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HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --
With recent survey results showing alarming rates of underage and high-risk drinking among youth and young adults nationwide, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and its agency partners today renewed their commitment to combat the prevalence of this dangerous and potentially deadly behavior.
"No substance is more widely abused in America by those under the age of 21 than alcohol," said PLCB Chairman Patrick J. "PJ" Stapleton. "This survey's findings should serve as a reminder to parents and the entire community that no one is immune to the dangers of alcohol misuse and abuse."
With preventing sales to minors as its top priority, PLCB store employees in 2010 checked the identification of nearly one million minors at its more than 600 stores statewide.
"We feel confident that our policy to check the identification of any consumer who appears under the age of 30 has helped to prevent any number of tragedies from occurring in the community," Stapleton said. "We are also concerned about the problem of second-party purchases and will continue working with our partners in the law enforcement community to combat this practice."
Required under Act 85 of 2006, the 2011 report presents updated information on levels and trends of underage consumption, prevention programs supported by agency partners and science-based, proven prevention strategies.
"The information collected for this report is critical in understanding the breadth and depth of the problems of underage and high-risk drinking," said Jerry W. Waters, Director of Regulatory Affairs for the PLCB. "By working with our partners at the Pennsylvania State Police, the Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the Department of Health, PennDOT, and the Department of Education, we are able to gain valuable insight that directly affects our work in combating this ongoing problem."
Using data collected through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency's Pennsylvania Youth Survey and the Core Institute at Southern Illinois University of Carbondale, the 2011 study reports:
- Pennsylvania youth aged 12-17 have a lower rate of alcohol dependence and abuse than the national average;
- Slightly more than one third of those youth believe there is a "great risk"
- in using alcohol.
- Nearly 90 percent of Pennsylvania college students report having used alcohol in their lifetime, compared to 86 percent nationwide;
- 65 percent of Pennsylvania college students reported having their first drink by the age of 17;
- Slightly more than half of Pennsylvania college students believe the social atmosphere of their campus promotes alcohol use.
"Through our collective work, Pennsylvania has made great strides in educating our youth and their families about the dangers of alcohol misuse and abuse but these survey results indicate how much work there is yet to be done," said Stapleton. "We must all remain vigilant, on behalf of our youth and young adults, in breaking the cycle of underage drinking and the negative consequences it creates."
Media contact: Stacey Witalec or Stacy Kriedeman, 717-783-8864
TERRE HAUTE -- Along with being the middle of prom season, April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Clark and Edgar County, Ill., teens will be participating in a public awareness campaign focused on reducing the access to alcohol for minors and the risks that come along with underage drinking such as car accidents, physical violence, vandalism, sexual assaults and suicide. Over the past 10 years, underage drinking has been consistently identified as the major health concern among high school students.
On March 26, the teens will place yellow hard-to-miss stickers on packaged liquor to warn buyers of the illegality of purchasing alcohol for minors, and that using a fake ID is also unlawful.
High school students, along with law enforcement, businesses and members of MAYN (Marshall Area Youth Network), CAMA (Coalition Against Methamphetamine Abuse), and the Human Resources Center are joining together for this project sponsored by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission.
The group also will visit flower and tux shops to distribute prom insert cards that remind students of the consequences of underage drinking.
For more information call Heather Pitts at (217) 465-4118 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
HELENA -- A Senate committee has killed a bill that would make it a crime for a drunken-driving suspect to refuse a breath or blood test.
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Friday to table Senate Bill 308, with Republicans voting to kill it.SB308 was one of several bills this session to crack down on or help prevent drunken-driving in Montana, which has one of the nation's highest rates of alcohol-related traffic deaths per miles driven.
Most of the other major anti-DUI bills are advancing through the Legislature.
Sen. Cliff Larsen, D-Missoula, the sponsor of SB308, said he amended the bill Friday so its penalties wouldn't kick in until a second offense, because some Republicans on the panel suggested that change might persuade them to support it.
But Sen. Jim Shockley, R-Victor, argued strongly in committee that the bill is unconstitutional, because it criminalizes someone's right to refuse what is essentially a search, Larsen said.
Shockley is sponsoring a bill that authorizes law officers to get a warrant to force DUI suspects to submit to a breath or blood test. That bill passed the Senate this week.
