Tag Archives: prevention

What to Do When Teen’s Friends Encourage Undesirable Behavior?

Figuring out how to steer teens away from friends who encourage undesirable behavior such as substance abuse is a tricky issue, the Los Angeles Times reports. …

Experts Urge Better Training, Education to Increase Opioid Safety

More comprehensive education is needed for opioid prescribers, two experts write this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). They also call for adoption of guidelines on opioid prescribing from the American Academy of Pain Medicine. …

National Study Confirms Teen Drug Use Trending in Wrong Direction

Following a decade of steady declines, a new national study released today indicates that teen drug and alcohol use is headed in the wrong direction, with marked increases in teen use of marijuana and Ecstasy over the past three years. …

Synthetic Drugs Cause Alarming Increase in Medical Emergencies

Synthetic drugs—substances that mimic the effects of marijuana, cocaine and other illegal drugs—are causing a sharp rise in serious health problems ranging from seizures and hallucinations to death. …

New Law Encourages Safe Way to Dispose of Medications

Communities have started to take advantage of a federal law signed by President Obama in October that makes it easier for communities to run programs allowing people to safely dispose of old medications. …

Doctor-Patient Painkiller Contracts Gain Popularity

A growing number of physicians are asking patients who take painkillers to sign a contract to discourage them from abusing the medications. …

Students in Better Performing Schools Less Likely to Use Drugs and Alcohol

Students in schools that perform better than expected are less likely to use drugs and alcohol, a new study finds. The study looked at 61 inner-city middle schools in Chicago. …

Welcome from the Dean of Boston University School of Public Health

The Boston University School of Public Health has been proud to sponsor and host Join Together as part of our mission to provide community leaders with science-based public health information and assistance. Today, Join Together enters a new phase of its important work as it becomes part of The Partnership at Drugfree.org. …