Prevention Lane http://www.preventionlane.org at Lane County Public Health Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:13:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Tips for a safe and happy holiday season http://www.preventionlane.org/holiday-tips http://www.preventionlane.org/holiday-tips#comments Sat, 06 Dec 2014 04:33:18 +0000 http://www.preventionlane.org/holiday-tips.htm/ Tips to Help Enjoy a Safe & Happy Holiday Season While intended to be “merry and bright,” the holidays can be a stressful time for many of us. Check out the tips below to help enjoy a safe and happy holiday season. Know someone who is depressed or suicidal? Get resources here. Life-Saving Tips for […]

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Tips to Help Enjoy a Safe & Happy Holiday Season

While intended to be “merry and bright,” the holidays can be a stressful time for many of us. Check out the tips below to help enjoy a safe and happy holiday season.

Know someone who is depressed or suicidal? Get resources here.

happy holidays!

Life-Saving Tips for Holiday Party Planners

[Adapted from Oregon Liquor Control Commission’s holiday party tips]

  • Serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic drinks to help guests pace themselves.
  • Get the keys from your guests when they arrive.
  • Learn the basics about serving sizes of alcoholic drinks so you can drink responsibly.
  • Have a designated driver.
  • Don’t serve alcohol to minors!
  • Collect money from your guests for a taxi cab fare fund.
  • Have a phone number for a taxi company handy.
  • Plan to be a sober host or hostess so you can determine if your guests are able to
    drive home.
  • Stop serving alcohol one hour before the party ends.
  • Wait until a guest finishes a drink before you serve him/her another one.
  • Know the signs of intoxication.

More Holiday Tips

  • Know someone who is depressed? Get resources here. Know someone who may be suicidal? Get resources here.
  • Please don’t buy lottery tickets for kids.
  • If you’re entertaining, be sure to keep your prescription drugs in a safe place out of the way of visitors and young people.
  • Stressed? Try taking a 10 – 15 minute break every day over the holiday season to connect to and catch up with yourself.
    Try to keep perspective over the important things.
  • Get more stress-reducing tools from stress-busting expert Robin Rose.

If you need more help or resources, you are not alone. Click here for help line resources in Lane County and beyond.

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2014 Holidays – Lottery Stocking Stuffers for Kids Aren’t a Good Bet http://www.preventionlane.org/gambling-holidays http://www.preventionlane.org/gambling-holidays#comments Fri, 05 Dec 2014 23:37:33 +0000 http://www.preventionlane.org/holidays/ Lottery Stocking Stuffers for Kids Aren’t a Good Bet So it’s just a lottery ticket, right? What’s the big deal? To answer the question, probably not a whole lot is a big deal. But did you know that 1) It’s illegal to buy Lottery tickets for anyone under 18, 2) kids who start gambling at […]

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Lottery Stocking Stuffers for Kids Aren’t a Good Bet

So it’s just a lottery ticket, right? What’s the big deal?

To answer the question, probably not a whole lot is a big deal. But did you know that 1) It’s illegal to buy Lottery tickets for anyone under 18, 2) kids who start gambling at a young age are far more likely to become problem gamblers later in life, and 3) as parents, we play the most important role in our kids’ future behaviors — not just drinking, drugs but also problem gambling?

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Okay, so do we have you yet? No?

Here’s the thing: Most problem gamblers report starting to gamble early on in life — and we can bet (pardon the pun) that they didn’t start off playing the craps tables in Vegas. We typically don’t think of lottery tickets as “gambling,” and yet we want to show kids that it’s hard work that gets us our dreams — not putting our money on chance.

We have a ton more reasons, but let’s face it, you’re busy– it’s the holidays, for crying out loud.

If you do want to read on, learn more about the risks of youth gambling and how to talk with your kids.

Check out the Oregon Lottery’s statement on responsible holiday giving.

