Category Archives: Substance Abuse Prevention

Why Youth Abuse Prescription Drugs and How to Prevent It

By Katie Kust, Substance Abuse Prevention Intern | According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, some prescriptions drugs like those used to treat pain, attention deficit disorders, and anxiety, are being abused at a rate second only to marijuana. And … Continue reading

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Clearing the Smoke

By Carol Hopp, Community Prevention Specialist | Heard about marijuana in the news lately? That’s because there is a national debate on whether to legalize marijuana for medical and/or recreational purposes. It may not seem like it, but it won’t … Continue reading

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Increase in Law Enforcement Presence to Curb Underage Drinking

By Carol Hopp, Community Prevention Specialist | As the weather conditions improve across the county, thoughts of spring and festive events come to mind. The party scene can also be on the rise during this time of year. Unfortunately for … Continue reading

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Community Prevention Efforts Can Trump ACEs

By Carol Hopp | If you had the opportunity to make a difference in the future health and behavioral outcomes of children in your community, would you? Of course! That is why understanding the ACE Study is so important. It … Continue reading

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Celebrating 29 Years of Alcohol Awareness

By Katie Kust, Substance Abuse Prevention Intern | Every April, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) has sponsored Alcohol Awareness Month to increase the public’s awareness and understanding of alcoholism and alcohol-related issues. The theme for this … Continue reading

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Underage Drinking—Not Just a Minor Problem

By Katie Kust, Substance Abuse Prevention Intern | Underage drinking is a big deal all across the country. Today, estimates from a National Survey on Drug Use and Health indicate that there are currently 10.1 million underage drinkers in the … Continue reading

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Navigating the Roads of Life—Helping Teens Learn to Manage Stress

By Jen Stolka, Certified Prevention Specialist | “My chest feels tight. My mind bounces from one thought to another. My palms are sweating, and I cannot seem to shake these feelings of being overwhelmed,” shared a local teen when asked … Continue reading

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Oral Screens for Upper Iowa University Were a Success

By Katie Kust, Intern | As part of “Through With Chew Week,” on February 18, Helping Services sponsored free oral screenings for students and faculty at Upper Iowa University. Dr. Stephanie Beesecker from Sumner volunteered to conduct these screenings which … Continue reading

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Spit Out Tobacco, for the Last Time

By Tessa Willie | To help you quit using tobacco, contact Quitline. You may be eligible for eight weeks of FREE nicotine gum, patch, or lozenge. Quitting has benefits, no matter how long you have been using. Quitline Iowa wants … Continue reading

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PARENTS: Help Your Teen Enjoy Fun, Safe, and Drug-Free Gatherings

By Carol Hopp | Parents play a major role in their children’s choices about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. In a survey to parents and teens from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, one-third of … Continue reading

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