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J. Kate Burkhart
Executive Director

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Upcoming Meetings

2014 Legislative Teleconference Series
Fridays at noon starting January 24, 2014
Call 907-465-8920 for locations, information

Winter Board Meeting
March 24-26, 2014 in Juneau

Spring Board Meeting
May 12-14, 2014 in Kotzebue
Agenda will be posted in April

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ABADA/AMHB Board Meeting March 24-26 - Juneau

The Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse and The Alaska Mental Health Board will be holding a combined meeting in Juneau at St. Ann’s Parish Hall, 416 5th Street. The meeting will be held March 24 to 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Public comment will be held from 5:00 5:30 p.m. on Monday, March 24. The call in number for public comment is 1-800-315-6338, code 2642#. If you need additional information please contact Lance Brown at 465-8920. AGENDA

Promising Trend in Huffing by Alaska's Youth

The Alaska Epidemiology Section reports that youth reporting inhalant abuse (“huffing”) has decreased among traditional high school students since 1995, due in part to focused prevention efforts. However, reports of huffing by alternative school and correctional school students are much higher than among traditional high school students.

Read the entire report
Learn more about Inhalant Abuse Prevention

If you think someone might be intoxicated from huffing,
call Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222.

Alaskan Identify Alcohol As Top Health Issue

A survey of Alaskans for the Healthy Alaskans 2020 Initiative identified alcohol use and abuse and other substance abuse as two of the top ten health issues facing our state. This is an example of how the people of Alaska can have a voice in policymaking. 

Healthy Alaskans 2020 is part of a national initiative that supports health promotion and prevention. Learn more about Healthy Alaskans 2020.

FAMILY CHECKUP – A new resource from the National Institute on Drug Abuse

Parents are often concerned about whether their children will start or are already using drugs and alcohol. These five questions, developed by the Child and Family Center at the University of Oregon, highlight parenting skills that are important in preventing drug use among youth. Get your CHECKUP and learn how positive parenting prevents drug and alcohol abuse. Tools and Tips for Parents and Mentors are also available.

Talking to children about traumatic events and loss can be hard.
These resources can help you plan and have this important conversation.
Coping with Crisis Situations
Resources for educators, health care providers, and community members from the National Center for Mental Health Promotion and the Prevention of Youth Violence.

The Economic Costs of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse in Alaska, 2012 update
Alcohol and drug abuse cost Alaska’s economy $1.2 billion in 2010.The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control reports that, although substantial progress has been made over the past 20 years to reduce drinking and driving among teens, in 2011, one in 10 students age 16 years and older reported driving after drinking during the past 30 days. Most students who drove after drinking alcohol also binge drank. Read the report.

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substance abuse prevention
and intervention HERE