Some of our non-Lottery kids stocking stuffer ideas:

  • Gum.
  • Anything that lights up or flashes.
  • Hot cocoa mix. Mmm…cocoa.
  • Ugly holiday socks (because some of us parents love the sound of the dreaded “sock sigh”). >:-)
  • Other ideas? Let us know!
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  • There are concerns about the side effects of inhaling pure nicotine, but this has yet to have been adequately studied, and is currently unknown.
  • E-cigarettes contain as much nicotine as a regular cigarette, if not more. The amount of nicotine delivered depends on the content of the liquid nicotine cartridge. There are many different cartridges customers can choose that contain nicotine that ranges in strength.
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is in the process of having e-cigarettes labeled as a drug-delivery device so they can be regulated.
  • Even though e-cigarettes don’t produce secondhand smoke, they do produce secondhand vapor. While manufactures say that water vapor is harmless, there has yet to have been any research conducted to prove this statement.
  • The quality of control process used within manufacturing e-cigarettes is inconsistent. Identical cartridges have been found to emit very distinctly different amounts of nicotine.
  • The FDA has not approved e-cigarettes as an effective way to quit smoking.
  • Some states have prohibited the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, as well as including e-cigarettes in smoking bans.
  • Several countries, including Australia, China, and Brazil, have banned the sale and marketing of e-cigarettes.
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    Learn more about e-cigarettes in general, as well as important things to know about e-cigarettes and youth.

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    Making Connections: Promoting Mental Wellness & Reducing Adverse Childhood Experiences http://www.preventionlane.org/making-connections-promoting-mental-wellness-reducing-adverse-childhood-experiences http://www.preventionlane.org/making-connections-promoting-mental-wellness-reducing-adverse-childhood-experiences#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:30:33 +0000 http://www.preventionlane.org/?p=9357 November 4-6, 2014 | Eugene, OR Thank you for joining us!! Conference presentations from participating presenters will be made available on the Connections Conference website soon. Check out the new Mind Your Mind Project and video as unveiled at the conference: Keynote Speakers Robert F. Anda, MD, MS, ACE Interface, LLC; ACE Study—Co-Founder and Co-Principal […]

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    November 4-6, 2014 | Eugene, OR

    Thank you for joining us!!

    Conference presentations from participating presenters will be made available on the Connections Conference website soon.

    Check out the new Mind Your Mind Project and video as unveiled at the conference:

    Keynote Speakers

    • Robert F. Anda, MD, MS, ACE Interface, LLC; ACE Study—Co-Founder and Co-Principal Investigator
    • Joel B. Bennett, Ph.D., President, Organizational Wellness & Learning Systems, Inc.
    • Susan N. Dreyfus, President & CEO, Alliance for Children and Families
    • Isaiah Holt, Board Member, 7th Step Foundation of Oregon; personal trainer and change agent
    • Corey Keyes, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology & Winship Distinguished Research Professor, Emory University
    • Laura Porter, Co-Founder, ACE Interface, LLC

    Workshops

    More than 40 workshops will be offered, covering the latest research and strategies related to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and mental health promotion.

    Continuing Education Credits

    Seventeen (17) Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are provided at no charge to conference attendees.
    Credits approved by the following:

    • The Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon (Prevention Specialists, Alcohol/Drug Counselors)
    • National Association of Social Workers, Oregon Chapter (Social Workers)
    • National Board for Certified Counselors (Counselors)
    • Lane Education Service District–Professional Development Units (Educators)

    Who Should Attend?

    Anyone working to increase the health and well-being of their community, including:

    • Physical health care and public health providers
    • Behavioral health treatment and prevention providers
    •  Educators & social service providers Major Sponsors:
    • Legal and law enforcement professionals

    To register and for more information, visit our website at www.connectionsconference.org

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    ‘App’rehensive: The Blurring Lines of Gaming and Gambling, and Protecting Our Most Vulnerable http://www.preventionlane.org/pgsconference http://www.preventionlane.org/pgsconference#comments Thu, 09 Oct 2014 19:57:30 +0000 http://www.preventionlane.org/?p=9456 2014 Oregon Problem Gambling Services Conference Welcome to participants of the 2014 Oregon Problem Gambling Services conference! We hope you had a great conference experience. . This presentation examines the rapidly-shifting world of technology that has outpaced even many experts’ abilities to keep up. From video games to social network gaming, we look into recent trends with […]

