O'Brien House is expanding its first essay contest open to high school students to include the entire state of Louisiana. O’Brien House is the Baton Rouge, LA Affiliate of NCADD. The contest's purpose is to offer a creative outlet to young people who have been personally touched by addiction in order to provide therapy and increase awareness about the effects of addiction among today's youth. The contest launched on June 12th, 2017 and will run throughout the summer and the beginning of the school year. The deadline for submission is September 1st, 2017. The winners will be publicly announced and recognized at the O'Brien House Annual Breakfast on September 13th, 2017. The first place winner will be awarded $1000, second place will receive $300, and third place will receive $200. Rules for the contest and guidelines for submission can be found at www.obrienhouseessays.com. Judges of the essay contest are James...
Fewer teens are using e-cigarettes and other types of tobacco, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The study found 11.3 percent of high school students used e-cigarettes in 2016, down from 16 percent the previous year, The Washington Post reports. This represents the first decline in e-cigarette use since the CDC began keeping track in 2011. Only 8 percent of high school students said they smoked cigarettes last year, and 20 percent said they used any tobacco product, including cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, hookahs, pipes and smokeless tobacco. Those numbers are the lowest on record, the CDC reported. “While these latest numbers are encouraging, it is critical that we work to ensure this downward trend continues over the long term across all tobacco products,” Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., said in a news release.
A new study finds more than 35 percent of Canadian high school students admit to having been in a car with a driver who had been drinking, while 20 percent reported ever riding with a driver who had been using marijuana. “These numbers are concerning,” said study author Leia Minaker of the University of Waterloo. “A significant proportion of car-crash deaths are related to alcohol and drug impairment.” The findings come from a national survey of almost 25,000 students, HealthDay reports. The survey found 9 percent of students in grades 11 and 12 have driven within an hour of drinking. More than 9 percent have driven after having used marijuana. The findings are published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal Open .
Facing Addiction and The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) are proud to announce the merger of our organizations – creating a national leader in turning the tide on the addiction epidemic. The merged organization will be called: