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Over the past few months, we have seen numerous news reports and articles surrounding new trends in harmful drugs including bath salts and 'fake weed.'  As these new drug trends become more publicized, so do the arrests and harmful damage that these substances cause. 

Hospital officials at UAB recently treated a 25-year-old Alabama resident for the use of illegal bath salts.  These bath salts cause health problems such as an increased heart rate, high blood pressure, psychosis, extreme paranoia, and violent urges.  In addition to bath salts, 'fake weed' has been a prevalent problem in our area as well.  Last week, four arrests were made in Shelby County due to the possession of the substance.  Four search warrants were issued at gas stations in Montevallo and Alabaster, all leading to arrests due to unlawful possession of chemical compounds and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

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"State bans sale of drinks that team alcohol, caffiene..." 

headlines in an article published in the Birmingham News, February 24th.


There has been lots of "hoopla" in the news about drinks that include alcohol and caffeine.  Until now, it has been easy for our youth or anyone to walk into a convenience store and buy Four Loko or any other energy drink containing alcohol and caffeine.  When the effects of the caffeine wear off, the effects of the alcohol remain.  These drinks are sometimes called "knockout in a can."  How appropriately named!


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"Illinois slashes ALL state funding for drug & alcohol abuse treatment in massive cuts program."

Our vision at The Addiction Coalition is to help eliminate alcohol and drug addiction in Central Alabama.  We are in a battle for a generation of youth where many are involved in destructive behaviors that reduce their chances of a successful and productive life - on average 1 child in every middle school classroom and over 2 in every high school classroom are using drugs on a daily basis.

To win the battle we must reduce the demand for drug and alcohol (improve prevention efforts); reduce the impact (increase access to help); and reduce the supply (advocate for effective change.)

We just hope and pray that state funding for drug and alcohol abuse treatment isn't cut in the state of Alabama.



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Teen Exposure to Drug Prevention Declines

"The University of Michigan's Monitoring the Future study (MTF) - the largest survey on teen drug abuse tracking over 46,000 8th, 10th and 12th graders- found a huge falloff in teen's recalled exposure to drug abuse prevention messages over the past seven years. The new data from the MTF study has been released at a time when teens themselves report finding the drug prevention messages to be effective"

The above statement came from a recent article published by the Partnership at Drugfree.org.  The survey shows that from 2003 to today, teen exposure to drug prevention messages has declined dramatically.



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In a recent editorial in The Birmingham News,  Sheriff Mike Hale was commended because he has come to the table with a plan to continue funding for TASC (Treatment Alternatives for Safer Communities), a program that benefits many.  "Its work not only keeps some offenders out of the normal criminal justice system and out of jail, it helps keep offenders out of trouble by testing and sending them to treatment.  An evaluation of the program several years ago showed it reduced new arrests of those out on bond by 30 percent."

Oh, I read another editorial which states that "a person in the TASC program costs the county about $5.50 a day - someone in jail costs more than $50, so it's a 10 times savings on funding." 



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Did you see this recent article in The Birmingham News? (View the article)  

In an upscale neighborhood, a woman was found guilty of a misdemeanor charge of violating the Alabama open house party law after a judge ruled that she held a party at her residence in which minors had beer and alcohol.  

The “open house” was attended by 44 minors, some as young as age 15.  Over half were holding beer cans.  Beer cans were on the air hockey table, and in the trash cans around the basement.  Also, hard liquor was present.

A Hoover Municipal Court Judge ordered her to pay a $250 fine plus $191 in court costs.



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