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Posts Tagged alcohol abuse

Presence of Volunteer Sober Groups Spreading at Music Festivals

Posted by on Thursday, 11 June, 2015

Volunteer sober groups are expanding at summer music festivals, The New York Times reports. These groups are expected at more than a dozen festivals this year.

Music festival promoters are trying to fight the perception that their events are drug-fueled. Last year festival organizers increased drug screening after reports of drug-related deaths at festivals in 2013. The deaths were linked to the club drug Molly. Organizers said they will provide medical tents with doctors, nurses and emergency medical technicians. They also said they will employ sniffer dogs, pat-downs and other drug screening measures.

Sober groups are expected this summer at festivals including Lollapalooza in Chicago, Outside Lands in San Francisco, Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas and Nocturnal Wonderland in San Bernardino, California.

Full story of volunteer sober groups at music festivals at drugfree.org

Quantum Units Education: New CEU courses

Posted by on Tuesday, 26 May, 2015

Integrating Services for Survivors of Domestic Violence Experiencing Homelessness

This CEU course lays the groundwork to understanding the intersection between domestic violence and homelessness, and offers practical strategies that providers can follow to improve service integration.  Also addressed is the gap between the domestic violence and homeless service systems and how this gap can be bridged.

Adolescent Alcohol Use – Exploring Rural-Urban Differences

This CEU course examines the relationship between individual, family, peer, school, and religious factors and alcohol use by adolescents living in urban and rural areas.  While the material covered in this course is preliminary, it may suggest protective and risk factors that contribute to alcohol use in rural areas, knowledge that can point the way to the development of rural-specific prevention strategies, targeted research, and long-term policy approaches.

Sufficient Sleep in Homeless Environments

This CEU course provides health care workers with information on sufficient sleep, focusing on the following topics: the psychological and physiological aspects of sleep deficits; the different types of sleep disorders; treatment approaches; the relationship between insomnia and mental heath or substance abuse disorders; and recommendations for improving sleep quality at homeless shelters.

Prevention of Child Abuse and Exploitation

This CEU course: defines the nature and scope of child sexual abuse and exploitation; acknowledges the need to build on the foundation of existing research, advocacy, and treatment; discusses the value of a National Plan; encourages the development of prevention-focused policy; and describes a range of actions that includes individuals, community, and policy level strategies, to stop demand for, and to prevent, child sexual abuse and exploitation.

Hep C Counseling and Testing

This CEU course provides guidance for counseling and testing of individuals who are at risk for or potentially infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV).  Topics discussed include: background; testing; antibody negative / non-reactive test results; antibody positive / reactive test results; confirmatory testing; and HCV rapid antibody testing.


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Income Level May Influence a Person’s Drinking Habits: Study

Posted by on Wednesday, 25 March, 2015

A person’s income level may influence how much they drink, a new study suggests. The study found people with lower incomes had more variation in how much they drank, compared with people with higher incomes.

It appears that the low-income group includes more light drinkers and non-drinkers, as well as more heavy drinkers, than the high-income group. People with higher incomes, in contrast, are more likely to drink overall, but they are also more likely to moderate how much alcohol they consume, according to NPR.

Full story of income level and drinking association at drugfree.org

Doctors and Nurses Should be Tested for Drugs and Alcohol: Medical Ethicist

Posted by on Friday, 13 March, 2015

Doctors and nurses should undergo random drug testing, argues a leading medical ethicist. “I am sorry to say that addiction and the abuse of drugs are not really a part of the discussion about making medicine safer,” says Arthur L. Caplan, PhD.

“The medical profession has an ethical duty to do a better job of monitoring drug abuse,” says Dr. Caplan, the Founding Director of the Division of Medical Ethics in NYU Langone Medical Center’s Department of Population Health. “Why is it OK to test airplane pilots, train conductors and truck drivers, and not doctors and nurses, who also have a lot of lives in their hands?” He added, “You have to assume some medical errors are due to drug or alcohol abuse.”

Full story of doctors and nurses to be drug tested at drugfree.org

People Drink More if They Have More Friends Drinking With Them

Posted by on Wednesday, 11 March, 2015

The more friends a person is with when they are out drinking, the more they will drink themselves, a new study concludes.

The findings come from a study of almost 200 young adults in Switzerland, who participated in a survey on their smartphones. They were asked to check in hourly to report the number of drinks they had consumed, and the number of friends they were with. As the number of friends increased, so did the number of drinks a person consumed per hour, the study found. Men were more likely to drink more if they were in a bigger group, the researchers report in the journal Addiction.

Full story of drinking more with friends at drugfree.org