Here is a link to a very active coalition in the Lubbock area.
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The same month federal regulators approved the sale of powdered alcohol, Texas has joined a growing number of states moving quickly to outlaw the new product that health officials say could make it easier for minors to conceal and consume alcohol.
The House Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committee approved a bill Monday by state Rep. Charlie Geren, R-Fort Worth that bans the sale and possession of powdered alcohol or “Palcohol,” in Texas. The powder is sold in a small pouch — in an amount equivalent to a shot — for consumers to mix into a glass of water, soda, juice or other beverage to create an instant mixed drink.
At a committee meeting last week, Geren said allowing powdered alcohol in the state could lead to alcohol abuse by minors.
“Some have gone so far as to suggest the public health ramifications of powdered alcohol could make the darkest days of the Four Loko era look tame,” Geren said, referring to the alcoholic energy drink that changed its formula in 2010 after widespread criticism that it posed a health risk for young drinkers.
Powdered alcohol, available in vodka, rum, cosmopolitan, margarita and lemon drop flavors, was approved earlier this month by the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.
Creator Mark Phillips invented Palcohol so he could have a drink when he went “hiking, biking, camping and kayaking” without carrying a heavy bottle of booze around, according to the product’s website.
But critics say Palcohol’s size and portability is more problem than feature.
“With packets small enough to fit into a child’s pocket, it will be harder for schools and parents to identify and confiscate this substance from our youth,” Grace Barnett, a spokeswoman for Texans Standing Tall, a nonprofit that advocates against youth drug and alcohol use, said at the hearing last week.
“They could spike the punch, they could snort it, they could just put it in their mouth,” Geren said. “I just don’t think it’s something that we need to have on the shelves in our liquor stores.”
Geren’s House Bill 1018 would classify powdered alcohol as an illicit beverage, illegal to sell or possess in Texas. The legislation is one of 47 bills filed across 28 states in this year to somehow regulate powdered alcohol, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Alaska, Louisiana, South Carolina, Vermont and Virginia already prohibit the sale of powdered alcohol, and Delaware and Michigan have extended liquid alcohol restrictions to powdered alcohol. In Maryland, wholesalers and distributors agreed to a voluntary ban on the product.
Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article17004233.html#storylink=cpy
Today, we released a new report on how teens in Region 1, Texas consume marijuana. Recently, almost half of US teens (44%) report using marijuana at least once within their lifetime; more than one in three (36%) report using in the past year; one in four (24%) report using within the past month; and 7% report using at least 20 times within the past month.
Click Here to read the report.
 2013 Partnership Attitude Tracking Study, sponsored by Met Life. Key Finds: Released July 23, 2014.
The 2014 Regional Needs Assessment (RNA) is completed and available for download. This document focuses on how regional adolescents use/misuse/abuse alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs.
2014 Regional Needs Assessment
Community Prevention: Let’s all take our part
It is important to understand that we all have a responsibility in youth prevention. A combination of parents, educators, and community leaders play a vital role in actively keeping our youth educated, and drug-free. As a community we are able to drastically reduce the chances of children and youth becoming involved with substance abuse through active participation of education, awareness, and positive engagement.
While we rely heavily on school-based prevention, the responsibility of protecting our children belongs to many other individuals and groups.
Schools and educators play an important role in early intervention too; however, the reinforcement of this education should be driven by parents, peers, mentors, and the community.
Parents are active agents in the lives of their children. Moms, dads, aunts and uncles can act as role models for their children and can be recognized as roots of social modeling. Children are influenced by the actions they are accustomed to and the social standards in which they are raised. Parents should take a positive approach to educating their child about the consequences of substance abuse and become aware of what their children may be exposed to. By talking with your child on a frequent basis parents are able to open up a dialogue and build a trusting relationship.
Adolescent peers generate social integration within school and other social groupings. When peer groups are more accepting of a person (or not) he or she is likely to be accepted in the group. This idea can be a backdrop of why it is important for our children to become engaged in healthy, positive social groups. Groups can be defined in a number of ways from sport teams to band to choir. Making sure our youth are expending time on other activities will help impact prevention efforts. Further, we want to be sure to connect our children with positive role models and older youth who can provide as mentors so that they become growing leaders as well.
The greater community has a responsibility to provide opportunities for positive youth involvement. We as a community must be able to examine the needs of the community and indentify ways we can help our children overcome the barriers of substance use and abuse. By targeting areas of need we can better equip our youth to become agents of change throughout the community. Through a more comprehensive approach, we as a community should pay special attention to the establishment and enforcement of ordinance’s restricting youth access. Effective partnerships throughout the community create a linkage in which we can all unite and establish cohesive preventive measures.
Substance use and abuse prevention is a responsibility of the community – let’s all take our part.
Regional Community Liaison
Prevention Resource Center – Region 1
Managed Care Center for Addictive and Other Disorders, Inc.
1715 26th Street, Lubbock, TX 79411
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Many adults as well as children enjoy watching Major League Baseball. In our home its a priority! How many times though have you been watching a game with your child and the camera switches to your child's favorite MLB player only to see him put a dip or chew of tobacco in his mouth! Wow! Try explaining the dangers of tobacco to a 12 year old that thinks the tobacco is what makes their favorite player so excellant on the diamond...
Thankfully, I just received some fantastic news from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids! Major League Baseball (MLB) and the players’ union announced new restrictions on the use of tobacco products on and off the field, starting with the 2012 season. While this isn't everything we had hoped for, it is an important (and historic) step in the right direction! Please check out the following website with all the details of these restrictions and how to keep your kids tobacco free! www.tobacco-freekids.org
Even if you believe your teen is just “experimenting” it’s important to take action right away.
Casual drug use can quickly turn into drug abuse, dependence or addiction and can lead to accidents, legal trouble and serious health issues.
If you are at all concerned about your child – or even just have a bad feeling – you can and should intervene by:
Most states have not increased alcohol taxes in decades and there values have dwindled with inflation. Dormant tax rates have also contributed to gradual and substantial declines in the prices of alcoholic beverages.
Increases in the tax on alcohol provide new revenue for the states, deter underage use, reduce traffic-crash fatalities and certain crimes, and decrease alcohol related health problems such as cirrhosis. In some states, the new revenue may be available for public health and safety programs to enforce liquor laws, prevent teen drinking, provide treatment for alcoholism, or support traffic safety.
The Center for Sciencein the Public Interest has developed a range of alcohol tax policy resources for advocates, including: a state alcohol tax calculator, sample state reports, up-to-date information on state and federal policy, and other tools to support increasing alcohol taxes.
Whats new, whats not in Region 1? Check out our blog and find the latest information about drug trends in Region 1. Information that will keep you in the loop with your students, child or even grandchild!