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Why is adolescence a critical time for preventing drug addiction? 05/14/2018

Science of Addiction- National Institute of Drug Abuse  (beginning of information)

Early use of drugs increases a person’s chances of developing addiction. Remember, drugs change brains—and this can lead to addiction and other serious problems. So, preventing early use of drugs or alcohol may go a long way in reducing these risks. If we can prevent young people from experimenting with drugs, we can prevent drug addiction.

All Drug Information, Article, Prevention Program, Programs Educational Material
Kratom 05/14/2018

Kratom is a tropical tree (Mitragyna speciosa) native to Southeast Asia, with leaves that contain compounds that can have psychoactive (mind-altering) effects. When kratom is taken in small amounts, users report increased energy, sociability, and alertness instead of sedation. However, kratom can also cause uncomfortable and sometimes dangerous side effects.

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All Drug Information, Article, Kratom
Drinking, drugs are most dangerous things college students face 05/06/2018

“A lot of people my age didn't realize I had a problem. Because I wasn't using certain drugs, because I wasn't drinking early in the morning or doing the 'typical' alcoholic stereotypes,” said Pollard.

Alcohol, Article, Parents
Pediatricians recommend screening children for drug use starting at age 9 04/29/2018

Young children are getting their hands on drugs more than ever before. It's becoming such a concern that the American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending children as young as nine be screened for substance abuse.

All Drug Information, Article, Drug Screening, HCADA General, Parents, Professional, Youth
2018 Florida Driving Impaired Survey 04/13/2018

The results of this study provide the Florida DHSMV with a substantial amount of information about Florida residents’ perceptions of and behaviors related to impaired driving.

All Drug Information, Article, Florida, Impaired, Reports
Opioid use prevalent among electronic dance music partygoers 04/13/2018

One in 10 electronic dance music (EDM) party attendees have misused opioids in the past year, exceeding the national average, finds a study by the Center for Drug Use and HIV/HCV Research (CDUHR) at NYU Meyers College of Nursing.

Article, EDM, Opioid
REDUCING IMPAIRED DRIVING RECIDIVISM 03/20/2018

Hillsborough County has consistently been ranked the worst or near the worst in Florida for DUI crashes, injuries, and fatalities. Given the dangers of impaired driving and the importance of reducing recidivism to promote long-term community safety, the State Attorney’s Office (SAO) has established the Reducing Impaired Driving Recidivism (“RIDR”) initiative.

Article, State Attorney
Chronic heavy drinking leads to serious risk of dementia, study warns 03/10/2018

Heavy drinkers are putting themselves at risk of dementia, according to the largest study of its kind ever conducted.

Alcohol, Article, Heavy Drinkers
Largest study of its kind finds alcohol use biggest risk factor for dementia 03/10/2018

Of the 57,000 cases of early-onset dementia (before the age of 65), the majority (57%) were related to chronic heavy drinking.

Alcohol, Article, Study
Increase in number of kids in foster care linked to opioids 01/10/2018

Armed with this information, we would try to seek a grant to try to specifically help these families and their parents so they can be reunited with these kids once they get the treatment they need," said Ellen Snelling of the Hillsborough County Anti-Drug Alliance.

Article, HCADA Interview, Opioid, Snelling
Florida near top of list as traffic fatalities nationwide continued to surge in 2016 11/20/2017

Statistics become real when it a friend or family member that is an innocent victim of a drunk driver.  #DriveSober

Florida's traffic fatalities were up 43 percent in the first six months of this year compared to the same period in 2014 — the fifth-highest increase in that time frame in the country, according to preliminary estimates released Tuesday by the National Safety Council.

Article
November 2017: Opioid Crisis 11/10/2017

It is estimated that 14 people die from an opioid drug overdose each and every day in our state, and Tampa Bay is ground zero for this deadly crisis. While Governor Rick Scott has declared a public health emergency and set aside millions of dollars to fight the opioid epidemic, is it enough? How did opioid addiction get so out of hand and what can be done about it?

Article, HCADA Interview
Opioid Prevention Kits- DFA 08/31/2017 Article, DFA, Opioid, prescription drugs
High on the Job: Fighting the painkiller epidemic 04/28/2017

Gary White, associate director at the Hillsborough County Anti Drug Alliance helps train companies and employees as he says the prescription pain pill epidemic invades our workplaces. “Substance-abusing employees function at about 67% capacity.  That affects you, it affects your coworkers, that affects the bottom line,” says White.

Article, HCADA Interview, Opioid
CDC- Alcohol Use and Your Health 03/12/2017

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Alcohol, Article, CDC, Infographic

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