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    2014 Oregon Problem Gambling Services Conference

    Welcome to participants of the 2014 Oregon Problem Gambling Services conference! We hope you had a great conference experience. . This presentation examines the rapidly-shifting world of technology that has outpaced even many experts’ abilities to keep up. From video games to social network gaming, we look into recent trends with regard to online and mobile technology and play, and how the lines has become blurred between traditional “games” and gambling. including the examination of various parallels with gambling and gambling disorders. And we aren’t just stuck in the problem: we talk about practical and evidence-based tips and tools that aim at protecting, and advocating for, vulnerable populations – with a special focus on youth and those in addictions recovery.

    Following are the slides (with clickable links included for references) as well as handouts. Keep in mind that these presentations are Creative Commons copyrighted, so please do contact us for materials. We are happy to share resources.

    Click here for a PDF print-friendly version

    Tips recommended during the presentation (thank you!):

    Bonus: “Exposure to Free-Play Modes in Simulated Online Gaming Increases Risk-Taking in Monetary Gambling.”  Journal of Gambling Studies

     

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    Upcoming Good Behavior Game Trainings http://www.preventionlane.org/good-behavior-game-trainings http://www.preventionlane.org/good-behavior-game-trainings#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:03:29 +0000 http://www.preventionlane.org/?p=9439 If you are interested in using the Good Behavior Game in your classroom, we would like to pay for elementary school teachers in your district to attend a one day training. The Good Behavior Game training will be October 8 &9 from 9am-4pm at Lane ESD You will receive PDUs for attending this training! Lane […]

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    If you are interested in using the Good Behavior Game in your classroom, we would like to pay for elementary school teachers in your district to attend a one day training.
    The Good Behavior Game training will be October 8 &9 from 9am-4pm at Lane ESD
    You will receive PDUs for attending this training!

    Lane County Public Health will pay for each classroom teacher to have their own set of ‘Good Behavior Game’ materials, a $200 value.

    If you would like to register, please follow these links (please only register for days that you need to attend – space is limited):

    There are some funds to cover subs. For information regarding having a substitute paid for or if you have any questions, please contact Marieke (“Mo”) Young at marieke.young@co.lane.or.us or (541) 682-3817.

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    2014 Problem Gamblers Awareness Day in Oregon http://www.preventionlane.org/problem-gambling-awareness-day http://www.preventionlane.org/problem-gambling-awareness-day#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:49:31 +0000 http://www.preventionlane.org/pgad/ Related: PGAD 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2008 | 2006 | 2005 View: Last Year’s Event Photos on Facebook |   About Awareness Day September 29 has been  by Governor Kitzhaber and Secretary of State Kate Brown as Problem Gamblers Awareness Day in Oregon. On July 20, 1995, Robert “Bobby” Hafemann took his own […]

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    Related: PGAD 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2008 | 2006 | 2005

    View: Last Year’s Event Photos on Facebook |  Governor's Proclamation

    About Awareness Day

    September 29 has been proclaimed by Governor Kitzhaber and Secretary of State Kate Brown as Problem Gamblers Awareness Day in Oregon.

    On July 20, 1995, Robert “Bobby” Hafemann took his own life. He left behind a family full of grief, sadness, and a lot of questions. His sister, Ronda Hatefi, became increasingly bothered by something Bobby had said in the note he left behind. He wrote he “felt like a ghost.” Many problem gamblers voice a similar statement. In 1995 there were not a lot of places for a problem gambler to go. Since his death, treatment and outreach for gambling has grown.

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    In the forefront of the movement to bring awareness to the public is Ronda Hatefi. She is the founder of Oregonians for Gambling Awareness Organization (OGAO). Her hope is to strengthen the message that “gambling can become an addiction and if it does, there is hope and help.” She does not want another family to suffer the devastation of problem gambling that has impacted hers.

