Our Position on Medical Marijuana

 Drug Free Community Coalition Takes Position on Medical Marijuana

 Communities that Care (CTC) of Lorain County and more than 40 than Ohio agencies and organizations say marijuana should be subject to the same research, consideration and study as any other potential medicine under the standards of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Furthermore, legalizing marijuana for medical use should not be decided by legislative or voter initiative. Drug Free Action Alliance (DFAA), drafted the position paper, endorsed by CTC and others. DFAA is a statewide organization educating key leaders and the public on problems facing their communities and providing resources to take action

 Attitudes and policies about marijuana use are being discussed and debated around the country and in Ohio.  d the medical marijuana debate has ignited the issue like never before.

 Marijuana remains a Schedule I drug, which is the most restrictive classification because it has a high potential for abuse. Most national medical organizations do NOT support the use of smoked marijuana as medicine; they include the American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, National Institute of Health, Institute of Medicine, the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

 Nearly 100 Lorain County residents and others agree – in recent weeks, they’ve signed off supporting the call for more medical research.  CTC of Lorain County continues collecting signatures supporting the call for rigorous research, which will be present to key leaders. The coalition encourages people to learn more about the risks and realities of marijuana use.

 Marijuana as medicine can be a confusing issue. Did you know that safer treatment options already exist? The FDA has already approved a synthetic version of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. It’s called Marinol and it’s taken orally; a Schedule II drug it’s available by prescription in all 50 states.

 If you’re looking for more information, consider attending the “411 on 420 Training Camp” October 10 and 11 in Dublin, OH. The conference provides critical information for those on the frontlines, such as law enforcement, health professionals, business leaders, community members, health professionals and media. For more information on this event, and the position paper, check out www.drugfreeactionalliance.org

To get involved in advocacy efforts around medical marijuana and other issues regarding prevention, contact CTC of Lorain County; 440-282-9920; on Facebook or online: www.ctcloraincounty.org










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Women and Binge Drinking

Check out the Story about women and binge drinking.

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Graphic on Medicine Abuse

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Addiction is a Disease

The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare has created the “Addiction is a Disease” infographic to help you share information about the disease, its stages, statistics about how widespread it is, and how treatment works.

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Survey: Prescription Painkiller Abuse Often Starts With Free Pills From Friends, Family

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A new national survey finds people who abuse prescription painkillers for the first time often get their pills for free from family or friends. Those who chronically abuse prescription painkillers are more likely to obtain the pills from doctors or dealers, USA Todayreports.

An analysis of data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, scheduled to be released on Wednesday, found more than two-thirds of those who said they had gotten high on painkillers for the first time in the past year received the pills from family or friends.

The survey estimates 2.4 million Americans start abusing prescription drugs annually. About one-third of new users are adolescents, according to the newspaper. Almost 6 percent of young adults ages 18 to 25, and 3 percent of teenagers, say they regularly get high on prescription drugs.

Two-thirds of people who used painkillers to get high less than once a week got pills for free, or stole them from a relative or friend, the survey found. Among regular users, 28 percent said they bought the pills from a relative, friend, drug dealer or online. Twenty-six percent had prescriptions from at least one doctor.

Saturday, April 28 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, the article notes. The event, sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration, provides an opportunity for people who have accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs to safely dispose of them.


By Join Together Staff | April 25, 2012 | 1 Comment | Filed in Prescription Drugs & Youth

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Heroin Use Increasing Across Ohio

By Join Together Staff | March 28, 2012 | Leave a comment | Filed inCommunity Related & Drugs

Heroin use has increased so much in Ohio that users say it is “falling out of the sky,” according to a new report by state health officials. Children as young as 13 are starting to use the drug, they said.

Heroin’s popularity is increasing because it is seen as less expensive and easier to obtain than prescription opioids, according to theAssociated Press. Many heroin users responding to a state survey said increased demand for the drug was due to the reformulation of OxyContin, which makes it more difficult to abuse.

