Thursday, February 28, 2008

Alcopop "Energy Drinks": A New Threat on the Market

Alcoholic beverages carrying the label of "energy drink" are prompting alarm amongst 16 US Attorneys General participating in the National Association of Attorneys General Youth Access to Alcohol Committee. Some of these so called "energy drinks", such as those distributed under the brand names , "Sparks" and "Sparks Plus", contain over 200mg of caffeine, or 7 times as much caffeine as might be found in the average cup of green tea. In a news release, Maine's Attorney General, Steve Rowe, sums up the concerns of many over these high-caffeine cocktails: “I am gravely concerned about the negative health outcomes that may result from consumers unknowingly mixing dangerously high amounts of caffeine with higher than disclosed amounts of alcohol. Caffeine is a stimulant that can mask feelings of intoxication, giving drinkers the false impression that they can drink more and function normally. This is a recipe for disaster.”

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Saturday, January 12, 2008

Ecstasy (MDMA) Facts

Ecstasy (MDMA) is known as a “club” drug because it is often used at clubs or raves. It is a synthetic, mind altering drug that causes hallucinations. Ecstasy is highly addictive and the effects can last for days or weeks. Although some teens use club drugs, the use of ecstasy has dropped dramatically in the past few years. What have you heard about ecstasy? What opportunities are there for teens to use ecstasy in your community? For more information on the dangers posed by ecstasy, please visit

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Marijuana Facts

Some teens and adults believe that everyone uses marijuana, and that’s no crime, right? WRONG! National teen surveys show that marijuana use has been declining for the past few years.

Teens and adults should also know that serious side effects of marijuana are being documented. Research has found more alarming links between marijuana use and severe mental health problems. What does your child think about marijuana? Does your child know the facts? Does he or she know how you feel about marijuana use? For more information on the hazards of marijuana use, please visit

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Talking to Your Kids About Drugs and Alcohol

The more you know about your child, the easier it will be to guide her/him toward more positive activities and friendships and steer him/her away from alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.

Good communication is crucial especially with your teen or pre-teen. Set aside a few minutes a day for your child to talk about problems and challenges that might have come up during the day. Ask about highs and lows.

Here a couple of ways to start conversations about drugs:

What do you know about marijuana? Do you know what happens if you use marijuana?

For more information visit download an informational PDF guide.

What kind of conversations have worked for you or do you recommend?

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Families Impacted by Substance Abuse

Did you know? Youth with alcohol- and/or drug-addicted parents are four times more likely to become addicted if they choose to drink alcohol or use illegal drugs. One in four youth under age 18 lives in a family where a person abuses alcohol or suffers from alcoholism. Dealing with family issues is a key activity to prevent use, abuse, and dependency. For more information visit

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