Larsen said he thought his bill actually was less invasive than Shockley's proposal, because it merely created criminal penalties for people not submitting to a breath or blood test after they're arrested on suspicion of DUI.
"I'm not forcing them to blow," he said. "I'm just penalizing them if they don't. I thought it was a really good bill."
The current penalties for refusing a breath or blood test are administrative, such as revocation of a driver's license.
At Thursday's hearing on the bill in the Senate Judiciary Committee, prosecutors said experienced drunken drivers often refuse a breath test, because they know that makes it hard to get a conviction. They said many drunken drivers don't have a driver's license, so the current penalties are meaningless.
SB308 would have created penalties for refusal that are similar to a conviction for drunk driving.
Dual Diagnosis Drug Rehab centers help to guide people suffering from mental health issues combined with substance abuse addictions should be encouraged to address both of their concerns simultaneously to insure the best possible chance of recovery. Dual Diagnosis Drug Rehabilitation centers are often the best option. Dual diagnosis is now more widely available than ever before, offering addicts more hope and a better chance at long term freedom from the shackles of both drug addiction and mental illness.
Online PR News - 18-February-2011 -When a person is classified with a dual diagnosis addiction, it means that they have a substance abuse problem along with another mental health issues such as but not limited to; depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, or bipolar disorder. The reality of suffering from both of these conditions makes treatment more complicated and more difficult. It's very important that patients seek treatment for both issues if there is to be any chance of successful recovery Dual Diagnosis Drug Rehabs offer patients a way to learn cognitive reasoning skills while also addressing the physical and emotional constraints caused by drug addiction with intertwined mental illness. Because Dual Diagnosis Drug Rehab centers offer depression treatment, as well as treatment for other mental disorders, cognitive thinking skills can be put into practice in real time almost immediately. Patients often engage in a twelve step program, counseling, and group interaction sessions where they learn triggers, coping mechanisms, and techniques for getting and staying both healthy and clean.
The term "cognitive reasoning" is defined as the ability to use logic and deduction and the use of cognitive thinking skills as a method to come to a sound decision. Dual Diagnosis centers teach patients how to develop the critical thinking skills to discern the consequences of their actions.
Cognitive science is the scientific study the way the nervous system transforms specific information faculties. These faculties include perception, reasoning, language, and emotion. Using this science to teach addicts new methods of processing emotion and thought can provide the tools to long term recovery.
A twelve step program is a set of guidelines outlining a plan of action to achieve recovery from behavioral problems including compulsion and addiction. The step production in this type of program is typically as follows:
� Admission that one cannot gain control over one's addiction or compulsion.
� Recognition that a higher power holding one accountable can give strength.
� Examination of past errors with the aid of a sponsor or experienced member.
� Taking strides to make amends for errors and wrongs to others.
� Educating oneself to live a new life with a renewed code of conduct.
� Assisting others who are suffering from the same compulsions or addictions.
Twelve-step methods have been organized to treat a wide range of drug abuse and dependency issues. The skills learned in the programs are useful in drug rehab as well as an effective mental health and depression treatment. These programs are used to treat a host of behavioral issues like compulsion or addiction to gambling, food, sex, hoarding, debt, and even work. Groups such as Al-Anon and Nar-Anon are organized for the friends and family members of both alcoholics and drug addicts. These programs respectively, are an important part of treating addiction as a disease and an effort to educate the family that may have enabled the patient.
For more information about fighting addiction through Dual Diagnosis Drug Rehabs, visit the given link, http://www.dualdiagnosisdrugrehabs.org
Escambia County middle and high school students who participate in extracurricular activities, athletics or drive onto campus will be subject to random drug tests beginning next school year.
The Escambia County School Board unanimously approved the new random drug testing policy at a special meeting Thursday night. Parents will be required to sign a permission form to allow their child to be tested. Without consent from parents, students will not be allowed to participate in the activity or drive onto campus.
Several parents spoke out against the policy during the public forum, including Kathy Fellgren, parent of a 14-year old student.
"This policy bothers me a lot," she said. "She's an excellent student. She would be mortified to be randomly called out of class and told she had to go pee in a cup...Why are your putting on the backs of kids that are good?"
District 5 board member Bill Slayton made a motion to amend the policy to test only high school students, expressing concerns that many middle schoolers would not be comfortable or understand the testing.