The report, released by the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services, said availability of heroin in Cleveland is considered to be at epidemic levels. The survey found an increase in heroin abuse across the state during the previous six months.

The state’s Department of Health reports that heroin-involved deaths increased from 16 percent (233) of all drug overdoses in 2008, to 20 percent (283) in 2009, to a high of 22 percent (338) in 2010.

At the Recovery Center in Lancaster, Ohio, an area considered to be the “hotspot” for heroin use in the state, most of the 360 patients are addicted to painkillers or heroin, according to CEO Trisha Saunders. She told the AP that most patients who are addicted to heroin started with painkillers. “They say, `I never thought I’d switch from taking a pill to putting a needle in my arm,’” Saunders said.

The Department of Justice 2011 National Drug Threat Assessmentfound increased heroin-related overdoses have been reported in cities in at least 30 states.

The report notes, “New users frequently overdose because they are unfamiliar with their tolerance levels; users resuming heroin use after prolonged absences often restart at their prior dosage level, even though their tolerance may have declined in the interim.”

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Support from Middle School Teachers May Reduce Early Use of Alcohol, Study Suggests

By Join Together Staff | March 26, 2012 | Leave a comment | Filed in Alcohol,DrugsPrevention & Youth

Emotional support from middle school teachers may reduce the risk their students will engage in early use of alcohol and other illicit substances, a new study suggests.

The study included 521 middle school students in Seattle. Students who felt more emotional support from teachers reported a delay in starting to use alcohol and other illicit substances, PsychCentralreports. The students defined teacher support as feeling close to a teacher, or being able to talk about their problems with a teacher.

Middle school students who had higher levels of separation anxiety from their parents were also less likely to start using alcohol early, the study found.

“Our results were surprising,” lead researcher Dr. Carolyn McCarty, of Seattle Children’s Research Institute, said in a news release. “We have known that middle school teachers are important in the lives of young people, but this is the first data-driven study which shows that teacher support is associated with lower levels of early alcohol use.”

Dr. McCarty said students who have separation anxiety may be less susceptible to negative influences from their peers, including experimenting with drugs and alcohol.

The study also found students who started drinking or using drugs before sixth grade had significantly higher levels of depressive symptoms. Students who had experienced recent stressful life events in sixth grade were significantly more likely to start using an illicit substance by eighth grade, the researchers found.

“We need to be aware of and monitor early adolescent stress levels, and parents, teachers and adults need to tune into kids’ mental health,” Dr. McCarty said. “We know that youth who initiate substance abuse before age 14 are at a high risk of long-term substance abuse problems and myriad health complications.”

The study appears in Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.

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SmokefreeTXT is a free text message cessation service that providers 24/7 encouragement, advice and tips to teens trying to quit smoking.  The initiative is led by the National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health.  Once they sign up, teens receive text messages timed according to their selected quit date. Following their quit date, they will continue receiving texts for up to six weeks — a critical piece of the SmokefreeTXT service, as research shows that cessation support continues to be important beyond the first few weeks of quitting. Teens can sign up online or text “QUIT” to iQUIT (47848).    Nearly 20 percent of teens are current smokers, and most will continue smoking into adulthood unless efforts are made to help them quit now. Many teens want to quit, but few use evidence-based cessation resources to support their quit attempts. By connecting with teen smokers on their mobile phones, NCI hopes to more effectively engage young people in quitting with proven cessation tools and strategies.



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Get Info. Get Help – Check Out Ohio’s New Prescription Drug Abuse Campaign

The Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services has announced its new campaign “DontGetMeStarted”


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NIH Launches a New Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness Campaign for Teens

The National Institute of  Drug Abuse (NIDA) recently launched PEERx, a new national public awareness campaign designed to inform teens about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.  PEERx provides educators, mentors, student leaders, and teens with science-based information about the impact of prescription drug abuse on the brain and body.

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