underage drinking. And recently, as remote learning and social distancing have become … Read more

Inhalant Use Disorder

By Norma Norris | April 13, 2021

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

By Norma Norris | March 4, 2021

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