    Each year since Bobby’s death, she has petitioned the Oregon Governor to proclaim September 29 as Problem Gamblers Awareness Day. For 18 years her request has been honored and, by doing so, Bobby’s life has been honored. It is the anniversary of his birth. His death has become a day of hope for those hurting and suffering in silence.

    Like other addictions, the compulsion to gamble can become the main priority of a person’s life. When this happens the emotional and financial upheavals are devastating. Often, the family is just as impacted by this devastation as the gambler. According to prevalence studies conducted by the Oregon Council on Problem Gambling, problem gambling affects approximately 80,000 adult Oregonians. For those entering treatment last year, the Oregon Health Authority estimates their combined debt related to gambling at more than $31 million.

    In Oregon, treatment for problem gamblers and their loved ones is free and confidential and provided through Oregon Lottery revenues; those interested in seeking help may call the 24-hour help line at 1-877-MY-LIMIT (877-695-4648).

    For more information about Awareness Day, contact Ronda Hatefi: ogao.ronda@gmail.com

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    MDMA (“Ecstasy,” “Molly”) Facts http://www.preventionlane.org/mdma-ecstasy-molly-facts http://www.preventionlane.org/mdma-ecstasy-molly-facts#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 22:13:09 +0000 http://www.preventionlane.org/?p=9414 MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine — say that three times fast!), more commonly known as “ecstasy” and “molly,” is a synthetic drug that has both  hallucinogenic and  stimulant effects. We’ve heard a lot about ecstasy and rave culture…but what exactly is the drug, and what are its effects? It typically is in a tablet, and can be taken as a pill […]

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    MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine — say that three times fast!), more commonly known as “ecstasy” and “molly,” is a synthetic drug that has both  hallucinogenic and  stimulant effects.

    We’ve heard a lot about ecstasy and rave culture…but what exactly is the drug, and what are its effects?

    It typically is in a tablet, and can be taken as a pill or crushed and snorted.  We have most recently heard from local law enforcement about people putting it in candy (known as “Ecstasy Candy“).  The effects produced by consuming MDMA can last for 4 to 6 hours, depending upon the potency of the tablet (or candy!). One of the biggest concerns about the drug is that it’s not regulated, therefore people who buy and use it don’t really know what they’re getting — or the dose.

    What are the risks?

    There are plenty of sites that cover the risks and effects of MDMA use, and some good places to go are the National Drug Intelligence Center’s fact sheet and the Above the Influence page on MDMA. Another great site for teens is from the NIDA for Teens website. Some of the key risks are:

    • confusion
    • depression
    • anxiety
    • sleeplessness
    • craving for the drug
    • paranoia
    • high heart rate and blood pressure
    • dehydration
    • very high fever
    • heart or kidney failure
    • death

    So, do most teens use MDMA/ecstasy/molly?

    Nope. While the rate of having used MDMA one time is as high as 20% in high school seniors, very few teens use the drug. In fact, less than one percent of 6th, 8th and 11th graders in Lane County (and Oregon) have use ecstasy within the last 30 days. Of illicit drugs, marijuana has the highest (pardon the pun) use, while alcohol continues to be the number one drug used by teens.

    From the 2014 Oregon Student Wellness Survey. (https://oregon.pridesurveys.com)

    From the 2014 Oregon Student Wellness Survey. (https://oregon.pridesurveys.com)

     

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    What should parents do?

    Parents should be concerned about kids using MDMA, but keep in mind that the three most used drugs among our teens are alcohol, marijuana and prescription drugs. If you notice any of the above side effects of MDMA, talk with your kid and get help.

    Also, this Halloween season, be sure to monitor your kids’ candy – check for opened or suspicious wrapping, and if it’s not clearly labeled then toss it!

    Also, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or have a question about your child’s drug or alcohol use? Call our Parents Toll-Free Helpline: 1-855-DRUGFREE (1-855-378-4373)

    Other tips, find out how to “teen-proof” your home.

