E-Cigarettes/Vapes

What is an E-Cigarette? An e-cigarette device is used to heat a liquid substance and when heated to a certain temperature, creates an aerosol that can then be inhaled. E-cigarettes have many different names such as: E-cigs, e-hookahs, mods, vape pens, vapes, tank systems,  and electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) (US Department of Health and Human Services, 2016). In 2017, 8.6 percent of 6th, 8th, 10th, and … Continue reading E-Cigarettes/Vapes

Opioids

Learn more about preventing overdose deaths PRESCRIPTION DRUG OVERDOSES Drug poisoning deaths have outpaced deaths due to firearms, falls, and motor vehicle crashes in Utah. (1) In 2014, 32% of Utah adults aged 18 years and older had been prescribed an opioid pain medication in the last 12 months (5). Most Utahns who die from a drug-related death suffer from chronic pain and take prescribed … Continue reading Opioids

Alcohol

New imaging machines, such as MRIs, PET and SPECT scans, have given scientists exciting views into the development of the human brain. While we once thought the brain was fully developed at birth, we now know that the brain continues to develop until the mid-20s. New scientific research shows that alcohol affects a teen’s still-developing brain very differently than an adult’s, and it can harm … Continue reading Alcohol

Cannabis

There are many slang names for cannabis including: Marijuana, Weed, Pot, Grass, Reefer, Ganja, Mary Jane, Blunt, Joint, Roach, etc. The cannabis plant contains over 480 compounds. The two cannabinoids we know the most about are THC and CBD. THC is the psychoactive part of the plant and CBD is non-psychoactive and produces more known researched medical benefits. The understanding of these two chemicals greatly … Continue reading Cannabis

Social Development Strategy

Encouraging our kids to have healthy behaviors is most successful when we follow principles from the Social Development Strategy. This involves setting clear standards about healthy behaviors. The “secret sauce” for motivating kids to follow those standards is making sure our kids are strongly bonded to us. One of the best ways to bond is to provide meaningful opportunities for kids, give them the skills they need … Continue reading Social Development Strategy

Opioides: verlos claramente

¿Quién toma tus pastillas? A veces los doctores no explican bien qué hacer con los opioides (las pastillas contra el dolor) que recetan. A veces es difícil saber qué hacer cuando ya no hay dolor. ¿Debes terminar la botella entera o solo botarla? Bueno, ¡la verdad es que no debes hacer nada de eso! Aunque puede ser difícil deshacerte de tus pastillas, que quizás necesites … Continue reading Opioides: verlos claramente