Ernest Ward Middle School Principal Nancy Perry spoke out in favor of the drug testing policy, including at the middle school level. "Middle school is the time of experimentation. Middle school is the time that peers influence peers," she said.
Slayton's motion failed 1-4, as he cast the only vote in favor of skipping testing for middle school students.
Others expressed more technical and logistic concerns over the testing, including Susan Watson, local ACLU representative. She likened the random drug tests to "government bullying", and also expressed concern that common medications or foods could cause false positives, potentially damaging the reputation of a middle or high school student.
Board member Gerald Boone said he supported the policy, but felt reservations about taking on what he called a parenting role. "I don't really want to take the role of the parent. I just wish that there was more parenting out there, and there's not in this day and time," he said.
The school board will next review the policy and its procedures for it is implemented in August with a committee of parents, officials and students.
As the policy currently stands, students that participate in athletics, extracurricular activities or park on campus would be subject to the random urine tests. A signed parental consent form would be valid during the entire school year, not just for the duration of the athletic season or extracurricular activity period.
Students whose parents do not consent to the tests would not be allowed to participate in the activities -- including any practice, tryout, rehearsal or even sit with the team, club or organization at a game or pep rally.
The drug tests will be conducted by the school health nurse or technician under the plan. If there is a positive result, the student would be required to take a follow-up drug test at a District-approved licensed laboratory within 24 hours. Failure to take the follow-up test would be considered a positive result, according to the proposed plan.
If a student refuses to participate in a random drug test, it will be considered a positive result.
A positive result would result in the student being removed from all extracurricular and athletic activities, including practices, for at least 30 days and would be suspended from driving on the school campus. The student would be referred to a District-approved drug assessment and rehabilitation program.
A student with a positive drug test result would be required to pass a second drug test before participation in future activities at the expense of their parents. They would be subject to additional random drug tests, and they would remain on probation for the rest of their school years in the Escambia County School District. The student would not be allowed to return to any leadership position -- such as captain of a squad, club officer or class officer -- for the remainder of the school year.
A second positive result would prohibit a student from participation in all athletics and extracurricular activities and from driving on campus for one full calendar year.
HOPKINS CO., KY (WFIE) - In Kentucky, the house overwhelmingly passes a bill that would send more criminals into treatment rather than jails. The cost for correctional facilities has increased by $300 million in the past 20 years, the house believes criminals with low level drug offenses should be considered for treatment instead of jail time to cut costs. New Horizon Counseling Administrator Larry Peyton agrees. "I think that person needs to go to treatment instead of jail, where we can educate them on the negative consequences of it number one and to try to detox them off of it," Peyton says. Serious drug traffickers will still serve time. These low level offenders could join them if they continue use. "Now if this continues and once they've had treatment and they continue to use then I think the justice system it needs to go up a level okay and the consequences needs to be more," Peyton says. Prisons across the state would expect to save $440 million over the next 10 years if passed. A portion of the savings would fund the treatment. The bill will allow for a risk assessment to determine if the person is likely to be a repeat offender. Peyton says this is key. "We need to get at the reasons why that person's risking going to jail to use that drug," Peyton says. Peyton says whether it be jail time or treatment, punishment is a must. "Without consequences there's no change, if you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got, and if nothing changes nothing changes," says Peyton.
HOPKINS CO., KY (WFIE) - In Kentucky, the house overwhelmingly passes a bill that would send more criminals into treatment rather than jails.
The cost for correctional facilities has increased by $300 million in the past 20 years, the house believes criminals with low level drug offenses should be considered for treatment instead of jail time to cut costs. New Horizon Counseling Administrator Larry Peyton agrees.
"I think that person needs to go to treatment instead of jail, where we can educate them on the negative consequences of it number one and to try to detox them off of it," Peyton says.
Serious drug traffickers will still serve time. These low level offenders could join them if they continue use.
"Now if this continues and once they've had treatment and they continue to use then I think the justice system it needs to go up a level okay and the consequences needs to be more," Peyton says.
Prisons across the state would expect to save $440 million over the next 10 years if passed. A portion of the savings would fund the treatment.
The bill will allow for a risk assessment to determine if the person is likely to be a repeat offender. Peyton says this is key.
"We need to get at the reasons why that person's risking going to jail to use that drug," Peyton says.
Peyton says whether it be jail time or treatment, punishment is a must.
"Without consequences there's no change, if you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got, and if nothing changes nothing changes," says Peyton.
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