Marijuana Damages Young Brains States that legalize it should set a minimum age of 25 or older.

Simply because society has become more accepting of marijuana use doesn’t make it safe for high school and college students. Cigarettes and alcohol, both legal, have caused great harm in society as well as to people’s health, and have ruined many lives. Marijuana may do the same. We must tightly regulate the emerging cannabis industry to protect the developing brain. Click here to read more!

Opioid risks are different for kids and teens—the guidelines should be, too

As the opioid epidemic took hold and expanded in the United States, physicians and medical organizations researched and created better guidelines for prescribing the drugs and preventing misuse. Those guidelines, though, have focused primarily on adults, says Florence Bourgeois, an associate professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. That misses a significant portion of the population that might be at risk of harm from opioids: kids, adolescents, and young adults. “Prescribing is different in adolescents and young adults, and the consequences might be different,” Bourgeois says. A pair of new studies, published this week in the journal Pediatrics, turned attention to …

Federal pain management task force emphasizes opioid alternatives

A federal task force issued a report Thursday outlining best practices for managing acute and chronic pain with an emphasis on treatment approaches beyond opioid use. The 108-page report lays out a multidisciplinary approach to pain management that includes opioids but also behavioral and physical therapy as well as other treatments like massages and minimally invasive procedures. According to the report, “mitigating unnecessary opioid exposure” is vital. “It’s important to exploit the benefits of multimodal, non-opioid approaches in acute pain management in conjunction with possible opioid therapy,” the report said. The report was put together by the Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force, …

We stand united for vape-free youth

Facts you may not know about youth vaping: A ‘vape’ is the term used to describe the delivery mechanism of products such as JUUL, nicotine, e-juices, THC, and alcohol. In 2018, the Surgeon General declared e-cigarette (vape) use among youth a national epidemic. Schools ranked teen vaping as the number one problem in Hunterdon County (Key Informant 2019). Most youth do not know the ingredients is in these products (CDC). Even products that claim they are nicotine-free may contain nicotine due to lack of regulation (CDC). Nicotine exposure during adolescence can harm the brain, as it is still developing up …

Teen Safety Nights at HCRHS

Over the past two nights we have reached about 1600 parents and students during Hunterdon Central Regional High School’s Teen Safety nights. We are honored to partner with HCRHS and bring such important messaging about teen safety to our local community. Our co-CEO, Lesley Gabel discussed the dangers of vaping, underage drinking, opioids, fentanyl, importance of safe storage and disposal of prescription medications and prom safety tips. Other topics discussed were distracted driving, the need to have safety talks with our teens on a regular basis, and to practice what we preach because our teens are always watching. A big thank …