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    Marijuana and Youth http://www.preventionlane.org/marijuana-youth http://www.preventionlane.org/marijuana-youth#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 16:28:40 +0000 http://www.preventionlane.org/?p=9404 What parents need to know about today’s marijuana: Is marijuana more potent? It’s definitely more potent. The average potency of THC in marijuana is more than 3 times more potent than the marijuana of 20 years ago. Source: Mehmedic et al. (2010). Potency trends of D9-THC and other cannabinoids in confiscated cannabis preparations from 1993 […]

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    What parents need to know about today’s marijuana:

    Is marijuana more potent?

    It’s definitely more potent. The average potency of THC in marijuana is more than 3 times more potent than the marijuana of 20 years ago.

    Source: Mehmedic et al. (2010). Potency trends of D9-THC and other cannabinoids in confiscated cannabis preparations from 1993 to 2008. Journal of Forensic Science, 55, 1209-1217.
    Marijuana potency as collected from the National Center for Natural Products Research at the University of Mississippi (image credit: ilearnaboutsam.com)

    Marijuana potency as collected from the National Center for Natural Products Research at the University of Mississippi (image credit: ilearnaboutsam.com)

    Is marijuana a gateway?

    • Most people who use marijuana do not go on to use “harder drugs”
    • Of those who do use harder drugs, most used tobacco, alcohol and marijuana first.
    • Marijuana increases risk factors that make youth vulnerable to addiction.
    Source: Wagner, F.A. & Anthony, J.C. (2002). From first drug use to drug dependence; developmental periods of risk for dependence upon cannabis, cocaine, and alcohol. Neuropsychopharmacology, 26, 479-488.

     

    Youth don’t see marijuana as risky as they used to.

     

    How do we prevent youth use, given the changing landscape?

    1. Minimize access, availability, and use by youth;
    2. Minimize drugged driving;
    3. Minimize dependence and addiction;
    4. Minimize consumption of marijuana products with unwanted contaminants and uncertain potency, and
    5. Minimize concurrent use of marijuana and alcohol, particularly in public settings.

    Local strategies:

    1. Keep prices artificially high
      –Taxes
      –Fees (ex: City of Springfield)
    2. Create a strong licensing system
      –Types of businesses that can sell
      –Location of retailers
      –Density
      –Hours of sale/minor restrictions
      –Credentialing/training for employees
    3. Limit types of products sold
      –Products targeted at youth (ex: edibles)
      –Labeling requirements
    4. Attempt to Limit Marketing/Advertising
      –Promotion & sponsorship
      –Types & size of advertising
    5. Restrict Public Consumption
      –Secondhand exposure to smoked marijuana
      –Perception of “normative behavior” by youth
    6. Measure and Prevent Impaired Driving
      – Difficulties in measuring impairment (blood/urine needed)
    Source: Framing Health Matters | Peer Reviewed | Pacula et al. American Journal of Public Health | June 2014, Vol 104, No. 6

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    Colorectal Cancer Screening http://www.preventionlane.org/colorectal-cancer-screening http://www.preventionlane.org/colorectal-cancer-screening#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 23:26:37 +0000 http://www.preventionlane.org/?p=9344 Colorectal cancer is the second most deadly form of cancer in Oregon, but it doesn’t have to be. The 5 year survival rate for local stage diagnosis is 90%, yet only 38% of colorectal cancers in Oregon are diagnosed at this stage. In fact, according to Oregon BRFSS 2010-2011, only 59% of Oregonians 50 years […]

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    CRCweb2014_Basilio CRCweb2014_PatColorectal cancer is the second most deadly form of cancer in Oregon, but it doesn’t have to be.

    The 5 year survival rate for local stage diagnosis is 90%, yet only 38% of colorectal cancers in Oregon are diagnosed at this stage. In fact, according to Oregon BRFSS 2010-2011, only 59% of Oregonians 50 years old and older had been screened and among the Latino population, the screening rate was only 21%.

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