Reducing Youth Obesity, Opioid Abuse Care/Prevention, and Youth Mental Health Improvement Program Grants

Subject: Community Development, Health, Child/Youth Welfare, Substance Abuse, Drugs, Childhood Obesity | Deadline: July 31, 2017 . . .

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Naloxone in Georgia

Naloxone, a medicine used to stop the effects of an opioid overdose, can be easily applied via a squirt through the nose or a shot in the arm. Because of the Georgia 911 Medical Amnesty Law, both civilians and first-responding law enforcement can administer Naloxone themselves or seek help without fear of punishment in a situation where seconds can count.

The Importance of Confidentiality for Effective SBIRT Interventions for Teens

For the SBIRT model to work, an open and honest conversation must occur between a young person and practitioner. But for a population that cannot legally consume alcohol and may be using illegal drugs, honest disclosure poses risks. Confidentiality is huge.

Youth Need Substance Abuse Help in Communities, Experts Say

Adolescents with substance abuse problems too often cannot access treatment unless they land in the juvenile justice system, experts say.
Relying on the justice system to treat substance abuse also means treatment is rooted in racial divisions, says Evan Elkin, national executive director of Reclaiming Futures. Youth of color are disproportionately represented in the juvenile justice system.
“We operate two public health systems in America. One is for people of color and one is for the white population. Public health is mediated through the justice system,” he said.

Substance Use Among Teens Is Never Benign

Adolescence is a time of growth and potential but also a time of risk-taking and experimentation with drugs and alcohol, which can quickly get out of hand. At no other time in human development is the risk for developing a substance use disorder so high. And the consequences of substance use disorders in youth are significant, cumulative, and far-reaching in human and financial terms.

Selfishly Selfless: Social Anxiety, Addiction and the Benefits of Service

People in recovery vividly recall their first experiences with drugs and alcohol as teenagers . . .

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Who Will I Be As an Adult?

In all those years I was bounced around, I didn’t know where I belonged or what would happen when I aged out of care. I never had a mature role model, so I’m not sure what sort of adult I want to be.