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Marijuana Laws in Oregon

| February 10, 2015
Marijuana Laws in Oregon

Beginning on July 1, 2015, Measure 91 will allow the personal use and possession of marijuana under Oregon law for people who are 21 years of age and older. However, many things in our current marijuana laws will remain illegal for any person.   It is important to be aware of Oregon’s changing laws around marijuana. […]

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Marijuana Use, Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

| February 10, 2015
Marijuana Use, Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

It is strongly recommended that pregnant women as well as their partners do not use marijuana, tobacco, alcohol or any other drug due to possibility of impacting the healthy development of the baby. Research suggests that THC, one of the main chemicals in marijuana, can pass from the mother to the developing fetus through the placenta. Additionally, smoking […]

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The Eugene-Springfield Prevention Coalition Needs YOU!

| January 27, 2015
The Eugene-Springfield Prevention Coalition Needs YOU!

The Eugene Springfield Prevention Coalition is recruiting new members!  The coalition is comprised of community members who are passionate about creating the healthiest community we can be. We received a five year federal grant that will help us implement strategies in the community. Our focus is on youth ages 11-17 in Eugene and Springfield and on reducing use […]

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National Drug Facts Awareness Week

| January 20, 2015
National Drug Facts Awareness Week

National Drug Facts Awareness Week was January 26-February 1! Drug overdose death rates in the United States have more than tripled since 1990 and have never been higher — and most of these deaths are from prescription drugs (source: CDC).  Deaths from prescription painkillers have reached epidemic levels in the past decade, and according to the Centers for Disease […]

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Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)

| December 21, 2014
Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)

Drug and alcohol misuse are a serious problem both nationally and in Lane County. Alcohol is the most commonly abused drug among youth in the United States. People who start drinking before age 15 are 5x more likely to develop abuse or dependence later in life than those who start after age 21. Between 2008-2010 […]

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8 Things You Should Know About Electronic Cigarettes

| November 29, 2014
8 Things You Should Know About Electronic Cigarettes

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 […]

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MDMA (“Ecstasy,” “Molly”) Facts

| September 25, 2014
MDMA (“Ecstasy,” “Molly”) Facts

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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When a Loved One is Abusing Drugs/Alcohol: Resources for Youth and Young Adults

| August 8, 2014

It’s not your fault! You are NOT the cause of anyone else’s drinking or behavior. You can’t change or control anyone but yourself. You don’t have to accept their drinking/drug use, but can still love the person with the problem. They need help. You can build a good and healthy life for yourself, whether the alcoholic still drinks or not.

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Electronic Cigarettes and Youth

| April 11, 2014
Electronic Cigarettes and Youth

E-cigarettes contain no tobacco, and therefore are not subject to U.S tobacco laws. This means that e-cigarettes can be purchased by anyone, without proof of age. Because of this, e-cigarettes may be appealing to children and teens, encouraging nicotine addiction among young people. Multiple e-cigarette manufactures sell their products online. Given the online presence of […]

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Related Links on Health Concerns about E Cigs

| April 11, 2014
Related Links on Health Concerns about E Cigs

E-cigarette Use Among Youth http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2013/p0905-ecigarette-use.html E-cigarette Poisonings http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2014/p0403-e-cigarette-poison.html http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6313a4.htm Vaporized: E-cigarettes, Advertising, and Youth http://legacyforhealth.org/content/download/4542/63436/version/1/file/LEG-Vaporized-E-cig_Report-May2014.pdf E-cigarettes: Smokeless Does Not Mean Harmless http://public.health.oregon.gov/DiseasesConditions/CommunicableDisease/CDSummaryNewsletter/ E-cigarettes and Secondhand Aerosol http://no-smoke.org/pdf/ecigarette-secondhand-aerosol.pdf E-cigarettes – Americans for Nonsmokers Rights http://no-smoke.org/learnmore.php?id=645 US State & Local Laws Regulating Use of E-cigarettes http://www.no-smoke.org/pdf/ecigslaws.pdf FDA’s E-cigarette Webpage http://www.fda.gov/newsevents/publichealthfocus/ucm172906.htm E-cigarettes – Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids […]

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